You may have stumbled upon ads for Blenders Eyewear on your Instagram feed, especially since this colorful eyewear brand has a massive social media following.
If you’re not familiar with the brand or its products, we compiled a short guide detailing the ins and outs. We explore product materials, company return and shipping policies, and customer reviews.
Plus, we consulted with two board-certified ophthalmologists for pros and considerations for products from the brand.
Founded by Californian Chase Fisher, Blenders Eyewear started in 2012.
The company initially sold neon green “beater” sunglasses, which were popular in the nightclub scene.
The unprecedented success of those sunglasses sales prompted Fisher to expand the Blenders line to include other mid-priced eyewear products.
Fast forward to 2021, and the San Francisco-based company now boasts a full eyewear line that includes ski goggles, sunglasses, prescription glasses, and nonprescription, blue light readers.
Polycarbonate lenses and frames
According to the Blenders website, all of their sunglass lenses, eyeglass frames, and lenses are made with polycarbonate, which is a form of unbreakable plastic.
Blenders boasts that their sunglasses offer 100 percent UV400 protection, which reduces certain bands of light, and are impact resistant.
Blenders Eyewear states that all sunglasses meet the U.S. government’s recommendation to block 100 percent of all UVA and UVB rays, and meet and pass the AS-NZS 1067 Standards. Some models are also available in scratch-resistant, polarized lenses, for those who want their sunglasses to offer more protection.
Polyurethane ski goggles
Ski goggles from the brand are made with different materials. These include frames that are made with lightweight thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) 90. Goggles also contain a unidirectional ventilation and air system, which provides comfort, and helps protect against impact.
Additionally, the goggles also cycle airflow to regulate temperature and prevent fogging, securely fastening the lens in place.
Finally, the ski goggles contain a high density triple layer hypoallergenic face foam, as well as imitation polyester, polyurethane, and fleece for fit comfort. This is meant to increase comfort and reduce face rash and irritation.
- Price: $28–$68
Sunglasses from the brand include larger glass frames that are polarized and offer 100 percent UV protection, which is essential to protecting eyes from harmful UV damage, according to New York-based ophthalmologist Yuna Rapoport, MD, MPH.
“Additionally, since sunglasses are available in prescription options, they are great for patients who do not wear contacts, and simply need a prescription in their sunglasses instead.”
Fit may be an issue for some users, with Blenders frames on the larger side, they may slip or side off the face.
While their price point is lower than some high-end sunglasses, board certified ophthalmologist Kaushal Kulkarni, MD, explains that this may affect the quality and longevity of the product down the line.
- Price: $40–$125
Ski goggles from Blenders Eyewear include a wide range of goggles to choose from, with interchangeable frames and lens. Along with sun-shielding, their goggles have anti-fog and anti-scratch features.
“Ski goggles from the brand are resistant, provide good visibility and glare reduction, and offer 100 percent UV protection,” said Kulkarni.
Since lenses are magnetically attached, this could affect product quality down the line, Kulkarni added.
Readers or ready-to-wear glasses
- Price: $89–$109
Readers from Blenders Eyewear are available in plenty of styles and come in very usable powers that can be used from an early to later age, Rapoport said.
“For example, a 30-year-old spending a lot of time on the computer may benefit from a +0.50, while a 55-year-old who needs readers for everything would benefit from the +2.00,” she explained. “Therefore, these glasses have a lot of versatility and usability.”
The powers available are standard and, while there are many to choose from, it doesn’t include all powers.
“For example, anybody over the age of 65 would need at least +2.50 or higher, if someone has a baseline farsightedness prescription of +2.00,” she added. “Then, +2.00 of a reader on top of that would result in that patient needing a +4.00.”
Blue light glasses
- Price: $38–$58
Blenders Eyewear has an extensive selection of blue light glasses. Customers like that they’re stylish, customizable, and are eligible for returns.
While blue light glasses have become more popular as of late, Rapoport said that the American Academy of Ophthalmology hasn’t yet accumulated much evidence suggesting that blue light coating helps with any signs of eye fatigue or dryness.
Until then, the question of whether blue light lenses are actually effective remains unanswered.
Blenders Eyewear is available for purchase both online and in-store at select locations across the United States. Though if you plan on purchasing products in-store, the brand’s website encourages using its store locator tool to see which store locations are closest to you.
To place an order online, customers can simply add nonprescription products to their shopping cart, and fill out shipping and billing information accordingly.
However, if you’re interested in purchasing Rx glasses from Blenders Eyewear, be advised that you will need a valid prescription, including your pupillary distance, or PD, which will need to be uploaded at the time of checkout.
If you don’t have that ready, the website says you can still place the order and upload the Rx later, but you’ll only have 10 business days to do so before the order is canceled.
Blenders Eyewear processes orders from Monday to Friday, with a processing time of 6 business days.
Once shipped, the standard window for shipping is 3 to 5 business days. Two-day shipping usually takes 2 business days, with no deliveries on either Saturday or Sunday, according to the website.
Keep in mind that because of the impact that the COVID-19 pandemic has on shipping, users should be prepared to expect shipping delays once an order is placed.
Customers have up to 45 days to return or exchange products, without restocking fees or hidden interest.
Items that are nonrefundable include items marked as final sale and gifts or promotional items with retail value.
To make returns successfully, the brand recommends sending an email to customer service that states the purpose for the exchange or return. Then, once that email has been sent, the customer service team at Blenders Eyewear sends customers a prepaid shipping label, plus step-by-step instructions on the return process, that can be printed out.
Once generated, you’ll receive an instant credit to the site. However, if you’re seeking a refund, the brand recommends holding onto that credit until your return is sent back to the company headquarters. Be advised that refunds usually take up to 48 hours to fully process.
Blenders Eyewear doesn’t provide eyeglass repairs, and instead, offers a 1-year manufacturer warranty.
Blenders Eyewear became a Better Business Bureau (BBB) accredited business in 2018. Their BBB rating is a B+.
The brand currently has a 2.5- out of 5-star rating based on 10 customer reviews. BBB user reviews expressed dissatisfaction with the product (particularly lenses), as well as customer service quality.
At the same time, other reviews were more positive, as some users found that the purchasing process was fairly easy and that products shipped rather quickly.
On Trustpilot, Blenders Eyewear currently has a 3.7- out of 5-star rating based on 5 reviews. Trustpilot user reviews gave the brand high remarks on comfort, style, and fast shipping. One review did express concern with customer service issues.
Additionally, Blenders Eyewear was mentioned in a class action suit back in 2018 in regards to marketing practices, according to Top Class Actions, but no additional information could be found.
Blenders Eyewear offers a variety of different eyewear products available at different price points.
While their products may be attractive to more economical shoppers, they may not offer the benefits, durability, and longevity offered by other high-end eyewear brands.
Alas, if you’re looking for simple eyewear to start with, this just must be the brand to consider.