Top 3 Best Face Masks Ranked - Stay Safe Masks

More than ever, it's essential to be wearing a mask when heading out the door, to keep you and others around you safe. But it is hard to know which masks work better than others, or at all.

Even worse, DIY and cloth masks aren't as protective as you think. The CDC recommends face coverings to block droplets traveling through coughing, spreading, sneezing and a DIY mask will help achieve that, but isn't a tight seal so droplets can still escape. A DIY mask also filters only 40-73% of particles larger than PM2.5. If you can, it's important to try and find a more effective mask that can block a higher percentage of particles. Of course, there are dozens to choose from.

Thankfully for you, we ranked three face masks for protecting against pollutants and other airborne contaminants.

#1 STAYSAFE REUSABLE MASK (PM2.5)

4.9 (173 Reviews)

Effectiveness: 95%
Comfort: 90%
Price: $
Overall: A

STAYSAFE works as an effective face covering that traps droplets and also offers additional layers of protection against pollutants and other airborne contaminants. The mask comes with replaceable filters which have 5 layers of protection to help filter pollutants and other airborne contaminants. The mask also features a one-way valve that is positioned above the filter to make the masks breathable without sacrificing safety. They're currently offering 50% OFF until the end this week, which always help.

STAY SAFE PROS
  • Filters 95% of particles larger than PM2.5
  • Creates a tighter seal than mosts DIY masks
  • One-way valve to make masks breathable
  • Safe to wash and reuse
STAY SAFE CONS
  • Can fog up glasses when wearing
  • Less effective if reusable filters aren't replaced regularly.
#2 GVS SPR457 ELIPSE

3.2 (198 Reviews)

Effectiveness: 99%
Comfort: 80%
Price: $$$
Overall: B

The GVS SPR457 Elipse is a heavy duty mask that can protect against 99.97% of particles and pollutants. The adjustable straps make it easy to wear and comfortable. The replaceable filters help make it a longer lasting mask. Our biggest drawback is it's bulky and unflattering look. There's nothing sleek about this mask. If safety is your #1 concern, this is a good choice, but we imagine most people don't want to look like they're coming from a nuclear test site when walking down the street.

ELIPSE PROS
  • 99.97% Effective against particles and pollutants
  • Adjustable straps
  • Reusable
ELIPSE CONS
  • Heavier than most masks
  • Bulky and unflattering
  • Not ideal for people who wear glasses
#3 HONEYWELL DISPOSABLE MASK

3.2 (143 Reviews)

Effectiveness: 50%
Comfort: 750
Price: $
Overall: C-

Although we wouldn't recommend Honeywell's Disposable Masks for regular use, they're effective enough to use as a last resort. If you run out of resuable filters for a more effective mask, perhaps consider using these.

HONEYWELL PROS
  • Portable and small
  • Disposable
HONEYWELL CONS
  • Not highly effective in protecting against particles
  • Uncomfortable
  • Low quality materials

Product Ranking

Product Summary Effectiveness Comfort Price Overall
Rate
  • Filters 95% of particles larger than PM2.5

  • Creates a tighter seal than mosts DIY masks

  • One-way valve to make masks breathable

  • Safe to wash and reuse

  • Can fog up glasses when wearing

  • Less effective if reusable filters aren't replaced regularly.

9.5/10 9/10 $ A+
  • 99.97% Effective against particles and pollutants

  • Adjustable straps and reusable

  • Heavier than most masks

  • Bulky and unflattering

  • Not ideal for people who wear glasses

9.9/10 8.5/10 $$$ B
  • Portable and small

  • Disposable

  • Not highly effective in protecting against particles

  • Uncomfortable

  • Low quality materials

5.0/10 7.0/10 $ C

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