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Here’s Where You Can Buy Face Masks Online Right Now

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Shortly after the COVID-19 vaccine was made available to all eligible individuals over the age of 12, officials at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention overhauled its mask mandates and guidance in May. For the upwards of 141 million vaccinated individuals, heading outside and into indoor, uncrowded spaces no longer requires face masks — but the essential need remains the same for those who have yet to receive a COVID-19 vaccine. And while the risk threshold for COVID-19 spread has lowered considerably for those with a vaccine, choosing to wear a mask even if you are vaccinated may prevent you from unknowingly spreading the disease to those around you.

While unvaccinated individuals will still need to wear masks virtually anytime they leave the house and enter public spaces, even vaccinated individuals need to mask up in a few instances. Travel, for example, requires most passengers to mask up, especially in indoor spaces within airplanes, trains, buses and ferries. Crowded outdoor gatherings, including live performances, may also require you to mask up; the CDC’s visual breakdown of activities’ risk is here.

In any case, masks are still very much a necessary accessory these days. Below, we’re sharing Good Housekeeping editors’ picks and best-tested masks for an array of needs. Plus, we’re answering a few questions about how you can I.D. the safest masks with the help of our experts in the Good Housekeeping Institute.

Should I buy a fabric face mask?

Back when the pandemic began, many DIY fanatics turned to their sewing machines to create their own masks (as well as folded options like this model!). Now, there are so many models to consider, it may feel overwhelming. How do you find the best mask in a sea of options, you might wonder?

To start, you can look for marketing language that indicates that the mask in question has been tested according to standards established by industry experts at ASTM, explains Lexie Sachs, textiles director at the Good Housekeeping Institute. You’ll need to look for wording that suggests the product “Meets ASTM F3502,” a new standard that masks manufacturers are largely implementing after its debut in February. Usually, this standard is applied to cloth-based masks that have a washable nonwoven filtration layer built-in, or an insert for disposable filters on their own. There are other guidelines in place for disposable, surgical-style masks; you’ll need to look for a stamp of approval in language like “Meets ASTM F2100,” an indicator that these masks have been made according to protective standardization.

You can view full CDC recommendations for which kind of mask you should buy, but nearly any of the masks you purchase should meet these criteria, Sachs says:

  1. If the masks are made out of fabric, make sure it’s 100% woven cotton
  2. If you want extra protection, it should have a non-woven interface to filter contaminants
  3. A design feature to ensure it fits close to your face, like an adjustable nose clip and ample fabric to fit beneath your chin
  4. Make sure it’s machine washable for reuse

    Where to buy a fabric face mask:

    There are more than 85 retailers on this list that are making top-quality fabric face masks across the nation. As we’ve highlighted in our collection of guides above, there are different manufacturing standards between non-medical fabric face coverings and medical-grade disposable face masks; you can shop the best-rated medical face masks here. The following fabric masks have been vetted in one way or another in various categories by Good Housekeeping editors throughout the pandemic.

    Best Tested Face Masks

    Courtesy of Amanda Perna

    Pretty Peonies Adjustable Elastic Face Mask

    House of Perna thehouseofperna.com

    $15.00

    • Updated design true to CDC recommendations
    • Many styles to choose from

    Courtesy of Amazon

    Re-Usable Bandana Print Reversible Face Mask

    Levi’s amazon.com

    $4.99

    • Best-seller
    • Nose fold construction for glasses
    • Small sizing for larger faces

    Courtesy of Old Navy

    Variety 5-Pack of Triple-Layer Cloth Face Masks for Adults (with Ear Adjusters)

    Old Navy oldnavy.gap.com

    $12.50

    • Adjustable ear loops
    • Cotton poplin for double masking

    Courtesy of Rendall Co.

    Sentry

    Adding product to your cart rendallco.com

    $19.00

    • Tie-back straps to avoid ear fatigue
    • Carbon filter pocket design
    • Adjustable copper nose band

    Courtesy

    Washable Multi-Layer Face Mask

    Wicked Sheets wickedsheets.com

    $10.00

    More of our best tested:

      Best Face Masks of 2021

      Courtesy of Casetify

      3-Ply Disposable Face Mask (30pcs) Box Set

      Casetify casetify.com

      $20.00

      • Colorful design options for disposable products
      • 3-ply polypropylene construction

      Courtesy of Amazon

      Unisex Classic Mask

      Wolford amazon.com

      $35.00

      $21.00 (40% off)

      • Available in two sizes for secure fit
      • Adjustable aluminum nose wire to prevent foggy glasses

      Courtesy of Madewell

      Three-Pack Face Masks

      Madewell madewell.com

      $20.00

      • Disposable filter included
      • Designed for those who wear glasses

      More of the best new face masks on the market:

        Best Lightweight Face Masks

        Courtesy of Champion

        Ellipse Wicking Adult Face Mask, 3-Pack

        Champion champion.com

        $6.99

        • Generous design for larger faces
        • Must dispose after 20 washes

        Courtesy of Lululemon

        Ear Loop Face Mask, 3 Pack

        Lululemon lululemon.com

        $38.00

        • Moisture wicking fabric
        • Adjustable ear loops

        Courtesy of Athleta

        Women’s Activate Face Mask 2 Pack

        Athleta athleta.gap.com

        $3.99

        • Breathable interior mesh liner
        • Removable head strap to ease ear fatigue

        More best lightweight masks to shop:

          Best Stylish Fashion Face Masks

          Courtesy

          3 Velvet Adult Masks

          Caraa caraasport.com

          $25.00

          • Adjustable ear loops
          • Interior filter pocket design

          Courtesy of Marni

          Printed Cotton Reusable Face Mask

          Marni marni.com

          $57.00

          • Lightweight cotton
          • Good for double masking

          Adult Face Mask, 3 Pack

          Lilly Pulitzer lillypulitzer.com

          $9.00

          • Lightweight polyester-blend mask design
          • Great for double masking

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