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I can see clearly now… with an anti-fog bathroom mirror

Posted by Adam Chard in Buying guides | 4 years ago 3 min read

“Mirror, mirror on the wall. Which is the clearest one of all?” In this blog post, we’ll be taking a long hard look at anti-fog bathroom mirrors

When I was asked to write an article on anti-fog bathroom mirrors, the first thing that sprang to mind was the classic Johnny Nash song “I can see clearly now” (or, more likely, the 1993 re-release by Jimmy Cliff!). In a way, this catchy tune and anti-fog bathroom mirrors both have plenty in common: They’ll leave you feeling upbeat, will do plenty for your mood and are the perfect way to start your day.

If you’re new to anti-fog bathroom mirrors, read on as I’ll be answering the following questions:

What is an anti-fog bathroom mirror?

Anti-fog bathroom mirrors contain a heated element which, when switched on, prevent the build-up of condensation which can occur when taking a bath or shower or running the hot tap on your basin. The end result is that you should be able to see a clear reflection at all times.

Anti-fog bathroom mirrors can go by a few different names, depending on who you speak to or where you search for them. Non misting bathroom mirrors, mirror with demister, anti-steam mirror and de-fog mirror are just some of the names. However, they all do pretty much the same thing.

Mode Wyatt LED illuminated mirror 500 x 390mm with demister

How does a fog-free mirror work?

Now for the science part: Condensation occurs on windows and glass surfaces, when hot water from your bath, shower or basin turns into steam and then cools down again, turning back to a liquid.

Unfortunately, as it forms on surfaces like mirrors, which are cooler than the surrounding air, they tend to fog up, meaning their reflective properties are impaired.

To prevent this from happening, the surface of the mirror needs to be closer in temperature to the air temperature, which is where anti-fog bathroom mirrors do their thing.

When switched on, a heating element warms the surface of the mirror, which means condensation is far less likely to form, resulting in a fog-free mirror.

Anti-fog bathroom mirrors come in many shapes and forms and can also include lighting, as well as advanced features such as infrared on and off switches, which come in particularly handy when you have soapy hands.

If you simply want to upgrade your existing mirror, a demister pad can be purchased and attached to the rear.

Non-misting bathroom mirrors usually require wiring into the mains and can be connected to your existing bathroom light circuit, so they switch on at the same time as your main light. This means you will need to consult a qualified electrician if you’re thinking of installing one. Running costs are equivalent to a single light bulb.

The benefits of a non-misting bathroom mirror

  • No waiting, no smears, just crystal clear vision
  • Ideal for those early mornings when you’re in a rush
  • Perfect for getting ready for nights out

Mode Shine round LED illuminated mirror 600 x 600mm with demister

Where can I buy anti-fog bathroom mirrors?

You can purchase a wide range of anti-fog bathroom mirrors right here at From simple designs to Bluetooth-enabled models, click on the image below to browse.

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Author, Adam Chard

Posted by Adam Chard in Buying guides | 4 years ago

A born & raised West Countryman, now living on the Yorkshire Coast, for over 10 years Adam has been bringing home interior ideas to life at Victoria Plum. Adam’s favourite interior styles have been shaped by both urban and natural influences.

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