Adjustable nose wire: Yes
Ear loops or ties: Ear loops
Different sizes: No
How to wash: Hand wash
If you’re looking for a comfortable, protective mask that kids won’t complain about wearing, our young testers found the Happy Masks Pro Series to be so wearable that they forgot to take them off.
These are some of the most breathable masks on the market and they claim to be some of the most protective. Designed by a retired chief scientist with a doctoral degree in filtration, these masks incorporate a nanofiber membrane filter that has been pharmaceutically tested. Happy Masks guarantees that these masks will block over 99.9% of airborne bacteria, pollution, and virus nanoparticles, making them the safest reusable mask we’ve found.
They are also incredibly comfortable. Lightweight and breathable, they come with adjustable ear straps and a nose wire, and their innovative 3-D design allows for air circulation when breathing. It gives space for kids to breathe and talk without feeling claustrophobic or inhibited by the fit of the mask—all without compromising protection. According to Happy Masks, they will last for 50 washes, if cared for according to instructions, which makes them one of the most long-lasting reusable masks as well. You get a lot of bang for your buck with these masks.
There are some downsides to Happy Masks, however. First is that they have to be washed by hand—putting them through a laundry cycle renders the built-in filter ineffective—which means that you'll need to order quite a few of these if you wash them after every use. Ordering multiples of these can be prohibitively expensive for many families, and they're almost always sold out, so it can be difficult to get your hands on one, let alone a week's worth.
Another issue we encountered is that they eventually start to show stains on the inside from the accumulation of facial oils, where they sit on the nose. Since they need to be very gently hand-washed, there comes a point where it feels like you can’t get them truly clean without a laundry cycle. Happy Masks recommends spraying the masks with 70% isopropyl rubbing alcohol for an extra level of disinfection. That still doesn’t take care of the staining issue, and the inside of the masks can start to look pretty gross, long before they are ready to be tossed.
All that taken into account, they’re still the favorite. If you want a long-lasting reusable mask with excellent protection, or if your child complains about a mask feeling constricting or being hard to breathe in, Happy Masks are the answer to all of your prayers.