Best Prescription Snorkel Masks

Best Prescription Snorkel Masks

When Normal Snorkel Masks Just Won't Cut It

Many different snorkel mask companies will boast about their masks' clarity underwater. However, this means nothing if you need prescription lenses anyway, as many of us do. The snorkeling industry has definitely caught onto this and there are lots of good prescription snorkel masks out there to choose from, but making a decision can be difficult.

Other than the difference in vision correction, one of the main things you will notice is that prescription snorkel masks are almost always two lens masks. This is often the case for normal snorkel masks as well, but if you're not used to two separate lenses you may have to become accustomed to this.

In any case, the enhanced clarity will far surpass any benefits you may see in a single-lens mask. Below we provide a summary of some of the best prescription snorkel masks on the market, as well as what to look for in prescription snorkel masks, hopefully allowing you to find what's right for your individual needs.

Product Summary Our Rating Price
Best Prescription Snorkel Masks

Available corrective lenses of -1.5 to -10.0 (0.5 increments). Tempered glass lenses, silicone skirt, and a buckle-design adjustable strap. Very well reviewed, but be sure to pre-treat with an anti-fog product first.

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Best Prescription Snorkel Masks

Very well reviewed and often cheaper than other prescription masks. Sometimes limited in variety of corrective lenses, but can usually find something at least close to your prescription. A little on the smaller side, but should fit most faces. Tempered glass and silicone skirt.

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Best Prescription Snorkel Masks

Low internal volume tempered-glass with silicone skirt. Main advantage here is the wide variety of corrective lenses available. From -1.0 to -10.0 (0.5 increments), +1.0 to +4.0 (0.5 increments) and bifocals from +1.0 to +4.0 in varying increments.

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Best Prescription Snorkel Masks

Promate Pro Viewer Purge Mask and Promate Cobra 100% Dry Whistle Snorkel. Prescription lenses from -1.0 to -8.5 (0.5 increments) and +1.0 to +4.0 (0.5 increments). Tempered glass lenses with silicone skirt. Many different colors available.

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Best Prescription Snorkel Masks

Promate Sea-Viewer Scuba Dive Mask is prescriptionable. Available corrective lenses are -1.0 to -8.5 (0.5 increments) and +1.0 to +4.0 (0.5 increments). Can have different prescription lenses on each side. Tempered glass with silicone skirt.

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Best Prescription Snorkel Masks

Tempered glass lenses with silicone skirt and adjustable buckle strap. Available corrective lenses are +1.0, +1.5, +2.0, +2.5, and +3.0. Sparse, but good reviews. Good value for the money.

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Best Prescription Snorkel Masks

This mask does not usually come with prescription lenses, but they can be ordered at the same time and lenses are replaceable. With the standard tempered glass and silicone skirt, this mask is very well reviewed with most saying that it fits very well, maybe a little bit on the smaller side. Will accept lenses with a prescription of -1.0 to -8.0.

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Best Prescription Snorkel Masks

Low internal volume, tempered glass, silicone skirt. Corrective lenses available between -1.0 to -10.0 (0.5 increments) and +1.0 to +4.0 (0.5 increments). Good, but sparse reviews. Ideal for stronger prescriptions (-8.5 to -10.0), as this is less common. A little more expensive, but could be worth the money if you need anything stronger than -8.5.

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Available corrective lenses of -1.5 to -10.0 (0.5 increments). Tempered glass lenses, silicone skirt, and a buckle-design adjustable strap. Very well reviewed, but be sure to pre-treat with an anti-fog product first.

Very well reviewed and often cheaper than other prescription masks. Sometimes limited in variety of corrective lenses, but can usually find something at least close to your prescription. A little on the smaller side, but should fit most faces. Tempered glass and silicone skirt.

Low internal volume tempered-glass with silicone skirt. Main advantage here is the wide variety of corrective lenses available. From -1.0 to -10.0 (0.5 increments), +1.0 to +4.0 (0.5 increments) and bifocals from +1.0 to +4.0 in varying increments.

Promate Pro Viewer Purge Mask and Promate Cobra 100% Dry Whistle Snorkel. Prescription lenses from -1.0 to -8.5 (0.5 increments) and +1.0 to +4.0 (0.5 increments). Tempered glass lenses with silicone skirt. Many different colors available.

Promate Sea-Viewer Scuba Dive Mask is prescriptionable. Available corrective lenses are -1.0 to -8.5 (0.5 increments) and +1.0 to +4.0 (0.5 increments). Can have different prescription lenses on each side. Tempered glass with silicone skirt.

Tempered glass lenses with silicone skirt and adjustable buckle strap. Available corrective lenses are +1.0, +1.5, +2.0, +2.5, and +3.0. Sparse, but good reviews. Good value for the money.

This mask does not usually come with prescription lenses, but they can be ordered at the same time and lenses are replaceable. With the standard tempered glass and silicone skirt, this mask is very well reviewed with most saying that it fits very well, maybe a little bit on the smaller side. Will accept lenses with a prescription of -1.0 to -8.0.

Low internal volume, tempered glass, silicone skirt. Corrective lenses available between -1.0 to -10.0 (0.5 increments) and +1.0 to +4.0 (0.5 increments). Good, but sparse reviews. Ideal for stronger prescriptions (-8.5 to -10.0), as this is less common. A little more expensive, but could be worth the money if you need anything stronger than -8.5.

What to Look for in Prescription Snorkel Masks

The Mask Itself

Although the key things you're after are corrective lenses, don't forget that the mask itself is just as important as always. The best prescription snorkel masks should still come with low internal volume, tempered glass, silicone skirt features.

Read the mid-level reviews. People tend to write reviews on products that they feel strongly about for whatever reason. Check out the mid-range reviews that list both pros and cons. Usually these people are more detailed and can provide input on all aspects of the mask, not just a particular feature.

Corrective Lenses

First, make sure the snorkel mask INCLUDES corrective lenses. Some companies offer the exact same mask either with or without corrective lenses. If the default is without corrective lenses, just make sure you specify in your order.

Don't expect that your lenses will match your prescription exactly. For example, if you have a nearsighted prescription of -2.25, there is a good chance you will have to choose between -2.0 and -2.5. Most people don't find this a problem though, as it's still a huge improvement on the standard lenses.

If you have a strong prescription, make sure the snorkel mask you are interested in is able to fit and/or offer those lenses. Many companies do not offer lenses more negative than -8.5, or more positive than +4.0. If you need something closer to -10.0, this should be specified in the product description. For more information on how to interpret your prescription, please click here.

If you are replacing your lenses, make sure your mask is capable of this and that you have a good idea of how to do so before you begin. Check out the video below for a nice tutorial on how to change your lenses.


Your Skill Level and Intended Use

This may seem obvious, but it can be easy to overlook simple things like your skill level and intended use. If you are a beginner to snorkeling, but know you want a prescription snorkeling mask, it could be a good idea to look for something a little cheaper. Just because they are prescription, doesn't mean they have to be expensive.

On the other hand, if you are becoming more experienced and are looking for an upgrade, then you will likely want to spend a little more in order to receive the long term benefits that a top prescription snorkeling mask can provide. Corrective lenses in snorkeling masks don't vary too much, so most of what you will be looking for is quality in the mask itself.

Intended use is a big one. If you live in, or are moving to a tropical destination, or this is an activity you have been able to maintain, then higher grade and/or more specialized equipment could be worth it for you.

If you are heading out for a vacation and know you will be snorkeling more than once, it could even be worth buying a full set, even if it's cheap, so you can avoid rental fees and hassle. Corrective lenses shouldn't add too much to the cost, so don't immediately rule out this option.

Best Prescription Snorkel Masks

If you're looking for the cheapest snorkel mask with all the necessary basic features (tempered glass lenses and silicone skirt), then this is probably your best bet. We ranked this prescription snorkeling mask as #2 for best value primarily because of the price.

In general, the design and quality are nothing to write home about. Over time you may notice the lenses fog more easily and that the mask begins to leak. Depending on the shape of your face, the field of view may be slightly limited, but definitely still functional. At this price, you really can't expect too much more.

This is one of those masks that, by default, comes with standard non-corrective lenses. If you need the prescription lenses, you will need to specify this in your order, or if purchasing from a different seller, you will need to contact them directly at time of order. This won't affect quality, but may be a little more inconvenient. Additionally, their stock for prescription lenses seems to vary, so double check what they have available first before committing to this snorkel mask.

Overall, we recommend this snorkeling mask for beginner snorkelers on a very strict budget or those looking to try out prescription lenses for the very first time. Intermediate-advanced snorkelers are recommended to look for a different prescription snorkel mask.

Best Prescription Snorkel Masks

Selected by us as Best Value for a prescription snorkel mask, this is a robust snorkel mask in general. Boasting all the good standard features including low internal volume, tempered glass lenses with a silicone skirt, the mask is solid even without considering the corrective lenses.

The main advantage to this prescription snorkel mask is the variety in available corrective lenses. This snorkeling mask is not specific to near- or far-sighted individuals, but instead you can choose the lenses that are right for you.

With a negative range of -1.0 to -10.0, stronger prescriptions are accounted for. The positive range of +1.0 to +4.0 is pretty standard for prescription masks offering farsighted lenses. The increments are in 0.5, so even if you can't match your prescription perfectly, it should be pretty darn close (at least way better than nothing!).

A bonus feature to this mask is the availability of bifocal lenses. This means the top part of the lenses are normal non-prescription, while the bottom part of the lenses are for near vision. Available corrective bifocal lenses include +1.0, +1.5, +1.75, +2.0, +2.25, +2.5, +2.75, +3.0, +3.5, +4.0.

Overall this prescription snorkel mask offers great bang for your buck. We definitely recommend this mask for beginner-intermediate snorkelers who need prescription lenses, or any level snorkeler who wants to test out a prescription snorkel mask for the first time.

Best Prescription Snorkel Masks

This one is a little off the board as it comes with a prescription mask AND a dry snorkel. However, we felt this combination could appeal to many snorkelers, especially those who snorkel a little more often or have a slightly higher skill level.

The availability of corrective lenses is pretty standard of what you will see across companies. Most offer negative prescription lenses in a range of -1.0 to -8.5, positive prescription ranges of +1.0 to +4.0, and in intervals of 0.5, which is exactly the case with this prescription snorkel set.

Although there is nothing special about the lenses themselves, the equipment is solid for the price especially considering it does come with specialized lenses. The mask is solid with a good field of view, comfortable design, as well as a patented purge design. I've heard one complaint of leakage around the nose area, but this is pretty typical of improper fitting, so we wouldn't look too much into it.

The snorkel is a bonus in that it is 100% dry top. This means there is a splash guard for when the top is above water, but as you dive below the surface the patented hinge design will form a seal, preventing any water from entering the snorkel.

Overall, we recommend this to those who want a good quality prescription snorkel set with some bonus features, likely intermediate-advanced snorkelers who have a decent sense of what corrective lenses they will need.

Best Prescription Snorkel Masks

This is definitely one of the most popular prescription snorkel masks out there. Scuba Choice also offers a separate farsighted model (see table above), both of which are extremely similar other than the degree of correction on the lenses.

There is a wide variety of corrective lenses available for this snorkel mask, which range from -1.0 to -10.0, so stronger prescriptions are considered. The increments are 0.5, so you may have to round up or down to the nearest lens if you fall between .0 and .5.

The mask itself is very well reviewed and will provide a well-sealed comfortable fit on most face shapes. It comes with all the expected features like low internal volume, tempered glass, silicone skirt, etc.

One unique feature is the buckle design on the strap, which allows you to adjust the fit of the mask quite easily. One warning about this mask: You will need to have some sort of anti-fog product on hand, as they can fog up quite a bit, likely due to a thin layer of silicone coating inherent with many new masks. One way to help get rid of this is to wash the lenses with toothpaste before initial use.

Overall this is a nice prescription snorkel mask for negative corrective lenses. If you need positive correction factors, there is a model available for that as well. We recommend these for all skill levels and those with the specific requirements for lenses, particularly if you are more negative than -8.0.

Best Prescription Snorkel Masks

Another normal snorkel mask by default, you can definitely order this with prescription lenses as well. Cressi snorkel masks are known to be quite good, and this one is no different.

The corrective lenses available for this model are somewhat limited, but still include the most popular prescriptions for snorkelers, which is a range from -1.0 to -8.0. The lenses are interchangeable, so if your eyesight is progressively getting worse you can always swap in new ones when needed.

This snorkel mask is known for providing a good fit with a tight seal. Those with larger heads and/or faces may find them a little small, which can be uncomfortable, but the seal is there.

Overall, this is a very well reviewed snorkel mask with prescription capabilities. At a mid-range price, we recommend this mask for any skill level, as long as you know what lenses will work and you don't mind either contacting the seller at time of order, or buying lenses separately and swapping them in and out as needed.

Overall this is a nice prescription snorkel mask for negative corrective lenses. If you need positive correction factors, there is a model available for that as well. We recommend these for all skill levels and those with the specific requirements for lenses, particularly if you are more negative than -8.0.

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