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We may receive commissions on purchases made from our chosen links. The Rundown Best Overall: Scubapro Spectra at Amazon "The Spectra offers several desirable qualities at a price tag that won’t break the bank." Best Prescription: Promate Scope Mask (Rx-Able) at Amazon "With swappable lenses and a dual-lens design, this mask is the solution for glasses and contact wearers." Best Budget: Cressi Panoramic at Amazon "A snorkel attachment delivers multi-sport functionality at an affordable price point." Best for Beginners: Oceanic Shadow at Amazon "This mask’s stress-free functionality and solid credentials make it a top pick for beginners." Best Anti-Fog: SeaDive Oceanways Superview-HD at Amazon "These lenses sharpen underwater viewing and reduce distortion." Best Full Face: Scubapro Full Face Mask at Amazon "Anti-fogging lenses create a wide field of vision while the mask contours to your face." Best Low Profile: Cressi F1 at Amazon "This mask bonds the silicone skirt directly to the lens for a simple yet functional design." Best for Kids: Supertrip Kids Snorkel Mask-Scuba Diving Goggles at Amazon "With a 180-degree view, children are sure to have a lively diving experience." Best with Camera Mount: OCTOMASK Frameless Dive Mask at Amazon "Capture all the action underwater handsfree with this GoPro-friendly design." Best for Facial Hair: Hollis M-1 Mask at Amazon "A frameless design in the Hollis M-1 interferes less with facial hair." For new divers, scuba certification unleashes a whole new realm of places to explore. But whether you’re diving in aquariums, just off the shore, or in the Great Barrier Reef, the right scuba mask can make all the difference in your experience. Masks allow you to see the fantastical coral, fish, and sea turtles beneath the surface—but they can be sources of distraction during a dive if they’re ill-chosen or poorly fitted. Here, the best scuba masks on the market and a few tips to help you select the best mask for you. Best Overall: Scubapro Spectra Buy on Amazon Buy on Leisurepro.com What We Like Dual lens Wide field of vision Adjustable What We Don't Like Expensive The Scubapro Spectra balances several desirable qualities at a price tag that won’t break the bank. The dual-lens design is low volume, which allows for easy viewing and clearing. That viewing capability is further enhanced with tempered glass Ultra Clear lenses that offer safety and durability. The design has a slightly wrapped effect—rather than a boxy shape typical of many masks—which allows for a wider field of vision. With a comfortable skirt design and swivel buckles, this mask is easy to adjust and offers a near-universal fit. Best Prescription: Promate Scope Mask Buy on Amazon Buy on Walmart What We Like Comes in various colors Dual-lens Affordable What We Don't Like May not fit larger faces Glasses-wearers can’t wear their prescriptions under masks because it breaks the water-tight seal. Instead, dive pros recommend they order prescription-specific lenses. With swappable lenses and a dual-lens design, the Promate Scope Mask is the solution for glasses and contact wearers. Nearsighted divers can get prescriptions filled for -10 lenses, while far-sighted divers can get correction up to +5. Bifocal lenses are also available. Even the plain, non-prescription version of this mask has wide appeal, with liquid silicone-injected skirt and strap, low profile, and broad peripheral view through tempered glass. Note that prescription lenses come at an additional cost. Best Budget: Cressi Panoramic Buy on Amazon Buy on Walmart What We Like Includes a snorkel attachment Has a wide field of vision Adjustable What We Don't Like Limited color options With an optional snorkel attachment, the Cressi Panoramic delivers multi-sport functionality at an affordable price point. The panoramic mask optimizes visibility with tempered glass that’s both safe (it doesn’t crack easily) and easy to clear. The clear silicone skirting and frame offer a wider field of vision than many similar masks. The skirting is made from hypoallergenic soft silicone to ensure a tight seal every time, and push-button buckles allow for easy fit adjustments. The 7 Best Snorkel Gear Pieces Best for Beginners: Oceanic Shadow Buy on Amazon Buy on Leisurepro.com What We Like Lightweight Has a wide field of vision Comes in various sizes What We Don't Like Fogs up easily This mask’s stress-free functionality and solid credentials make it a top pick for beginners. Its frameless design nearly eliminates bulky weight, so it will stay comfortable for hours, providing a wide field of vision and allowing the wearer to become immersed in their underwater environment. Swiveling, easily adjustable buckles make it easy to get a perfect fit from the liquid silicone skirt. Because it packs flat and fits easily in a gear pocket, this mask is also a good pick as a backup mask for serious divers. Best Anti-Fog: SeaDive Oceanways Superview-HD Buy on Amazon What We Like Reduces distortion Filters out UV and glare Has a wide field of vision What We Don't Like Only comes in one size If visibility is your top concern, opt for the SeaDive Oceanways Superview-HD. These lenses sharpen underwater viewing and reduce distortion. The specialty coating filters out UV and glare, which means wearers should experience less eye fatigue during the length of their dives. Divers will be able to take in everything with a fog-free, single-lens design. Best Full Face: Scubapro Full Face Mask Buy on Amazon What We Like Anti-fogging lenses Has a wide field of vision Adjustable What We Don't Like Expensive Previously, only scientific and commercial divers wore full-face masks. However, today more recreational divers are opting for these full-coverage options that allow the breathing apparatus to connect directly into the eye mask. Those doing technical diving or exploring shipwrecks or caves should consider a full-face model. However, because these masks offer pro performance, you should expect to pay professional-level prices. The Scubapro Full Face Mask has anti-fogging treated lenses that create a wide field of vision. The complex, five-point spider strap system isn’t the easiest to adjust, but once you get fit dialed in, the mask feels like it contours to your face. The 8 Best Diving Fins Best Low Profile: Cressi F1 Buy on Amazon Buy on Walmart Buy on Leisurepro.com What We Like Comes in various colors Adjustable Affordable What We Don't Like Fogs up easily Many divers love frameless masks for their low profile and ease of clearing. This inexpensive mask provides those benefits. The design bonds the silicone skirt directly to the single lens for a simple but functional design. The lens is made from tempered glass, so it will stand up to use over time, and quick-adjust strap buckles help create a seamless fit and reduce drag. As with many of Cressi’s masks, it also comes at an attractive price point. Best for Kids: Supertrip Kids Snorkel Mask-Scuba Diving Goggles Buy on Amazon What We Like Affordable Scratch-resistant lenses Adjustable What We Don't Like Limited color options In most areas, children can begin earning dive certifications at 10 years old. This mask offers many of the features more experienced divers will appreciate, but in a smaller frame tailored to kids. It has a budget-friendly price point, so buyers won’t feel like they’re spending too much on something their kid will outgrow quickly. The mask is fitted with tempered, scratch-resistant lenses that can take the wear and tear kids are likely to give it. With a 180-degree view, it gives young divers plenty of sight lines for a a lively diving experience. And you don't have to mess with it too much thanks to a flexible, silicone skirt that creates a seal that won’t leak. Best with Camera Mount: OCTOMASK Frameless Dive Mask Buy on Amazon What We Like Has a wide field of vision Fits all GoPro models Durable What We Don't Like Limited color options The OCTOMASK Frameless Dive Mask allows wearers to capture all the underwater action, handsfree—this innovative design fits all GoPro models. And divers won’t miss the sights the first time around, either, with the mask’s wide field of vision through a single, tempered-glass lens. A soft silicone skirt ensures the diver can stay focused on what’s in front of them, not on adjusting their mask. The 9 Best Disposable Cameras of 2021 Best for Facial Hair: Hollis M-1 Mask Buy on Amazon Buy on Walmart Buy on Leisurepro.com What We Like Slim frame size Wide field of vision Includes a travel bag and case What We Don't Like Expensive Beards and mustaches might be a good look for you above water, but they can be problematic for divers. Facial hair can prevent the silicone skirt from creating an airtight seal around the lip. So what’s a person to do? Try the Hollis M-1 mask, which uses a frameless design that’s typically more comfortable than a framed mask. The design incorporates a rigid silicone melding and skirt that allow the overall frame size to be smaller and interfere less with facial hair. Its single lens offers a wide field of vision without obstructing sight lines, and its Saint-Gobain Diamant Crystal Clear lens is considered to offer the crispest views possible. The Hollis M-1 also includes a travel bag and case, which will allow owners to take this mask on trips without building up pesky scratches in transit. Final Verdict If you’re looking for a scuba mask that offers solid function, durability, and affordability, opt for the Scubapro Spectra (view at Amazon). It allows for a wide field of vision through crack-proof safety glass. Its comfortable silicone skirt will seal well and keep you comfortable even during long dives. What to Look for in a Scuba Mask Field of View Your mask should allow you to see clearly in all directions, though it may somewhat limit your peripheral vision. Single-lens masks tend to offer a wider view, though dual-lens models can be easier to clear and often accommodate prescription lenses. Fit Your scuba mask’s skirt (the silicone edge) should create a comfortable, watertight seal. If the mask leaks, it may need adjusting, or it may not be the right one for you. During a fitting, check for pressure points. Masks that sit uncomfortably on the corners of your eyes, the bridge of your nose, or your forehead in the store will become even more so during a dive. Volume You should be able to skim through the water easily without your mask creating too much drag. If you feel like your mask is creating drag, it may be improperly fitted or not properly suited to your needs. FAQs What's the difference between one- and two-window scuba masks? There are two main types of scuba masks: those with a single lens that stretches across the length of the mask and those with dual lenses separated by a center nose pocket. Whether one is better than the other is largely a matter of personal preference. Fans of dual-lens masks tend to pick them because they feel they are easier to clear, while single-lens proponents say these masks offer a wider field of vision. If you wear glasses or contacts, you may need to opt for a dual-lens mask, since these can often accommodate prescription dive lenses. How should I clean my scuba mask? Cleaning your mask is essential to extending its life—it should last 10 years or more—and keeping the mask from fogging up underwater. After each use, rinse the mask with fresh water and allow it to air dry. After every few uses, wash it with a mild soap (like dish detergent), warm water, and a soft cloth or brush. If your mask continues to fog after a thorough cleaning, you can treat it with a defogging agent, such as Seagold, or most divers’ go-to: good old-fashioned spit. How should I store my mask? Keep your mask in a cool, dry place. You may opt to store it in a mask case. Don’t leave the mask in the sun, as that will corrode the silicone strap and skirt that create the mask’s watertight seal. These elements are particularly attractive to animals who like to chew, so store your mask in a place where your family dog won’t find it. Why Trust TripSavvy Freelance journalist Ashley M. Biggers learned to scuba dive in swim camp in fifth grade. Since then, her snorkeling and diving adventures have taken her around the globe, from Hawaii to Australia. The 9 Best Sunscreens of 2021, According to Dermatologists Was this page helpful? Thanks for letting us know! Share Pin Email Tell us why! Submit Continue to 5 of 10 below. Continue to 9 of 10 below.