Bluetooth audio glasses and sunglasses are not only getting slimmer, they’re also playing better, and that could be music to your ears when you put them on. Finding the right pair of Bluetooth audio glasses isn’t all that different from a standard pair of glasses or sunglasses. If you like how they look on you, that’s already half the battle. How good they sound and how fun they are to use is what’s open to you to discover. All of the pairs in this list can play audio streaming from a device over Bluetooth. They can all handle phone calls, and you can even break a sweat in them.
In most cases, you can probably swap out the lenses for your own prescription ones. The manufacturers listed below don’t offer those services, so you would need to go to an optometrist to see what can be done.
Bose is putting resources into this category, tackling it with multiple styles and designs. The first thing to know is how they differ. The Frames Tempo are the sporty pair, made for outdoor activity with their thicker handles and IPX4 protection. You won’t be swimming in these, but you can certainly use them all year round.
The nose pads are swappable, with three sets in the box, while the lenses also come out. Bose includes the polarized ones in the box, but you can also get road orange for running and cycling, or trail blue for biking or hiking a trail.
You’ve got several choices for a more lifestyle and fashionable look. For men, you have the Frames Alto and Frames Tenor. For women, it’s the Frames Soprano, Frames Rondo, and the Frames Alto, which is really the unisex option in the lineup. All offer the same UV protection, and you will find extra lenses (separately sold) for a few of them on top of that.
These glasses utilize a similar concept and design in that the audio speakers line up on the handles. Small microphones enable you to do phone calls and wake your phone’s voice assistant. The Bose Connect app (iOS and Android) offers tips on best practices and customizations to get the fit and function you should expect from your Frames.
Soundcore by Anker Frames
The Soundcore by Anker line of Frames follows a similar pattern, only you don’t really get a “sporty” version here, despite the surprising IPX4 protection. These are lifestyle shades and frames, starting with the Wander Classic, a pair that should fit many people well because of their accessible look. They come with polarized lenses, though you could also go with a different vibe wearing the Tour, in case metallic frames and aviator lenses are to your liking.
Anker built these glasses to be somewhat modular, meaning you can remove the arms and replace the frames. Any of the Soundcore Frames will fit the arms, so you can always get multiple sets of frames to go with one set of arms.
The arms hold the speakers playing the audio, and onboard mics keep you in touch through calls or voice assistants. They also work with the Soundcore app on iOS and Android to customize the sound and more. They even have wear sensors to pause music when taking them off, or play it when putting them back on.
A brand better known for its gaming products came with a promising debut through its Anzu glasses. It’s not a complex lineup, as you really only have two options—one for men, the other for women. Each of them also come in different sizes, a medium/large and large/X-large to get the right fit.
Razer kept a lot of things simple with these glasses, so you can expect decent audio coming from the speakers in the handles. The audio is low-latency to begin with, which does better prepare you for gaming or watching shows or movies with the glasses on, should that be something you want to do. Clear replacement lenses come with blue light filtering for those long sessions in front of a screen.
The onboard mics are fine for phone calls, with touch controls handling the basics. They are compatible with the Razer Audio app on iOS and Android for any sound adjustments you want to make. And with IPX4 protection, they can handle a little activity if it’s time to get moving.
Off the top, you should know that the Ray-Ban Stories do require a Facebook account. If you don’t have one, you won’t get any mileage out of these glasses. They come in three styles that you will probably recognize as storied (no pun intended) designs from Ray-Ban’s history. The Wayfarer have that iconic look, while the Meteor go a little rounder, and the Round are primarily made for women.
Each of these glasses come with two 5-megapixel cameras capable of capturing still photos and video with a simple touch of the button on the right arm. A triple microphone array records whatever audio comes out of the video you’re capturing, as well as working to keep phone calls and voice commands clear. You do need to use the Facebook View app to upload your images, directly tied to your Facebook account, of course. You can also share with others via WhatsApp and Instagram.
Facebook Assistant is built into the glasses, so saying “Hey Facebook” will open it up to your requests. You can stream any audio you want to the glasses from your phone, tablet, or computer. And, last but not least, you can also swap out the lenses, if you want.
Look at the Fauna lineup of Bluetooth glasses, and you’re bound to notice some retro styling. Far from being old school, they have an understated tone to them, and they come in a few different variants. The Spiro are made for men, whereas the Fabula Cat Eye are for the ladies. Those are the sunglasses. If you want clear lenses, the Memor Havana (men) and Levia Cat Eye (women) follow a similar pattern.
All of them have Carl Zeiss lenses, a German brand well known in the photography business, and you can swap them out, if you want. All come with the same speaker and microphone setup to playback audio and talk to people during calls. Their IPX4 protection makes them reasonably good for some activity.
Try them on for size
These are the key brands making Bluetooth glasses right now, and you may find more when you look around. Your choices are getting better, and you can see for yourself by all of the models available right now.