The 8 Best Kaleidoscopes

Updated January 11, 2017 by Steven John

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We spent 23 hours on research, videography, and editing, to review the top selections for this wiki. The term "kaleidoscope" was first used in 1817 by a Scottish inventor named David Brewster. In the 200 years that have since passed, these devices have dazzled millions of people of all ages, inspiring wonder and joy with their always-changing swirl of shape and color. We sought out options that look great from the outside and when held to the eye. When users buy our independently chosen editorial picks, we may earn commissions to support our work. Skip to the best kaleidoscope on Amazon.

8. Goldenis Pocket Kaleidoscope

With the short and slender Goldenis Pocket Kaleidoscope on hand you can bring a bit of diversion along with you wherever you go. This little trinket is just five inches in length and a half-inch thick, yet it still creates memorable viewing experiences.
  • elegant brass housing
  • protective pouch included
  • lens surface scratches easily
Model pending
Weight 1.6 ounces
Rating 4.1 / 5.0

7. Bits and Pieces Continuous Movement

The Bits and Pieces Continuous Movement creates a swirling tableau of colors thanks to mixed media that slowly drift through a gel-filled tube affixed to the end of its barrel. There is a truly infinite blend of shapes and colors that this little device can create.
  • great kids' party favors
  • compact enough for travel
  • rather cheap materials
Brand Bits and Pieces
Model pending
Weight 4 ounces
Rating 3.6 / 5.0

6. FindLavender Green Marble

This FindLavender Green Marble kaleidoscope is so handsome from the outside that you won't even want to lift it off its base to look through the barrel. The view within is equally striking, though, being provided by a collection of colored bits and a glass dome.
  • solid and sturdy base
  • good corporate gift
  • expensive but well made
Brand Findlavender
Model pending
Weight 1.1 pounds
Rating 4.1 / 5.0

5. Maritime Museum Store

This durable brass curio from the Maritime Museum Store looks like a priceless heirloom handed down through the generations, but is, in fact, newly-made and quite affordable. An antique-style leather box comes with it and is suitable for storage or display.
  • genuine handmade item
  • box seals with snap closure
  • smaller than most people expect
Brand Maritime Museum Store
Model C-3226
Weight 0.8 ounces
Rating 4.4 / 5.0

4. Toysmith Old World

The Toysmith Old World has an exterior adorned with a vintage-style map motif that calls to mind a mariner's spyglass. Looking through the barrel reveals not a far-off island or ship's sail, however, but, instead, an ever-shifting world of color and shape.
  • filled with bright plastic beads
  • rugged outer shell
  • occasional eyepiece obstructions
Brand Toysmith
Model TSM2315
Weight 3.2 ounces
Rating 4.3 / 5.0

3. Funky Goggs Kaleidoscope Goggles

The Funky Goggs Kaleidoscope Goggles create an immersive visual experience, turning the world around you into a dazzling display of refracted shapes and colors. They are great fun for short-term wear, but watch out for disorienting headaches.
  • great costume accessory
  • easily-adjusted head strap
  • fun for raves or parties
Brand Funky Goggs
Model pending
Weight 4.8 ounces
Rating 4.7 / 5.0

2. Schylling Classic Tin

The Schylling Classic Tin is enjoyable for people of all ages but, thanks to its durable metal housing, it is suitable as a toy for kids as young as three. Both its exterior and the view through its barrel will intrigue and amuse youngsters.
  • easy-to-twist segments
  • lightweight yet durable
  • great price for good quality
Brand Schylling
Model CTK
Weight 6.4 ounces
Rating 4.7 / 5.0

1. BigGalileo Premium Metal Kaleidoscope

The BigGalileo Premium Metal Kaleidoscope is a gorgeous decorative item that will command the admiration of any who see it in your office, study, or parlor. Its dual spinning discs create unique and colorful patterns when viewed through the eyepiece.
  • finely-carved details
  • brass and wood stand
  • museum-quality construction
Brand BigGalileo Premium Meta
Model pending
Weight 3.2 pounds
Rating 4.6 / 5.0

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Last updated on January 11, 2017 by Steven John

When not writing or spending time with his family, Steven tries to squeeze in some mountain climbing. In addition to writing for several websites and journals, Steven has published multiple novels.

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