Product Type: Eddingtons gadgets
Newest Review: ... 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... more
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Eddingtons Onion Goggles
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Eddingtons Onion Goggles
Advantages: Comfy, effective, no misting, no tears!
Disadvantages: Not compatible with glasses, slight loss of peripheral vision, not cheap
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.
Summary: Effective foam padded glasses that stop your eyes from watering when chopping onions