Masks Fogging Up Your Glasses? We Found The Best Anti-Fog Sprays And Wipes

Masks Fogging Up Your Glasses? We Found The Best Anti-Fog Sprays And Wipes

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Whether you’re heading out for a long hike or adjusting a face mask over the course of a commute and errands on a chilly day, foggy glasses can be a pain to deal with. Anti-fog sprays and wipes use a glasses-safe solution to keep fog from building up on your lenses.

To help make re-crimping your face mask and wiping down your glasses a thing of the past, we tested out 13 of the most popular anti-fog products to find the best anti-fog wipe and spray.

Best anti-fog spray for glasses

The Gamer Advantage FogAway spray provided consistent anti-fog protection that easily held up during a full day in cold winter conditions.

Best anti-fog wipes for glasses

OptiPlus anti-fog wipes lasted for nearly 24 hours and instantly created a streak-free finish. The OptiPlus wipes also had a milder smell compared to competing anti-fog wipes.

Gaming gear and eyeglass sprays are two things that rarely go together, but the Gamer Advantage FogAway’s value and durability make it an excellent fit for gamers and non-gamers alike. To apply the FogAway, you simply spray your glasses, wipe the solution evenly across each lens, and let it dry.

We liked the FogAway’s sudsy consistency, which made the spray easier to apply. Once the FogAway set on our glasses, we easily buffed out dried film spots with a microfiber cloth and had no issues with streaks. Throughout our testing, we found that soapy sprays created a more even anti-fog barrier compared to watery sprays that provided splotchier anti-fog coverage.

As with all of our reviewed anti-fog products, Gamer Advantage recommends you use a light hand if you need to buff off any streak marks. Anti-fog products create a delicate film over the surface of your lens to stop fog buildup, so if you’re too forceful, you’ll rub this coating clean off.

During our testing, it took nearly 18 hours until the FogAway coating started to wear off on our anti-reflective (AR) coated glasses. This was in the ballpark for most of the sprays we tested — typically they lasted for around 24 hours, but considering we took our glasses through a full day of snow shoveling, outdoor walks and errands in 20-degree Fahrenheit weather, FogAway’s durability was nothing to scoff at. The FogAway can also be applied on AR and non-AR coated glasses — Gamer Advantage says that the FogAway is usable on any type of lens or screen.

Most impressively, FogAway costs just $8.99 for a two-ounce bottle. By comparison, all of the other anti-fog sprays we tested cost significantly more per ounce. When you combine the FogAway’s low cost with its reliability, it’s even easier to see this anti-fog spray’s excellent value.

Anti-fog wipes like the OptiPlus come in individually wrapped single-use packets that work similarly to sanitary hand wipes. To use the wipes, you’ll rip the cloth out from the packet, quickly rub both sides of your lenses with the cloth, and let the solution dry.

During our testing, we found that anti-fog wipes like the OptiPlus were much easier to use than anti-fog sprays. Anti-fog sprays require you to manage drips and carry a microfiber cloth to buff out streaks, but anti-fog wipes combine the anti-fog spray and wiping cloth into a single package. Although the single-use packaging waste is less than great environmentally, it’s easier to use on the go, and it’s easy to slip a handful of anti-fog wipes into your bag on your way out of the house so you’re always ready.

The OptiPlus wipes dried within seconds and created an excellent streak-free finish. On multiple applications throughout our testing, our glasses only needed minor touch-ups to buff out the occasional period-sized fleck of dried suds.

Our OptiPlus coating lasted for nearly 22 hours — which included a 30-minute walk in chilly 20-degree Fahrenheit winter conditions — before it started to evaporate. This was in line with most of the wipes we tested, and with the anti-fog sprays.

We also appreciated that the wipes were usable on AR-coated lenses, and were thankful for OptiPlus’ relatively mild smell. While none of the wipes we tested smelled particularly great, multiple competing anti-fog wipes had an unpleasant cleaning spray-like chemical tang. By comparison, the OptiPlus had a slight rubbing alcohol scent out of the packet that quickly evaporated after we applied the wipe. If you’re sensitive to strong odors or expecting to use a wipe every day, you’ll likely appreciate OptiPlus’ focus on the smaller details.

Eric Chiu

Fog builds up on glasses when warm and moist air reaches a cooler surface such as a lens during the winter. When this air hits your glasses, the water vapor within the air condenses into droplets on your lens and creates fog.

“Anti-fog coatings work by using chemicals called surfactants to decrease the surface tension of water,” Michael J. Shumski, an ophthalmologist at Magruder Laser Vision in Orlando, Fla., said. “Surfactants prevent condensed water from forming droplets. By preventing water molecules from forming tiny droplets on your glasses, anti-fog coatings are able to prevent fogging.”

Dish soap is a common home remedy for fog-proofing glasses, although it’s less consistent than an anti-fog product. Traditionally, you put a dab of dish soap on each lens and wash off the excess soap, but we found that the soap provided patchy anti-fog coverage and left some areas of our glasses uncovered.

To find out the best anti-fog product, we applied all 13 sprays and wipes to our glasses and tested how well they held up during day-to-day use in the winter. We spent ample time going outside and inside to create ideal fogging conditions for our glasses.

We strictly followed the application instructions for each anti-fog product. Some sprays and wipes had a recommended drying time of a few minutes, while others simply had us wipe the lenses. The best anti-fog products dried quickly and didn’t need extensive buffing in order to create a streak-free finish. If your glasses have an AR coating, you’ll need to look for anti-fog products that are formulated for AR surfaces. Some non-AR anti-fog sprays left a spotty finish when we tested them on our AR-coated glasses.

In order to test real-world performance, we used a cloth face mask with a loosely secured nose bridge and walked around outdoors in 20-degree Fahrenheit weather to create optimal fogging conditions.

We spent extensive time outdoors to see how well the anti-fog products responded to sudden temperature changes. Our tested sprays and wipes generally held up well in these conditions and lasted for around 24 hours on average. But when we returned indoors on days with temperatures around 10 to 15 degrees Fahrenheit, some applications developed a slight haze that quickly dissipated. We chalked up this reaction more to the extreme cold than specific issues with the anti-fog products.

We left each spray and wipe on for a full day to see how they’d hold up over time. Most of the products had no problems making it through a full day, although we found durability to be a bigger concern. Anti-fog coatings can easily be washed off with soap and water, which means you’ll lose protection every time you clean your glasses.

The DEFOG IT comes with a handy microfiber cloth, which’ll be a plus if you don’t have a spare microfiber cloth or want a dedicated cloth for spray cleaners. The DEFOG IT was also easy to apply and quickly set without huge streak marks. But at $12.99 for a one-ounce spray bottle, it’s pricier than our top selections.

As expected, Optix 55’s Fog Gone non-AR spray struggled to stick on our AR-coated glasses. The spray left a streaky and smearable finish, but it cleanly dried when we applied it to a glass storm door. The AR-safe version of Optix 55’s Fog Gone spray needed a little bit of buffing to eliminate drip marks, but it worked perfectly otherwise. Gamer Advantage narrowly beat out both Optix 55 sprays because it’s easier to apply and costs less, but the Optix 55 sprays are still solid anti-fog products.

Optix 55’s premium Anti-Fog Treatment provides extended anti-fog coverage compared to its sprays. In our testing, the Optix 55 lasted for nearly three days compared to other anti-fog products that wore off after around 24 hours. In day-to-day use, the Optix 55’s anti-fog coating performed in line with other sprays and wipes.

But for most people, the Optix 55’s biggest hitch will be its price. At $15.55 for a 0.33-ounce container, it’s the most expensive anti-fog solution we tested by a sizable margin. By comparison, the Gamer Advantage FogAway costs $8.99 for a two-ounce container.

And as with all of our tested anti-fog products, the Optix 55 can be smeared or washed off with water. If you have to clean your glasses, you’ll lose your anti-fog coverage and have to reapply the Optix 55 at a faster rate, and since you probably won’t go three days without cleaning your glasses, you are likely to lose the benefits of the longer lifespan. Still, the Optix 55’s longevity makes it a great c

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