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The Best Kids' Face Masks of 2022

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Editor's Choice Product image of Happy Masks Pro Series
Best Overall

Happy Masks Pro Series

If you’re looking for a comfortable, protective mask that kids won’t complain about wearing, our young testers found Happy Masks to be so wearable that they forgot to take them off. Read More

Pros

  • Comfortable
  • Adjustable
  • Lightweight

Cons

  • Hand wash only
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Product image of Vida Kids' KN95 Masks

Vida Kids' KN95 Masks

Made in the USA with an eye towards sustainability: Each order includes a prepaid return label so you can send your used masks to be recycled. Read More

Pros

  • Eco-friendly
  • 5-layer filtration

Cons

  • Ear loops aren't adjustable
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Product image of Evolvetogether Kids' Face Masks

Evolvetogether Kids' Face Masks

These kid-sized masks are made of three layers that claim to block 95% of bacterial and viral particles. Read More

Pros

  • Adjustable nose wire
  • Recyclable

Cons

  • Ear loops aren't adjustable
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Product image of Well + Before Kids KN95 Masks

Well + Before Kids KN95 Masks

Reviewers say these masks are soft yet strong and they praise the sturdy nose clip, adjustable ear loops and excellent breathability. Read More

Pros

  • Adjustable ear loops
  • Great price

Cons

  • None that we could find
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Product image of Powecom Kids KN95-SM Masks

Powecom Kids KN95-SM Masks

These masks are the closest thing we found to a true N95 for kids. Read More

Pros

  • Over 97% filtration rate
  • Adjustable nose piece

Cons

  • Ear loops aren't adjustable
  • Easy to find dupes

If you're the parent of children over the age of 3, chances are that you've spent the better part of the last year listening to a lot of whining about having to wear a face mask. Hey, I get it: There's very little that's fun about covering your nose and mouth with a piece of fabric—especially when it's hot outside. But the reality is that face masks are likely here to stay for a little bit longer, so it's important for kids to have a comfortable mask that they won't complain too much about wearing.

Editor's Note

The recommendations in this guide are based on thorough product and market research by our team of expert product reviewers. The picks are based on examining user reviews, product specifications, and, in some limited cases, our experience with the specific products named.

Two children sitting on a swing outside wearing face masks.
Credit: Reviewed / Lisa Lawrence

Our testers preferred Happy Masks for their comfort and breathability.

Best Overall
Happy Masks Pro Series

If you’re looking for a comfortable, protective mask that kids won’t complain about wearing, the Happy Masks Pro Series are the way to go.

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.

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. 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. They also begin to show stains after a while so you'll want to retire them.

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.

Pros

  • Comfortable

  • Adjustable

  • Lightweight

Cons

  • Hand wash only

Product image of Vida Kids' KN95 Masks
Vida Kids' KN95 Masks

These kid-sized masks are made of three layers that claim to block 95% of bacterial and viral particles. Tested by an independent laboratory and approved by physicians, they are also touted by reviewers as being comfortable and breathable and kids will love that they come with nontoxic decals for personalization. These come with an adjustable nose wire, are responsibly made and recyclable. They do not come with adjustable ear loops, but that can easily be remedied by tying knots in the loops or by purchasing separate toggles to customize the fit.

Pros

  • Eco-friendly

  • 5-layer filtration

Cons

  • Ear loops aren't adjustable

Product image of Evolvetogether Kids' Face Masks
Evolvetogether Kids' Face Masks

According to Vida's website, these masks are “kid-tested and doctor-approved.” They are also made in the USA with an eye towards sustainability: Each order includes a prepaid return label so you can send your used masks to be recycled.

The five-layer filtration system offers 98.3% efficiency, according to Collins’ testing, and their metal nose wire ensures a snug fit. These masks don’t offer adjustable ear loops.

Pros

  • Adjustable nose wire

  • Recyclable

Cons

  • Ear loops aren't adjustable

Product image of Well + Before Kids KN95 Masks
Well + Before Kids KN95 Masks

These are listed as “petite,” but there are still three distinct sizes, so be sure to measure and pick the right one. Made with five layers of protection including two melt-blown layers, Collins tested these as having 99.1% filtration. The company claims that the masks are certified KN95 (and certification is available via email).

Reviewers say these masks are soft yet strong and they praise the sturdy nose clip, adjustable ear loops and excellent breathability. What’s more, these are some of the best-priced masks around, and you can even subscribe to get a continuous flow of fresh masks delivered monthly.

Pros

  • Adjustable ear loops

  • Great price

Cons

  • None that we could find

Product image of Powecom Kids KN95-SM Masks
Powecom Kids KN95-SM Masks

These masks are the closest thing we found to a true N95 for kids. They can be found widely on the internet, however it’s highly recommended that you purchase them from a reputable supplier, like Bona Fide Masks, where they should arrive with an “anti-fake” label to verify authenticity. Powecom used to have emergency authorization for its KN95 masks, so they do produce masks of the highest quality and with exceptional filtration of over 97%.

Pros

  • Over 97% filtration rate

  • Adjustable nose piece

Cons

  • Ear loops aren't adjustable

  • Easy to find dupes

What You Should Know About Buying Face Masks For Kids

It needs to fit

If the mask doesn't fit well, your kid is going to spend all day fussing with it, and that means they're not likely to want to wear it again in the future. Not to mention the fact that an ill-fitting mask that doesn't cover the nose and the mouth is one that won't do much to protect anyone from a virus. The key is to look for a mask that's specifically sized for kids and that features adjustable ear loops.

Your Kid Should Like It

It's a lot harder to convince a kid to wear something that they don't like, and that's especially true with face masks. Find a brand that offers plenty of appealing kid-friendly prints, and let them select the ones they're most excited to wear every day. Never underestimate the power of a child's buy-in.

Comfort

School days are long, and school days with a mask can feel even longer. Your child is going to be way more enthusiastic about going to school in a mask if they have one that doesn't hurt their ears or make them feel like they're gasping for breath. Plus, kids who live in perennially warm climates will want a face mask that doesn't feel thick or make them sweat too much.

Meet the testers

Anna Lane

Anna Lane

Editor, Parenting

@theannalane

Prior to joining Reviewed as the Parenting Editor, Anna worked as a stand-up comedian and freelance writer. A graduate of New York University, Anna currently resides in Los Angeles with her husband and two children.

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Janelle Randazza

Janelle Randazza

Staff Writer, Parenting

@JanelleRandazza

Janelle Randazza is a writer/mother hybrid and taco enthusiast based out of Los Angeles, California.

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