We’ve Tried Countless Face Masks This Year, and These Are the 6 We Actually Like
Trust me, I shop for a living.
Like so many others, when the Centers for Disease Control began recommending everyone wear face masks to slow the spread of the coronavirus, I turned to makeshift face coverings fashioned with scarves and hair ties before upgrading to hand-sewn masks from my roommate’s mom. But when reusable face masks became more widely available, thanks to existing brands quickly pivoting their resources to help meet the new demand for cloth face coverings, my position as a shopping writer allowed me the privilege to research and test out a wide variety of them.
Countless brands sent me samples, and I bought a few to try out for myself. Over the course of the last eight months, I’ve accumulated an admittedly excessive collection of face masks to use on my infrequent outings, but there are a select few that I always grab first. Much like my favorite underwear, these masks are typically the first ones I use after doing a load of laundry. I look forward to having them back in my rotation because of their comfort, style, and effectiveness.
Ahead, take a look at the six best reusable face masks I’ve tested this year. They all meet the CDC recommendations for effective face coverings, and each stands out for a different reason.
Best for Working Out: Space Mask Nanotech Mask
Working out in a face mask is a challenge, but of all of the masks I’ve tried, this one is the most comfortable to wear while exercising. It has three layers: a woven nano outer shell, an antibacterial cloud filter, and a cotton inner layer. The latest version of the mask includes adjustable ear straps and a structured nose clip for a custom fit. Because the nose clip maintains space between your nose and the fabric, it’s much easier to breath in while working out than some other options. I even wear mine while running and biking outdoors.