24 Best Reusable Face Masks – Cambridge Mask Alternatives

Respro respirator

Although disposable masks are handy, they are also expensive, environmentally harmful, and require planning to pre-purchase in order to have them on hand when needed.

If you feel this way, a reusable face mask is a great choice. Not only are they cheaper over the long run, but they are often more comfortable and more environmentally friendly. On top of this, if it’s important to you, reusable face masks can even be fashionable!

These days, there is a massive variety of reusable masks out there, and a large number of them are excellent devices. Unfortunately, at the same time, there are also a lot of masks that don’t meet expectations in regards to performance, fit, or comfort.

When it comes to the best reusable masks, you will often hear of the most popular brands. Namely, Cambridge MaskVogmask and Airinum. However, these are far from the only reusable mask options. Especially over the past couple of years, many companies have entered the space.

This makes it hard to figure out exactly which device is the best for your needs. With the significant market saturation and so many available devices, how can you choose which reusable mask is best?

In this article, I hope to help make this choice clearer. Over the time I’ve spent running BreatheSafeAir, I’ve had the opportunity to try hundreds of masks and respirators. Some of them I’ve even reviewed on this site! 

With my experiences, I wanted to create a list discussing the best reusable masks, along with the pros and cons of each. When it comes to masks, there is no one-size-fits-all, and for this reason, I won’t recommend any particular device. Instead, I hope to provide accurate information and experiences about each device that can allow you to choose the best reusable mask for your needs.

With that being said, let’s have a look at some of the best reusable masks currently on the market. Most of these mask brands are quite well-known, but there might be a few that you haven’t heard about before!

Finally, before beginning, there are a few disclaimers that need to be mentioned:

  • Masks on this list are intended for general (public) use and should not be used in professional settings. If you are in a professional environment, get training and professional advice before deciding on a mask or respirator.
  • This article is intended to discuss masks in the context of air pollution protection. 
  • No reusable face mask or respirator is effective unless it is fitted correctly. While fit-testing requires professional training, some level of protection can be achieved by doing pressure checks and following the fitting steps
  • I have only included masks that I have personally used and reviewed previously on this website. If a reusable face mask is missing, it’s likely because I haven’t yet had the chance to try it.

Masks with valves should be AVOIDED for pandemics and virus protection. It is important to only use masks WITHOUT valves if you are looking for such a mask.


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Why Pick a Reusable Face Mask?

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Looking for an anti-viral mask? Check out my Craft Cadence Nanofiber Mask review.

I briefly touched on some of the benefits of a reusable mask in the introduction. However, for anyone still on the fence about reusable masks, it’s worth diving into some of the benefits that these devices offer. 

  • Reusable face masks are cheaper. Although they require a higher initial investment, reusable masks generally last longer. Disposable masks typically only last for around 8 hours each. On the other hand, reusable masks are often rated for 50+ hours (per filter). Over time, the costs balance out, and reusable masks become cheaper. Of course, some masks and replacement filters are more pricey than others.
  • Reusable face masks are more environmentally friendly. While reusable masks still create waste, they can significantly reduce our environmental impact compared to disposable masks. Filters last longer, filter media is smaller, and 
  • Reusable face masks can be washed. This means it’s possible to keep the mask clean and allows the mask to last longer. This is most applicable on masks with a user-replaceable filter where the filter can be removed when washed so as to not degrade filtration performance.
  • You can pick a mask design that suits you. Whether you want something that blends in or stands out, you can find a design that you like with a reusable mask.
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Best Reusable Cloth Masks

There are many different reusable mask companies out there, and I couldn’t include them all on this list. I will be making sure to update this list in the future and to add new companies when I encounter them.

I wanted to include companies that have a relatively strong international presence. Many countries have domestic reusable mask producers, but many of these (especially in the cases of countries like Korea and China) don’t ship internationally.

If there is anything that you would like to see added to this list, please leave a comment and I will add the mask when I can. Currently, all masks on this list have individual reviews. Please feel free to check out the full reviews for more details.

This list is in no particular order.

1. AusAir AirWeave

Beige AirWeave Mask

The AusAir AirWeave Merino Mask is a premium reusable mask that I find myself often wearing. This is AusAir’s second-generation mask, coming after the AirFlex listed below. In my opinion, it’s also a better mask than the AirFlex in every way – the only downside in comparison is the higher price tag.

The AirWeave Merino Mask uses wool Helix filters from Lanaco in New Zealand. This filter media was chosen by NASA to be used on the ISS. It’s a very capable filter media that allows the device to filter ≥99.64% of particles at 0.3μm (most penetrating particle size). Against viral and bacterial particles at 2.9μm and 2.8μm respectively, the device has ≥98.7% filtration efficacy.

While filtration is important, comfort also matters. Luckily, both Lanaco’s helix filters and the merino mask shell are very breathable. Breathing is not at all laboured and it’s easy to wear the AirWeave even for long periods of time.

The biggest downside with this device is that after a few uses the filters can start to shed fibres. These wool fibres can become somewhat irritating as they rub against your face. Luckily, this issue tends to occur mostly on older filters.

Read more – AusAir AirWeave full review

Pros

  • High filtration results with lab testing
  • Great breathability
  • Stylish mask
  • Uses replaceable filters
  • Comfortable design and earloops
  • Earloop sliders for easy adjustment

Cons

  • Pricey mask with pricey filter replacements
  • Although the mask is light it retains heat
  • Can be hard to fully seal around the nose

Use the code ‘BSA15’ for 15% off your AirWeave Mask purchase!


2. Happy Masks

Woman and child wearing Happy Masks

Happy Masks, not to be confused with Happy Mask (no S) are one of my go-to masks for daily wear. They make use of a nanofibre filter that offers high breathability and comfort. This makes Happy Masks easy to don for both long and short trips outside.

These masks have been tested for PFE (particle filtration efficiency), BFE (bacterial) and VFE (viral). In each of the tests, Happy Masks achieved > 99.9% filtration against the test particles. For more details on each test, please refer to the full review (linked below).

Due to the use of a nanofibre filter, Happy Masks are also washable over 50 times. After 50 washes, the recorded filtration under lab conditions was still > 99.9%. This makes Happy Masks truly reusable – especially when compared to masks using more traditional melt-blown filters.

Since experiencing Happy Masks for the first time, they’ve become my benchmark for breathability. The combination of lightweight materials and a nanofibre filter can make you forget that you are wearing a mask at times (at least when compared to other masks).

Read more – Happy Masks full review

Pros

  • High filtration results with lab testing
  • Washable (with minimal loss in filtration) more than 50x
  • Affordable
  • High breathability

Cons

  • No replaceable filters
  • Mask is very light and can become flimsy after multiple washes
  • Wire nosepiece lacks strength and can leak at times

3. Airpop

Airpop Active Sideview

Airpop makes a strong lineup of reusable masks – The Original, Active, and Active+. While all of these masks are similar in design (and hence, fit) the original uses a microfibre outer layer whereas the Active and Active+ use a more breathable 3D Knit fabric. Most interestingly, the Active+ Also features a breathing rate monitor that can identify when filters need replacing.

All of the reusable Airpop models use a replaceable filter that has a silicone seal built-in. This design allows the filter to seal on all sides – especially around the nose bridge and chin areas. Since the mask is quite large, it also has a large surface area making it very breathable.

When under KN95 testing, all Airpop models passed with > 97% filtration efficiency. Further testing was conducted by SGS using particles at 0.1μm. In this testing, the filters used in Airpop masks showed > 99.29% filtration efficacy.

AirPop is committed to being transparent and strives to get local certifications. As such, reusable masks from AirPop have a large range of test results and certifications that are all publically available on their website. When it comes to transparency and testing, AirPop leads reusable masks.

Read more – Airpop full review

Pros

  • Over 97% filtration efficiency
  • Over 99% filter filtration efficiency
  • Large surface area allowing for high breathability
  • Silicone seal allows for low leakage

Cons

  • More pricey compared to other options on this list
  • Large mask that can stand out and partly block eyesight
  • The Original model can smell bad while new

Use the code ‘AWAP10’ for 10% off your Airpop purchase!


4. Styleseal

Styleseal Fashion Mask e1611918364637

The next mask on this list, Styleseal, is another of my personal favourite masks. These masks are the cheapest on this list that utilises replaceable filters and they come out at less than half the price of many competing cloth masks such as Cambridge Mask and Vogmask.

The biggest strength of Styleseal masks comes in the form of the filter system that they use. The mask uses a dual-filter system with two seperate pieces of filter media that attach to the mask with velcro. These filters are very easy to change and Styleseal sells a range of filters from > 80% filtration all the way to > 99% filtration. This allows the wearer to choose between filtration and breathing resistance at any given time.

Styleseal masks also feature adjustable ear bands and a long wire nose-piece (that covers the majority of the top of the mask) for a good fit. I’ve found this mask to be one of the better fitting cloth masks. Further, the mask is very sturdy and doesn’t interfere with breathing like some other masks.

Styleseal masks come in valve and non-valve variants As such, the non-valved variant should be used in situations where two-way filtration is needed. It’s hard to fault Styleseal simply due to how affordable the devices are.

Read more – Styleseal full review

Pros

  • Very sturdy meaning that mask collapse doesn’t occur
  • Easily replaceable filters
  • Flexibility in which filters to use
  • Comparably very cheap mask and filter replacements
  • Valve & non-valve variants available
  • Creates a tighter seal than many cloth masks

Cons

  • Some leaks between where the ear straps connect to the mask
  • Lacks some testing for specific filters

If you use the code SAFEAIR10 at checkout you can get a 10% discount on Styleseal masks.


5. Purar Mask

Woman putting on Purar Mask

Purar Masks are fashion-forward masks that hold the KN95 rating. This makes them one of the few masks on this list that holds an official certification – to achieve this, the mask has been tested both on a test bench and on a range of test subjects and meet the breathability, leakage, and filtration requirements required for the KN95 certification.

The most unique aspect of the mask (other than the look) is the neckband design that is used. Rather than using ear-loops which are both uncomfortable and easily dislodged, the neckband design created a much better seal and was more comfortable when I tried it.

Purar makes use of user-replaceable filters that feature nose-foam for a good fit & seal. The filters are created by Mann+Hummel, a company with a lot of experience and a good reputation in the field of air filtration.

My biggest complaint with Purar Mask is that the mask really stands out. While you’re wearing this mask, expect to have people look at you and perhaps even ask about the device. This won’t bother some people, but it is worth keeping in mind.

Read more – Purar Mask full review

Pros

  • High filtration ratings with lab testing
  • Holds KN95 certification
  • Neckband design is much more comfortable than ear-loops
  • Uses replaceable filters

Cons

  • Can be a bit hard to get used to the neck-band design (it can restrict head movement at times)
  • Higher initial cost
  • Design that stands out (some people may like this though!)

6. Craft Cadence Mask

Craft Cadence Nanofiber Mask Review Breathesafeair

The Craft Cadence Nanofiber Mask is a mask that is rather unique in quite a few ways. Most interestingly is that, as the name implies, the mask uses a built-in nanofiber filter. Nanofiber tends to outperform traditional meltblown filters in both filtration and lifespan – some nanofiber filters can filter effectively even after 30 washes.

On top of this, the mask also features a slot to add extra filters. This means that you can add an extra filter if you are worried about the built-in filter losing filtration efficacy over time. Considering that the mask is very affordable to begin with, this advantage makes the Craft Cadence Nanofiber Mask much cheaper than many of the alternatives.

Finally, the mask is also coated in ViralOff. This coating is designed to kill viral particles over a few hours and has been extensively tested. This is a great addition as it means that the mask can be left overnight and then is ready to wear again in the morning.

The addition of a chin-wrap on the device also means that there’s minimal leakage around the bottom of the mask. Generally, this is part of the mask which commonly leaks. However, on this reusable mask leakage here is not an issue.

Read more – Craft Cadence Nanofiber Mask full review

Pros

  • Nanofiber filter means a longer lifespan
  • ViralOff coating
  • Allows for replaceable filters
  • Affordable
  • Chin-wrap for better sealing

Cons

  • Thicker mask due to having many layers. This can mean that it’s a hot mask to wear in summer
  • Replaceable filters are very hard to fit correctly
  • Can be hard to seal the mask around the nose

7. Honeywell Dual-Layer Face Cover

Honeywell Dual Layer Face Cover

Honeywell is one of the most well-known companies in the world when it comes to medical and industrial respirators. In fact, they currently produce the second largest number of masks in the world. Therefore, when they created a consumer-focused daily mask I had to try it!

Unfortunately, Honeywell does not communicate at all and it’s hard to get information regarding the exact performance of the device. The one claim that is mentioned on the website is that the replaceable filters used within can ‘block up to 97% of 3-micron-sized non-viable particles and 0.1-micron-sized aerosolized particles’.

The mask is breathable, but not as breathable as masks utilising nanofibre, high quality non-woven or wool filters. With that being said, I did find this reusable mask to be more breathable than most respirators. The mask is also quite comfortable and the sturdy wire-nosepiece makes it possible to remove leaks.

The filters used in the Dual-Layer Face Cover are designed to only last for one day. As such, they should be replaced after each use. This means that while the Honeywell Dual-Layer Face cover does cut down on cost (each filter costs around $1), the device still has a large environmental impact.

Read more – Dual-layer Face Cover full review

Pros

  • Affordable mask + filters
  • Comfortable
  • Reputable brand with extensive history in filtration
  • Sturdy wire nosepiece that allows for a good seal
  • Easy filter replacement mechanism

Cons

  • Mask quality feels lower than many other masks on this list
  • Filters should be replaced daily
  • Filters can get dislodged
  • Very large mask (even for the small adult size)

8. AusAir AirFlex

AusAir AirFlex

The AirFlex Mask from AusAir is a comfortable mask that also offers < 99% filtration in PFE, BFE, and VFE tests. The filters that the masks use are also quite unique in that they cover almost the whole inside surface of the mask and don’t suffer from filter collapse.

While the AirFlex Mask does have a valve system that can’t be removed (since the filters connect to the skin via the valve), the valves can be closed and stoppers are included with every mask. This allows the user to choose when to block the valves and when to open them.

Despite being a relatively heavy mask due to the use of stainless steel filter caps, the mask is very comfortable due to the soft outer skin (which is also used for the ear-loops). This is one of the few masks that I can wear for longer periods of time without feeling a lot of discomfort behind my ears.

As I mentioned in the AirWeave’s entry, I believe the AusAir AirWeave to be an improvement over the AirFlex in virtually every way. However, some people may prefer the material and fit of the AirFlex. As such, it still deserves an entry on this list.

Read more – AirFlex full review

Pros

  • High filtration ratings with lab testing
  • Replaceable filter system with optional scented filters
  • Comfortable design and materials
  • Valve stoppers included
  • Very little mask collapse when breathing
  • Sleek look

Cons

  • Sliders can move over time, meaning that the mask can loosen
  • More expensive than some other masks on the list
  • Larger than most cloth masks on the list
  • Quite heavy for a cloth mask

Use the code ‘BSA15’ for 15% off your AirFlex Mask purchase!


9. Airinum Urban Air Mask

Airinum Dual Valve Mask

The Airinum Urban Air Mask has recently been updated to the Urban Air Mask 2. This new model has improved upon the previous and made one of the most popular masks even better.

This mask is a premium mask and it is more expensive than many on this list. However, it does also offer some unique benefits. Firstly, the dual valve design (the mask also comes with valve-stoppers for virus prevention) allows for low breathing resistance.

Secondly, the mask uses Polygiene’s Stay Fresh technology meaning that the mask should stay fresh as odour-causing bacteria won’t be able to grow on the surface. On top of this, the mask also comes with an included headband.

Most importantly, the mask has extensive testing from Taiwan Textile Research Institute, RISE (Research Institutes of Sweden, Jiangsu Quality Supervision and Inspection Center for Special Safety Protection Products and CNTAC Testing Service Co. in Foshan. These show a high filtration rate of > 98%.

Read more – Airinum Urban Air Mask 2 full review

Pros

  • > 95% filtration on all particles tested (> 98% on larger particles)
  • Low breathing resistance due to dual-valve design
  • Included headband to alleviate pain on ears
  • Stay Fresh technology to reduce smells

Cons

  • More pricey than many masks on this list
  • Even when using valve-stoppers, mask may be identified as a valved-mask
  • Filter replacements are also expensive

10. R-PUR Nano Light

R Pur Nano Lite Review

The R-PUR Nano Light mask is a bit different from most other masks on this list as it fills a different market segment. This mask is perhaps the most premium on the list, and this is reflected both in the price and quality.

The Nano Light is designed with exercise in mind, and this can be seen in many of the design choices of the mask. Firstly, the mask does feature a valve for lower breathing resistance. It also has a very high filter surface area and a dual headband design that allows for firm fitting.

The mask has been tested on a range of face shapes and achieved over 99.8% filtration in hermeticity tests. Since most masks only have filter results, the testing carried out by R-PUR is comparatively thorough. If you are looking for a capable mask for exercise then this is a good choice.

Read more – R-Pur Nano Light full review

Pros

  • High filtration results across a range of subjects
  • Very firm fitting
  • No pressure on the ears due to the head-band design
  • High filter surface area, allowing lower breathing resistance
  • App to track filter lifespan

Cons

  • Expensive base price and filter cost
  • Very large, this mask is not subtle
  • Only valved variants available

11. Metamasks

Metamask Flower of Life Mask

Metamasks is a mask brand based in Bali that uses filters made by Revolution Fibres in New Zealand. The filters used are the same as the mask below this, the Bloo Mask.

The filters have ≥ 98.5% BFE, ≥ 97.6% VFE and ≥ 97.5% PFE. These are high filtration results and mean that the filter is capable of filtering the majority of particles breathed in by the wearer.

Metamasks uses a chin-wrap design that allows for a better fit. On top of this, it features a dual-filter media design that prevents the wearer from being able to suck in the filter or mask when breathing. This is a welcome addition!

Finally, perhaps the biggest appeal of Metamasks is that many of their mask designs use natural materials. They offer organic hemp and linen masks among others. For people with sensitive skin, Metamasks might be a mask worth checking out.

Read more – Metamasks full review

Pros

  • Masks made from natural materials
  • High filtration (> 97.5% on all tested particles, 0.1μm, 0.3μm, 0.5μm and 1μm)
  • Dual-filter media design that prevents the filter from being breathed in
  • Chin-wrap design for a better fit

Cons

  • Can be hard to achieve a good fit around the nose
  • Natural fabrics mean less water/moisture resistance
  • Fabrics can smell a bit initially

12. Cambridge Mask

Cambridge Mask Review

Despite the title of this article, I had to include Cambridge Mask. Perhaps the most famous reusable mask on the market, I get a lot of questions regarding this mask and a post on the best reusable masks wouldn’t be complete without it.

Using a built-in filter, Cambridge Mask Pro is capable of providing ≥98.9% filtration against particles at 0.1μm. At 0.3μm, this filtration increases to >99%. Both BFE and VFE filtration at 2.8μm is >99% showing that across the board the filter in Cambridge Mask pro is capable.

When it comes to fit, Cambridge Mask uses a traditional approach. Two earloops keep the mask in place while a wire nosepiece creates a seal around the nose. The one difference here is that Cambridge Mask also uses two toggles that can be adjusted below both cheeks. These toggles can be adjusted to enhance the fit of the mask.

Cambridge Mask Pro is rated to last around 250 hours (depending on local air quality), with handwashing possible over this lifespan. However, washing can decrease filtration efficacy (on all masks) and Cambridge Mask has not released wash-cycle test results publically.

Read more – Cambridge Mask full review

Pros

  • High filtration mask
  • Long lifespan
  • Affordable price
  • Toggles allow for extra adjustment and fitting

Cons

  • Doesn’t use replaceable filters and therefore needs to be replaced
  • Leakage around the nose can occur
  • Often hard to acquire due to stock shortages

13. Mau Mask

Mau Mask Colorful Design

Mau Mask is a company that tries to combine fashion and protection. Where many other fashionable masks provide little or no proven filtration, the Mau Mask uses filters that have been tested by third-party companies.

The masks use no valve, so they are a good choice of protection when air needs to be filtered both ways. However, this means that they can have slightly higher breathing resistance and interior temperature when used for protection from fine dust.

The mask has an average filtration of 99.47% of particles at 0.1μm. This puts it among the higher filtration masks in this list. The filters are also replaceable, meaning that the mask can be used for many months provided that it is cared for.

Read more – Mau Mask full review

Pros

  • High filtration mask
  • Uses replaceable filters that can be changed by the user
  • Fashionable designs
  • Well fitting for average adult faces

Cons

  • Only available in one size
  • The filter doesn’t cover the whole interior of the mask
  • Fitting this mask can be hard as it is a looser-fitting mask
  • Some of the designs may be too flashy for some people.

Use the code ‘BSA’ at checkout for a $5 discount and to support Breathe Safe Air.


14. Airinum Lite Air Mask

Side view of Airinum Lite Mask

Airinum’s second entry on this list, the Airinum Lite Air Mask is a cheaper alternative to the Urban Air Mask. However, the masks are not that comparable – the Lite Air Mask is totally different! As the name implies, the mask is much lighter and it’s designed to be as comfortable and easy to don as possible.

When tested by CNTAC, the Airinum Lite Air Mask showed filtration greater than 98% across 20 test samples. The mask also adheres to the KN95 standard and received the certification. This makes it one of the few devices on this list to hold an official certification.

The device is very comfortable due to the elastic earloops used. Even after wearing the mask for a few hours, I didn’t notice any discomfort around my ears. However, since the mask sits so close to your face, there is some filter collapse that can be inconvenient at times.

I found that the Airinum Lite Air Mask is one of the best fitting reusable masks. While everyone will have different experiences, this mask fit my face very well. The memory foam nosepiece allows for a good seal to be created.

Read more – Airinum Lite Air Mask full review

Pros

  • High filtration efficiency
  • Good seal and overall fit
  • Comfortable to wear, even over long periods
  • Easy to replace filters

Cons

  • More expensive than some other masks
  • Mask can suffer from filter collapse

15. Vogmask

Vogmask Review

Vogmask is one of the biggest players in the reusable mask game. They have been around for a long time, and create quality masks that are well-known and of good quality. While they offer both valved and valve-less masks, they’ve currently switched most of their production to valve-less devices.

Vogmask products are standard reusable masks. By standard, I mean that they are fitted with straps behind the ear, they have a wire nose-piece, and they are a typical shape. Perhaps their biggest differentiating factor is that the masks are very light, especially when compared to their competition. This means that the masks retain less heat and makes them more comfortable to wear in hot environments.

These reusable masks have over 95% particle filtration. However, please note, these masks DO NOT hold an N95 rating. Their filtration does meet the requirements of the N95 certification, however, they do not officially hold the rating. There was a lot of confusion surrounding this point last year!

I’ve had difficulty achieving a full seal with Vogmask masks. However, I’ve also heard from readers and friends that Vogmask is the best fitting mask for them. Unfortunately, it’s hard to determine which experience you will have without trying the mask yourself.

Read more – Vogmask full review

Pros

  • Over 95% particle filtration
  • Many different designs
  • Standard fit (if a disposable mask fits you, this should too)
  • Available in many different countries

Cons

  • Ear-straps can cause pain after long periods of wear. A strap is available to remedy this.
  • Wire nose-piece can be a bit taught and hard to adjust properly
  • Many masks on this list have higher filtration ratings
  • Does not use replaceable filters

16. MeoAir Mask

MeoAir Pollution Mask

MeoAir is a mask made in New Zealand using a wool filter. This filter is named the Helix filter and is produced by Lanaco. This is the same filter that you will find in the AusAir AirWeave mask and is the same filter material used by NASA.

The mask meets the NZ/Aus P2 standard which means that it provides > 94% filtration. However, the Meo Lite actually offers significantly more, with test results showing a minimum of 96% filtration of fine particles.

Since the mask is made from wool, it also offers best-in-class breathing resistance. When I tested the breathing resistance, I found it to be significantly lower than alternative masks. In test results, it’s as much as 5x lower than masks that offer comparable filtration.

The devices don’t have any adjustment in the form of earloops or otherwise and this is their biggest downside. While I didn’t find it to be an issue as the medium size fit me well, I can see this causing fit issues for some people.

Read more – MeoAir Lite full review

Pros

  • Wool filter makes breathing far easier than comparable masks
  • > 96% filtration at 0.3μm and > 99% at 0.1μm
  • > 99.99% bacterial resistance
  • Comparably cheaper than other options on this list
  • Replaceable filters

Cons

  • Lack of test results for viral particles
  • Masks ship from New Zealand, meaning that waiting times can be long
  • Lack of adjustments for fit

17. Purely KN95 Mask

Xiaomi KN95 Fan Mask

The Xiaomi Purely KN95 mask is unique as it is the only mask on this list that offers active cooling. That is to say, this mask has a fan and motor that allow it to actively intake air. Not only does this assist in breathing, but it cools the inside of the mask.

Anyone that has worn a mask or respirator for an extended period of time knows that they can become very uncomfortable very quickly. The Xiaomi Purely tries to solve this problem by making sure that air is constantly flowing.

While the fan has limited impact (you can find my full review here), the mask is still rated KN95, has interchangeable filters, and is actually quite comfortable. If you don’t mind the size and extra weight of the fan, this is a good choice of mask.

Read more – Xiaomi Purely KN95 full review

Pros

  • KN95 filtration
  • A comfortable mask that comes with a headband included
  • Interchangeable filters that can easily be replaced
  • Clean, fashionable design

Cons

  • The mask is significantly heavier due to the fan module
  • The fan has limited impact. While it can help at times, it can also be loud at the faster speeds

Best Reusable Silicone Masks

If you are looking for the best reusable mask in regards to fit and overall protection, a silicone mask is likely the way to go. While silicone masks are generally heavier, less breathable, and stand out far more, they also tend to provide the best seal and therefore protection.

Silicone masks provide a very different experience from standard cloth masks. As such, I recommend looking into the devices that you are considering and comparing the positives and negatives. Silicone masks come with both benefits and downsides.

1. Envo Mask

Sleepnet Envo Mask Review

Envo Mask deserves the first place of silicone masks on this list because it’s a very solid mask – its unique gel seal provides a great seal, it’s very breathable, and above all, it’s one of the very few N95 reusable respirators. Yes, this mask is officially certified N95 when used with the included parts.

Envo Mask offers two fitting mechanisms and customers can opt for a dual-headband or dual-ear ‘hooks’. While the ear hooks look good, I can’t recommend them over the great fit that the dual-headband provides. The upper headband splits in two and forms a circular strap at the top of the wearer’s head. This ensures that the top headband never falls – something that often happens on headband-fitted masks.

The biggest advantage of Envo Mask is, of course, the N95 rating. While many masks on this list are capable of > 95% filtration in lab tests, there is a lot of trust that is built by the NIOSH rating. This is rightfully so, considering how stringent the standard is.

Envo Mask has a valve, but this valve can be blocked with an included valve-stopper. This allows the user flexibility to choose between having lower exhalation resistance or two-way filtration. However, even with the valve blocked I found the breathing resistance of the mask to be lower than most other silicone masks.

Read more – Envo Mask full review

Pros

  • N95 certification
  • Fantastic seal with gel design
  • Dual-headband design for good fit
  • Easily replaceable filters
  • Easily washable

Cons

  • Gel seal has questionable longevity
  • Filters have a lower lifespan than many masks
  • Expensive

2. Stealth Respirator

Stealth Respirator Review

The most capable mask on this list, the Stealth Respirator is an N100/FFP3 certified device depending on the region in which you buy it. However, both devices are the same, they are just certified differently based on local standards.

Stealth Respirators are capable of > 99.9% filtration and are designed for use in workshops and industrial applications. However, the Stealth Respirator is available for anyone to buy and it can be a great choice if you’re looking for heavy-duty protection.

Although the mask is large and heavy, the headbands do a good job of dispersing the weight. Although I did find the neck clips to cause minor irritations and pain after a few hours of wear, simply removing the mask for a few minutes prevented this issue.

Breathing resistance for both inhalation and exhalation on this device is fantastic. There are three valves inside the device and these ensure that both inhalation and exhalation remains easy. Despite the big size of the mask, breathing feels effortless compared to many other silicone masks.

Read more – Stealth Respirator full review

Pros

  • Very high filtration ( > 99.9%)
  • Filters have a long lifespan (28 days maximum)
  • Very breathable
  • Affordable
  • Headbands allow for a good seal

Cons

  • Heavy mask
  • Very eye-catching and attention-drawing
  • Mask can be uncomfortable to wear for long periods of time

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3. Airhead Mask

Airhead Head Bands

An innovative reusable mask, the Airhead Mask is a recent entry into the market. This device features two internal valves that can be covered by a filter if needed. This gives the user the flexibility to choose whether or not two-way filtration is required.

The mask is fitted with two headbands. This headband design helps to disperse the weight of the device and makes it comfortable to wear even though it’s a heavy mask. The head straps also feature an incredibly useful magnetic locking mechanism. This makes it easy to don and doff the mask.

The filters in the mask are rated for up to 50 hours of use and they offer > 98% filtration. This means that the filters are more capable than most disposable respirators and the lifespan is also significantly better. Over the long run, the increased lifespan will result in fewer costs.

One of my favourite features is the ‘door’ in the front of the mask. If you need to take a drink or need to get some fresh air after exercising, this door can easily be opened. This prevents the need to remove the mask for basic tasks such as eating, drinking, or simply breathing fresh air.

Read more – Airhead full review

Pros

  • High filtration
  • Easy to don due to the magnetic headbands
  • Seals well due to the silicone filter
  • ‘Door’ allows for drinking and eating without removing the mask
  • Easily washable

Cons

  • The look of the mask isn’t liked by everyone
  • Expensive device
  • Quite heavy

4. O2 Canada

Curve Canada Respirator

Please note, O2 Canada’s website has gone offline and the company appears to have been bought out by Ventus Respiratory. The mask is now available under the name ‘Tactical Respirator 1’ or TR1. If you have an O2 Canada mask already, you can purchase replacement filters there.

The Curve Respirator features ≥ 99.9977% viral filtration (VFE, 2.7μm), ≥ 99.99983% bacterial filtration (BFE, 3.2μm), and ≥ 87.8% particle filtration (PFE, 0.26μm mass median diameter). However, the PFE tests will soon be updated with new results from further testing.

The biggest benefit of Curve 1.2 is that it uses a silicone seal to prevent leaks. The mask is quite small and I found it to be the best fitting silicone mask that I have used. However, I have heard that people with larger faces have had trouble fitting the mask.

While Curve 1.2 provides significantly more breathing resistance than most cloth masks, it also offers great filtration and sealing. It compares similarly to many other silicone masks such as the Gill Mask (original) and AirHead Mask.

The mask uses an ear-loop design, and while this design means that the mask stays in place, it can be quite uncomfortable over long periods. There is a sports headband available and this accessory will make wearing the mask much more comfortable.

Read more – O2 Canada full review

Pros

  • High filtration efficiency
  • Good fit for people with smaller faces
  • Extensive testing (filtration, fit factor, inward leakage)
  • Modular design allows for easy replacement of parts
  • Uses a valve for lower breathing resistance

Cons

  • More expensive than some other masks
  • Fitting can be difficult on larger faces
  • Ear-strap design is uncomfortable over long periods

5. Gill Mask

Gill Mask Design

Gill Mask is one of the more interesting masks that I have recently reviewed. This silicone mask is designed with three main goals in mind: to decrease cost, to decrease waste, and to be easily cleanable.

The Gill Mask allows the user to choose which filter they want to use. However, unlike most masks, these filters can be almost anything – they aren’t brand or size-specific.

For example, if you are only looking for droplet protection or protection from larger particles, a surgical mask can be cut down to provide 4-6 filters for the Gill Mask. This not only decreases waste but also is far cheaper over the long term.

For better protection, other filters can be used (after being cut down to size). Gill Mask also offers its own filters. Finally, the mask is also very easy to clean due to the easy removal of the filters and the plastic design. A children’s model is also available.

Read more – Gill Mask full review

Pros

  • Almost anything can be used as a filter. This allows the user to choose which type of filter they need.
  • The silicone design allows for a great fit.
  • The mask is very easily cleanable.
  • Filtration depends on which filter is used. Nearly every type of mask/filter can be cut down and used in Gill Mask.
  • Head straps are very comfortable.

Cons

  • Mask can be difficult to breathe through due to the small filter.
  • Not a good mask for exercise due to breathing difficulty.
  • Bigger design that is conspicuous.

6. Gill Mask Pro

Gill Mask pro with box and filters

Gill Mask Pro is very similar in appearance to the original Gill Mask. However, its purpose and user experience are vastly different. As such, it is deserving of its own entry in this list of the best reusable masks.

Where Gill Mask allows the user to choose a filter based on their needs, Gill Mask Pro uses a custom corrugated filter. This corrugated allows the filter to have 2.5x the surface area, despite having the same physical dimensions. Therefore, the Gill Mask Pro loses the ability to use any filter media, but the breathability is greatly increased.

The difference in breathability is instantly noticeable. For this reason, I recommend the Gill Mask if you are going to utilise the custom filter aspect. However, if you plan to only purchase filters from Gill Mask themselves, then the Pro is a much better choice.

There are also upgrade kits available. Therefore, if you already have an original Gill Mask or want to experience the benefits of both masks, you can choose to purchase this kit.

Read more – Gill Mask Pro full review

Pros

  • Far better breathability than other small-filter silicone masks
  • The silicone design allows for a great fit.
  • The mask is very easily cleanable.
  • Head straps are very comfortable.
  • Affordable

Cons

  • More breathing resistance than cloth masks
  • Not a good mask for exercise due to breathing difficulty.
  • Bigger design that is conspicuous.

7. Totobobo Mask

Totobobo Children Mask

Totobobo is a company based in Singapore that offers one of the most unique masks on the market. The first thing that stands out about this mask is the look – it’s transparent apart from the filters.

The transparent and plastic design of the mask offers many unique benefits. Not only can you self fit-test the mask (this is the only mask to offer such a function), but you can easily clean it. You can even heat the mask up to mould it to your face!

Totobobo has many unique features and it is one of the most interesting masks on this list. if you don’t mind the look, then this is a mask that is well worth considering. It’s one of the best fitting masks that I have ever tried.

There is a range of filters available, and you can choose how you want to balance breathability and filtration. Since the filters are very small, breathability tends to be lower than cloth masks. However, the environmental impact of the device is also much lower.

Read more – Totobobo full review

Pros

  • The only mask on this list that allows for self fit-testing
  • Adjustable in many different ways. This allows users to create the perfect fit
  • Filters are easily replaceable and cheap to replace
  • Different sizes for children all the way to adults
  • Easily washable

Cons

  • The look of the mask isn’t liked by everyone
  • Not all filters have lab results yet. However, the F94 and F96 filters have full test results
  • Lower breathability than cloth masks

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Which Reusable Face Mask Is Best?

Breathe Safe Air Bloo Mask Review

As much as I wish that I could give an overall recommendation, it unfortunately isn’t that easy. It depends on the use-case and the person in question. However, I hope that this list has given some indication as to which masks might work best for you.

Also, this list is far from exhaustive. There are a TON of different masks out there, and it’s impossible to list them all. This list only contains masks that I have reviewed, as I don’t want to discuss or suggest masks that I have no experience with. However, I will do my best to keep expanding this list.

Overall, all of these reusable face masks can provide protection. However, no matter which mask you purchase I would say that a headband is an essential. You can purchase these headbands from Amazon. Headbands will make whichever mask you choose far more comfortable to wear.

Finally, remember to always follow best mask practices when wearing and using masks. Masks do not guarantee protection.


Reusable Face Mask FAQ

How Long Do Reusable Face Masks Last?

This depends on the mask in question, however, most are rated for at least 100 hours. Many are rated for much longer and can be used for up to 300 hours.

Other factors such as air quality can impact how long the mask can be used.

Can I Wash A Reusable Face Mask?

Before you wash your mask make sure to check the manual and/or website of the brand. However, most reusable masks can indeed be washed, and many even allow you to replace the filter.

Is a Mask With a Valve Better?

When it comes to fine dust protection, reusable mask with a valve are generally best as they are more comfortable and are less humid inside. However, if you are looking for viral protection then a mask without a valve is best as it filters air both ways.

What Is the Best Alternative to Cambridge Mask?

There are many great alternatives to Cambridge Mask. Vogmask, Airinum, and Respro are all popular reusable masks that perform similarly to Cambridge Mask.

What Is the Best Alternative to Vogmask?

There are many different reusable masks on the market. Cambridge Mask, Airinum and Respro are the biggest competitors to Vogmask. However, there are also many more reusable masks available that provide great filtration such as AirPop and Purar.

What Are Some Affordable Reusable Face Masks?

The most affordable mask on the list is Styleseal. Other affordable options include Gill Mask, Vogmask and Happy Masks.

What Is the Best Reusable Face Mask?

Unfortunately, there is no clear answer for this. It depends on the situation and use case. For example, some great choices for sports are the R-PUR Nano Light and Bloo Mask. On the other hand, for daily wear, masks such as the Airinum Lite Mask and Styleseal are good choices.

What Are the Best Masks With Replaceable Filters?

While all masks on this list are reusable, only some have replaceable filters. Totobobo, Gill Mask, Conceptar, Re-Mask, Mau Mask, MeoAir and Purely all feature replaceable filters.

24 thoughts on “24 Best Reusable Face Masks – Cambridge Mask Alternatives”

  1. I have a problem calling half of these masks “reusable’. While Respro, Totobobo, and a couple others definitely are, the Cambridge, Vogmask, and others like it are not as you have to throw the entire mask away when the filter stops working. It may a lot longer than an 8 hour shift but you still toss the whole thing.

    1. Hello Mike,

      I can understand how the wording can seem off, and I appreciate you pointing that out – I will make sure to make that more clear in the article.

      While I do understand your point, I consider all of these masks reusable. The fact that you can use them more than once in my mind means reusable. Of course, they do have to be replaced every (usually) couple of hundred hours, and they are only reusable to a point.

      The other masks that you pointed out (as well as MeoAir, Xiaomi Purely, and a few others) I would usually refer to as interchangeable or replaceable filter masks. Of course, they do also have limits and I’ve had to replace some of these masks before as they get dirty, worn, or damaged otherwise.

  2. Perhaps worth clarifying that several of these have an exhaust valve, so (as your article about valves makes clear) anyone buying because of the pandemic should rule them out as they will not prevent your breath infecting anyone else. The valved masks are Cambridge Mask, Vogmask, Airinum, OnroadCo, Purely and Respro.

    1. Hello, Gareth.

      Thank you for pointing that out. That is a great suggestion!

      I will update the article to reflect the changes you suggested.

  3. I feel like you need to note, in bold, warnings about valved masks during a pandemic. I understand you started these articles because of fine dust and pollution issues in South Korea, but this is a pandemic and many of your reviews still talk about valved masks as a positive thing, which misleads people. Reading your reviews, it is very hard to figure out that they’re actually very bad for the current pandemic and that having a valved mask can harm others with your droplets.

    1. While I understand your point, I do mention at the beginning of the article:

      ‘These masks are generally intended to protect against typical outdoor air pollution. That is to say, they protect against fine particles and VOCs. If you need protection from a specific gas or particle, make sure to do research and to purchase the right mask’.

      As you mentioned, this blog is air pollution based website and I make that as obvious as possible. Although you are right, and that most people are purchasing masks for the virus now, I hardly think that I am misleading people as you say. I even recently wrote an article about valves and when they are bad.

      However, I do understand your point and I can see the confusion this can cause. I have begun to cover valves in more detail in my more recent reviews (since the virus became the primary need for masks), but I still need to go back and update all of my older articles. I will see about adding a banner or insert that goes across all of my posts. I have already added a bold warning on this post.

      Thank you for the feedback!

    2. I wear a valved respirator and a surgical mask over it. That way, I get the heightened protection of a respirator while at the same time stopping large droplets from escaping.

  4. är mask has a valve, but exhaled air is still filtered through the nano filter behind. I have one, but sick and tired of angry looks from people in public places. Just discovered another mask with a silly name called Banale. Filter has a valve but it is hidden behind the silver oxide-covered mask. Mask looks a bit weird, but worth a look…

    1. I understand your issue, I have felt much the same. Masks with valves here are banned, and even though Conceptar has a filtered valve there is a carpet ban on all masks that feature one – regardless of how they are implemented. Before the ban it did also draw some looks due to the valve.

      I just learnt about Banale yesterday from another reader! I will check them out. Thank you!

  5. Ethan
    Thank-you for a super site! Do you think the candle test is a waste of time/irrelevant re valved masks (such as cambridge masks)?

    1. Hello again, Steve!

      Firstly, thank you for your kind words!

      Secondly, I am not an expert on the matter so please note that this is just my opinion. I would generally agree that the candle test isn’t a particularly good method for assessing the filtration of valved masks as these masks are designed to allow for higher air-flow exiting the mask. To my knowledge the candle test is for cloth masks/other low-filtration coverings and as such it shouldn’t be so important for masks that make use of proven filters. I would say that it is usually a waste of time for these masks (regardless of whether or not they have a valve).

  6. You do a great job with your mask picks. I have re-mask and a metamask and I feel that meta is a better choice.

    I work in a deli and recently 3 out of 4 of us tested positive for covid. They were wearing re-mask and I was wearing a metamask, they for sick and I was fine.

    1. Thank you, Christopher.

      I am sorry to hear about your coworkers, I hope they recover well and that you stay safe!

      It’s interesting to hear about the masks. I wonder if that was due to the masks or other factors (as the virus can spread many ways).

  7. I just ordered and received ConceptAR masks after reading the reviews. I thought the ConceptAR masks would be a cost effective alternative to Airinum masks. The Airinum replacement filters are $24 for three and $30 shipping to the US versus $11.90 plus $8 shipping for ConceptAR replacement filter. While the Airinum mask and ConceptAR masks while similar they also have big differences.
    Mask Construction:
    The Airinum has a tailored chin cup fabric and the ConceptAR doesn’t. Airinum uses shaped memory foam on the filter to seal around the nose and the ConceptAR uses a thin foam strip on the mask. Additionally the exhaust valves on the Airinum are part of the replacement filter and used to provide secure attachment of the filter to the outer mask. The ConceptAR exhaust valve is permanently attached to the outer mask and the replacement filter does not fit nearly as well in the mask. Both masks have Polygiene® anti bacterial treatment. Overall the Airinum seals much better and is much less prone to filter collapse.
    Filter Construction:
    The Airinum filter is 5 layers and KN95 certified,in process for American N95 and European FFP2 certifications. The ConceptAR filter is much, much lighter weight, appears to be single layer. I compared the ConceptAR with Filti 3 layer mask filter material and it is much lighter than Filti material. I can’t find the actual test results on the ConceptAR site. Also the ConceptAR filters have an unpleasant smell.
    Recently Puraka Masks released a silicon mask spacer which seems to completely eliminate any filter collapse in Airinum mask. The spacer does not fit the ConceptAR mask.
    Conclusion:
    I purchased both masks for me and my wife so we have no allegiance to either. The Airinum can be adjusted to seal much better than the ConceptAR, especially around the nose. Although both Airinum and ConceptAR filters have some level of testing, the Airinum filter is visibly better and has no odor. The ConceptAR filter collapses when you breathe in more so than the Airinum.

    1. Hello Don,

      Thank you for your insightful comment. I am sure it will be helpful for many readers!

      I do agree with you – the Urban Air Mask 2.0 is definitely a better mask. It’s just unfortunate that it’s nearly 3x the price of most other cloth masks (like Cambridge Mask and Vogmask). In particular, I agree with you about the filter collapse on the ConceptAR mask, I covered this in more detail in my full review of the mask. I think having an additional point of attachment between the mask and filter near the bottom would largely solve this issue.

      The filters used in the ConceptAR mask didn’t have PFE testing at the time of my review, but they do have ≥ 99.7% for VFE and BFE. I believe you have to request the test results from ConceptAR if you want to see them (I believe they should always be public though).

      I am surprised about the smell though… I didn’t notice that on the mask that I got from them. However, I did get my mask months ago and something could have changed since then.

      Thank you for sharing, I am glad that you are happy with the Airinum mask!
      Ethan

  8. Hello,

    We are about to embark on a long haul flight from Australia to the US. We will be transporting through a few US airports. What masks would you recommend for protection and comfort. Our airline does not allow Nash’s with valves.

    Thank you for your help ! I found your reviews to be the most comprehensive, fair & helpful ( and I have read a lot of them )

    1. Hello Danielle,

      If you are trying to balance protection and comfort (with no valves) I personally would go for something like the Airinum Lite or Vogmask. They are both comfortable and will give you decent protection provided they are fitted well.

      If you are looking for more protection (and comfort is second) I would check out the Gill Mask Pro. It tends to provide a more solid fit and has great filtration. However, it’s definitely less comfortable.

      I hope this helps!

  9. Exellent content, informative and on point, thank you! Focusing on pollution, rather than the viral protection, what would be your recommendation for a FFP3 level protection for a highly polluted urban area (AQI at times ranging above 300, PM 2.5, PM10 and SO2 all in extremes)?
    I used Respro Streetsmart before, but their shipping costs are now too high for my corner of the (highly polluted) world.
    I found Vogmask completely unsatisfactory (the nose metal ridge and earbands, disastrous)
    Cambridge is the only other brand available locally, but I fear it is not enough, what do you think?
    Thank you so much

    1. Hi Bojana,

      Firstly, thank you for your kind words! I really appreciate it and I am glad that you’ve found my website useful!

      If you’re looking at protection in areas with incredibly high AQI I would go for a silicone mask. Perhaps the Gill Mask (Pro or Original) or the AirHead Mask. At those pollution levels, you definitely want the best fit and protection.

      If you didn’t like Vogmask then I have a feeling you won’t be happy with Cambridge Mask either. While Cambridge Mask does fit better due to it having the chin adjustments, it’s very similar to Vogmask overall.

      I hope this helps!
      Ethan

  10. What about “the universal mask” which I’ve been using for 1.5 years and think is less well known but a good option esp for the base in a double mask since it’s got the best fitting nose wire by far, and fits snug. – also, what about enro masks? I’ve gotten conflicting feedback about those as well.

    1. Hi Sam,

      I’ve sent an email to Airgami to see if they would be willing to work together. Thanks for the heads up!

  11. Flo mask is even better than Envo. It has no valve, cheaper filters, great seal. and sits down on the nose for no interference with glasses at all.

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