Importance of a Magnifying Mirror

A complete bathroom design requires a some kind of magnifying mirror. Luckily, the options available are nearly endless. With multiple different magnification factors, finishes, sizes , arms and other features, there is no shortage of different designs for you to pick from. These mirrors help you with a number of everyday tasks, such as shaving, makeup and other similar parts of your bathroom routine.

Here is what you should consider:

  • Magnification Factor
  • Arms
  • Lighting
  • Style
  • Placement
  • Price

Magnification Factor

Magnifying mirrors typically have magnification factors ranging from 3x to 15x. The higher the magnification factor your mirror has, the less range it has, but the more detail you see. High magnification is typically pretty effective for things that you need to do with precision, such as makeup or other types of careful facial care. The lower the magnification factor, the more range it will have but the you will see slightly less detail. A 3x magnification factor is still pretty good, so things like shaving and doing makeup can still be done very effectively. Ultimately the magnification factor you choose depends on personal preference and what you are using the mirror for.

Magnifying mirrors are available in several styles:


Magnifying mirrors are available with one, two or three arms, giving you the freedom to choose how maneuverable you want your mirror to be. The more arms your mirror has, the more maneuverable it will be. Depending on your situation, you may want to choose more or less arms. If you want to be able to move your mirror freely without many restrictions consider two or three arms. The more arms you have on a mirror, the more you will be able to maneuver it and the longer it will be able to reach. This is great if you need to mount the mirror in a difficult position or if you are constantly moving your mirror around in order to see many different angles. If you don't need to move your mirror much, one arm should suffice just fine. A one-armed mirror can come in the form of a wall mounted or a free standing/fixed mirror. Both of these options have their own set of unique benefits that can work well in your bathroom design.


Some magnifying mirrors including LED lighting while others do not. Lighted magnifying mirrors offer a number of different features that can add to your bathroom design as well as make your bathroom experience easier and more comfortable. One of the best benefits of lighted mirrors is the visibility you get from the lighting. Lighted mirrors eliminate shadows that could get in the way of what you are trying to see. Many mirrors also offer and adjustable light or a touch activated light, giving you variations as to what kind of magnifying mirror you can purchase. The LED lighting is also great for conserving energy as well. If you don’t want lighting on your mirror, there are many non-lighted mirrors to choose from.


Most models of magnifying mirrors come in circular, oval or rectangular shapes. All of these styles come with their own aesthetic features that can be incorporated in any bathroom. Square or rectangular mirrors often fit in to modern style bathrooms, while circular and oval shaped mirrors work in simple or classic style bathrooms. Magnifying mirrors also come in number of different finishes and materials, all of which come with their own stylistic features. Chrome is one of the most popular finishes, along with finishes such as gold or matte finishes. Chrome is one of the finishes that will typically mesh well with just about any bathroom design, so it is definitely one worth considering.


Before you buy a magnifying mirror, it is important to consider where you want it to be and how you want it to be mounted. Magnifying mirrors can be freestanding or mounted on a countertop or wall. If your mirror is hardwired, it will need to be wired into the wall, so make sure you know where you want it to be. It is basically up to you to decide what kind of mirror will work best for you, so decide on whether you need a wall mounted or counter top mirror in order to get the most out of your magnifying mirror.


Prices for magnifying mirrors can vary depending on quality, material, lighting and size among others. Like many other fixtures and accessories, you should expect to pay a bit more for the higher quality material and build if you want a long lasting magnifying mirror. On average, expect to spend about $100 on a magnifying mirror. If you are going for higher quality, expect to spend around $300 or more.