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The best blue light-blocking Gunnar glasses

Do you feel the pinch when wearing blue light-blocking glasses? Gunnar glasses have you covered with a range of styles designed for wider temples.

Gunnar glasses
Image: Josh Knowles/KnowTechie

It’s hard to deny that blue light-blocking glasses are a handy tool for anyone who spends significant time gaming or sitting at a computer.

Studies have said the blue light emitted by our devices and monitors could hurt our eyes over time. While other solutions like blue light filtering apps exist, putting on some blue light-blocking glasses works across all devices.

Gunnar glasses are one of the better premium brands out there. Unfortunately, most models won’t fit well if you have a head larger than average. 

Here at KnowTechie, we looked at models designed to accommodate larger heads and faces for both men and women.

Find the best Gunnar glasses for you

When choosing the best Gunnar glasses for you, as with any glasses, fit is paramount. Sure, style is essential as well but if they don’t fit well you won’t use them long term.

Thankfully, Gunnar has an extensive range of width fittings and styles with fixed or adjustable nose bridges to find the fit that works for your face.

All of the glasses in the range block harmful blue light from entering your face. They have clear lenses for color-sensitive design work, going through light yellow for more protection to a darker amber color.

If you’re on a budget, the good news is that Gunnar uses the same quality lenses for every pair they sell. The more expensive models have more stylish or metal frames, but the protection is there at every price point.

Gunnar Riot Glasses – Best Overall

Gunnar glasses on purple background
Image: Josh Knowles/KnowTechie

The Riot style of Gunnar glasses come in Onyx or Espresso. While they fit my bulbous head, they did look 100% better on my wife.

The slightly winged frame and silver accents skew a little more feminine. The nylon frame is light, so that’s a huge plus! 

They are cheaper, so these are some fantastic entry-level glasses. The Riot glasses cost $49.99 (but you can often find them cheaper) in both colors, including the carrying pouch and cleaning cloth.

Best Overall
Gunnar Riot Amber Tinted Gaming Glasses Gunnar Riot Amber Tinted Gaming Glasses
$49.99 $39.99

Gunnar's Riot frame style comes in two color choices while giving you solid blue light-blocking performance and an affordable price tag.

What we liked: Light frame, awesome entry level choice
What we didn't like: Lacks some of the heft of other options
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04/10/2024 01:30 pm GMT

Enigma Gunnar Glasses – Editor’s Choice

Gunnar glasses in purple background.
Image: Josh Knowles/KnowTechie

The Enigma glasses are almost what you think of when you imagine a pair of Gunnar glasses. They have a blocky frame, a large lens area, and durability that kept them together when I accidentally sat on them. 

The Enigma’s bonus is that the frame is quite broad. It is one of the few pairs I couldn’t see the outside of the frame when wearing it.

Like the Riot, these are a bit cheaper and would be recommended for first-time buyers. You can get these in Onyx, Grey Crystal, or Crystal starting at $64.99.

Editor's Choice
Gunnar Enigma Glasses for Gaming and Computer Use Gunnar Enigma Glasses for Gaming and Computer Use
$64.99

The Enigma frame style from Gunnar has large rectangular lenses to ensure your eyes get the protection from harmful blue light that they deserve.

What we liked: Perfect for large-faced individuals.
Feels durable.
What we didn't like: Not much, this is pretty much the standard.
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Maverick Gunnar Glasses – Best Traditional Shape

Gunnar glasses
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The Maverick is an enjoyable pair of glasses. With a traditional aviator-style frame and flexible hinges, these fit just about any face type. I was surprised at how well they fit on my face, with the nose pads adjusting perfectly. 

If you want a more professional look, this is one of the ideal models.

The frame feels lightweight and fragile, but I dropped them a few times without issue. I also used these in the office without looking like I was about to play a bunch of video games.

Best Traditional Shape
Gunnar Maverick Blue Light Blocking Glasses Gunnar Maverick Blue Light Blocking Glasses
$79.99 $63.43

Gunnar's Maverick frames will have you thinking you're "Top Gun" in no time, with its aviator-style metal frame and oversized lenses.

What we liked: Looks professional.
Extremely durable.
What we didn't like: If you move a lot, these tend to slide.
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04/10/2024 01:34 pm GMT

Stark Industries Edition Gunnar Glasses – Best for Cosplay

Stark Industry glasses
Image: Josh Knowles/KnowTechie

Take the professional concept of the Maverick, beef up the frames a little bit, and embolden the look. You then have Tony Stark’s famous look from the Avengers films.

While these fit perfectly on both the upper and lower areas of the bridge of my nose, the icing on the cake is the lenses. 

The Stark Industries Edition boasts smudge-proof lenses. When taking pictures, I had to clean the lenses on the glasses often, but I didn’t need to touch them.

On top of that, these also come with a Marvel-branded pouch, cleaning cloth, and a metal carrying case.

Best for Cosplay
Gunnar - Stark Industries Edition Blue Light Sunglasses Gunnar - Stark Industries Edition Blue Light Sunglasses
$99.99

The Stark Industries Edition is perfect for those who want to build their own Arc Reactor, and it comes with a branded hardcase to keep them safe when not worn.

What we liked: These look really cool.
The hard case is a fantastic inclusion.
What we didn't like: Heavy when worn.
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04/10/2024 01:42 pm GMT

Tokidoki Year of the Dragon Gunnar Glasses – Best Lifestyle

Dragon Gunnar glasses
Image: Josh Knowles/KnowTechie

I tried these on, and my wife and two kids all said they looked great. I’ll stick to the Starks, but these are pretty rad.

The winged design, acetate, and metal frame remind me of the cartoon version of Janine Melnitz (the Ghostbuster’s secretary).

These are a collaboration with the famous Tokidoki brand. They look incredible and fit both male and female faces.

I’d consider these to be the female-leaning version of the Stark Industries model. They come with a special Tokidoki case, cleaning clock, and carrying pouch.

Best Lifestyle
Gunnar - tokidoki Year of the Dragon Glasses Gunnar - tokidoki Year of the Dragon Glasses
$115.00

Created in partnership with lifestyle brand tokidoki, this stylish pair of Gunnar glasses will help you stand out from the crowd while still protecting your eyes.

What we liked: Awesome design and lightweight.
What we didn't like: Expensive compared with the rest of the range.
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Finding the best Gunnar glasses for you

While you may be concerned about spending over $50 on a pair of glasses you aren’t sure will look good on you, Gunnar offers the ability to try them virtually with a web camera. This will help you find a good fit as well.

If you don’t love these options for broader faces, many more designs are online. Also, you can get prescription lenses for the glasses, and some premium models allow hot-swappable lenses.

As someone who doesn’t wear glasses regularly, it’s not something I depend on, but if you wear prescription glasses and want to avoid eye strain, they are here! 

As I said earlier, I recommend Gunnars or any other blue light-blocking glasses. If people look at you and think your head reminds them of Steve from Minecraft, look at those glasses we checked out!

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