Where to Buy KN95 Face Masks (and Similar Equivalents) Right Now 

Your cloth masks need an upgrade. 
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Entering year three of the pandemic, it's clear that masking isn't going anywhere—especially with Omicron spreading so rapidly. If you're searching for the best KN95 face masks and N95s to protect yourself against the new variant, you're not alone. 

While your stylish cloth mask may have cut it at the beginning of the pandemic, health experts now suggest upgrading to a better quality mask—like an N95, KN95, or KF94—that will offer you more protection and filtration. These disposable masks are currently in high demand, and completely out of stock in some places, but we've outlined some of the best KN95 face masks (and similar equivalents) to shop if you're stocking up. 

What's the difference between these disposable mask types? 

In the early days of the pandemic, N95 respirator masks were highly sought-after, short-in-supply PPE for medical professionals. Thankfully stock has bounced back and they're available to shop for non-medical purposes now. The KN95 (the Chinese equivalent of the N95, which is vetted by Chinese regulations) is even more widely available at this stage in the pandemic.

Both KN95s and N95s are designed to filter out 95% of airborne particles, but N95s are vetted by more rigorous standards. N95s are the only masks approved for use in medical settings stateside (having passed tests for factors like fluid resistance and flammability). These two also look slightly different: KN95s use ear loops to stay put on your face and typically feature a beak-like silhouette, while N95s use straps that go around your head for a secure fit. 

South Korea also produces an N95 face mask equivalent known as a KF94 (tested by Korean standards) which uses ear loops and an extended piece that fits up and over your nose, forming a tighter seal there. They're especially helpful for people with small faces or anyone who needs a more customized fit. 

How do you know which masks are worth buying, and which ones are the most effective? 

Some masks appear on a CDC-approved list that are certified by the NIOSH, or the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, against stringent US standards for quality. N95s that are certified by NIOSH should arrive stamped with the words “NIOSH,” as well as an approval (TC) number, on the masks themselves—see here for an example of what that would look like—or on the packaging. 

Others were FDA-approved for Emergency Use Authorization earlier in the pandemic (meaning that the manufacturer evaluated the product for efficacy, and that the FDA recognized it). While many of these EUAs have been revoked due to an increased supply in NIOSH-approved masks, the FDA still recommends that those respirators be distributed in non-medical settings. 

These designations are helpful for zeroing in on quality picks and wading through all the counterfeit masks out there (the CDC notes that about 60% of all KN95 respirators on the market right now are fake). But just because a mask isn’t given the green light by these agencies doesn’t necessarily mean it's useless or not providing ample protection. And any mask is better than absolutely zilch. 

Regardless of the mask (even if it's an N95), everything boils down to a good fit. Make sure that your mask forms a seal around your face without any gaps, stays on easily, doesn't inhibit your breathing, and includes multiple layers of material to protect you. For added security, you can always double up with a cloth mask on top of your paper mask, or add a filter. 



Kimberly-Clark N95 pouch respirators (50-pack)


Kimberly Clark's N95 is a NIOSH-approved mask for non-medical use that features a duck bill silhouette with one colorful stretchy strap that fits over your head. There's a nice pocket of space in front of your mouth for added breathability.  It's also sold in one the most affordable N95 packs we're seeing for sale these days, though prices are fluctuating for a lot of these. 

Jackson Safety

Jackson Safety N95 masks (50-pack)


Jackson Safety sells a similar version to the Kimberly Clark model above, with a duck bill-style respirator that secures itself behind your head with two extra-wide straps. It's NIOSH-certified and claims to be “the most comfortable N95 mask you'll find” due to its soft lining, though we've yet to try it ourselves. 


Fangtian N95 masks (10-pack)


Fangtian's NIOSH-certified masks include four layers of protection, an adjustable nose clip, and flexible straps for securing them on your face.


Benehal N95 respirators (20-pack)


Nicely, this NIOSH-approved, four-layer Benehal mask includes a soft foam inner nose piece for keeping you comfortable, and an adjustable metal piece on the outside. The soft elastic straps on it are also secured by green clips on the side for a little extra visual appeal. 


Aegle N95 masks (50-pack)


Aegle's five-layer N95s are made by a company based in Brookshire, Texas. Its masks come in 50-packs, and offer five layers of protection. There's also plenty of anti-counterfeit information on the packaging to confirm that you're buying a legit NIOSH-certified mask. 

Protective Health Gear

PHG N95 masks (50-pack)


If you're stocking up in bulk, Protective Health Gear's NIOSH-approved masks—with foam padding that contours around your face—ship in 50-packs. 


Pandmedic MedicPro N95 masks (50-pack)


Here's another bulk buy for you: 100 lightweight, individually-packaged N95s with soft elastic head loops from a brand that sounds like a too-hasty Google search: “Pandmedic.” Oh, and they're NIOSH-certified, too.


Vida N95 mask (10-pack)


Vida's been making well-designed masks since the very start of the pandemic, and more recently started selling disposable masks like these N95s that are NIOSH-certified and come in a handsome blue color for kids and adults.



Hotodeal KN95 face masks (20-pack)


Hotodeal's surgical-style masks were formerly FDA-authorized for emergency use. Each comes with an adjustable nose clip for securing the mask in place, and offers five layers of protection. 


WWdoll KN95 face masks (50-pack)


If you prefer brights over neutrals, these KN95s (which were previously FDA-authorized for emergency use) come in a multi-pack of colors. 


Halidodo KN95 face masks (60-pack)


Here's another multi-pack of five-ply masks that's designed for larger faces, and come in a multitude of colors.

Byd Care

Byd Care KN95 masks (50-pack)


Here's a pretty great deal on KN95s if you're buying in bulk. Byd Care are selling a 50-pack of KN95s for just $29, which nets out to about 59 cents per mask. 


Vida KN95 face mask (10-pack)


Vida also makes five-layer surgical-style masks in brights and neutrals that you can buy in bulk (up to 1,000 masks at a time). 


Supplyaid KN95 face masks (10-pack)

Home Depot

Supplyaid sells its five-ply surgical-style masks in packs of black or white, and you can buy them online or shop them in person at your local Home Depot. 


Maskc KN95 face masks (100-pack)


Maskc (pronounced “Mask-see”) surgical-style masks offer five layers of protection, with an adjustable nose bridge for a more secure fit. Currently, they're sold out of every variation except this bulk pack, which includes 100 black masks. 


evolvetogether KN95 face masks (5-pack)


Evolvetogether's masks include its signature geographic coordinates in the corner. These masks include six layers of protection, along with added charcoal in there that the brand claims helps with mask odor. Styles are finally back in stock, if you've been eyeing some.

evolvetogether KN95 face mask variety pack (15-pack)


Or, you can shop them in a variety pack of solid colors. 


D'Aire KN95 masks (3-pack)


If prints are more your speed, mask and accessory brand D'Aire makes its N95s in prints (like these polka dots) and solids, though you can currently only buy them only in sets of three. 


As we mentioned, KF9N4s are Korean masks, so they are certified by Korean standards, but most of them only entered the market late in the pandemic, and haven't been up for approval by the NIOSH or FDA. Here are a couple well-reviewed options to peruse. 

KN Flax

KN Flax premium KF94 face masks (20-pack)


Flax's KF94s offer four-layer protection in soft fabrics and individual packaging.  

Dr. Puri

Dr. Puri KF94 face masks (20-pack)


Dr. Puri's masks are selling out quickly, but you can still find medium and large sizes for adults in white and black colors. 

Good Day Korea

Good Day Korea disposable adults' KF94 face masks (10-pack)


Here's another well-reviewed KF94 model that we like for its secure fit and comfortable ear loops. 


Instalashes KF94 kids' masks (20-pack)


And here's one that's better suited for kids and people with small faces. It includes four layers of protection and comes in cute cat-themed packaging for children.


Kleannara KF94 face masks (15-pack)


Kleannara's masks offer four layers of protection, and come very well-reviewed. Shoppers (nearly 800 of them) appreciate that these are so breathable and comfortable, with a bendable nose area for forming a tight seal around your face.


Vida KF94 face masks (10-pack)


Vida's KF94 masks come in an assortment of colors for kids and adults (and you can even shop them in bulk!).