Kid Face Masks 2021

These KN95 and KF94 Masks for Kids Will Help Us Get Through Winter

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Most of us thought we were done searching for high-quality masks for our kids. But as has been the way with this pandemic, we take two steps forward—getting the vaccine for kids 5 and older, and booster shots for the rest of us—but COVID sends us, well, we still don't know how many steps back. With Omicron a giant question mark on the horizon and Delta causing surges all over the country, we still need ways to stay safe in public settings, and finding KF94 and KN95 masks for kids will most certainly help with that.

Finding the best masks for our kids to wear in school is not as easy as searching "KN95 masks for kids"—as if anything in this pandemic has been that simple. Last year, when N95s were in short supply, the FDA issued emergency-use authorization (EUA) for some KN95s, which are produced in China, because they have similarly high filtration rates of at least 95 percent. That meant federal officials were testing adult sizes of KN95 masks and giving us a handy list to cross-reference. But they didn't test for children's sizes (since, we hope, no children were out working in health-care settings), and the FDA has since revoked that EUA list as N95s are now more widely available.

Parents searching for high-filtration masks for kids don't have to choose blindly: We've got the research. First, we cross-referenced the list of KN95 masks that the FDA formerly granted EUA status with the database of masks that the CDC has tested. Assuming that when those brands make masks for kids, they're using equally high standards, we landed on brands like Vida, evolvetogether, and Powecom

We also looked to experts for advice. One great resource is mechanical engineer Aaron Collins, who has been using his background in aerosol science to test masks in his bathroom and share his findings on Twitter @masknerd and on YouTube. He is a big proponent of Korean-made KF94 masks, since there is more regulation of these masks for kids and adults in Korea compared to China. Finally, we looked for masks with lots of good reviews and read through some of them to see if anyone has spotted counterfeits. (Tip: Google the manufacturer name plus "CDC" to see if it's been tested or "counterfeit" to see if it's been called out as a fake.) 

Below are some of the best KN95 masks for kids, as well as KF94 masks and other disposable masks that have high filtration and a good fit on children.

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Evolvetogether Ilulissat Kids' KN95 Masks

This celebrity-loved brand's KN95 masks for kids and adults sell out frequently, so if a glow-in-the-dark mask appeals to your child, snap up this limited edition model quickly. All of the kids' KN95s have four layers of breathable material and the flat profile shape that many find comfortable. If these are sold out again, be sure to sign up for updates about the next time they stock up. In the meantime, you can also try out the brand's three-ply disposable face masks for kids. 

To buy: Evolvetogether Kids' KN95 Masks, $21 (for 7);

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Dr. Puri KF94 Microdust Protection Mask

The CDC has tested KF94 masks from Dr. Puri and found them to have a filtration rate above 99 percent. My son has been wearing these every school day since September and finds them very comfortable. We use an around-the-head mask extender to make it easier on his ears all day.

To buy: Dr. Puri KF94 Microdust Protection Mask (20 pack), $24.29 with coupon (originally $26.99);

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Vida Kids' KN95 Mask

The adult versions of Vida's KN95 mask previously had emergency use authorization from the FDA. The kids' version is slightly different, and due to high demand, some of the masks they send out are M95c, which they say still offers 95 to 99 percent filtration. Both versions are made with five layers of breathable non-woven fabric. There's a nose clip, but the ear loops are not adjustable—something easily fixed just by tying knots in them, or buying a toggle separately. Vida is also selling KF94 masks for the same price.

To buy: Vida Kids' KN95 Mask, $35 for 10;

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Well Before Kids KN95 Masks

Well Before is a seller of NIOSH-approved N95 masks, so we have reason to believe they're legit when it comes to KN95s. The XS size has four layers of non-woven fabric, while all other sizes have five layers. The ear loops are adjustable, and each mask comes individually wrapped.

To buy: Well Before Kids XS KN95 Masks, $1.19 each;

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Well Before Kids' 3D-Style KN95 (KF94) Masks

Well Before now also stocks what it calls 3D-Style KN95 masks for kids that are made in China but look like KN94 masks. Whatever you want to call them, they have done well in third-party testing and customers report that they fit nicely too, especially with those adjustable ear loops.

To buy: Well Before Kids 3D-Style KN95 Masks, $1.49 each;

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Happy Life Kids KF94 Masks

Happy Life is one of the brands recommended by Collins, who found that they have a filtration of above 98 percent. Many find the three-dimensional design of these masks makes speaking through a mask easier. 

To buy: Happy Life Kids KF94 Masks (20-pack), $23.99;

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Powecom Children's Sized KN95-SM Respirator Mask

Powecom was another mask maker that used to have emergency use authorization for its KN95 masks. It sells in the U.S. exclusively through Bona Fide Masks and should come with an "anti-fake" sticker to verify its authenticity. These masks are made from 46 percent non-woven polypropelene, 28 percent melt-blown fabric, and 26 percent ES hot air cotton. 

To buy: Powecom Children's Sized KN95-SM Respirator Mask (10-pack), $12;

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Harley Children's Protective Face Mask HL001

Chinese company Harley Commodity makes NIOSH-approved N95 masks, so it's a good bet you can trust its manufacturing methods. This 3D-style kids' mask is made of three meltblown and nonwoven cotton layers, with a purported filtration level of 99 percent.

To buy: Harley Children's Protective Face Mask HL001 (10-pack), $8.90;

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WWDoll Kids KN95 Face Mask

These five-layer cotton KN95 masks for kids have done fairly well in third-party testing. You should also know that though parent company Chengde Technology Co. was on the FDA's EUA list, it was removed twice for making false claims about its masks.

To buy: WWDoll Kids KN95 Face Mask, $52.57 (originally $69.74);

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Welkeeps KF94 Masks

What we know: Welkeeps is a certified KF94 manufacturer in Korea, and extra-small masks come in an adorable bear print. What we don't know: How legit the third-party selling them on Amazon is. We suggest buying a 10-pack and studying the packaging before buying in bulk.

To buy: Welkeeps KF94 Masks XS Cute Bear (10-Pack); $19.69;