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Nice idea - but not perfect
on 19 August 2011
The onion goggles are one of those slightly wierd "why didn't I think of it" ideas, that you probably have dismissed anyway if you had thought of it. They are basically a pair of plastic glasses with a deep soft foam rubber seal around the inside edge of the lenses. I thought I'd give them a go because my eyes were being irritated not just by chopping lots of onions, but also chopping and cooking large quantities of hot chillies.
The goggles appear sturdy and well made, and are surprisingly light and comfortable to wear. They do not mist up even in a hot busy kitchen, and stay comfortably in place as you move about.
Unfortunately though, they are not going to be the right shape / size for everyone. In practice an elastic strap would probably be better than the spectacle type arms, as these allow the goggles to sit naturally on the bridge of the nose, but leaving a small gap between the cheeks and the lower seal of the goggles. While this might not present a great problem in a domestic setting were one is chopping the odd onion or two, it does leave them compromised as serious eye protection for anyone chopping onions by the sack load.
I may yet modify mine, as the soft seals do work when they are positioned properly, but I can not give a high rating to a product that is quite expensive for what it is and does not do what it says on the tin without modification.