Now that you’re clearer on what makes for a good fogless mirror (see what we did there? Fogless… clearer… lol), it’s time to pick your favorite from our top five. Let’s go!
So, take us on a tour through your bathroom and let’s see how it fares on the basics. We’re sure you’ve got all them rugs, neat stack of towels, shower mats, grab rails, shower (perhaps the fancy handheld type
or the LED one), sink, vanity and all of that on lockdown, and that’s good.
But how about a fogless mirror? “But I have a good ol’ bathroom mirror,” you say. Wow! And pray tell, how has that helped your convenience while shaving or touching up your powder in the bathroom?
See, it’s not enough to have a bathroom mirror. Don’t get us wrong; regular bathroom mirrors are great
and can even spice things up in a bathroom, especially when you match one with your rug, or vanity
or cabinet. They are really fantastic things.
Nonetheless, a regular bathroom mirror, no matter how awesome, can only do so much, especially when it comes to fog. It wasn’t created to be fog resistant, so really, it makes no sense to keep complaining while wiping off the fog, or exposing yourself to the chills right after a hot shower, just because you want to convert your regular mirror into a fogless one, especially when you can actually just up and get yourself a fogless mirror.
Because fogless mirrors receive their own heat from a different source, it is easy for them to prevent condensation from occurring on their surfaces, which is how they keep from fogging over in the face of all the heat in your bathroom.
So, why should you get a fogless mirror?
One: convenience. If nothing else, at least, you won’t have to keep wiping the mirror just to apply lip gloss correctly. And for the guys, you can even choose not to leave the shower at all while you’re shaving. See? Two birds with one mirror! Also, let’s not forget that there’s also the fact that you no longer have to keep the bathroom door open while using your mirror; no need to risk catching pneumonia from all the cold.
Now, the second reason you need a fogless mirror is actually a fun fact: fogless mirrors give you a beauty treat! Because of the extra heat they give, they help to increase blood flow under your skin, and that helps to create softer skin!
So you see, you have solid reasons to get a fogless mirror. Whew! Now that you’re convinced that not getting yourself a fogless mirror is a crime against yourself, we will take you through the features you should look out for in picking one for purchase. Get ready!
Fogless mirrors usually sell for prices in the range of $15 or less up to $300 plus. But the most common ones cost between $30 and $40. There are different factors that add up to make one costlier or less expensive than another. For example, the one that will cost up to $300 might come with features like a clock or a radio or stuff like that. In the same vein, the mid-range mirrors that give little perks like, say, a razor holder, would also definitely cost more than those that just give the basics and shut up.
Please try not to get too attached to cheapies. You’ll find, at the end of the day, that cheap is actually the grandmother of expensive. Durability (or the lack of it, more accurately), and ineffectiveness—many end up being regular mirrors instead of fogless—are usually core issues with cheap fogless mirrors. It’s better to invest in a basic but good fogless mirror than to buy a cheap one and find that it was no different from the screen of your phone.
So without further ado, we will quickly go into all the features you need to look out for in a fogless mirror before you decide on one for purchase:
- Adjustable Magnification
- Break Resistance
Let’s get into the details already!
Construction and Design
So first off, we will look at the width of your mirror.
Nobody likes discomfort anywhere, least of all, in the shower. C’mon, it’s the shower, where we sing with our ugliest voices unabashed. If life should be uncomfortable anywhere else, it shouldn’t be here. You already see where we’re driving to, don’t you?
Your mirror should be as wide as possible, else you’ll have to keep adjusting your body, the mirror and almost anything adjustable for a perfect view. And that’s just inconvenient. But it’s also avoidable, so why not avoid it?
Get a mirror in a reasonable width. You’ll appreciate it more when you’re trying to achieve that side chignon, trust us.
Finally, in this section, we will look at break and shatter resistance.
Even if the manufacturer sincerely describes the fogless mirror as having suction cups that stick forever, smile, nod, and ask this all-important question: “Is it shatter resistant?” And the reason is: suction cups and even mirror hangers will sooner or later fail, and when the inevitable happens, the only thing that will matter is if the mirror is break resistant.
A good fogless mirror mustn’t shatter on first impact. And of course, it’s important that it also comes with a warranty that backs the quality of the mirror. This way, you’re more confident about your investment.
Performance and Ease of Use
As for light, it’s important to note that some manufacturers, in a bid to make their mirrors more resistant to fog for your use, might make the reflective surfaces a little dull. While this works, it also has its drawback, as it will make the mirror a little more difficult to use with regards to lighting.
You should try to get a mirror with a good reflective output, cos the higher that output is, the more you’ll enjoy using your mirror.
Now, there is the option of getting a lighted fogless mirror, and these kinds usually operate with batteries. The only real issue with getting these kinds is that batteries will corrode in a shower, leaving you with a worthless piece of garbage in your shower at the end of the day.
Now, what you want to do if you choose to go for this kind, is to get one with a water-resistant battery case; otherwise, go for a regular mirror. There’s no point buying a so-called lighted mirror for extra if it will end up being no different from your regular fogless mirror in a short time.
So, we move over to adjustable magnification…
Many of the high-end mirrors will afford you the privilege of being able to zoom in on particular areas while doing your thing, like say, an ingrown hair (eww), or your brows while you’re plucking them, and of course your eyes while you’re inserting contact lenses. If you can lay your hands on these types and you can afford them, then lucky are you; go ahead and get them.
And it’s a wrap! We’re sure you’ve spotted your favorite; it’s now time to put your money where your heart is. Place your order!