In the world of confusing safety ratings and limitless frame options, it can be difficult to decipher high-quality safety glasses from the imposters. After all, ANSI safety ratings are anything but easy to understand, and safety frames notoriously have a similar, unstylish design. Today, the protective eyewear industry is booming with choices, and while standout frames exist, you'll need some time to uncover them. That's why our team of opticians got to work and did the research for you. We've curated the top 5 best safety glasses for on-the-job that deliver ANSI-rated protection, clear vision, and great style. Join SportRx as we share our picks for the best safety glasses and learn how to identify a pair yourself.

Table of Contents

A. What to Look for in Safety Glasses
B. Best Safety Glasses
1. Wiley X Gravity
2. SPY Logan ANSI
3. SMITH Longfin Elite
4. Oakley Industrial Det Cord ANSI
5. Heat Wave Vise Z87 with Side Shields
C. Safety Glasses FAQs
D. Shop Prescription Safety Glasses Online at SportRx


What to Look for in Safety Glasses

With no shortage of options, it's important to remember that not all safety glasses are equal. Let's review the criteria required by opticians to make it into our lineup of the best safety glasses.

ANSI-Certification

The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) creates safety standards, and requirements, for protective eyewear. To become a pair of ANSI-approved safety glasses, frames and lenses go through rigorous testing to ensure they're providing satisfactory protection. This series of testing represents common workplace hazards such as blunt force impacts, dirt, dust, and small particles, and splashes or droplets.

In the workplace, most employers that require ANSI-approved safety glasses will enforce ANSI Z87.1-certification. Your eyewear will have passed testing according to the safety standards outlined above, and have ANSI markings on both the frame and lenses. In our lineup of the best safety glasses, all styles are ANSI Z87.1-certified. They also have an ANSI Z87-2 safety rating, which is the prescription equivalent of Z87.1.

Generous Coverage

Acting as a physical barrier between your eyes and external hazards, coverage is key to getting the most out of your protective eyewear. The best safety glasses will provide generous coverage to protect you from all angles, without obstructing your view. Whether it's an 8-base wrap around design or tall and wide lenses, coverage comes in many forms. All of today's frames provide coverage in one or another to keep you focused on the task at hand, while blocking potential airborne risks.

Comfortable Fit

Nothing becomes more distracting than a pair of slipping frames or squeezing temples. And when concentration is required for a job well done, neither of these imperfections will do. The best way to get a secure, comfortable fit is through proper sizing and rubber grip. Every frame in our lineup has a measurement called SportRx Frame Width, which accurately helps you understand and determine frame size. Some styles also have rubber grip to keep the frames securely in place and prevent slippage. Regardless of which style you choose, you're guaranteed comfortable safety glasses in any of today's frames.

Want to learn even more about what makes high-quality safety glasses stand out from the competition? Read our Ultimate Safety Glasses Buyer's Guide.


Best Safety Glasses

Now that you're a pro at deciphering ANSI-approved safety glasses from the wannabes, let's check out our opticians' picks for the top 5 frames!

Wiley X Gravity

Kicking off our lineup, the Wiley X Gravity is a versatile choice with a chameleon-like ability to perform in any situation. It has several removable accessories, so you can customize the level of protection and frame retention. As a member of the Wiley X Climate Control Series, your WX Gravity comes with the following:

  1. Facial Cavity™ Seal that blocks dirt, dust, and wind
  2. T-Peg elastic strap that converts your safety glasses to safety goggles
  3. Leash cord that attaches to the temple tips so you never risk losing your frames

In addition to its accessories, the Wiley X Gravity has 24/7 wrap around coverage thanks to its 8-base design. You'll get a contoured fit and wide field of view without peripheral light leak. Rectangular lenses work on a variety of face shapes and are available with Wiley X CAPTIVATE™ lens technology. All CAPTIVATE™ lenses are polarized to reduce glare, enhance color and contrast, and are Rx-able! You can also get your WX Gravity with clear or transition lenses, depending on your needs.

Wiley X Gravity transition safety glasses in matte black with photochromic grey lenses.

Wiley X Gravity in Matte Black with Photochromic Smoke Grey Lenses

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Wiley X Gravity Key Features:

  • Safety ratings: ANSI Z87.1 & ANSI Z87-2
  • Removable foam gasket blocks dust, debris, & wind — it's also replaceable
  • Glasses-to-goggles conversion system with T-Peg elastic strap
  • Available with Rx-able CAPTIVATE™ technology & with an Adaptor for higher prescriptions
  • SportRx Frame Width: 135 (What is SFW?)

SPY Logan ANSI

While SPY Optic may be known for their California-cool attitude and laid-back frame designs, their ANSI-rated eyewear takes your safety seriously. The SPY Logan ANSI is an 8-base wrap around eyeglass made of nearly indestructible Grilamid nylon. This frame material is impact-resistant, durable, and lightweight, making these some of the most reliable and comfortable safety glasses available. Straight-back temples fit seamlessly under helmets and a built-in pin hinge system creates just the right amount of grip.

The Spy Logan ANSI is currently offered with clear lenses at sportrx.com, but we can also make prescription safety sunglasses with tinted lens colors. If you go the prescription route, the Logan ANSI is available with contrast-enhancing and mood-boosting SPY Happy™ lenses!

SPY Logan ANSI glasses in matte black with clear lenses.

SPY Logan ANSI in Matte Black with Clear Lenses

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SPY Logan ANSI Key Features:

  • Safety ratings: ANSI Z87.1 & ANSI Z87-2
  • 8-base Grilamid nylon frame is resilient & lightweight
  • Straight-back temples fit effortlessly with helmets & headgear
  • Available with Rx-able Happy™ lens technology
  • SFW: 135

SMITH Longfin Elite

Next up we have a pair of safety sunglasses that look relaxed and far from the traditional idea of safety glasses, but don't let the stylish design fool you. The SMITH Longfin Elite packs an even higher level of protection than our ANSI Z87.1 requirement! In addition to ANSI-certification, these safety sunglasses are also MIL-PRF-31013 rated. This ballistic rating can withstand the most extreme situations and is ideal for military use. However, civilians alike can also enjoy the good looks and level of protection that the Longfin Elite provides.

Unlike most of the other styles in our lineup of the best safety sunglasses, the SMITH Longfin Elite has a 6-base lens curvature. A flatter lens makes these frames extremely Rx-friendly and side shields provide peripheral coverage similar to wrap around designs.

SMITH Longfin Elite safety sunglasses in navy blue with grey lenses.

SMITH Longfin Elite in Matte Deep Ink with Carbonic Elite Ballistic Grey Lenses

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SMITH Longfin Elite Key Features:

  • Safety ratings: ANSI Z87.1, ANSI Z87-2, & MIL-PRF-31013
  • 6-base frame holds a range of prescriptions with ease
  • Megol rubber nose pads & temple tips create comfortable grip
  • Rx-able with SportRx Custom Lenses or Sport Optimized Lenses
  • SFW: 135

Oakley Industrial Det Cord ANSI

Following suit with our previous frame, the Oakley Industrial Det Cord boasts both ANSI-certification and a ballistic rating. In addition to providing the highest level of protection available, these safety glasses are packed with the best of Oakley tech. From the impact-resistant and lightweight O Matter™ frame construction to the Unobtainium® rubber grip that gets tackier the more you sweat, these comfortable safety glasses are equally impressive as they are easy to wear. The Oakley Det Cord is available with contrast-enhancing PRIZM™ lens technology, which makes your environment come to life with detail. It's also Rx-able!

Oakley Det Cord ANSI sunglasses in matte black with O logo and American flag.

Oakley Industrial Det Cord ANSI in Matte Black + Matte Grey with Grey Lenses

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Oakley Det Cord Key Features:

  • Safety ratings: ANSI Z87.1, ANSI Z87-2, & MIL-PRF-31013
  • 8-base O Matter™ frame is impact-resistant, durable, & lightweight
  • Unobtainium® rubber gets tackier with moisture
  • Available with Rx-able PRIZM™ lens technology
  • SFW: 138

Heat Wave Vise Z87 with Side Shields

Closing out our lineup of the best safety glasses, we have Heat Wave Vise Z87 with Side Shields. Aptly named, you already know a lot about this frame just from its introduction. The original Heat Wave Vise got the ANSI treatment in this safety-rated design. With Z87.1-certification and removable side shields, you're protected from all angles and can easily slip off the side shields after clocking out. Similar to the SMITH Longfin Elite, the Vise safety glasses also use a 6-base lens curvature. Choose from clear safety glasses or tinted safety sunglasses, or take up the customization a notch with prescription lenses!

Heat Wave Vise Z87 glasses with side shields. Clear frame, clear lenses, clear side shields.

Heat Wave Vise Z87 in Vapor Clear with Clear Lenses & Side Shields

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Heat Wave Vise Z87 with Side Shields Key Features:

  • Safety ratings: ANSI Z87.1 & ANSI Z87-2
  • Choose from 6-base clear safety glasses or tinted safety sunglasses
  • Removable side shields for extra peripheral protection
  • Rx-able with SportRx Custom Lenses or Sport Optimized Lenses
  • SFW: 139

Safety Glasses FAQs

If we haven't yet answered all your questions about ANSI frames, don't worry. We've got more answers!

What are the best safety glasses for dust?

To protect yourself from dust, opticians recommend safety goggles with foam seals. Unlike standard safety glasses, goggles create a more secure fit and complete seal to prevent dust from entering your vision. Some frame recommendations are the OnGuard by Hilco OG800, the Bobster Piston, and the Wiley X SG-1.

What are the best anti-fog safety glasses?

Wiley X makes some of the best anti-fog safety glasses in their Climate Control Series. Every frame in this collection features an anti-fog coating on their non-polarized lenses to keep your vision clear. Certain styles also use an anti-fog coating on every lens color available. Here are a few of our opticians' favorites that excel in fog-defense: the WX Sleek, WX Tide, and WX Enzo.

Can I get safety glasses with prescription?

Absolutely. Many safety glasses and safety sunglasses can be made with prescription lenses. At SportRx, almost every ANSI frame we carry is available with Rx lenses tailor-made to your vision needs. In addition to having the same ANSI safety rating as non-Rx lenses, your prescription lenses will also be engraved with the ANSI safety rating to demonstrate compliance.


Shop Prescription Safety Glasses Online at SportRx

We hope today's blog has equipped you with 5 reliable options for high-quality, comfortable safety glasses. Every frame is available with Rx lenses at SportRx, and we have video guides and tool tips as you customize your perfect pair. An answer to all your questions is at your fingertips, and if you want to chat with an expert, contact us. We’ll put you in touch with one of our friendly in-house Sports Opticians who can help you build your prescription safety glasses.

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