1800 Contacts Review

1800 Contacts is an online contact lens store that comes with a handy discount for students.

Our Verdict

1800 Contacts has a lot of brands to choose from and a good price matching program, though it didn't do well in our price comparison. If you're a student 1800 Contacts offers a generous 10% discount, which may push prices lower than others.

For

  • Students get a 10 percent discount
  • Free shipping on all orders

Against

  • Not the most affordable

1800 Contacts will match any competitor’s price, which is a trend for online contact lens stores. More than 50% of those we reviewed had the same offer. 

Having to arrange and agree the price match is something that not many people will be bothered with doing and that's why 1800 Contacts didn’t blow us away when it came to affordability. Instead we recommend checking out AC Lens or Discount Contact Lenses, both of which offered lower costs lenses.

1800 Contacts review how to order

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To calculate a price comparison grade, we compared three specific boxes of lenses across each contact lens website at full price, excluding any sales or discounts for buying in bulk. 1800 Contacts sold two of the three boxes at either the highest or second-highest price, giving it a final grade of F.

1800 Contacts Free Shipping

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No matter how much you spend, this company gives you free shipping. Standard shipping within the United States takes between five and seven days, so make sure you order your lenses well before you run out. To prevent this you can use the website’s auto re-order feature, which also gets you an extra 5 percent off every order. Also, the 100 percent satisfaction guarantee means you can return anything your order anytime without charge.

Even though they’re not as commonly prescribed as they once were, RGP lenses are available from 1800 Contacts alongside more common options like toric, multifocal, disposable and even colored contacts. You can order contact solution as well. 

If you’re a college student you receive an automatic 10 percent off any order via Unidays. However, the site is lacking in any other optical products you might need like glasses and eye drops. 

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What impressed our reviewers about 1800 Contacts is the selection: There are 40 different brands to choose from. This is the second largest selection of brands we found on one site, coming in after AC Lens and Discount Contact Lenses, which both sell 44 brands. To be clear, we counted each brand only once, even if it offered several lines of contact lenses – like Acuvue. Whether you need SofLens, Proclear, Polysoft, Target or Optima, there's a good chance 1800 Contacts has your brand.

1800 Contacts online eye test

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The website itself is easy to use, especially on a smartphone, and has a live chat feature. You can even take an eye exam online, and once it’s verified by a doctor in your state, you can go ahead and order your lenses. 

This feature is only for people ages 18 to 55 who have healthy eyes and who have worn contacts before and shouldn’t be used as a replacement for an eye health exam in-person. You can also read FAQs on the homepage to learn about hidden fees (there aren’t any), what to do if you don’t know your prescription (they can get it from your doctor’s office) and a variety of other possible issues.

1800 Contacts Price Match

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1800 Contacts Review: Price match

1800 Contacts price match is much like, first you need to call them, show them the deal, they check it's valid. Where it differs is that 1800 Contacts will try to beat it, not just match it. It doesn't take more than 10-15 minutes and you do speak to a real person.

As you'd expect there are some terms and conditions attached to this offer. You won't be able to stack another discount on top of the price match discount, for example.

From 1800 Contacts' website: 

Things the lawyers make us say:

We only beat prices on contact lenses.

The contacts must be identical, obviously.

The contacts must be in stock with the price publicly visible.

The price considered will be the total price (including minimum purchase requirements, shipping charges, and any other sneaky charges they may try to hide from you).

Price-matched products don’t qualify for further discounts.

“My cousin in Tijuana can get...” Nope. Discount does not apply to international retailers.

Gotta make your claim within seven (7), (VII) days of purchase.

All discounting is at the sole discretion of 1-800 Contacts and is subject to change at any time without prior notice.

1800 Contacts Review: Verdict

If you're a student, or are up for some price-match bargaining then 1800 Contacts is worth checking out. It's not the cheapest contact store around without these discounts though, and it is a little lacking in complementary products you might need, like eye drops.

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