Contacts Direct is built for a swift sale, and time-stretched busy people praise the site for its no-nonsense approach to selling the best online contact lenses (opens in new tab). It’s far from the prettiest site out there, but this isn’t a beauty contest. On the other hand, if you have time to spare and love browsing, there’s not a lot you’re going to get out of this site, other than some new lenses.
There’s no gimmickry or gadgetry or in-depth blogs. Prices are good, and if they’re ever off by an inch they’re covered by a generous price match promise. Standard shipping is free with modest charges kicking in if you need rush service. All work and no play, Contacts Direct is quick, efficient and businesslike.
Contacts Direct has chosen its name to carefully and accurately reflect its business philosophy. The most common brands are listed in a strip of drop-down menus, less ubiquitous lenses take one more click to access. Let's take a look at what the company has to offer now, and if you switch to specs every now and then too, also check out our guide to the best eyeglasses online (opens in new tab).
Contacts Direct review: Prices and offers
Contacts Direct’s prices are in the ballpark of being low, without troubling the serious discounters like AC Lens (opens in new tab) and Discount Contact Lenses (opens in new tab). The savings come with bulk purchases, and there are simple interest-free finance options available to spread the cost. The site takes PayPal as well as your regular card options.
It has the most relaxed price match policy out there, and if you are signed up to one of best vision insurance plans (opens in new tab), Contacts Direct is set up to work directly with them and take payments, leaving you to cover any excess. Prices are on the lower side of average, and there are additional discounts for buying your year’s supply at once. There are no subscriptions offered which is a shame.
Contacts Direct will happily take your FSA and HSA cards, as well as your insurance payment as part of the website’s checkout procedure. Just give them your insurance information and Contacts Direct will send them the bill, all you pay is any extra out-of-pocket expenditure, if there is any. They work with all the major insurers and accept out-of-network benefits from a host of others.
Contacts Direct review: Features and website
Contacts Direct is another Luxottica joint, the huge global eyewear manufacturer who sell over a quarter of the world’s glasses. All their websites have a very different look and character, and Contacts Direct, as well as its no-nonsense sale technique uses Luxottica’s heft to provide really impressive, comprehensive customer service.
The site offers money-back guarantee satisfaction, as well as free shipping. Their price match promise is joyfully simple and direct. If you see a price lower phone them. They’ll verify it and then match it. Compare this to the convoluted legalese that comes with most price match schemes. We talk about this in detail in our Coastal Contact Lens review, (opens in new tab) and why it can be a real pain.
Contacts Direct’s front page wastes no time getting you to your chosen brand and model. Within one stroke and click of the mouse we’re at our chosen page, complete with prices and additional saving for buying in bulk. It’s incredibly refreshing to have such a streamlined system, even if it comes at the cost of a pretty site.
There’s the occasional offer, and add-on products if you need them, but they’re not rammed down your throat. It’s all wonderfully straightforward.
Their range is extensive too: over 20 manufacturers with styles running into double figures. Unless your prescription or style is super-unique, you’ll be covered here. There are cosmetics and colors to complement the prescription lenses, and if you need solutions, there’s a small but entirely adequate range available to add to your lens order.
Should you buy from Contacts Direct?
Contacts Direct is child’s play to use and refreshingly quick. As long as you’re buying a product you’re familiar with the buying process could take less than a minute. Customer service is quietly ticking away in the background, should you need it. Their blog is generic and tacked-on, but who needs a blog anyway?
The big letdown, is that despite those bulk discounts, there is no subscription service, which is disappointing. Read our 1800 Contacts review (opens in new tab) for a company that does offer this.
Insurance is accepted, shipping is free and returns are taken without question unopened and within a year of purchase. There’s an entirely adequate range of solutions, and make sure to look out for offer codes. The lack of subscriptions is made up for with discounts on annual purchases. Not as convenient, but a good halfway house maybe. If you’re reordering your regular contact subscription Contacts Direct is quick and easy.