About XtraView Mirror
The XtraView mirror is a convex rear view mirror that’s claimed to give you a 180-degree, distortion-free view when driving, and to clip over your existing mirror in seconds, without the need for tools.
Because of its wide design, the XtraView Mirror is claimed to increase your field of vision by up to 300% and eliminate blind spots, while the anti-glare chrome coated glass reduces glare up to 50%. As such, the XtraView mirror is claimed to improve your vision day and night, and to make night driving safer and more comfortable.
But is this really the truth? Will the XtraView Mirror help you drive more safely, and is it worth your hard-earned money? Consider the following:
How Well Will the XtraView Mirror Work?
In traditional rear view mirrors, the anti-glare feature is caused by “what’s known as a “prismatic wedge shape” to the reflective surface. Prismatic rear-view mirrors are manually operated using a tab below the mirror. This allows you to change the reflective surface angle of the light being reflected off it, “day” and “night” mode, if you will. What’s specifically going on here is the internal mirror actually is ground into something of a wedge shape, when viewed from the side, with the thicker edge at the top and getting thinner as it goes down. Thus, the rear surface reflects the light coming from a slightly higher object behind you then the front surface. In order to make the rear surface more reflective, like most mirrors, it is coated with a highly reflective material.”
With this said, it’s not made clear exactly how the XtraView mirror provides its anti-glare benefits (or whether it really provides them at all).
Also, considering the XtraView Mirror’s low price, we’d have to wonder what quality of glass it includes, and how well this would withstand the rigors of daily use (e.g. dings, scratches, etc.), as well as how resistant it is to breakage.
You Have Rear View Mirror Choices
Finally, remember that wide mirrors similar to the XtraView mirror are nothing new, and are available in a variety of shapes as styles from dozens of manufacturers. To see for yourself, simply type “wide rear view mirror” or “anti-glare rear view mirror” into your favorite search engine.
In fact, these types of rear view mirrors are so prevalent that you might be able to find one at your local big box retailer. This way, you could possibly save yourself a ton in lost S&H charges (more about this in the Pricing section).
Are Customers Driving Easier with XtraView Mirror?
XtraView Mirror appears to be a very new product, as there weren’t any online customer reviews available for the rear view mirror at the time of our research.
However, XtraView Mirror appears to be manufactured by Lenfest Media Group, LLC, a relatively minor player in the “As Seen on TV” industry who also manufactures ASOTV products such as Wobble Wag Giggle and My Fun Fish.
Based on 85 HighYa reader reviews for these products (as of 3/19/15), they held an average rating of 2.5 stars, with common complaints citing failure to work as advertised, poor quality, and high, non-refundable S&H charges (more about this next). Granted, you may not experience the same with XtraView Mirror, but it’s worth keeping in mind.
Lenfest Media Group holds a B+ rating with the Better Business Bureau, with just 25 closed complaints. Again, most of these appeared to reference product problems.
XtraView Mirror Pricing & Refund Policy
Two XtraView Mirrors are priced at $14.95 plus $12.90 S&H, bringing your total to $27.90.
All XtraView Mirror orders come with a 30-day refund policy, less S&H charges. This means that by the time you ship your mirrors back to the manufacturer, you could spend/lose almost $20 in S&H charges, while only receiving $14.95 in return.
With this in mind, XtraView Mirror also comes with a 30-day warranty (90 days for the Deluxe model, although no additional information was provided about this on the product’s website), also less S&H charges.
In order to request a refund, you’ll need to contact customer service at 855-836-8438.
Will the XtraView Mirror Help You Drive More Comfortably & Safely?
Chopping to the Point: While it’s probably true that XtraView Mirror’s wide field of vision can provide you with an increased rear view when driving, considering the product’s low price and questionable quality—especially in light of online customer reviews for the manufacturer’s other products—we might recommend exploring other options (both local and online) before placing your order.
1 out 2 people found this review helpful
XtraView Mirror delay.
I ordered this XtraView Mirror on March 24th and still haven't received it.
3 out 4 people found this review helpful
Rip off, rip off
I ordered this product on 3/26 and still have not received it. After reading about it, I feel I have been ripped off and intend to report it to the Better Business Bureau. Incidentally, I paid $27.85 not $14. I will never again order any product that it promoted on T.V.