Sometimes it can be hard to tell the difference between a well-made pair of sunglasses and a cheap pair. With so many options available, made out of a wide variety of materials from metal and aluminum to plastic and wood, it’s no wonder we often have trouble deciding on a pair, and if we are getting the best value for our money. Is it a better strategy to buy cheap sunglasses in case they get lost or broken often? Or an expensive pair that will last a lifetime if taken care of properly? Before you make any decisions, here are a few factors you’ll want to consider before choosing your next pair of sunglasses.
Sunglasses Quality vs. Price
Just like any product in the apparel and accessory industries, there are costs associated with the brand name itself. Attaching a reputable brand name and a catchy marketing campaign can do wonders for any consumer product, and sunglasses are no different. With that being said, the expression “you pay for what you get” can be applied to sunglasses. That doesn’t mean you will need to spend $200-400 to find a well-made pair, but if you’re thinking a $10 dollar pair of sunglasses will last, you may want to think again. Depending on your budget, you can find decent sunglasses that are comfortable and durable for anywhere between $20 and $100.
Lens & Frame Materials
Titanium, aluminum, stainless steel, blended nylon and other plastics are just some of the materials out there that make the frames of sunglasses. Like anything there are pros and cons to these materials, but you will want to look at some form of thick plastic or sturdy metal when considering a new pair of sunglasses. The plastic frames will generally be less expensive than the metal options, lighter in weight, and come in more varieties of colours and styles. However, metal frames are typically a lot stronger than plastic frames, and will stand up well to wear and tear. Whichever option you lean towards, there are plenty of well-made options that are reasonably priced!
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