When I first displayed this gadget to my wife, I received the biggest look of disdain I think I've ever had from her. It was seen as an insult, as if my reaction to her eyes streaming when chopping onions was to poke fun at her by buying these. She couldn't have been more wrong, and although the price tag may surprise you somewhat, the fact that these will set you back £15 or so should show you, as it did her, that I was deadly serious when I bought them, and in no way was I trying to be funny...
I'm sure we're not alone in how chopping onions affects our eyes. The lesser quality onions aren't so bad as they just don't have the same power and taste as proper onions, but when you cut into a good sized 'ripe' onion, the fumes from it react with our tear ducts to varying degrees. I get a mild stinging while for my wife it's real pain. My solution is sometimes to put my contact lenses in - this often works but not always. However, for my wife, once she'd gotten over the initial offended feelings, actually found that these work very well.
We keep them in the kitchen in the same drawer as many other kitchen implements, and they have proven to be very durable. It's a full drawer and they're sometimes buried under other implements. Essentially, they're no different to a kitch pair of sunglasses in that they're somewhat colourful and look like a sleek design. However, when you put them on they almost seem as if they're suspended away from your face a bit, as if you're wearing something underneath them. What this actually means is that there is a ridge of foam that runs around the inside of the eyepieces of the glasses, and these are designed to nestle snugly around your eye sockets to block out the fumes from the onions. The lenses they have used are some sort of special design that is supposed to be fog free so they don't mist up as you use them, which I guess could happen with a sealed item. I wouldn't know - this certainly seems to work okay.
But do they work? Well, yes is the basic answer. My wife no longer bothers asking me to chop the onions and she'll do the rest. She's now happy to do it all and doesn't come into the front room looking like she's had the most devastating news ever. Instead, she just looks a little silly for a couple of minutes while she works away in the kitchen. I have a slight issue in that I wear glasses and if my eyes stream, there's not much choice. I can either let my eyes water and have some mild stinging, or take my glasses off and put these on, which will diminish how much I can actually see and risk random cutting and hope to not cut myself. As I mentioned earlier, my contact lenses are quite often the solution, and on the occasions where I have worn these I haven't been as enthused as my wife. Your peripheral vision is somewhat compromised by the rims of the lenses and the depth which the foam padding creates, but this is minimal in the grand scheme of things.
They are unisex and one size fits all, and this seems fine as well. Durable and effective, the price tag is a little too much for my liking if I'm honest, but it has worked out to be worth the money I paid for them. A well used piece of equipment in our kitchen, my wife would never be seen in public with them but I can't imagine she's be chopping onions with an audience much anyway. She finds them useful, me less so because I wear glasses, but it has been an item well worth buying. There's an extra added comedy value for our 9 year old son who thinks it's hilarious when we're using them as well. Recommended.
As a family we like to do a lot of things together and we cook a lot together too, as it is enjoyable and a nice way to spend quality time. Occasionally the little lad will also join in, but that is mostly at weekends. Me and my other half enjoy making big family meals such as spaghetti bolognese and lasagne and a lot of tomato based recipes - most of these require onions and that is where this review will come in handy.
Everyone knows how hard it can be to see clearly if you are chopping your onions and then your eyes start to water. Some people suffer more than others. Both me and my other half suffer from this problem and we were increasingly finding this a problem as were were trying to chop our onions and chat at the same time over the kitchen workbench. Then we discovered Eddington's Onion Goggles and we have never looked back.
At first we bought just the one pair but then there was an argument over who got to wear them so eventually we bought another pair so now we have one each. They are both in pick which I was a little bit worried about wearing initially, but I soon got used to the idea.
They look more like glasses than goggles and are a perfect fit for both of us as we have similar sized heads. They are in pink with a white trim and very attractive to look at and suitable for both men and women we think. As we eat onions on a very regular basis (most nights) we each wear our Eddington's Onion Goggles as we chop together and discuss the day's events, safe in the knowledge that our eyes will not water.
The glasses are made of clear plastic and what I really personally love about these is the fact that no matter how many rings we have turned on in the kitchen or how much condensation there is, the glasses never get steamy because they have anti fog lenses and they REALLY do work.
The other thing I really like about them is the fact that they have a foam strip on the inside of the lens and this works remarkably well at keeping an excellent seal on the face and prevents the vapours of the onions coming up and making your eyes water. Briliant invention!
They really are very effective and not only that they are fun and attractive at the same time - so you get the best of both worlds! They come in their own attractive clear plastic case and are very durable as we have been using them most nights now for months.
I was recently given a pair of Eddingtons Onion Goggles. To be perfectly honest when I saw these I had no idea what they were or that this sort of thing even existed, to be honest they looked like a dodgy pair of glasses, the idea of the glasses is to prevent your eyes from watering when cutting onions, probably a very good invention for people who do suffer when cooking with onions. Anyway instead of having them just sitting in my draw without actually using them I decided to give them a try, really just for a laugh, and I have to admit I did feel rather silly wearing them.
Basically the idea of these glasses is to keep away from your eyes the vapours released from onions when they are cut up which irritate them and make them water, meaning you can cook with onions without having to dry your eyes every few minutes. The glasses to me look a bit like dressing up glasses that children might play with, they are made from plastic with oval shaped lenses containing clear plastic, the pair I have have are actually pink with the word Eddison written along the arms in white writing, I think the Eddison Onion glasses come in other colours aswell as the pink. You wear the glasses just as you would a normal pair of glasses or sunglasses, the arms are curved at the ends slightly more than a regular pair of glasses to help keep them in place whilst cooking and chopping your onions. The inside of the lense area is outlined with black foam, this is designed to create a seal when you are wearing them keeping out the vapours from the onions which irritate and make your eyes water, it is this foam seal that actually makes these goggles 'onion proof' the foam keeps the vapours from getting to your eyes, in turn preventing them from becoming irritated and watering as you are cutting up onions. I also found the foam made them very comfortable to wear and it created a cushion between the plastic of the glasses and your face I did think the foam would feel bulky and get in the way but I found that it moulded itself very nicely to the shape of my face creating the tight seal keeping out the onion vapours aswell and making them extremely comfortable to wear.
The onion goggles are shaped so that they will fit most shaped faces, they are also described as being unisex, to be honest though I cannot really see many men wearing pink onion goggles as they cook the diner, I couldn't really see many men wanting to wear these anyway no matter what the colour, there's no way my fiancé would wear them. The oval shaped lenses are quite large meaning you can easily see what you are doing, they are also anti fog lenses meaning that they will not steam up whilst working in the hot steamy kitchen, I was a bit dubious about this as I have had other glasses and sunglasses which claim to be anti fog and they still manage to steam up slightly, I was quite impressed with this aspect of the glasses as I found that they hardly steamed up at all whilst I was cooking, I did bend down to the oven a few time and noticed they did mist up slightly from the intense heat of the oven, but generally they stayed perfectly clear the whole time I was wearing them .In order to keep your Onion Goggles in excellent condition them also come with a storage case to keep the lenses scratch free, personally I find this useful as it means they can be kept in the kitchen draw with all of the other cooking utensils and I know that other sharp objects will not scratch or damage the lenses.
As I have mentioned my Eddison Onion Goggles were a present, however I have done a bit of research and found that they can be bought online from www. cookability.co.uk and cost £7.95, to start with I did think they were a little expensive for what they were after all they are only a plastic pair of glasses with foam around the inside of them, however if you do suffer badly when cooking with onion as some people do I think they would be well worth the money, £7.95 is a small price to pay if it means you can successfully cook and chop onions without them irritating your eyes and making them water or sting, so I do think that the price they are being sold at is fair. Also I noticed that at the moment every time a pink pair of Eddison Onion Goggles are bought a donation is made to Breast Cancer Charity which I feel is an excellent idea.
Personally I do not really suffer too badly with onion vapours irritating my eyes and can quite happy cut up onions with very little problems so I very much doubt that this would be a product I would choose to buy myself. However when I did give them a go I did find that to my surprise that they worked, as I have said I do not have any major problems with cutting onions but slightly stronger ones do make my eyes irritate very slightly but whilst wearing the goggles I could not feel any of the vapours going into my eyes at all. I think that the Eddison Onion Goggles would be excellent for someone who suffered badly when cutting up onions as the foam seal of the goggles really does help to keep the onion vapours away from your eyes, and the large anti fog lenses means you can easily and clearly see what you are doing without them misting up from the heat of the kitchen.
Overall I would recommend this product especially to those who are sensitive to onion vapour, £7.95 is not a lot to pay out if it means you can cook with ease and without the problem of watering and sore eyes, for me I did feel a bit silly wearing them and have to admit I haven't worn them since but generally I think the Onion goggles are a good idea.
Have you ever heard of anything more ridiculous than "Onion Goggles"??! A friend bought them for me as a joke after I joked that I'd been cutting too many onions when I was upset one day. She got them from www.stylishhomeware.co.uk for a fairly expensive £14.99.
Now, at first I actually thought these were a joke gadget and not something that people actually used - until I looked them up and then I found that these are deemed by many to be a necessary kitchen accessory! Onion goggles!! It still makes me giggle that anyone feels the need for onion goggles because, lets face it, chopping onions really doesn't seem bad enough to warrant special ocular protection, until you work in a factory for 8 hours a day dicing onions. Anyway.....each to their own I guess.
My goggles are more in the shape of glasses than goggles (which I tend to associate with swimming goggles) and are a baby pink with white trimming. There is black spongey foam around the inside edge of both eye lenses which, in theory, stops any onion vapour reaching the eyes. They are made of a sturdy and shiny plastic and they are therefore washable. The goggles come in a clear plastic reusable case.
When you try on the goggles, they were a good fit on me and quite comfortable. The foam created a secure seal around my eyes and the arms were well-rounded at the end so they fit securely round the back of my ears and did not slide off. The lenses are very clear and are anti-fog and so they shouldn't fog up when being used - and indeed they did not.
And so to the big test.....the onion chopping experiment! Yes, its true that chopping onions with the goggles on does mean that your eyes will remain tear-free and comfortable. Of course, also if you accidently wipe your face when chopping onions (or garlic!) then you're not going to get onion juice into your eyes and spend the next three minutes dancing round the kitchen saying "ow". So, for the task for which they're designed, the goggles work very well.
But does anyone really need onion goggles!? I would say not. I have to admit that I've only used them about three times and the rest of the time my son has taken to wearing them in the bath and pretended to be a goldfish! If you have so much money you're not sure what to spend it on then by all means go and buy them, but if not, I suggest you keep your money and put up with smarting eyes for a few minutes (or better still, get someone else to do it).
I still can't believe I've actually written a review on something as pointless as Onion Goggles - but maybe their pointlessness needs highlighting!
Chopping onions can be a very emotional experience and there are many tried and tested methods that claim to end the pain and discomfort?
* soaking the onion in water half an hour before you cut them
* Place a teaspoon in your mouth whilst cutting the onion?!
* wearing your contact lenses rather than your glasses.
* chop off the top of the onion, peel back the skin, chop the onion with the roots intact then discard them.
* Stick your tongue out and keep it out the whole time. The onion vapours go to whatever moisture is near so if it ends up on your tongue it won't end up in your eyes. (eh?)
* Chew gum while cutting the onion - it will eliminate the tears?!
* Light a candle and place as close to the cutting area as possible. The flame with "burn up" the vapours from the onion.
I could go on. I have tried many of these 'old wives tales' and have found none of the above to be reliable. However I was curious when I saw in a cook shop the item that I am reviewing - Onion Goggles.
This gadget is classed as a novelty item, but to me it is now an essential part of my kitchen equipment.
The goggles come in a clear plastic case that fastens with a magnetic popper. It is not unlike a sunglasses case. The glasses them selves are made from a light weight plastic. My pair are white and green, but you can get them in pink too. Again they look like a pair of sun glasses / ski goggles. A thick foam seal like on swimming goggles provides extra protection for your eyes, and anti-fog lenses mean you can still see what you are doing to ensure you can slice or chop your onion accurately.
The manufacturer says they are a unisex design and that they fit most face shapes.
To cry or not to cry?
The goggles fit me (middle aged woman) perfectly. My teenage son however finds them a little small (but he does have a big head!!). Despite this they still seem to work. We have both worn them for the undesireable task of onion chopping and amazingly - they do the job- no tears.
So the Tag line on the case - Tear Free chopping, mincing, slicing and dicing - is true.
You can buy this wonderful kitchen accessory from many kitchen shops or Amazon. They seem to retail between £9.99 and £13.99 which is quite pricey, but this is a great gift idea.
A word of caution...
These goggles may stop the tears of the person chopping the onions, however any one watching you may shed tears of laughter as you will look absolutely ridiculous!!! Guaranteed.