Best Mirror Makeovers with these Bathroom Mirror Ideas and Pivot Designs

Updated: Mar. 18, 2024

Mirror, mirror on the wall, what are the best bathroom mirrors of them all?

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When we finally updated the bathroom in our mid-century modern house, we didn’t know one of the toughest choices was going to be sorting through the endless options of bathroom mirrors. Did we want a recessed mirror with doors for bathroom storage, or a flat-mounted one? Did we want smart mirror technology for early morning chats with Siri, or inset lights that mimic daylight for applying makeup? Did we want a mirror-lined interior, or offset doors (one wide door and one narrow one) that are handy when one spouse needs more product space than the other? What about fitting in with our bathroom decor? And, as always, every added feature came with increasing prices that climb quickly.

There were so many choices that it was like putting two mirrors together and watching the reflection multiple into infinity. Whether you’re redesigning a half bath, basement bathroom or primary bathroom, allow us to save you the same trouble. Prepare to be inspired by the best bathroom mirrors.

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Seamless Medicine Cabinet Ecomm Westelm.com VIA MERCHANT

Best Overall Bathroom Mirror

West Elm Medicine Cabinet Mirror

This seamless mirrored medicine cabinet from West Elm can be wall-mounted or recessed into the wall between two studs, so you’d never know that extra storage space is there. The mirrored door can open from the left or right to reveal four adjustable glass shelves for storage. Useful and beautiful, it’s available in five finishes: matte black, brushed nickel, antique brass, chrome and dark bronze. It might be a tougher choice than you think. This bathroom mirror is available in three different sizes, and all the mounting hardware is included.

 Pros

  • Seamless design provides hidden storage
  • Available in five colors and three sizes
  • Can be installed to open from left or right

Cons

  • Some colors are only available in two sizes

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Aazzkang Rustic Mirror Wood Framed Wall Mirror Ecomm Amazon.com VIA MERCHANT

Best Budget Bathroom Mirror

Aazzkang Wood Mirror

If you’re on a budget but don’t want to sacrifice style, check out this rustic wood-framed bathroom mirror. Available in three sizes, they’ll work work in half bathrooms and primary bathrooms alike. There’s most certainly an option that’ll fit in with your decor, as the wooden frames are available in 10 finishes, including dark gray, rustic white, light green and pink.

Pros

  • Wallet-friendly price
  • 10 different finish options
  • Available in three sizes
  • Quick installation

Cons

  • No storage or special features

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Best Round Bathroom Mirror

Crate & Barrel Round Mirror

The Crate & Barrel round mirror is minimal, but not without charm. This beveled edge mirror shines within a thin frame, which comes in three finishes: brass, black and silver. It comes in circular 30-, 36- and 48-inch sizes, and is also available in rectangle, rounded square, arched wall and capsule options to find your best fit.

“I bought this mirror for a small half bath, and it’s simply amazing,” one reviewer raved. ‘It helps make the tiny space feel so much larger. It is heavy, but very well made. I’m so happy I went with this mirror!”

Pros

  • Available in three round sizes
  • Minimalist design in five color options
  • Also comes in square, rectangular, arched and capsule shapes

Cons

  • Doesn’t include storage

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Bowman Oval Pivot Mirror Ecomm Rejuvenation.com VIA MERCHANT

Best Pivot Bathroom Mirror

Bowman Pivot Mirror

Pivot mirrors give you a closer look, and tilt for those who need accommodations for wheelchairs and other medical equipment. Rejuvenation’s Bowman pivot mirror offers flexibility on almost all counts with both functionality and classic, traditional style. For a single mirror, choose from 24 inches or 32 inches tall. The finish options include brass, chrome, oil-rubbed bronz, and brushed or polished nickel.

Pros

  • Angle can be adjusted
  • Lightweight and includes mounting hardware
  • Available in five finishes

Cons

  • On the expensive side
  • Doesn’t offer storage

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Keonjinn Backlit Mirror Bathroom Ecomm Amazon.com VIA MERCHANT

Best Multi-Feature Bathroom Mirror

Keonjinn Backlit Bathroom Mirror

The Keonjinn backlit bathroom mirror does everything but style your hair for you. It has LED backlighting that gives your bathroom (and you!) an attractive glow. An anti-fog feature keeps these bathroom mirrors clear, and an IP54 waterproof rating ensures safe lighting in wet bathroom environments. The LED light is dimmable, from normal to brightest.

Pros

  • Fog-free setting and light memory function
  • Multiple brightness settings
  • LED lights last up to 50,000 hours
  • Available in 19 sizes

Cons

  • Requires wiring to wall switch

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Best Smart Bathroom Mirror

Kohler Verdera

The Kohler Verdera earns top marks for a smart mirror. Wake up and ask Alexa about the weather while getting a close shave. Two pivoting side LED lights are programmable, dimmable and provide neutral, clear, bathroom-perfect light. The mirror offers surround sound stereo to start the day with some tunes. Plus, it features a motion-sensing nightlight for late-night trips to the bathroom. The anodized aluminum construction is rust- and chip-resistant, which is a must for a humid environment.

Pros

  • Has a surround sound stereo and built-in microphone
  • Voice control of lighting brightness and sound volume
  • Integrated LED bulbs last up to 36,000 hours
  • Syncs with Bluetooth devices like smartphones, tablets, laptops and MP3 players

Cons

  • Expensive

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Pharmacy Mirror Ecomm Target.com VIA MERCHANT

Best Pharmacy Bathroom Mirror

Threshold Pharmacy Mirror

Are you looking for retro, industrial-style mirror that’s functional in a small space? This Threshold pharmacy mirror packs a simple, attractive and functional punch. If you don’t have space or depth for a medicine cabinet, the sleek powder-coated rectangular frame incorporates a small shelf to hold all your essentials, cutting down on clutter on your vanity. It comes in black, brass and pewter finishes to match your bathroom finishes. If you lack the wall depth or space for a medicine cabinet, this could be the next best thing.

Pros

  • Has a built-in shelf for storage
  • Affordable
  • Easy to install

Cons

  • Available in one size

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Best Arched Bathroom Mirror

Tracie Arch Metal Mirror

Arches are a major design trend now. The antiqued gold finish of this thin-profile Tracie Arch Metal Mirror from Joss & Main adds a stylish touch to your bathroom. It’s a minimalist design, but offers just enough flair to be interesting and warms up what is often a colder space. This bathroom mirror comes with all necessary hanging hardware. One reviewer bought two to hang over a double vanity and praised its “simple but pretty design.”

Pros

  • Timeless, classic style
  • Available in antiqued gold and matte black
  • Hardware included

Cons

  • No lighting or storage

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Bevier Rectangle Wood Mirror Ecomm Wayfair.com VIA MERCHANT

Best Farmhouse Bathroom Mirror

Gracie Oaks Bevier Mirror

The distinctive barn door slider bracket makes the Gracie Oaks Bevier Mirror a modern farmhouse favorite. The wooden rectangular frame comes in a dark satin finish. Blend with warm or cool tones, pair with shiplap or subway tile (or both!) and you’re all set.

“My wife absolutely loves the mirror. It goes well with the theme of the powder room. It was simple to assemble and hang. Good sturdy product,” writes one reviewer.

Pros

  • Barn door-inspired design
  • Comes in 11 finishes and four sizes
  • Wooden frame treated for damp conditions

Cons

  • On the expensive side
  • No lighting or storage

What to Consider When Buying a Bathroom Mirrors

Do you need to combine a bathroom mirror with storage? Look for a medicine chest, which can be sunken into the wall between studs or flush-mounted. If you have room for two sinks in the vanity, you’ll probably need two mirrors installed side-by-side over the sinks. And how about cutting-edge functionality? You can get bathroom mirrors with adjustable LED lighting, anti-fog settings and even Bluetooth technology that can access Siri or Alexa to play music to start your day.

Frameless mirrors are sleek and streamlined for contemporary spaces while framed mirrors are available for many styles, from rustic to glam. Mirrors that pivot are versatile in small spaces, making it easier to move around the space.

Types of Bathroom Mirrors

  • Cabinet mirrors: Sometimes called medicine chests, these have built-in storage behind the mirror and can be flat-mounted or recessed into the wall.
  • Flat mirrors: If space is at a premium, consider a flat mirror, which can be mounted on the wall or even suspended by chains or hung like a picture.
  • Smart mirrors: How many features you get depend on what you’re willing to spend. Many can be wired into the wall switches or use Bluetooth technology.
  • Lighted mirrors: These usually require an electrician to install, but the lighting is built into the mirror or around the outside for a backlit effect.

How We Found the Best Bathroom Mirrors

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FAQ

How big should a mirror be over a bathroom vanity?

The width of the mirror should be a couple of inches narrower than the width of your sink. If you’re adding a light above the mirror, leave about 6 inches from the top of the mirror. The bottom of the mirror should be 5 to 10 inches above the counter, so you can use the sink without splashing the mirror.

Is there a difference between bathroom mirrors and regular mirrors?

If you plan to use a wall-mounted mirror, any style of a framed mirror will work. If you pick a deeper chest-style mirror, make sure the frame elements are waterproof.

What is best thickness for bathroom mirrors?

In general, the thicker the mirror is, the better the reflection will be. Look for mirrored glass that’s at least three-sixteenths to one-fourth of an inch thick. Thinner mirrors are more likely to have distortion in the reflection, and can warp in the damp environment of a bathroom.