Top 5 Best Snorkel Masks

A Guide To The Best Snorkel Masks

To make your underwater experience more enjoyable it’s important you choose the best snorkel mask to suit you.  A snorkelling mask allows you to see underwater whilst breathing through the snorkel so you can stay underwater for longer periods to enjoy the beautiful sea life. 

A well fitted snorkelling mask will prevent water from getting inside the mask and ruin your experience.  It would be a sensible idea to test out your snorkel kit in the bath tub or swimming pool to ensure it’s not too tight or too loose before you take it away with you to the sea.  It’s also important to wear a snorkel life vest for your safety when snorkelling.

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How To Choose The Best Snorkel Mask

Below we’ve listed the features and factors to take into account which will give you guidance in finding the perfect mask.

Full Face – The full face snorkel mask as the name suggests is a mask that covers the whole of your face.  This mask is perfect for beginners as it allows you to breathe easily, if you’re unsure whether to go for the full face or mask & snorkel then we’ve compared the two below listing the pros and cons.

The original full face snorkel mask is the Tribord Easybreathe Mask but since the launch of this mask many other manufacturers have made similar but improved designs for usually slightly cheaper as well.

Anti-Fog – Having a foggy mask when trying to snorkel can be a real pain and even quite dangerous, so if your mask has anti-fog built-in then this can prevent it from fogging up.  If your mask doesn’t come equipped with anti-fog then fortunately there is a solution where you can use anti-fog spray to prevent it from fogging up.

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Affix an underwater camera to any snorkel mask that allows you to

This guide will show how to effectively prevent your mask from fogging up in just four steps!

Action Camera Holder – Some masks will have a mount on top of the mask which is designed to securely hold a GoPro Action Camera or any other Underwater Acton Camera which can be attached to the mount.

The full face snorkelling masks will pretty much all come with a mount as the full face masks are a more recent design.

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A dry top snorkel prevents water from entering

Dry Top – A dry top snorkel has a built-in mechanism where when the snorkel is above the water as it should be the valve will be open to allow airflow but if the snorkel is underwater or water is splashed inside the valve closes to prevent water from entering through the top of the snorkel. 

This will reduce the chances of water getting into your mouth when you are breathing in through the snorkel.

Blow Valve – If any water manages to get into your snorkel then the blow valve is meant to enable you to blow water back out through a valve located opposite the mouth piece.  Many snorkels that come equipped with the dry top mechanism won’t have a blow valve.

Sizes Available – A mask and snorkel set tend to only come in one size but it can be adjusted to fit you, but a full face snorkel mask usually come in either a S/M or L/XL providing a better fit for people with different face sizes.  If you have a smaller face then the best snorkel mask for small faces are probably the full face masks.

 

Full Face Snorkel Mask vs Snorkel And Mask

So now that you know the features of each mask you need to decide what one is the most suitable choice for you.  Below we’ve compared the two types of snorkel masks by listing the pros and cons to help you make an informed decision.

Full Face Pros:

  • Perfect for beginners.
  • Makes breathing underwater a lot easier as you’re able to breathe through your mouth or nose normally.
  • Different sizes available.
  • Will have attachment as standard to hold GoPro Camera or underwater camera.
  • Built-in dry top snorkel.

Cons:

  • Men with beards may experience some leakage through the bottom of the mask.
  • Cannot install prescription lenses which will only affect those who normally wear glasses or contact lenses.
  • Can be difficult to get a full breath of fresh air if you’re doing intensive exercise.

Snorkel and Mask Pros:

  • If damaged or you want an upgrade you can replace either the snorkel or mask separately.
  • You can install prescription lenses for those who wear glasses or contact lenses.
  • Smaller and comes in two parts so easier to pack.

Cons:

  • Might take a few attempts to get use to breathing through the snorkel if you’re a beginner.
  • Only able to breathe through your mouth.

 

Buying vs Renting

If you’re unsure whether to buy or rent a snorkel mask then we’ve covered a list of pros and cons of each below:

Buying Pros:

  • A lot more hygienic.
  • You can choose a mask according to your preference.
  • You can ensure you choose a mask that’s the right fit.
  • Snorkel masks can be bought for quite cheap.

Cons:

  • You’ll have to pay for the cost of the mask up front.
  • It’ll take up space in your luggage.

Renting Pros:

  • Don’t need to worry about making space in your luggage.
  • Ideal if you just want to try snorkelling so don’t want to fork out for the whole kit just yet.
  • Cheaper option.

Cons:

  • Quite unhygienic as other people would have used the same snorkel mask as you.
  • They might not have the type or style of mask you prefer.
  • Your own one will fit you better than a borrowed one.