Best Safety Glasses: Top 7 Picks of 2019

Picking the right set of safety glasses is crucial for proper eye protection. The vast majority of work accidents can be prevented through the proper use of protective equipment, and the same rings true for safety glasses.

You only have one set of eyes – so it’s important that you get a good pair of safety glasses to protect them.

In the quest to find the best safety glasses available – we review the Top 7 Safety Glasses of 2019.

To select the best pair of safety glasses we consider the level of eye protection, anti-fog lenses, polarization, aesthetics, comfort, and of course – the price. Let’s jump staight into the reviews.

best overall rating
Dewalt Safety Glasses
  • Anti-fogging polycarbonate lenses
  • Padding along the inside of the frame
  • Comes in 5 different tints
premium choice rating
Oakley Safety Glasses
  • Stylish and modern frame design
  • Comply with ANSI Z87.1 rating
  • 100% UV protective coating
great value rating
Jackson Safety Glasses
  • Polarized lens reduces glare
  • Lightweight & durable design
  • Excellent value for the money

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Dewalt Safety Glasses – Best Overall

Dewalt Safety Glasses

The best thing about these Dewalt safety glasses is that they perform like a product that’s worth twice as much.

Comfort is the main advantage of these safety glasses. They feature a soft rubber frame which provides you with lots of extra cushioning along the brow area. You shouldn’t have any problems with soreness around your eyes after wearing these safety glasses throughout a long and stressful work day.

The padded temples on these safety glasses do more than make them more comfortable–they also help protect your eyes from any dust or debris floating in the air. You’ll also get 99.9% protection from both UVA and UVB while wearing these glasses.

The polycarbonate lenses used on these glasses have been treated with an anti-fogging coating to ensure that they stay clear while you work and they’re also impact-resistant. The frame is designed to be stylish and light so you’ll look good and stay comfortable while you work.

Finally, you can choose between five different lens tints based on your preferences and working environment.

These safety glasses have more to offer than many of their more expensive competitors. Combining exceptional protection with a stylish look, these glasses are our best overall choice.

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What We Like
  • Padding along the inside of the frame
  • Designed to look good while remaining functional
  • Excellent set of features for the price
  • Lenses won’t fog or break easily
What We Don’t Like
  • The included outdoor lenses don’t make a huge difference

Oakley Oil Rig Safety Glasses – Premium Choice

Oakley Oil Rig Safety Glasses

The Oakley Oil Rig 03 are our favourite premium set of safety glasses.

Not only are they stylish, but they’re functional – which sets them apart from most other premium safety glasses.

The frames are made of Oakley’s O Matter material. O Matter material has been custom made by Oakley to be durable enough to survive tough work environments, but light enough to stay comfortable. The wraparound plastic frame provides a durable design while maintaining that recognizable Oakley look.

These Oakley safety glasses come in a Matte Black or White Frame

These glasses are more than just pretty – they’ll still give you all of the protection you need from a functional set of safety glasses. The Oakley Oil Rig 03 glasses comply with ANSI Z87.1 (the standard for occupational face and eye protection).

The integrated hinge has been designed to be more reliable than on competing safety glasses.

Oakley Oil Rig Glasses

This is important – as weak hinges are one of the most common points of failure on glasses of all types.

Oakley also offer the option of an Iridium Lens Coating. This is a special type of polarization that immensely reduces glare through improved light transmission. If you’re going to be in a high-glare environment – make sure to get the iridium coating.

Last but not least, these Oakley’s also offer improved peripheral vision thanks to the Polaric Ellipsoid geometry. This is a cool feature, and you’ll notice the difference when you swap back to a regular pair of safety glasses.

While these Oakley’s are one of the more expensive options on this list, they’re still a great buy for anyone looking for a premium set of stylish safety glasses.

If you’re looking to treat yourself, the Oakley Oil Rig 03 is a stylish and effective choice.

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What We Like
  • 100% UV protective coating
  • Stylish and modern frame design
  • Extremely high build quality
  • Strong hinges (designed with reliability in mind)
  • Comply with ANSI Z87.1 rating
What We Don’t Like
  • The high price (worth it!)

Jackson Safety Glasses – Great Value

Jackson Safety Glasses

The Jackson Safety Nemesis safety glasses are the best option for buyers that prefer polarized lenses.

While these glasses may be a little more expensive than average, they’re ideal for outdoor use.

The polarized lenses on these glasses help ensure that your vision stays clear and that glare is reduced on sunny days.

The smoky tint of the lenses also helps reduce the strain on your eyes from bright sunlight over the course of long working hours.

The lenses are also scratch-resistant, and they provide 99.9% protection from UV rays. Finally, these glasses from Jackson Safety are convenient and comfortable, with an integrated neck cord and a soft touch temple design.

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What We Like
  • Polarized and tinted lenses are ideal for outdoor use
  • 99.9% UV protection
  • Soft touch temples keep you comfortable
  • Lightweight & durable design
  • Great value for money (very low price)
What We Don’t Like
  • Unreliable nose pads

3M Safety Glasses

3M Safety Glasses

If you’re looking to save money on your safety glasses, but you still want to be sure that they’re built well enough to protect your eyes, then 3M’s safety glasses are the perfect choice.

These affordable glasses may not come with all of the bells and whistles you’ll see in their more expensive counterparts, but they still have a few neat features.

The foam gasket around the interior of the frame helps keep these glasses comfortable and provides a degree of resistance to dust infiltration. The gasket is fully optional, so you can remove it if you find it too uncomfortable.

There is also the Cord Control System (CCS), which is a couple of grooves cut into the arms of the glasses that allow you to attach corded earplugs (sold separately) to them. This ensures that you don’t lose your earplugs on the job and that the cord can be used as a lanyard.

The best part of the 3M safety glasses is the value for money that you get out of them, as you won’t have to worry about whether they’re reliable (like with other cheap glasses). These safety glasses are built tough and they’re ready to put up with a harsh environment.

Since they aren’t weighed down with extras, the 3M safety glasses are also so light that you’ll probably forget that you’re wearing them by the end of the day. This combination of comfort and bang for your buck are why the 3M safety glasses are our favorite budget option.

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What We Like
  • Very affordable price
  • The gasket helps make these glasses more comfortable
  • Lightweight design won’t leave your face sore
What We Don’t Like
  • Some issues with fogging up

Dewalt Safety Goggles

Dewalt Safety Goggles

For customers who want something that provides a little more protection than basic safety glasses, then these safety goggles from Dewalt are an excellent choice.

The Dewalt goggles feature a hard-coated lens that is designed to protect from scratches and other permanent damage that may obstruct your vision.

These goggles are tough as nails, with eye protection on par with some of the best face shields on the market (although without the added face & neck protection).

The lenses are also coated with the Dewalt XtraClear coating – which nearly eliminates fogging entirely.

The dual-injected rubber along the interior of these goggles is soft and will fit faces of all shapes and sizes and also helps provide protection from debris floating through the air. Depending on your working environment, you can opt for either clear or smoky lenses.

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What We Like
  • High level of dust and debris protection
  • A choice of two lens tints
  • More protection than safety glasses
What We Don’t Like
  • Bulkier than traditional safety glasses
  • Not durable enough

Pyramex Fortress Safety Glasses

Pyramex Fortress Safety Glasses

While the Pyramex Fortress may not be the worst set of safety glasses on the market, we just can’t see much of a reason for it existing.

These glasses aren’t the most affordable, they aren’t the most durable, and they don’t have any outstanding features, so we have to wonder why they exist.

From the generic look of the frame to the minimal degree of adjustability, these glasses failed to impress us in nearly any way.

You may even have headaches while wearing these glasses, as the light bends oddly around the edges of the frames, making your peripheral vision somewhat unclear.

While the Pyramex Fortress glasses are marketed as scratch-resistant, you may discover that they scratch far too easily for extended use, and they’re not cheap enough to warrant buying several pairs.

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What We Like
  • The vented lens helps prevent fogging
What We Don’t Like
  • Unremarkable design
  • Too susceptible to scratches
  • Poor peripheral vision
  • Cheaply built

Safety Works Safety Glasses

Safety Works Safety Glasses

The Safety Works safety glasses may not be the most flattering option on this list, but there’s a reason why they look a little dorkier than the competition.

These are over-glasses safety glasses, which means that you can wear your prescription lenses beneath them.

These glasses may not come with many impressive extra features, but they have a few design elements that make them a more convenient choice.

The temples are vented to help prevent fog buildup while you work and the clear lenses can be used either indoors or outdoors.

These glasses from Safety Works are also some of the most affordable on the market, and their build quality is as good as you can expect for the price.

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What We Like
  • Cheap
  • Fits over prescription glasses
  • Doesn’t fog up
What We Don’t Like
  • Heat can build up behind the lenses
  • Hard to wear with protective headgear

About Blake Sutton

Blake has worked as an electrician for over 10 years, receiving his Journeyman Electrician license in 1998. Looking to take his professional electrical career further, in 2008 he received his Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering (BSEE) from the University of Texas in Austin. Blake now works full time as an electrical engineer, specializing in power systems.