18 open-sided VR headsets

Open-sided virtual reality headsets are small, fold flat, and can be easily carried in a pocket or purse. Since most don’t have head straps, they are typically suited for quick, on-the-go VR experiences or demonstrations.

The open sides allow easy access to the phone screen for interactivity, or switching apps. However, they also allow in light and reduce the feeling of immersion.

I’ve used all the shopping sites mentioned below, including GearBest and AliExpress, and have been very satisfied with the service.

The headsets below are organized by price, with the least expensive first.

Disclosure: All of the headsets below that are linked to reviews, I’ve bought and paid for myself. For the shopping links, I’ve used affiliate links where available.


Mini VR 3D Glasses

$4 on GearBest, available for 3.5 to 5.5 inch iPhones and Android phones. Field of view ranges from 90 to 110 degrees, depending on screen size. Weighs less than 2.5 ounces.

VR Case 1SVR Case 1S

$4 on Amazon, available for the 4.7-inch iPhone 6S, in black, gold, gray and pink.

VR Smart Pro 8 squareVR Start Pro 8

$5 on AliExpress, available for 3.5 to 6 inch iPhones and Android phones. In black, blue, pink and white. Field of view is 80 degrees. Doubles as a phone stand. A simiilar case is available for $4 from GearBest in white, blue and black.

Foldable VR 3D Glasses

$5 on GearBest, fits any phone from 3.5 to 6 inch screen size, available in black, folds in half. The field of view is 80 degrees, and the weight is less than 1.5 ounces.

Foldable VR Glasses - squareFoldable VR Glasses

$6 on GearBest, fits any phone from 4 to 6 inch screen size, available in white or black, folds in half.

VR FoldVR Fold

$9 on Amazon. 95 degree field of view, adjustable lenses, fits any phone from 4 to 6 inch screen size, available in black, purple and red, folds in half. Review here.

VR Case

$5 on Amazon, $9 on GearBest, available for the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 and 6S, in rose gold and black. Folds flat, doubles as phone case and phone stand.

VR Case II -- SquareVR Case II

$10 on Amazon, available for the 5.5-inch iPhone 6S Plus, in gold, pink and gray. Folds flat, doubles as phone case.

Cobra VR squareCobra VR

$10 on Amazon, fits any smartphone, folds flat. Review here.

VR Cat squareVR Cat

$10 on AliExpress, fits iPhone 6 and 6s and iPhone 6 Plus and 6S Plus, folds flat, doubles as case.

Baofeng small mojing VR blackBaofeng Mojing Small

$12 on AliExpress, fits any smartphone, folds flat, adjustable lenses. Also available in purple for $16. Available on Amazon for $15 in black, blue and purple under the bThere brand. Review here.

Homido mini - squareHomido Mini

$15 on Amazon, fits any smartphone. Folds in half. Review here.

VR Cups - squareVR Cups

$20 on Amazon, fits any smartphone, cups stick to screen.

GoggleTech squareGoggle Tech C1-Glass

$25 on Amazon, fits any smartphone, folds flat, comes with nice carrying case. Review here.

AntVR squareAntVR

$30 on Amazon, $15 on AliExpress, fits any phone from 4.5 to 6 inch screen size, available in white and black. A very similar design is available from GearBest for $7. Review here.

SmartVR from Dodocase -- squareSmartVR

Preorder for $40 from Dodocase. Fits all smartphones, folds flat.

Speck - Pocket VRPocket VR from Speck

$70 on Amazon, available for iPhone 6 and Samsung Galaxy S7.

FigmentVR - squareFigmentVR

Preorder for $70, available for iPhone 6, 6 plus, 6S and 6S plus in white or black. Doubles as phone case.

Maria Korolov