Best Swimming Goggles

12 Best Swimming Goggles for 2024

Ready to swim with confidence, comfort, and crystal-clear vision? Here’s a breakdown of the best swimming goggles for every kind of swimmer and goal.

Swim goggles are a crucial part of your swim workout in the water.

They help you see clearly under the water, protect your eyes from pool chemicals, and allow you to focus on your swimming technique.

Choosing the right swim goggles can feel tricky, especially as no two swimmers’ faces and needs are identical.

Ultimately, the best swim goggles are comfortable, don’t leak, enhance vision underwater, and serve your training and racing goals.

We’ve tested hundreds of swim goggles over the years, from beginner-friendly swim goggles for splashing around to goggles with a heads-up display for real-time tracking.

Whether you are splashing around in the shallow end or looking to make a splash at your next big swim meet, this guide has the best swim goggles.

Let’s dive right in.

The Best Goggles for Swimming

Here’s a look at the best-in-class swim goggles for every kind of swimmer:

Next, we will look at each swim goggle individually, highlighting the pros and cons of each, how they perform in the water, and where to buy.

Later, we will also cover everything you need to know about choosing the perfect swim goggle.

Alrighty, let’s dive in:

TheMagic5 Swim Goggles

⭐ Best overall swim goggles

Best Swimming Goggles - Magic5 Goggles

The first time I heard about the TheMagic5 Swim Goggles–which, yes, made an appearance on Shark Tank–I had my doubts. The idea of custom goggles seemed a little farfetched. Too good to be true.

But after training with my own personalized set of TheMagic5’s you can count me as a fan.

The way it works with the TheMagic5’s is pretty cool: Order the goggles through their website, download their app, scan your face, and using the resulting scan, they 3D print goggle lenses that match your exact (and unique) face. About a week later, custom goggles are on your doorstep.

This is great news for swimmers who tend to suffer from headaches from wearing goggles and who struggle to find swim goggles that won’t leak from being ill-fitting or straight-up uncomfortable.

Magic5 Swim Goggles - Best Custom Swim Goggles

A significant portion of swimmers in the pool match this latter category, so the TheMagic5 swim goggles will be right up their alley.

TheMagic5’s are comfortable, yes, but they are also built as well as any high-performance swim goggles on the market with side arms to reduce drag, an exceptionally slim lens profile, and a dual silicone head strap that can be easily adjusted for an optimum fit.

When I measured the lens thickness compared to the other racing swim goggles on the market (which generally cost about the same without the customization), TheMagic5 goggles were even slimmer.

Overall, TheMagic5 Swim Goggles are a huge step forward in swim goggle comfort and performance. And let’s be honest–they look pretty flippin’ good, too.

Exceptionally comfortable fit A bit pricey for casual swimmers
Slimmest goggle lens on the market  
Tons of color and tint options  
Eliminates headaches, racoon-eyes, and leaks from wearing goggles  
TheMagic5 Swim Goggles

+ Custom fit for your face

+ Comfortable for extended wear and reducing headaches

+ Extremely slim lens profile

+ Available in 11 colors/tints and discounts on bundles

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Speedo Skoogles

Best goggles for kids (3-6 years)

The Speedo Skoogles are the perfect swim goggles for kids aged 3-6 years.

The Skoogles—fun to say, even more fun to wear while splashing around—have all of the typical features necessary for an excellent swim goggle for kids, including anti-fog coating inside the lens, adjustable head straps, and UV protection.

The Speedo Skoogles are sized for the small faces of children, with a narrower nose piece and smaller gasket that ensure a waterproof seal and no leaks when splashing around. The nose piece is adjustable and made of silicone, which is soft against the skin and won’t scratch your kiddo.

Buckles on the sides of the goggle frame adjust easily, a silicone skirt maintains the water seal and sits softly against the skin to keep water out, and Speedo offers the Skoogles in a wide variety of bright and fun colors.

Compared to the cheapo $3 bargain-bin goggles for children, the Skoogles are miles ahead in quality and durability.

My only suggestion for Speedo with these goggles is to place the strap buckle at the back of the head, as kids tend to play and tug at the excess goggle strap dangling next to their heads.

At around $15—depending on which tint and color you choose—the Speedo Skoogles is the perfect option for a young swimmer’s first swim goggle.

Made for small faces Kids tend to play and tug at the excess goggle strap at the side of the gasket.
Lots of bright color options  
Silicone nose pieces that won’t scratch  
Easy-to-adjust goggle straps  

Speedo Jr. Vanquishers 2.0

Best youth swim goggles (6-14 years)

The Speedo Jr. Vanquishers 2.0 Swim Goggle is perfect for the emerging swimmer who is between the “splashes” stage and more competitive age group swimming.

The Speedo Jr Vanquishers 2.0 take all of the elements of the adult-sized Vanquishers 2.0, including extremely durable straps and gasket, leak-free fit, and customizable nose bridges, and decreases the size for smaller faces. 

The head straps are made of silicone, which will basically last forever (especially compared to old-school goggles that used latex, which cracked and fell apart from a few months of repeated chlorine exposure), the lens has an anti-fog coating for clear vision, and the Jr. Vanquishers come with three snap-in nose pieces to get that waterproof leak-free fit.

The Speedo Jr Vanquishers are excellent introductory goggles for beginner and youth competition swimmers, and with a price point of around $15, they are a bargain, as well.

Extremely durable Older (and larger) youth swimmers will want to opt for the adult version of the goggle
Comfortable, leak-free fit  
Easily adjustable head straps to keep goggles in place  
Silicone head straps and PVC gasket that won’t crack and degrade from pool chlorine  

FORM Swim Goggles

⭐ Best smart swim goggles for tracking workouts

The FORM Swim Goggles represent a huge step forward in swim goggle technology, data tracking, and coaching. They are the world’s first smart swim goggles.

For the swimmer who loves swimming in data, the FORM Swim Goggles are an absolute game-changer for better swim workouts in the pool and open water.

The inside of the FORM Swim Goggles features a digital heads-up display that shows your swim training stats, including time elapsed, splits, distance, stroke counts, heart rate (when paired with a separate sensor) and literally anything else that can be measured in the water.

And this is where the FORM Swim Goggles really shine.

They track your performance in the water and are smart enough to figure out what stroke you are doing, flip turns, starting, stopping, and so on.

The goggles are insanely accurate at tracking your swim, making it easily the best swim goggle on the market for swimmers serious about tracking their times, splits, distance, and stroke count.

The amount of data that the swim goggles collect is almost breathtaking.

Swimming Goggles - FORM Swim Goggles
The heads-up-display inside the FORM Swim Goggles (Image courtesy of FORM)

Whether you are all about measuring your SWOLF score, hitting an average pace, or want to stay on top of your distance per stroke, the FORM Goggles measure, track, and monitor it.

And for swimmers who train solo and want some swim-spiration for quality swim workouts, FORM recently released a monthly membership for uploading swim workouts and customized training plans.

Whatever metrics and data matter to you in the pool, the FORM Swim Goggles track it.

The workouts and training plans, crafted by former national level and Olympic swimmers and coaches, are uploaded to the goggles, and you follow along in the water.

The FORM goggles are also extremely comfortable and long-lasting. My set, pictured below, was purchased when FORM released the swim goggles in 2019.

As you can see, despite daily use, they have stood up extremely well.

Each set of the FORM Swim Goggles comes with adjustable silicone head straps for a custom, leak-free fit, and seven nose-pieces to get that perfect goggle fit on your face.

(Tip: The anti-fog coating on swim goggles eventually wears down. Invest in an anti-fog spray, which is exceptionally inexpensive, to refresh the anti-fog once the factory coating degrades.)

As an added bonus, FORM includes a swim goggle case to protect the goggles from scratches and dirt when stored in your swim bag.

And FORM now includes an onboard swim coach program for an additional subscription fee that gives you guided swim workouts and technique advice.

There are two cons to these swim goggles.

First, the heads-up display means you lose some peripheral vision in the water. It takes some getting used to.

But the gain of the training data exceeds the annoyance of losing a slice of your field of vision in the water.

And second (and I hope this is something FORM updates in the future), you cannot edit completed workouts in the app after your swim. If, for example, you want to change a set from “swim” to “pull” there is no edit feature to do so.

Heads-up display inside the goggles—no need for pace clocks or swim watch Reduced peripheral vision
Insanely accurate data tracking  
Part swim goggles, part swim coach  
Comfortable and leak-free fit  
Can be paired with a swim watch for open water swim tracking  

Speedo Swedish goggles

⭐ Best training swim goggles for experienced swimmers

Swedish goggles, or Swedes, are among the most popular swimming goggles for competitive swimmers, and for good reason.

The pro list for Swedish goggles is long: They are highly customizable. They provide a terrific field of vision. They are among the cheapest swim goggles on the market.

They are comfortable, once you get used to the plastic eye socket. And they make you look like a bad-ass in the water.

Best Swim Goggles - Swedish Goggles

On the downside, they aren’t ready to plug and play out of the box, unlike some other goggles (some assembly is required), and the latex straps degrade rather quickly compared to goggles with silicone straps.

The Swedish goggles are available in various shades and tints, with Speedo selling a two-pack that includes a set of mirrored goggles and a pair of clear blue lenses for less than $20.

Excellent peripheral vision Requires assembly
Ultimate customization for nose bridge New swimmers won’t like the hard plastic on the face
Inexpensive (a set of two goggles cost less than $20)  
Clear vision even after months of use  
Available in mirrored, colored, and clear lens  

Speedo Vanquisher 2.0 Swim Goggles

⭐ Best all-purpose swim goggles

Swim Goggles - Speedo Vanquisher 2.0 Swim Goggles

Speedo is one of the superpower swim brands regarding equipment for swimmers, and the Speedo Vanquishers 2.0 is by far their best-selling swim goggles.

Over the years, they have had countless Olympic and World champions in their roster, from Michael Phelps (his very first sponsorship), Nathan Adrian, Missy Franklin, Florent Manaudou, Caeleb Dressel, and many more.

The Speedo Vanquisher 2.0 is their most popular mid-range swim goggles, and the first time you put them on, you quickly understand why.

The rubberized gasket ensures a very comfortable fit. The silicone straps are basically indestructible. And the adjustable nose bridge means you get a leak-proof fit.

Swim Goggles - Speedo Vanquisher 2

Vanquishers also arrive ready to wear. Put em over your head, adjust the strap, and it’s go time.

The two things I don’t like about these goggles: the mirrored tint edition of the Vanquishers are very dark. This becomes a problem once the anti-fog begins to fade, especially if you wear a dark lens and swim indoors.

The second issue is that the peripheral vision isn’t as good as the Swedes or TheMagic5 swim goggles.

That said, the Vanquishers are among the most popular swimming goggles in the pool for their durability, comfort, and the fact that they’ve never leaked water on me while swimming with them.

Mirrored and smoke lenses can be really dark when antifog wear off Peripheral vision is not as great as Swedes or TheMagic5 swim goggles
Can be used for training and competition  
Leak-free gasket  
Ready to go out of the box  
Most tints and colors of all swim goggles on the market  

Speedo Speed Socket 2.0 Swim Goggles

⭐ Best swim goggles for practice AND racing

Speedo Speed Socket 2.0 Swim Goggles

There aren’t many truly hybrid goggles on this list, but the Speedo Speed Socket 2.0 (fully reviewed here) is one of them. It’s equally at home in training and competition.

The Speed Socket 2.0 goggles have been well-represented in international competitions, with sprint phenom Caeleb Dressel wearing them, most notably during the FINA World Championships in Budapest in 2017, where he won 7 gold medals.

Michael Phelps formerly wore these swim goggles in competition before he moved on to his own brand of goggles (which have been, sadly, discontinued).

Swim Goggles - Speedo Speed Socket

The goggle has a slim profile, but unlike the Vanquishers, has better peripheral vision. The Speed Socket and the Vanquisher share a lot of features that I really like, including silicone straps, different-sized nose bridges, and a rubberized gasket that helps to suction your goggles to your face for a leak-proof fit.

The Speed Sockets 2.0 are durable goggles that are excellent for extended use in practice while also sporting a slim profile that makes them ideal for race day.

Speed Sockets are also priced super reasonably (especially compared to some of the high-end racing goggles) with the Sockets half the price of its more expensive older brother, the Speedo Fastskin Hyper Elite Goggles.

Best hybrid goggle for training and racing Slightly more expensive than the Vanquishers (had to really dig for something bad to say about these goggles)
Slimmer gasket profile compared to the Vanquishers  
Less expensive versus most racing swim goggles  
Tons of colors and tint options  
Caeleb Dressel’s favorite swim goggles  

Speedo Optical Vanquishers 2.0 Goggles

Best prescription swim goggles

Best Swim Goggles - Speedo Vanquisher 2.0 Optical Goggles

The Speedo Vanquisher 2.0 Optical Google is the perfect goggle for swimmers who don’t want to wear contacts at the pool and want a prescription goggle that gives them clear vision in the pool. (And who doesn’t?)

Similar to the other Vanquishers in this collection of the top swimming goggles, the Optical version of Speedo’s best-selling goggle has silicone head straps for maximum durability, easy-to-size head straps, and multiple tints and lens colors.

Even though the Optical version doesn’t have as many lens and color options as the standard Vanquishers, there are clear, mirrored, and smoke-colored lenses.

The Vanquisher 2.0 Optical is recommended for swimmers aged 14 years and up, includes four nose bridges for that perfect and leak-free fit, and offers farsighted and nearsighted swimmers the opportunity to see the pace clock, the wall, and their swim watch with clear vision.

Even though the Vanquisher Optical Goggles have corrective lenses, they are priced almost exactly the same as the regular Vanquishers. Boom.

Best optical goggle on the market Not as many lens colors and tints as the standard Vanquishers
Negative diopter range of -1.0 to -8.0  
Multiple lens and tint options  
Silicone gasket skirts for leak-free fit  
Priced like a champion  

Aqua Sphere Kayenne Goggle

Best value open water swim goggles

Best Swim Goggles - Aqua Sphere Kayenne Goggles

Open water swimmers who want a no-frills swimming goggle with excellent peripheral vision, a polarized lens to eliminate glare, multiple tint options, and a low price tag will love the Aqua Sphere Kayennes.

Open water swim goggles work best when they give you a wide range of view, a UV-protection, polarized lens for reducing eye strain from glare, and easy-to-adjust head straps that can be changed easily mid-swim.

The Aqua Sphere Kayennes checks all of those boxes and more. The Kayennes have exceptionally long-lasting anti-fog, ideal for those long outdoor and open water swims. There are multiple tints and colors to choose from, and they are very comfortable.

The Kayennes include multiple nose bridges to adjust for hard-to-fit faces and retail for around $40, making them an excellent value pick for open water swimmers who want a leak-free goggle.

Gasket skirt sucks gently on the skin, eliminating leaks Bulky design compared to the Arena Cobra Tri
Long-lasting antifog  
Best value open water goggle  
Polarized lens to eliminate glare  

Arena Ultra Cobra Tri Swipe Goggles

Best open water swim goggles for racing

Best Swim Goggles - Arena Cobra Ultra Tri Swipe Goggles

The Arena Cobra Tri Swipe is the best goggle for open water swimmers and triathletes looking to go fast on race day. The goggles have a slimmer profile compared to other open water swim goggles, excellent peripheral vision and comfort, and the best antifog in the business.

Like it’s pool cousin, the Arena Cobra Tri Swipe Goggles feature an industry-leading anti-fog technology that “resets” each time you gently wipe the inside of the goggle lens with your finger. Each reset of the antifog lasts a long time, perfect for those long open water swims.

Swimming Goggles - Arena Cobra Tri Swipe Swim Goggles

The Arena Cobra Tri Swim Goggles feature a polarized lens, which eliminates glare and reduces eye strain when swimming outdoors, and have adjustable strap buckles at the side of the gasket to change strap tightness quickly as needed.

If goggle fit is a recurring issue, TheMagic5 Goggles may be a better choice with their custom gasket, and if tracking open water swims with real-time data is a priority, the FORM Swim Goggles can sync to your Garmin or Apple Watch and provide real-time training data on the inside of your goggle lens.

Ultimately, the Arena Cobra Tri Goggle is made for speed and comfort and is the perfect option for open water and triathlete swimmers looking for fast goggles on race day (or training).

Slim gasket profile Expensive compared to other open water goggles
Antifog technology that resets  
Exceptionally comfortable  
Look great!  
It comes with multiple nose pieces  

Speedo FastSkin Hyper Elite Goggles

⭐ Best swim goggles for racing like an Olympian

One of the biggest fears competitive swimmers have is of their goggles springing a massive leak off the dive of an important race. It happened to Michael Phelps in the 200m butterfly at the Beijing Olympics, leaving the champion swimmer effectively blind for the final 150m of the race.

Want even more racing goggles for swimming? I’ve compiled a comprehensive of the best swimming goggles for competition and racing here.

Speedo and the latest generation of their Fastskin Goggles have sought to quell this particular anxiety with something they call IQ Fit 3D, which is something they came up with after scanning thousands of faces and heads at their research facility in the United Kingdom, fittingly called Aqualab. The result is a seal that hugs the eye socket, giving it a tight, comfortable fit.

These goggles are also designed with a slim profile, have silicone straps that won’t slide under your swim cap, and are designed to be a part of the FastSkin racing system, including Speedo’s elite tech suits.

The Speedo FastSkin Hyper Elites are premium swim goggles, costing around $50-65 depending on the tint and color.

Slim profile for maximum drag reduction Silicone gasket for leak-free fit
Silicone gasket for a leak-free fit  
Extremely comfortable  
Developed with Olympic champion swimmers  

Arena Cobra Ultra Swipe Goggles

⭐ Best low-profile racing goggles for anti-fog

Arena Cobra Ultra Swipe Swimming Goggles

The Arena Cobra Ultra Swipe Goggles perfectly combine a hydrodynamic gasket profile, industry-leading antifog technology, and excellent peripheral vision for destroying your personal best times on race day.

They are mega low-profile to give you a hydrodynamic edge in the water. Worn properly, you will never have to worry about these swim goggles moving or leaking when you dive into the water.

The goggle lenses are made with hard polycarbonate for durability, and they come with silicone straps, which means that they will last for a long time while also providing a very secure and comfy fit on your head.

Because of the low profile design of the goggles, and this is a common issue with these types of goggles, including the Speedo FastSkin goggles, is that swimmers with particularly long eyelashes will find them brushing against the inside of the lenses.

Best Swim Goggles - Arena Cobra Ultra Swipe Goggles

But the BIG feature on these goggles sets it apart from every other goggle that claims to be truly anti-fog…

The latest version of the Cobra features an anti-fog technology that resets each time you gently wipe the inside of the lens with your finger, making them easily the best anti-fog swim goggles in the pool.

For once, the bad habit of rubbing the inside of your swim goggles can actually be a benefit!

The Cobra Swipes come in a wide variety of colors and tints and retail for around $50-70.

Best pool goggles for anti-fog So slim your eyelashes will brush the inside of the lens
Slim goggle gasket  
Side-arms for hydrodynamic goggles profile  
Epic anti-fog technology!  

How to Choose the Perfect Swim Goggles

Swim goggles are surprisingly simple when it comes to what we want to be able to do with them.

To be able to see while swimming and keep water out of our eyes.

Simple enough!

But there are a surprising number of factors when choosing the perfect set of swimming goggles.

Here’s a breakdown to help you make the right selection:

Type of Swimming

When it comes to finding the best swimming goggles, your choice should align with the swimming you plan to do.

Lap Swimming

For lap swimmers, whether you’re a beginner or a seasoned competitor, prioritize durability, performance features, and adjustability for extended wear.

A wide range of options are available, from affordable $6 goggles to high-tech $200 smart goggles with real-time tracking features.


Competitive swimmers should opt for racing goggles designed for low drag and stability.

While they tend to be pricier, they offer a hydrodynamic profile that enhances performance in the water.

How to Choose Swimming Goggles - Type of Swimming

Open Water Swimming

For open water swimming, choose goggles with a darker or mirrored tint and polarized lenses to reduce glare.

Look for larger frames that provide better peripheral vision and aid in sighting. Additionally, open water goggles have buckles at the side of the gasket for easier strap adjustments.

Splashing Around

If you’re just looking to protect your eyes or boost your child’s confidence in the pool, go for affordable and playful “splash around” goggles.

Kids’ goggles come in smaller sizes with clear or slightly colored lenses and feature bright and playful gasket and strap colors.

Comfort and Fit

Comfort is key, so ensure a proper fit with your swim goggles by considering these factors:

Nose piece.

Look for goggles with multiple nose piece options or the customization offered by Swedish goggles.

How to Choose Swimming Goggles - Nose Pieces

Goggle leaks are almost always the result of an ill-fitting nose piece so ensure that the goggles come with multiple nose pieces for that perfect waterproof seal in the water.

Head straps.

Adjustable head straps, worn at a 45-degree angle, keep goggles securely in place.

How to Choose Swim Goggles - Head Straps
Swim goggles with two head straps give you more flexibility in finding that perfect fit.

With pool goggles, straps tend to be adjusted at the back of the head, while open water goggles have adjustment buckles at the side of the head.


To prevent leaks, choose goggles with silicone or rubber gaskets that create a seal. These tend to be more comfortable and are ideal for extended wear.

Swim Goggles - Silicone Gasket
A silicone or rubber gasket skirt creates light suction against the skin and keeps water out.

The gasket compresses slightly into the skin, creating a light suction that keeps water from seeping into the lens.

Swim goggles with no gasket are significantly rarer and are generally limited to the line of Swedish goggles.

Swim Goggles - Plastic Gasket
Swedes have a hard plastic gasket that some swimmers may find uncomfortable.

Beginner swimmers will not like the hard plastic and may find it difficult to keep the goggles from leaking, but swimming purists swear by them (myself included!).

Custom Swim Goggles.

For really hard-to-fit faces, consider opting for TheMagic5 Swim Goggles and their customized goggle gasket based on a digital face scan.

How to Choose the Perfect Swimming Goggles - Custom Swim Goggles

Although delivery of the goggles takes a little longer compared to out-of-the-box swim goggles, the increased comfort and custom fit can be a real game-changer for swimmers.

Performance Features for Advanced Swimmers

Advanced swimmers can benefit from specific features:

Low drag profile.

Opt for goggles with a slim gasket profile for reduced water resistance and peace of mind that your swim goggles won’t leak or fall off when diving in.

Smart goggles.

Explore smart swim goggles that display workout metrics within the lens for data-oriented swimmers.

The FORM Goggles and its main competitor, the FINIS Smart Goggles, give you real-time splits to help you stay on track during your swim workouts.

Best Swimming Goggles - Smart Goggles
Smart swim goggles, like the FINIS Smart Goggles, feature a heads-up display that shows real-time workout metrics.

Lens Options.

Choose lenses that match your swimming environment, such as clear for indoor pools, mirrored for privacy and bright pools, polarized for outdoor and open water, or prescription options if needed.


Ensure your goggles last with these considerations:

Anti-fog properties.

Most goggles come with anti-fog coatings, and some, like the Arena Cobra Ultra Swipe Goggle, even feature a proprietary anti-fog that resets with a gentle wipe.

Anti-fog sprays for swim goggles are an inexpensive way to keep the goggle lenses clear.

Goggle case.

Invest in a swim goggle case to protect your goggles from scratches and damage in your swim bag.

How to Choose the Best Swim Goggles - Goggle Cases
Goggle cases protect your swim goggles from scratches and dirt.

Silicone Construction.

Look for goggles with silicone head straps and gaskets, as silicone is a durable material resistant to UV and chlorine exposure.


Swim goggles, in the world of swim training equipment, are relatively inexpensive. Racing swim goggles, with their slim profile, are at the high end of pricing, with top-tier goggles costing $70 or more. Smart swim goggles are at the highest end of the price scale, starting at $199.

What is the best brand for swim goggles?

There are many excellent swim gear companies that make goggles, but Speedo has to be the champ in variety, history, and brand recognition.

Speedo makes goggles for every kind of swimming, from open water to elite competition. Speedo goggles come in a wide range of tints, colors, and even sizes, with both junior and adult goggles. They even make goggles for recreational use, including toddlers and swim masks.

Speedo is also one of the very few big swim equipment companies that make prescription swim goggles.

Other brands that make swim goggles that I would happily recommend include TheMagic5, FORM, Arena, TYR, and FINIS.

What Swim Goggles Do Olympians Use

What brand of swim goggles do Olympic swimmers use?

Olympic swimmers count on their swim goggles to perform as well as they do on race day. The right goggles stay in place and help swimmers see clearly from when they fly off the blocks to when they hit the touchpad to see that #1 on the scoreboard.

Here are some of the most popular swimmers on the planet and the swim goggles they use:

Katie Ledecky. Ledecky has been dominating the pool since 2012, and during that time she’s worn a few different swim goggles. She rocked Speedo goggles for a few years before signing on with TYR. At the Tokyo Olympics, she swam wearing the TYR Black Hawk Mirrored Swim Goggles.

Caeleb Dressel. Multiple Olympic gold medalist Dressel lit up the Tokyo Olympics wearing the Speedo Speed Sockets 2.0. He’s been rocking these goggles for a while and even partnered with Speedo to release a limited-edition Caeleb Dressel X Speedo Socket 2.0 goggle (that’s now been unfortunately discontinued).

Michael Phelps. The greatest swimmer of all time wore Speedo Speed Sockets (the original, not the 2.0) for years in competition while Speedo sponsored him. He moved on to his own line of goggles and wore the MP Xceed’s in his final Olympic performance in 2016.

Most Olympic swimmers wear Speedo goggles (and tech suits, and swim caps, and so on), but some swimmers race and train with TYR, Arena, FINIS, and even Nike Swim goggles.

Why You Should Trust Us

With over 30+ years of experience as a national-level competitive swimmer and now as a competitive lap swimmer at my local YMCA, I’ve had a chance to use just about every swim goggle under the sun.

Between myself and friends, the swim community online, and the countless emails and notes I’ve gotten from swimmers coaches, we’ve put every swim goggle through its paces.

Testing another set of swim goggles (and my suntan) in Thanyapura, Thailand.

The Bottom Line

Swim goggles are essential to getting an awesome workout under your belt when you go to the pool.

After all, the right swim goggles allow you to see the pace clock clearly, help you time your turns and finish, and, as is becoming increasingly the case, even track your swim workouts from inside the lens of the goggles themselves.

To recap our expert-driven top choices:

🏊 The best overall swim goggles for comfort, leak-free fit, and overall awesomeness are TheMagic5 Swim Goggles, Not even close, to be honest.

🏊 The Speedo Vanquishers 2.0 are the best all-around swim goggles on the market, with tons of color/tint options, adult, junior, women’s, and even prescription versions, and a comfortable and leak-free fit. Also, budget-friendly.

🏊 Finally, swimmers who love to swim in data and real-time swim workout metrics will do flip-turns over the intuitive and highly accurate FORM Swim Goggles and its heads-up display.

Choose the swim goggles that suit you and your goals in the water, and swim on!

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