ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Zenni Optical Review: Making It Possible to Buy Quality Eyeglasses Online

Updated on October 17, 2013
Glasses can be very expensive
Glasses can be very expensive | Source

Zenni Optical Rating

5 stars for Zenni Optical
Wearing my Zenni glasses
Wearing my Zenni glasses | Source

If you are like me and need to wear glasses full-time, then you know how expensive they are. True, a lot of big optical brands like Specsavers often have deals, but if you want a decent-looking frame and good quality lenses (and some of us need mid-index or high-index lenses), then the cost of your glasses will go up. Unless you buy them online from Zenni Optical.

What is Zenni?

Zenni Optical is a company that specializes in eyeglasses. The frames they offer have nice designs, but they are more than affordable because they are not designer brands. Same goes for the lenses - everything is manufactured in Hong Kong. This means that Zenni can keep their prices low and offer a great choice of frames and lenses at the same time.

Zenni Frame Fit

Zenni Optical has a great feature called Zenni Frame Fit. Basically, it allows you to upload your photo and try different glasses. So you will be able to see whether the frame style suits you or not and only then decide to order (or not).

Does Zenni sell good quality glasses?

To cut a long story short - yes. True, they are not designer glasses, but Zenni frames are well made. As for the lenses, they are good quality too and you can upgrade your order with better lenses if you want to. If you've ever bought goods that are made in Hong Kong, you won't have any doubts about the quality.

Prices

Zenni prices are amazing. You can get complete prescription glasses for as low as $6.95. Yes, you read it right. True, it will be a basic frame and the lenses won't have anti-reflection coating (that costs $4.95 extra), but the quality will still be good. Most Zenni frames cost between $12 and $26. As for the lenses, the prices vary depending on the index (high index lenses are more expensive), tint, and so on. You can even order glasses with light-sensitive lenses.

Shipping prices are also great because you pay for the whole order, no matter how many pairs of glasses it contains. Standard US shipping costs only $4.95 and international shipping costs $9.95.

My experience with Zenni Optical

When I first found Zenni Optical online, it took me a while to order from them because I was somewhat uneasy about ordering glasses online. My main reason was my prescription, which is not exactly straightforward. People who have astigmatism will know what I'm talking about because they know how important it is to get the cylinder exactly right. If the axis is wrong, the glasses are useless. My second reason for thinking twice when ordering from Zenni was shipping. I live in Russia and only too often things get lost or broken in the post.

After a lot of thinking, I decided to order a pair. I consulted Zenni's online chat consultant before ordering and made sure they shipped to Russia. So I placed my order, paid with a credit card (unfortunately, Zenni doesn't accept PayPal), and started waiting. Five days after I placed the order, I got an email from Zenni that my glasses were ready and that they had been shipped by Hong Kong post. And there was a tracking number for the package. Two weeks later (which is amazing for Russia - only too often things take more than a month to get here from Europe), I got my glasses. They were intact and it was nice that Zenni included a free case and a cleaning cloth.

When I tried the glasses on, I felt that they matched the prescription exactly. But I wanted to be sure, so I took them to my optician who confirmed that they were well made and that they were made according to my prescription.

Now I have four pairs from Zenni - two ordinary pairs, one pair of prescription sunglasses and a pair with light-sensitive lenses. They are great and I love the fact that I got four pairs for the price of one (that's how much it would have cost to make a pair with my prescription here in Moscow). All my friends are envious and I'm enjoying wearing different styles of glasses. I'll definitely order from Zenni again.

© 2012 Snurre

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • profile image

      Debvrat Chaturvedi 3 years ago

      Great and a very informative blog for me. I really like reading this blog. Thanks a lot for sharing.

    • Snurre profile image
      Author

      Snurre 5 years ago

      Justmesuzanne, you're welcome! Thanks for reading, commenting and voting!

    • justmesuzanne profile image

      justmesuzanne 5 years ago from Texas

      Thank you for this! I really, really need to replace my eyeglasses, and I will look into this! :) Voted up and useful!

    • Snurre profile image
      Author

      Snurre 5 years ago

      Thank you, Susan! I found Zenni to deal with my prescription very well. Just to give you an idea, here it is:

      Left eye: -2.5 sphere with -1 cyl (don't remember the axis)

      Right eye: -3 sphere with -0.50 cyl (again, don't remember the axis)

    • Just Ask Susan profile image

      Susan Zutautas 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I need to get a new pair of glasses and go to see the eye doctor for a new prescription as it's been I think five years since my last visit. I've seen places such as Zenni and have always wondered if they were any good or not. Glad to see a review on online ordering. I'll check out Zenni as soon as I do get a new prescription.

      Great review!

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: "https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr"

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)