Best Scuba Mask:
High End or Top End Category

Choosing the best scuba mask can be difficult. There are so many choices out there for diving masks, how can you make a decision?

Best scuba diving masks

To this end, I have done the research for you. I have chosen what are considered to be the best scuba masks at various price points - entry level or budget, mid range and high end.

I have read many ratings and reviews of various diving masks (good for snorkeling also). I have only chosen those models which have received many top reviews from lots of different users. If it has universal good marks, chances are you will be happy with it too.

(If you need more general information on what to look for when buying a diving or snorkel mask, see our guide to scuba diving masks.)

As an aside, some reviewers for these masks said that the mask fogs but it was fine after scrubbing with toothpaste, using antifog, etc. You know the drill.

Actually you would probably be hard pressed to find a mask where some reviewer didn't say it fogged. Just clean that mask well once you receive it and you should be good to go.

Note: To decide which category the top diving masks would go into, I based it on price. We have 3 different categories (and pages) of picks for you. Just click on the link for the price category you are interested in.

Best top end/high end level dive masks ($70+; this page)

Best moderately priced dive masks ($30-$70)

Best budget/inexpensive scuba masks (Under $30)

These picks were updated in November 2015.


Best Scuba Mask: High End or Top End ($70+)


Choice #1:

Our first pick for best scuba mask this year is a new entrant - it is a Hollis model. This earned an impressive rating of 4.8 out of 5.0.

The construction on this pick is a frameless single lens design.  This gives it a low internal volume and makes it easy to clear.

Best scuba mask - a Hollis mode

It also makes it easy to store in a BC pocket making it a good backup mask (though I think this is too nice a mask to be a backup).

This mask also has a double edges feathered skirt made of silicone which makes getting a good seal easy.

However the main feature of this mask which gives it extra high marks is the special tempered glass which makes the lens distortion free and gives you crystal clear vision. Lots of reviewers commented on the excellent clarity and field of vision in this mask. A clear winner (pun intended).

An overall great mask with many happy users. The pros and cons of this mask are:

Pros:

  • Excellent vision/clarity
  • Great field of vision/viewing angle
  • Tight seal, no leaks
  • Good fit, very comfortable
  • High quality
  • Straps easy to adjust
  • Lightweight

Cons:

  • Leaks (1 reviewer)
  • Fogs (2 reviewers)
  • Strap too thin/soft (1 reviewer)

Find the details on this Hollis mask here


Choice #2:

Our second choice for best scuba mask is an Atomic model. This gets great reviews earning a 4.7 out of 5.0.

It was a close call between our first and second pick but this mask just got squeezed out by our first pick.

Best scuba diving mask - an Atomic model; this is what I own

Like our first pick this is a single lens frameless design.  This gives the mask a low internal volume and makes it easier to clear.

This also has a double edged feathered silicone skirt for a more comfortable fit and better seal.

The tempered glass in this mask is specially manufactured to get out iron impurities so there is no color distortion and increased clarity. Reviewers did comment on the clarity of this mask so it has worked.

This model is available in 2 sizes so you can get a better fit. The pros and cons of this mask are:

Pros:

  • Great visibility/peripheral vision
  •  Excellent clarity
  • Good fit, no leaks
  • Comfortable
  • Easy to clear/low volume
  • Good quality construction
  • Doesn't fog
  • Lightweight

Cons:

  • Leaked (4 reviewers)
  • Fogs (3 reviewers)

Read all the details on this Atomic mask here

Note: This is the mask that I purchased after my old mask of about 15 years bit the dust. I have quite a few dives with it now and am very happy. The field of vision is to die for! I don't think I could ever go back. It is like a movie down there now. I did experience some small leaks on the first dive but it now seems to have corrected itself. I will be sticking with this one for sure. A best scuba mask winner in my opinion.


Choice #3:

Our third choice for best scuba mask in the high end category is a Cressi model.

This mask is at the very low end of the price range for this category (actually 5 cents below but who is counting:) ?) making it a great value.

Another pick for best scuba mask - a Cressi mode

The design on this mask is an upside down tear drop which is designed to give a wider view and a better downward view. After reading through all the reviews, the design has accomplished that.

Lots of positive comments on the view and the downward visibility.

Like the other picks this dive mask has a tempered lens and a double feathered silicone skirt for a comfortable fit. And lots of reviewers did comment on the comfort of this mask, probably a higher percentage than the other picks.

With this mask there is also the option to order corrective lenses for it; at an additional price of course.

The pros and cons of this scuba mask are:

Pros:

  • Skirt soft and comfortable
  • Great field of vision
  • Excellent downward vision
  • Nice fit
  • Tight seal, no leaks
  • Great value

Cons:

  • Leaked (2 reviewers)
  • Fogs (1 reviewer)

Find all the details on this Cressi mask here


Hopefully, these picks will make your search for the best scuba mask a little easier. If you do purchase one of these, please let us know how it goes. We would love to hear from you.

If you are in the market for other pieces of scuba diving gear, you might want to check out all our picks for best scuba diving gear.

Have a great, clear dive!

How is your current dive mask? Tell us about it in the comment section below - or ask any question you may still have.



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