The 9 Best Safety Glasses of 2022

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Whether you love DIY projects, work in construction, or engage in other tasks where flying debris, chemicals, or fluids can be a hazard, safety glasses offer an essential layer of protection. 

We researched dozens of safety glasses, evaluating comfort, durability, and lens quality. Our favorites, the 3M Virtua CCS Safety Glasses, have a foam gasket to seal the space between your skin and the lenses, as well as anti-scratch and anti-fog coating, 99.9-percent UV-blocking protection, and even a cord that can keep earplugs from getting lost.

Here are the best safety glasses.


Final Verdict

Our top pick, the 3M Virtua CCS Safety Glasses, offers excellent protection for your eyes, including full protection against UV rays, anti-scratch and anti-fog coatings, ANSI certification for impact resistance, and a foam gasket that seals the gap between the glasses and your face. But if you want something more suited to outdoor wear in bright sunshine, then you’ll love the Ergodyne Skullerz safety sunglasses, which have polarized, copper lenses that block out glare along with 99.9-percent of harmful UV rays.

Comfort and Fit

Comfort is key, particularly if you’re planning on wearing your glasses for an extended period of time. Though you might not be able to try on the pair you’re buying in person, look for soft nose pieces, rubber temples, and ergonomic frames. You can also find styles with different frame sizes to better fit your face.

Lens Material

Safety lenses are usually made from one of four materials: polycarbonate, NXT, acrylic, or glass. Polycarbonate is the best option for most uses, as it’s lightweight, impact resistant, and offers UV protection. If you’re in need of prescription glasses, however, you might opt for NXT or glass lenses, which offer greater optical clarity.

Tints and Treatments

In addition to the lens material, you’ll also want to consider the lens color and any tints or treatments that have been added. For indoor or low-light activities, it’s safest to go with clear lenses. Shaded or tinted lenses are helpful for outdoor use, protecting you from bright sunlight or lights.

You can opt for polarized coatings to further reduce glare, or an anti-fog coating to reduce or eliminate lens fogging (particularly useful for mask wearers). Other treatments include anti-scratch, blue light blocking, hard coat, and hydrophobic coatings.

Safety Certification

If you’re buying safety eyewear in America, make sure that it has an ANSI Z87.1 Certification. This ensures that the glasses have been properly tested and meet the standard for personal Occupational and Educational Personal Eye and Face Protection Devices. You should see it clearly marked on the inside of the lens.

FAQ

  • Safety glasses are a form of protective eyewear that is designed to prevent objects from coming into contact with your eyes. They are used in many professional industries as a basic safety requirement and are also common in most DIYer workshops where the risk of flying debris from a power tool is high. Johnathan Brewer, The Spruce’s Home Improvement Review board member notes, “Safety glasses that also protect the sides of your eyes are the best choice for working on projects where eye protection is a consideration.”

  • It’s a good idea to wear safety glasses whenever there is a risk that your eyes could be damaged by flying particulates, like wood chips, hardened grout, tile, or brick. Switch to goggles or a full face mask if the risk includes liquid chemicals or paint.

  • The best way to keep your safety goggles from fogging up is to invest in a pair of anti-fog safety glasses, but if you are stuck with a regular pair, you can try to pinch your mask so the fit is more snug around the bridge of your nose. This will help reduce the amount of warm air entering your glasses. Additionally, you can apply an anti-fog coating to the inside of the safety glasses before use.

  • Not all safety glasses are made of the same material, but most manufacturers rely on impact-resistant and scratch-resistant polycarbonate lenses to protect your eyes while you work.

Michelle Ullman is the home improvement/tool expert for The Spruce. She has extensive experience not only in writing about all things related to the home, but also in carrying out various DIY projects, including landscaping, painting, flooring, wallpapering, furniture makeovers, and simple repairs around the house and yard.

For this roundup, she considered dozens of safety glasses, evaluating each for design, UV filtering capabilities, safety certifications, and overall function. She also considered feedback from customers, both positive and negative.

Additional reporting and research for this article was done by Timothy Dale, a long-time home improvement expert specializing in plumbing, construction, and product recommendations, among other topics.

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