These days, you can have the perfect pair of glasses come to you, instead of going to the mall or eye store to deal with salespeople selling subpar frames. Last week we asked you for your favorite online retailers, then looked at the five best online glasses stores. Now we’re back to highlight the crowd favorite.
Internet startup, fashion forward, and charity focused Warby Parker took the top spot with over 43% of the overall vote. They may not be the oldest, the cheapest, or offer the broadest selection in the bunch, but they certainly have significant mindshare and a great try-at-home service that lets you find the perfect frames for you before you spend a ton of money.
Second place went to the always affordable Zenni Optical, which offers tons of frames in a wide variety of styles (and qualities, ranging from cheap plastic you won’t feel bad about sitting on to higher-end designer materials) at consistently low prices. Zenni pulled in 27% of the overall vote. Third place went to Coastal with over 12% of the vote, thanks to its massive stock of designer frames. Fourth place went to Eye Buy Direct with close to 12% of the votes cast, and Goggles 4 U brought up the rear in fifth with 5% of the overall vote.
For more on each of these and the honorable mentions not listed here, head back to our full Hive Five feature to read more.
The Hive Five is based on reader nominations. As with most Hive Five posts, if your favorite was left out, it didn’t get the nominations required in the call for contenders post to make the top five. We understand it’s a bit of a popularity contest. Have a suggestion for the Hive Five? Send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org!