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Liingo Eyewear is a relatively new online glasses retailer. It was launched in 2016 and acquired by 1-800 contacts in 2018.
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.
Frame Materials: 8/10
Lens Materials: 9/10
Customer Service: 10/10
In-Store Experience: N/A
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:
Liingo Eyewear has several guarantees that add value to your purchase, including:
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 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.
Liingo Virtual Try-On Image
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!
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’s ordering process is simple and straightforward. You have two options:
If you decide to use the home try-on program, here’s how it works:
Once you decide to make a purchase, Liingo’s checkout process is simple and straightforward:
I ordered a pair of glasses and a pair of sunglasses from Liingo:
The packaging is colorful, creative, and super secure. My glasses and lenses arrived in perfect condition.
The quality of my frames has surprised me in two ways:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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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.
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