We get it.

You’re here to purchase a scuba diving mask.

But…

There are so many options out there; you’re not sure which one to get.

Here’s the deal:

If you’re a beginner diver, skirt masks are a great choice. Look no further than the Tusa Freedom Ceos. Widely recommended by dive shops around the world, and coming in a variety of colors, the Freedom Ceos is an excellent choice.

Looking for another type of mask? This page will compare and contrast you different options for scuba diving and snorkeling masks.

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Best Scuba Diving Masks

tusa freedom ceos mask

Tusa masks are fantastic because they fit so many different face shapes and have an extremely soft silicone skirt.

Often when people come into dive shops, this is the first one they are told to try on. Most of the time, this will fit on the first try.

A unique feature of this mask is that the left and right lenses are interchangeable, making it very easy to get prescription lenses for.

If you need prescription lenses, and this mask fits you, this would be my recommendation.

Pros
  • Backlight for night dives
  • Affordable
Cons
  • Only one button
Lenses
2
Durable
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Buttons
1
Material
Metal
Style
High
Price
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tusa freedom elite hd mask

The Tusa Freedom Elite has nearly the same fit as the Freedom Ceos, but it has a single lens instead of two, giving you much more visibility compared to the Ceos. As with the Ceos, this mask will fit nearly everybody, but it is a tad taller than the Ceos.

The Tusa Freedom Elite HD has all the same features of the Elite, but this mask is very tall. If you have a large face and a large forehead, this mask will probably fit you better than any other mask.

Pros
  • Backlight for night dives
  • Affordable
Cons
  • Only one button
# Lenses
1
Durable
Avg
Buttons
1
Material
Metal
Style
High
Price
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Hollis M1 Mask

Hollis M1 Mask

According to the Hollis website, the mask also features extra clear glass giving it an extremely attractive appearance and unrivaled levels of visibility.

Many users of this mask also claim how well it fits them when many others didn’t so this could be an interesting choice for those struggling to find a mask that fits just right.

Pros
  • Backlight for night dives
  • Affordable
Cons
  • Only one button
XP Level
Beginner
Durable
Avg
Buttons
1
Material
Metal
Style
High
Price
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Best Mid-Sized Masks

Mid-Sized masks are masks designed for very narrow and small faces. They are usually variants of other masks, but a mid-size mask is a perfect solution for someone who is too small for other scuba masks!

Atomic Aquatics Subframe mask

This is my go-to mask when I try to fit someone with a slim face or older kids. It’s just a tad narrower than most masks, and can usually fit those smaller faces! It also has two lenses, so it can easily be fitted for prescription lenses!

Pros
  • Backlight for night dives
  • Affordable
Cons
  • Only one button
XP Level
Beginner
Durable
Avg
Buttons
1
Material
Metal
Style
High
Price
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Frameless, Low Volume, Black Skirt Masks

This is the standard for a good mask for a few reasons.

  • A frameless mask is comfortable because it is only glass and silicone (not every single-lens mask is frameless. See the Tusa Freedom Elite: there is a frame that separates the silicone and the glass).
  • A low volume mask is easy to clear because it doesn’t contain a lot of water if it gets flooded. It also provides very good visibility because the glass fits so close to your face that its almost as if there is no skirt on the mask.
  • A black skirt is nice because the clear skirt tends to have a lot of glare, and peripheral vision isn’t obscured very much because the glass fits so close to your face.

Checking the Fit of a Mask

You will know it when a mask fits. I have done entire dives without a mask strap because my mask fits so well.

Your goal should be to find a mask that fits your face as perfectly as possible because it will not only be the most comfortable, but it will be much less likely to leak during your dive.

The part of the mask that actually does the sealing is the outside part of the mask skirt. The mold of the skirt should naturally fit the curvature of your face.

Scuba Mask Fitting Guide

Do the following to check how well the mask fits your face:

  1. Remove the mask strap or fold it in front of the mask.
  2. Look straight up at the ceiling
  3. Place the mask on your face. Do not suck in, do not force it onto your face, just lightly place the mask on your face.
  4. Have a friend or a professional look for gaps between the outside skirt of the mask and your face. Make especially sure to check under the nose, on the forehead, and on the temples.
  5. Remove some air from the mask by gently sucking in through your nose or gently pushing the mask closer to your face.
  6. The mask should effortlessly stick to your face as you move your head to a forward-facing position (from looking straight up.)
  7. Try to remove the mask while there is still some suction. It should take a little effort, but shouldn’t be too hard to take off.

Conclusion

Masks are a very picky thing. If possible, it’s recommended that you get professionally fitted for a mask.

It’s impossible to choose a mask for someone without having them try it on, so go support your local dive shop and have them help you with this one!