How to choose the right swimming goggles

Swimming goggles are indispensable equipment for swimming (unless you can open your eyes in the water, but still we do not recommend it). Do you know how to choose the right swimming goggles? What swimming goggles are worth buying? How to maintain the swimming goggles? And how to stop swimming goggles from fogging up?

1. Why do we need swimming goggles

Why do we need to have the right swim goggles strapped to our head when we hit the pool?

Proper swim goggles protect your eyes from getting red and itchy, allow you to see other swimmers and approaching walls, and when swimming outdoors, protect your eyes from UV exposure.

2. Type of Goggles

The type of swimming you do will dictate what kind of swimming goggles best for you.

Lap Swimming

Lap swimmers will primarily want durability, performance features, and lots of adjustability for extended wear.

These goggles come with a silicone gasket seal that efficiently keep water out of your eyes would be a good fit.

Clear and brightly colored lens that are designed for low light, overcast conditions is suitable for indoor use.


Racing goggles usually have a sleeker design to minimise drag through the water. They are usually less adjustable, and some have no gasket seal and sit on the eye socket.

Not recommended for lap swimmers.

Open water swimming

Where there are strong sunlights, choose a pair of goggles with Lilac, smoke, mirrored tint or darker color, best with lenses that are polarized for eliminating glare on the water.

3. Fit

The fit of goggles is decided by the seal, not the strap.  Silicone or rubber fold lining gaskets create light suction on the skin, creating a seal and helping to keep water out.

Always try your goggles on before you buy (i.e. online shopping may not be the best way of buying a goggle unless you know what you are buying). When you try it on, the seal should provide a split second of suction, then you know it will not leak.

4. Comfort

Swim goggles are usually adjustable and can be customized to the size and shape of your face.

Many goggles have adjustable nosepieces, make sure it is not too wide or too tight.

The strap is for holding the goggles in place. If wore too tight, the goggle would add pressure to the eye socket and create discomfort.

Split straps are better at holding gogglesin place. Recommend to get a pair of split strap style goggles.

5. Durability

Anti-fog properties

Swimming goggles almost universally come with an anti-fog coating applied inside. Touching the inside of lenses with your fingers are the ultimate no-no!

The anti-fog coating will not last if you rub the inside of the lenses, the oil on your fingers can rub off the thin layer of anti-fog easily.

The correct way is to rinse the inside of the lens with water. For proper maintenace, rinse the goggle with cold water, leaving them to dry, and store away your goggles properly.

Goggle case

Swim goggles do not come with goggle case nowadays. Consider investing in a goggle case to help protect the goggles from getting scratched or damaged, hence extend the life and use of the goggle.

6. Where to Buy Swimming Goggles

Swimming goggles can be found at most sporting goods stores. Sometimes even from general retailers such as AEON or supermarkets.

Of course you get those online as well, though we recommend you should try them on in-store instead before buying them.