About.com Scuba's 10 Best Scuba Diving Masks

Favorite Scuba Diving Masks for All Face Shapes and Sizes

The following article lists ten excellent scuba diving masks according to the author. I haven't tried every single mask on the market, so it is likely that I am missing some very good masks. If you have a favorite mask that you do not see listed below, feel free to recommended it using the comment button at the bottom of the article.

It is important to try on a mask in order to determine whether it fits properly. While I have included links to online stores, most divers will find it worth the time and effort to purchase a mask from a physical dive shop -- not an online one. Dive shop employees will be able to help a shopper fit a mask, and usually offer warranties and other assistance.

Before purchasing a mask, divers may find the following articles helpful:

6 Things to Know About Scuba Masks
•  Illustrated Guide to Mask Styles and Features
• How to Determine Whether a Scuba Mask Fits
8 Ways to Prevent a Scuba Mask From Fogging
My 10 Favorite Scuba Diving Masks in Alphabetical Order:
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Atomic Aquatics Frameless Scuba Diving Mask in Black. © Atomic Aquatics, 2013

Mask Style: Single window, low volume
Fit: Two sizes - Regular fits normal/large faces. Medium fits narrow faces.
Field of Vision: Good to excellent
Unique Features: UltraClear lenses - the mask glass is optical quality and has fewer impurities than standard mask glass, resulting in better light transmission with no green tint. The mask comes with a lifetime warranty against frame breakage, and retails online for about $100 USD.
Concerns: Mask glass may press on the bridge of large noses. Neither size is a good fit for adult divers with rounded faces and small features.
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Atomic Aquatics Subframe Scuba Diving Mask. © Atomic Aquatics, 2013

Mask Style: Two window, low volume
Fit: Two sizes - Regular fits normal/large faces. Medium fits narrow faces.
Field of Vision: Good to excellent
Unique Features: An internal frame is modeled underneath the silicon skirt, increasing strength. The mask is made with UltraClear glass for better light transmission, and is available with prescription lenses. It comes with a lifetime warranty for frame breakage and retails online for about $100 USD.
Concerns: Mask glass may press on the bridge of large noses. Neither size is a good fit for adult divers with rounded faces and small features.
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Dive Rite Es125 Scuba Diving Mask. © Dive Rite, 2013

Mask Style: Two window, low volume
Fit: Classic mask that fits nearly everyone
Field of Vision: Fair to good
Unique Features: This is a very budget-friendly mask, retailing online for as little as $30 USD. The mask is available with prescription lenses and "gauge reader" bifocals. It is a tough and durable little mask.
Concerns: The mask won't fit divers at the extremes of the size range, especially those with very narrow faces. The external frame gives it a larger profile than some masks on this list.
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Highland (XS Scuba) Brute Mask

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The Highland (by XS Scuba) Brute scuba diving mask. © XS Scuba 2013

Mask Style: Two window, low volume
Fit: Likely to fit most scuba divers.
Field of Vision: Good to excellent
Unique Features: Simple, classic design retailing online for just over $50 USD. I was impressed that this mask fit both myself (small, round face) and my six-foot-tall friend who has a much larger head.
Concerns: May not fit divers with narrow faces as well as it fits average to wide faces. Exterior frame style is not as compact as a frameless mask.
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Hollis Gear M! Frameless Scuba Diving Mask. © Hollis Gear 2013

Mask Style: Single window, low volume
Fit: Most men with average to large faces
Field of Vision: Good to excellent
Unique Features: Saint-Gobain Diamant - Crystal Clear Lens: Optical quality glass with few impurities for clearer vision and better light transmission. Clean, attractive design. Retails online for around $100 USD.
Concerns: Mask glass may press on the bridge of large noses. The mask may not fit divers with small or narrow faces.
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Omer Alien Scuba Diving and Freediving Mask. © Omer 2013

Mask Style: Two window, super low volume
Fit: Excellent mask for small, hard-to fit faces. This mask will fit most divers.
Field of Vision: Good to excellent
Unique Features: This is a very low volume scuba diving mask; easy to clear and equalize. Omer has long been one of my favorite equipment manufacturers, offering high quality, durable products at reasonable prices. The black Alien Mask retails online for only $40 USD.
Concerns:The mask has a very low internal volume, divers with large features may find it uncomfortable; it may press on the forehead or nose.
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Omer Zero Cubed (Zero 3) Scuba Diving Mask. © Omer 2013

Mask Style: Two window, extremely low volume
Fit: Excellent mask for small faces. May fit divers of all sizes, but definitely try this mask on before purchase.
Field of Vision: The best I have ever experienced.
Unique Features: The Omer Zero Cubed mask is my new mask! It is so low volume that it is advertised as not requiring equalization until 60 ft. The mask is small and light, with such a wide field of vision, that it is easy to forget you are wearing a mask. The mask retails online for about $80 USD.
Concerns: This is an unusual design and (again) divers should definitely try the mask on before purchase. It is likely to press on the forehead or nose of many divers. The styling is a little funky.
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SCUBAPRO Frameless Scuba Diving Mask. © SCUBAPRO 2013

Mask Style: Single window, low volume
Fit: Will fit most average to large faces
Field of Vision: Good to excellent
Unique Features: This mask has been popular in the technical diving community for years. It is simple and durable; the quality of materials and design make it a good purchase. It sells online for about $115 USD.
Concerns: The mask may not fit divers with small or narrow faces. The continous glass lense may press on the bridge of the nose of divers with large features. SCUBAPRO makes a Mini Frameless Mask for smaller divers.
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SCUBAPRO Solara Scuba Diving Mask. © SCUBAPRO 2013

Mask Style: Two window, low volume
Fit: Fits nearly everyone, including divers with slightly narrow or wide faces
Field of Vision: Good
Unique Features: The SCUBAPRO Solara is a workhorse mask, and has long been one of my favorite rental masks as it fits most divers very comfortably. It is extremely durable, and available in a wide variety of attractive colors. The Solara retails online for about $75 USD.
Concerns: The mask may not fit divers with very large or very small faces. The field of vision is smaller and the profile greater than a frameless mask.
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Tusa Platina Scuba Diving Mask. © Tusa, 2013

Mask Style: Two window, low volume
Fit: Excellent mask for women and those with narrow to average faces.
Field of Vision: Good
Unique Features: A great mask for divers who like two window masks, but find that most split their vision. The Platina has a very narrow center joint to eliminate this problem. The Platina is available with prescription lenses. It's a great value, retailing online for $30-$50 USD.
Concerns: The mask may not fit divers with very wide faces, and is higher volume than many others listed above.
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The Take Home Message About My Favorite Diving Masks

This list is intended as guide to aid divers in their search for the perfect mask. A diver should always try on a mask before purchase to make sure it fits properly. Keep in mind that new masks should be cleaned with a mask scrub to eliminate fogging before the first dive. Don't forget to share your suggestions for great scuba diving masks below!