With face masks mandatory in many states, stock up so we can all help protect others from the coronavirus -- in style.
With the recent surge in COVID-19 cases across the country and the emergence of the Omicron variant, many communities are again making masks a requirement in public to help reduce the number of COVID-19 cases across the country. The good news is companies are still making reusable non-medical grade face masks for daily protection from COVID-19, but more people are opting for disposable masks for daily use right now.
A lot of us are getting vaccinated to help slow the spread of COVID-19 (if you haven't gotten a vaccination card protector, you might want to get one now), but demand for the best cloth face masks -- especially the best breathable face mask options -- is still strong, in part because the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention still recommends wearing personal protective equipment (PPE) masks in public settings for unvaccinated people. PPE masks are usually made from breathable fabric like cotton and differ from a surgical mask and N95 respirators that experts say should be reserved for health care workers who are caring for the sick.
However, the CDC now recommends everyone wearing non-surgical N95 and KN95 face masks for protection against the new variants as cases surge within the U.S. When these KN95 masks meet the right requirements, they offer better protection in comparison to the regular disposable face masks by filtering up to 95% of air particles. Many of our favorite brands like Maskc have released KN95 masks in different prints and colors.
Beyond that, lots of brands are selling directly to consumers -- including some that donate face masks to health care workers and others in need with every purchase -- or offering a free mask with every purchase. Which is especially great now that more people are opting to double-mask for extra protection. FYI: The CDC guidelines recommend washing your reusable face mask regularly (with detergent, in the washing machine); not touching your eyes, nose or mouth when removing them; and washing your hands or using hand sanitizer immediately after taking your face mask off. And now that many people are receiving COVID-19 vaccinations, a vaccination card holder helps keep that card just as handy as your mask.
Vaccination Card Holder
Protect your vaccination card with a waterproof resealable plastic zip available at Amazon and Walmart. Vaccination card size varies so be sure to double-check the size of your card and the card holder before purchasing.
Many retailers have started offering face masks that are alternatives to true personal protective equipment (PPE), which are disposable and predominantly used by medical staff. These everyday, reusable cloth face mask and cloth face covering options include face masks for adults, face masks for kids, clear face masks, face masks with matching outfits and face masks for exercising. Well-known apparel and fashion brands like Levi's, J.Crew, Athleta, Old Navy, The Honest Company, Gap and Kim Kardashian West's SKIMS sell their own lines of masks as well. Additionally, check out ET Style’s curated list of face mask accessories.
We've rounded up many of the companies that are producing and selling adult-size non-medical face masks to help fight the global pandemic (see face masks made specifically for kids here). Ahead, shop ET Style's picks of the best face masks to buy in 2022.
Disposable KN95 Masks
MASKC Earth Tones Variety KN95 Face Masks, 25 Pack
MASKC KN95 masks also come in earth tones.
FDA Listed High Protection KN95 Mask 10-Pack
Manufactured in an FDA Registered facility, these masks are breathable, recyclable, and are available in both adult and kid sizes. More colors include Coral, Denim, Blush, Seafoam, and Lavender.
Hotodeal KN95 Face Mask
This 5-ply KN95 mask has all the necessary filtration as well as a fixed metal nose clip to keep it in place for a safe and wearable fit.
Rmaytiked Kids 4-Ply KF94 Masks
These adorable bear masks are KF94 masks with 4-layer protection in the fish mouth style.
Wawane 50PCS KN95 Face Mask Respirator Cup
This KN95 has soft ear elastic to make daily use comfortable.
HIWUP 50Pcs Multicolor KN95 Face Mask
If you want a KN95 but want something besides white, try this multicolored pack.
HALYARD FLUIDSHIELD N95 Respirators
We love the breathability of this structured face mask. Made with extra room for your nose and mouth and high-grade seals, this mask ensures that you can have your best fit to prevent eyeglass fogging or any breathing discomfort, all while staying thoroughly protected.
Honeywell Surgical N95 Respirator
The soft cotton exterior of this N95 face mask makes it perfect for extended wear, so you can stay comfortable and safe all day long.
HALIDODO 60 Packs Individually Wrapped KN95 Face Mask
This 60-pack of KN95 masks comes individually wrapped, so you can store them wherever you need them in a pinch without worrying about contamination.
Miuphro Multicolor KN95 Disposable Face Masks 25-Pack
With five colors to choose from, these breathable masks with 5-ply protection are foldable for more convenient carrying and usage.
barrière Tie-Dye KN95 5-Pack
5 individually sealed KN95 masks that feature an aluminum nose piece for a more secure fit.
Satrino KF94 Face Mask 100pcs
Some find the KF94 masks with 94% filtration efficiency to have a more comfortable design than KN95 masks.
Reebok Face Cover (3-Pack)
Reebok's two-layer masks are made with soft, breathable fabric, and size large fits most adults.
Custom Ink Basic Cloth Face Mask - Pack of 12
These one-piece masks are made from a soft, breathable cotton blend, which Custom Ink describes as similar to a stretchy T-shirt. They have a no-sew design, meaning they're produced with minimal human touch and feature ear holes rather than elastic bands or ties. This is not a disposable mask, but it is a limited-use mask.
SewCalMasks Face Mask in Off White
These 100% cotton masks manufactured in downtown Los Angeles are available in several colors and styles -- these have a filter pocket, and you can see the full cotton mask collection here and purchase filters here. You can also donate masks to a local business or the University of Arizona; for every mask donated, SewCalMasks will donate one as well.
Traveleisure Reusable Cotton Face Mask
This lightweight face mask is made for travel and leisure and has sold out a few times on Amazon -- for good reason. This cloth face mask has dual layer fabric that provides breathability along with the comfort disposable masks are known for. They also have an adjustable nose wire to ensure a good fit and comfort over long periods.
Adult Unisex Full-Coverage Accordion Mask (3-Pack)
Gap face masks comes in various of prints like florals, paisley and more!
Madewell Three-Pack Assorted Adjustable Face Masks
Madewell's 3-pack of floral print masks are designed with three layers which includes a filter and it stays secure with and adjustable elastic ear loop on each side. To feel even better about your purchase, Madewell and J.Crew have donated 75,000 face masks to the Montefiore Medical Center in New York.
GRISSNY's Colorful Beaded Face Mask Chain
This colorful and classy face mask chain will coordinate well with any face mask or outfit.
Rendall Co. Sentry Face Mask
Get full coverage with two layers of high-density, 100% woven cotton plus a filter pocket.
Vida Protective Mask
Available in eight colors and made with two layers of 100% cotton fabric, and adjustable ear loops, these masks have a hidden metal nosepiece to ensure the perfect fit. Plus, each mask comes with a filter.
With a built-in microphone and lightweight earbuds, you can now take calls and listen to music safely while you're on the go. The innovative MaskFone comes with three PM2.5 filters.
Sanctuary 5 Pack Fashion PPE Masks
These unisex masks come in an assortment of stylish prints, including camo and leopard print, as well as kids' sizes. With every mask purchase, the company will provide masks to hospitals and organizations in need (learn more via their Instagram Live). Per Sanctuary's site, expect up to 14 days for fulfillment and shipping due to high demand.
Kenny Flowers Matching Non-Medical Lifestyle Masks
For every stylish face mask you buy from Kenny Flowers, they’ll donate one to individuals, families and communities in need in Bali -- that's where their factory is located -- and the remaining proceeds will be donated to Direct Relief. Kenny Flowers has already donated over $10,000 and more than 11,000 masks. Order now and they'll ship in two weeks.
Christy Dawn The Sustainable Mask
Looking for cute ecofriendly masks? Available in packs of three and five, these masks are reusable, made with deadstock fabric and sewn in the sustainable fashion brand's Los Angeles factory. Pictured above is the Sage Florals 3-Pack.
Draper James Chambray Face Mask
This washable face mask is made from 100% cotton, making it both comfortable and breathable. It also has an adjustable nose wire and comes with one removable filter.
StringKing Cloth Face Mask
StringKing's washable, two-ply face masks are available for individual orders as well as bulk orders of 100, 1,000 and 10,000.
For the most up-to-date news and information about the coronavirus pandemic, visit the World Health Organization website.