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Best Swimming Snorkels

A Guide for Lap Swimming Snorkels

When most people think of snorkeling, they think of diving in shallow tropical waters and checking out various forms of marine life. While this is the dominant form of snorkeling, snorkels can also come in handy when swimming laps in a pool. Whether you're just learning, or have been swimming laps for years as a form of exercise, a snorkel can sometimes be preferred for the casual swimmer.

This may not be appropriate for competitive swimmers, as you don't want to train one way and compete another, and the breathing technique is a huge part of swimming, but for those who are exercising for their own personal benefit, it may be a nice way to get in some great exercise without the added stress of timing your breathing pattern.

Additionally, while this may alleviate some of the respiratory exertion, having a snorkel is another piece of equipment and it may slow you down a bit, depending on your typical pace. Therefore, a good lap swimming snorkel may be more appropriate for those who swim at a slower to moderate pace and enjoy being in the water for a little bit longer.

All this being said, lap swimming snorkels are usually a little cheaper than elaborate snorkels meant for diving, so if you're curious, it could be worth taking a shot with one, and if doesn't work out, at least you know. In order to provide a good starting point for checking out different lap swimming snorkels, we have provided the following overview of some of the best and most popular lap swimming snorkels.

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This is a really good swimming snorkel from a reputable brand. Center mount allows you to focus on technique during training. One-way purge valve. Known for solid performance and durability. Great value in this swimming snorkel.

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THis is a smaller swimming snorkel made by Speedo, one of the most reputable water sports brands, and is meant mainly for children or smaller individuals. There isn't anything special about this snorkel, but you get all the basics, plus the head pad is cushioned which is actually a nice bonus. Otherwise, basic stuff. 

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Solid product from the MP brand (Michael Phelps). Low profile snorkel that is lightweight and adjustable. Center mount design allows you to focus on technique in the water. Cushion enhances comfort. Overall very well reviewed by customers.

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This upgraded swimming snorkel replaces Speedo's previous "Rubber Fin". The adjustable and flexible head strap is nice and incorporates fit markers for consistent fitting. It's a bit larger than some other similar swimming snorkels, so may not the most comfortable for smaller individuals.

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Finis is a very popular and well-liked brand for swimming snorkels (read about 2 more below). This snorkel curves around the head to reduce drag and facilitate proper body positioning. The simple design makes it a great introductory snorkel until you figure out advanced features you may like. 

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Another Finis swimming snorkel, this one is very similar to the Finis Glide snorkel reviewed above, but has the added feature of a one-way purge valve. This technically makes it a little heavier, but most people don't notice the difference.  

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This is the final Finis snorkel we decided to discuss. It's very hit or miss depending on your skill level and preferences. While it does not include a purge valve, the unique design is supposed to help prevent water from entering, but this has been a topic of debate (some find it worse). Otherwise, it's a great product from a reputable brand. 

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Very standard swimming snorkel with a couple upgrades: A purge valve to get rid of any water, a silicone mouthpiece for comfort (as opposed to conventional rubber) and a rotating head piece for easy storage. Very well reviewed by customers.

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This is a newer product that is known to perform very well. It's a little more advanced given the angle of the tube, but it's not out of the question for beginners. Comes with air flow restrictors to help optimize training. Durable and lightweight, all around solid swimming snorkel. 

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This is quite similar to the Arena swimming snorkel that we reviewed above. Standard features plus a one-way purge valve, and the angle of the tube facilitates beginners as it is less likely to take in water. Main drawback is the limited availability.

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This is a really good swimming snorkel from a reputable brand. Center mount allows you to focus on technique during training. One-way purge valve. Known for solid performance and durability. Great value in this swimming snorkel.

THis is a smaller swimming snorkel made by Speedo, one of the most reputable water sports brands, and is meant mainly for children or smaller individuals. There isn't anything special about this snorkel, but you get all the basics, plus the head pad is cushioned which is actually a nice bonus. Otherwise, basic stuff. 

Solid product from the MP brand (Michael Phelps). Low profile snorkel that is lightweight and adjustable. Center mount design allows you to focus on technique in the water. Cushion enhances comfort. Overall very well reviewed by customers.

This upgraded swimming snorkel replaces Speedo's previous "Rubber Fin". The adjustable and flexible head strap is nice and incorporates fit markers for consistent fitting. It's a bit larger than some other similar swimming snorkels, so may not the most comfortable for smaller individuals.

Finis is a very popular and well-liked brand for swimming snorkels (read about 2 more below). This snorkel curves around the head to reduce drag and facilitate proper body positioning. The simple design makes it a great introductory snorkel until you figure out advanced features you may like. 

Another Finis swimming snorkel, this one is very similar to the Finis Glide snorkel reviewed above, but has the added feature of a one-way purge valve. This technically makes it a little heavier, but most people don't notice the difference.  

This is the final Finis snorkel we decided to discuss. It's very hit or miss depending on your skill level and preferences. While it does not include a purge valve, the unique design is supposed to help prevent water from entering, but this has been a topic of debate (some find it worse). Otherwise, it's a great product from a reputable brand. 

Very standard swimming snorkel with a couple upgrades: A purge valve to get rid of any water, a silicone mouthpiece for comfort (as opposed to conventional rubber) and a rotating head piece for easy storage. Very well reviewed by customers.

This is a newer product that is known to perform very well. It's a little more advanced given the angle of the tube, but it's not out of the question for beginners. Comes with air flow restrictors to help optimize training. Durable and lightweight, all around solid swimming snorkel. 

This is quite similar to the Arena swimming snorkel that we reviewed above. Standard features plus a one-way purge valve, and the angle of the tube facilitates beginners as it is less likely to take in water. Main drawback is the limited availability.


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