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November 29, 2021

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Liingo Eyewear Overview

Summary

  • Liingo Eyewear is a great option for well-priced, high-quality glasses and sunglasses
  • Their customer service is excellent
  • Their home try-on program is easy and effective
  • Their virtual try-on tool is accessible to everyone and helpful, but has a pretty low-quality
  • The Liingo RX Reader is virtually useless
  • Their price point is slightly lower than Warby Parker
  • We still recommend Warby Parker over Liingo Eyewear due to their better selection, in-store options, more complete services, and faster turnaround times

Liingo Eyewear is a relatively new online glasses retailer. It was launched in 2016 and acquired by 1-800 contacts in 2018.

Liingo eyewear carries eyeglasses and sunglasses. Any of their frames can be fitted with single-vision, progressive/multifocal, or non-prescription lenses. 

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Me in My Liingo Eyewear Addison Frames

Liingo is making a name for itself by providing contemporary designs at reduced prices. They work directly with manufacturers, own their own lab, and use an online model. This helps keep their prices lower than competitors.

Many people have been comparing Liingo Eyewear to Warby Parker. We’ll cover the similarities and differences between these two at the end of this article.

Liingo Eyewear Ratings

Frame Materials: 8/10

Lens Materials: 9/10

Comfort: 10/10

Style: 10/10

Cost: 9/10

Selection: 6/10

Customer Service: 10/10

Shipping: 8/10

App: 5/10

In-Store Experience: N/A

Overall: 8.5/10

How Does Liingo Eyewear Work?

Liingo eyewear has a simple pricing model. All of their frames (eyeglasses or sunglasses) cost $79, $99, or $129

Single-vision lenses are included for free for any eyeglasses. They have several additional upgrades available:

  • Progressive/multifocal lenses: $149
  • Sunglasses (grey or brown tint): $49
  • Blue Light Blocking Lenses: $59
  • Light-Responsive (grey or brown tint): $79
  • 1.67 High Index lenses (thinner than polycarbonate): $49
  • Scratch-resistance, anti-glare and 100% UV protection are included for FREE
  • Water and smudge resistance are available for $39 or free on some pairs

Liingo Eyewear has several guarantees that add value to your purchase, including:

  • Free shipping on every order
  • Free returns for 60 days
  • Free adjustments (they reimburse adjustment charges from any eye doctor up to $25)

They also have followed in Warby Parker’s footsteps and offer a home try-on program

You’re able to choose up to 5 frames and have them shipped to your house for free. You can try them on for 5 days, then put them back in the box and send them back with a prepaid shipping label.

Liingo Eyewear Virtual Try-On

Liingo provides a virtual try-on option for every pair of frames. This allows you to get a sense of what you’ll look like in them before you order.

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Liingo Virtual Try-On Image

Liingo Frames

Actual Lenses from Liingo

It’s easy to use and pretty effective. And unlike Warby Parker, you don’t need to use an app. You can use your cell phone or computer camera to record a short clip. Just move your head left to right, use a credit or debit card to measure your PD, and you’re good to go!

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Liingo Virtual Try On2

Warby Parker’s virtual try-on tool gives you a higher resolution image. However, you need to download their app. And it’s only available on the iPhone X and above. (Android users can’t access it).

Liingo Eyewear Ordering Process

Liingo’s ordering process is simple and straightforward. You have two options:

  • Purchase frames and lenses directly from the site
  • Choose up to 5 frames to try on at home (not all frames are eligible)

If you decide to use the home try-on program, here’s how it works:

  1. Turn on the “In-Home Try On Available” filter.
  2. Add up to 5 pairs to your cart (you can use the virtual try-on to preview them).
  3. Enter your shipping and billing information (billing info is required in case you don’t return the frames on time).
  4. Wait 5 to 7 business days for your order to arrive.
  5. Once the package is delivered, you have 5 days to try on the frames (they don’t have lenses in them).
  6. Once you’ve tried on all the frames, you can put them back in the box, apply the prepaid shipping label, and ship them back.
  7. You can purchase the frames you like, along with the lenses, on their website at any point during the process.

Once you decide to make a purchase, Liingo’s checkout process is simple and straightforward:

  1. Find the frames you want and click “Select Lenses & Buy”
  2. Choose from single-vision, progressive/multifocal, or no prescription lenses
  3. Choose your lens type (clear, blue light, sunglasses, or light-responsive)
  4. Choose your lens material (polycarbonate or 1.67 high index)
  5. Choose your lens protection (essential or deluxe)
  6. Click “Add to Cart”
  7. Enter any discount codes you may have
  8. Enter your shipping and billing information
  9. Upload your current eyeglass prescription
  10. Sit tight and wait — your prescription is on its way

Liingo Eyewear Glasses Review

I ordered a pair of glasses and a pair of sunglasses from Liingo:

Liingo Eyewear Package
Liingo Eyewear Glassses Order

The packaging is colorful, creative, and super secure. My glasses and lenses arrived in perfect condition.

Frame Quality

The quality of my frames has surprised me in two ways:

  • The metal frames are more flimsy than I expected
  • Even though they are on the flimsy side, they are extremely comfortable

Compared with my titanium glasses from Warby Parker, these frames feel very insubstantial. At first I was taken aback, and a little disappointed.

However, because of their lightweight, minimalist hardware, I actually find the Liingo Addison frames to be more comfortable than Warby Parker James. But I'm sure my Warby Parker James frames will outlast my Liingo Addison frames.

I can only speak to metal frames, I don't own a pair of acetate frames from Liingo. But if you're looking for a pair of glasses that you're going to wear every day, and durability is your priority, go with Warby Parker.

If you have a couple of pairs of glasses, or only use glasses for reading, working, or driving, Liingo's lightweight metal frames are perfect because they are super comfortable. Just be careful with them.

Lens Quality

I upgraded to 1.67 high-index lenses because my prescription is a bit higher. I also added blue-light blocking on my clear lenses.

My Prescription
My Prescription

The lenses are great. At my prescription level, I don't notice much difference between high-index and regular polycarbonate lenses.

The 1.67 high-index lenses are a little thinner than my polycarbonate lenses from Warby Parker. However, the way my eyes look through my lenses doesn't change at all.

I personally don't think the extra $50 for high index lenses is worth it for my prescription strength. It feels like an unnecessary upsell.

However, some people experience the "coke bottle effect" with stronger prescriptions. If your eyes have been obscured by regular polycarbonate lenses, you might benefit from high-index lenses.

Liingo Eyewear Glasses Lenses
Liingo Eyewear Sunglasses Lenses

Liingo Eyewear Shipping Time

It takes 2 to 3 weeks to receive your order once your prescription is uploaded. However, you can upgrade to expedited shipping for $12.95. This should reduce the shipping time by 3 to 7 days.

For the home-try on program, your frames should arrive within 5 to 7 business days.

Liingo Eyewear Customer Service

Since Liingo Eyewear is owned by 1-800 Contacts, you can expect the same level of excellent customer service. 

Liingo’s website offers an online chat feature that connects you to a live agent within minutes. I’ve never had an issue getting a question answered via this feature. However, you can also email or call them.

Their 60-day free return policy is very generous. As is their reimbursement for glasses adjustments (up to $25).

Liingo Eyewear App Review

The Liingo Rx Reader app is designed to read your prescription through your glasses lenses. I find it to be virtually useless.

It was unable to read my prescription due to my astigmatism. Even if it is able to read your lens strength, it does not provide a valid prescription, only prescription information.

If you don’t have a current prescription, or your prescription is expired, the best thing to do is see an eye doctor for a comprehensive vision exam.

You can also schedule a virtual exam, which will renew your prescription if there aren’t any changes, with Warby Parker or 1-800 Contacts.

Liingo vs Warby Parker

Warby ParkerLiingo Eyewear
Frame Materials10/1010/10
Lens Materials9/109/10
Comfort8/1010/10
Style10/109/10
Cost8/109/10
Selection9/106.5/10
Customer Service10/1010/10
Shipping9/108/10
App9/105/10
Overall9.5/108/10

Both Liingo Eyewear and Warby Parker are great options for buying glasses online. 

We recommend Warby Parker over Liingo Eyewear due to their better selection, in-store options, more complete services, and faster turnaround times.

Read our full review of Warby Parker vs Liingo Eyewear.

Michael Bayba earned his B.A. in English and Linguistics from the University at Buffalo. Upon graduating, he began researching, writing, and editing full-time. His passion for promoting health and healing in communities around the world has led him to create evidence-based and research-backed content on vision and other health topics. His mission is to help individuals find quality and affordable treatment so they can live a healthy life.
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Author: Michael Bayba  | UPDATED November 29, 2021
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