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

Cinematography has come a long way producing moving 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 guild with a list of the popular 3D glasses available to help you out.

Best overal

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 in IMAX 3D screens.

$15 at Amazon

Best for polarized TVs

RealD Technology 3D Polarized Glasses

These passive 3D polarized glasses work with home televisions and at the movie theater is you want to use your own rather than share with other patrons. The frames are sturdy and the lenses 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

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

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

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 work with images, like those in comic books, need anaglyph glasses. They work with some 3D DVDs, too.

$7 at Amazon

BNEXT VR 3D VR Glasses Headset

Best for VR

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 is 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 Cinecm 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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