Best Sunglasses Made in the USA

There are a ton of options to choose from when it comes to sunglasses, and so many manufacturers are making them overseas. So, we set out to find the best pairs that are made right here in the USA. We’ve listed our top choices (with plenty of details on each one), why we liked them, and the factors that went into our research below. Check it out!

Our Findings

We found several great brands still producing high quality American made sunglasses – and they aren’t your household names like Oakley and Maui Jim. Companies like American Optical and Liquid Eyewear have been producing some of the best eyewear in America for decades. We broke out our findings into a few different categories based on style, functionality, and use cases. Gatorz, Smith Director, Shwood, and Liquid Eyewear were just some of the other companies that really stood out to us. Read more about our recommendations below.

Top Recommendations

Best Sunglasses Best for:
American Optical Original Pilot Sunglasses Aviator Sunglasses
Randolph Sunglasses Style Options
Smith Director Elite Carbonic Sunglasses Durability
Liquid Eyewear Player Sunglasses Sport
Gatorz Wraptor Sunglasses Polarized
Shwood Wood Sunglasses Wooden

Recommendations: Going Deeper

Check out tons of additional product details, what we liked, and what we didn’t like about each of our top picks.

Best Aviator Sunglasses

American Optical Original Pilot Sunglasses

American Optical has been making high quality spectacles in the U.S. for over 100 years. The Original Pilot Sunglasses are very popular with military pilots, and have been for over 50 years. These glasses have a silver alloy frame, polished True Color® glass lens (comes in grey or green), and 100% UV protection. We loved that the Original Pilot sunglasses are both stylish and sturdy – these frames don’t break or scratch easily. This is the standard when it comes to aviator sunglasses – you won’t be disappointed. Sizes: 52, 55, and 57mm.

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Things we like:

  • Stylish, looks great on several face shapes
  • Durable
  • Comfortable
  • UV protection

Things we don’t like:

  • Not polarized

Most Style Options for Men and Women

Randolph Sunglasses

Randolph Engineering was started in 1973 by a couple of American immigrants and they make some amazing sunglasses that are engineered to military standards. Today, they are based in Randolph, MA (hence the name) and offer a lot of different sunglass styles for both men and women. Having roots in the military, naturally Randolph has a lot of Aviator styles, but not just your traditional Aviator frames. They have over 20 groups of styles, each with over a dozen different finish options and colors to choose from. We found their sunglasses to be pretty durable too, so if you need a pair for everyday wear, we think Randolph is a great choice for both men and women – you should be able to find something you love among all their different styles.

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Things we like:

  • Lots of options
  • Hard to break
  • Free shipping
  • Polarized and non-polarized options
  • Anti-reflective technology

Things we don’t like:

  • None

Most Durable Sunglasses

Smith Director Elite Carbonic Sunglasses

The Smith Director Elite sunglasses performed best in our durability research. They are very popular among active individuals and law enforcement – and for good reason. The lenses and frames are constructed with an impact resistant material that reduces the risk of scratches and breaks. These sunglasses also offer 100% UV protection. They are very lightweight, which may be counter intuitive to being highly durable, but we found that they held up well to many impact tests. You can also get the darker, polarized version of these sunglasses for just a few dollars more.

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Things we like:

  • Durable and scratch resistant
  • Lightweight
  • Tight fit, don’t slide

Things we don’t like:

  • Doesn’t come with a hard case

Best Sport Sunglasses

Liquid Eyewear Player Sunglasses

The Liquid Player polarized sunglasses are the best option we’ve found for really active individuals who need a pair of shades while they are on the tennis court, golf course, ski slope, or wherever else. The lenses have 100% UV protection and 13% light transmission while still maintaining great color clarity. We found that it was really easy to trace balls while wearing them. The fit is good for several face shapes and these sunglasses are sturdy – they will stay on your face when you’re sweating and running around. This pair of shades also has hinge-less frames, which works to optimize for fit and durability. Overall, a great pair of sunglasses for active people.

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Things we like:

  • Slip resistant fit
  • Polarized
  • Good color contrast

Things we don’t like:

  • Hinge-less sunglasses can sometimes be a pain for storing them

Best Polarized Sunglasses

Gatorz Wraptor Sunglasses

Gatorz Wraptor sunglasses were the best polarized frames we came across in our research. They are constructed with TruRay optics, which is an advanced filtering technology to help improve perception and clarity, and reduce glare. Along with being polarized, the lenses also have 100% UV protection and an anti-scratch coating. The frame is made of 7075 Billet Aircraft Aluminum right here in the U.S., designed to withstand harsh conditions. If you’re an active individual, these sunglasses are for you. Lens width: 69mm.

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Things we like:

  • Color clarity and contrast
  • Stainless steel hinges
  • Anti-scratch lenses
  • Good balance

Things we don’t like:

  • Limited color selection

Best Wooden Sunglasses

Shwood Wood Sunglasses

Shwood is the original wooden sunglasses, made in Portland, Oregon. Canby is one of their flagship models, and continues to be one of their most popular. These sunglasses have a phenomenal fit on several face sizes and shapes, coming in the classic wayfarer shape. They are very stylish as well – the frames are made with Acetate wood – a premium hardwood that is really tough and has a smooth finish. The lenses are polarized and have 100% UV protection. Overall, the Shwood Canby is a great pair of sunglasses for anyone who is looking for something stylish to wear in a casual environment. Pair these with a nice American made watch and you’ll be all set.

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Things we like:

  • Unique design
  • High quality lenses
  • Several color options
  • Premium construction
  • Comes with a hard case

Things we don’t like:

  • More prone to snapping that typical metal or plastic sunglasses

Recap: Best Sunglasses Made in the USA

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Factors We Considered


Sunglasses are meant to be functional and stylish! We wanted to make sure that our top choices are going to look good. We looked for pairs of shades that had several different color and style options to choose from, and in general looked good on several different face types. After all, everyone’s personal styles are different.


Fit is very important when you’re searching for your next pair of sunglasses. There are a few factors we looked for when it comes to fit:

  • Slip resistant
  • Adjustable
  • Comfort level
  • Resting position (too high, too low, etc.)
  • Face coverage and fit


Your sunglasses need to be able to function well, and clarity and color contrast are two big pieces of that. Lenses can block out as much light as they want, but if you can’t tell the difference between two colors when you’re looking through them, they don’t serve much of a purpose. This is especially important if you plan on using your sunglasses to play sports like tennis or golf. If you don’t have the right sunglasses, it can be tough to track the ball.


Nothing is more frustrating than having your sunglasses snap. After all, they are typically not a cheap investment! We looked for durability in both frames and lenses. For frames, typically metal and impact-resistant plastic are going to outperform other materials, especially for people with an active lifestyle. For lenses, crack-resistant construction and a no-scratch coating are important.


As fellow consumers, we want to make sure that you are getting the best sunglasses for your money. That’s why we eliminated over 15 products that we felt were too low quality for the price they listed.

Common Sunglasses Myths

Darker lenses don’t protect you more

There are all types of lens shades out there for sunglasses, and one shade doesn’t keep you more protected from the sun than the next. Super dark lenses don’t necessarily block more UV rays. Same goes for color! Yellow, green, gray, or other – there is not a discernible difference in UV protection among them. However, different color lenses help with contrast and can be helpful for playing sports like tennis or golf.

Polarized lenses don’t block more UV

Polarized sunglasses cut glare off surfaces like water or pavement, they don’t block UV. So, it doesn’t help with sun protection, but definitely helps you see better when you’re driving or on the water.

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