Reviewed by passionate snorkelers:

The best Full Face Snorkel Mask in 2018

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We gave our passionate snorkel geeks a job:
Test the different Full Face Snorkel Masks, swim with them, dive with them and write reviews of the best.

The result is 16 of the best Full Face snorkel and masks out there:

Torben Lonne

Snorkler and editor
Torben is a water nut, with a passion for gear, diving and snorkeling.

Boby Taylor

Worked many years as snorkel guide
Boby has a passion for diving, and just as much snorkeling.

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Whether you are a first-timer or a seasoned snorkeler using a full face mask is an option you should seriously look at.

Buying a Full Face Snorkel Mask is a jungle, of low quality masks and high end quality.

No matter if it's your first time snorkeling or you’re expeinced, there are some things you need to know before buying a Full Face Snorkel Mask  - as you want to find the right one. Using a full face mask is a great alternative to a standard mask for three main reasons:

  • Visibility – most mask models offer a curved lens that extends behind you eye, and give a clear uninterrupted 180 degree view. The frame seals behind your vision line, which means you don’t have a frame that alters your view.
  • Water barrier – the masks seal around your entire face, which decreases the chance of water getting into the mask when you smile. The rear strap holds the mask in place on your head, allowing you to move freely and take one wind and waves without losing the mask.
  • Natural Breathing – While using a full face mask you can inhale and exhale through either your nose or mouth. The natural breathing helps keep you calmer and more relaxed in the water. The absence of a mouth piece, also make extended snorkeling more comfortable, allowing you to snorkel longer.

We've put our snorkel geeks at work and they've compiled the best list of the Full Face Masks that are available:

Seaview 180 Full Face Snorkel Mask

Features of the Seaview 180 Full Face Snorkel Mask:

  • Keep your face dry with the anti-leak silicone seal
  • No Fog in this mask while exhaling through a dedicated exhale chamber
  • Dry Snorkel
  • 180 degree panoramic view

Pro's:

  • GoPro Mount
  • Two Adjustable straps
  • Easy Breathing

Con's

  • Can’t submerge underwater
  • Have to flush the air once in a while to keep air fresh.
Check the price on Amazon

Vista Vue Full Face Snorkeling Mask

Features of the Vista Vue Full Face Snorkeling Mask:

  • Save the drinking for the beach with an integrated Dry Snorkel
  • Keep your face in the water with fog-free ventilation
  • Ultra-comfortable crystal silicone mask skirt
  • Panoramic View

Pro's:

  • More comfortable for mouth
  • Doesn’t fog
  • Snorkel seals when you dive down

Con's

  • Not available in most retail stores, so you can’t test seal and fit.
  • Takes up more bag space when traveling
  • Having breath in mask makes the mask feel hot.
Check the price on Amazon

Ocean Quest Full Face Snorkel Mask

Features of the Ocean Quest Full Face Snorkel Mask:

  • GoPro mount
  • No unexpected drinking thank to the dry snorkel
  • Got a little leak? Easy mask clearing with purge valve

Pro's:

  • More comfortable for mouth
  • Doesn’t fog
  • Snorkel seals when you dive down

Con's

  • Cannot free dive
Check the price on Amazon

EpicGadget 180 Full Face Snorkel Mask

Features of the EpicGadget(TM) 180° Full Face Snorkeling Mask:

  • GoPro mount
  • Confidence in and out of the water with a break-proof lens
  • Anti-fog design keeps your breathing and seeing clearly
  • Drain Valve for easy mask clearing

Pro's:

  • Long snorkel
  • Less chance of water entering

Con's

  • Cannot free dive
  • Cloth strap catches hair
  • Takes longer to remove than other mask
Check the price on Amazon

Ocean Reef Aria Full Face Snorkel Mask

Features of the Ocean Reef Aria Full Face Snorkeling Mask:

  • Anti-fog breathing circulation means no frustrating mask removal to clear lens
  • Largest field of vision on market
  • No glugging sea water thanks to the dry snorkel

Pro's:

  • Larger face gasket makes mask more comfortable
  • Dry snorkel closes using plastic ball bearing
  • High Quality materials

Con's

  • Mask seal put pressure on face
  • Flimsy straps
  • Breathing is more difficult when hard swimming or tired
Check the price on Amazon

HOMPO Full Face Snorkel Mask

Features of the HOMPO Full Face Snorkel Mask:

  • Foldable design for easy storing and transport
  • Waterproof earplugs(Not for diving)
  • GoPro mount for recording every adventure

Pro's:

  • Pushes air from face to prevent fogging
  • Camera mount is removable
  • Flatter mask lens reduces distortion 

Con's

  • Earplugs can get in the way, and are only one size
  • Earplugs might damage ears, if diving down
Check the price on Amazon

Wild Wayz Seaview Full Face Snorkel Mask

Features of the Wild Wayz Seaview Full Face Snorkel Mask:

  • Air outlet valve in bottom
  • A great anti fog design
  • Good size of seal
  • Quick and easy adjustments get you in the water instead of fighting with equipment

Pro's:

  • Easy to use
  • Tight seal
  • Comes with mesh bag for transport and storage

Con's

  • Have to adapt breathing to reduce chance of fogging
Check the price on Amazon

COZIA Full Face Snorkel Mask

Features of the COZIA Full Face Snorkel Mask:

  • Pamper yourself with that silicon face padding
  • Say goodbye to grey views with the anti-fog lens
  • Air stays fresh and clear with dual airflow ventilation

Pro's:

  • Package comes with fins
  • Easy Assembly
  • Comfortable to use over long periods of time

Con's

  • Mask leaks if you don’t clear all hair
  • Cannot use for free diving or swim training
Check the price on Amazon

SeaFin Full Face Snorkel Mask

Features of the SeaFin Full Face Snorkel Mask:

  • Snorkel doesn’t take in water if submerged
  • Silicone skirt is very comfortable
  • Solid and durable
  • No fog, all beauty with, Fogless 180 degree viewing window
  • A nearly indestructible polycarbonate frame and lens

Pro's:

  • Package comes with fins
  • Easy Assembly
  • Comfortable to use over long periods of time

Con's

  • GoPro mount can be finicky
  • Breathing tube is shorter than other similar masks
Check the price on Amazon

MIDRY Full Face Snorkel Mask

Features of the MIDRY Full Face Snorkel Mask:

  • Vertical Spout - allows for breathing just as easily as on land
  • 180 degree field of vision
  • Anti-fog and anti-leak design makes sure you are always clear, comfortable, and dry

Pro's:

  • Fog free
  • Seals comfortably to face
  • Wide field of view

Con's

  • Still need multiple masks if you are a multi-sport diver
  • Hard to breathe with strenuous swimming
  • Round lens distorts field of view
Check the price on Amazon

Vaincre 180° Full Face Snorkel Mask with Panoramic View

Features of the Vaincre 180°Full Face Snorkel Mask with Panoramic View:

  • Panoramic Face Mask – 180° view for beautiful underwater adventures.
  • Movable mount for GoPro
  • Anti-Fog Lens
  • Sepprate chamber for breathing helps prevent fogging

Pro's:

  • Snorkel stays dry when submerged
  • Smooth and comfortable breathing
  • No jaw or mouth pain and fatigue

Con's

  • Distorts field of view and can cause dizziness
  • Sizing can be difficult
Check the price on Amazon

X-Lounger Full Face Snorkel Mask

Features of the X-Lounger Full Face Snorkel Mask:

  • Foldable snorkel makes packing this mask a dream
  • Panoramic Large View
  • A great flat lens for better straight view
  • Soft elastic straps

Pro's:

  • Flat lens doesn’t distort viewing angle
  • Comfortable fit
  • Foldable design is easy to pack, and won’t lose pieces

Con's

  • If not adjusted correctly, can be difficult to breathe
  • Dry snorkel ball can get lodged in tube and block air
Check the price on Amazon

17 Comments

  1. Curt

    How does one of these Full Face masks work when I have a beard? I remember My old mask had a leak because of my mustache, but how will this go with a beard covering the chicks.

    Reply
    • Torben Lonne

      Hi Curt,

      I don’t have, what you can call a full face beard, but have I have stubbles the length of a few millimeters. And I didn’t have any issue with this. Usually, I have a bit of water in a regular mask, but the silicon skirt of a Full Face Snorkel Mask is larger than any mask, making it better in this situation. I can’t say how it will go for a full beard, but if you decide to buy one, I’d love to hear your feedback.

      All the best
      Torben

      Reply
    • Nick

      Why don’t shave your beard off?

      Reply
      • Torben Lonne

        For me, because I like it and I don’t mind the water in the mask. I can’t say for Curt.

        Reply
      • Curt

        Because I like having it and my wife like that I have a beard 🙂

        Reply
  2. Angie Fassbender

    I ordered these masks for a cruise we have coming up. I ordered them according to the size requirements. When the are on they feel tight around the cheeks but you could put a finger through the side of the mask if you tried. Is this normal?

    Reply
    • Torben Lonne

      I’m not sure I understand? Could you add your finger between your skin and the silicon side of the mask? Will water enter, or was it a “forced” finger through? If water will enter here, it’s not common, you don’t think water will enter, then it’s good to go.

      Reply
  3. John Brindley

    I have seen reports of a number of deaths of people using full face masks. Having used the mask on a number of occasions I am now worried about using it in the future. I believe that rebreathing exhaled air is the problem. Can you comment on this please. I have the mask marketed by Decathlon.

    Reply
    • Torben Lonne

      Hi John,

      I’ve seen the news as well, but do not have a comment on this. I have never experienced this, nor am I an expert in accidents like these, so I’ll wait until we have date from the assident that can determine what caused the assident, if it was the mask or something else, and how it can be prevented.

      Reply
  4. bonnie Triplett

    we are going to be traveling with this, what will be the best to pack in suitcase?

    Reply
  5. Jay

    Thanks for all this info. The Ocean Quest looks best for me but wanted to know what it meant by “no free diving?”
    Sorry for the dumb question.

    Reply
    • Torben Lonne

      It’s a nice option, agreed. I personally like it.

      For the “no skin diving” it refers to, that the mask is not suitable for diving down aka skin diving.
      A full face snorkel mask is great on the surface for snorkeling because you get the good view and much more comfort, but it’s not good if you want to dive down and focus on the smaller parts of the reef.

      For that, you should choose a regular mask and snorkel.

      Reply
      • Jay

        Thanks Torben. That makes sense. That’s what steered me away from the Sea View because it said that it really wasn’t good below 6-8 feet. I wouldn’t say that I would go below that but I definitely like to dip down to 5-8 feet. Do you think that any of these would be ok with that for a short time?

        Reply
      • Jay

        Thanks Torben. That makes sense. I do like to go down to around 5-8 feet in short bursts so any of these should be ok right?

        Reply
        • Torben Lonne

          You’re most welcome. The Vista Vue Full or the Ocean Reef Aria can do it, but you will feel a bit more “drag” on your face from the mask while diving down than you will when using a regular mask.

          Reply
  6. Daryl Watters

    Why can’t you go down more than 6 to 8 ft under water for long in these snorkel masks? Is it increases buoyancy from more air in these masks causing you to float ? That could easily be corrected with a weight belt. Or does the seal not function at depth?

    Reply
    • Torben Lonne

      Hi Daryl,

      The simple answer: It’s a snorkel mask, not a skin diving mask. Therefore, it’s made for staying at the surface.

      There are more factors to it, and why a full face mask is not good for diving down. That said, yes it can be done by adding weights, but it’ll not be comfortable.

      As you dive down, the air in the mask will get compressed. Usually, we equalize this air in our masks when equalizing the ears, but with a full face mask, there’s too much air(dead space) in the mask to do this.

      The buoyancy is also an issue, but you can of cause add weights for this. Though I’d say adding weights are for advanced snorkelers/skin divers, and they might as well use a regular snorkel/mask.

      Reply

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