15 Best Full Face Snorkel Masks in 2020
If you are in the market for a snorkel mask, you are probably concerned about reports of CO2 build up and several misuse and/or knock-off models related accidents, or product recalls. In the following roundup, we tried to cover only reputable brands with extensive tests behind their products. Here is our top 15 choices in 2020:
The Best Full Face Snorkel Mask
Outfitters Seaview 180° from WildHorn is one of the best full face snorkel masks on the market and undeniably our favorite. Dubbed as the original full-face snorkel mask – although it isn’t – the Seaview 180° combines unique features and style for a snorkeling experience like no other.
This full-face mask is designed for optimal underwater performance and provides a wider field of view than most other full-face masks.
A roomy face piece also allows for easier breathing either through your nose or mouth. As its name suggests, it provides a 180° viewing area; observing the underwater surroundings is truly easy with this mask, and you’ll never miss that beautiful colorful fish your peers spotted.
Avid snorkelers will also appreciate the integrated Go Pro mount. Simply attach your Go Pro or compatible underwater camera to capture your underwater adventures.
Regarding the technical bit, this mask utilizes a dry snorkel technology that prevents saltwater from getting into your mouth. The fog-resistant design consists of a separate breathing chamber that keeps airflow away from your visor; another big plus that goes in favor of this mask. While it may still fog now and then, the issue is certainly not as bad as with other masks
The Seaview 180° is easy to use and surprisingly comfortable. It comes in a wide selection of colors and at a price that won’t break the bank.
As its name suggests, the Outfitters Seaview 180° V2 is nothing but the second generation of Seaview 180° snorkel mask. It’s very similar to our top pick but packs a few important improvements.
How come it doesn’t top our rank then? Well, it’s definitely more expensive. And while the new features can truly make a difference if you’re a beginner, they might not be that much of a deal for experienced snorkelers.
One of the main upgrades compared to the previous model is the Flowtech advanced air intake system with two chambers and four intake valves that ensure proper air circulation. The system not only ensures easier breathing; it also helps maintain safe levels of carbon dioxide.
Another improved feature is the patent-pending angled tube that allows for less restricted airflow.
The viewing angle, even if still 180°, seems larger and enhances your peripheral vision compared to the previous model.
Similar to the Seaview 180°, the Seaview 180° V2 comes in several colors and three sizes. Undeniably, it’s more performing than its predecessor, but for some, its price could be a deal-breaker.
An improved design compared to other full face snorkeling masks delivers more internal space, greater airflow, and wider field of vision. Furthermore, the brand also focused on reducing the buildup of carbon dioxide inside the mask.
As you can expected from a full face snorkel mask, it comes with an integrated tube on the side of the unit. The patent-pending angled tube stays above the water and enhances head movement when snorkeling, while also making it easy to freedive without bothering about it.
Breathing in shallow waters is made easy by the flowtech advanced air intake system composed of two chambers and four inlet valves that allow you to breathe naturally through your nose and mouth.
Furthermore, a one-way valve ensures the constant circulation of fresh air and prevents carbon dioxide buildup.
Thanks to a comfortable seal consisting of a silicone skirt, the mask also does a wonderful job in keeping cold water away from your face. Ideal for freedivers, it also has a camera mounting spot so that you can document your underwater adventures. What else could you wish for?
Designed by a French designer, the Greatever G2 combines functionality with a great price and comes in sizes suitable for both kids and adults.
The mask features a 180° degree view and a curved lens design that enhances underwater vision. A high-quality silicone skirt provides perfect sealing around your eyes and isolates the hot air from your nose and mouth, preventing condensation.
Like the WildHorn models above, the Greatever G2 boasts a camera mount that can be removed and used by hand.
The snorkel incorporates the latest dry top technology and features a two-channel exhaust valve that, together with a wider snorkel diameter, makes it easier to breathe. This makes the mask ideal for rookies, although many pros also appreciate this feature.
Greatever G2 comes in three sizes, all of which feature adjustable straps so you can fit it perfectly on your face. At the same time, these straps provide the comfort you’d expect from a top quality full-face snorkel mask.
We also appreciate the rotating and insert-in design; you can fold the mask for easier carrying or storage in a small drawer.
All the features above, an impressive selection of colors and affordable price make the Greatever G2 one of the most popular full-face snorkel masks on the market.
From the inventor of the full face snorkeling mask, the Subsea Easybreath is meant to stand out. It has an improved design and incorporates a secure lock snorkel that prevents the snorkel head from detaching unexpectedly while keeping splashes and waves out the breathing chamber.
Ideal for both beginners and pros, the mask boasts a patented exclusive anti-fogging design and provides a wide 180° panoramic field of view. At the same time, the continuous fresh airflow and double chamber air vent ensure you’ll be able to breathe safely while maintaining the carbon dioxide levels as low as possible.
This mask comes in various sizes suitable for all snorkeling enthusiasts, regardless of their age. Even the youngsters can find a size that fits them, and you can pick from several colors.
We also like the anatomic design that ensures perfect sealing and minimal to no leaks. Sure, all these features come at a price. But this is undeniably one of the best full face snorkel masks you can find.
The Italian brand Cressi tops the charts as one of the best diving and snorkeling gear manufacturer, so you can only expect an excellent full face mask from the brand. And the Duke lives up to the expectations.
This snorkeling visor allows kids and adults to explore the underwater without the hassle of breathing through a tube. Its patent-pending design allows you to enjoy natural breathing due to the absence of any valves, while a lateral deflector mechanism delivers a fog-free vision.
One of the Duke’s best features is the lateral air channel system that allows for easy inhaling and exhaling; a feature that drastically eliminates breathing efforts.
This unique design makes the mask ideal for beginners and professional snorkelers alike.
Two sizes allow both men and women to find the right fit. The smaller size often fits teens and bigger kids too, but it’s usually too big for children over 9 years old or for teens.
Adjusting it to the size and shape of your face is also easy, thanks to the two x-cross polycarbonate straps. The frame and visor are also made of polycarbonate; a rather disappointing choice considering the price.
While crystal glass would have been preferred, we admit the product is of high quality and a good investment nonetheless. We do feel, however, that you could get more bang for the buck at this price point; ultimately, the choice is yours. If you opt for this model, you can at least pick from a wide range of colors.
Moving on with our list of full face snorkel masks, cozia design proposes this high-value snorkel set for kids and adults.
Designed to allow natural breathing, it is the perfect choice for surface and leisure snorkeling. Super-easy to use by beginners, it needs no learning curve and no training. You’ll only have to blow in the mask now and then to eliminate any eventual leaks.
The mask comes in three sizes, one for kids and two larger sizes suitable for adults and teens. Adjustable straps and comfortable silicone skirt enhance the value.
Besides the comfortable mask, this snorkel set also includes a pair of adjustable short fins. They’re comfortable, flexible, and provide the perfect propulsion when snorkeling in shallow waters. Thanks to the adjustable design, you can even use them with water socks for diving or swimming in cooler areas.
Excellently priced, the mask also boasts a convenient Go Pro mount. Undoubtedly, true value for money.
Another promising full face snorkel mask is this one from adepoy. Designed for leisure surface snorkeling, it comes in sizes for adults and kids and boasts the dry snorkel technology most beginners adore.
Perhaps its greatest strength is its hypoallergenic nature ensured by the medical-grade material. Indeed, the mask is made from high-quality polycarbonate and medical-grade silicone.
While the lens is not made of glass, it still provides excellent underwater vision with minimal distortion.
The mask utilizes the popular dry snorkel technology that stops salt water from getting into your mouth and features an innovative breathing chamber that keeps the airflow away from your visor.
This design minimizes fogging; while condensation can still happen, it’s definitely less annoying than in many other masks. Another nice thing is the wide, panoramic field of view that minimizes the claustrophobic feeling.
The Ocean Reef Aria mask is another excellent choice. It comes in various sizes and suits people of all ages, but it’s kind of expensive for what it offers.
Similar to most full-face masks on the market, it delivers a 180° panoramic view with ample peripheral vision. The dry snorkel allows you to explore the deep blue in confidence, while the convenient purge valve allows you to easily clear excess water in the event leaks occur.
Like most full-face masks, it’s advertised as fog-free due to the ability to both inhale and exhale within the mask. However, fogging does happen sometimes.
Unrestricted breathing is ensured by optimal internal ventilation. Carbon dioxide will still build-up, though, so you should still limit your immersions to a maximum of 30 minutes per session.
Not the most exceptional snorkel mask out there but not the worst either, this is undoubtedly a great choice for you or your beloved ones.
Another amazing full face snorkel mask you should consider is the Head by Mares Seaview. Coming in multiple sizes and various colors, it is ideal for the whole family and a great choice for rookies.
A dry top snorkel makes it easy to breathe by preventing water from entering the breathing chamber. Leaks may happen if you have a beard, as the silicone skirt won’t be able to provide adequate sealing. Some users also complained about not being able to keep their long hair up while wearing the mask due to too short straps.
Despite these minor drawbacks, the product enjoys an overall positive consensus. It’s not made for diving, but it’s a great choice for snorkeling in reef areas.
While it’s not the cheapest snorkel mask, its quality justifies the price, and we can only recommend it.
Designed by experts but suitable for beginners, this full face snorkel mask by Deep Blue Gear is another outstanding choice.
What makes it different from the other options on this list are the additional purge valves that increase safety by reducing the risk of carbon dioxide rebreathing. Indeed, the mask allows for easy, natural breathing through your nose and mouth without compromising your safety.
This doesn’t mean you don’t have to resurface regularly though. It is crucial to keep in mind that all full face snorkel masks pose a carbon dioxide intoxication hazard and are potentially dangerous if not used as instructed.
Nevertheless, the Vista Vue will let you enjoy panoramic views for longer than its lower cost counterparts.
Talking about costs, this mask is not the most affordable, but it’s truly worth the price. Superior comfort is ensured by the crystal silicone skirt and easily adjustable elastic strap which are designed to deliver excellent fit and optimal sealing.
We also like the fog-free ventilation system that doesn’t eliminate fogging completely, but it drastically reduces it.
Ideal for enjoying endless hours of ocean exploring, this mask is a great mid-range for those looking after excellent value for money.
Last entry on our list of full face snorkel masks, the Ninja Shark might be costly, but it’s worth every dime.
It is designed to pinch to your face and prevent leaks, but its greatest strength is the improved airflow that fights carbon dioxide buildup. The mask has two air outlets and an inlet, so it can get rid of carbon dioxide fast.
A non-toxic silicone skirt seals the mask properly and ensures maximum visibility thanks to the anti-fog system.
While fogging might still happen, the improved exhaling channels prevent most issues. The anti-leak seal also does an excellent job in preventing water from getting into the breathing chamber, and a convenient purge valve lets you get rid of any water that might have leaked.
The mask comes in three colors but only in one size suitable for most adults. Enhancing convenience and value for money are brought by a waterproof phone bag and a canvas bag for storage and transport.
Ninja Shark also has a Go Pro mount, and it can be your faithful companion on all your underwater adventures.
OUSPT stands out in the full face snorkel and dive masks world with its nature-inspired mask. Environmentally compliant, this mask is made from exclusively non-toxic materials and has a natural curve that fits the contours of your face.
It provides a 180-degree panoramic view, and impresses with a snorkel tube located on top, in the center of the mask.
This design enhances dynamics underwater, making the mask perfect for snorkelers, but also freedivers.
Beginners and those who like to explore shallower waters can also breathe freely, thanks to the anti-leak features of the tube. The same feature also prevents water from getting into the mask while you’re diving.
While small leaks might occur, a convenient purge valve in the chin area makes it easy to drain any leaks out.
Like most snorkeling masks, this one also features a detachable water camera mount - all that you need to document your dives.
If you like to explore the best diving spots around the world and need a compact mask to fit in your carry-on, then the Greatever Foldable full face mask could be the right one for you. Made from high-quality polyurethane resin, it’s designed to last for a long time even when you use it daily.
A nice feature is the anti-fog lens designed to deliver clear 180-degrees panoramic view. The slight curvature of the lens also eliminates distortion, for an enhanced diving experience.
Those who also want to use it for snorkeling, will also like the foldable tube. Placed on top of the mask, it provides unhindered airflow.
We also like that the soft silicone skirt provides a perfect seal, while a chin valve at the bottom of the mask allows for a hassle-free purge.
As you can expect from a mask designed for both diving and snorkeling, the Greatever comes with a removable camera mount.
Ocean Reef already impressed us with two full face scuba diving masks, and while the Aria QR is intended for a whole different purpose, it’s still a perfect choice for freedivers. The result of years of research, this mask boasts a panoramic polycarbonate lens and an enhanced tube with orange marks.
This feature makes the snorkel - and consequently yourself - more visible both under and in the water.
A special air circulation system prevents fogging, while the black silicone skirt reduces glare.
The mask also uses an improved quick release system that delivers more comfort and makes it easier to take off the mask when you resurface.
This mask comes in a convenient carry pouch, is compact, and fits perfectly in cabin travel luggage. No doubt, true value for money.
The last entry on our list, the DIVELUX Original is one of the full face masks that provide a generous frontal view. It features a polycarbonate lens and a longer snorkel compared to other masks - a feature that makes it perfect for newbies.
This tube design minimizes water entry at the surface, while it also blocks waterflow when diving.
We also like the skirt made from hypoallergenic liquid silicone. It fits snugly on the face without compromising comfort. Furthermore, the anatomical construction allows easy breathing through both mouth and nose.
The mask doesn’t have a camera mount, but it has a protective, waterproof phone case that can hold your device as well as ID.