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Here are my 10 Best Scuba Diving Masks in 2020 including a fitting and buying guide for a mask which also fits.

Mask and Snorkel

Scuba Diving masks have a few important features you need to know about.

A mask is an item of diving equipment that allows scuba divers, free-divers, and snorkelers to see clearly underwater. When the human eye is in direct contact with water as opposed to air, its normal environment, light entering the eye is refracted by a different angle and the eye is unable to focus the light.

By providing an air space in front of the eyes, which is done by the mask, light enters normally and the eye is able to focus correctly.

PVC Rubber or Silicone skirt Mask?

You want to get a mask with a silicone skirt because it will seal much better than the pvc or rubber skirts. even better is the very smooth liquid silicone skirt.

Another advantage of the silicone masks is that they have no odor.

However the silicone skirt masks will be a bit more expensive but it is worth going for it.

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Construction of a Scuba Diving Mask

Diving masks can have a single or double glass pane made of tempered safety glass. Silicone skirt lips to achieve a watertight seal with the diver’s face and a mask body made of a dimensionally stable material.

Some two-pane masks allow the user to swap out the existing lenses and replace prescription lenses. Some companies have these glasses in stock to use in certain masks. If the glasses have to be specially made, you can go to the optician with the mask and have it made there.

In the case of free diving masks, which must have a small volume in order to minimize the pressure change that occurs with depth, the lenses can be made of polycarbonate plastic.

All masks have an elastic strap to keep them in position.

Nose Pocket is important to prevent Mask-barotrauma (Mask Squeeze)

10 best scuba diving Masks

Diving masks must be constructed in such a way that the diver can exhale through the nose into the mask in order to compensate for the increasing pressure with increasing depth inside the mask in order to prevent mask barotrauma.

The nose pocket of the mask also needs to be flexible to allow the diver to perform an equalization maneuver such as the valsalva maneuver or the frenzel maneuver when equalizing pressure in the middle ear.

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One-way purge valve under the nose

Purge Valve Mask
Purge Valve Mask

Some masks have a one way purge valve under the nose to blow out any water that has entered. The diver simply holds the mask upright and exhales through the nose. While this feature is common in snorkeling, it is less preferred by divers as the valve may fail at depth and allow water to continually seep into the mask.

Mask Clearing underwater

A simple and effective method for clearing a diving mask while underwater is to look down, place a finger on the top of the frame at either side, and slowly look up while exhaling through the nose. The trick is not to blow out air through your mouth, but rather to exhale everything through your nose. The increased pressure created in the mask pushes the water outwards.

Mask Packages

Mask Snorkel Set

Sometimes masks are sold in conjunction with snorkels and / or flippers. Be careful: snorkel masks in sets are often of poor quality, they may not have real tempered safety glass but plastic glass and are often PVC or rubber skirt masks of poor quality.

Mask fitting

Divers often test whether a mask is a good fit by placing it on their face, without using the straps, and gently inhaling through their nose. If the mask stays on without any help this indicates that no air is being drawn in and that the fit is good. But ultimately you only know once you wear a Mask inside the water.

Anti Fog

To prevent a mask from fogging up due to condensation on the glass plate many divers spit into the mask, wipe the spit around the inside of the plate and wash it out with a little water. There are commercial products that can be used as an alternative to the saliva method.

Refraction of light

Refraction of light entering the mask makes objects in salt water appear about 33% bigger and 25% closer when underwater.

As the diver descends, the water acts as a color filter eliminating the red end of the visible spectrum of the sunlight entering the water leaving only the blue end of the spectrum.

Depending on the depth and clarity of the water, eventually all sunlight is blocked and the diver has to rely on artificial light sources to see underwater.

Prescription Lenses in Masks

two-lens-mask

Some two-pane masks allow the user to swap out the existing lenses and replace prescription lenses. Some companies have these glasses in stock to use in certain masks. If the glasses have to be specially made, you can go to the optician with the mask and have it made there.

Divers are able to use contact lenses inside the mask but they must keep their eyes closed if they remove or clear the mask underwater to avoid losing the contact lenses.

Mask removal and replacement is a basic skill that all divers are taught so that the diver can overcome floods or the mask being dislodged without panic.

Entering the water with Mask

When entering the water while wearing the mask, the diver needs to place a hand over the mask to disrupt fast water flow during entry. This prevents the mask from becoming dislodged or loosing it.

Alternatively, a diver can enter the water with the mask off and then put it on inside the water or use an entry method such as the “forward roll”, where the diver rolls forward with head entering the water first, which does not result in fast water flow over the mask. However it’s always a better idea to hold on to your mask when entering the water.

Cleaning and Storage of Masks

Masks should always be rinsed inside and out with clean, fresh water after each day’s use, and dried off after washing.

A mask should not be stored in direct sunlight for long periods of time as ultraviolet light degrades the silicone. A well-maintained mask will last for many years.

Mask Bag
Mask Bag

Most Masks come with a hard Plastic Box but in case you’d like to have a better fit for you or your hard plastic container is broken there are alternatives like soft carry bags.


After all this information it’s time to show you my list of the 10 Best Scuba Diving Masks for 2020


Number 10

of my 10 Best Scuba Diving Masks in 2020

Cressi Nano Mask
Cressi Nano Mask
Number 9 of my 10 Best Scuba Diving Masks in 2020

Cressi Frameless Adult Scuba Diving Mask:

  • Innovative mask for scuba diving and advanced freediving, designed to offer an extremely hydrodynamic and compact shape.
  • Cressi has developed this mask by innovating the technical design. Even 3 patents were registered for making the Nano!
  • It is the mask on the market with the lowest internal volume (12.86 in2 | 83 cm2), an ideal requirement for freediving lovers.
  • Completely flexible, virtually indestructible buckle system.
  • Patented by Cressi US 8281471 B2. The Patented Integrated Dual Frame Technology consists of the joining of two rigid frames producing a drastic reduction in the internal volume. Patented by Cressi US 20140013494 A1.
  • Mask features inclined and inverted tear-drop lenses for improve downward visibility, a Cressi’s patented design (US 6272693).
  • The Nano mask is designed and made in Italy by Cressi, a brand pioneer in Scuba Diving, Snorkeling, and Swimming equipment since 1946.

Number 9

of my 10 Best Scuba Diving Masks in 2020

Mares X-Vision Mask (2017 Version)

Mares X-Vision Mask
Mares X-Vision Mask
Number 9 of my 10 Best Scuba Diving Masks in 2020
  • The central position of the eyes and the optimally angled windows provide the widest possible viewing angle in every direction.
  • Minimal internal volume and exceptionally light weight, at just 190g.
  • The ergonomic quick-adjusting buckles, positioned directly on the skirt, afford superior comfort and hydrodynamics during the dive, as well as improving the adherence of the skirt to the face.
  • In addition, this technical solution makes it easier to store the mask inside a pocket of the BC. Includes Mask Box.

Number 8

of my 10 Best Scuba Diving Masks in 2020

Scubapro Spectra Low Volume 2 Window Dive Mask

Scubapro Spectra Mask
Scubapro Spectra Mask
Number 8 of my 10 Best Scuba Diving Masks in 2020
  • Ultra-clear dual lens design is low volume for easy clearing plus offers maximum field of view.
  • Lenses are made from tempered glass for safety and long-term durability.
  • Push-button buckles that attach to the skirt adjust easily to achieve a perfect fit.
  • Mirrored lens option delivers a glare-free view of the underwater world.
  • Note: Painted finish may be damaged if cleaned with abrasive products.

Number 7

of my 10 Best Scuba Diving Masks in 2020

Scubapro Frameless Mask

Scubapro Frameless Mask
Scubapro Frameless Mask
Number 7 of my 10 Best Scuba Diving Masks in 2020
  • Single-lens mask featuring a unique assembly of lens and skirt without a frame.
  • Original unique design for unbeatable comfort and fit and classic robust quality.
  • Buckles positioned on exterior of mask body for convenience and comfort.
  • Reduced weight, size and volume makes clearing water easy.

Number 6

of my 10 Best Scuba Diving Masks in 2020

Atomic Aquatics Venom ARC (Anti-Reflective Coating) Mask

Atomic Aquatics Venom ARC (Anti-Reflective Coating) Mask
Atomic Aquatics Venom ARC (Anti-Reflective Coating) Mask
Number 6 of my 10 Best Scuba Diving Masks in 2020
  • Ultra-wide Panoramic-view
  • Integrated Easy-Adjust Swivel Buckles
  • Gummi Bear UltraSoft silicone creates an incredibly soft and comfortable face seal Single lens design
  • Reinforcing internal frame molded beneath the silicone rubber skirt

Number 5

of my 10 Best Scuba Diving Masks in 2020

Seac Italia Mask

Seac Sub Italia Maske
Seac Italia Maske
Number 5 of my 10 Best Scuba Diving Masks in 2020
  • Frame: polycarbonate with chromed metal closing inserts and stainless steel screws
  • Skirt: comfort silicone of differentiated thickness with large textured surfaces
  • Strap: liquid silicone
  • Lens: ultra clear tempered optical glass 3 mm thick
  • Optical lenses are available: -1.0 to 6.0

Number 4

of my 10 Best Scuba Diving Masks in 2020

Hollis M1 Frameless Scuba Mask

Hollis M1 Mask
Hollis M1 Mask
Number 4 of my 10 Best Scuba Diving Masks in 2020
  • Frameless 100% pure silicon skirt Saint-Gobain
  • Diamant – Crystal Clear Lens Wide vision and low volume

Number 3

of my 10 Best Scuba Diving Masks in 2020

SCUBAPRO Synergy 2 TruFit Mirrored Mask

SCUBAPRO Synergy 2 TruFit Mirrored Single Lens Mask
SCUBAPRO Synergy 2 TruFit Mirrored Single Lens Mask
Number 3 of my 10 Best Scuba Diving Masks in 2020
  • The silicone outer-skirt is thicker and firmer with a matte finish near mask frame providing needed support rigidity.
  • The silicone contouring the face is thinner, giving a softer feeling, for a truly unique fit and seal
  • Trufit Technology can be identified by its unique ribbing texture Ultra Clear lens

Number 2

of my 10 Best Scuba Diving Masks in 2020

Cressi Big Eyes Evolution

Cressi Big Eyes
Cressi Big Eyes
Number 2 of my 10 Best Scuba Diving Masks in 2020
  • This revolutionary mask is made of High Seal Silicone, a material that offers unprecedented comfort and a perfect seal ideal for scuba diving, snorkeling, and freediving.
  • The raked lenses, with their inverted drop shape (Cressi patent), are quite small and are inclined as close to the eyes as possible to improve the downward visibility.
  • The frame uses the exclusive patented Cressi system of double injection of an elastomer on a rigid element.
  • The buckles are mounted not on the skirt structure, but on an indestructible element that allows the buckle to tilt and turn without it breaks. The mask is made using the IDF system.
  • The Integrated Dual Frame is a technology that consists of the joining of two rigid frames producing a drastic reduction in the internal volume.
  • Patented by Cressi US 20140013494 A1.
  • The thickness of the frame has been reduced to such an extent as to make it practically invisible when the mask is being worn.
  • The thickness of the frame has been reduced to such an extent as to make it practically invisible when the mask is being worn.
  • The Big Eyes Evolution is designed and made in Italy by Cressi, a brand pioneer in scuba diving, snorkeling and freediving equipment since 1946.

Number 1

of my 10 Best Scuba Diving Masks in 2020

Cressi Superocchio

Cressi Superocchio
Cressi Superocchio
The absolute Best Mask

This is also my personal favorite of my 10 best scuba diving Masks which I also wear since the very beginning of my diving career.

  • The Superocchio is a low-volume mask ideal for scuba divers and freedivers.
  • The skirt is made in soft silicone that adapts easily to various face shapes ensuring a perfect seal.
  • The skirt is joint at the rigid frame made in durable techno-polymer.
  • The two lenses are made of tempered glass.
  • The nose pocket is soft and easy-to-reach ensuring an easy equalization with two fingers.
  • The buckles are fixed to the frame and with a simple pressure is possible to easily adjust the length strap.
  • The Price is very affordable
  • Very robust
  • Lightweight
  • Low Volume Mask
  • The Superocchio is designed and manufactured in Italy by Cressi, an Italian brand pioneer in scuba diving, snorkeling and swimming equipment since 1946.

Additional Equipment

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Mask Band

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Mask Band Black
Mask Band Black
  • We don’t throw our old wetsuits away we recycle them to upcycled mask bands. Available in Black Red and Green.
  • Upcycled Mask band are not Mask straps but go over your existing Maskstrap and can protect your hair or for a more comfortable wearing of the mask strap.

Anti Fog

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Anti Fog
Anti Fog
  • Long Lasting ,
  • Non-toxic Formula
  • 200+ pumps per bottle
  • All natural ingredients
  • Works on glass and plastic
  • Use for wet or dry applications

Mask Bag

Mask Bag
Mask Bag
  • Package length: 25.9 cm
  • Package width: 8.0 cm
  • Package height: 18.7 cm

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