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The Best Baby Mirrors for Your Car

We tested baby mirrors for the car from top brands, like Lusso, Cozy Greens, Brica, and more to find the best
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By Wendy Schmitz ⋅ Senior Review Editor
Thursday November 18, 2021
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Are you searching for the peace of mind only a baby mirror for the car can provide? We purchased and tested 10 of the most popular car seat mirrors to determine which options were the best around. Our review includes details on the installation, stability, and quality of each mirror and how well they compared to the competition. Continue reading for all the information you need to find the best mirror for your little one and your budget.

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Pros Secure attachment, sturdy, clear reflection, includes extrasSimple install, thicker mirror and attachment, clear reflectionEasy installation, no assembly, clear reflectionNight viewing light, remove includedAdorable, lights and music, remote controlled, clear reflection
Cons Straps can loosenMediocre quality, shakes somewhatImperfect manufacturing, higher pricePersnickety remote, not the best reflection, small viewing areaCould move over time, remote is hard to connect
Bottom Line This higher quality option is easy to install, stays in place, and has minimal shakingInexpensive, better quality choice with simple installation and good visualsA simple baby mirror that gets the job done better than some of the flimsier competition in our lineupDespite its finicky remote, the night light feature on this mirror lets you view your baby in the dark, making it a bright spot in this categoryAdorable and entertaining remote-controlled mirror with lights & music to keep baby entertained while you drive
Rating Categories Lusso Mirror Cozy Greens So Peep Diono Easy View Brica Cruisin' Baby
Installation (30%)
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Stability (35%)
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Specs Lusso Mirror Cozy Greens So Peep Diono Easy View Brica Cruisin' Baby
Reflective Dimensions: 10" X 6 1/4" 10" X 6 1/4" 10" X 6 1/4" 7 1/4" X 5 1/4" 8 1/4" X 5 1/2"
Attachment Method: Straps & Clips Straps & Clips Straps & Clips 1 Strap 1 Clip & 2 Velcro


Best Baby Mirror Overall


Lusso Mirror


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  • Installation 9
  • Stability 8
  • Quality 9
Reflective Dimensions: 10" X 6 1/4" | Attachment Method: Straps & Clips
Secure attachment
Stable/less shaking
Clear images
Straps can loosen

The Lusso Mirror is a simple headrest mirror with black beveled that works exactly as it should. This baby mirror is well-packaged, pre-assembled, and comes with extras, such as a soft cleaning cloth, thank you card, a book of coupons, and an air freshener. While we don't need the add ons and suspect most parents will lose the cloth, we do like the thoughtfulness of the additions. The mirror provides clear reflection, a sturdy attachment plate, and a straightforward installation. The ball and socket joint with the Lusso is easy to move but still stiff enough to prevent shifting and movement while driving. The thicker plate and increased padding help it avoid wobbling even over gravel roads, and we didn't experience any significant vibration during testing.

The extras make you feel warm and fuzzy, but they are not all that useful. Also, occasionally check the straps as they can loosen over time depending on road conditions. Besides that, there aren't many concerns with this mirror. We feel the price of this product more than suits the quality and functionality of this unassuming and impressive selection. Overall, we think most families will be happy with this straightforward choice.

Best Bang for your Buck


Cozy Greens


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  • Installation 9
  • Stability 8
  • Quality 8
Reflective Dimensions: 10" X 6 1/4" | Attachment Method: Straps & Clips
Simple install
Thicker mirror and attachment
Rigid plastic
Shakes somewhat

The Cozy Greens mirror is similar to Lusso in that it comes pre-assembled, and the backplate is thicker and sturdier than competitors. This mirror is easy to install, has a smooth-moving joint for minor changes, and comes with a clear image after removing the protective cover. We like the cleaning cloth it comes with, and we believe the thicker padding helped prevent excessive wobble in our tests, even down gravel roads.

This baby mirror uses what feels like cheaper plastic that could crack over time or if slightly mishandled. We worry the ball and socket joint could become compromised if an older child manages to yank on it when getting in the car. However, we didn't experience any troubles and think for the price that most families will be happy with the mirror and how well it performs.

Best to Entertain Baby


Brica Cruisin' Baby


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  • Installation 8
  • Stability 4
  • Quality 7
Reflective Dimensions: 8 1/4" X 5 1/2" | Attachment Method: 1 Clip & 2 Velcro straps
Adorable
Lights and music
Remote controlled
Could move over time
Remote is hard to connect

If you want an adorable baby-centric entertainment mirror that is as much fun for your little one as it is helpful for you, then look no further than the Brica Cruisin' Baby. This brightly colored forest-themed mirror gives your baby something to look at with an in-mirror light show that includes upbeat music or a sleepy lullaby depending on your needs. We like that the simple remote provides volume control, and we think little ones will find the lights soothing and entertaining, especially for nighttime drives. In our tests, this mirror stayed in place on the headrest, offered a clear image of the baby, and worked well with included batteries (hooray!).

While we love this entertaining option, if you misplace the remote, you'll no longer have the ability to control the mirror's volume. We also worry that the hook and loop attachment will lose grip over time and fail to hold the mirror in place. However, it has a reasonable price, and we think you get a quality mirror that will last as long as it is useful, and we think you'll be glad you bought it if it calms even one hysterical crying tantrum while stuck in traffic. This mirror is a must-have for long drives and congested traffic commuters or those whose little ones need a little something more to relax.

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Best Lighted Mirror for Night Driving


Diono Easy View


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  • Installation 10
  • Stability 4
  • Quality 6
Reflective Dimensions: 7 1/4" X 5 1/4" | Attachment Method: 1 Strap
Night viewing light
Remote included
Finicky remote
Not the best image

The Diono Easy View is a unique option in our lineup as the only mirror with a night light for easier viewing in the dark. We like this remote-controlled light and think it could be super helpful if you regularly drive in the dark. The light is dim enough to prevent accidentally waking a sleeping baby, but it is bright enough to see what is happening. This mirror has an attractive silver bevel, and the remote resembles a garage door opener with a clip for easy visor placement.

While the mirror works well, the remote was somewhat persnickety in our tests, and we sometimes struggled to get it to work without some finagling and body contortions. Also, it only has a single installation strap from top to bottom. This design means a secure installation could be challenging depending on your car's headrest. Finally, it has the smallest viewing area of any mirror in our selection. Overall, though, we like the idea, and the mirror is large enough to make it an excellent choice for those who may need light to see.

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Score Product Price Our Take
87
$22
Editors' Choice Award
This higher quality option is easy to install, stays in place, and has minimal shaking
83
$25
Best Value Award
Inexpensive, better quality choice with simple installation and good visuals
83
$30
A simple baby mirror that gets the job done better than some of the flimsier competition in our lineup
65
$20
Top Pick Award
Despite its finicky remote, the night light feature on this mirror lets you view your baby in the dark, making it a bright spot in this category
63
$37
Top Pick Award
Adorable and entertaining remote-controlled mirror with lights & music to keep baby entertained while you drive
50
$22
Like the Shynerks, this baby mirror is lightweight and excessively wobbles and shakes on almost any surface
50
$21
Besides a glossy finish with an embossed logo, this option is identical to the other Shynerk option we tested and more costly
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$22
Besides its matte black finish, this generic mirror is identical to the other Shynerk option in our review yet lower in price
50
$14
Identical to the Shynerks and DARVIQS, this mirror feels flimsy and we aren't convinced it is worth the lower price
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$26
A simple mirror that lacks functionality, making it one we think you can skip

We tested 10 top baby mirrors for cars in this roundup to find the...
We tested 10 top baby mirrors for cars in this roundup to find the best.
Credit: BabyGearLab Staff

Why You Should Trust Us


This roundup is led by Senior Review Editor, Wendy Schmitz. Wendy has been a leading member of the BabyGearLab team since 2014 and is the mother of 2 boys. Wendy uses her background and experience to select quality products with an eye for unique and compelling contenders that bring something different to the table to make parenting easier. We selected and used each mirror in this review, testing the products for installation problems, stability woes, and the overall quality.

Most of the mirrors in this group have a protective cover over the...
Many of the lower quality mirrors required assembly.

Analysis and Test Results


We purchased and tested the top baby car mirrors on the market. We considered ease of installation, stability once installed, and the quality of each product in a side-by-side battle to determine which contenders are better than the competition.


Value


Buying the most expensive product in this category doesn't necessarily correlate to a higher quality product, especially as several contenders appear to be exactly the same. We recommend doing a price comparison on Amazon and other retailers before purchasing. At the time of this review, the Cozy Greens is the best deal without sacrificing too much quality. If you don't mind spending a few extra bucks, the Lusso earned a higher overall score, and it's a step up in quality. However, if you seek some extra bells and whistles, our lineup includes a few. The Diono Easy View is the only baby car mirror we tested with a light for night viewing, a helpful feature if you frequently travel at night. Although the remote can be a bit fussy, it is roughly the same price as other baby car mirrors without the light, making it is worthy of consideration. Also, the Brica mirror is the only contender we tested with baby-centric features in its bright colors and an adorable owl driving a car hanging on the side. Even if it brings even a dose of calm to a fussy baby, it might be worth its cost.

Most of the mirrors had 2 strap installation with one going over the...
Most of the mirrors had 2 strap installation with one going over the top and bottom and one going around the sides.
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Installation


As we were unboxing and installing the contenders, we noticed a few factors that impact a product's overall ease of installation, such as whether or not it arrives pre-assembled and if it's easy to fix and connect to a car's headrest.


The majority of baby car mirrors in our lineup are very similar in their installation method and functionality; a handful of options were even identical in every way other than the name on the product. Typically, a mirror's main attachment is a set of 2 straps that wrap around the headrest from top to bottom and side to side with clips in the back. This process secures a plate to the headrest, and most of the plates have a socket-like indent ready to accept the "ball" on the back of the mirror. Many of the baby car mirrors rotate on this connection point, so you have increased versatility for finding the right angle for a clear view of your baby.

The Brica has one clip and two Velcro straps for installation.
The Brica has one clip and two Velcro straps for installation.
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The Lusso and So Peep rank high, scoring 9 of 10. Unlike some of the competition, these options come pre-assembled and are ready to go, so there is no need to attach the plate to the mirror, saving you time and frustration. We also appreciate how solid these baby car mirrors feel and think they could indicate increased longevity or durability over time.

The Skip Hop Mirror ranks the lowest, scoring 2 of 10. This contender has shorter straps and almost didn't work on our Honda Pilot test car, and the baby car mirror never really felt stable. Even the Diono Easy View, which has only a single strap, was more secure and shook less than the Skip Hop.

The Diono is the only one in the group with a single strap and it...
The Diono is the only one in the group with a single strap and it still managed to provide a more secure installation than some of the competition.
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Unlike most contenders, the Brica Cruisin' Baby attached with one strap that goes from top to bottom around the headrest with a clip that secures it to the headrest and prevents it from falling on your child during use. It then has a fabric portion with a posable wire that goes under the headrest and straps with Velcro that goes over the headrest and attaches to the fabric wire component. This design provides some adjustability of the mirror up or down, but it doesn't allow for side-to-side movement or angling if you can't get a good bead on your little one. While it feels like the most stable installation in the group, we worry that the Velcro will age and be less sticky over time, which could cause the mirror to shift out of place, resulting in reduced viewing of your little one.

Many of the mirrors have a thin attachment plate that makes it...
The better quality mirrors came preassembled and has thicker...

Stability


While the attachment to the car and the installation of the mirrors were very similar across products, the connection between the attachment plate and the mirrors was not. This connection is most important as it influences the mirror's stability and how much it might shift or shake while driving. If the mirror slips or falls forward in the socket, it won't matter if you have it securely attached to the headrest as you still won't be able to see your baby or more than their feet. Therefore, you'll want a mirror with a tight connection and limited ability to move. While all of the products will bounce to a certain degree depending on your car, tire tread, and ground you are covering, you want a mirror with a minimal shake. Less shaking allows you to quickly see the details of your baby without waiting for a still moment or taking time to discern what is happening through all the vibration.


Among the competition, the Skip Hop Mirror ranks the lowest, scoring 1 of 10, mainly as one of the shakiest contenders in our review, likely due to its flimsy design with thin, rigid plastic parts and loose ball and socket joint. While this mirror is simple in its design and very lightweight, this lack of adjustability or rigid components makes it ripe for shaking and vibration. Both the Shynerk Baby Car Mirror and Shynerk SH-M-02 Mirror options are flimsy and very wobbly. In fact, they look and feel like the same mirror, and one of them is the same as the DARVIQS Mirror complete with an identical box and instruction sheet. The Zacro Mirror is also an identical mirror to the Shynerks and DARVIQS. The Brica Cruisin' Baby feels steady, and the safety clip means it will never fall. Still, we worry about failing Velcro over time. This heavier, music-playing mirror may struggle later in life to avoid the wobble found in the cheaper flimsy competition.

Try as we might, we couldn&#039;t get the Skip Hop to attach securely to...
Try as we might, we couldn't get the Skip Hop to attach securely to the headrest.
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The highest-ranking contenders include the So Peep, Lusso Mirror, and the Cozy Green with 8 of 10 scores. The So Peep has a very stiff ball and socket joint that prevents the mirror from shaking too much and changing positions even over bumps. The Cozy Greens and the Lusso shine for their thicker padding on the headrest plate and a stiff adjustment joint. All three mirrors were very stable during driving.

Again, while adjustability may seem essential for getting the ideal angle for baby viewing, if a mirror is too mobile, it might loosen enough to move or shake during use, or it might shift so far out of view you can't see your baby at all. And if you can't see your baby, then what's the point of a baby car mirror? Nonetheless, we highly suggest factoring stability into your decision-making process.

The Identical Quadruplets all require assembly, have thin attachment...
The better mirrors have a thick attachment plate with thicker...

Quality


Quality is somewhat of a subjective thing, but there are night and day differences when it comes to these mirrors. We took into account a product's durability and quality of its image reflection.


Some mirrors that didn't initially stand out, eventually impressed us when compared side-by-side with the competition. Ranking the highest in this metric is the Lusso, scoring 9 of 10. Compared to others, its quality is noticeable, and the manufacturer goes out of its way to win your heart with a pre-assembled mirror that comes with a thank you card, mirror scratch cover, mirror cleaning cloth, and an air freshener. The Cozy Greens also ranks relatively high as it has a thicker attachment plate with better padding and longer attachment straps. The clips are sturdier and feel less fragile, and the angle adjustment connection is smooth but stiff, implying it will stay in place.

The Diono has a useful light for night viewing but the remote wasn&#039;t...
The Diono has a useful light for night viewing but the remote wasn't as useful as we hoped.
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The Skip Hop Mirror is the lowest-ranking contender in this metric, scoring 3 of 10. Compared to others, it is very flimsy and feels low-quality. The Shernyks, DARVIQS Mirror, and the Zacro Mirror also failed to impress us but scored slightly higher due to slightly better quality than the lowest-ranking contender. We suspect that all four are made in the same facility on the same assembly line using the same materials and design as we noticed little to no variation in design short of a different label on the box or mirror edge. These identical mirrors have thin plastic, thin mounting plates that bend when you attach them to the headrest, shorter straps, and flexible clips that could fail during use. These mirrors had less impressive reflections with more distortion than the higher quality options. We also worry that the looseness in the mirror to attachment plate connection could result in no view of the baby and unacceptable shaking and vibrations.

The Lusso and the Cozy Greens both come preassembled and have a much...
The Lusso and the Cozy Greens both come preassembled and have a much thicker attachment plate that holds the mirror steadier than the thin plate options.
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The Diono Easy View comes with remote control for turning the light on and off, and the illumination is dim enough that it shouldn't wake or disturb your baby. We had some challenges while testing the remote as it is a single button, and hitting it once turns it on, but pushing it again didn't turn it off. The light eventually turned off, and we suspect it might take some practice to determine what is happening since there were no instructions.

The Brica has a sleepy song and light show and a happy entertainment...
The Brica has a sleepy song and light show and a happy entertainment show with lights and upbeat music.
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The Brica is the only mirror we tested with baby-centric features in its bright colors and an adorable owl driving a car hanging on the side. This entertaining mirror plays two melodies, one for energizing waking moments and the other to help soothe a sleepy or upset baby. It also has lights inside the mirror to entrance a crabby baby. We love the idea of a baby-centric mirror and think little ones will too. However, we also believe older babies might get frustrated that they can't reach or grab the owl. You'll also want to keep some spare batteries on hand as little ones may get frustrated with a non-working mirror.

Many of the products in the competition are remarkably similar or...
Many of the products in the competition are remarkably similar or absolutely identical.
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Identical Products?


You might be wondering, and so do we, why does the competition appear strikingly similar? We believe many of these products are coming from the same manufacturing plant, and even though we purchased several products for this category, we only truly had a couple of products at the end of the day.

The Lusso Mirror and So Peep appear almost identical, except the Lusso has a better-looking matte finish that we prefer as it doesn't collect fingerprints or smudges. We strongly suspect these two come from the same manufacturing plant as the design and other materials are virtually identical in almost every way.

The Shynerks, DARVIQS, and Zacro are the exact mirror arriving in...
The Shynerks, DARVIQS, and Zacro are the exact mirror arriving in the same box with only a vendor name change in the corner.
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The following four products: Shynerk Baby Car Mirror, Shynerk SH-M-02 Mirror, DARVIQS Mirror, and Zacro Mirror are what we call 'the quadruplets' as they are virtually identical, with two even coming in identical boxes with different brand names. After close inspection of the product's details, we are convinced that all four came from the same assembly line or manufacturer and are identical in every way other than the name. None of these products were impressive compared to the better-scoring competition. This identical product problem hasn't happened in all our eight years of buying and testing products. We feel it is essential to give each mirror its own slot in the lineup. Still, we want our readers to note that they are the same, so if you are considering purchasing one of the quadruplets (for any reason), you should choose whichever product is the least expensive when you are ready to buy. However, we recommend a higher ranking product above any of the four and believe spending a few more dollars is worth getting a better quality product.

The Lusso is a higher-quality option with a thicker attachment plate...
The Lusso is a higher-quality option with a thicker attachment plate and a stylish matte finish to the bevel.
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Conclusion


Choosing a great car mirror for spying on your little one while driving can make any adventure more enjoyable. With the right product, you won't need to guess what your baby is doing or nervously pull over to check on snoozing kid. A helpful mirror can provide peace of mind, and we think you'll be glad you purchased one. This roundup of the most popular options has something for every need and every budget, and our testing can help you skip the poor performers and cheap contenders so that you can focus on the best mirror for your baby and your wallet.

Wendy Schmitz

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