Last updated: August 6, 2021
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Welcome to our large dressing table mirror test 2022. Here we present all the dressing table mirrors we have tested. We have compiled detailed background information and added a summary of customer reviews on the web.

We would like to make your purchase decision easier and help you find the best dressing table mirror for you.

You will also find answers to frequently asked questions in our guide. If available, we also offer interesting test videos. Furthermore, you will also find some important information on this page that you should definitely pay attention to if you want to buy a dressing table mirror.




Summary

  • A dressing table mirror is the right choice for you if your dressing table doesn't have a mirror, or if you simply want another mirror for your dressing table.
  • Dressing table mirrors are available with or without magnification levels and integrated lighting. They also differ in the way they are attached.
  • Inexpensive make-up mirrors start at 7 euros. Higher-quality mirrors, for example with LED light, cost at least 25 euros.

The Best Dressing Table Mirror: Our Picks

Guide: Questions you should ask yourself before buying a dressing table mirror

Have you already found your favourite among the dressing table mirrors in our test? We'll give you more information here so that you can be sure you're making the right purchase decision.

In this guide, we show you what you should look for when buying a mirror for dressing tables and answer your most important questions. We then go into detail about the most important buying criteria that will help you find the perfect dressing table mirror.

When is a dressing table mirror the right choice for me?

Most dressing tables have a make-up mirror permanently installed, so you don't have to buy a dressing table mirror separately. However, if the size of your existing mirror is not sufficient, you should buy a more suitable dressing table mirror. It is also worth buying one if you want to look at yourself in the mirror from several perspectives.

A dressing table mirror helps you with your daily skin care or make-up. (Image source: 123rf.com / Natthapon Ngamnithiporn)

The dressing table mirrors usually do not have a magnification, so an additional make-up mirror is worthwhile. Individual parts of the face can be seen at a greater distance from the mirror. In addition, make-up can be applied more precisely. Even if you have impaired vision, you can do without glasses in front of a make-up mirror.

How much does a make-up mirror cost?

The prices of make-up mirrors vary greatly depending on the manufacturer, size and features. On average, you pay 50 €. You can get the cheapest dressing table mirrors for as little as 7 €. These are usually small mirrors with feet.

More luxurious make-up mirrors are available from €25 upwards. In this price segment, you get make-up mirrors with wall mounting, LED lighting and a high-quality design. If you expect a dimmer or touch function for the lighting, you should spend at least 90 €.

Lighting, magnification and mounting are important features that greatly influence the price.

Decision: What types of dressing table mirrors are there and which one is right for you?

Basically, you can distinguish between three types of dressing table mirrors:

  • Stand mirror
  • Wall mirror
  • Folding mirror

The dressing table mirror is an important utensil on the way to the perfect make-up. It serves to give you a better and closer look at yourself. You can now buy this type of mirror both in stores and online. Because of the great variety, there are massive differences in functionality and quality.

In the following section, we will go into more detail about the types of dressing table mirrors mentioned above. With a list of the advantages and disadvantages, we will try to help you make a decision.

What is a stand mirror and what are its advantages and disadvantages?

The most common variant is the classic standing mirror. You can place it and use it wherever you want. It doesn't necessarily have to be at the dressing table. Most mirrors can be turned around. One side offers you a normal view or reduction of your face, the other enlarges it. The curvature of the mirror is responsible for this.

How high the magnification factor should be depends on your needs. Generally, you can get by with a magnification of three to five times. Some mirrors are also equipped with a sevenfold magnification. The quality of the mirror surface is particularly important.

Cheap products can easily become cloudy or have deficiencies in the representation of a magnification. Retailers also offer stand mirrors with lighting. This variant is particularly suitable for poorly lit rooms. Most manufacturers use LED lamps, as these are the most efficient.

With particularly high-quality mirrors, you can also change the lighting levels. If you decide to buy an illuminated mirror, you should think about whether you want to use it only in one place. Depending on your needs, you can choose a battery- or electricity-powered mirror.

Another factor that is often ignored but can be very annoying is the stability of the mirror. Especially with swivelling dressing table mirrors, it is particularly important that the mirror surface remains in the desired position.

Advantages
  • Handy
  • Space-saving
  • Location-independent
  • Magnification
  • Lighting
Disadvantages
  • Danger with poor quality

What is a wall mirror and what are its advantages and disadvantages?

Most wall mirrors work on the same principle. The crucial difference is that they are attached to the wall. You can mount your make-up mirror directly on the wall next to your dressing table. In addition to the magnification option, wall mirrors are also available with lighting.

Here, too, you should decide whether you prefer a battery- or electricity-powered vanity mirror. A power socket close to the mirror would be a great advantage for an electrically operated model.

Once installed, it is relatively easy to relocate the mirror. Manufacturers also offer wall mirrors with suction cups. Pay particular attention to the materials on which the mirror adheres. In addition, the suction cup should be of good quality so that it really holds.

Advantages
  • Takes up no space
  • magnification
  • lighting
Disadvantages
  • Cannot be moved

What is a folding mirror and what are its advantages and disadvantages?

The third type is the dressing table mirror that opens and closes. Most models look like a book. When you want to use your mirror, you simply put it up. After applying make-up, you can close it and store it in a drawer.

Folding mirrors also come in different qualities. The cheapest ones are plastic mirrors that you open and place in front of you or hold in your hand. With these simple mirrors, it's worth considering the size. Otherwise, putting on make-up can become very awkward.

You can get better products with LED lighting and a stand, so that you can achieve a perfect result. These larger mirrors are also easy to fold up and put away. Some folding mirrors consist of several wings. These allow you to observe and view yourself from several perspectives, just like at the hairdresser.

These mirrors are also battery or electricity operated. Basically, you can also use them independently of your dressing table. In addition, they have the advantage that you can protect them better from damage thanks to their folding function.

Advantages
  • Multiple perspectives
  • Foldable
  • Protection against damage
  • Location-independent
  • Lighting
  • Space-saving
Disadvantages
  • Not every mirror has a magnification function

Buying criteria: You can use these factors to compare and evaluate dressing table mirrors

Attachment

There are different ways to attach a dressing table mirror. Whether it's a stand, suction cup, clamp or wall mount - which mounting is best for you depends on your dressing table and your wishes. A stand is the most flexible and most common mounting option, as you can move the make-up mirror to another place at any time.

Another common mounting method is wall mounting - either with a suction cup or with screws. A suction cup can be removed easily at any time, while a screw attachment leaves holes. Especially if you want to attach a vanity mirror to an existing mirror, you should choose suction cups.

Clamps are rarely used to attach make-up mirrors. When buying a vanity mirror with a clamp, you should make sure that the opening width of the clamp is large enough to attach it to your desired location. An opening width of at least 4 cm is ideal.

Magnification

High magnification is not necessarily better! The human eye can no longer perceive magnifications of more than seven times the mirror image. You should be careful here, because manufacturers often try to enhance cheap make-up mirrors with particularly high magnification levels.

Therefore, a magnification of three to seven times is optimal. If you are looking for a make-up mirror without any magnifying function at all, you should make sure that the make-up mirror does not have a magnification level!

Lighting

You should be clear about whether you need a make-up mirror light. Make-up mirrors without lighting are usually much cheaper.

Did you know that dressing table mirrors should at best have a light?

By using a built-in light source in the mirror, you can style yourself at any time of day. Some light sources even allow you to switch between daylight and artificial light.

There is a wide range of models with integrated LED light, or even with bulbs around the mirror. For such a mirror "à la Hollywood", however, you have to dig deeper into your pocket. There are also make-up mirror lights that you can buy separately, either as LED strips or with light bulbs. We have briefly summarised the various options for illuminating your mirror in this table.

Lighting Description Use
No additional lighting If your mirror has no lighting, the natural light in the room or daylight is reflected unadulterated This type of mirror is suitable if you do not spend hours in front of the mirror and simply want to check your appearance.
Daylight lighting Daylight lighting is designed to mimic natural daylight and therefore has a slightly yellowish glow This lighting is perfect for more elaborate make-up, as you can colour match the make-up and have it look exactly how you want it to later.
LED lighting The LED lighting is particularly bright and is described more as a glaring light This lighting is particularly suitable for precise work. Plucking eyebrows or removing skin blemishes is best done with this lighting.

Dimensions

There are considerable differences in the size of dressing table mirrors. The decisive factor is whether you are looking for a small magnifying mirror or would prefer to buy a larger model. Make-up mirrors with magnification are usually round and have an average diameter of 10 to 20 cm.

Dressing table mirrors without magnification vary greatly in size. However, it is advisable to buy a mirror that is as large as possible if your dressing table does not have a mirror.

When buying, you should pay attention to the type of material. Each type has different durability and purpose.

Facts worth knowing about dressing table mirrors

Where is the best place to put my dressing table?

There are some advantages and disadvantages that speak in favour of placing it in the bedroom or bathroom. In this table, we have summarised the most important criteria for you.

Place Advantages Disadvantages
Bathroom If you place your dressing table in the bathroom, you have the advantage that you not only have your make-up things within reach, but also your hairdryer or cotton buds. Running water is also close by the disadvantage is that the bathroom is usually still used by your flatmates and is not always available to you.
Bedroom You always have free access to your bedroom and usually there is more space for a dressing table in the bedroom A disadvantage could be that you don't have all the utensils on site or you have to buy, for example, the hairbrush in duplicate.

You can, of course, place your dressing table anywhere you like. However, if possible, try to place the table next to a natural light source to achieve a better make-up result.

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