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January 3, 2022

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Best Sunglasses for Men & Women

Sunglasses are an essential part of any wardrobe. They elevate your style and provide essential UV protection. 

Finding the perfect pair of shades can seem overwhelming. With so many styles and colors to choose from it can be difficult to find the right fit. 

That’s why we’ve compiled a list of our top sunglasses for men and women in 2022. Our picks are based on industry research and customer reviews. We’ve poured over hundreds of options to find sunglasses that provide the best value, quality, functionality, and style. 

Why AC Lens?

We’ve chosen AC Lens as our primary retailer for this list of sunglasses. They were the first online retailer of eye accessories, starting in 1995. We’ve chosen them because:

  • They have a versatile product catalog
  • Their prices are consistently lower than competitors
  • They have been at the top of their industry for 25+ years
  • They have a good return policy and highly rated customer service
  • They have standard, expedited, and overnight shipping options (plus free shipping on orders over $99)
  • They are listed as an out-of-network provider for major vision plans such as Spectera by United Healthcare, VSP, EyeMed, and Davis Vision

You can trust AC Lens for all your eyewear needs. They have a wide variety of prescription eyeglasses, sunglasses, and contact lenses at affordable prices.

Now without any further ado, let’s jump into the best sunglasses for men and women in 2022.

Best Sunglasses for Men

Everything we recommend

Best Overall: Ray-Ban Clubmasters

Ray-Ban Clubmasters are a classic choice.

They’ve been worn by cultural icons for decades. They are one of the most versatile frames available.

They can give off a retro or modern look depending on your outfit. G-15 Lens technology absorbs 85 percent of visible light and most blue light. The green lenses provide exceptional color contrast and clarity of vision so you get a more “natural” vision.

Features:

  • G-15 Lens technology 
  • Natural color vision
  • Absorb 85% of visible light
  • Adjustable nose pads

Best Golf Sunglasses: Oakley Flak 2.0 XL

Oakley Flak 2.0 XL glasses feature extended lens coverage. These frames are lightweight and durable. Unobtainium earsocks and nose pads increase your comfort and performance. You can wear these on the course all day.

Features:

  • Lightweight and durable O Matter material
  • High Definition Optics
  • Impact Protection
  • Prizm Lens technology

Best Fishing Sunglasses: Oakley Fuel Cell Polarized

Oakley Fuel Cells extend your peripheral view.

They provide 100% UVA, UVB, UVC protection, as well as harmful blue light up to 400nm. Their Iridium lens coating reduces glare. Oakley’s Three-Point Fit keeps the frames tight to your face and aligns the lenses in optimal position. All this adds up to the best lenses for a day fishing, whether in the shallow or deep sea.

Features:

  • HD Polarized technology
  • High Impact protection
  • Lightweight, durable O Matter material

Best Driving Sunglasses: Fatheadz Shue

Oakley Fuel Cells extend your peripheral view. They provide 100% UVA, UVB, UVC protection, as well as harmful blue light up to 400nm. Their Iridium lens coating reduces glare.

Oakley’s Three-Point Fit keeps the frames tight to your face and aligns the lenses in optimal position. All this adds up to the best lenses for a day fishing, whether in the shallow or deep sea.

Features:

  • 100% UV protection
  • Lenses are resistant to oil and water
  • Scratch resistant

Best Sunglasses for Running: Tifosi Swank

We had to go outside of AC Lens for this one. Tifosi sport sunglasses have been making waves in the running world. They are designed to stay in place and provide 100% protection from UV rays. The hydrophilic rubber nose pads are soft, comfortable, and provide excellent grip so they don’t slip when you sweat.

Features:

  • Polycarbonate lenses are shatterproof and scratch resistant
  • 100% UV protection
  • Lightweight nylon frame
  • Soft case included

Best Cycling Sunglasses: Oakley Radar EV Path

Oakley Radar EV Path sunglasses are engineered for maximum airflow.

This keeps sweat away from your eyes. Their Prizm lens also manipulates the light spectrum and maximizes contrast, keeping your vision crystal clear. Rimless frames allow you to see any obstacles in your path. The new taller lens extends the upper field of vision.

Features:

  • Prizm lens technology
  • O Matter frame material
  • Unobtainium grip

Best Aviator Sunglasses: Lunettos Stanley

These Lunettos Stanley frames are a modern take on the classic aviator style. They have a metal frame and are available in non-prescription or prescription lenses.

Features:

  • 100% UVA and UVB protection
  • Lightweight metal material
  • Stylish and affordable

Best Sunglasses for Round Faces: Lunettos Chris

Round faces look best in rectangular frames. These Lunettos Chris frames are versatile. They can be used for sports or on a day-to-day basis. They are available in non-prescription or prescription lenses.

Features:

  • 100% UVA/UVB protection
  • Mirrored lenses
  • Large, full frame design

Best Cheap Sunglasses: Lunettos Phoenix

These browline frames are a classic style. The clubmaster style frames are timeless. Available in white, blue, or black frames, they’ll add style to any outfit, casual or formal. 

Features:

  • 100% UVA/UVB protection
  • Classic browline style
  • Available in prescription and polarized lenses

Best Sunglasses for Women

Everything we recommend

Best Overall: Ray-Ban RB3533 Large Cockpit

These shades are a modern take on the classic aviator style.

The contemporary design features large lenses, but with a less prominent teardrop shape. This makes them compliment most face shapes. This pair of glasses is sure to make you stand out in a unique, contemporary style.

Lens Features:

  • High quality steel full frame design
  • Double bridge square shape
  • Nylon-fiber temples
  • Glare-free protection
  • Flexible temples and adjustable nose pads

Best Driving Sunglasses: Revo Relay

The Revo Relay is a modern aviator frame scaled down for smaller faces. The lenses provide a huge field of vision. The Revo Light Management System provides superior protection and the sharpest possible vision in any light condition. These shades look great and will keep your eyes safe and your vision crisp on any road.

Lens Features:

  • 100% UVA, UVB, and UVC protection
  • Superior contrast and unmatched visual acuity
  • Optimized for all light conditions
  • Protects against blue and HEV light

Best Ray-Ban Sunglasses: Ray-Ban RB3533 Large Cockpit

These new Ray-Bans feature a sleek flat lens-over-frame design. The oversized frames, mirrored lenses and full-metal structure come together to form a unique vintage-cool style. 

Lens Features:

  • Mirrored lenses decrease light and glare
  • Full metal construction
  • Oversized round frames and vintage design

Shop Running Sunglasses: Goodr Running Sunglasses

We had to stray from our featured retailer to bring you these sunglasses. Goodr has been making waves in the running, cycling, golf, and fashion communities since they began in 2015.

They are inexpensive, well-made, polarized, stay firmly in place, and come in a huge variety of colors. If you’re looking for a quality pair of sunglasses for under $40, this is the brand for you.

Lens Features:

  • Mirrored lenses decrease light and glare
  • Full metal construction
  • Oversized round frames and vintage design

Best Sunglasses for Round Face: RAY-BAN NEW WAYFARER

The classic wayfarer shape is a top pick for women with round faces. These stylish sunglasses work with any outfit, whether you’re dressing up or down. The New Wayfarers are slightly smaller and feature a softer eye shape.

Lens Features:

  • Polarized lenses with G-15 Technology
  • 100% UV protection
  • High-quality nylon material

Best Sunglasses for Oval Face: Lunettos Kira

Oval faces look great in square frames. That’s why we chose the Lunettos Kira frame for this category. They have a classic square frame with slightly extended temple to set themselves apart from the crowd. They are available in tortoiseshell, black, or brown gradient colors.

Lens Features:

  • 100% UVA/UVB protection
  • Vintage look
  • Medium frame size

Best Cat-Eye Sunglasses: Prive Revaux The Hepburn

These Hepburn cat-eye frames feature a beautiful, slightly upswept design.

They have an old-school hollywood style that has returned to contemporary fashion. Their polarized lenses protect your eyes and provide stunning visual clarity.

Lens Features:

  • Durable polycarbonate resin frame
  • 100% UVA/UVB protection
  • Blue light protection
  • Lightweight and impact-resistant
  • Reduced glare, scratch-resistant lenses

Best Aviator Sunglasses: Lunettos Stanley

As you can tell, we’re in love with these Lunettos Stanley aviator frames. The unisex design looks great on everyone. And with 5 colors to choose from, you’ll be able to find the perfect pair to match your style.

Lens Features:

  • 100% UVA and UVB protection
  • Lightweight metal material
  • Stylish and affordable

Best Cheap Sunglasses: Lunettos Jean

Lunettos Jean are an oversized oval shaped frame. They are available in 5 different colors. And look great on nearly any face shape.

Lens Features:

  • 100% UVA/UVB protection
  • Classic oversized style
  • Cleaning cloth and case included

Click here for more information on the best types of sunglasses for your face shape.

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Melody Huang is an optometrist and freelance health writer. Through her writing, Dr. Huang enjoys educating patients on how to lead healthier and happier lives. She also has an interest in Eastern medicine practices and learning about integrative medicine. When she’s not working, Dr. Huang loves reviewing new skin care products, trying interesting food recipes, or hanging with her adopted cats.
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 January 3, 2022
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