Step into your favorite film with a pair of 3D glasses

3D Glasses

Cinematography has come a long way, producing storylines and imagery that seem to pull you right into the screen. Now more movies and even TVs are being designed to give you a 3D experience that feels even more realistic. Movie theaters give you 3D glasses to use while there, but at home, you’re on your own to figure out which 3D glasses you need. Thankfully we’ve pulled together this handy guide with a list of the popular 3D glasses available to help you out.

Cinema 3D Glasses 4packCinema 3D Glasses 4pack

Best overall:
Cinema 3D Glasses, 4 Pack

Staff Pick

These 3D glasses from eDimensional work with most 3D, passive television sets and are made from high-quality materials so they will last a long time. The lenses are scratch-resistant, and this package includes four adult-sized pairs. These can be used with traditional movie screens, too, but won’t work with IMAX 3D screens.

$15 at Amazon

RealD Technology 3D Polarized GlassesRealD Technology 3D Polarized Glasses

Best for polarized TVs:
RealD Technology 3D Polarized Glasses

These passive 3D polarized glasses work with home televisions and at the movie theater if you want to use your own rather than share with other patrons. The frames are sturdy, the lenses are scratch-resistant, and the entire pair of glasses are made to fit comfortably during the entire length of your show or movie.

$8 at Amazon

Sintron Active Shutter 3d GlassesSintron Active Shutter 3d Glasses

Best for active TVs:
Sintron 3D Active Shutter Glasses

For active 3D televisions, we recommend the Sintrons 3D shutter glasses. They work with both TVs and projectors and can be recharged using the included USB charger. When fully powered, each pair will work for an impressive 60 hours to give you a clear, realistic viewing experience.

$45 at Amazon

Boblov DLP 3D Glasses BlackBoblov DLP 3D Glasses Black

Best for projectors:
BOBLOV DLP Link Rechargeable 3D Glasses

For projectors, the BOBLOC DLP rechargeable 3D glasses are the ones to get. You’ll watch movies and shows in high definition with a clear picture and no ghost or shadowed images. When fully charged, these glasses last for 45 hours. It has a standby option and will automatically shut off after five minutes of inactivity.

$42 at Amazon

Blue Handcart cardboard 3D GlassesBlue Handcart cardboard 3D Glasses

Best disposable:
PBlue Handcart Cardboard 3D Glasses, 12 Pairs

The best known 3D glasses are disposable, cardboard glasses with one blue and one red lens. This pack from Blue Handcart has 12 pairs of white cardboard 3D glasses that can be reused but won’t break the bank if one is torn. They even work with images, like those in comic books. They work with some 3D DVDs, too.

$7 at Amazon

BNEXT VR 3D Glasses HeadsetBNEXT VR 3D Glasses Headset

Best for VR:
BNEXT VR 3D VR Glasses Headset

Virtual reality video games are super fun and engaging for kids and adults alike. To get the full experience, you need specific 3D glasses. This headset is a universal pair that will work with iPhone and Android phones. They work like a pair of goggles and are adjustable so both kids and adults can comfortably wear and use them.

$43 at Amazon

Bottom line

The first 3D movies were made in the 1950s, though they weren’t as good as what cinematography can do now. How great your movie or gaming experience depends a lot on the 3D glasses you use. For most, the Cinema 3D Glasses will work the best for watching your favorite movies on your 3D television. They are also great to take along to the movies, so you don’t have to wear those that are shared among strangers. Plus, these come with four in a package so your whole family can have their own pair. The Cinema 3D Glasses don’t work with active 3D TVs. For this, you’ll need the Sintron 3D Active Shutter Glasses.

If you watch movies using a projector, you’ll need a pair of active of 3D glasses, but made specifically for projector viewing. The best is the BOBLOV DLP Link Rechargeable 3D Glasses.

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