We’ve tested the most common masks that we could find. This is how they stack up.

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Filtration Efficiency

The ideal is to have as high a filtration efficiency as possible. N95 respirators perform between 95% — 100%.

In our tests, surgical masks (made of melt blown fabric) perform way better than any cloth mask. Why? Check out our blog post here.


This is measured by “initial resistance” in the test set-up. Anything above 135Pa is very difficult to breathe through when properly sealed, and it is not recommended wearing for a long period of time.

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Consumer-available Masks

Herogard: discontinued

Zubrex: https://www.amazon.com/ZUBREX-Disposable-Safety-Face-Protection/dp/B088BY7YPX

Safe Warrior: https://www.walgreens.com/store/c/safe-warrior-disposable-face-mask/ID=300401401-product

KiBreez: https://www.acehardware.com/departments/tools/workwear-and-safety-gear/respirators-and-face-masks/2007158

Costco (BYD): https://www.costcobusinessdelivery.com/byd-general-purpose-face-mask%2C-single-use%2C-one-size%2C-50-ct.product.100378349.html

Outdoor Research: https://www.outdoorresearch.com/us/face-mask-kit-283298

Healthcare-available Masks

DuPont: https://www.fishersci.com/shop/products/sierra-proced-mask-w-earloop/19088879

Crosstex: https://www.henryschein.com/us-en/dental/p/infection-control-products/face-masks/secure-fit-ultra-mask-l3/7740093

Essentials: https://www.henryschein.com/us-en/dental/p/infection-control-products/face-masks/essentials-procedure-mask-l1/1126761

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