The Best Sleep Masks of 2018

By Jessica Teich

A good sleep mask is worth its weight in gold—It blocks out light to create a great sleep environment whether you’re battling jet lag on a red-eye flight or trying to catch mid-morning Zzzs as light streams into your bedroom.

But when we tested the top-rated sleep masks on the market, we found that not all masks are created equal when it comes to comfort and light blocking. We loved the contoured Nidra Deep Rest (available at Amazon) for its comfortable all-night wear and for fully blocking out light. Our top pick among the silk masks we tested is Alaska Bear, for its luxe, opaque material at an astounding price (currently $11 at Amazon but we've found it on sale for $6).

Whether you prefer a contoured mask that comfortably domes over your eyes or a padded silk mask that rests directly on top of your lids is totally up to you. Here are our favorite sleep masks—by category—in order of performance:

Silk masks: Alaska Bear, Jersey Slumber, Slip Silk.

Contoured masks: Nidra Deep Rest, Bucky 40 Blinks, IMAK, Bedtime Bliss

To learn how we tested and selected the products, scroll down or click here.

— Our editors review and recommend products to help you buy the stuff you need. If you make a purchase by clicking one of our links, we may earn a small share of the revenue. Our picks and opinions are independent from any business incentives.

Updated April 02, 2018

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Nidra Deep Rest Eye Mask

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Nidra Deep Rest Eye Mask

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The bottom line: A comfy, contoured mask that keeps light out and will stay on all night.

Adjustable strap?: Yes, Velcro.

The details: This mask feels like having personal blackout curtains for your eyes—and it won’t fall off in the middle of the night. Its contoured design doesn’t put pressure on eyes, so you can actually blink while wearing it—this is great for anyone who wants to take a midday nap in makeup, deals with watery eyes, or takes a long time to fall asleep. The mask has an adjustable Velcro strap and is made of comfortable formed foam. It’s one of the only masks that stays in place all night: Each time I wear it, I wake up the next morning well-rested and in complete darkness.

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Alaska Bear Eye Mask

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  • Editors' Choice

Alaska Bear Eye Mask

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The bottom line: An excellently-priced silk mask that’s comfortable and blocks out light.

Adjustable strap?: Yes, plastic slide.

The details: As far as silk masks go, this is where quality meets value. The mask extends nice and low so that no light sneaks in at the base, and the padded, silky material fully blocks out light. It did slip off in the middle of the night, but silk masks have a tendency to do that. It's a great pick for silk-mask lovers. Alaska Bear clinched our top spot for its cost efficiency: Otherwise, it’s nearly identical to the Jersey Slumber Eye Mask. Between this and the Jersey, we heartily recommend whichever one is on sale.

Other Sleep Masks We Tested

Bucky 40 Blinks

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Bucky 40 Blinks

The bottom line: A decent contoured mask, though not 100 percent opaque.

Adjustable strap?: Yes, Velcro.

The details: This mask looks and feels nearly identical to Nidra, but it didn’t offer quite as great an experience. The molded interior cups feel slightly lower-quality than Nidra’s, but more importantly, the material is not totally opaque: I could see a hint of daylight through the material in the morning, though not enough to wake me up or bother me. On the second night, it slipped off in the middle of the night. It's still a good pick.


Jersey Slumber Eye Mask

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Jersey Slumber Eye Mask

The bottom line: A solid silk mask with an adjustable strap and great, opaque material.

Adjustable strap?: Yes, plastic slide.

The details: This silk mask was nearly identical to Alaska Bear. The mask is fairly large, so very little light is visible on the edges, and the silk material fully blocks out light. Like most silk masks, it slipped off in the middle of the night, so I woke up with the sun. Between this mask and the Alaska Bear, we heartily recommend whichever one is on sale.

IMAK Compression Pain Relief Mask

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IMAK Compression Pain Relief Mask

The bottom line: A comforting weighted mask with a flimsy, non-adjustable strap.

Adjustable strap?: No.

The details: The weight of this mask is reminiscent of a weighted blanket or the cape you wear at the dentist: Relaxing at best, and slightly claustrophobic at worst. It’s filled with ergoBeads, so it can be frozen for eye de-puffing and sinus pain relief. However, the weight of the mask can’t stand up to its thin, flimsy strap. Since the strap isn’t adjustable and it was too big for my head, the mask slipped off in the middle of the night. If the strap had any adjustability or heft, we’d be huge fans. Unfortunately, we can’t recommend it until then.

Bedtime Bliss Sleep Mask

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Bedtime Bliss Sleep Mask

The bottom line: A smaller, lower quality contoured sleep mask with scratchy edges.

Adjustable strap?: Yes, Velcro.

The details: This was our least favorite of the contoured masks. The material felt a little like Styrofoam and cheaper than its counterparts, and the eye cups were smaller, making the mask susceptible to falling off while sleeping. It felt stiff, and the edges were a little sharp, and scratchy enough to be uncomfortable: I took it off in the middle of the night. We recommend the Nidra or even Bucky over this one.

Slip Silk Sleep Mask

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Slip Silk Sleep Mask

The bottom line: A luxurious, expensive mask that doesn’t fully block out light.

Adjustable strap?: No.

The details: This mask is almost laughably expensive, but with high user reviews across Sephora and Nordstrom, we had to see if the luxury mask was worth it. In short, it’s not. Yes, the material feels a little more luxe than the other silk masks we tested, but not starkly enough to warrant the discrepancy in price. Most importantly, this mask doesn’t have an adjustable strap and the Kardashian-approved champagne-colored mask doesn’t block out light very well—I could see my TV flickering through it at night, so you can imagine what it was like at sun-up.

How We Tested

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We scoured best-seller lists across retailers, Reddit threads, and best-of lists to round up the best sleep masks on the market at every price point. We found that a lot of the masks on the market are very similar to one another. Your first, best step to finding the right mask for you is to determine what kind of sleep mask you prefer: Silk or contoured?

Contoured masks have a convex, domed design so that the mask doesn’t actually touch your eyes, just the area around it. These are great for people who take a while to fall asleep, since the mask gives you freedom to blink yet keeps you in total darkness. It also ensures that makeup won’t smudge during mid-day naps, if that's your thing.

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Contoured masks also kind of make you look like a bug.

Silk masks are flat, pillowy, and well-loved in the beauty industry since the smooth texture doesn't tug on delicate eye skin. The material doesn’t absorb moisture, so skin stays hydrated and smooth. There’s also the not-insignificant fact that it feels great to slip cool silk over tired eyes.

By design, contoured masks block out more light along the edges. Each type has its benefits, but at the end of the day, your choice merely comes down to preference: Do you want your mask to sit directly on top of your eyes, or not? My preference is the latter, but we didn’t let personal preference affect scoring.

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To test, I tried a new sleep mask each night to gauge their all-night comfort. I also wore them during mid-day naps in my southern-facing, always bright room to see if they could mute the sunlight streaming into my bedroom. (My job is hard.) I shined a flashlight through the mask during wear to see if the beam was visible. Then, I answered questions about:

Light-blocking: Is the material truly opaque, or does it allow light through? Does the mask well-designed to keep light from peeking in at the edges, or does it gap and buckle?

Comfort: How comfortable is the sleep mask when you first put it on? Is the strap comfortable, or does it bother you when lying down? Is the strap adjustable, and if so, is the mechanism effective (i.e. does Velcro get stuck in your hair, or does the plastic slide hurt your head)?

Overnight wear: Does the mask stay in place all night, or does it fall off in the middle of the night? Is it as comfortable for a night’s wear, or does it become bothersome during extended use?

I teamed up with Reviewed’s senior scientist to score and weight the results on a scientifically calibrated rubric. Not all factors were equally important: For example, true light-blocking capability was weighted more heavily than the comfort of the strap. When we saw how similar the masks are designed, we also considered the importance of value: If they’re all pretty much the same, the price point becomes more important.

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