Finding our favourite eye mask was an incredibly tough challenge, as we’d sleep soundly with any of these options, but this ESPA pick just nicked the top spot. Made from 100 per cent silk, it felt fabulous on the face, blocked out all light, and the back strap was wider than most of our other options, meaning it held on tight when we were busy tossing and turning. At £40, it is one of our more expensive options, but for a pure-silk mask that’s sure to last an incredibly long time, we think it’s well worth it. It even comes in a great gift box, to seal the deal.
Eye masks aren’t for everyone, but light sleepers, regular travellers and those who like to drift off in complete darkness can come to rely on them as an essential item for sleeping soundly.
Designed to help you delve into a deeper sleep, eye masks have come a long way since their humble beginnings. Now available in a wide range of prints, colours and fabrics, there’s a whole host to choose from to truly let your personality shine through, even when you’re out for the count.
From Soap & Glory’s pretty pink kitsch-but-cute eyelash design to Thought’s astrology printed option, there is something to suit every style and budget. Fabrics range from sumptuous silk to soft cotton and more planet-friendly picks such as bamboo, too.
Some eye masks do much more than just block out the light. SnoozeBand has cleverly disguised speakers in its eye mask, so you can sleep soundly with your favourite podcast or playlist playing softly in your ears. Mirari Life cleverly shapes to your features, reducing sleep creases, and the Aromatherapy Associates pick also comes as part of a larger gift set with a candle, sleep mist, and bath oil included, for that extra touch of luxury.
In true IndyBest style, we’ve put some of the most trusted eye mask brands to the test, to find out which ones are worth buying, whether you’re looking for an everyday eye mask, a trusty travel companion or a gorgeous gift for a lucky recipient. Keep reading this article to see which ones made it onto the list.
How we tested
Testing eye masks was one of the most enjoyable things we’ve had to do here at IndyBest, settling down for a good night’s sleep to see which ones blocked out the light, felt fabulous on the face, and, perhaps most importantly, didn’t ping off as soon as our head hit the pillow.
Taking cost, shape, fabric and added perks into consideration, we found the following to be the best eye masks to buy now, to suit every budget.
The best eye masks for sleeping for 2023 are:
- Best overall eye mask – ESPA silk eye mask: £36, Espaskincare.com
- Best printed eye mask – Desmond & Dempsey men’s eye mask: £20, Desmondanddempsey.com
- Best silk eye mask – Drowsy damask rose silk sleep mask: £60, Oliverbonas.com
- Best eye mask for staying in place – Panda London 100 per cent bamboo eye mask: £18, Hollandandbarrett.com
- Best eye mask for gifting – Aromatherapy Associates moment of tranquil sleep set: £37, Lookfantastic.com
- Best sustainable eye mask – Thought Kira Lenzing Ecovero eye mask: £7.45, Wearethought.com
- Best eye mask that plays music – SnoozeBand deluxe sleep mask headphones: £49.99, Snoozeband.co.uk
- Best slogan eye mask – Soap & Glory the rest assured sleep mask: £4.33, Boots.com
- Best eye mask for larger heads – Hush Osuna eye mask: £10, Hush-uk.com
- Best small-brand eye mask – Good House London bamboo silk sleep mask: £35, Goodhouseldn.com
- Best luxury eye mask – Mirari Life Grace silk velvet eye mask: £90, Mirarilife.com