Metal vs. Plastic Sunglass Frames: Which is Better? | MatrixEyewear.com

Metal vs. Plastic Sunglass Frames: Which is Better?

Generally speaking, frames for sunglasses – whether Matrix sunglasses or some other type – can be made from 3 different types of materials: plastic, metal, or composite, and each of these types can be subcategorized even further.  For example, plastic frames can be made from a handful of different materials such as nylon, Kevlar, polycarbonate, and others.  Metal frames can be made from stainless steel, bronze, nickel, cobalt, aluminum, etc.  Composites can encompass titanium, carbon fiber graphite, etc.

As you can imagine, each category of frame has pros and cons. For example, plastic frames can be advantageous if you are looking for a wide variety of colors, lightweight materials, flexibility, or a glossy effect.  Many plastic frames also have a hypoallergenic effect.  On the downside, they tend to break easier than metal frames, their color can fade over time, and if left in an extremely hot vehicle they can actually begin to melt. 

Sunglasses with metal and composite frames generally have the following advantages: enhanced durability, corrosion resistance, light weight, and like many plastic frames can have hypoallergenic properties as well.  On the downside, they are not as flexible as plastic frames, nor do they offer as many color choices. 

Of course, this begs the question of which type is best.  Well, like most of life’s answers, it depends.  If style is your main concern, then plastic frames might be better because of the sheer variety of colors available.  Additionally, if you will be wearing your shades while playing sports, plastic frames are usually better because they are more flexible. 

Aside from these two considerations, metal frames are usually the best option because they are more durable and tend to be of higher quality.  In fact, our Neo sunglasses, Agent Smith sunglasses, Seraph sunglasses and Trinity sunglasses all feature metal frames for this exact reason.  No matter which type of frame you prefer, always remember to get sunglasses with high quality lenses that will protect your eyes from the harmful rays of the sun.

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