Best Snorkeling Masks – Enjoy the Beauty of Underwater Life

Snorkeling is a recreational hobby that almost anyone can enjoy. But to do so, you’ll need a snorkel mask. Now before you even think of renting one from the local dive shop, maybe you should consider some of the benefits of buying your own – convenience (no more waiting for the shop to open), hygiene (no more wondering who used it last and was it cleaned), and fit (no need to keep adjusting to find that cinderella fit). And because there are plenty of snorkel masks in the market today, from the traditional (old-school mask) to the new and improved full face snorkeling masks, we decided to narrow down the choices for you. Check out the 10 best snorkeling masks of 2018.

Top 10 Snorkeling Masks of 2018

1. Seaview 180 degree Panoramic Snorkel Mask

Full Face Snorkel Mask

One of the best full face snorkeling masks you’ll ever find. No more water in your snorkel or discomfort in your jaw. It has a 180° full face design which means you get to have a bigger viewing area than with any other snorkeling mask. Think panoramic! It has an anti-fog design and the silicone insert prevents leaking. And it even comes with a GoPro mount for those who want to keep their hands free.

Seaview 180 degree Panoramic Snorkel Mask

Pros:

  • true panoramic view
  • GoPro mount
  • affordable

Cons:

  • demagnification of the lens (everything looks much farther away)
  • takes awhile to get used to
  • not for diving

 

2. Ocean Reef Aria Full Face Snorkel Mask

If you’re looking for a phenomenal snorkeling experience, the Ocean Reef Aria has got you covered. It doesn’t fog, doesn’t leak, and you’re able to breathe easily through your mouth or nose. It comes in several sizes so you can find the perfect fit for you. The dry top system blocks water from entering through the snorkel. And there’s even a self-purging valve at the bottom of the mask that will make sure any water that does get inside the mask goes out. Like the Seaview, this snorkel mask also has a detachable GoPro mount though it is sold separately.

Ocean Reef Aria Full Face Snorkel Mask

Pros:

  • perfect for shallow depth snorkeling
  • doesn’t fog up
  • comfortable fit

Cons:

  • GoPro mount is sold separately
  • not for diving
  • takes getting used to

 

3. Tribord Easybreath Full Face Snorkeling Mask

Snorkel Mask for Kids

The Tribord Easybreath is one of the most popular full face snorkeling masks in the market today. It offers a 180-degree field of vision, shatterproof polycarbonate window, a dry top snorkel system, and a purge valve at the bottom of the mask. This mask is actually the first of its kind, leading the revolution into a new way of snorkeling. The mask also features a double air-flow system that prevents fogging in the mask.

Tribord Easybreath Full Face Snorkeling Mask

Pros:

  • shatterproof window
  • doesn’t fog up
  • comfortable fit

Cons:

  • objects appear closer than they actually are
  • not suitable for intensive swimming or freediving
  • doesn’t fit well on some faces

 

4. SeeReef Full Face Snorkel

Snorkel Mask for Beginners

The SeeReef Full Face Snorkel is slightly different than other snorkeling masks of this type. While it does provide a 180-degree view, it has an HD flat viewing panel that allows you to see things clearly without any distortion. It also features a longer snorkel and a larger intake vent and 4 valves to make breathing easier. Plus, you also receive a protective travel bag for your mask and 2 sets of ear plugs. And if things don’t work out, you can avail of the 100% SeeReef or MoneyBack Guarantee.

SeeReef Full Face Snorkel

Pros:

  • 100% SeeReef or MoneyBack Guarantee.
  • comfortable fit
  • easy to adjust

Cons:

  • limited size options
  • does fog a bit
  • not for diving

 

5. Octobermoon 180°view Panoramic full face Snorkel Mask

Octobermoon also offers a panoramic full face snorkel mask and we love it. This snorkel mask also features a flat screen lens to provide you with a better view. A separate breathing chamber will prevent fogging. The large and longer snorkel makes breathing so much easier. And the adjustable strap is incredibly comfortable. The mask comes with a carrying bag. What we absolutely love about this mask is that there are so many size options including one for kids so every member of the family can get that perfect fit.

Octobermoon 180°view Panoramic full face Snorkel Mask

Pros:

  • plenty of size options
  • virtually fog-free
  • great paronamic view

Cons:

  • not for strenuous swimming, freediving, and scuba diving
  • some users have reported leaks
  • some users have lost the tube; not properly attached

 

6. Cressi F1 Snorkeling Frameless Mask

If you’re more of a traditionalist and want a snorkel mask that’s old school, then the Cressi F1 is your best pick. Cressi has been in the business of producing diving, snorkeling, and swimming products since 1946 and they’ve only gotten better over time. This mask is 100% silicone with micrometric easy adjustable buckles. This is a frameless mask that can be easily folded flat inside your luggage. The single tempered glass lens provides you with a clear view of the underwater world.

Cressi F1 Snorkeling Frameless Mask

Pros:

  • seals really tight; no leaking
  • comfortable fit
  • affordable

Cons:

  • fogs up quite a bit
  • some users have had problems with the size of the nose pocket (too small)
  • the strap is thin and may easily break

 

7. SeaFin Mask

Like most of our other full face snorkel masks, this SeaFin Mask from Shark Gear features a dry top seal, a 180-degree field of vision, and a drain valve. The mask frame is made of polypropylene with a shatter-proof polycarbonate window, silicone face padding, and adjustable nyon straps. Some models come with a GoPro compatible attachment mount. The mask also comes with a lightweight mesh carrying bag plus an extra rubber o-ring/tube gasket. And for your ease of mind, the parts of the mask come with a lifetime warranty.

SeaFin Mask

Pros:

  • soft, nylon straps
  • no fogging
  • drains any leaks quickly

Cons:

  • only two sizes to choose from
  • not for diving
  • takes awhile to get used to

 

8. The Super Snorkel Tubeless Design Snorkeling Mask

The Super Snorkel Tubeless Design is another full face snorkeling mask that caught our interest. It has a fog-resistant design to push air away from your face and the lens (it kinda looks like a Darth Vader mask to us which makes it even cooler). It provides a panoramic 180-degree view with its shatter-proof polycarbonate lens. The soft, adjustable straps are easy to use and doesn’t pull out your hair. And the drain at the bottom of the mask ensures any water that does get in, goes out just as quickly.

The Super Snorkel Tubeless Design Snorkeling Mask

Pros:

  • soft, wide straps
  • no fogging at all
  • Separate breathing chamber

Cons:

  • objects appear closer than they really are
  • not for diving
  • some users had a hard time breathing using this mask

 

9. OutdoorMaster 180° Snorkel Mask

Outdoormaster is a new contender in this market but that doesn’t make their full face snorkel mask subpar. Like most of our picks, this mask comes with a 180° panoramic view, a frameless design, and anti-fog lens. It also features a separate breathing section with a drain valve for purging water that may have gotten in your mask. The mask also has adjustable rubber bands with a large quick release buckle for customizing the fit. What makes this mask totally stand out is the wider-than-usual air vent that allows more air to enter the mask, making breathing a whole lot easier.

OutdoorMaster 180° Snorkel Mask

Pros:

  • clear view
  • multi-fit mask (mostly)
  • easy to breathe in

Cons:

  • not for diving
  • will not fit really small faces
  • some users have reported leaks

 

10. Oceanways Superview-HD

This snorkel mask is another pick for those who prefer things old school. The Oceanways Superview-HD comes with a high definition single lens (thus, the name), a super soft silicone skirt, a wild field of vision, and OMC (Optical Multicoating) which reduces UV and glare. The lenses are specially designed to pick up red and yellow (the two colors that are lost at depths of 10 feet or more), giving you better depth perception.

Oceanways Superview-HD

Pros:

  • clear view
  • anti-glare works
  • no leaking; comfortable fit and seal

Cons:

  • too large for children
  • not a panoramic view
  • some fogging reported by users

 

We wish we had more time to review the other masks that have caught our attention. But if you’re interested in checking them out as well, here they are: Optical Corrective Scuba Dive Snorkeling Mask Prescription Lenses, Phantom Aquatics Panoramic Scuba Mask Snorkel Set, Full Face Snorkel Mask by Tower, Tusa M1001 FREEDOM HD Scuba Diving Mask, Shark’s Tooth Full Face Mask, and the H2O Ninja 180° View Full Face Snorkel Mask.

How to Choose the Best Snorkeling Mask

Why watch Discovery Channel when you can experience an underwater episode just as easily when you go snorkeling? But before you go buy that plane ticket to Cancun, the Bahamas, or wherever else you feel like going snorkeling, you better be sure you have the right equipment.

Which means you need to get your own snorkeling mask. Aside from being the most hygienic option, having your own mask means you’ll get the perfect fit and you can use it anytime you want. To choose the best snorkeling mask for you, below are a few tips that will help.

Does it fit right? Is it comfortable?

Before any other features overwhelm you, the very first thing you need to look at is comfort. The mask will be on your face (partly or fully on your face) for more than just a couple of minutes. Any discomfort you feel will detract from the pleasure of experiencing the beauty of the deep blue sea.

Your mask should feel comfortable, not too tight or too loose. Aside from comfort, you also need to get a proper fit. This means that the mask’s skirt (the part of the mask that comes in contact with your face) creates a watertight seal. There should be no water coming into your mask.

What is the lens quality?

Snorkel masks come in various shapes and sizes which means so do their lenses. Some lenses are shatter-proof like the one used in the Tribord Easybreath Full Face Snorkeling Mask. Some single lens masks feature a “flat screen” for better visibility such as the SeeReef Full Face Snorkel. Some masks like the Oceanways Superview-HD have special coatings applied on their lens to reduce glare and provide better depth perception.

What is the skirt made of?

The skirt of your mask is there to create a watertight seal. This means that you need to stay away from rubber or plastic skirts that will turn brittle over time. Your skirt of choice should be made out of high grade silicone. Not only does it have superior sealing powers, it fits better and is more supple.

Here’s an additional tip: a wider skirt means that there’s more of the silicone that will get in contact with your skin, creating a better seal.

What kind of strap does the mask have?

First of all, anyone who has ever snorkeled knows how a rubber strap can hurt when you’re taking your mask of or adjusting it on your face. Thankfully, manufacturers are now offering masks with soft, adjustable straps that feel comfortable and doesn’t feel like it’s pulling your hair out. Some masks with this feature are SeaFin Mask and The Super Snorkel Tubeless Design Full Face Snorkeling Mask.

While price and color may impact your final purchase, these two factors will always be the last things you’ll need to look at. For a truly enjoyable time in the water, comfort and fit are priority. Everything else can be a little less than you’d like it to be (i.e. slight leaks, slightly fogging, horrible color) but if those first two factors are right, then you’re bound to have a memorable time.

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