Sunglasses are a essential at any time of the year. They protect your eyes from UV rays and reduce the risk of diseases such as cataracts and macular degeneration. They also reduce eye strain when it’s bright outside and eliminate disorienting glare while driving. Plus, they help protect your eyes from wind, rain and flying debris.
Any cheap pair of UV glasses will do (you can find decent options at drugstores or discount stores like TJ Maxx and Ross) but we tried dozens of pairs of sunglasses while we ran , hiked, swam, walked, basked in the sun, and I drove. These are our favorites. Don’t see anything you like? Don’t forget to check out our other buying guides, including Best Festival Accessories and the Best Bird Watching Equipment.
Updated November 2023: We’ve added new sunglasses from Humps Optics, Cubitts and Messy Weekend. We have also updated the links and prices.