Top 10 Scuba Mask Reviews — Best Models for Snorkeling and Diving

Snorkeling is what opens the doors into an underwater paradise, and you just need to have a good scuba mask to enjoy the scenes of its breathtaking beauty. And with the many options available this should not be a problem. You only need to know some of the top brands in the market and also what to look out for when shopping for these masks and you will be sure of getting a top notch one. Here is a review of ten top snorkel masks currently on the market to help you get started.

Seaview 180° Panoramic Snorkel Mask

Seaview 180° Panoramic Snorkel Mask

Overview:

  • Dry Snorkel Technology
  • Full Face Design
  • 180 Degrees Visibility
  • Anti-Fog Construction
  • Shatterproof Polycarbonate Lens
  • Panoramic Snorkel Mask Durable Strap Design

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Seaview 180° Panoramic Snorkel Mask- Full Face Design. See More With Larger...

180° FULL FACE DESIGN- makes it easier than ever to breathe comfortably through your mouth or nose while you are snorkeling. Our mask provides a 180° viewing area- the biggest of any snorkel mask ...

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This is a Full Comparison of Different Models of this Amazing Snorkel DesignI did a ton of research before purchasing these masks. From the reviews online I could not see the pros and cons of this mask versus the standard clear mouth type full face mask. I also was unable to find anyone that had owned both the original Tribord mask and the Seaview. I now have owned one of each and will review them all here. Starting off first with a general review of the full face mask design.--------------- Full Face Snorkel: --------------- I am truly amazed by this product/design. I have scuba dived and snorkeled with many different kinds of equipment and nothing has stood out to me as anything special until I came across this mask. Really, for any person doing casual snorkeling, going on a tropical trip, this mask is a game changer. All of the different "models/brands" are going to be leaps and bounds better than a regular snorkel set up. Everything it is advertised as is true and I am a full believer in this mask. Pros: Easy breathing through mouth and nose! Easy draining right out of the bottom/chin! Easy adjusting of fit! No to minor leaking around face; even with 4 day stubble! Viewing area is far greater than most masks! Talking is actually possible without taking of the mask. Its muffled but possible; better than impossible with a traditional mask! Keeps your face dry, makeup/sunscreen/ on! Cons: Diving deeper than 10ft with this mask will cause an uncomfortable amount of pressure Requires Deep breaths flush; once in a while I find I have to take a big deep breath to "flush" the air in the mask.Read more ›
May 18, 2016
Love this mask! We couldn't wait to try it, so we went in the lake! It was so comfortable! Loved how I didn't have to clench my jaw to hold a mouth piece in and not worry about keeping my head at an awkward angle like in a regular snorkel mask. It was very comfortable, and I was able to see so much more than with regular masks. My husband loved it, as well! We can't wait to take this with us for our move to the beach in a few weeks!Update 3/11/16: we got a second mask for my husband. The panoramic version with the go pro mount! We loved the extra view we got out of this mask. There he definitely a wider viewing field with the panoramic. We didn't attach a go pro, but the mount was unnoticeable and not in they way by any means.
August 4, 2015
I ordered the Seaview 180° for the main purpose of my gym pool sessions. After receiving the product I inspected it to check its quality and I found it to be made of strong, durable material. It is recommended to have a clean shaven face for optimal sealing around the facial area, yesterday I trimmed my facial hair down to about a 5 o'clock shadow and today at the gym for my first try it worked great, even with the slight facial hair growth. I swam some laps and it worked great. There was no incoming water and the breathing felt so much better than having to bite down on a mouth piece compared to traditional snorkels. I will definitely be taking this with me on my next beach trip to try out as well.
August 10, 2015

PROS:
  • Incredibly easy to use
  • Perfect for both seasoned adults and youth snorkel beginners
  • This mask does not fog
  • It allows easy breathing through both the nose and mouth
  • Easy adjusting guarantees you a perfect fit
  • There are no minor leaks even if you have a full beard
  • It will always keep the face dry
  • The viewing area is large enough
  • Bottom/chin has an exclusive design for easy draining

CONS:
  • Not suitable for deep sea diving
  • You have to keep on taking deep breaths to flush air from the mask
  • It has some demagnification that makes things feel slightly farther than they are
  • Material and construction are not the best
  • Panoramic viewing still needs some improvement

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Cressi Scuba Diving Snorkeling/Freediving Mask

Cressi Scuba Diving Snorkeling/Freediving Mask

Overview

  • No-Frame Design makes it lightweight
  • Large Field of View
  • Dry Top Design to eliminate water entry
  • Mouth Piece is a soft silicone material
  • Easy Adjusting Buckles
  • Cressi Snorkeling Gear Set for Adults Low Volume Design
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Cressi Snorkeling Gear, Mask Dry Snorkel Set with Bag - Cressi Italian...

Enter your model number to make sure this fits.; Mask features 100% silicone skirt with tempered glass lenses; Completely dry top snorkel with purge valve for easy clearing; Designed And Created ...

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DM1000081-P

I purchased this set after my US Divers snorkel broke after about an hour of use (http://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/B004TTMGL4/ref=cm_cr_ryp_prd_ttl_sol_0). I'm glad it did because the set is far far superior in terms of visibility, comfort, quality and (likely) durability. With this mask, I stayed in the water longer and could see much more that those using other sets.I usually use a snorkel/mask at least once a week during the summer in rivers and oceans. This set seems as though it will last a few seasons. The mask is comfortable, has good visibility and fogs minimally (though I do treat with baby shampoo before every use). It seems to be of good quality. It has a convenient clip that allows easy attachment/detachment of the snorkel to the mask.The dry snorkel works amazingly well. I haven't had trouble with water in my mouth/lungs. It also has a neat style because the tube is clear. The mouthpiece is comfortable and tasteless. The bag seems a bit pointless because it doesn't breathe so I use a mesh one instead that allows the set to dry completely. I would buy this set again and have recommended it to others.
August 12, 2014
I bought this snorkeling set for a trip to Kauai. It worked really good and the set was comfortable. I really enjoyed it. We paid for a snorkeling trip where they provided us with the snorkeling equipment. I didn't take my Cressi snorkeling set to the trip thinking that whatever set they were going to provide me with, was going to be good if not better than my Cressi set. Well, I was wrong. My Cressi set was way better than the cheap mask and snorkel they gave me. I couldn't snorkel because the mask felt uncomfortable and water kept getting in. At that point I realized how good my new Cressi snorkeling set was. I snorkled in most beaches during our trip and this set did a great job. It looks cute too because the goggles are not too big. I definitely recommend it.
July 21, 2015
Worked well. The mask fit me well, no leakage...I'm 6'2", 200#. The snorkel kept water out, even in rough water. Also got the same mask for my wife (she is 5'4") which also fit. If the strap is too low (towards your neck), you may get some leakage...just move the strap up a little on your head and be sure you don't get hair between your face and mask.Great product, glad we got them.
November 19, 2014
PROS:
  • Folds easily and can also fit in a BC pocket
  • It is also suitable for photographers and hunters
  • This scuba mask is very affordable
  • Provides a perfect fit even for people with narrow faces and young divers
  • It has a very comfortable mouthpiece
  • Cressi Scuba Diving mask does not leak

CONS:
  • The magnifying glass makes everything look huge
  • It will fog in some instances
  • Straps are not suited for regular and continuous use
  • Mouthpiece might be too large for some people
  • The nose area is slim and might be uncomfortable for people with big noses

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Cressi Snorkeling Gear

 

Cressi Snorkeling Gear

Overview

  • Adjustable Buckle System
  • It is a Dry Top Snorkel
  • Leak-Free Construction
  • Safe Tampered Glass
  • Latex Free Design
  • Cressi Snorkeling Gear Facial Silicone Skirt(100%)
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Cressi Snorkeling Gear, Mask Dry Snorkel Set with Bag - Cressi Italian...

Enter your model number to make sure this fits.; Cressi is a REAL diving, snorkeling and swimming Italian brand, since 1946.; Mask features 100% silicone skirt with tempered glass lenses, always a ...

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DM1000081-P

I purchased this set after my US Divers snorkel broke after about an hour of use (http://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/B004TTMGL4/ref=cm_cr_ryp_prd_ttl_sol_0). I'm glad it did because the set is far far superior in terms of visibility, comfort, quality and (likely) durability. With this mask, I stayed in the water longer and could see much more that those using other sets.I usually use a snorkel/mask at least once a week during the summer in rivers and oceans. This set seems as though it will last a few seasons. The mask is comfortable, has good visibility and fogs minimally (though I do treat with baby shampoo before every use). It seems to be of good quality. It has a convenient clip that allows easy attachment/detachment of the snorkel to the mask.The dry snorkel works amazingly well. I haven't had trouble with water in my mouth/lungs. It also has a neat style because the tube is clear. The mouthpiece is comfortable and tasteless. The bag seems a bit pointless because it doesn't breathe so I use a mesh one instead that allows the set to dry completely. I would buy this set again and have recommended it to others.
August 12, 2014
I bought this snorkeling set for a trip to Kauai. It worked really good and the set was comfortable. I really enjoyed it. We paid for a snorkeling trip where they provided us with the snorkeling equipment. I didn't take my Cressi snorkeling set to the trip thinking that whatever set they were going to provide me with, was going to be good if not better than my Cressi set. Well, I was wrong. My Cressi set was way better than the cheap mask and snorkel they gave me. I couldn't snorkel because the mask felt uncomfortable and water kept getting in. At that point I realized how good my new Cressi snorkeling set was. I snorkled in most beaches during our trip and this set did a great job. It looks cute too because the goggles are not too big. I definitely recommend it.
July 21, 2015
Worked well. The mask fit me well, no leakage...I'm 6'2", 200#. The snorkel kept water out, even in rough water. Also got the same mask for my wife (she is 5'4") which also fit. If the strap is too low (towards your neck), you may get some leakage...just move the strap up a little on your head and be sure you don't get hair between your face and mask.Great product, glad we got them.
November 19, 2014
PROS:
  • Purge valve makes clearing easy
  • The set also includes a carry bag
  • It has a very comfortable fit
  • The snorkel will keep water out even in rough seas
  • It is perfect for both scuba and snorkeling
  • Snorkel and mask have a stylish and attractive appearance

CONS:
  • The snorkel will fog occasionally
  • It is quite an expensive set
  • Straps are not easy to use
  • Breathing tube looks and feels different from the traditional ones

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Tribord EasyBreath Full Face

Tribord EasyBreath Full Face

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Tribord Easybreath Snorkeling Mask

Generally, XS is for childen, S/M is for women and teenagers, ML is for men. L/XL is for men with long face; 180° field of vision and shatterproof polycarbonate window for added safety.; Full mask ...

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This innovative mask is a great improvement over standard snorkeling kits because:- you have a great, clear, panoramic view- you can breathe (almost) freely through both your nose and mouth- the mask never fogs up- the stopper in the tube works flawlessly every time at keeping water out when you dive down (I was skeptical about this feature)- any leak quickly drains aways and water does not accumulate in the mask- you can snorkel for hours without needing to readjust or clear your maskHere are the two potential drawbacks:- the airflow is markedly limited compared to breathing naturally or even through a regular snorkeling tube. It takes a bit of getting used to, and, if you dive down or swim fast for a while, you will need a while to catch your breath.- the mask needs to be fitted tight on your face which can be uncomfortable, as it presses hard on your cheeks and jaw. It will also leave marks on your face when you take it off.That said, I would not go back to a standard snorkeling kit.As a side note: this mask sells for about $40 in Europe (including our average 20% sales tax), you guys in the States are getting seriously ripped off.
August 5, 2015
Here's a quick sense of what it's like to actually use this. I found it fairly comfortable to wear but frankly tough to breathe through.10/10/16: I've upgraded to 4 stars as I've now been using it for over a year. i figure if I am still using for over my other mask (that leaks), then there must be a reason. it's still tougher to breathe than i would like it to be but it's a pretty thoughtful product.
July 31, 2015
The Best snorkel mask EVER! Never fogs, I could be a salesperson for you. Everybody who asked on our trip to Bonaire, I made them try it on, and everybody, went WOW!! It's the best, so glad I ordered a M/L - I could have sold at least 50 on the trip!! I have a longer face than my husband who could wear a S/M....being a female, I ordered the recommended S, but gave that one to him and re-ordered the larger one...fits like a dream, not too tight but no water leakage, and NO FOG! Loved it, and can't wait for our next trip!
September 1, 2015
PROS:
  • It gives an unobstructed and panoramic view
  • This scuba mask will help you breathe through both the nose and mouth freely
  • Water leaks will drain away quickly
  • The mask never fogs
  • Tube has a stopper that works flawlessly to keep water out
  • It allows you to snorkel for many hours without having to clear it

CONS:
  • Airflow is quite limited compared to regular snorkeling tubes
  • Fitting the mask tight to your face is a little uncomfortable
  • Mask also leaves some marks on the face
  • It takes some time to get used to it

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Phantom Aquatics Mexico Mask

Phantom Aquatics Mexico Mask

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Phantom Aquatics Mexico Mask Dry Snorkel Set

Enter your model number to make sure this fits.; Includes silicone mask and snorkel; Ideal for snorkeling and recreational swimming

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PAQTEMSC-PK_3-Parent

TL:Dr version:Pros:-one way valve you can dive underwater and not fill tube with water-lower one way valve you can purge water from snorkel easily-glasses nice and clear when not foggy-comfortable fitCons:- got foggy during useI was recently going to hawaii to disney aulani and could have use this, it would have been perfect, unfortunately i didn't see it until after we got back. I received this for a discount in exchange for my honest and unbiased review and just happened to be going to the lake in fresno to test it. so i bought it with me, unfortunately millerton lake is like caca brown and you cant really see squat underwater, so i had to take it back to my parents pool and tried it out there. The mesh bag it came in was nice, just enough to carry it all but hold 0 water to get transferred as you travel with it, the fit is nice and snug, no adjustment needed for my slightly larger size head. dived into the pool and the goggles didnt come off, so thats a plus, most come off during the first dive. swim to the bottom and sit there for a minute, no leaks, no excessive pressure like smaller goggles just a nice clear view. I then threw the snorkel on and i have not used a snorkel in a long time but there is some technology in this thing, theres some sort of one way ball valve that keeps the water from filling the tube, thats awesome! and similarly theres another valve on the bottom where you can blow air out the bottom to sink underwater or help control air pressure internally, you could also breathe in part of the air thats inside the tube, but you have to watch out for any water lingering inside, a little but of water does get inside the tube, but you can purge it out with a blast of air from the botton valve pretty easily.Read more ›
July 15, 2016
I love this item. I got it for my nephew who loves to swim and always needs to wear goggles so I thought he would love the chance to experiment with a snorkle set. He is 10 and the clasp to add and remove the snorkle is pretty easy to use. The only downside is that it is basically just a flimsy plastic clasp that probably wont take much use to break it. The goggles themselves are nice and made of good quality material and fit on multiple size heads from small to large (Lol). The snorkle part itself is pretty hard to use compared to basic snorkles and would be hard to use if you have any type of issue with breathing or any type of asthma. It does come with its own mesh bag for it.I was able to receive this product at a discount in exchange for my honest and unbiased review. I was not compensated for this product in any way.My hope is that my reviews are helpful to others. Please let me know how I am doing by voting “Yes” if you think that my review helped you. My reviews are completely honest and are my personal experiences with the product.
July 4, 2016
I've never had fun snorkeling until I used this Phantom Aquatics Mexico mask dry snorkel set. This is a great quality, durable set. The goggles fit me very comfortable and is easy to adjust. The glass itself is made with tempered glass and it's very clear. The fit to the nose is perfect even to me where I have a smaller nose bridge, still it fits me perfect and no water gets in my eyes. The breathing part is great. No rubber smell and it hooks very easily to the side of the goggles. I've nothing against this snorkel set. I love it and this has been very helpful when I snorkel in Boracay Island Philippines this summer!I received this product with discount for my honest and unbiased review.
July 23, 2016
PROS:
  • Gives you superior comfort thanks to silicone skirt
  • Purge valve makes clearing easy
  • Ideal for recreational swimming and snorkeling
  • Snorkel is splash-resistant to keep water out
  • Goggles are from a high-quality material
  • The mask looks great, and it will fit different head sizes

CONS:
  • Just like most others, it fogs up
  • Snorkel is quite hard to use
  • Mouthpiece looks too big for some people
  • Small windows and black casing may limit visibility

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Cressi F1

Cressi F1

Overview

  • Tempered Glass Lenses
  • 100% Silicone Skirting
  • Adjustable and Comfortable Fit
  • Easy Access Nose Pocket
  • Frameless Design
  • Fold-Flat Capability
  • Cressi F1 Low Internal Volume
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Cressi F1, Scuba Diving Snorkeling Frameless Mask - Cressi: Quality Since 1946

Enter your model number to make sure this fits.; Cressi is a Real diving, snorkeling and swimming Italian brand, since 1946.; Clear Wide view by a single lens made with high quality Tempered Glass, ...

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CR-ZDN281000-P

This is my all-time favorite mask (and I've tried a lot of them). It is so comfortable and has such a wide panoramic view because the glass sits close to your eyes. I've been using it 3-4 times a week in the ocean for the past year.Regarding the fogging problem reported in many reviews: I initially experienced extensive fogging, even after I cleaned the glass with toothpaste as some reviewers suggested. I almost threw the mask away after 3-4 uses. But then I read one reviewer who said you need to clean it with a cleanser like "clean green" to remove the invisible scratch-resistant coating which is prone to fogging. I had some "goo gone" cleanser, so I gave that a try, and after one application of that, the fogging stopped. It's now completely fog-free, with just some spit before each use. I LOVE THIS MASK!!!
April 20, 2014
I spent a lot of time researching masks to figure out what I wanted. I started out knowing absolutely nothing about diving and eventually decided to go with this mask. I was not disappointed.The fact that it is frameless (basically means that the glass is main thing giving it shape) means that it has a very low volume. For the diver this means that when your mask floods (a drill we did a million times when learning to dive) it takes very little air to empty it out.Quality - Excellent. The rubber is nice and supple. No complaints at allOverall - High-quality well priced mask. Would definitely buy it again.
February 24, 2013
As many people have commented, this mask has horrible fogging problems if you don't get all of the coating off the inside of the lens before you use it. My standard mask cleaning procedure using toothpaste and simple green failed to remove the coating. The first time I used the mask, the anti fog drops beaded off the glass, and the mask fogged up completely in about a minute. I finally managed to remove the coating with Barkeeper's Friend (a paste of dish soap and baking soda would probably work as well). The picture shows where I missed some spots (note how the water is pulled back from the edges). If you clean the mask, and water still beads off the inside of the lens rather than flowing across it smoothly, you haven't gotten all the coating off.
July 19, 2015
PROS:
  • It is a lightweight mask
  • You can be sure of maximum comfort thanks to the silicone skirt
  • Adjustable straps reduce drag and give you a flexible fit
  • Easy to carry thanks to the fold-flat capability
  • This mask also comes with a box for convenient storage
  • It is very affordable

CONS:
  • Fogging after a few minutes is its greatest shortcoming
  • It is somewhat smaller than most others
  • This mask does have a purge
  • The scuba mask will start leaking a little bit as it grows old

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Octobermoon 180° Full view Panoramic Snorkel Mask

Octobermoon 180° Full view Panoramic Snorkel Mask

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Octobermoon Second Gerneration 180°Full view Panoramic Snorkel Mask-Full Face snorkeling Design.with anti-fog...

Octobermoon snorkel mask provides a 180° viewing area- with full face design; Easy to adjust size and comfortable with your face,great unrestricted view and allowed me to concentrate on what was ...

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These masks are awesome!! We just used them the last few days here in Cozumel, MX. I was kind of worried about the quality because they were so inexpensive compared to other brands. Nope! No worries! It did take a few tries to adjust it correctly and get it in the correct place on our faces. But, once fitted properly, they are fantastic! You will look like a Snork but it's worth it!!
January 25, 2016
If any of this information truly assisted you in your buying decision in anyway maybe you can hit the YES button right below here. If you have any questions feel free to ask and I'll be glad to answer it as best to my knowledge as soon as I can!As a full disclosure, I did received this product at a highly discounted rate in exchange for leaving an honest and unbiased review. I do not know the seller or the company, The thoughts and feelings expressed above are my own from my own personal experience.I know some Amazon shoppers can get skeptic of reviews from reviewers that received a discount because they think that taints the review in some way. Which this is not the case. Companies just want to get their name out and the best way to do this is to give people samples in exchange for a honest review. I always give honest reviews because I myself rely on honest Amazon reviews to inform my purchases as well from others.Testing: I used the Octobermoon 180° Snorkel Full Face Mask at the beach and it worked wonderful. This has to be one of the coolest snorkeling mask I have ever tried. Has a go pro mount which came in very handy in the beautiful florida reefs. Vision is 180° except its not seamless, in tother words the sides look at a different proportion then the frontal part. Other than that, NO water leaks, NO fogging, its just a great piece of equipment, I will be buying one for my son, which brings me to the point for you to be aware that you choose the correct size for your face, This is not a one size fits all deal.Pros:Cool looking!Read more ›
July 27, 2016
This thing has some serious wow factor to it! Very easy to get used to wearing it -very comfortable and the snorkel works extremely well. I got a few funny looks when I was testing it out at the gym pool, but if I had extras I could have sold them on the spot! I buy a lot of gadgets and I would have to rank this one up near the very top. I am surprised these are not already extremely popular. I bought one for myself and my 7 year old son. He used to be afraid of swimming in the deep end - now he couldn't care less (with or without the mask on now) and I have this product to thank for it. We plan to use this for an upcoming snorkeling trip.After my wife saw how much fun it was, I ordered her one too! First she said "there is no way I'm wearing that silly looking thing!" then she changed her mind - the fish don't care what you look like!
March 23, 2016
PROS:
  • Comfortable on the face and easy to adjust
  • Fits well even on small heads
  • It has an ergonomic and watertight design
  • Comes with a carry bag for convenient transportation
  • You get an extra washer when you buy the mask

CONS:
  • The plastic smells a little weird
  • It is not a one size fits all mask
  • The corners may distort your view as they create a blind spot
  • Only suitable for surface snorkeling

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Phantom Aquatics Velocity Scuba Snorkeling Mask

Phantom Aquatics Velocity Scuba Snorkeling Mask

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Phantom Aquatics Velocity Scuba Snorkeling Mask Snorkel Set

Enter your model number to make sure this fits.; Crystal Silicone: The highest grade silicone available for a soft comfortable seal; Unsurpassed downward vision; Double edge facial seal for air tight ...

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I got this for a trip to Mexico, Belize and Guatemala. We opted to get a set without fins because the fins were too large to fit into our backpacks. We found that fins weren't really necessary foe amateur snorkeling.The snorkels worked great. I had never snorkeled before, but after playing around in a pool, I figured out how to dive and clear water out of the snorkel. The mask fit great too.This was our best purchase for our trip. Buying a snorkel set allowed us to snorkel whenever we wanted wherever we wanted and in Mexico and Belize, you can have some good snorkeling just about anywhere! We saved a ton of money by buying our own set rather than renting a nasty used set wherever we went.
August 31, 2014
I bought this for my girlfriend and am pretty impressed.She usually complains about leaking and/or ability to adjust straps. This has quick release hinges and really soft silicone. It collapses on your face a little if you try to dive deep but not an issue for her.I may treat myself to one of these when the time is right.Oh, and the black sides are great. Makes everything in front of you seem brighter!
September 26, 2014
Took these on a cruise in November. We bought 2 sets, and we both used them several times over the course of the week. Worked great, no leaking or fogging. Mouthpiece was actually very comfortable, unlike a rental. Mask was also comfortable, didn't smash my head in.
March 20, 2015
PROS:
  • The unique buckle system ensures that you get a perfect fit regardless of the size of your head
  • Crystal silicone is a comfortable and very durable material
  • Snorkel guard makes it impossible for water to leak in
  • The angled mouthpiece is very comfortable
  • It is sturdy and very easy to use
  • This set is very affordable

CONS:
  • Some people will find it hard to attach the snorkel to the mask
  • It will fog up even if you use anti-fog spray
  • The snorkel has some trouble clearing water
  • Rubber beneath the nose will irritate your upper lip

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U.S. Divers Icon Mask and Airent Snorkel

U.S. Divers Icon Mask and Airent Snorkel

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U.S. Divers Icon Mask and Airent Snorkel

Enter your model number to make sure this fits.; Adult mask - One-size-fits-most; Hypoallergenic silicone face skirt for ultimate comfort; 3-way adjust Pro-Glide buckles for easy adjustments; Snorkel ...

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240025-P

U.S. Divers snorkel and mask are great quality for basic snorkeling. I purchased two for snorkeling in Hawaii and had no issues.
April 17, 2014
I've been diving all my life, but my gear is in Florida, and I wanted a mask / snorkel for a day of snorkeling / diving in Costa Rica. The silicon material used in the mask and snorkel is of very poor quality - not as soft or flexible as what's found on better (more expensive) masks. I highly recommend you spend an extra $10 - $15 to get something you'll enjoy and keep. I'm going to use it once and then give it away.
February 2, 2015
I ordered 2 sets of US Divers masks and they were both awesome! The seals were tight, the silicon smooth, and the plate very clear. The valves were tight and easy to clear; even the odd wave didn't penetrate the snorkels. We snorkeled in both fresh and saltwater and were very pleased. The only caveat for these is that you HAVE to wear the snorkel placed on the left-hand side so that it tips properly, but that shouldn't be an issue!This one, the Icon, fit my husband perfectly. He has a normal/medium sized head.
August 18, 2014
PROS:
  • Easily adjustable buckles will always give you a custom fit
  • Silicone skirt guarantees you maximum durability and comfort
  • You can empty any excess water easily
  • It has an impressive price tag
  • The mask is aesthetically appealing, and it looks sturdy

CONS:
  • The open top design is a significant disadvantage
  • The material is not as soft as what you find in expensive brands
  • It may only be suitable for beginners
  • You should be ready for some pain if you have a large nose
  • The scuba mask will fog up quite often

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Optical Corrective Scuba Dive/Snorkeling Mask

Optical Corrective Scuba Dive/Snorkeling Mask

Overview

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Optical Corrective Scuba Dive Snorkeling Mask Prescription Lenses

ProMate Scope Scuba Dive Mask/MK245 and Corrective lens:; Optical Correction lenses available from -1.0 to -10.0 by increments of 0.5 (for near sighted)./OP250; Optical Correction lenses available ...

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I snorkeled nearly every day for a week and loved this dive mask. No leaks and I could see very well despite my -8 correction. I would recommend this to anyone who is nearsighted and can't wear contacts with a regular mask. Well worth the extra cost, which is much much less than I used to pay for contact lenses. Wish my glasses only cost as much as the mask! Does not correct for astigmatism, but I couldn't tell underwater...I could see very well.
June 13, 2011
My daughter used this mask during our vacation in Hawaii. Unfortunately the beach near our resort was not snorkel-friendly with the heavy surf and all but she was able to use the mask to see some interesting stuff. She enjoyed being able to actually SEE without her glasses. The mask was comfortable and had a good seal, something that has been an issue in the past with other masks.
June 6, 2010
The Get Wet Store has really good customer service. I received a prescription mask that did not fit my large face comfortably, they worked with me until we figured out a style that fit my face better! Would highly recommend doing business with them.
November 19, 2012
PROS:
  • Corrective lenses are available for both short and long-sighted people
  • It is a medium size, but will fit almost everybody
  • You can get different corrective lenses for each eye
  • Mask has an effective seal and is very comfortable
  • This mask has an excellent field of view
  • It is cheap and affordable for most people

CONS:
  • Some people might still not be able to see anything through it
  • This mask will work best for people with eye problems
  • The lenses are special, but they still fog up
  • It will not correct some problems like astigmatism

How to Buy the Right Diving Mask

The ten masks above are not only some of the best in the market, but they also come from the leading companies in the industry. Most people will use the manufacturer or brand as an indication of the quality of a product. Although this is still a good idea, there are several other important things to look out for when buying a scuba mask. These things are what should guide you when shopping for a diving mask, and it is important to keep them in mind, and they include the following.

  • Visibility (lens, skirt)

Visibility is the first and most important thing that you should always consider when shopping for a diving mask because it is the main reason why you go out to buy it. The style, quality of the glass and the skirt are the three things that will influence the visibility of the mask. Always ensure that the lens is of a high-quality shatterproof material and one way to ensure this is to go for those with tempered glass instead of cheap plastic.

The style is a matter of personal preference as there are many to choose from but one with panoramic view works well for most people. Silicone skirt, on the other hand, is the best, and you can choose from transparent, or those that are not but this will also depend on your preferences.

  • Straps and Buckles

The straps and buckles are what will help you get a good fit, and so it is vital to ensure that anything that you buy has adjustable ones. Silicone straps are perfect because the material provides you with an extra degree of flexibility and stretch, but there are still many other materials with the same capability.

  • Frame

A scuba mask can either have or come without a frame. This fact makes things easier because you only have two options when it comes to the structure. However, it is important to know that each will have some merits and demerits. A frame keeps everything from the skirt to the buckles in place and it also allows for the mask to come in various colors or pattern, but they are also expensive and do not fold well for transportation. The frameless on the other hand are cheaper than those with a frame, but will not give you a perfect fit and do not also last long.

  • Comfort

A comfortable mask should not be too tight, and neither should it be too loose. You should not just go for something because you like how it looks, but you should try it out and see how comfortable it is on your head. Also, make sure that you can breathe comfortably using both the nose and mouth when wearing the mask and this should not change when you fit the snorkel.

  • Purge Valve

Ideally, a mask with a good fit should not leak, but this is not always the case. Sometimes you might not wear it well, or you might bump into something that my shift it and hence leading to a leak. When this happens, it is crucial to have a way of getting rid of the water without having to surface, and this is what the purge valve does. It allows you to drive the water out by breathing through your nose and so it is also an important feature to consider when shopping for a mask.

Single or Dual Lens – Which is Better?

Even with the above essential features of a mask in mind, most people may still have some trouble choosing one. In most cases, it is because they do not know what to choose between single and dual lens. And this is quite understandable because many people are not aware of the difference between the two and so cannot also tell which one will work best for them. A dual lens will in most cases be lower volume than the single ones, and this is good if you will have the glass close to your eyes. However, in most cases, you will not even notice the difference between single and dual lenses.

The Dual lens will work well for people that use prescription glasses as it is easier to find a mask with two replaceable lenses, but if you do not have any eye problems this should not concern you. And so the solution or the bottom line for this is just choosing whatever you prefer by ensuring the mask fits well and feels comfortable because it will not be correct to say one is better than the other.

Which is the Best of the 10

All the ten diving masks above are from reputable companies, and they will work well for you and ensure you have a great time snorkeling off the beach or in your pool. However, the Cressi Snorkeling Gear (3rd on the list) is by far the best among them all as it has an almost perfect score of 4.8 out of a possible 5 on Amazon and this is after more than 1000 reviews. It also ranks very highly on most other online retail sites including eBay and it is also a complete set that also includes a carry bag. A high score on retail sites shows that most customers are satisfied with the service they get from it.

Sources:

Amazon.com

Ebay.com

 

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