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10 Best Snorkel Masks in 2022


Our experts at work

We gave our two Snorkel geeks one job:
Test 22 different Snorkel Masks 
and write reviews of the best.

The result is 10 of the best Snorkel Masks on the marked today.


Jennifer Palmer

Snorkel & dive gear expert

Jennifer is a snorkel and scuba expert, and the main person behind this guide

Torben Lonne

Snorkel mask geek and editor

Torben is a dive nut, with a passion for dive gear and especially snorkel masks.

Fancy going on a snorkeling holiday or just looking to upgrade your old mask There are many reasons why you might need to purchase a mask.

Choosing a snorkel mask can sometimes seem like a hard task.

With so many varieties, shapes, sizes and colors on offer, how are you to know which one is right for you?

Learning the different components of a mask and how you can use them to your advantage is a good start.

The whole point of a mask is to provide comfort, security and clear vision once you go into the water.

So, you’re standing in front of a wall of masks, they all look professional and reliable, but how do you know which one will work for you?

Well, this is why we have created this snorkel mask guide, to help you decided, whatever your level is, on the perfect mask to suit you.

If you’re lookig for a Full Face Snorkel Mask, go here.

Best Beginners Snorkel Masks

So, you’re just about to embark on your very first snorkeling holiday or you’ve just qualified as a scuba diver and you’re looking for a snorkel mask.

Where do you start? Comfort should be top of your list as well as well fitting. There is nothing worse than going diving or snorkeling with a mask that is uncomfortable. Not only can this ruin your dive, it can also leave you with a nasty headache at the end of the day, which is not conducive to having fun at après dive.

Here are a good few choices to look into and choose from…

The ScubaPro Spectra 2 Window mask is not a cheap mask, however, tends to appear to be more expensive than it is.

Where to buy:
What we like:
  • This mask has a compact 2-window design.
  • Tempered glass lenses.
  • Swivel buckles for easy adjustment.
  • Double sealed silicone skirt.
  • Classed as the most comfortable mask on the market.
What we don’t like:
  • Not a cheap mask but worth its price.
  • Sometimes (depending on the shape of your face) the frame can push against the bridge of your nose.
  • The special finish on the mask can be easily damaged.

Excellent for beginner free divers, snorkelers, and scuba divers, the Oceanic Predator snorkeling gear will provide a comfortable and easy diving experience free of disruptions.

The patented soft squeeze buckles on the Predator Mask make simple and quick adjustments possible while the soft universal skirt has been constructed so comfortably it feels like you could wear it all day. The lenses are tinted for extra UV protection and are assembled with stronger, long lasting, and highly sturdy tempered glass.

As far as the Predator Snorkel goes, Oceanic has taken us back to basics with a traditional snorkel design that is simple yet practical for every entry level free diver. Its simplicity gives rise to the fact that freedivers don’t have to worry about any extra moving components getting in the way of their dive.

With its striking blue camo print, this Predator Snorkeling Gear also bears a low volume and lightweight design for a more streamlined swim, making it an ideal kit for less experienced, beginner free divers who want to explore the ocean’s treasures without being noticed.

Where to buy:
Specs & Features:
  • Mask: Silicone skirt
  • Mask: Tempered glass lenses with mirror tint
  • Mask: Adjustable straps
  • Mask: Patented soft squeeze buckles
  • Snorkel: Traditional ‘J’ design
  • Snorkel: Drop-away flexible mouthpiece
  • Snorkel: Durable thermoplastic material
What we like:
  • Excellent snorkeling gear for beginners
  • Cool camo like the Predator Dive Fins
  • Buckles are great
  • Snorkel design great for long apnea dives
  • Stylish color and design to camouflage free divers who spearfish
What we don’t like:
  • Without the dry-top deflector, water can get in the snorkel at the water surface
  • If visibility is lacking, or if you are diving in the evening, the tint in the lenses will not be helpful
  • It is recommended that anti-fog spray is applied to the mask lenses before use

The Cressi Panoramic 4 has front glass as well as side glass positioned in a way to provide a full panoramic view for maximum visibility, which is exactly what you need as a beginner.

Where to buy:
What we like:
  • Specially designed for medium to large faces.
  • Low volume design.
  • Unobstructed panoramic view.
  • Extremely lightweight.
  • Made of strong material.
What we don’t like:
  • If you have a smaller petit face, this is not the mask for you.
  • Slight distortion where the seams of the glass meet.
  • The silicone skirt can sometimes sit low on the lip of the snorkeler

There is nothing worse than being hit with a bright reflection whilst on the surface snorkeling. Atomic Aquatics have sorted this issue out by providing an anti-reflective coat on the glass of this snorkeling mask. The ARC mask technology not only reduces reflected light but also increases the amount of light available to the divers eyes. This can improve vision dramatically, especially on a sunny day.

Where to buy:
What we like:
  • Sub steel frame for strength and rigidity, making it virtually indestructible.
  • Lifetime guarantee for breakages.
  • ARC mask anti-reflection technology.
What we don’t like:
  • Quite an expensive mask.
  • Slight distortion where the seams of the glass meet.
  • The ARC lenses scratch quite easily removing the protective anti-reflection coating, so scrubbing this mask and using anti-fog on it is out of the question.

If you’re a beginner who wants to see all that the underwater world has to offer but hate the restrictive style of the standard snorkel mask, then the Seaview 180° GoPro compatible snorkel mask is the mask for you.

What we like:
  • Provides a totally unobstructed 180° view.
  • This mask allows you to breathe normally, through your nose and mouth without a snorkel.
  • Has an anti-fog design.
  • Has a mount on the top of the mask to attach your GoPro, to capture all your exciting moments.
What we don’t like:
  • Quite bulky and takes up more space in your luggage than a normal snorkel.
  • Due to the positioning of the snorkel, you can only really snorkel in calm waters.
  • As you cannot adjust the snorkel, avoid waves and turning your head from side to side.

Best advanced Snorkel Masks

As an advanced snorkeler, you have already decided what kind of mask works well for you and know what kind of mask to avoid for the shape of your face, so here are the best snorkel masks for the advanced snorkelers…

Most advanced snorkelers love a frameless mask and this mask does not disappoint. It comes in a range of colors to suit the buyer however; the clear mask is always the most popular.

Where to buy:
What we like:
  • This mask is made from silicone and will last and last over many seasons of snorkeling.
  • Has a wide-angled lens made from tempered glass.
  • Anti-fog technology.
  • Easy to adjust buckles.
  • Best budget mask available on the market.
What we don’t like:
  • Tends to fog up quite easily.
  • Make sure to check the mask for issues or damages when it arrives.
  • Make sure it fits perfectly to your face before purchase.

This mask is both a snorkel mask and a scuba mask. Sometimes buying a scuba mask when you’re using it for snorkeling can be a good option as scuba masks are built to endure pressure deep under the water and can be stronger than an average snorkel mask.

Where to buy:
What we like:
  • This mask has a clear, double sealed silicone skirt around the frame that provides comfort and an excellent fit.
  • Has two seamless side glass panes for excellent panoramic views.
  • Has a durable frame, which makes it built to last.
What we don’t like:
  • The frame of the mask can sometimes press against the bridge of your nose, so make sure to test out this mask before purchasing it.
  • The silicone edging can sometimes put pressure on your forehead.

This mask is in the slightly more expensive range, however you cannot scrimp on quality.

Where to buy:
What we like:
  • Rotational buckle system.
  • Provides 180 degrees of viewing.
  • Large frame with rounded-edge skirt to help you see what’s going on around you.
  • This mask is perfect for any and every shape face as it has a 5-positioned strap angle adjuster.
  • Low volume masks means it’s easy to clear.
What we don’t like:
  • The frame of the mask can sometimes press against the bridge of your nose and between your eyebrows.
  • If it is not adjusted properly to your face it can leak easily.

Best Freediving and Skindiving Masks

Freediving and Skin diving are both quite advanced sports and are the perfect mix between snorkeling and scuba diving.

Freedivers and Skindivers hold their breath at the surface and dive deep with little equipment to go and explore what the underwater world has on offer.

This require a mask that is able to go down below the surface easily. Some snorkel options available have too much air space within the mask, which can make it extremely difficult when diving below the surface.

This is known amongst freedivers and skin divers as being one of the best masks of the year. It has one of the most comfortable skirts made for this type of sport.

Where to buy:
What we like:
  • Extreme comfort.
  • Has a completely watertight setup.
  • Tempered Glass.
  • As a skin diver or free diver you tend to travel a lot, this mask is scratch and shatterproof, making it strong and endurable.
  • Uses an anti-fog technology.
What we don’t like:
  • This mask is for slightly smaller faces.
  • Make sure it seals perfectly to your face before purchasing.

This unique mask is a top contender for our best snorkel/scubadiving/skindiving/freediving mask. It uses a single pane of glass with enhanced brightness so that you’re able to see more vibrant colors under the water. This mask is slightly wider providing a great field of vision.

Where to buy:
What we like:
  • Due to its width, this is a great option if you’re looking to freedive or skindive at night.
  • The skirt is made from high-grade silicone, making an excellent bond to the face.
  • This mask is great for longer usage as it sits comfortably against the face.
  • Anti-glare coating on the lens as well as UV protection.
  • This coating has been designed to enhance the color red, which you cannot see past 3m below the surface.
What we don’t like:
  • Tends to fog up quite quickly.
  • Quite expensive.
  • Can sometimes sit too close to the face and cause headache, so make sure it fits before purchasing.

Like all Cressi equipment, this mask was made in Italy from top quality materials.

Where to buy:
What we like:
  • Has been designed to be compact and extremely hydrodynamic to help divers get through the water easily especially in small spaces.
  • Low internal volume.
  • Swiveling micrometric easy to adjust buckles for increased comfort and excellent fit.
  • Double-feathered silicone skirt provides a perfect fit to the face.
What we don’t like:
  • You may need to purchase an anti-fog solution to help protect against the mask fogging up.
  • It is not for all face shapes and size, so make sure you try it before you buy it.

General things to know before buying a mask.

Out of the thousands of masks available, not only have we narrowed down the selection above, but also, you’ll find a great guide to helping you decide what mask to go for, below…

When buying a Snorkel Mask, check to see if the mask creates a seal.

This is one of the most important steps to follow when choosing a snorkel mask as there is nothing worse than not testing your mask out and arriving on your snorkel boat, getting kitted up, jumping in and being welcomed into the sea with a face and nose full of water. Testing your mask out before buying it is essential.

Best 2018 Snorkels Mask

Here is the best way to see if your mask creates a perfect seal around your face.

  • Hold the mask up to your face without securing it with the straps.
  • Make sure all hair is out of the mask.
  • Inhale through your nose slightly until you feel the mask grip your face.
  • If it fits you, you will be able to release the mask and it should stay in place without the straps and your hands.
  • If the mask does not stay in place or you cannot get a good grip when inhaling through your nose, then the mask does not fit you properly and it is time to try a different one.

What to look for in a snorkel mask

Feathered, Double Skirt Seal – this is the seal around the mask, make sure that whichever mask you choose, has this feature as this will be more reliable when it comes to leaking and will also be more comfortable against your face.

Enclosed Nose – whether you are using your mask for snorkeling, scuba diving, freediving or skindiving, make sure that it has an enclosed nose, within the eye pockets. This way it is easier to equalize if you are going below the surface and will also prevent you from inhaling any water in through your nose whilst snorkeling.

Tempered Glass – Plastic masks tend to fog up easily and can spoil your dive or snorkeling trip. If you choose normal glass, then this can be extremely hazardous if an accident should occur under the water. If you choose normal glass, you won’t be able to use your mask for scuba diving as the pressures can cause this glass to crack and shatter under the water. Tempered glass is your safest option.

Low Volume – low volume masks tend to sit closer to your face and reduce the amount of drag in the water. However, sometimes divers or snorkelers may require a slightly larger volume mask, so choose the one that best suits you. Low volume masks are also easier to clear when under the water.

Wide Head Strap with Touch Adjustment Buckles – a mask should fit comfortably around your head and should also be easy to adjust, if necessary under the water.

Shaped Lens Panel – When choosing a mask you should think about how much of the ocean you would like to see. If you’re hoping to have peripheral vision to see what is going on around you, shaped lens panels are the choice for you as this will give you the ability to see side to side as well as up and down.

Additional Extras

If you’re looking for a little bit extra from your mask, you may want to consider a purge valve. A purge valve isn’t 100% necessary as you can still blow the water from your mask without one, this just makes it slightly easier. Prescription Lenses, if you wear glasses on a daily basis, there is absolutely no reason why your mask should not be fitted with the same prescription. If you cannot see well without glasses on land, it won’t change when you’re under the water so make sure you look into getting your new mask fitted with your prescription lenses.

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Types of Mask

There are so many different types of mask that one can get lost in a sea of information, so here are the 7 most common types of mask to choose from…

Side Window Masks

Side window masks have 2 extra panes of glass found on the sides of the mask. These not only allow for extra light to penetrate the mask, it also increases the snorkelers, skindivers, freedivers and scuba divers field of vision. These types of masks are usually slightly larger than other masks, so they may require slightly more air to clear them.

Two Window Masks

Two window makes are known for having two panes of glass that are separated by a frame. The shape of these masks usually means that they sit very close to the face, making it easier to clear and to equalize. One thing to be aware of when choosing a two-window mask is to make sure that the frame does not press against the bridge of your nose. In the event of a snorkeler not seeing you behind them and kicking out this can be extraordinarily painful and can cause an issue when under the water.

Corrective Lens Mask

There are many mask production companies who provide a wide variety of corrective lenses for their clients. If you wear contact lenses or glasses, make sure you look into this option, as it will be extremely beneficial to you when under the water. Some manufacturers even create masks that have interchangeable lenses.

Single Window Mask

Single window masks have a continuous window of glass that covers the whole mask. Many divers opt for this particular style, as it has no frame between the divers eyes, providing comfort and maximum viewing ability.

Color Correcting

At around 3m below sea level the color red is lost and at 6m below sea level the color yellow is lost, so having a color correcting mask can help to define objects under the water in a clearer way and provide a clearer depth perception.

Built In Purge Valve Mask

These masks are much easier to clear when under the water. Divers find these masks much more convenient than snorkelers. Additionally, if you’re considering this mask, it would be good to know that if the purge valve breaks, then the whole mask can flood, ending your dive or snorkel almost immediately, however this is very rare.


  1. Don Kern

    I have had problems with my mask sealing. I feel I have bought quality masks in past with a small leak under nose. My question is as I am just a snorkler could I just use mask without nose piece or just swim googles or any suggestions on a good sealing snorkel mask

  2. Torben Lonne

    Hi Don,

    You can, but you’ll not be able to swim down, as this will create pressure on the mask that you can not equalize. MIght also consider a nose clip 🙂

    I’d still suggest you find a fitting mask.

  3. Nancy

    Every snorkel mask I’ve used leaks water! I have a thin, small upper lip and any movement of my lips is enough to break the seal. I dont like the new style full face masks. Any suggestions? Googles and nose clip?

  4. Torben Lonne

    Have you tried a low volume mask? – these are often used for skin diving but might solve your issues.

    A nose clip and Googles might help you if you stay at the surface all the time. You can not dive down with the googles as you can’t equalize the airspace in the googles.

  5. Nicole Gaither

    This was a great article! Glad I found this site. Will be following from now on. Thank you for putting it together!

  6. Kevin

    I have never been to a place where you can try on masks; wish the article explained this….

  7. Torben Lonne

    What, they wouldn’t let you try it, or they won’t let you try it in a pool?

  8. OX

    My experience with snorkels is a bit dated. I stopped diving a while ago.

    My experience is that sputum or saliva and mucus, from the mouth and lungs, gets into the mouthpiece. In order to expel such, blowing out is necessary. The pressure would be determined by model of snorkel and amount of sputum.

    In this Covid 19 day of masks and social distancing, isn’t that a problem in a pool? Doesn’t that ejection send potentially dangerous sputum spayed up in the air? If so, isn’t that a potential danger to others in the pool?

    I’ve looked online and am puzzled why I can’t find articles on this.

    Thanks So Much,
    OX (That’s my entire legal name.)

  9. Torben Lonne

    Hi Ox,

    That’s a good point, but to be honest I don’t know. This is not our strong sides, we know a lot about the gear, but not that much about viruses.

  10. Terrie

    I have a small face and have trouble with masks pressing on my brow when I tighten to get a tight seal. Any suggestions for a mor comfortable mask?

  11. Torben Lonne

    Hi Terrie,

    Uh, that’s a hard one. You might need to go the hard way and try when on in shops until you find one that fits.

  12. Roz

    My sons have very large heads. Genetics LOL It’s been very difficult finding a comfortable mask. Recommendations?

  13. Torben Lonne

    Hi Roz,

    It’s always difficult, but possible.

    To find a large mask, go for models like the Panoramic(front and side lenses) here the Cressi Panoramic from this guide, or go to our: Scuba Mask guide and look at a mask like the Mares X Vision or Cressi SF1

    Here are a few options. Hope it helps.

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