Top 10 Binoculars

The very best Binoculars of the year, handpicked by our team of experts. From budget-friendly compact models to premium models with Image Stabilisation, we have models to suit every budget. We regularly update our list throughout the year, to bring you the best binoculars on the market right now.



  • 1. Viking Kestrel ED 8x42 Binoculars
    Our Verdict

    Simply the best bird watching binoculars - fantastic quality, incredible value!

    What We Think

    Our Best Buy Binoculars for Bird Watching in 2022! The Viking Kestrel ED Binoculars are the perfect companion for bird enthusiasts featuring the larger 42mm lens with Vikings specially engineered low-dispersion technology to allow in more light for greater clarity. The Kestrel ED is a reliable choice throughout the year and are better equipped to handle the low-light conditions British weather can throw at us. We recommend the 8x magnification for handheld use without a tripod. Viking Binoculars are backed by a 10-year warranty and the Kestrel ED feels solidly built with a nice tactile rubber finish and easily adjustable focus ring with smooth action. They are also suitable for glasses wearers too thanks to the adjustable twist down eyecups. Nitrogen-filled to stop internal fogging, they are also fully waterproof so should stand up to anything the Great British weather can throw at them. They offer the same quality as some far more expensive models we tested so represent excellent value for money. You simply won’t get a better pair of binoculars for birdwatching at this price!

    Product Features
    • High Quality ED Glass: Extra Low Dispersion lenses for greater clarity
    • Waterproof & rubber-armoured for added durability
    • Nitrogen-filled to prevent fogging
    • Twist-down eyecups for glasses-wearers
    • Dielectric coated phase corrected BAK 4 Prisms
    • 10 Years Guarantee included
    RRP: £219.95
    £188.95
    You Save: £31 (14%)
    Free Standard Delivery Available
    Average Customer Review 4.85/5
    Editors Rating 97/100
    In stock, ready to dispatch.
  • 2. Avalon 10x42 PRO HD Binoculars (Platinum)
    Our Verdict

    Sharp focus and incredible value make these one of our top picks!

    What We Think

    Boasting incredibly sharp focus with 10x Magnification the Avalon PRO HD 10x42 offer exceptional quality and value. They feel very well made yet are one of the lightest pair of full-size binoculars on our list, weighing in at only 550g and come with a Limited Lifetime Warranty for peace of mind. We found that they performed extremely well in low light conditions with clear true-to-life images and the focusing wheel is easy and precise. There was a little bickering over the benefit of the stay-on lens caps - personally I found them to be very convenient but others felt they got in the way (however, worth noting that they can be removed completely). Overall, these are seriously impressive optics for under £200!

    Product Features
    • Fully Multicoated Optics
    • 100% Waterproof & Fog-proof, Nitrogen Filled
    • BAK-4 Prisms
    • Long 15mm eye relief and adjustable twist-up eyecups
    • Ultra-lightweight full-size binoculars (550g)
    • Lifetime Guarantee included
    RRP: £244.99
    £194.95
    You Save: £50.04 (20%)
    Free Standard Delivery Available
    Average Customer Review 4.6/5
    Editors Rating 95/100
    In stock, ready to dispatch.
  • 3. Viking Peregrine ED 8x42 Binoculars
    Our Verdict

    Premium lightweight binoculars with ED glass for exceptional clarity

    What We Think

    The Viking Peregrine ED are essentially a more premium version of our pick for Best Buy, and were a close contender for the top spot. Comparing the spec of each you’d be hard pressed to tell them apart; perhaps the only noticeable difference is that the 8x42 Peregrines are lighter (only 600g) compared to the Kestrels (694g). However, although on paper both these models are pretty much identical the Peregrines are equipped with higher quality Extra Low Dispersion glass and dielectric coated, phase corrected BAK 4 Prisms. This means that you get a slightly sharper image (we struggled to pick up any aberration at all) along with all the other benefits present in our Best Buy: rugged armouring, fully waterproof and nitrogen purged, eye-cups, etc. At over £300 they’re not exactly cheap but you are paying a premium for quality and they hold their own against even pricier models in terms of optical quality.

    Product Features
    • Extra Low Dispersion glass objective lenses
    • Fully multicoated optics with 8x Magnification
    • Dielectric coated, phase corrected BAK 4 Prisms
    • Smooth rubber armour & fully waterproof
    • 10-Year Guarantee
    • 10 Years Guarantee included
    RRP: £329.00
    £299.00
    You Save: £30 (9%)
    Free Standard Delivery Available
    Average Customer Review 4.85/5
    Editors Rating 95/100
    In stock, ready to dispatch.
  • 4. Viking Badger 8x42 Binoculars
    Our Verdict

    Affordable quality - an excellent pair of binoculars for beginners

    What We Think

    Next up is another entry from Viking Optical. The Badger range are designed for the casual or birdwatching beginner and the 8x42 offers an excellent viewing experience for the price. Still manufactured with excellent optics including fully multi-coated lenses and twist-up rubber eyecups for complete comfort with or without glasses. Their armouring provides a secure and comfortable grip, and they are nitrogen purged so completely waterproof. Overall, we loved the Badgers and they’ve received numerous 5-star reviews from our customers. If you’re looking for an affordable pair of high-quality binoculars for under £100, then you won’t get much better than these!

    Product Features
    • 8x magnification- ideal for birdwatching
    • Weatherproof, rubber-armoured design
    • Multicoated optics limit light loss for a clearer image
    • Includes rainguard, case, and carrying strap
    • 5 Years Guarantee included
    RRP: £99.95
    £84.95
    You Save: 15% (£15)
    Free Standard Delivery Available
    Average Customer Review 4.85/5
    Editors Rating 86/100
    In stock, ready to dispatch.
  • 5. Viking Scout 12x30 IS Image Stabilised Binoculars
    Our Verdict

    Exceptional image stabilisation and great value compared to competition

    What We Think

    We were mightily impressed with the performance of the Viking Scout Image Stabilised Binoculars, which are amazing to use with their higher 12x magnification. Binocular magnifications over 10x are very difficult to hold still enough for comfortable viewing but thanks to the image stabilising system (requires 2x AA batteries) with the flick of a switch the view becomes remarkably stable. The downside of such a high magnification means a narrower field of view, which can make it harder to locate targets while looking through the lenses. However, the Scout 12x30 worked well for us in the field and was comfortable to use handheld. As well as the top-class image stabilising the binoculars are backed up by a top quality optical system with multi-coated lenses and phase corrected prisms. They are expensive but you get a lot for your money and better value than alternative Image Stabilising Binoculars.

    Product Features
    • Centre focus with right eyepiece adjustment
    • Twist down eyecups for spectacle wearers
    • Real field of View 5°, Exit pupil 2.5mm
    • Takes 2 size AAA batteries
    • Battery life: 12 hours
    • 5 Years Guarantee included
    RRP: £599.00
    £399.00
    You Save: £200 (33%)
    Free Standard Delivery Available
    Average Customer Review 4.85/5
    Editors Rating 70/100
    Out of Stock
  • 6. Viking Badger 8x25 Binoculars
    Our Verdict

    Excellent pair of compact binoculars combines high-quality optics with convenient size

    What We Think

    This compact pair of binoculars from Viking really impressed us with their excellent optical clarity and value for money. The Viking Badger 8x25 weighs only 298g, but still feel sturdy and well-built. They look great, small and discreet, and provide great quality through the surprisingly powerful lens. They are still nitrogen filled and waterproof so can be used in all weather conditions, and the view is clear and bright through the 25mm lenses. We found the focus wheel to be smooth and precise, and the twist-up eyecups stayed in place. Overall, the compact Badgers are a lovely pair of binoculars (available in 8x25 and 10x25 options), which would be perfect for anyone who likes to enjoy bird watching without having to lug a full-size pair around. At around £75 mark you won’t get better compact binoculars than these!

    Product Features
    • 8x magnification- ideal for birdwatching
    • Weatherproof, rubber-armoured design
    • Multicoated optics limit light loss for a clearer image
    • Includes rainguard, case, and carrying strap
    • BAK-4 Prisms
    • 5 Years Guarantee included
    RRP: £79.95
    £74.95
    You Save: 6% (£5)
    Free Standard Delivery Available
    Average Customer Review 4.6/5
    Editors Rating 75/100
    In stock, ready to dispatch.
  • 7. Celestron TrailSeeker 10x32 Binoculars
    Our Verdict

    Magnesium alloy frame makes these a solid pair of mid-sized binoculars

    What We Think

    The Celestron TrailSeeker 10x32 are a sleek and stylish mid-sized binocular that offer superb optical performance for bird watching. The TrailSeeker benefits from a high-quality, lightweight, magnesium alloy frame for durability, which comes with Celestron's Limited Lifetime Guarantee. There is good sharpness of image at the center and edge of field of view and the overall brightness is excellent. Filled with Nitrogen and sealed, the TrailSeeker are fogproof and waterproof. A good choice compared to more expensive equivalents from the likes of Nikon.

    Product Features
    • Magnesium Alloy Body: Lightweight, durable frame that will last a lifetime and handle use in the field
    • BaK-4 Prisms with Phase and Dielectric Coatings
    • Wide Field of View: Follow your subject easily, with less need to move the binoculars
    • 6.5' Close Focus: Detailed, up close observation of subject in close proximity
    • Metal Multi-Stop Twist Up Eyecups: More durable with a longer life than plastic eyecups
    • 10 Years Guarantee included
    RRP: £219.99
    £189.99
    You Save: £30 (14%)
    Free Standard Delivery Available
    Average Customer Review 4.8/5
    Editors Rating 90/100
    In stock, ready to dispatch.
  • 8. Celestron Outland X 10x50 Binoculars
    Our Verdict

    Decent binoculars and great value

    What We Think

    The Celestron Outland X are a fantastic pair of binoculars that offer incredible value and versatility. Boasting 10x magnification and multi coated optics for high-resolution views with enhanced colour fidelity. Suitable for outdoor use by birders, thanks not only to the powerful magnification but a sturdy build and waterproofing. They are also nitrogen purged so fogproof for using in all weather environments. We found the large focus knobs easy to adjust for precise focusing and twist-up eyecups allow for quick adjustment of eye relief to obtain the full field of view. If you’re looking for a reliable pair of binoculars for bird watching but don’t want to break the bank then the Celestron Outland X 10x50 offer affordable quality.

    Product Features
    • Multi-coated optics for enhanced colour fidelity
    • Protective rubber coating for added durability
    • Waterproof & fogproof
    • Includes carry case & strap
    • 10 Years Guarantee included
    RRP: £139.99
    £124.99
    You Save: £15 (11%)
    Free Standard Delivery Available
    Average Customer Review 4.55/5
    Editors Rating 80/100
    In stock, ready to dispatch.
  • 9. Celestron Outland X 8x25 Binoculars
    Our Verdict

    Pocket-friendly pair of binoculars that offer great value for money

    What We Think

    Ideal for travelling light and providing great quality at an affordable price point, we are big fans of the Celestron Outland X 8x25. The lightweight and compact design means these are easy to carry in a pocket and for a 8x compact roof prism binocular we cannot fault the quality of image. They fit comfortably in the hand and the fingers of the left or right hand are well placed to focus. They are also usable with glasses thanks to the twist up eye cups for eye relief adjustment is ok but as these are compact it is not a brilliant field of view. Without glasses, however the clarity, field of view and brightness are, in our opinion, excellent for binoculars of this size which easily fit in a large coat pocket. These binoculars are small enough to take anywhere and our top choice under £50.

    Product Features
    • Multi-coated optics for enhanced colour fidelity
    • Protective rubber coating for added durability
    • Waterproof & fogproof
    • Includes carry case & strap
    • 10 Years Guarantee included
    RRP: £54.99
    £47.00
    You Save: 15% (£7.99)
    Free Delivery on orders over £50
    Average Customer Review 4.4/5
    Editors Rating 76/100
    Out of Stock
  • 10. Celestron Nature DX 10x42 Binoculars
    Our Verdict

    Another impressive set of binoculars from Celestron

    What We Think

    The Celestron Nature DX 10x42 is a reliable option for bird watching offering the right combination of magnification, field of view, and close focus distance. The fully multi-coated lenses provide high-levels of well managed light transmission especially at 42mm and the phase-coated, premium BaK4 prism glass does a good job of providing sharp, true-to-life colour of your target.

    Product Features
    • Waterproof and fully rubber armored
    • Phase coated BaK-4 prisms for increased contrast and resolution
    • Fully multi-coated optics provide brighter images by increasing light transmission through the entire optical path
    • Close focus of 6.5 feet for viewing nearby subjects
    • Sturdy, twist-up eyecups with multiple stops. Eyeglass friendly with 17.5 mm of eye relief
    • 10 Years Guarantee included
    RRP: £169.99
    £124.99
    You Save: £45 (26%)
    Free Standard Delivery Available
    Average Customer Review 4.65/5
    Editors Rating 75/100
    In stock, ready to dispatch.

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