The 7 Best Woodworking Safety Glasses (Our Picks)

Pair of eyes positioned on the bridge of the nose is not only a window to the soul, but also the key to a successful and happy career. My pair is handy when I’m measuring, cross-cutting, sawing, and needing extreme precision, as I’m sure you do! Eye protection is essential for this reason, so let’s take a look at the seven best safety glasses for your work.

When looking for a pair of safety glasses, you should choose those that include the necessary protective features to deal with the hazards associated with your job, such as sparking, fine chips, and paint. A decent pair of safety glasses can help you feel more confident, so let’s look for ones that will help you.

1. 3M Safety Glasses, Virtua CCS Protective Eyewear 11872

3M Comfortable, lightweight frame features the Cord Control System (CCS) with an optional foam gasket attachment. CCS is designed to keep a corded earplug attached, untangled, and ready for use. Foam gasket helps limit eye exposure to nuisance dust while providing additional cushioning. Anti-Fog polycarbonate lens absorb 99.9 percent UV. Meets the requirements of CSA Z94.3-07 and is Impact Rated to ANSI Z87.1-2010. Clear anti fog lens.

Its dimensions are 2 x 2 x 6 inches, and it weighs only 4.8 Ounces. They also have excellent durability and an anti-scratch coating for long life.

Pros
  • Polycarbonate frame
  • Glass lens
  • Anti-Fog Coating coating
  • They’re very lightweight, & comfortable to wear
  • Gasket on them insures nothing get into your eyes and the ear plug holders work great as well.
Cons
  • They can fog up during operation because of the foam seals

2. DEWALT DPG82-11C

The DEWALT DPG82 Concealer is a feature-packed safety goggle that offers great protection and comfort. Its soft, dual-injected rubber seal conforms to the face to provide excellent protection from dust and debris. The anti-fog hard coat lens helps prevent fogging and scratches which can obstruct vision. Additional features include an adjustable, elastic head strap and ventilation channels. The DPG82 meets the Z87.1 standard for impact protection and provides 99% UV protection.

Pros
  • They do give full eye protection
  • Elastic Headband
  • Soft, dual injected rubber conforms to the face to provide a high level protection from dust and debris
  • Adjustable, elastic cloth head strap provides a comfortable fit
  • Ventilation channels allow breathability and added protection against fogging
Cons
  • The main problem is that if you are in an area with high humidity, they quickly fog up.

3. PYRAMEX SG7910D15

PYRAMEX SG7910D15 Pyramex Clear Safety Reader Glasses have an innovative design that fits any face shape. Its integrated nosepiece provides a pleasant and non-slip fit that lasts for long and active days.

The Pyramex SG7910D15 Clear Safety Reader Glasses is specifically designed and engineered for all-day comfort and protection. It is lightweight and durable protective eyewear and comes with a full reader +1.5 magnification lens. The stylish dual lens gives you full eye protection while the scratch resistant polycarbonate lens provides 99% UVA/B/C protection.

The Pyramex SG7910D15 Clear Safety Reader Glasses have dimensions of 8.75 x 6.25 x 2.5 inches, weighing 0.8 ounces. The Double Take is one of the most popular safety glasses on this list, with a vast number of positive reviews.

Pros
  • Full reader +1.5 magnification lens
  • Stylish dual lens with full eye protection
  • Soft nose piece provides comfort for extended use
  • Scratch resistant polycarbonate lens provides 99% UVA/B/C protection
  • Good area of protection around the eyes so feel confident any swarf won’t easily enter eyes.
Cons
  • they are not anti-fog

4. 3M Safety Glasses with Readers

3M Nuvo offers +1.5 magnifying strength. You don’t need a prescription for these protective readers, but they’ll help you read small text and see close-up objects in better detail while you’re working.

  • Plus-1.5 MAGNIFYING: Molded-in magnifying diopters combine eye protection with reading enhancement(Bifocal reader)
  • RETRO STYLING: Distinct, nostalgic look with reliable eye protection including an integral brow bar and side shields for added coverage.
  • COMFORT: Soft nose bridge cushions a high contact point.
  • ANSI Z87: Meets the High Impact Requirements of CSA Z94.3-2007 and the High Impact Requirements of ANSI Z87.1-2020.
  • POLYCARBONATE LENSES absorb 99.9% UV rays.

3M Nuvo Protective Eyewear combines a distinct, nostalgic look with reliable eye protection that includes an integral brow bar and side shields for added coverage. The glasses appear to have a dual lens to make them look like standard glasses, but the lens is really a one-piece design for extra durability. The impact-resistant polycarbonate lens absorbs 99.9% UV rays. To enhance comfort, these safety glasses come with a soft nose bridge to cushion a high contact point. Meets the High Impact Requirements of CSA Z94.3-2007 and the High Impact Requirements of ANSI Z87.1-2020.

Pros
  • The nose piece is soft, clear silicone rubber. It is removable for cleaning and extremely comfortable.
  • They have side shields.
Cons
  • The nose part is just put on a couple of pins and can sometimes fall off. In the comments they say it’s better to glue them on.

5. NoCry Safety Glasses with Clear Anti Fog Scratch Resistant

1. NoCry Safety Glasses with Clear Anti Fog Scratch Resistant Wrap-Around Lenses and No-Slip Grips, UV Protection. Adjustable, Black & Green Frames

  • DESIGNED TO BE PROTECTIVE AND BUILT TO LAST – The NoCry Safety Glasses keep your eyes safe from direct and peripheral threats with a strong and durable polycarbonate wraparound construction. Also protects eyes from 90-100% of harmful UV radiation
  • CUSTOMIZABLE FOR ULTIMATE FIT AND COMFORT – Side and nose pieces adjust to give you a perfect fit without the slipping – no matter the face type or head size
  • FOG, GLARE, AND SCRATCH RESISTANT FOR BETTER VISIBILITY – Double coated, untinted lenses mean no fogging up or optical distortion so you can see better at all times
  • IDEAL FOR WORK AND PLAY – Ideal for woodworking and carpentry, metal and construction work, lab and dental work, shooting, cycling, racquetball, or anywhere you need to wear PPE eyewear

The NoCry Safety Glasses ‎NCSG-506U-BG with Clear Anti Fog have dimensions of 10 x 5.78 x 1.9 inches, weighing 0.988 ounces. The NoCry Safety Glasses is one of the most popular safety glasses on this list, with a vast number of positive reviews.

2. NoCry Lightweight Safety Goggles with Clear Wrap Around Lenses, Vanguard Plus Anti Fog and Anti Scratch Coating, and an Adjustable Headband; ANSI Z87.1 certified and OSHA compliant

  • Thermoplastic Rubber frame
  • Polycarbonate lens
  • Vanguard PLUS Anti-Fog, Anti-Scratch coating
  • EXTREMELY LIGHT. UNUSUALLY PROTECTIVE. Why compromise when you can have lightweight, compact, well fitting eye protection goggles that are so comfortable, you can wear them all day long? The soft TPR frame molds itself to your face, forming a seal that keeps dust, debris and splashes at bay. And our clear goggles are ANSI Z87.1 certified and OSHA chemical splash compliant.
  • ANTI FOG GOGGLES TREATED WITH VANGUARD PLUS COATING. This unique protective coating, applied to both sides of the lenses, gives our non vented safety goggles a 5x higher fog resistance than normal protective goggles and a 2x higher abrasion resistance compared to the EN166 standard. This makes them extra clear and durable.
  • ADJUSTABLE ELASTIC HEADBAND FOR SUPERIOR FIT. Our improved elastic headband stays stretchy for longer, keeping your eye protection firmly in place. Getting the right fit helps your protective goggles seal properly and protect your eyes. (These safety goggles are great for men and women.)
  • CLEAR WRAPAROUND POLYCARBONATE LENSES. Protect your vision from all sides, and see clearly with your peripherals, thanks to our panoramic lenses. Great for nurses, medical and healthcare professionals, or anyone looking for sturdy, light PPE equipment. (NOTE: These safety goggles DO NOT fit over prescription glasses.)
  • PROTECT YOURSELF AGAINST HARMFUL UV RADIATION. Our safety goggles don’t just shield your eyes and face from droplets and splashes. They also protect you from harmful UV rays. You can use them as lab goggles, wear them indoors for dental work and manufacturing, or wear them outdoors for construction work, garden work and woodworking.

Features

Wrap around lenses. Soft TPR seal. Extremely compact & lightweight.

Coating

Vanguard Plus Anti-Fog & Anti-Scratch

UV protection

380 nm

Ventilation

Non-vented

Certifications

ANSI Z87.1 & OSHA


Thanks to the wrap-around lenses and soft TRP frame seal, these goggles offer great protection against droplets and liquid splashes. However, they are not completely airtight.

These goggles can be used as goggles for lab, dental work and manufacturing, as well as for construction, garden work and woodworking. They don’t just shield your eyes and face from droplets and splashes, but also protect you from harmful UV rays offering a UV protection of 380 nm.

6. Bollé Safety 253-PR-40057 Prism

Bolle safety glasses offer complete protection against all types of hazards associated with woodworking, machinery, and chemicals. The drinks are comfy, and the adjustable strap foam reinforcement may be removed for a more secure fit. As a result, indirect ventilation is possible in hot and humid climates.

Its wide temples give you more coverage at all angles, while the temple tip curves gradually outward to cover your face from above, below, and on both sides of the glasses. The lenses also have an anti-scratch and anti-fog Platinum coating to ensure that you see clearly and efficiently.

The Bollé Safety 253-PR-40057 Prism have dimensions of ‎2,5 х 6 х 2 inches, weighing 0.8 ounces.

Pros
  • High durability
  • Excellent protection
  • The lenses also include an anti-scratch and anti-fog
Cons
  • They do fog up, especially if you wear them with a mask.

7. DEWALT – DPG82-21D DPG82-21

DEWALT DPG82-21 Concealer Clear Anti-Fog Dual Mold Safety Goggle. Smoke Lens.
The DEWALT Concealer safety goggle is a dual mold goggle that provides protection from dust and debris. DEWALT ToughCoat hard coated lens provides tough protection against scratches. DEWALT XtraClear anti-fog lens coating provides tough protection against fogging. Soft, dual injected rubber conforms to the face to provide a high level protection from dust and debris. Adjustable, elastic cloth head strap. Ventilation channels allow breathability. Polycarbonate lens meets ANSI Z87.1+ standards and provides 99.9% UVA/UVB protection.

Dual Injected Rubber provides a soft comfortable seal. Its dimensions are 3.5 x 4 x 7.5 inches, and it weighs 2.22 ounces. 

Pros
  • Shading my eyes from the sun
  • Clarity of the lens
  • You are protected from flying debris and the harsh glare of the sun when you are working outside
Cons
  • Long wear comfort

How to Choose Safety Glasses That Are Right for You

Comfort and Fit

Comfort is important, especially if you’ll be wearing your glasses for a lengthy amount of time. Even though you won’t be able to try on the pair you’re buying in person, look for cushioned noses, rubber temples, and adjustable frames. You may also discover styles with various frame widths to better suit your face.

Lens Material

Typically, safety glasses are constructed of one of four materials: polycarbonate, NXT, acrylic, or glass. Polycarbonate is the ideal choice for most applications because it is lightweight, resistant to impact, and protects against UV rays. However, if you require prescription glasses, you might choose NXT orglass lenses that offer improved optical clarity.

Tints and Treatments

The lens material, as well as the color and any tints or treatments applied to it, will all influence your decision. Clear lenses are best for indoor or low-light activities. Shaded or tinted lenses are beneficial for outdoor usage since they shield you from strong sunshine or lights.

Other features to consider include anti-reflective or mirrored coatings for further reduction of glare, as well as an anti-fog coating to reduce or eliminate lens fogging (especially useful for mask wearers). Other treatments include blue light blocking, hard coat, and hydrophobic coatings.

Conclusion 

While safety glasses can help protect you from the most common types of workplace injuries, they may also be used to prevent eye damage. Some safety eyewear focuses on preventing sparkle, while others have anti-fog, anti-steam coating, and even superior UV protection. Other types of safety glasses contain a little bit of everything; whatever your needs, there’s a pair of safety glasses out there that will suit you.

We hope this list of the seven best safety glasses for woodworking has helped you find a pair that will work well for you and your projects! Remember to always put your safety first, and happy woodworking!

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