Comparison of Face Masks UK

Comparison of Face Masks UK can be very tricky. Face Masks for sale in the UK are made of many different types of material and the quality of face masks can therefore vary greatly. Face masks are also designed differently . Some face masks are designed mainly  to protect the face mask wearer, while other face masks are designed to give more protection to the general public by stopping  the potential spread of Covid 19. A good face mask will strike a balance between the two.

We have decided to compare only washable and reusable face masks. Disposable face masks are just not a very eco friendly solution and should pretty much be banned from general public use.

 Can you imagine the outcry if we all started using disposable socks ?

We dont. So it is a good start to consider your treating your face masks just like your socks. Like socks, face masks should be washed when they are dirty. You dont just have one pair of socks , so why should you have just one face mask. It  might be a good idea to start thinking about getting a whole  bunch of face masks , just like you probably have a collection of socks. 

Face masks will get dirty not only when you are wearing them , but also when you are taking them on and off, or putting them away them in your pocket of hand bag. so it’s a good idea to get a few different face masks and get into the habit of washing them just like your socks. After all , you wouldnt put an old  smelly sock on your face.

 Our comparison of face masks , has centred mainly on  practical uses and designs  of face masks, but as it look like face masks are likely to be with us for a good while yet , you will soon find people comparing different face mask fashions. We will stick to practical design comparisons for just now.




1 . Washable Face Masks with Breathing Valve and Filter.

Washable Face Mask with Breathing Valve

breathing valve for face mask

A small hole is cut in the outer layer of these masks. Two of the pieces are placed through the underneath of this hole. The top piece is then placed on top and the 3 pieces clasp firmly together forming a breathing valve on the outer layer  which  lets a small amount of air in and out of the valve.

A layer of cotton is sewn onto the inside of this outer layer.

breathing valve parts for face masks

Washable Face Mask with Breathing Valve

inside of a washable face masks
pack of pm2.5 filters

A second layer of cotton is sewn inside the 2 outer layers to form a pocket for a pm2.5 filter.  The filter consists of 5 layers. The 2 outer layers of these filters are waterproof and can stop any liquid droplets leaving or getting onto your mouth and nose.

inside pm2.5 filter for washable afce mask

Washable Face Mask with Breathing Valve

adjustable ear straps
adjustable nose bridge

The extra features of these masks are that they have really good elastic adjustable ear straps and good adjustable metal nose bridges fitted into the inside of the masks. These help to give the mask a really good fit.

2 . Washable Face Masks with Filter but without Breathing Valve.

washable face mask without breathing valve

These face masks look identical to the ones above. The omission of a breathing valve means that with 3 layers and a filter, the masks can become quite stuffy. That means that you are more likely to fidget with them, taking them on and off,  which just isn’t very good for safety. If you find them comfortable though, these masks are definitely good for stopping he spread of covid 19  because  they use pm2.5 filters 

3 . Washable Face Masks with elastic adjustable straps, but without filters.

 They can be colourful and light and we would say fine for short term casual use. They dont give the same sort of protection as the masks above. The two main reasons for this are that they are only made of 2 layers and also that they dont have a nose bridge. This means that there are small gaps above your cheeks, which is great for ventilation but not 100% great on the safety side of things. 

4 . Washable Face Masks without elastic adjustable straps or filters.

one piece face mask

There are plenty of cheap masks available to buy. These ones are one layer mask. They are usually made of stretchy material. They offer minimal protection and the ear straps begin to go out of shape very quickly. We dont sell these.

5 . Washable Sponge Face Masks .

washable mask made of sponge

Sponge face masks are our least favourite. You can get them pretty cheap . Some will even have filters , but they can  easily lose their shape after only 2 or 3 washes.

We will never sell these.

Added to wishlist!