3M 8233 and 8293 Masks

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3M 8233 and 8293 Masks

3M 8233 and 8293 HEPA Masks are Made in the USAThe 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 commom 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 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 particles, INCLUDING oil-based particles while the 8233 only will filter NON-OIL based particles.

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  Hepa 3M Masks
Reviewed by: Sharon R. from Nanty Glo, PA

Wonderful product! Covers the face very well and does the job. Better than any mask I have ever used. Highly recommend!
  3M Hepa Mask
Reviewed by: Sharon R. from Nanty Glo, PA

Ordered 2 of the hepa masks! Work really well and fit over the face nice and seal really well! I havent had anymore trouble with dust issues now when I clean. I would highly recommend them!!
  So glad I found AchooAllergy
Reviewed by: a new customer from Omaha, Nebraska

I have been sick with allergy induced sinus infections for months. I literally could not clean my own home without getting sick. Any type of cleaning products plus mold and pollen caused me lots of allergy and sinus problems. I tried using some inexpensive paper type masks that I bought at a local store but they were uncomfortable, scratchy and absolutely useless. I was glad I stumbled on your website. Then based on the great information you provided online I order the 3M 8293 mask. It's been a life saver and it's wonderful to get my house clean and work outside without any adverse affects. The masks are comfortable and they work, they just simply work. I haven't had any sinus problems or allergy symptoms since using them. I'm very, very happy. I finally have the right mask for my needs at a price point I can afford. Thank you for carrying this product.

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Q1: 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?

A: To answer the second question, yes. You can typically use these mask many times before tossing them. In general, about 50-60 hours of use is what you should expect to before replacing them. Or, if you notice odor/particles pass through or if it feels more difficult to breathe through, then you'll likely want to replace it. The only time I've ever used one and tossed it right after I was done was when I was wearing it while using a grinder to remove grout. That was fairly extreme though as the space I was working in literally looked like I was in a dense fog all grout dust. Hope that helps!

Q2: 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,

A: Some some small extent yes, but for better filtration of odor, you should look at a mask with carbon in the filter. Masks like the Honeycomb carbon mask or any of the Respro masks when equipped with the particle/chemical filters will work in this regard. The carbon adsorbs odors, fumes and vapors that will often pass straight through a standard HEPA filter.

Q3: 3M 8233 and 3M 8293=== are these masks worn together at the same time? Or how do they work?

A: No. They are VERY similar masks, nearly identical in fact. What makes them different is that the 8293 will also trap oil based particulate while the 8233 will not. Aside from this, these two masks offer the same filtration, but are indeed worn separately.

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3M 8233 & 8293 Masks

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 and SARS. N95 masks filter 95% of particles 0.3 microns or larger, but each of these masks exceeds that. Additionally, the 8293 will also capture aerosolized, oil based particulate. 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 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 masks and cheaper masks, the 8233 and 8293 masks seal well around 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 cost. 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 mild price to pay for keep the insulation and microscopic shards out of my lungs!

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, and both are quality dust and allergy masks at discount prices.


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3M 8233 Mask (Item#: 3M0003) $9.99
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