There are several reasons to own a good set of binoculars. Whether you are an avid hunter or hiker or you just like to watch the birds around your house, binoculars are useful and often necessary gear to have. To help you find the perfect pair we’ve researched and reviewed a number of new products and selected the best binoculars for the money. Before we jump to the reviews, here’s what to look for when shopping.
Magnification: First and foremost, depending on how you will use the binoculars, you may want to buy a pair with strong magnification. If you’re just birdwatching around your house, a lower magnification level with a more stable image will work just fine.
Lens Diameter: You should consider the lens diameter next because it will affect the brightness of your image. It will also influence the overall size of your binoculars. If you are in low light environments, you may want a larger lens diameter.
Eye Relief Size: Anyone with eyeglasses will want to pay close attention to the eye relief size of their binoculars. This feature determines how far away you can comfortably hold the binoculars from your face and still get a good field of view.
Waterproof: If you are using your binoculars outdoors, you will want to make sure they can stand up to the elements. A good pair will be waterproof, so you can use them in the rain or if they end up getting splashed.
Weight: When you start shopping for binoculars, you will notice that they vary a lot by size and weight. If you are hunting, hiking, or backpacking, you may end up carrying them for several hours, so you will want to invest in a lighter pair.
Dimensions: Related to the weight, you will want to pay attention to the dimensions of the binoculars. If you want to carry them in your pocket, you will probably have to sacrifice a wider lens diameter, so pick the best balance for your needs.
Now that you know about the most important specs and features to look for let’s get right to the reviews. If you’re in a hurry, take a look at our premium top pick or the budget pick (the best inexpensive binoculars). Here are the top 10 binoculars for sale. Happy shopping!