• Lyndon Pritchard

How much should I spend on glasses? - Complete Pricing Guide

10 years ago, top of the range eyewear could be found for just £30! Nowadays, glasses and sunglasses from the top brands can easily set you back hundreds or even thousands of pounds. Nothing particularly innovative has changed the design of glasses. They're still made of few pieces of plastic or wire, some screws and glass. Right? Why should you pay more for a pair of glasses than a new TV?

Spectacles are one of the very few objects which you must use continuously throughout the day and are 100% functional. Glasses need to be reliable. They must last 15 out of 15 hours a day for months and sometimes years. Durable materials are essential ingredients for making great frames. Glasses are also 100% aesthetical. Spectacles are the first things that catch someone's eye when looking at a person, so they must be stylish and desirable. Today, eyewear is mainly made of different types of plastics and metals. You'll even find gold plated and titanium pairs available in opticians all over the country. Different materials all have their pros and cons.

Plastic Pros:

  • Lightweight and durable.

  • Easily adjusted for fit and comfort.

  • Cheaper than metal and acetate counterparts.


  • Made from non-renewable material.

Acetate Pros:

  • Lightweight and durable.

  • Easily adjusted for fit and comfort.

  • Made from renewable and organic material.


  • Not desired for sports and athletic activities.

  • More expensive than using plastic

Metal Pros:

  • Nose pads are adjustable which improves comfort for all face types.

  • More durable than acetate and plastic counterparts.

  • Tend to be lighter, especially titanium.


  • More expensive than plastic and acetate.

  • More expensive than plastic and acetate.

It wasn't that long ago when glasses were widely considered uncool, and many people only wore them when it was absolutely necessary. Over the past decade, the luxury brands have revolutionised peoples opinion on the use of glasses and their design. Designer eyewear is now considered high-fashion which has greatly contributed to the demand and therefore cost for these glasses to skyrocket. Companies such as Luxottica, the owners of Ray-ban, have been at the forefront of this shift in the market. However, other companies have strived to provide the lowest prices possible without compromise. The likes of Low Cost Glasses and Glasses Direct have greatly compromised materials used and therefore comfort and build quality too.

With glasses starting from prices as low as £5 and ranging up to thousands, it's difficult to know how much you need to spend to enjoy the benefits of design, durability and comfort. If you're planning on having multiple pairs of glasses, we would recommend a pair from a good manufacturer, such as continental eyewear in the UK, for between £50 to £80 with lenses included. A pair that will offer both comfort and design but slightly slack in the ability to be thrashed for 15 hours a day will do you fine for many activities, including gardening and reading. However if you're in need of a pair that must do it all: lightweight materials for greater comfort, exceptional design, brand name and durability that you can rely on for any activity or job we would greatly recommend you spend over £100. This price range will not only offer greater frame design, the lenses could also be upgraded so that you can enjoy the greatest visual experience all day. Learn more about personalised lenses here.

Whatever your budget, browse our collections online and find your new perfect pair. In our store you will find UK based brands from £50 and higher quality designer frames from the likes of Etna Barcelona, which offer greater prices, design and durability.

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