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Peppers Beachcomber Polarized Review

Though they float and don't cost much, we're still not sure they're worth it
Peppers Beachcomber Polarized
Credit: Peppers
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Price:  $50 List | $42.01 at Amazon
Pros:  Very lightweight, float, inexpensive
Cons:  Not great contrast or clarity, tend to ride up during facial expressions
Manufacturer:   Peppers
By Maggie Nichols ⋅ Senior Review Editor  ⋅  Sep 11, 2019
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Our Verdict

The Beachcombers are impressively lightweight and shockingly inexpensive. An impressive feat for water-oriented sunglasses, they also float! However, they can't match the quality and crispness of other options and have some pretty intense color distortion. The majority of our testers also found that while they stay well at rest, a simple laugh or smile sent them bouncing high over our noses, leaving an awkward gap - and sometimes only coming back down with a push of the hand.

Our Analysis and Test Results

We tested the Beachcombers with a Blue Mirror lens, designed for on- and near-water activities. They're a medium fit and come with a stiff zippered case and a microfiber cleaning cloth. They are not offered with prescription lenses.

Performance Comparison

Peppers Beachcomber Polarized sunglasses - we're not in love with these shades from peppers, though we do love...
We're not in love with these shades from Peppers, though we do love that they float.
Credit: Maggie Brandenburg

Lens Quality

With lenses made of triacetate, the Beachcombers just can't quite deliver the same clarity of other manufacturers using glass or polycarbonate. They're not terrible and have no distortions like some others do, but they're unimpressive. We actually found the Blue Mirror lenses to be a distracting amount of color that actually takes a little bit away from the contrast and detail you get.

Blue Mirror Lenses
  • 99% Polarization
  • 100% UV Protection
  • 12% Visible Light Transmission (Category 3)
  • 0% HEV/Blue Light Blockage, 0% Infrared Blockage
  • Color: Blue, Material: Triacetate
  • Not Impact Resistant, Anti-Scratch, Hydrophobic, Mirrored

A mirror coating adds to the polarization of these lenses, doing a great job keeping glare at bay. An anti-scratch layer adds to the protection of these lenses that are not impact resistant. And though they have a hydrophobic coating, they lack the oleophobic layer that makes so many of their competitors' lenses so easy to clean.

Peppers Beachcomber Polarized sunglasses - not the highest performing pair of lenses we tested.
Not the highest performing pair of lenses we tested.
Credit: Maggie Brandenburg


Weighing just 20 grams, the Peppers are amazingly light, even against some stiff competition in this category. They're very well-balanced and have a good hold on your head with their very-curved bows without feeling too tight. However, the majority of our testers found an oddity with their fit and comfort: upon making any sort of big expression (i.e. smiling or laughing), the Beachcombers lift right off our noses and sort of hang there in the air. For a small group of those that experienced this, stopping their laugh or smile wasn't enough to return the shades to their noses, and a hand was required to assist. This is an odd problem to have and made these glasses "off-putting" and uncomfortable for most of our testers to wear - especially while trying to have fun in the sun!

Peppers Beachcomber Polarized sunglasses - whoops! making a face mid-conversation pops the beachcombers right...
Whoops! Making a face mid-conversation pops the Beachcombers right off the top of most our testers' noses.
Credit: Maggie Brandenburg

Frame Quality

Constructed of Grilamid and TPX nylon with a hidden air chamber inside, the Beachcombers actually float in water. This is a great feature, as it no longer means the death of your sunglasses if you knock them off the edge of the boat or drop them from your paddleboard. They feature a spring hinge and a moderate amount of flex. They also have visible seams and lines running around them, giving them a "cheaper" look. They offer a lifetime manufacturer's warranty, though fixing or replacing them after 1 year of ownership costs half as much as just buying a new pair. During our several months of testing, we didn't have any actual issues with the durability of these shades, but we read a ton of other online user complaints about a whole myriad of issues. Again, we experienced none of those personally, but that many problems doesn't give us a ton of confidence in the longevity of these glasses.

Peppers Beachcomber Polarized sunglasses - the peppers have no extra nose pads or bow pads to help them stay put.
The Peppers have no extra nose pads or bow pads to help them stay put.
Credit: Maggie Brandenburg

Style and Versatility

The mirror coating on these lenses is a bit more rainbow-y than most others. We can see green, blue, and purple in their reflections. That may be a selling point or a turning away point for you, but it is interesting and different from the other pairs we tested. The Beachcombers are voted as "sporty-looking", which again may appeal or repel you. We don't think they're necessarily the best choice for wearing with a tuxedo, but would look great cruising around the lake on a jet ski.

Peppers Beachcomber Polarized sunglasses - perhaps you can dress up these shades with a cool hat? or just enjoy...
Perhaps you can dress up these shades with a cool hat? Or just enjoy them in the pool.
Credit: Maggie Brandenburg


A base curve of 6 makes these specs on par with the happy medium of many other glasses we tested. Overall, mostly flat, though with a slight contour that helps add just a bit of coverage. Just like most the other pairs we tested, they easily let light in the sides, and will let it in the top too, depending on where you like to push your sunnies up to. Really what killed the coverage for most of our testers was that weird phenomenon of riding up (and staying up) during any sort of smile.

Peppers Beachcomber Polarized sunglasses - what could be decent coverage is somewhat lessened by these glasses'...
What could be decent coverage is somewhat lessened by these glasses' inability to stay on our noses.
Credit: Maggie Brandenburg

Case Quality

The Peppers come with a stiff zippered case and a microfiber cleaning cloth. It's much less rigid than most of the others we tested and can be pretty easily crushed with just your bare hand. It does spring back into shape when you release it though, so it's not totally destroyed. However, it's just not the same level of protection you get from the rigid or semi-rigid cases most other models come with.

Peppers Beachcomber Polarized sunglasses - the beachcombers come with a zippered case and cleaning cloth.
The Beachcombers come with a zippered case and cleaning cloth.
Credit: Maggie Brandenburg


The Beachcombers are by far the least expensive pair of sunnies we tested. In terms of quality and style, they just don't live up to the rest of the pack, but they also cost a fraction of what the others cost. That being said, they're more than your standard $20-30 pair you pick up each spring and don't feel bad about losing or destroying throughout the summer, without offering much more in the way of performance. If having a pair of floating specs is worth the extra cash for you, we get it. But truly we think there are many better options out there.


These floating budget glasses from Peppers are an alright, but relatively unimpressive pair of shades. They just can't match the contrast, protection, clarity, or quality of so many others. But they beat them all when it comes to price. We'd recommend trying them on first to see if they stay put when you smile and if you like the color distortion they provide. They could be exactly what you're looking for, but they're not our favorite.

Peppers Beachcomber Polarized sunglasses - don't worry about losing your sunnies in the pool - the beachcombers...
Don't worry about losing your sunnies in the pool - the Beachcombers float!
Credit: Maggie Brandenburg

Maggie Nichols

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