The best Oculus Quest 2 face covers
One of the biggest Oculus Quest 2 issues is excess lens fogging. The basic facial interface traps your heat and sweat inside the headset, which inevitably fogs up your POV — especially when playing active games or exercise apps. Thankfully, several third-party replacement covers include vents to allow more air circulation, which daily VR users will find incredibly useful.
Of those alternatives, the KIWI Design Facial Interface wins because it gives you four vents: two pairs each on the top and bottom. This allows cool air to flow in from below and warm air to escape up top. In our tests, it did the best job of preventing fogged-up lenses, no matter the temperature of your room.
Our reviewer found the KIWI face cover padding to be extremely comfortable, but did note that its noseguard does let in some decent light leakage. If that does prove to be an issue, the KIWI Design Facial Interface uses velcro strips that are compatible with other face covers! He used the KIWI interface and added padding from VR Cover — another pick on this list — that helped close the gap.
With a similar price to the KIWI interface, this AMVR accessory is your best bet if you want a face cover with vents that has a more efficient light-blocking nose guard. Rather than relying solely on large vents, the AMVR model has a combination of “ventilation and exhaust holes” to keep the Quest 2 equally fog-free in our tests.
A seven-in-one bundle, the AMVR Facial Vent and Pads have the following: the facial interface bracket; two leather face covers sized 8mm and 12mm; two side foam pads to cushion near the straps; a light-blocking nose pad; and a lens cover to protect it during transit and block harmful sun rays. You’ll especially appreciate the multiple face covers, as it’ll allow you to pick more or less padding based on your face’s size and shape. And the side cushions don’t just add comfort; they also prevent light seepage from above your eyes.
Many users even report that the AMVR face cover is especially great for glasses-wearers, as they fit more comfortably than the standard facial interface. We highly recommend this model, though we suggest you skip the orange model instead of the black one. The orange color will catch the light inside the headset and prove distracting, defeating the purpose of its light-blocking parts.
The third in our trifecta of excellent third-party face covers are the VR Cover Facial Interface. Like the AMVR cover, it comes with a gasket replacement and two PU leather pads that are easy to clean or swap, though in this case, they’re both the same size. You also get a standard nose guard for blocking light. This face cover is an official Oculus accessory, like the Elite Strap, so you know that it passes Oculus’s quality standards at least.
Our reviewer vastly preferred this cover over the base Oculus cover, but did have some issues with it. He found that the repelling leather material caused sweat to drip down your face (unlike the absorbent foam), so you’ll want to invest in a bandanna or sweat guard. And like the Kiwi cover, it has some issues with light seepage getting through. Despite that, it remains one of the best Quest 2 face covers, thanks partly to some of the best compatible accessories that go with it.
You can see some of these in our VR Cover accessories round-up. Among these, you’ll find special Cool XG Foam Pads that replace the stock leather padding with cooling gel and a layer of memory foam. The XL glasses spacer (only compatible with the VR Cover gasket) protects your lenses from scratches much better than the stock Oculus spacer. And for improved padding around your head, the extremely comfy Head Strap Pad adds padding to the straps, while the Elite Strap Pad cradles the back of your head.
Altogether, these accessories add up to something quite expensive and probably will make your headset a bit bulkier. But the total package will probably make your Quest 2 more comfortable than it’s ever been!
Leather replacement covers typically win the day for comfort and require taking apart your headset to install a new gasket, and removing the leather covers to clean them can be tricky. So you may want to invest in a few silicone covers instead. They slide directly over the stock Quest 2 foam interface, then come off in a flash when you want to wipe off sweat and germs from your intense Beat Saber session.
Another reliable VR Cover accessory, these silicone covers will provide a cool, sweat-wicking surface for playing active games. In our tests, they stayed secure on your face when moving around fast, so you don’t have to readjust your headset constantly.
You can buy three of these for the same price as any of the above options and swap between them after every session, so you’re confident it’s thoroughly sanitized. Or you can buy these *, in addition* to any of the above picks; a silicone cover will slide over a leather cover in a pinch.
If silicone covers have a downside, it’s that their sweat-repelling material will cause sweat to drip down your face into the headset. So as we mentioned before, you’ll want to pair this with some absorbent headband and other Quest 2 workout accessories. But overall, there’s very little downside to stocking up on a few of these. You can even change up the headset color to match your mood!
As we mentioned above, you can request a free Quest 2 silicone cover from Oculus as part of its voluntary recall. As long as you bought your Quest 2 before 8/24/2021, you’re eligible to receive one; otherwise, you should have gotten one in the box.
If it weren’t free, we wouldn’t necessarily recommend it. Unfortunately, it takes about a month to arrive, is rather flimsily made, and some users say it’s a struggle to get it to stick on top of the foam interface. After about five minutes, we got our free copy on, slowly molding it to fit the gasket, but it seems to be extremely prone to little scratches and scuff marks at the slightest provocation.
On the other hand, it’s free! You can never have too many silicone covers, making this the perfect backup when your other covers are sweat-stained and you don’t want to wash them right away. It’ll slide right over the foam interface and give you the basic protection you need, even if it isn’t as colorful or well-molded as the VR Cover silicone covers.
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The best Quest 2 face covers aren’t just for people who regularly play hardcore exercise VR games. Pressed tight against your skin for hours, the Quest 2 facial interface is bound to absorb sweat, dirt, and bacteria. Oculus’ official cleaning guide (opens in new tab) suggests non-abrasive antibacterial wipes, but those may only get what’s on the immediate surface, not what has seeped into the stock foam. That’s why you’ll want a PU leather or silicone cover that doesn’t absorb anything so that you can wipe bacteria away.
If you want to pick just one cover that won’t let you down, try the KIWI Design facial interface. Its padding will envelop you in a way that’ll make the Quest 2 feel much more natural. Pair it with a Quest 2 head strap replacement, and your headset will become even more comfortable for long sessions.