Our #1 Pick
Best Bluetooth Sunglasses Headset
Believe it or not, but sunglasses with built-in headphones have been around for several years now. It’s only been recently that they’ve become a lot more popular, mainly through crowdfunding sites and campaigns like Kickstarter and Indiegogo.
First let’s take a look at our picks for the best sunglasses-headphones combo, and then we’ll talk about what you need to look for before you buy.
Top 10 Sunglasses Headphones Combo
|Rank||Picture||Name||Where to Buy|
|1||RioRand Bluetooth Sunglasses Headset||See it on Amazon|
|2||Forestfish Bluetooth Sunglasses with Camera||See it on Amazon|
|3||TechKen Sunglasses Headset||See it on Amazon|
|4||Napoer Bluetooth Sunglasses Headphones||See it on Amazon|
|5||WONFAST Bluetooth Sunglasses Headset||See it on Amazon|
|6||Zungle Viper||See it on Amazon|
|7||Ling Ying Waterproof Open Ear Wireless Sunglasses||See it on Amazon|
|8||kkcite G1 Bone Conduction Headphones Sunglasses||See it on Amazon|
|9||PHEVOS Bluetooth Sunglasses Headset||See it on Amazon|
|10||Oakley Radar Pace||See it on Amazon|
Let’s talk about the headphone side of the sunglasses
I hate to say this, but you should know upfront, if you’re buying a wireless sunglasses headset, you’re not going to get amazing sound quality.
It’s just not possible for all the great tech that’s in a pair of over-ear headphones to be packed into a pair of sunglasses. So, if you’re an audiophile (which most of us aren’t) then just pass on these because you’re going to be disappointed.
On the other hand, if you just want to be able to listen to your favorite podcast or music while you run or walk, then the sound quality isn’t going to be a huge deal.
With that said you’re going to have two options:
- Earbuds. These will come as extensions of the sunglasses themself (i.e. Rio Rand, Forest Fish and Oakley in the table above) and fit in your ears like any other regular earbuds.
- Open Air or Bone Conduction. The speakers or bone conduction technology is built into the band of the sunglasses and will not be inserted directly in your ear (i.e. kkCite and Zungle in the table above).
Which is better?
For most people the earbuds are going to sound better and probably be more familiar.
However, if you’re running or walking near a busy street or a place where you need to hear ambient sound, consider going with the open air or bone conduction ones.
Let’s look at the sunglasses side of the equation
I like a lot of the glasses on this list, but I want to be honest. With the exception of Oakley and possibly Zungle (both of which are the top two most expensive pairs on the list), the sunglasses you’re getting are just an average pair of lenses.
There are however, two things to consider:
- Polarization. It’s important to ensure the pair you pick is polarized because that will reduce glare and eye strain while enhancing contrast and colors.
- UV Protection. Most of the sunglasses in the list above are rated UV400, which means they “reflect or filter out 99% or more of UVA and UVB light, with wavelengths up to 400 nm.”
Another option for walkers and bikers
If your main purpose of buying the sunglasses headset is for walking or biking, but you’re not really keen on what’s available, another option is to pair neckband headphones with your favorite pair of glasses.
Another option for runners
For runners the above option won’t work well because the neckband headphones will end up bouncing around too much.