I use this mirror in both bathrooms and keep a third in my travel backpack. The magnification is great and the diameter of the mirror is perfect for seeing "everything". I hold the mirror, but one can set it down if they desire.
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
The 10X side is defective or poorly made. You have to get within 4 - 6 inches to even see a half way credible reflection. Almost all other 10X mirrors can be easily viewed at a distance of 12-14 inches when in use. Am in the process of sending it back for a refund - would NOT recommend this mirror to anyone!
Bottom Line No, I would not recommend this to a friend