Acrylic Mirror vs. Glass Mirror: Which Is Better?

It’s a common misconception amongst many people that glass mirrors are better than acrylic, simply because they are more well-known. However, many consumers do not even realize that mirrors within their own home and offices are actually manufactured from acrylic. Not only are acrylic mirrors equal to glass mirrors, but they also have a plethora of advantages over their glass counterparts. Here, we will discuss the key differences between acrylic mirror sheets and glass mirrors, advantages and disadvantages of both acrylic and glass mirrors and ultimately which type of mirror you should use for your next project.


Woman holding acrylic mirror in field
Beautiful and safe acrylic mirrors are perfect anywhere.

Key Differences Between Acrylic Mirrors and Glass Mirrors

Did you know that acrylic mirror sheets are 17 times stronger than glass, this means that acrylic mirror sheets can stand up to greater impacts than glass—making them more crack and shatter resistant. Acrylic mirror sheets are also half the weight of glass, making them a favorite for DIY, construction, or any other project. Acrylic mirror sheets are also capable of being bent and curved whereas glass mirrors must stay flat to avoid damage. Acrylic mirror sheets are also more flexible than glass; however, may absorb moisture if placed in an outside environment.
Glass mirrors tend to be a popular material choice for decorative purposes due to its clear, reflective qualities. Glass mirrors are heavier than acrylic, which limits its use and versatility. Additionally, glass mirrors require more precision when drilling holes and runs the risk of splintering or shattering when machined.

Advantages of Acrylic Mirrors

When comparing acrylic mirrors to that of glass mirrors there are many advantages. Outside of acrylic mirrors being lightweight and impact-resistant, they are also safer to place in high traffic environments, possess a longer lifespan than glass mirrors, are easier to clean, UV-resistant, flexible, and are time saving when it comes to cutting, fitting, drilling, and installing them in common applications. Acrylic mirrors are comparable to glass mirrors and sometimes even better because of their durability and versatility.

Downsides of Acrylic Mirrors

While acrylic mirrors have their advantages, they also have a few downsides too. These disadvantages include a tendency to warp in outdoor environments, scratch easily, and may cost more than traditional glass mirrors.

Advantages of Glass Mirrors

Glass mirrors are more weather-resistant than acrylic mirror sheets and will not warp due to nature’s element, they also offer a clear reflection where acrylic mirror sheets may offer less reflective quality.

Downsides of Glass Mirrors

Glass mirrors are not as safe, easy to clean, impact-resistant, durable, or easy to machine as their acrylic mirror sheet counterparts. Glass mirrors are typically heavy and have a higher chance of breaking or cracking when put in high-traffic environments, making them not as versatile and an overall riskier choice to install in distinct types of applications.

Is An Acrylic Mirror Cheaper Than Glass?

While it is becoming more and more clear to consumers that acrylic mirrors are comparable to glass mirrors, it is still an ongoing discussion as to its cost and value versus glass mirrors. Regarding initial purchase cost, an acrylic mirror may be more expensive than glass mirror. However, over time acrylic will cost you less. From its lightweight makeup to its shatter-resistance, acrylic is easier to maintain and transport—allowing you to save in replacement costs over its lifespan.

Where Should Acrylic Mirrors Be Used?

Acrylic mirrors are versatile and shatter-resistant, allowing you to use them in many ways. First, acrylic mirrors are safer than glass mirrors, so anywhere that protection is needed is a suitable place to install them. From schools, retail stores, dance studios, prisons, to high hanging signage or full-length mirrors in the home, acrylic mirrors are long-lasting, durable and a worthy investment.

Which Mirror Should You Choose?

It depends on the application or use. For almost all applications and installations, acrylic mirror is an optimal choice for your project at hand. Acrylic mirrors offer many benefits over traditional glass mirrors and are better long-term investment. At Acme Plastics we have a wide selection of acrylic mirror sheets that can be used across industries. If you are interested in custom fitting an acrylic mirror for your next project, contact our plastic specialists today for more information on  acrylic mirror sheets.