Best Binoculars & Binocular Reviews Website

In-depth Reviews of the Best Binoculars
My interest in binoculars and indeed in optics in general began whilst I was working as a safari guide (field guide) in South Africa, where as part of my job, I used bins almost every single day. The idea for The Best Binocular Reviews website came about from the frustration I felt whilst looking for a new pair for myself - It was really difficult to find any good information as well as unbiased and objective evaluations on the web about any of the models I was interested in.

Thus the aim of this site (BBR) is to help in some small way by providing useful information on binoculars and related optical products, as well as completely unbiased reviews on selected products and brands and offer tips and guides to those looking into buying a pair.

Best Binoculars 2017

Now into it's seventh year, the BBR Annual Awards acts is a great way for me to bring to your attention the very best binoculars that I have reviewed on this site in a range of different categories over the last 365 days. This year I was very fortunate to have tested some outstanding instruments which has meant that the competition to win an award was tougher than ever.

BBR: 100% Real & Honest Reviews!
I often get asked why haven't you reviewed "x" binocular from "x" brand. The answer is that unlike many binocular review sites you find on the web that simply make their evaluations up having never used, touched or even seen the instrument in question.

I only review binoculars that I have actually used and tested. Therefore not only is it physically impossible for me to "review" as many as these other sites, but I am also at the mercy as to which brands are willing to send me their products to put under the spotlight.

Start Here

Best Deals on Binoculars

Save $200 on Steiner XC 10x42 Binoculars
Steiner XC 10x42 Binoculars

Steiner XC 10x42 binocular features include a tough water and argon purged chassis, wide field of view for a 10x binocular, excellent close focus distance and the Steiner Lifetime guarantee.

Special Sale Price: $299.00
MSRP: $574.99
Current retail price $499.99
Save $200.99 (40%)!

Where to Get this offer:

Note this is an exclusive special offer deal. More details here:

Astronomy Binoculars

Best Binoculars for Astronomy - Buyers Guide
Celestron Echelon 20x70 Astronomy Binoculars

This is the place to start if you are either undecided as to if binoculars are what you need for astronomy, if you are not sure what features you need to look for of if you want to browse and compare some of the top astronomy binoculars on the market.

Once you have read this guide, you can take a look at all my reviews and then explore in more detail all the other articles within the astro section.

Binoculars for Astronomy

Birdwatching Binoculars

The largest section on BBR, which I guess is understandable as birds & binoculars kind of go together like cheese and pickled onions!

I'd also say that whilst it is possible to enjoy birdwatching without them, binoculars along with your bird book are the most essential tools to any birder.

So no mater if you are a newbie birder, seasoned professional, if you like like backyard birding or going on birdwatching holidays. This section has all the advice, tips as well as many suggestions and reviews of the best quality binoculars for your particular needs and at your budget.

January 2018 - New Releases

Below are details of some of the latest releases of binoculars best brands:

Bushnell Engage Binoculars

A new series from the outdoor giants, the range of Bushnell Engage binoculars come in 8x42, 10x42, 10x50 and 12x50 configurations and I have to say they do look impressive when you take a close look at their main features and specifications: Body Features The fully water and fog proof chassis on all the Bushnell […]

New GPO Passion HD Binoculars Unleashed

Those of you who have not heard of GPO (German Precision Optics) will be forgiven as they are a relatively new optics brand and one that has started with a big splash: Earlier on this year they announced the release of their flagship series, the Passion HD, which if the impressive list of specifications and […]

BBR Reviews: Quality Not Quantity

I get quite a lot of people asking me why I have not reviewed a specific binocular. Not only is it impossible for me to review every set of binoculars on the market, but sometimes too much choice can be a bad thing - for example I find that when I visit many websites that sell binoculars, I am often baffled by the sheer amount of binoculars all being described as the greatest on earth, or I am sometimes disappointed by the quality of binoculars being described as the ultimate binocular.

My aim is to provide you with the best reviews of some of the best binoculars from the best brands... not the most!

When deciding which binoculars to test, I try and select higher specification good quality binoculars as these are what I am mostly interested in and I feel it is pointless for me to spend days using, photographing, filming and then writing about a device that I know I would not recommend to anyone.

If I test a pair of optics that I think they are rubbish, I will say so. It is more likely that rather than being completely bad, they will have certain features that fall short of the mark in my opinion and I will highlight them in my write-up. I would also like to point out that I am in now way compensated or influenced by any manufacturer, distributor of supplier to provide a positive review and they are all my own and truthful opinions.

Recent Binocular Reviews January 2018

Below are a selection of my most recent full and in-depth evaluations:

Steiner 15 x 56 HX Binoculars

High power binos from Steiner that combine quality optics with an almost bomb proof exterior. These will appeal to hunters, long range wildlife...

Vortex 10 x 42 Fury HD Binoculars

High quality optical components with a powerful laser rangefinder in a tough shell that is sure to perform even in the harshest of conditions...

Swarovski 10 x 50 EL Binoculars

The 10x50 Swarovski EL offers the some very interesting advantages over the 42mm version and as such makes for a very interesting choice....

Vortex 10 x 42 Viper HD Binoculars

Features like the super HQ HD optics with ED glass lenses & phase corrected, dielectrically coated roof prisms really stand out...

Opticron 10 x 32 Traveller BGA ED Binoculars

Very high quality 10x32mm binoculars designed for the enthusiast & serious user and makes an ideal high end optic for any travel related adventure...

Snypex 8 x 32 Knight D-ED Binoculars

These 8x32 Snypex Knight D-ED binoculars come about as close as any as being the perfect general use mid-sized instrument....

Carson 8 x 42 RD Binoculars

Price wise these Carson's hover between mid & low cost instruments. In terms of components & features they are comfortably mid level binoculars...

Athlon 8 x 42 Argos Binoculars

Using exactly the same very high level optical coatings as more expensive binoculars from Athlon, the mid level Argos is impressive...

Levenhuk 8 x 32 Sherman Pro Binoculars

A good all-round mid-sized take anywhere porro prism binocular with a really good value to performance ratio

Eagle Optics 8 x 42 Denali Binoculars

Updated, the new mid priced 8x42 Eagle Optics Denali binocular comes with upgraded coatings and a higher quality prism...

Tract 8 x 42 Toric Binoculars

High end binoculars from Tract Optics, the 8x42 Toric has a lot going for it and is far more than just a hunting binocular that they market it as...

Upland Optics 10 x 42 Perception HD Binoculars

A tough Magnalium chassis protects ED glass lenses and phase corrected, dielectrically coated roof prisms for a superior view at this price range

Where to Find BBR