In a Nutshell:

While we wouldn’t class Tasco Essentials Binoculars as excellent, they are solid designs and make very good entry-level gear options. Recommended for anyone on a budget, especially if you’re not sure you’re ready to commit to a high-quality pair of binoculars.

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  • Clear indication of magnification and lens size for each model
  • Field of view and closest point of focus information provided
  • Smaller lenses for portability, larger lenses for detail
  • Consideration of weight and portability
  • Explanation of Porro prism and roof prism designs for different preferences
  • Flexibility in choosing binoculars based on individual needs and usage


  • None specified
Tasco Essentials Hunting Binoculars

Recommended For: Anyone on a budget, especially if you’re not sure you’re ready to commit to a high-quality pair of binoculars.

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Do you enjoy the great outdoors? Are you fond of camping trips, fishing, bird watching, or hiking? Are you in the market for some decent, value-priced gear to help you better enjoy your passions? If you answered yes to the questions above, then you’re going to be intrigued by what you read in this—our Tasco Essentials binoculars review.

Tasco began life more than half a century ago under the name “Tanross Supply Company.”

Initially, they specialized in hardware and fishing tackle, but over time, they expanded their product line to include sports optics, including rifle scopes, binoculars, and telescopes.

Although they are a well-known brand, their emphasis isn’t on high-end, top-quality gear. Rather, most of their equipment is aimed at the entry-level of the sports optics market and specifically, people on a budget who may not have a ton of money to spend on gear.

Tasco Essentials Binoculars 10x25 with a rugged housing and black rubber armor coating

That’s not a bad thing. The entry-level value segment of the market is huge, and Tasco serves them well.

While it’s true that you can spend more and get binoculars of better overall quality, if you just don’t have the cash, Tasco gear is a great way to get started. 

It’s also good because if you want to check the gear out but you’re not sure you’re ready to seriously commit to sports optics equipment, Tasco gear is a good way to get your feet wet, and later, your Tasco binoculars can serve as a good backup when you decide to upgrade.

In this review, we’ll take a closer look at the Tasco Essentials line so you can decide for yourself if these are the right binoculars for you. If your interest is piqued, read on, and let’s take a closer look.

Tasco Essentials Binoculars – Features and Capabilities

The first thing we should note is that our Tasco Essentials binoculars review covers the entire Tasco Essentials line, which contains more than a dozen different options. Given that, we’ll start by listing the various options you’ll find on the company’s website and various vendor pages so you can have a high-level look at the overall offering. Here’s the scoop:

Tasco Essentials 12x25 Binoculars with black rubber armor coating and neck strap
NameFrameDimensionsWeightPrismFV/ Close Focus
Leftfront of Tasco Essentials 7×35 BinocularsTasco Essentials 7×35 BinocularsRubberized, water resistant, Black7.5” x 6.25” x 3.13”8.6 ouncesPorro470/17
Rightfront of Tasco Essentials 8×21 BinocularsTasco Essentials 8×21 BinocularsRubberized, water resistant, Brown camo or black5.25” x 2.5” x 3.5”5.8 ouncesRoof380/30
Leftfront of Tasco ES8x42 Essentials BinocularTasco ES8x42 Essentials BinocularRubberized, water resistant, Black7.25” x 6” x 3”10.22 ouncesRoof185/30
Leftfront of Tasco Essentials Binoculars 10×25Tasco Essentials Binoculars 10×25Rubberized, water resistant, Black5” x 4” x 3”8.8 ouncesPorro320/18
Leftfront of TASCO Essentials Roof Prism Roof Binoculars (10×25)TASCO Essentials Roof Prism Roof Binoculars (10×25)Rubberized, water resistant, black, blue, green, brown camo, or red5” x 4” x 3”8.4 ouncesFolding Roof Prism300/30
Leftfront of TASCO ES10X32 Essentials BinocularTASCO ES10X32 Essentials BinocularRubberized, water resistant, black2.62” x 3.87” x 7”11 ouncesFolding Roof Prism260/30
Leftfront of Tasco Essentials Binoculars 10×42Tasco Essentials Binoculars 10×42Rubberized, water resistant, Black8” x 6” x 3”10.22 ouncesRoof185/30
Leftfront of Tasco 10×50 Essentials BinocularTasco 10×50 Essentials BinocularRubberized, water resistant, black8” x 8” x 3.13”27 ouncesPorro367/18
Leftfront of TASCO Essentials 10-30×50 BinocularsTASCO Essentials 10-30×50 BinocularsRubberized, water resistant, black10” x 9” x 4”26.4 ouncesPorro192/25 at 10x, and 105/45 at 30x
Tasco Essential Binoculars 12×25Tasco Essential Binoculars 12×25Rubberized, water resistant, black, brown camo5” x 3.5” x 2.5”8.4 ouncesFolding Roof288/30
Leftfront of TASCO ES12X32 Essentials BinocularTASCO ES12X32 Essentials BinocularRubberized, water resistant, black2.62” x 3.87” x 7”11 ouncesFolding Roof260/30
Leftfront of TASCO Essentials 12×50 BinocularsTASCO Essentials 12×50 BinocularsRubberized, water resistant, black3.12” x 8” x 8.87”27 ouncesPorro262/18
Leftfront of Tasco Essential Binoculars 16×32Tasco Essential Binoculars 16×32Rubberized, water resistant, black2.62” x 3.87” x 7”10.22 ouncesFolding Roof185/30

The first thing to note about the information in the table is that each item’s name contains the magnification and the size of the objective lens in millimeters. So, for instance, the Tasco Essentials 8×42 binoculars are binoculars with an 8x magnification and a 42-millimeter lens.

Tasco Essential Binoculars 12x25 with black rubber armor coating and a small central focus knob

The second thing to mention here concerns the numbers in the last column. Here’s what they mean: FV is short for Field of view at 100 yards. The second number is the closest point of focus in feet. Armed with that information, you can evaluate the various models in the Tasco Essentials line and determine which one works best for you.

If you’ve never owned a pair of binoculars before, what you’ll generally find is that binoculars with smaller objective lenses tend to be better for birdwatching and similar activities that involve hiking. There’s less light gathering, sure, but these are more portable and convenient to carry around.

Binoculars with larger objective lenses, which are heavier but offer greater detail, are usually recommended for hunting and the like.

Weight is another consideration if you plan to wear these around your neck. Everyone is different, of course, so only you can answer the question, “How heavy is too heavy?” But generally speaking, lighter is better—if that’s how you plan on carrying them. The other option is a carrying case.

Finally, if you’re not familiar with the two main prism options available, here’s a quick explanation:

An illustration of how light passes through in Porro Prism binoculars
Porro Prism
An illustration of how light passes through in Roof Prism binoculars
Roof Prism

The Porro prism design sees the objective lens tubes offset from the eyepieces. In a roof prism design, they’re not—those are built with two arrow-straight tubes. This small but important difference means that roof prism binoculars tend to be smaller and more compact, so if size matters and smaller is better for you, then you probably want roof prism binoculars.

On the other hand, Porro prisms tend to offer a slightly brighter, crisper image, all things considered, but they also tend to be a little larger than a comparable roof design.

Ultimately, there are no right answers. It comes down to what you plan on using them for and what your

Tasco Essentials Accessories

This is another surprisingly strong component of our Tasco Essentials binoculars review because Tasco provides a surprising number of accessories with the binoculars they sell.

Tasco 12x25 Essential Binoculars accessories include a neck strap, carrying case, and blue lens cloth

In particular, you get the following:

  • Lens caps (front and rear)
  • A carrying case
  • And a neckstrap

Granted, the quality of the carrying case isn’t great but hey! You get one, and that’s pretty cool. We consider all three of these to be high-value additions, and we’re impressed to see the full suite on offer.

Tasco Essentials Binoculars Review Conclusion

If you’re a serious outdoor adventurer, the day will inevitably come when you outgrow your Tasco binoculars and start longing for something with better overall quality. Even when that day comes, though, your Tasco binoculars will still have a place in your kit as a backup in the event that something happens to your main pair.

They’re not spectacular binoculars, but they weren’t designed to be. They are very good entry-level binoculars, and there’s nothing in the world wrong with that. We recommend them as a first pair of binoculars to anyone, especially if you’re on a budget. These will serve you well.

Comparable Products to Consider

If you’ve reached the end of this review and have decided that you’re not looking for something value-priced and want to step up to the next tier, quality-wise, here are a couple of other options to consider:

Barska WP Blackhawk AB11850

Recommended For: Anyone. A wonderful mix of high quality and affordability.

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As with the Tasco Essentials series, there are a number of products here that are well worth a look. Blackhawks don’t come with carrying cases, but you’ll get lens caps and a neck strap with whatever model you buy.

In addition to that, the grip tends to be better on these, and the overall build quality tends to be higher. Yes, they’re more expensive, but this is definitely a case of getting what you pay for.

Olympus is a British company that’s been in the sports optics business for more than a century. Their products are definitely a cut above, and if you decide to invest in a pair, you definitely won’t be disappointed!

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