16 Best N95, KF94, and KN95 Face Masks (2022)

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The CDC has a gigantic list of approved N95 masks.. Unfortunately, the offer of many brands is constantly fluctuating, so you may need to check regularly to see what items are in stock. Many stores also have regional stocks based on in-store shipments, so be sure to check your local zip code on different websites where applicable.

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Respiratory mask Kimberly-Clark N95.

Photograph: Kimberly Clark

If you need a lot of N95 on the cheap, this package from Kimberly-Clark is one of the best options. Although these are NIOSH approved N95 respirators, they are not intended for medical use. If that’s not an issue for you, then a horizontal fold bag and a foldable nosepiece should provide a secure fit to your face while still costing less than a dollar per mask.

This foldable mask uses two straps over the head to ensure the mask fits snugly around the face while still leaving enough room for breathing in front of the mouth and nose. These are some of the most expensive masks on our list, but our team members have used them and found them comfortable and durable.

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Respiratory masks Amston Model 1808 N95.

Photo: Amston

This model is one of many CDC-approved N95 masks (and often out of stock). It uses two separate straps to keep the mask snug against the face. Members of our team have used these masks and found that they fit well on the face while still being far enough away from the nose and mouth for you to breathe and speak comfortably. This distance also helps keep masks dry. Unfortunately they don’t add up.

Mask Titan Protect N95

Mask Titan Protect Sekura N95.

Photo: Titan Protect

Titan Protect masks are another expensive option, but you get a lot more per box than the ones listed above. The NIOSH-certified mask features an adjustable aluminum nosepiece (which helps keep goggles from fogging up), a top and bottom headband for a secure fit, and a flat, foldable design to fit most faces. It is worth noting that this set comes in medium and large sizes, so those with smaller faces should consider a different mask.

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Respiratory mask 3M Aura N95.

Photo: 3M

The 3M N95 respirators are individually packaged and have two horizontal pleats that form a decent sized cup in front of the nose and mouth. The masks come with two straps that go over the head and neck to ensure a snug fit. This is one of the smallest packs on our list, but you might find it easier to find it in stock at some stores.

Honeywell DF300 Safety Mask

Honeywell Safety DF300 N95 mask.

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Honeywell’s DF300 N95 is the more affordable option on this list. With this mask, you will get multi-layered wicking (including moisture-proof and moisture-proof filter), soft inner lining and latex-free head straps. The nose clip is also adjustable and hidden under the mask. It also comes with a soft foam nose pad, which should make it more comfortable to wear for longer periods of time.

Vida Adult KF94 mask in pink

Vida Adult KF94 Mask.

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The Vida KF94 mask simultaneously protects And stylish. It is FDA-listed, CE-certified (and manufactured in South Korea) and provides 94% filtration efficiency. The 4-layer mask comes in charming pastel colors including light green, light pink and light blue. It is also available in various packages from 10 to 1000 pieces.

BOTN KF94 mask

BOTN KF94 mask.

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BOTN KF94 masks are only available in large and extra large sizes for adults, so people with small faces should pay attention to youth size. The mask comes with adjustable ear loops and a nosepiece, so it should help ensure a snug fit if you choose a larger size. It also comes in a variety of color options including beige, dark grey, pink and yellow. There is usually a coupon you can pin on the page to snag them for $19.

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LG Airwasher KF94 Mask.

Photo: LG

The LG Airwasher mask is a standard KF94 with a 3D design, four layers of fabric, an adjustable nose clip and rounded ear loops. If you want a slightly taller version, it also comes in black style a design that would probably go well with fancier outfits for more formal occasions.

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Protective masks Opectid KN95.

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As we mentioned above, KN95 face masks aren’t ideal for high-risk people or medical settings, but if you want better filtration than a cloth mask for low-risk everyday use, this is a decent way to go. In addition to being less expensive, the mask also comes in a variety of colors, which should make it easier to coordinate an outfit or just mix it up from time to time. These KN95 masks come in black and are individually packaged. They are quite cheap compared to the N95 masks listed above at less than a dollar per mask.

EvolveTogether KN95 mask on green background

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Evolvetogether masks celebrity trendy because they are both protective and stylish. The Rio de Janeiro is made from 6-layer fabric (complete with activated carbon to reduce odors), double filtration and a water-resistant exterior. Each mask also features an adjustable nose bridge and padded ear loops, making it ideal for extended wear. Of all the KN95s we’ve tested, this is our favorite for small faces. Despite the high price, these masks are not only light and comfortable, but also very durable.

Another pack of colorful KN95 masks, this set from Halidodo comes in a slightly different color scheme, most notably with an eye-catching orange mask, and is also affordable.

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Folding masks Wwdoll KN95.

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We tested this mask and found that while it is comfortable and heavy duty, its size is best for people with small faces.

Conscientious KN95 mask

Conscientious KN95 mask.

Photo: Conscientious Masks

White Powecom masks come with a multi-filtration system and an adjustable metal cap. You can also choose between the standard KN95 ear loops or the N95 headband style, whichever is more comfortable for you. It also comes in a fairly wide range of color options, from white and gray to hot pink and deep red.

Once the kids are 2 years old, you might want to consider putting a face mask on them. We recommend whatever they will actually wear. We’ve got a suggestion below, and there’s more in our Best Face Masks for Kids guide.

Children's AirPop mask

Children’s reusable AirPop mask.

Photo: AirPop

Children’s masks are a bit trickier as health authorities don’t regulate them the same way, but this packaging is one of our favorites. It is reusable and can be used for children from 3 to 12 years old. It comes in blue, white and pink colors. It has been independently tested by several international product testing and quality assurance companies and is the mask the children of WIRED editor Adrienne So use at school.

American manufacturer Armbrust. also makes a baby maskalthough they are probably best for kids ages 7 and up, as we noted in our guide to the best face masks for kids.

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