If you’re in the market for great snorkel gear, you don’t have to spend a lot of money to get it. Whether you’re looking for a face snorkel that is just for snorkeling or to use in conjunction with your scuba gear, it’s possible to get a comfortable and effective snorkel mask without spending a lot of money. Even though you are on a budget you want to look out for a number of key features to make sure that you fully enjoy your snorkeling adventure. Anti-fogging lenses (or anti-fog spray if purchased separately), a GoPro mount to record your experience, an easybreath snorkel, a quality well-fitted snorkel tube, and even a frameless mask, are just some of the features to look out for. To give you a head start, we’ve rounded up some of the best snorkel masks available in 2017 that will fit your diving lifestyle and your budget. Take a look at the top 5 picks for the best and most affordable face masks available right now:
This unique design of the frameless snorkel from Cressi makes it one of the favorites among divers. It’s made of high-grade silicone that’s bonded directly to the lens. The result is a low profile lens that folds flat. You can actually carry it comfortably in your pocket. It’s also available in a wide range of colors: black, brown, clear, blue, green, lilac, pink, white, and yellow.
Because it’s made entirely of silicone it easily conforms to your face to keep the mask secure and prevent leaks. The straps are also really comfortable and easy to adjust. This is the first submersible dry snorkel from Cressi and has a comfortable, soft mouthpiece, and flexible tube. Not only that, but it’s great for free-diving, too, because it has an effective dry top to keep water out when it’s submerged.
US Divers has been making diving equipment since 1943 so it’s a pretty safe bet that they’ve perfected the art. In fact, they’re so confident about their product that they offer a 24-month limited warranty. So what makes this one so special? For starters, there’s an easy-to-reach nose pocket for ear equalization that only requires one hand for use. It is a fantastic mask for beginners as well as experienced divers.
Another great feature of this mask and snorkel set is that it’s really comfortable and easy to adjust. The ergonomic mouthpiece helps your mouth stay comfortable when you go out for long dives. There’s a wide split strap that conforms to the back of your head and a 3-way pro-glide buckle so you can make quick and easy adjustments. Plus, the feathered edge skirt creates a secure seal. The snorkel has a wide open tube with no obstructions and a one-way purge valve for easy clearing. It’s also contoured to create a streamlined profile on the side of the diver’s head.
Speedo took their top-selling adult mask/snorkel set and made some improvements to make it even more comfortable than before. It has a 100% silicone skirt that’s really soft and comfortable. To keep water out, the skirt creates a perfect seal on your face while still remaining comfortable. It’s actually designed to fit a variety of face shapes and sizes. If you need to make any adjustments, the Speed Fit strap makes it easy and fast and won’t stick in your hair. Another great thing about this mask is that the polycarbonate lens has an anti-fog coating so you get a clear underwater view.
As for the snorkel, the splash-resistant top makes sure that no water enters the tube. This set is meant for snorkeling and swimming and is a great value for the money. Not only do you get high-quality performance, it also looks cool, too. Most of the mask and snorkel are clear but there are bright blue or black accents for a pop of interest.
If you’re looking for a super-lightweight, durable snorkel mask that’s also really affordable, this mask from Phantom Aquatics is one you have to check out. One of the best things about it is the easy-to-use nose pocket for ear equalization that’s even simple to use with if you’re wearing diving gloves. The lenses are made of high-quality tempered safety glass and give you a really good view with impressive downward vision.
Another thing they’ve made easy on this mask is adjusting the strap. The revolutionary push-button system makes it really simple to get the right fit. Regardless of what the water is like, you’ll get an effective seal with this mask. What gets such a good seal? The double feathered silicone skirt edge combined with the wide split strap help you get a perfect fit.
As for the snorkel, the splash-proof dry guard keeps water out of the tube even in windy weather and, if it does, there’s an easy purge system to clear it. Plus, the oval-shaped tube and lower flex portion make this a great set to use in conjunction with your scuba equipment. The snorkel is easy to get out of the way when you need to put on your scuba regulator.
This snorkel mask really amps up the view by providing two side windows to increase what you can see through your peripheral vision. It almost looks panoramic. TUSA also uses special tempered glass that enhances clarity, color, and light so you really do get an incredible picture of life below the surface.
That’s not all. You also get the hyper-dry nose purge system that lets you clear the mask by simply exhaling through your nose. The silicone edge skirt is double feathered for a soft, comfortable fit that conforms to your face. It has an easy-to-use system to make adjustments on the fly with minimal effort. You know you’ll always be able to get a comfortable, precise fit. It’s also easy to remove when the time comes.
The snorkel comes with dry-top technology that keeps the water out and even includes a high buoyancy float for extra protection. Plus, the set comes with a very handy 36-month warranty.