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Best Sunscreens

Consumer Reports Ratings for Best Sunscreens

Best Sunscreens

We tested 40 sunscreens to determine the best-performing models. Our expert lab technicians tested each Sunscreen based on the following criteria:

  • Cost per oz. ($)
  • Type
  • Active ingredients
  • UVA
  • Tested SPF
  • SPF

Below lists the Sunscreens that rated best in each of the tests our experts looked for. Learn about how these tests were performed and find out which Sunscreen is rated best when you subscribe.

Consumer Reports Ratings for Best Sunscreens

Best Sunscreen for Cost per oz. ($)

Approximate retail price divided by the number of ounces of product in the container.


This Sunscreen which tested best for Cost per oz. ($) has the following features: Water resistance (min.).

Best Sunscreen for Type

Whether the product is dispensed as a spray, lotion, gel or foam.


This Sunscreen which tested best for Type has the following features: Water resistance (min.).

Best Sunscreen for Active ingredients

Active ingredients as specified on the product label.


This Sunscreen which tested best for Active ingredients has the following features: Water resistance (min.).

Best Sunscreen for UVA

The level of protection against UVA radiation.


This Sunscreen which tested best for UVA has the following features: Water resistance (min.).

Best Sunscreen for Tested SPF

Whether the tested SPF met the product's claim. If tested SPF is lower than claim, average tested SPF is shown.


This Sunscreen which tested best for Tested SPF has the following features: Water resistance (min.).

Best Sunscreen for SPF

Level of protection against UVB radiation. Score based on the product's measured SPF.


This Sunscreen which tested best for SPF has the following features: Water resistance (min.).

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