The 10 best cloth face masks you can buy online

The best face masks
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Wearing a cloth face mask has become the new normal. Not only does the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommend wearing one in public to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus, but many states and cities mandate it. While not as effective as a medical-grade mask or an N95 mask, these coverings provide an extra layer of protection by blocking respiratory droplets, which is the primary way that COVID-19 is transmitted.

A number of retailers now sell masks (we compiled a list of 70 here), and it seems as though more stores and designers are announcing new cloth face mask offerings each week. Not to mention, there are tons of different kinds: masks that tie around the head, masks that loop over your ears, masks with a filter, masks that are stylish, the list goes on. With so many options available, it can be overwhelming to figure out which ones are actually worth the money. This is why we decided to test face masks.

After four weeks spent testing 13 of the most popular face masks currently available, we found our favorite ones. Wearing each for a minimum of two hours, we scored them on quality, comfort, and breathability. The best ones we tested are the Athleta Masks. With summer heat and humidity on the rise, they strike a nice balance between providing protection and breathability. The 5-pack of masks usually cost $30, but you can get them for 20% off right now using the code AP192CA4T2.

You can read more about all of our favorite face masks below. And remember: whatever you decide to go with, wearing something is always better than wearing nothing.

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1. Athleta Non Medical Face Masks

The best overall face mask: Athleta Non Medical Face Masks
The best overall face mask: Athleta Non Medical Face Masks

Adjustable nose wire: Yes

Ear loops or ties: Ear loops

Filter: No

Different sizes: One size

How to wash: Machine wash, lay flat to dry

The Athleta mask was the best cloth face mask we tested. With summer heat and humidity on the rise, it strikes a nice balance between providing protection and breathability. Not to mention, the masks are quite comfortable to wear for long periods at a time and the adjustable ear loops and nose wire provide a quality fit. Right now, you can get 20% off these masks by using the code AP192CA4T2.

Get the Athleta Non Medical Face Masks (5-pack) from Athleta for $24 (Save $6)

2. Tom Bihn V1 Reusable Cloth Face Mask

The best face masks: Tom Bihn V1 Reusable Cloth Face Mask
The best face masks: Tom Bihn V1 Reusable Cloth Face Mask

Adjustable nose wire: Yes

Ear loops or ties: Ear loops

Filter: No

Different sizes: S/M, M/L

How to wash: Machine wash and dry

We love Tom Bihn’s carry-on under seat luggage and standard carry-on bags, so it’s no surprise we are fans of the brand’s masks too. We love these masks due to their adjustable and replaceable nose wires, soft ear loops, and the fact they come in multiple sizes. The material is densely woven for more protection, but not too thick to breathe, and the nose piece is made from twist ties, which significantly lengthens the long-term wearability of the mask.

Get the Tom Bihn V1 Reusable Cloth Face Mask (Individual) from Tom Bihn for $13

3. Summersalt Face Coverings

The best face masks: Summersalt Face Coverings
The best face masks: Summersalt Face Coverings

Adjustable nose wire: Yes

Ear loops or ties: Adjustable ear loops

Filter: No

Different sizes: One size

How to wash: Machine wash and lay flat to dry

Summersalt’s face coverings come in a 3-pack that includes two cute patterned masks (which feature the same material as their trendy swimsuits!) and a solid black one. Each cloth mask is triple-layered, and the inner two layers are thick woven cotton. This mask is “cone” shaped to give a snug fit around the border of the mask, providing protection while leaving some space between your face and the material. The ear loops and nose piece on each mask are adjustable, but we found that the nose piece did not work very well and required constant adjustments.

Get the Summersalt Face Coverings (3-pack) from Summersalt for $32

4. Plover Organic Cotton Face Masks

The best face masks: Plover Organic Cotton Face Masks
The best face masks: Plover Organic Cotton Face Masks

Adjustable nose wire: Yes

Ear loops or ties: Ear loops

Filter: No

Different sizes: One size

How to wash: Machine wash and dry

Plover, an organic cotton bedding company, offers face masks that are made of 100% organic cotton bedding material. This mask was one of the softest materials out of the ones we tested. The ear loops were not extremely tight around the ears, and the bendable nose piece kept our glasses from fogging up. Although the mask fit well, it didn’t offer as much protection as other more fitted masks.

Get the Plover Organic Cotton Face Mask (Set of 2) from Plover for $32

5. Vistaprint Face Mask

The best face masks: Vistaprint Face Mask
The best face masks: Vistaprint Face Mask

Adjustable nose wire: Yes

Ear loops or ties: Ear loops

Filter: Yes—Filter pocket; One filter included

Different sizes: One size

How to wash: Machine wash and dry

Vistaprint, a custom print company, has face coverings with soft seams, adjustable nose pieces, and ear loops—making them very comfortable to wear. However, they may not offer as much protection, as the outer layer is made of stretchy knitted material and the inner layer is made of thin cotton. The cloth masks do come with their own filter, though, which can help make up for the weaker material. The problem: the filters are not reusable, meaning when you need more, you’ll either have to make your own or buy more from their website.    

Get the Vistaprint Face Mask (Individual) from Vistaprint for $18

6. TakeCare Supply Mask Bundle

The best face masks: TakeCare Supply Mask Bundle
The best face masks: TakeCare Supply Mask Bundle

Adjustable nose wire: No

Ear loops or ties: Ties

Filter: Yes—Filter pocket; no filters included

Different sizes: One size

How to wash: Machine wash and dry

The Take Care mask is good for someone who prefers to tie their mask around their head. The ties are soft, stretchy, and comfortable, although they can be prone to slipping and may need some adjustment. The mask provides decent protection, as the outer layer is a thicker fabric while the inner layer is softer with a pocket for a filter. One downside to them is that the sizing seems to be inconsistent, although they claim to only sell and make one size. Additionally, they ship from Canada which can delay the delivery, and you may have to pay a foreign transaction fee if you are ordering from the U.S.

Get the TakeCare Supply Mask Bundle (3-pack) from TakeCare Supply for $37.50

7. Áplat Cotton Face Mask

The best face masks: Áplat Cotton Face Mask
The best face masks: Áplat Cotton Face Mask

Adjustable nose wire: No

Ear loops or ties: Ties

Filter: No

Different sizes: One size

How to wash: Machine wash and dry

Out of all the masks we tested, the Áplat Cotton Face Mask has the thickest material and the snuggest fit, making it one of the best cloth masks in terms of protection. However, due to the material thickness, it is difficult to breathe in this mask during the summer heat and humidity. Another downside is that the ties which secure the mask to your face can slip leading to constant re-adjustments.

Get the Áplat Cotton Face Mask (Individual) from Áplat for $24

8. ShiitakeCreek Double Layer Cotton Face Mask

The best face masks: ShiitakeCreek Double Layer Cotton Face Mask
The best face masks: ShiitakeCreek Double Layer Cotton Face Mask

Adjustable nose wire: No

Ear loops or ties: Ties

Filter: Yes—Filter pocket; no filters included

Different sizes: XS, S/M, L

How to wash: Machine wash and dry

This homemade mask on Etsy (by Shiitake Creek) is made of good quality fabric, has a pocket to place your own filter, and offers a very snug fit to your face. One drawback is that the elastic used to secure the mask on the face is short, making it complicated to tie around the head. Also, due to the thickness of the fabric, it can be hard to breathe in high heat and humidity, making it is a better mask for cooler temperatures.

Get the ShiitakeCreek Double Layer Cotton Face Mask (Individual) from Etsy for $25

9. MaskClub Face Mask

The best face masks: MaskClub Face Mask
The best face masks: MaskClub Face Mask

Adjustable nose wire: No

Ear loops or ties: Ear loops

Filter: Yes—Filter pocket; no filters included

Different sizes: One size

How to wash: Machine wash and dry

The MaskClub face mask is pretty basic; it has two layers of material and is pleated with a pocket for your own filter. Even though the mask has double layers, it’s on the thinner side, making it less protective. Although we thought the thin material would make the mask more breathable, it actually felt a bit suffocating to wear. It also does not have an adjustable nose wire or ear loops.

Get the MaskClub Face Mask (Individual) from MaskClub for $13.99

10. Alice+Olivia Staceface Protective Face Mask

The best face masks: Alice+Olivia Staceface Protective Face Mask
The best face masks: Alice+Olivia Staceface Protective Face Mask

Adjustable nose wire: No

Ear loops or ties: Ear loops

Filter: No

Different sizes: One size

How to wash: Machine wash and dry

We wanted to love this mask because the fashion brand’s adorable and iconic Staceface print covers it. However, even though the mask is double-layered, its knit material offers less protection. The fit of this mask also wasn’t ideal, as it left gaps around our noses and cheeks. 

Get the Alice+Olivia Staceface Protective Face Mask (Individual) from Alice+Olivia for $10

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