The Best Scuba Masks of 2020

By Stephan Borloz Pelletier – May 31st 2020

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The scuba mask is one of the most important piece of equipment you will be buying first after getting certified and with good reason.
An uncomfortable or leaking mask is one of the worst irritants you can avoid if you do some research and try a few on to ensure a good seal and fit for your face.

In scuba, one size does not fit all!

The best scuba masks are comfortable and have a good field of vision. They should make it easy for the diver to pinch his or her nose to equalize, and they should be easily cleared of water without a lot of effort. Scuba masks come in a few different designs and in our list of best scuba diving masks, we’ve included a range of these from the top masks on the market today.

Scuba diving masks offer various ranges in price, with some being extremely affordable. But, it’s important to remember why you need a mask and what features to look for so you make the right choice. Whether you want to spend a little or a lot, there’s an option for you and you should get the best mask you can afford.

We’ve selected 10 great masks. We own and rent most of the models listed here and had the chance to try a bunch more so you can trust these masks have been put to the test extensively.

1. Atomic Aquatics VenomBest Overall Mask
2. Aqualung TeknikaBest Shockproof Mask
3. Scubapro Frameless GorillaBest Frameless Mask
4. Mares X-Vision Ultra LiquidskinBest Mask for Women
5. Cressi Liberty TrisideBest Beginner Mask
6. Scubapro Synergy 2 Twin TrufitBest Comfort Mask
7. TUSA 1001 Freedom HDBest Large Face Mask
8. Cressi F1 FramelessBest Value Mask
9. Cressi Big Eyes Evolution CrystalBest Wide Vision Mask
10. Cressi RangerBest Budget Mask

Atomic Aquatics Venom Frameless

PROS

  • Gummi Bear UltraSoft silicone skirt

     

  • UltraClear Schott Superwite™ glass lens

     

  • Single lens, wide panoramic field of view

     

CONS

  • High price

  • Not available with prescription lenses.

The Atomic Aquatics Venom Frameless Mask is a high-end scuba mask and in my educated opinion, the best mask you can get today.The Venom Frameless mask is available in two different colors. You can choose between grey/black and red/black. Both colors are only available in a one-size-fits-all adjustable design.

Quality Lens

The Aquatics Venom Frameless Mask is an ultra-wide scuba mask that offers a wider view than a standard scuba mask. In addition to being wide, the lens itself is a huge part of why this is a high-end mask. The lens is known as the Schott Superwite UltraClear lens, and it is one of the best on the market.

Swivel Buckles

The buckles on this mask are swivel buckles that turn in various directions depending on where you pull the strap. As you adjust the strap, the swivel will help to move and fit the mask to your face in the exact position you want.

Silicone Seal

Atomic created a unique seal for this mask, which is known as the Gummi Bear UltraSoft silicone. This silicone material is a blend of two different silicones that work together to create a soft and comfortable seal. This blend of materials ensures a complete and strong seal. 

Frameless Design

Underneath of the seal, this Atomic mask has a thicker layer of silicone around the lens instead of a frame. This molded silicone holds the shape of the mask as pressure is put on the mask. The lack of a frame helps this mask sit closer to your face. Additionally, this model has a large nose pocket. The size of this pocket is a bit larger in comparison to other models, and this is one of the most notable features of this frameless design.

What We Love About This Mask

The top feature of this mask is the intense amount of comfort that it provides when fitted to the face. Due to the specialized silicone skirt that this frameless mask features, there is a very soft and comfortable fit around your whole face. In fact, you might even find other masks uncomfortable to use after using this mask!

For those who have facial hair, the blended silicone skirt helps to prevent leaks even when you have a beard. The fit also adds to this comfort. 

The lens and wide range of vision provided by this mask is another highlight. This particular lens is said to transmit up to 96% of light. Other masks tend to fall in the 80% range only, so this makes a huge difference in what you see and how clearly you see it. This extra clarity is afforded by the lens manufacturing process, Schott removes the iron, giving better clarity.

Additionally, the field-of-view is very wide, so you can get a better diving experience when compared to other lenses. If you previously favored masks with transparent skirts to be able to see more, you will like the width of this view even though it has an opaque skirt

What We Don’t Love About This Mask

The price is definitely on the high side and the reason why I do not own one. I mistreat my masks at work and at play, having them hang off tanks around the boat and I store my mask in my fins’ pockets and I don’t feel this mask will react well to all the abuse.

Aqualung Teknika

PROS

  • The Shockproof frame makes the mask extra strong.

  • Low volume mask, the lenses are close to your eyes which makes the field of vision very wide.
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  • Skirt is really soft and feels comfortable on your face.

  • Great fit which will fit most faces.

CONS

  • The mask is designed for technical divers but is less compact than a frameless.

  • No prescription lenses available.

  • Only available in black.

The Aqualung Teknika is marketed as a low-volume mask specially designed for technical diving, it can be folded but is not the most compact. This mask is made tough and can take punishment! I personally use two on cave and technical dives.
At Jungle Divers, we rent this mask as a pro model, you can try before you buy.

Quality Lens

The Aqualung Teknika is dual lens made of tough tempered glass easy to defog.

Cardanic Joints Buckles

The Cardanic Joints Buckles between the mask and strap rotate in both vertical and horizontal directions for a customized, pinch-free fit. It is very easy to find and replace the buckles if they ever brake.

Silicone Seal

High-grade silicone facial skirt flexes to mold naturally along the contours of your face for a comfortable, leak-free seal. The skirt folds easily with the pivoting buckle tucking in to make it one of the most compact dual lens mask to carry as a spare, but many frameless models are more compact.

Shock-Absorbing Frame

The frame is made of shock-absorbent polymer which is pretty though. So when you drop your mask it will stay in one piece. All corners have stainless steel screws for easier maintenance and replacement of broken parts.

What We Love About This Mask

The top feature of this mask is how tough it is and the amount of abuse it can take. We also like how it fits most faces comfortably and replacements parts easy to find. 
Aqualung named this mask Teknika for how tough it is and how easy it can be folded and used as spare mask. 
We use this mask personally and recommend it for beginners and tech divers alike.

What We Don’t Love About This Mask

Things we don’t like are few, it does not allow for prescription lenses, it’s only offered in black and it is not the most compact to use as a spare mask.

Scubapro Gorilla

PROS

  • The mask folds flat making it perfect as a spare mask.

  • High-impact polycarbonate frame delivers durability and strength.

  • Perfect for larger-wider faces and noses.

CONS

  • The skirt is more rigid than most other masks so make sure you try before you buy. 

  • The glass requires more work for the initial treatment of defog.

  • Not available with prescription lenses.

The Scubapro Frameless Gorilla Mask is a new classic for professionals and tekkies. This Gorilla has a slightly wider and larger lens in a matte finish.It was designed for wider faces but will fit any Medium to XL faces. The glass is 1 cm wider than the classic Frameless mask. 
At Jungle Divers, we rent this mask as a pro model, you can try before you buy.

UltraClear Quality Lens

The Gorilla lens is made of Scubapro UltraClear tempered glass. The glass is very wide, 1cm more than the regular version of the Scubapro Frameless mask.
The glass requires more work for the initial treatment of defog. Burning the glass and leaving it covered in gritty toothpaste overnight seems to do the trick.

Buckles

The buckles are traditional and work well. They are attached to the skirt which makes it very compact when folded.

Silicone Seal

The silicone double-edged skirt is stiffer than most masks so it’s important to try the mask to make sure it’s a snug fit before you buy. If you find the mask leaks, my tried method is to soak the skirt in warm water then mold it to your face. The silicon is stiffer but in this case I find it makes this mask very durable.

Beware this skirt is larger, will fit most medium to extra large faces. Smaller faces and women should look at the Scubapro Frameless Mask.

Frameless Design

This Gorilla mask has a thicker layer of silicone around the lens instead of a frame. This molded silicone holds the shape of the mask as pressure is put on the mask. The lack of a frame helps this low volume mask sit closer to your face. Additionally, this model has a large nose pocket. The size of this pocket is a bit larger in comparison to other models, and this is one of the most notable features of this frameless design which is 1 cm wider than the original Scubapro Frameless Mask.

What We Love About This Mask

What we love about this mask is how durable and comfortable it is. It can take abuse without showing it. We also love how wide the view is and how compact it is when folded. This is my technical and cave diving spare mask and my workhorse, the mask I use when I work on the boat, so pretty much everyday!

What We Don’t Love About This Mask

What we dislike is simply the stiffness of the skirt, it can feel like it’s cutting through the skin on long dives if the fit is not perfect. Learn about the warm water method and your mask will become much more comfortable. 

MARES X-VISION ULTRA LIQUIDSKIN

PROS

  • The buckle system works great.

  • The skirt has a superior anatomical fit and seal.

  • Increased field of vision

  • Prescription lenses available.

CONS

  • For small faces only, larger faces experience leaks.

  • This mask HATES facial hair.

  • Get a better strap.

The Mares X-Vision Ultra Liquidskin mask is for small faces only, I repeat, FOR SMALL FACES ONLY!
With the double silicone skirt and wide angle view, this mask is what you need if you have a small face and have never found a good mask fit.

Quality Lens

The lenses are made of Marres tempered glass and offer a wide view.
This mask is available with corrective lenses. Negative dioptres (-1 to -7) and Bifocal (gauge reading) positive dioptres (+1.5 to +3) are available.

ERGO Buckles

The sturdy and compact Ergo Buckles allow for quick and easy adjustments.
You will need to change the flimsy mask strap for a sturdier one with a neoprene mask strap cover.

Liquid Skin Skirt

The silicone skirt is made up of two different silicons, a stiffer one around the lenses and a much softer one snuggling your face making for a leak free and very comfortable fit for SMALLER faces.

Frame Design

This mask has a durable plastic frame offered in a multitude of colors.

What We Love About This Mask

The main thing we love about this mask is how it’s perfect for divers with small faces. The Liquidskin silicon is incredible and Mares offers this technology in many of their masks, if you have a bigger face, check them out. We also love the prescription lenses in this higher quality mask.

What We Don’t Love About This Mask

We don’t like the strap so get a better one if you buy this mask. I can’t repeat this enough, this mask is for small faces, it will leak on bigger faces.

CRESSI LIBERTY TRISIDE

PROS

  • Straps are easily adjusted and the button buckle system works great.
  • The skirt is a good fit and comfortable against your face.
  • The range of vision is excellent thanks to the wide low-volume design.

CONS

  • Not available with prescription lenses.

The Cressi Liberty Triside is one of my favorite mask, it’s made from the older Scubapro Crystal Vu model and there are many other brands that use the same platform like the very affordable Phantom Aquatics Panoramic.
At Jungle Divers, we rent this mask as a pro model, you can try before you buy.

Quality Lens

The Cressi Liberty Triside is built with 3 panes of Cressi tempered glass offering a wide field of view.

Button Buckles

Push-button swivel buckles easy to use even with gloves.

Silicone Seal

The skirt is made in soft hypoallergenic silicone. It is very comfortable with a good seal.

Frame Design

The frame is solid and is offered in a multitude of cool colors.

What We Love About This Mask

The best features of this mask is the low price for some great quality. This mask is perfect for people with medium to large faces. It’s comfortable, it’s wide and it’s tough!

What We Don’t Love About This Mask

This mask is not low volume and does not offer prescription lenses.

Scubapro Synergy 2 Twin Trufit

PROS

  • Very comfortable TruFit ribbed skirt.

  • Fits most faces.

  • Prescription and coated lenses available.

CONS

  • Expensive

  • The skirt is so soft, it’s prone to leaks if worn tighter than snug.

  • Not a beginner’s mask.

To the experienced diver, the Scubapro Synergy 2 Twin mask will be one of the most comfortable mask money can buy. The less experienced divers should stay away from this mask until they reach the level where they can wear a mask without straps.

Ultra Clear Lens

The Synergy is equipped with Scubapro’s Ultra Clear lenses which prevent color distortion and allows more light to reach the diver’s eyes. The Synergy also comes with a mirrored lens option which significantly reduces glare underwater and is compatible with custom prescription lens.

Button Buckles

The buckles are push button, are attached to the skirt and fold flat with the skirt for compact transport or to use as a spare mask.

TruFit Skirt

The skirt is made with two different silicons, stiffer near the frame, softer for the face. TruFit is Scubapro’s answer to Mares’ Liquid Skin. However Trufit is much softer which makes it a mask for experienced divers. If this mask is worn tighter than snug, the skirt will fold in and cause leaks.
Worn the right way, this mask will fit most faces and is one of the most comfortable mask on the market today.

Frame Design

The Synergy line of mask is built on the previous proven Spectra models. The frame is solid and compact when the mask is folded for storage. The Synergy 2 is offered in many different colors.

What We Love About This Mask

What we like the most about this mask is how comfortable it is, you forget you’re wearing it, making you enjoy the very long dives. We also like the many lens options and color combinations.

What We Don’t Love About This Mask

We don’t like the price and we don’t like diving with inexperienced divers who own this mask as it leaks inevitably if it’s worn tighter than snug, causing frustrations.

Tusa M1001 Freedom HD​

PROS

  • The field of view is HUGE!

  • Push button swivel buckles.

  • Low volume, easy to clear.

CONS

  • For bigger faces.

  • Not available with prescription lenses.

  • The initial defogging procedure takes more work.

The TUSA Freedom HD is one of the biggest masks on the market. The field of view is amazing, it’s frameless and low volume too! Perfect for medium to extra large faces.
At Jungle Divers, we rent this mask as a pro model, you can try before you buy.

HUGE Lens

The lens on the Freedom HD is huge and very clear which gives you an amazing field of view and clarity. The lens will need to be burned and rubbed with gritty toothpaste left overnight.

Swivel Buckles

The buckles are easy to use push buttons, they rotate 180 degrees and are attached to the skirt making this mask very compact when folded..

Silicone Seal

The skirt is made of soft silicone and provides a good fit to most faces.

Frameless Design

The frame is very robust the mask folds nice and compact for easy storage.

What We Love About This Mask

This mask is huge and we love the field of view and the fact this mask is supersized, it’s low volume and easy to clear.

What We Don’t Love About This Mask

If you have a medium to extra large face and want to see more of the ocean, there is not much to dislike about this mask.

cressi f1

PROS

  • Straps are easily adjusted and the buckle system works great.
  • The skirt is a good fit and comfortable against your face.
  • The range of vision is excellent thanks to the low-volume design.

  • Excellent value for the price!

CONS

  • Not available with prescription lenses.

The Cressi F1 is one of the best frameless mask available for beginner and advanced divers alike. It features a soft silicon skirt, easy push button buckles and wide field of view lens.
Great quality at a great price!

Quality Lens

The Cressi F1 has a very clear and wide view single tempered glass lens.

Swivel Buckles

The buckles on this mask are swivel buckles with push buttons. The buckles are attached to the frame for better stability.

Silicone Seal

The silicon skirt is made of soft silicon whick makes it very comfortable and fits most faces.

Frameless Design

This mask is one of the cheapest in the frameless line but still has great quality and the frame is sturdyand offered in many bright colors.

What We Love About This Mask

We love that this mask fits on most faces , offers excellent value for the price. Perfect mask for beginners.

What We Don’t Love About This Mask

Some people complain the mask is too compact, it presses on their foreheads, better to try before you buy.

cressi big eyes evolution crystal

PROS

  • Straps are easily adjusted and the buckle system works great.

  • The skirt is a good fit and comfortable against your face.

  • The range of vision is the greatest thanks to Big Eyes lens design

CONS

  • Not for big noses.

The Cressi Big Eyes is an amazing mask for its comfort and wide angle view.

Big Eye Lenses

The Big Eyes System is inclined and extended glasses over the cheek which translate into one of the greatest field of views of all masks! This mask is also offered with prescription lenses.

Pivoting Buckles

The buckles on this mask pivot in every directions and are attached to the frame making this mask very stable and easy to adjust

Silicone Crystal

The Cressi Silicone Crystal has a long life, does not yellow and thanks to its special chemical composition, drastically reduces the tedious effect of fogging the lenses. The skirt is firm yet very soft.

Frame Design

The frame is very sturdy and brings the lenses close to the face making it low volume and easy to clear.

What We Love About This Mask

What we like the most about the Cressi Big Eyes mask is the field of view which is incredible. The mask is quite comfortable and easy to adjust.

What We Don’t Love About This Mask

We found the nose pocket to be smaller than other masks.

cressi ranger

PROS

  • Great quality for the price.

  • The skirt is a good fit and comfortable against your face.

  • Can withstand abuse, great as a rental mask.

CONS

  • Not available with prescription lenses.

  • The skirt is more rigid than most.

  • Not recommended for wider faces.

The Cressi Ranger mask is our favorite budget mask. It is well constructed, comfortable and durable. Jungle Divers uses the Cressi Ranger as its standard rental masks.

Quality Lens

The Cressi Ranger lens is standard tempered glass. The glass will need to be burnt and treated to toothpaste overnight initially to prevent over fogging.

Swivel Buckles

The buckles are the Cressi push button style you will find on most of their masks. They are solid, easily adjustable and work well.

Silicone Seal

The silicon skirt fits well but is more rigid than most.

Frame Design

The frame is sturdy, durable and available in many colors.

What We Love About This Mask

We love that the Cressi Ranger is the best budget mask. It is well constructed with quality material and can take abuse. We use them as the standard rental masks and our guest are very happy with it.

What We Don’t Love About This Mask

This mask is for small to medium faces. The skirt is rigid and unforgiving for facial hair