Best Baby Mirror
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 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.
This mirror is almost identical to the So Peep below, except it has a better-looking matte finish 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.
There aren't many concerns with this mirror, but we wonder about its long-term durability as the plastic feels stiff and could have the potential to crack under normal driving conditions with direct sunlight. However, we didn't experience this or see any complaints about the durability from other users. Plus, 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.
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 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 have any troubles and think for the price that most families will be happy with the mirror and how well it performs.
If you want an adorable baby-centric entertainment mirror that is as much fun for your little one as it is useful 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 the simple remote that includes 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 perfect for infants and younger babies, we wonder if older babies and toddlers will grow frustrated or bored by a toy they can't touch. 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.
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 useful 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.
The So Peep mirror is a simple baby mirror that gets the job done better than some of the flimsier competition in our test group. This straightforward baby mirror has a two-strap installation for adjustable headrests, and it fit the three headrest shapes in our tests securely. During testing, this mirror had an insignificant wobble and stayed in place over gravel roads and smaller bumps keeping a clear view of little ones for the entire ride. Seeing the baby is easy and clear, and it feels sturdy enough to make it through the rear-facing car seat years. Plus, it comes pre-assembled, which is a bonus.
This mirror doesn't feel like the highest quality, even if it is better than some competitors. Our mirror had a small flaw in the plastic on the edge of the bevel that didn't affect functionality but seemed like an avoidable flaw for a mirror of this price. This product is more expensive than some of the competition, so while it does the job, you can find similar, less expensive options in this review.
The following four baby mirrors 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 important 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 following four (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 below and believe spending a few more dollars is worth getting a better quality product.
As the Shynerk SH-M-02 Car Mirror is identical to the other Shynerk option, we test in this group. We give this option a higher rank for the lower price. Both mirrors include the same parts, require assembly, and come with the same attachment method, attachment plate, and ball and socket joint. The images produced by the mirrors are identical. The only differences are this option has a matte black bevel instead of glossy black, and there is a blue and white logo sticker on the front instead of an embossed black one.So if you are looking to save a few bucks, don't mind the iffy quality and some vibration shaking, then this generic mirror could be one to consider. The following three additional options are all the same, with the only difference being the logo, so you may want to look for the cheapest option in this group if that is your plan (though we think there are better options elsewhere in this lineup).
The Shynerk Mirror is, dare we say, the mirror identical to its cheaper brother mentioned above. The only difference between the two is a glossy finish with an embossed logo for this more expensive choice. Both mirrors appear to come from the same assembly line, and we challenge anyone to find a difference between the quality of the mirror images or the parts involved. Both mirrors require assembly, despite this one being advertised as coming already assembled, and both are identical in the way they go together and their installation method.Unless you have your heart set on a glossy black vs. matte black finish, we see no reason to choose this Shynerk over the less expensive option. However, in reality, we see no reason to consider either option unless you only need a mirror for a handful of trips, and quality is of no concern. If this is the case, we recommend whichever mirror in the identical four has the lowest price.
The DARVIQS Mirror is the twin brother to the Shynerk Car Mirror and if you thought the two Shynerk mirrors were similar (or identical), this Darviqs even comes in an identical box as the Shynerk Mirror but with the company name changed in the lower left-hand corner. This mirror (like the Shynerks) is lightweight, flimsy plastic with a thin attachment plate and looser socket joint that creates excessive wobble and shake on almost any surface.To say we weren't impressed by any of the identical options is an understatement; to find out we bought 4 of essentially the same mirror is nothing short of frustrating. That said, you can learn from our mistakes and avoid all four if your goals are a higher quality mirror with attention to detail and design instead of just a logo change.
The Zacro Mirror is the least expensive of the identical quadruplet siblings we purchased for this review. This mirror clearly came from the same factory and assembly line as the previous three in this lineup, and only the box images and logo name separate it from the pack. In fact, this one saved a few bucks by putting no logo on the mirror itself and using lower quality images on the box it comes in. Otherwise, the mirror itself is indistinguishable from the competition mentioned above.For parents looking to avoid the logo overload of the masses and want something simple with no additives, this might be the one to consider. However, it is of lower quality, feels flimsy, and we aren't convinced it is worth even the lower price it sports. In short, we think you'll be happier spending a few more dollars to get a higher quality product that will last longer.
The Skip Hop Mirror is one of the few mirrors in the group not made of cheap plastic. This mirrored surface is surrounded by a leatherette material that should complement any car interior. It looks like a leather-wrapped steering wheel and comes with a scratch-resistant cover you need to peel off before use. It is lightweight and easy to install.This mirror comes in three parts you need to assemble and a mirror cover we had trouble removing without hurting the mirror surface. While we like the look of this option, it was harder to install than most, and we couldn't get it to fit snuggly on any of the three test cars. This lack of proper attachment coupled with a loose socket joint meant the Skip Hop often sank out of sight, leaving us with no view of the baby. Also, the lightweight flimsy design shakes a LOT. Asphalt was better than gravel, but even in a heavy Honda SUV, the Skip Hop bounced around enough that it was annoying to look through. This disappointing functionality makes the Skip Hop a mirror we think you can skip.
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.
Analysis and Test Results
We purchased and tested 10 of the top car mirrors for babies in this roundup. 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.
The majority of the mirrors 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 mirror. The 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 mirrors rotate on this connection point, so you have increased versatility for finding the right angle for a clear view of your baby.
Only the Brica Cruisin' Baby attached uniquely 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. Also, it could result in reduced viewing of your little one.
With such remarkable similarities, there isn't really a favorite for installation, as they all require the same time and skill set. However, the Lusso Mirror comes pre-assembled and is ready to go, unlike most of the competition, so there is no need to attach the plate to the mirror, saving you time and frustration. We like how solid this option feels and think it could indicate increased longevity or durability over time. The worst in the group is the Skip Hop, which had shorter straps and almost didn't work on our Honda Pilot test car, and the mirror never really felt stable. Even the Diono Mirror (above), which has only a single strap, was more secure and shook less than the Skip Hop.
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 this influences the stability of the mirror 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. You want a mirror that stays put and has minimal shaking. 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. Diminished shaking requires a tight connection with limited ability to move. So while adjustability may seem essential for getting the ideal angle for baby viewing, if a mirror is too mobile, it might be loose enough to move or shake during use. This increased movement will make it frustrating to see your little one, or it might shift so far out of view you can't see your baby at all.
The Skip Hop Mirror was the shakiest in this 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 Shynerk 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 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 Mirror are also standouts with thicker padding on the headrest plate and a stiff adjustment joint. These mirrors were very stable during driving. The Brica Mirror 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 death wobble found in the cheaper flimsy competition.
Quality is somewhat of a subjective thing, but there are night and day differences when it comes to these mirrors. Several of these inexpensive thin plastic mirrors failed to impress compared to the competition. A few actually are the competition with 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 images with more distortion than the higher quality options. We worried that the looseness in the mirror to attachment plate connection would result in no view of the baby and unacceptable shaking and vibrations. These mirrors include both Shernyk mirrors, Darviqs, and the Zacro. We suspect that all four are made in the same facility on the same assembly line using the same materials and design.
Some impressive mirrors didn't stand out initially but did impress when compared side-by-side with the competition. The Cozy Greens 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 Lusso Mirror 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. While the air freshener smells like a New York cabbie on a hot summer's day, it is still a thoughtful addition in a sea of similar products vying for attention like a wallflower at a junior high dance.
The Diono Mirror is the only one we tested with a light for night viewing, and the idea is beneficial if you frequently travel at night. This feature might be less intriguing if you don't drive at night very often, but it could be beneficial if you do, and for the same price as the mirrors without the light, it is worthy of consideration. This mirror comes with remote control (above right) 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 mirror 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.
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 useful 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