No matter if you're at work or play, masks and respirators can protect you from airborne
allergens, dust, gases and odors, bacteria, the flu virus, and cold
induced asthma. We offer a wide variety of respirators and face masks from trusted manufacturers like 3M, Respro, AllergyZone, RZ and I
Can Breathe. Use the chart below to compare mask features, sizes, filtration and price to help you
find the one that will best meet your personal filtration needs. If you have any questions, please contact us at 1-800-339-7123, email
customer service at email@example.com, or submit a personal FAQ via any of our product pages.
ǂǂThe 6291 is the best mask available for removing smoke, odors and chemicals BUT only when
equipped with the optional Organic Vapor Canisters.
Explaining the Star Ratings for Allergy Masks
Warmth - Any mask that offers even a little filtration will allow for some heat to build around
your face. With that said, some are warmer than others. Depending on the construction and materials used, some masks
are warmer than others. The more stars, the better this mask dissipates warmth. Fewer stars means this mask traps more heat. In some instances,
extra warmth is a benefit, especially when combating cold induced asthma or for winter use. When looking for a cold weather mask, focus on those with
lower star ratings.
Comfort - Comfort is determined by many factors including how well the mask fits to most faces, how it
seals/rests on the bridge of the nose, and how it connects around the back of the head.
Fit - Most masks are adjustable, meaning that the straps can be lengthened or shortened. Others are adjustable by virtue of
the Velcro used. Strips of Velcro allow for some adjustability when tightening or loosening the overall fit. The other type of fitting use to keep the
mask in place are stretch loops. These are non-allergenic synthetic rubber, polyester or another inert material with elastic properties. Some masks themselves
will be constructed on flexible, stretchable material, like neoprene (Techno, Sportsta & RZ masks come to mind) which adds additional give but
Particles - This is our rating of how well each mask tackles particles. The most common particles filtered are
mold spores, pollen, dust, the dust mite allergen, animal dander, dirt, and other debris in the air.
Smoke/Chemical - This is our rating of how well each mask filters chemicals, odors, fragrances, vapors and smoke. The more activated carbon or charcoal
in the mask filter means better smoke/odor/chemical control. Those with no carbon are not typically very good at filtering these pollutants. HEPA rated
masks will trap some smoke and chemical particles, but combination filters that use carbon and a particle filter media are best for all round use.
Filter Life - Regardless of whether the mask is disposable or has replaceable filters, each has a typical lifespan. We measure
filter life on how frequently the mask needs to be disposed or how frequently filters need to be replaced. This is a general guideline as filter life will
vary widely depending on the exact conditions of use.
Final Thoughts on Comparing Masks
Remember, when comparing masks or respirators keep your specific needs in mind. Filtration should be the first criteria you use to
narrow your choices down. Not everyone has severe allergies and needs the most comprehensive protection. Some are looking for situational masks that
won't need to be worn all the time. Still others DO need the best filtration they can find. Regardless of your specific situation, being honest with
yourself about your needs is key. Plus, it can potentially save you from purchasing a very expensive mask when a less expensive one might be the
right choice for you. Once, you know the right type of filtration needed for your specific needs, consider other things like size,
fit, and price. Ask yourself questions like, does it have disposable filters, and is it washable?
Carbon filters are ideal for odors, chemicals and smoke. This type of
mask filter adsorb gaseous pollutants. From household
cleaners and perfumes to car exhaust and tobacco smoke, facemasks with activated
carbon or charcoal are an excellent choice. For standard particle filtration, a HEPA or HEPA style filter is your best option. These trap particles large and
Different types of media offer different types and levels of filtration. Not all masks are NIOSH rated (this can be an expensive and long process to obtain
certification). Independent labs also verify and test some masks. Price, as well as color are also considerations. If you ever have any questions regarding
the use of a mask, feel free to submit an FAQ on any mask page. Questions are usually answered in less than 24 hours (longer during weekends).
Live chat is also an option as is emailing or calling. We want you to find the mask that best meets your needs and hope this compare page helps you in that effort.
For more information on how to select an allergy mask, visit our Allergy Mask Buying Guide below.