Last Updated on August 14, 2020
Sometimes you just need things to be bigger so you can see them, but you also need both hands available. Magnifying floor lamps are built for just such times. Whether you’re reading, sewing, making jewelry, watches, or any other fine art, these tools can make your work much clearer and easier to see. Moreover, they’re equipped with lighting to help illuminate your way, allowing you to see your work in a whole new light.
There are many of these devices on the market, so you’ll need to decide which one is best suited for your needs. We’ve tested as many of them as we could find, and the following reviews should help you decide which one is most appropriate for your situation. Whether you want something cheap and effective or you need professional-level performance, we have a recommendation to help you narrow down your options.
|Best Overall||Light It! By Fulcrum Magnifying Floor Lamp||
|Best Value||Lelife LED Floor Lamp Magnifier||
|Premium Choice||Neatfi Bifocals LED Magnifying Floor Lamp||
|TOMSOO 3-in-1 Magnifying Glass Floor Lamp||
|Joypea LED Magnifying Floor Lamp||
Whether you’re using it for reading, quilting, jewelry making, or any other task, you’ll appreciate the useful list of features packed into the Light It! By Fulcrum Magnifying Floor Lamp. For glare-free and even illumination, 12 floodlight LEDs are positioned around the magnifying lens. They are good for 100,000 hours of use, so you shouldn’t ever have to worry about replacing them. Unfortunately, they’re not dimmable, one flaw that we discovered with this lamp.
The flexible metal neck adjusts from 24 inches to 42 inches which allows you to use it in a variety of different positions. Once you get it in place, it stays put, freeing up your hands to work. The five-inch viewing area is larger than some competitors and made it easy to see what we were doing. You can plug this lamp into the wall or you can power it with three D batteries for the most portability. It’s a bit on the expensive side, but it’s also a high-quality product that doesn’t have many drawbacks. In the end, it’s our pick for the best overall and we feel confident recommending it.
Combining an affordable price with solid performance, the Lelife LED Floor Lamp Magnifier is our pick for the best value. The LEDs are very bright when set to max output, offering 1,000 lumens of illumination. They’re also dimmable so you can set them to whatever level is most conducive to your work. They take things one step further, though, by allowing you to even choose between lighting colors; offering warm yellow, light yellow, and cool white. We were impressed with so much versatility, especially at this low price.
One complaint we had with this magnifier was that the viewing lens is only 4.2 inches wide, not nearly as large as we’d like. However, the lens is very clear and has a great image quality. You can also position it anywhere it’s most useful, thanks to the flexible gooseneck arm. The whole device is also protected by a two-year warranty, which provides us with plenty of peace of mind. Altogether, we think it’s the best magnifying floor lamp for the money, which is why it has earned the second position on our list.
Equipped with super-bright LEDs that put out 1,200 lumens of light, the Neatfi LED Magnifying Floor Lamp is a very capable tool that’s built to professional standards. Luckily, four brightness settings are included so you’re not going to be blinded by the bright LEDs in a low-light work area. The magnifier has an extra-large six-inch viewing area that makes it very easy to see what you’re doing. While many of the other models we tested had a gooseneck arm, the Neatfi instead has two boom-style arms that allow for incredible reach and adjustability.
This device features a base with five feet, all equipped with rolling casters. While it makes for a stable design that’s easy to move around, it also takes up quite a bit of space. On top of this, it’s one of the more expensive magnifiers that we tested. It’s also got the best reach and was one of the most stable and adjustable models we tried, so we think the value it provides lives up to the price tag.
This three-in-one magnifying glass floor lamp from TOMSOO can be a full-height floor lamp, a desk lamp, or even a clamp-on lamp for your tabletop. This makes it very versatile since it can be clamped onto a variety of surfaces and positioned any way you see fit. Unfortunately, it’s not the most stable or sturdy lamp, so you may have trouble getting it to stay in certain positions.
Advertised as producing 960 lumens from the LEDs around the magnifying lens, this lamp should provide plenty of light for any work or reading. In reality, the light isn’t as bright as advertised and we found ourselves wishing it were brighter. Another issue for us was the small size of the magnifying area. At just 4.4 inches, it’s one of the smaller viewing areas and we prefer the oversized ones instead. The main selling point for the TOMSOO lamp is the tabletop clamp, but otherwise, this is a very average device, which is why it didn’t quite make it into our top three.
Featuring a main viewing lens with 2X magnification, the Joypea LED Magnifying Floor Lamp is great for reading and hobby work alike. Inside of the main viewing lens, a smaller area with 4X magnification gives you extra versatility for detailed work. Built-in lights illuminate your workspace or reading material, but they didn’t get quite bright enough for our tastes. Moreover, they weren’t adjustable at all, so you can’t set the brightness level to suit your needs. That said, there are three color temperatures to choose from; warm white, natural white, and cold white.
The flexible arm allows you to adjust the light and the magnifying lens for optimal comfort and usability. In our experience, the arm isn’t strong enough to hold the lens in certain positions. Worse, it’s too short to reach across a chair, which makes it difficult to find a comfortable reading position. It is priced pretty affordably, but we think there are better quality products available at the same price, such as the Lelife LED Floor Lamp Magnifier that earned our pick for the best value.
This two-in-one LED magnifier floor lamp from OttLite can be used as a floor lamp or a shorter desk lamp. In either setup, the head can be positioned wherever you desire thanks to the flexible gooseneck arm. Unfortunately, it’s not very long and didn’t provide as much reach as we would like. We did appreciate the larger sized five-inch magnifying area that provided plenty of visibility for reading and working. The LEDs that surround the bottom provided a sufficient amount of light, but they have a short lifespan of just 40,000 hours.
The construction of this device just feels cheap overall and it started to break down after only a few weeks of light use. We were sad to see that the arm stopped holding the head in place and started to slowly migrate downward every time we tried to set it in a particular position. This is one of the more expensive products we tested, so we were pretty disappointed by its poor lifespan.
Equipped with a large five-inch viewing area that makes for a comfortable viewing experience in any application, the Daylight Naturalight LED Floor Lamp is a more expensive option that has a cheap build quality that left us disappointed. It’s a two-in-one model that can be used as a floor lamp or a table lamp. The first cracks and obvious signs of stress started around the connection of the pole to the base. Shortly after, the magnifier came off the gooseneck arm, effectively rendering the unit useless.
The flexible arm allowed us to position the light and magnifier wherever we wanted until it broke after the first few weeks. We did notice that the flexible part was too short to reach a comfortable position for most uses. When we tried to get the lamp replaced, the company didn’t want to honor the warranty. We’d suggest getting something with a longer proven lifespan so you don’t have to worry about warranties in the first place.
At just 1.75X magnification, the HomGarden LightView Pro is a bit weaker than most of the other models we tested. Likewise, the built-in LED lights only provide 500 lumens of light, a far cry from the 1,200 offered by the Neatfi floor lamp that earned our premium choice recommendation. When you use this magnifier, you’ll notice the lack of power from the lights. You’ll also notice that the lights aren’t adjustable, they’re just on or off. We always prefer more adjustability, and we’ve seen it in even lower-priced models such as the Lelife in the second position of this list.
The one feature we did appreciate from the HomGarden LightView Pro was the longer than usual gooseneck arm that allowed us to position this magnifier in places that other models weren’t able to reach. This made reading a bit more comfortable, but it wasn’t enough to redeem the poor performance that the HomGarden offered in all other areas.
Now that we’ve discussed eight of the best magnifying floor lamps available, let’s talk about the most important differences between them. They all perform the same task, but with such varying prices, there have to be some notable discrepancies between models.
Once you purchase a magnifying floor lamp, the hope is that it will last a long time, making your investment worthwhile. You can tell how long a particular one is expected to last by the projected lifespan of the LEDs inside. Some of these models feature LEDs with a short lifespan of 40,000 hours. Once they die, they’re not replaceable, so 40,000 hours is the total number of hours you’ll be able to use your lamp before it needs to be replaced. Some of the best magnifying lamps we tested had LED lifespans of 100,000 hours. With one of these, you shouldn’t have to replace your lamp for well over a decade.
The built-in LEDs on a magnifying floor lamp make it possible to see what you’re working on with a level of clarity that used to be impossible to achieve. But sometimes they’re just too bright and can actually make it difficult to properly see. Luckily, some of these devices include dimmers on the LEDs that give you great adjustability with how much light they’re emitting. Once we used this feature, it became a near necessity.
You may perform most of your work at a workbench or table, but sometimes it’s nice to have the freedom to move around. If you want to use the LEDs to illuminate your work, you’re going to need electricity. But many manufacturers have started adding battery compartments to these tools so that you can power them without being plugged into the wall. If you know you’re not going to be working away from your bench, then this may be an extra feature that you just don’t need. For us, the extra convenience of having a wireless and portable magnifier is a great benefit that we always look for.
To keep your hands free, you need to be able to position your magnifying lens and lamp light wherever it is most useful. Most of these magnifying lamps are equipped with a flexible gooseneck arm that makes it easy to move your magnifier wherever you need. But in our testing, we noticed that some of them are not strong enough to hold the lamp in place, so our light and lens were constantly migrating away from where we placed them. This was frustrating, and it also made it very difficult to work. Save yourself the time and headache and pick a unit with a strong enough arm to hold the magnifier where you set it.
No matter what type of hands-free work you need to accomplish, a magnifying floor lamp is an excellent tool that can make the job much easier. We’ve tested quite a few of these devices to try to find the best ones. You’ve read our reviews comparing some of our favorites, but only three of them have earned our recommendations. To make sure they’re fresh in your mind, we’re going to do a quick recap. The Light It! By Fulcrum magnifying floor lamp offered bright, glare-free illumination whether plugged in or running on batteries. Couple this with the large five-inch viewing area and it’s easy to see why it’s our top pick overall.
For the best value, we think the affordability and packed feature set of the Lelife LED Floor Lamp Magnifier makes it the clear choice. It features dimmable LEDs with three color options to choose from, high-quality optics for improved visibility, and a two-year warranty for peace of mind. Finally, the Neatfi Magnifying Floor Lamp has an extra-large six-inch magnifying lens for incredible visibility, super-bright 1,200-lumen LEDs that are fully dimmable, extra-long reach, and wheels for great portability, making it our premium recommendation for professional performance.
Robert’s obsession with all things optical started early in life, when his optician father would bring home prototypes for Robert to play with. Nowadays, Robert is dedicated to helping others find the right optics for their needs. His hobbies include astronomy, astrophysics, and model building. Originally from Newark, NJ, he resides in Santa Fe, New Mexico, where the nighttime skies are filled with glittering stars.
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