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3M 8233 Mask

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3M 8233 Mask

The 3M 8233 and 8293 respirators are lightweight and durable face masks that feature maximum HEPA filter efficiency in a maintenance-free design. A cool ventilation valve reduces moisture and heat build-up which makes breathing easier. Adjustable, these masks contain no components made from natural rubber latex. This combined with 99.97% filtration of particles 0.3 microns or larger make this mask an ideal solution for anyone concerned with seasonal allergens, pet dander, mold spores or other common particle allergens. Both of these 3M masks feature a comfortable face seal, adjustable straps, and lightweight construction. Dispose after 150 hours of use. One size fits all.

The 3M 8293 meets NIOSH P100 requirements, and the 3M 8233 mask meets NIOSH N100 requirements. Both exceed CDC recommended filtrations levels (N95) to protect against the spread of bacteria and influenza viruses. While both provide identical, 99.97% filtration particles down to 0.3 microns, the 3M 8293 differs from the 8293 in one way. The 3M 8293 will filter all the same particles, germs, viruses, etc. as the 8233 with the addition of filtering out oil-based particulate. For example, need a good HEPA respirator to protect against the flu and other viruses? Both masks are equal. Need a respirator to filter out primer, paint, or lubricating aerosols in addition to viruses and other particles? Then, the 3M 8293 is the mask you want.

Customer Reviews

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Good for most things
I have worn this mask for some time. It is great for dusting, etc. And, it is good for the larger pollens. It does not do so well for the smaller pollens such as ragweed. Better than nothing for smaller pollens but I am switching back to a HEPA for Spring and Fall outdoor pollens.
Review by allergy sufferer / (Posted on 5/8/2015)
Comfortable relief
I've been delighted with this mask. It's very light and comfortable, and is helping me to get allergy relief while taking less allergy medicine.
Review by W.D. Sherman Olson / (Posted on 5/8/2015)
Best Mask for Allergies
I purchased a mask from a different store and wasn't thrilled with the fit. I suffer from asthma needed something that would help with the dust trigger. This mask did an outstanding job secure fit and still allows comfort. I highly recommend this mask for others.
Review by Asthma sufferer / (Posted on 5/8/2015)
Easy to use and wear
This mask is much easier to use than the one with the big pink pads. I wore this mask to use the power blower on dusty, dirty exterior porches and patios. I forgot I had it on! I had a small mark on my cheek from the mask, but I think it happened when I scratched myself when I removed it I would recommend it for those with serious dust and pollen alleries.
Review by MaryAnn B - allergic asthma / (Posted on 5/8/2015)
Excellent Product
I am highly allergic to mold. My worksite recently went without AC for three weeks during very hot and humid conditions. When the AC came back on, I started getting sick and the discovered mold in the building which they are in the process of cleaning up. This mask makes it possible for me to breathe and function at my job.
Review by Allergy Sufferer / (Posted on 5/8/2015)
Allergy Induced Asthma
Mask is very comfortable easy to wear all day while cutting lawn and working outside. Pulmonist suggested, noticing difference in protecting from allergens. Price is right.
Review by Allergy Asthma sufferer / (Posted on 5/8/2015)
good mask for big nose
Great mask for me considering the size of my nose. Works as advertised. easy to breathe, doesn't fog my glasses, good seal. Only problem is my nose. the metal piece across the bridge as well as the seal are helpful but i must still stuff cotton under the seal to completely prevent air from escaping/entering near my eyes. my fault for having a big nose, but i had hoped the seal would be a little better suited to any type of nose. overall i love the mask and will buy more.
Review by dude with large bridge / (Posted on 5/8/2015)
good mask
The mask is comfortable. It is well designed and seals around the face well unlike the cheaper versions. I think it is a good option for those who have very bad allergies or asthma.
Review by An asthma/allergy sufferer / (Posted on 5/8/2015)
Easy to get used to
This mask worked great for my 82-year-old grandmother. Easy to use over her oxygen tube.
Review by Grandmother's best Spring accessory! / (Posted on 5/8/2015)
3M Allergy Mask/Respirator
I had gotten to the point that every time I mowed my lawn, I would suffer so much with my allergies, it wasn't worth it. A close friend recommended I look for an allergy mask and give that a try. I couldn't find anything locally that had a respirator, and with my allergies and a tendancy towards stuffiness, I needed to be able to "breathe" easily with a mask. Incredible! Other than the fact the mask was a little warm, I was able to breathe freely, and it was very comfortable, and very easy to adjust and custom fit around my nose. But most importantly, I had NO allergy reactions after mowing my lawn.
Review by Allergy Sufferer / (Posted on 5/8/2015)

3M Mask Reviews

3M 8233 & 8293 HEPA Respirator

As a disposable 3M face mask, the 8293 and 8233 are excellent at filtering particles, allergens and other harmful airborne pollutants. Soft yet durable, both feature an adjustable strap and seal well around nearly any size of face. For allergy and asthma sufferers or those concerned with the spread of airborne viruses and bacteria, these are ideal allergy masks that remove 99.97% of all particles 0.3 microns or larger. After trying each here is what I found.

What I like about the 3M 8233 and 8293 Masks

First and foremost, the filtration of each mask is superb. Both masks offer true HEPA filtration which means no matter what the task, they will perform well. I've used them while sanding and cutting wood, raking leaves, grinding out old grout and a variety of other tasks around the house and have always been pleased with the performance. For people with allergies, the HEPA filtration will provide "as good as it gets" filtration of common allergens.

Both of these 3M masks exceed the CDC's recommended N95 rating to help reduce the spread of viruses like the Avian Flu, H1N1, and SARS. N95 masks filter 95% of particles 0.3 microns or larger, but each of these masks exceeds that, so whether you're traveling and worried about the flu or have a compromised immune system and are trying to avoid illness, each of these will provide much needed protection from germs, bacteria, and viruses. Additionally, the 8293 will also capture aerosolized, oil based particulate, like what you would encounter with oil based paints, varnishes, or lubricants. And for most, this isn't going to change a lot, but if you work with stains or sealants, oil particle filtration is a welcomed upgrade to basic HEPA particle filtration.

The 8293 and 8233 respirators are very lightweight. They are light enough and small enough that I can take them nearly anywhere. I keep several at the house for household chores and projects. Storage is easy and even though they are disposable, you can get a good deal of usage out of each.

Unlike hospital/surgical masks and cheaper masks, the 8233 and 8293 masks seal well around your face. A soft flexible seal lines the inner portion of the mask and when tightened, conforms to the contours of your face. The only possible problem you would have would be the same problem many people have with masks and respirators - facial hair. For the best seal, you need to make sure you have those whisker shaved.

Though not as cheap as an N95 mask, the cost, compared to use and filtration, make both of these 3M masks well worth the added expense. You can reuse both several times before you finally need to replace them.

What I did not like about the 3M 8233 Mask

I only have one complaint with this mask, but it is the same complaint I have with nearly every mask or respirator. It can be warm if you wear it for extended periods of time. I've had to use similar masks at past jobs for hours at a time in a fairly warm environment (we were installing kaowool - ceramic fiber insulation - in an industrial ceramic kiln). Using the mask for that long in the warmer temperatures did make my face sweat, but it was small price to pay for keep the insulation and microscopic shards out of my lungs! Additionally, both respirators have exhale valves to reduce heat and moisture buildup.

Overall, I would highly recommend mask to anyone who wants HEPA style filtration of particles, pathogens and even oil based contaminants (8293). Each mask is free of latex and fits nearly anyone with ease. While not as slim fitting as other masks, both are quality dust and allergy masks at a very reasonable price.

Product Questions

How many uses before dispossing it? By that I mean after cleaning the house one day can I use it again the following day to finish up?
3M 8233 and 3M 8293=== are these masks worn together at the same time? Or how do they work?
I go fishing alot and the oil, fumes from the boat and the water give me a problem. Will these mask block out the air/fumes from my breathing when I am out on the lake? Thank you,