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6 Top-Tested Smart Glasses in 2022, According to Tech Experts

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While smart glasses remain a novel concept most successfully executed by the likes of sci-fi films, popular brands such as Ray-Ban, Amazon, Bose and more have developed their own versions for the real world. And, fortunately, you don’t have to be too tech-savvy to use them. Most smart glasses function like an ordinary pair of specs but with extra bells and whistles like built-in audio for listening to music or calling a friend. Some pairs are able to take photos and videos with the quick press of a button on your frames.

Though smart glasses likely won’t replace your prescription glasses any time soon, they’re a convenient gadget to have when you don't want to fumble around for your wireless earbuds or you'd like to hear surrounding background noise as you listen to music. Smart glasses with built-in cameras are useful for capturing and sharing photos and videos straight from your viewpoint!

At the Good Housekeeping Institute, our tech experts test consumer electronics ranging from the most popular e-bikes to smart home essentials such as smart plugs to smart light bulbs. To find the best smart glasses available today, our pros evaluated each pair in our Media & Tech Lab for ease of setup, comfort and design, audio and image quality as well as general ease of use. We also asked consumer testers to wear these glasses in the real world and give us their honest feedback. According to our testing, these are the best smart glasses in 2022.

Our top picks:

Stick around after our picks to learn more about smart glasses and whether they’re right for you. If you're interested in smartifying the rest of your life, check out our guide to the best smart home devices from video doorbells to — yes, these are real — smart toilets.

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Best Overall Smart Glasses
Ray-Ban
Stories
Ray-Ban
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Best Value Smart Glasses
Razer
Anzu
Razer
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Best Smart Glasses for Audio
Bose
Frames
Bose
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Best Smart Glasses for Alexa
Amazon
Echo Frames (2nd Gen)
Amazon
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Best Smart Glasses with Camera
Snap Inc.
Spectacles 3
Snap Inc.
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Best Stylish Smart Glasses
Anker
Soundcore Frames
Anker
What are smart glasses used for and are they worth it?
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Smart glasses look a lot like traditional glasses, but unlike ordinary specs, these wearables can connect to your smartphone via Bluetooth or Wi-Fi to provide features such as audio streaming or photo and video capture. Some smart glasses even have AR features to enable you to see beyond the screen in front of you.

Smart glasses are worth it for anyone who wants to be connected while remaining hands-free whether you're in an office environment, exercising or taking out the dog. Most pairs we featured come equipped with audio capabilities, meaning that you can listen to music being played through your smart glasses while shading your eyes from the sun or blue light from your computer screen. What’s unique about smart glasses is that those with audio capabilities use open-ear audio, meaning that your ears will never be blocked or covered. If you’re someone that finds earbuds uncomfortable after a few hours or you like being able to hear your surroundings while running or working, smart glasses offer the best of both worlds. But if you plan on using your smart glasses for phone calls, we recommend sticking to a quiet environment since wind and background noise is easily picked up since smart glasses lack noise isolation. If your smart glasses come with built-in cameras, the quality likely won’t compare to that of a modern smartphone, but our pros like that this feature enables you to capture content from the perspective of your eyes and, oftentimes, easily upload to social media.

How we test smart glasses
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We test smart glasses in the Good Housekeeping Institute Media & Tech Lab by wearing each pair and doing what we normally do — commuting, working in the office, answering phone calls, exercising and capturing everything on camera if and when possible. We also asked our panel of consumer testers to try these smart glasses in their daily lives and provide us with feedback.

We evaluated eight pairs of smart glasses for several hours at a time over several weeks. We assessed how easy the smart glasses were to set up, pair and charge. We took note of whether the smart glasses required a specific charger or came equipped with a wireless charging case. We also evaluated how comfortable each pair was and whether the design was sleek or conspicuous, factoring in the weight and bulk of each pair. We played music through our glasses to compare audio quality, and we called friends and family while walking through midtown NYC to assess the built-in microphones and speakers. If the smart glasses were enabled to take photos and videos, we evaluated the image quality and how easy it was to download them onto our smartphones. Lastly, we assessed if the smart glasses and their controls felt intuitive and easy to use, evaluating functions like turning them on and off and adjusting the volume.

Why trust Good Housekeeping?
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Media & Tech Reviews Analyst Olivia Lipski oversees product testing and covers everything from consumer tech to smart home devices and appliances, health, home and fitness. She's covered audio over the years, writing about outdoor speakers, wireless earbuds and noise-canceling headphones. She continues to stay on top of the industry’s latest innovations and helps readers make better buying decisions by testing and reviewing the best gadgets to hit the market. She most recently led smart glasses testing, trying out each pair on her daily commute throughout NYC.

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