You want the best snorkel gear that you can get for a decent price. Something that’s going to last long, be safe for you and the kids while being efficient, but not put a huge hole in your wallet.
Update Feb 2018: We often revisit this page to keep the data accurate. Over the years only small details have changed and we currently stand by the 6 brands talked about below.
What are the Best Snorkel Gear Brands?
- US Divers
Best Snorkel Brands Quick Reference Table:
|Brand||Popular Set||Price Range||Favorite Sets|
|Brand||Popular Set||Price Range||Favorite Sets|
|Most sets will run between $45 all the way up to $99. We think you can get a good AquaLung snorkel set anywhere in this price range. Quality made gear that is priced competitively with other premium sets|
|Sets start at around $39 and then it goes up. One of the best snorkel sets we've ever seen is made by Cressi, the $280+ Cressi Gara is a professional free diving snorkel set that outshines most others.|
|Mid $30 range (depending on sizes in most cases) to the high $60 and low $70 range. US Divers makes a huge line of snorkel gear that is versatile and which anyone can find a winner. The amount sets and different colors makes US Divers highly sought after.|
|Decent snorkel sets starting mid $30s and ranging up to high $90s for their best recreational snorkel gear sets. Promate does a lot right and they do a pretty good job at packaging sets with other stuff like this set mask, snorkel, fins, mesh bag AND snorkel vest|
|TUSA is a set that we use often. They have a higher price range at $50 to $95 but they're very comfortable and get the job done really well. TUSA is a little high-end but the quality matches the cost. You can't go wrong with a TUSA snorkel set.|
|Seavenger puts together some really good snorkel sets. Don't discount them because they are last on this list. You may be sorry. The company takes great price in packaging quality gear together.|
The 6 Best Snorkel Gear Brands You Can Buy Detailed Info
Aqua Lung doesn’t really make a snorkeling set that I don’t like. Everything I’ve tried on by them and used has been comfortable and resilient. Their “little brother”, US Divers-whom they own-makes decent gear but we’ve had clips break and masks leak. Aqua Lung does it right 99% of the time.
|Aqualung by US Divers Diva LX Mask Fin Snorkel Set, Pink - Small||Aqua Lung||Pink||$42.99|
|Aqua Lung Sport Admiral 2 LX, Island Dry LX & Trek Snorkeling Set Medium Blue||Aqua Lung Sport||Blue||$69.96|
Admittedly, Cressi is a snorkeling brand that I haven’t had a lot of experience with. (Feb 2018: We have now had extensive time with Cressi snorkel gear.) I have had the opportunity to use and review a few items though, and they’ve all performed really well. We’ve grown to really admire Cressi and their gear since starting this site. They’re a great water sports and activity company that has been doing it a long time.
|Cressi Palau Mask Fin Snorkel Set with Snorkeling Gear Bag, BL-LXL||Cressi||Blue||$100.00|
|Cressi Frog Plus Fin Focus Silicone Mask Dry Snorkel Set - Yellow - Large / X-Large||Cressi||Yellow||$129.95|
The little brother company of Aqua Lung. They make good snorkel gear for a better price than most. The thing I like best about US Divers snorkel gear sets is that they have a lot of color options to appease those who want to look good in the water. Also, as stated above, I’ve had several of their snorkel-to-mask clips break on me in the water as I was trying to adjust it.
|U.S.Divers Diva 1 LX/Island Dry LX Snorkel with Trek/Travel Bag, Raspberry, Medium||U.S. Divers||Raspberry||$64.99|
|U.S. Divers Adult Cozumel Mask/Seabreeze II Snorkel/Proflex Fins/Gearbag (Black, Large)||U.S. Divers||Black||$52.99|
Promate makes the best kids snorkel gear that we’ve found since we started reviewing snorkel sets. Some of their adult stuff is suspect to the claims they make but a lot of their gear stands up really, really, well in the water. The company makes some really great snorkel equipment, that’s why you’ll often see wholesalers and providers bunching Promate gear with other pieces.
|Promate Snorkeling Scuba Dive Mask Fins Dry Snorkel Gear Set, Blue, Medium/X-Large||Promate||Blue||N/A|
|PROMATE Snorkeling Mask Fins DRY Snorkel Set Gear Bag, Pink, SM||Promate||Pink||$39.99|
TUSA is one of the brands that we use as a personal set. The silicone is ultra soft and the mask seal is great. One of the thing that we like the most about our TUSA gear is the maneuverability of the soft silicone between the plastic of the snorkel and the mouthpiece. It really is softer and more comfortable than the others from my experience.
|TUSA Sport Adult Powerview Dry Travel Set, Large, Black/Red||TUSA Sport||Black/Red||$68.75|
|TUSA Sport Serene Mask Series Travel Swimming Set, Black, Medium||TUSA Sport||Black/Hot Pink||$79.99|
This is another brand that ranks pretty highly on the snorkeling sets that we’ve reviewed. The only reason that Seavenger is number 6 on our list is the carry bag..which is a big deal to us. Without a good bag then you can’t carry your gear or you have to buy another, better snorkel gear bag. I just don’t like the feel of the straps on my shoulder and the plastic/mesh bags that Seavenger provides are just below our level of quality.
|Seavenger Diving Snorkel Set- Dry Top Snorkel / Trek Fin / Single Len Mask / Gear bag- Blue - Large/X-Large||Seavenger||Blue||N/A|
|Seavenger Diving Snorkel Set- Dry Top Snorkel / Trek Fin / 2-windows Tempered Glass Mask / Gear bag- Pink Ribbon - Black Silicone - Small/Medium||Seavenger||Black Silicone/Pink Ribbon (Donation to NBCF)||N/A|
Gaining particular popularity in the snorkel gear world are full face snorkel masks. These masks are perfect for those who find snorkeling particularly challenging because of any or all of the following issues:
Breathing through the Snorkel: It may seem easy to do but some people have real difficulty in taking the nose out of the equation when it comes to breathing. Having to inhale and exhale through the mouth is not how people breath naturally. Full face snorkel masks are designed specifically for a person to breathe underwater just like they would on land. It’s a more natural way to breathe and more comfortable for many people. Also, because of the design of full face snorkel masks, the viewing field doesn’t fog up like you would think it would with heavy breathing through the mouth.
Facial Hair: While there still isn’t an answer to those guys with full beards when it comes to snorkeling, those with large and bushy moustaches can now snorkel in comfort. With traditional snorkel mask, men with a moustache would need to constantly worry about the seal of the mask. They would need to buy moustache wax and cake it on their upper lip hair in hopes that the silicone of the mask and the wax would form a good enough seal to allow them to snorkel with everyone else.
With full face snorkel masks, the ability of the mask to seal around the entire face and not just the upper part of it, allows facial haired men around the world to snorkel. Hooray!
Claustrophic feeling: Let’s face it; the snorkel in the mouth, and a tight, enclosed mask is not the optimal situation for relaxing. Traditional masks can even be there own worst enemy because some of the darker silicone mask skirt only enhance the feeling of being trapped or “squeezed” and also reduce the amount of light coming in so that the eyes can’t see as well underwater. The full face snorkel masks have a very large viewing area; up, down, left and right. This lessens the feeling of being squeezed, allows more light in to see optimally under water, and provides huge views that allow you to see the most that is available for viewing under the sea.
Our Review Criteria
When we review our snorkel sets, there are a couple of things we look for and a couple of things that we tend to dismiss. What We Look For:
- Quality of Carry Bag
- Dry Snorkel
What We Dismiss:
- How snazzy the colors are-We are more concerned with safety and operability.
- We usually won’t review non-named brand sets. We trust in the typical authorities but are always on the lookout for new and awesome gear. Many of the snorkel brands you haven’t heard of on Amazon are those who are trying to make a buck by having a foreign manufacturer make a snorkel set and throwing a name on it.