Health & Fitness | August 26, 2021 10:41 am

These Are the 25 Best Face Masks on the Internet

Because Delta variant

These Are the 25 Best Face Masks on the Internet
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Almost exactly a year ago to the day, we wrote that face masks were here to stay. Unfortunately … it would appear that we were correct in that assertion.

After a short hiatus, it looks as though masks are getting set to mount their triumphant return, as we gear up for what is starting to feel eerily like the second act, so to speak. And while they are not yet being enforced across the board, evidenced by the rise of the Delta variant even amongst the vaxxed, facial coverings are once again becoming imperative to stopping the spread — so, you know the deal. Wear one.

That said, almost a year and a half into this thing, there are a staggering amount of mask options on the market, with almost every retailer pedaling their own branded iteration. In the event that you prematurely threw your stock away post-vaccination, or that you’re still looking for a face covering that suits you, we’ve compiled a list of the 25 best face masks you can buy on the internet.

Most Affordable/Available in Bulk

NIOSH Cup Style N95 Respirator Mask
NIOSH Cup Style N95 Respirator Mask
N95 Mas Co

NIOSH Cup Style N95 Respirator Mask, 20-Pack

These are the crème de la crème of N95’s and are said to block at least 95% of very small (0.3 micron) particles. We’re aren’t experts but that certainly feels noteworthy.

Everlane 100% Human Face Mask 5-Pack
The 100% Human Face Mask 5-Pack
Everlane

The Everlane 100% Human Face Mask 5-Pack

10% of the proceeds from Everlane’s 100% collection go to the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) — so you can double up on your societal contributions all in one shot.

UNIQLO AIRism Face Masks 3-Pack
UNIQLO AIRism Face Masks, 3-Pack
Theory

UNIQLO AIRism Face Masks, 3-Pack

These masks from Uniqlo feature a three-layer construction — the first wicks away moisture, the second has a washable built-in filter and the third uses “AIRism” mesh to block UV rays.

Breathable 3 Layer, Disposable Masks
Breathable 3 Layer, Disposable Masks
Amazon

Breathable 3-Layer, Disposable Masks fromAmazon

Just your trusty, 3-layer, disposable dust filter masks. These come in packs of 100 for just $30.

Boncare KN95 Face Mask, 50-Pack
Boncare KN95 Face Mask, 50-Pack
Amazon

Boncare KN95 Face Mask, 50-Pack

This mask is a 5-layer design, 95% effective, and also happens to be the “summer model,” with an emphasis on comfort and lightness.

Best for Working Out

UA Sportsmask
UA Sportsmask
Under Armour

Under Armour

With built-in UPF 50+ sun protection, an anti-microbial treated inner layer, a water-resistant outer shell and a structured design that sits up off the face for added breathability, this UA is the sport mask.

Ear Loop Face Mask 3-Pack
Ear Loop Face Mask 3-Pack
Lululemon

lululemon Ear Loop Face Mask 3-Pack

Sweat-wicking and with adjustable ear loops, these masks from lululemon is great for on the move — whether it’s at the gym or through a crowded airport

Adidas Face Covers, 3-Pack
Face Covers, 3-Pack
Adidas

Adidas Face Covers, 3-Pack

A hot-ticket item, these Adidas masks have been known to sell out. Constructed of Primegreen, a combination of high-performance recycled materials, its an all-around great product, and if you’re lucky enough to find one in stock, we’d urge you to purchase it immediately.

Nike Venturer Performance Face Mask
Venturer Performance Face Mask
Nike

Nike Venturer Performance Face Mask

This mask first made a splash after members of Team USA were seen donning them at the Olympics. Described as being sort of “villainous” in design, Nike says the pleats allow for “optimal airflow.” They’ve been virtually impossible to get since the start of the games, but they’re supposedly set to be restocked soon.

Plus 2-Layer Protective Face Mask
Plus 2-Layer Protective Face Mask
Rhone

Rhone Plus 2-Layer Protective Face Mask

An ultra-soft 2-layer construction, moldable nose bridge and treated with GoldFusion technology, this mask is everything we love about Rhone.

From Your Favorite Menswear Brands

Merino Wool Face Mask
Merino Wool Face Mask
Huckberry

Huckberry Merino Wool Face Mask

Moisture-wicking, breathable, temperature-regulating and odor-resistant, this one from Huckberry is a no brainer

Built-Tough Bandana 2-Pack
Built-Tough Bandana 2-Pack
Buck Mason

Buck Mason Built-Tough Bandana 2-Pack

If you’re more of a bandana guy, allow us to introduce you to the Buck Mason Built-Touch Bandana, modeled off the “Fast Color” vintage bandana.

The Stealth Mask
The Stealth Mask
Rag & Bone

The Rag & Bone Stealth Mask

If there were such a thing as a handsome mask … this one from Rag & Bone would be it.

J.Crew Nonmedical Face Masks in Mixed Prints, 3-Pack
J.Crew Nonmedical Face Masks in Mixed Prints, 3-Pack
J.Crew

J.Crew Non-Medical Face Masks in Mixed Prints, 3-Pack

These J.Crew masks come in their signature fabrics and a variety of mixed prints, but they do request customers purchase just two sets (six masks) at a time so that there’s enough to go around.

Todd Snyder x John Derian Cloud Print Face Mask
Todd Snyder x John Derian Cloud Print Face Mask
Todd Snyder

Todd Snyder x John Derian Cloud Print Face Mask

We stan a good Todd Snyder collab, and this one with John Derian is no exception.

Caraa Universal Adult Masks, 5-Pack
Universal Adult Masks, 5-Pack
Caraa

Caraa Universal Adult Masks, 5-Pack

At the start of the pandemic, Caraa was one of many companies using repurposed materials — materials found on their production line — to make their masks. They’ve since expanded their product offering to include these bestselling, 100% cotton masks, which come in packs of assorted colors or in all black.

Outdoor Research Face Cover Kit
Face Cover Kit
Outdoor Research

Outdoor Research Face Cover Kit

We reviewed this mask back in November 2020, and everything we wrote about it then still rings true today — up to and including the bit about it being on sale for half off.

The Best Luxury Masks

Balenciaga Logo Mask
Balenciaga Logo Mask
End

Balenciaga Logo Mask

Water-repellant and with adjustable nose wires, this Balenciaga mask is as functional as it is good looking. Also very expensive.

Tom Ford Face Mask
Tom Ford Face Mask
Tom Ford

Tom Ford Face Mask

As far as “luxury” masks go, this one from Tom Ford is pretty subtle. Constructed of an interlock jersey knit and featuring a jacquard Tom Ford logo front and center, it comes in 11 different colors.

Versace Reusable Barocco Face Mask
Versace Reusable Barocco Face Mask
Saks Fifth Avenue

Versace Reusable Barocco Face Mask

Perhaps lacking in versatility, this mask looks like it’s about to board a flight to Miami where it will be staying at The Villa Casa Casuarina.

M. Cohen Reversible Cotton Non-Medical Face Mask
M. Cohen Reversible Cotton Non-Medical Face Mask
Mr Porter

M. Cohen Reversible Cotton Non-Medical Face Mask

This is one of the pricier masks we’ve seen to date, but at this point maybe we should be investing in masks the same way we would a watch or sunglasses?

From Etsy

Fabric Face Masks from Bestmaskboutique
Fabric Face Masks from Bestmaskboutique
Etsy

Fabric Face Masks from Bestmaskboutique

Featuring a double-quilted shield fabric for maximum protection and a 100% cotton construction, these basic masks are foolproof.

Athletic Highly Breathable Face Mask from Studio3DX
Athletic Highly Breathable Face Mask from Studio3DX
Etsy

Highly Breathable Athletic Face Mask from Studio3DX

An “Etsy Pick” (so you know they’re good), these sport masks are a spin on another bestseller. For every two sales of this particular mask, another is donated to a service worker (and they are available to buy in packs).

Linen Face Masks with Nose Wire from MassonApparel
Linen Face Masks with Nose Wire from MassonApparel
Etsy

Linen Face Masks with Nose Wire from MassonApparel

A good option to carry you straight through to the fall, these masks are perfect for summer for warm weather.

4-Layer Face Mask with Filter from Airquilo
4-Layer Face Mask with Filter from Airquilo
Etsy

4-Layer Face Mask with Filter from Airquilo

These bestselling, four-layer masks are 5-star rated and available in a plethora of colors. If you squint hard enough, they almost look a bit like the Tom Ford masks … but without the $95 price tag.