It’s not just me, right?
The struggle to find face masks that fit little children is real. And I’m not only talking about the size; it’s also the comfort, quality, and reusability.
I didn’t expect to see so many kids’ masks before finding the right one. But here we are, and I’m glad I can share my best picks with you!
I recommend that fellow parents ask your children what they like and dislike, then come to this list for reference.
1. Best Overall: Happy Masks (Ultra and Pro Series)
- Independently tested by Nelson Labs to filter out 99.9% of bacteria
- Sewn-in filters
- Beak-shaped for a comfortable fit
- Reusable (up to at least 50 washes)
If you’ve been on the hunt for kids’ masks, you’ve undoubtedly heard of Happy Masks. They’re best known for their variety of cute designs with built-in filters.
I highly appreciate Happy Masks’ snug fit, but because of the breathable material, it’s still comfortable for children even as they talk, play, and move around.
Make sure to secure a few stocks when you purchase, though, since they run out quickly!
- Variety of fun and high-quality designs to choose from
- No need to separately purchase and constantly change filters
- Filtration efficiency ensures effective disease control – which is what we need from these masks
- More environmentally-friendly option than disposable masks
- High-demand masks; sometimes difficult to secure stocks
- Sizes run a little large (best for bigger kids ages 7-10)
- It needs to be hand washed (not the best choice for busy parents)
- On the expensive side
2. Best Value: Kitsbow Wake Protech™ Reusable Mask for Kids (With Filter)
- Sewn-in filter
- Adjustable cord lock design for a secure fit (no ear loops)
- Designed in collaboration with Wake Forest Baptist Health
- Comes in two sizes: YS (5 1/2″ x 8 3/4″) and YL (6 1/4″ x 9 1/2″)
Besides Kitsbow being a trusted source for cycling apparel, they also have high-quality masks available in kids’ sizes.
The best part? It’s machine-washable!
If your children hate ear loops, wear eyeglasses, or have sensory issues or sensitive skin, they will love this face mask.
My favorite part about these Kitsbow fabric masks is the adjustable head strap. We sometimes forget that ear loops can hurt, especially with prolonged use.
- Best for kids who dislike or can’t wear the ear loops
- Sophisticated and high-quality aesthetic design
- Reusable and washable (easy to maintain)
- You can easily throw it in the wash with your other laundry loads
- Fit snugly from nose to chin
- More on the expensive side
- Head straps may be uncomfortable for some
- Straps are a little loose, especially for smaller children.
3. Best Budget: SeekSeed KN95 Face Masks
- Five layers of materials: the outermost is non-woven fabric; the second layer is hot air cotton; the other two layers are melt-blown cloth; the innermost is skin-friendly and softer non-woven fabric
- 3D design (cone-shape)
- Elastic ear loops and adjustable nose wire
- Best for kids ages 4-12 years old
I understand that a fabric mask can be too much work. Not everyone has the time to machine or hand wash reusable masks, and it’s worse not to wash them.
For situations like these, disposable masks are your heroes. Seekseed has the best KN95 masks that are affordable, thick, and snug.
I trust KN95s even with adult masks, and I’m glad they came out with a children’s version. The only downside is that most of these are mass–produced and can be a hit or miss.
Be wary if you receive defective items. Use your Amazon and warranty privileges to your advantage if defects happen.
- The five layers ensure maximum protection against droplets and bacteria
- Cone-shape leaves space between mouth and inner layer for a breathable fit that doesn’t interfere when speaking
- Disposable; this ensures that your kid is wearing a fresh, new mask every day (can be washed 1-2 times)
- Comfortable ear loops with less pressure
- One-size fits all (a bit bigger for a smaller child’s face)
- Complaints of defective, odorful products (return order immediately)
4. Dr. Puri’s New Micro-Dust Protection Face Premium Mask (KF94)
- Blocks 99% of NaCl particles and paraffin-oil aerosols
- US FDA registered, and Korea FDA approved (made in South Korea)
- Ergonomic 3D design
- Four layers (spunlace, spunbound, melt-blown, thermal bond)
- Soft and stretchable ear loops
- It comes in adult and kids’ size
The KF94 mask is by far our favorite – yes, the kids’ favorite’, too!
It’s face-covering, but the 3D design allows ample space for your mouth and nose. I sometimes forget that I have it on.
Dr. Puri KF94s also come in adult sizes, so remember to choose a size small when choosing a mask for your young child.
- Multiple layers for extra protection that are tried and tested
- The most comfortable mask fit among respirator masks
- Not harsh for a child’s skin
- They can wear it for longer periods without much discomfort
- Filters droplets and tiny airborne particles effectively
- Not reusable
- Many producers copy the KF94 mask style; be wary of dupes
- Some masks come with obnoxious odors
- It may run too big for smaller children
5. Weddingstar 3-Ply Kid’s Washable Cloth Face Mask
- 100% cotton and rayon
- Three layers with a filter pocket (filters sold separately)
- Hand wash is preferred
- Adjustable ear loops and flexible nose wire
Are there days when your children will only wear face masks that are “fun and cute?” Maybe it’s just mine!
But on days like this, I whip out the Weddingstar cloth masks.
I was lucky that the cloth masks I purchased were all in good condition. However, be on the lookout for damaged items and return them, as there are some complaints about this.
- Comfortable cloth mask for younger children ages 4-10 years old
- Best for layering with a surgical mask
- Variety of cute and fun designs
- Adjustable nose wire is excellent for little kids with eyeglasses (it won’t fog up)
- Filters and accessories are sold separately
- Almost $10 per piece is a little pricey
- Complaints of defective stocks
6. Airpop Kids Face Masks
- Synthetic material with elastic closure
- 98% filtration efficiency for at least 40 hours of wear time
- Designed for children ages 3-12 years old
- Four layers (Outer layer is fluid-resistant, the double thickness interior “melt-blown” layer is electrostatically charged; inner layers are soft and absorb moisture)
- Used hypoallergenic materials
If there’s a mask brand that fully understands what children need, I would have to give it to Airpop.
Contrary to its advertisements, however, it’s not washable. But otherwise, the mask itself is excellent.
Let’s file the Airpop face masks under the “disposable” category.
The masks are undeniably good. But the “washable” claim is a little disappointing, as the materials can’t seem to handle running water.
I don’t recommend reusing these for the best protection of your children. Treat them as disposable and everyday masks; your kids will love these.
- It can fit properly for most children ages
- Easy to breathe with
- Lightweight masks are great for playing, especially during hot summer days
- More comfortable than surgical masks
- Material isn’t washable (despite Airpop’s claims)
- Expensive for a disposable face mask
7. Brookwood Medical Kids KF94 Disposable Face Masks
- Thick inner and outer layers (non-woven fabric and soft melt-blown middle layer.)
- High-density filter and latex-free outer layer
- Effective prevention filter layers and 3D structure
- Multiple high-quality designs
Brookwood Medical has KF94 masks that carry a lot of cute designs with more specific characters and patterns.
But my favorite about them is their customer service! They have reasonable return and refund policies unavailable on other online platforms.
Getting my children to wear face masks is a challenge, especially for the younger ones who don’t understand why they should wear them.
But tell you what, these designs get my kids to wear face masks more enthusiastically!
Captain America somehow makes mask-wearing a more exciting activity!
- Covers the child’s face properly
- It comes in bulk (save money in the long run!)
- Children will want to wear masks because of the cute characters (i.e., Spiderman, Hello Kitty, Avengers, Princesses)
- Competitive pricing
- Good customer service
- Some complaints of ink smell (probably from the prints)
- Non-adjustable ear loops (you need to tie them yourself)
8. School MaskPack Crayola Kids Mask
- One pack comes with five (5) colorful masks
- Adjustable ear loops
- Machine washable (comes with a free mesh bag)
- Tag for labeling and names
Is your kid not a fan of cartoons? Maybe these colorful Crayola-inspired mask options will do the trick.
These cloth masks seem designed mainly for school, and I love them! They’re one of the best masks in terms of quality.
The biggest con is the small sizing, making them unusable for older kids and teens. It can also be not breathable if it’s too tight.
- Securely fits the child’s face
- Adjustable ear loops contribute to a comfortable fit
- Great for layering with surgical masks
- “One for each day” lessens the work for parents – just assign a mask per day, and you’re set for the school year!
- Good quality
- Not for older kids (sizes run small)
9. Bonrisu x Meals on Wheels – Meals Kids Face Mask
- 20% of the purchase price and up to $50,000 will be donated to Meals on Wheels America
- Adjustable straps for improved comfort and fit
- Tightly-woven black inner muslin layer
- It contains an optional filter pocket for filter inserts (sold separately)
- Adjustable ear loops
- 100% cotton and polyester
- Hand wash or on delicate in cold water cycle using mild detergent
- It fits most children up to 12 years of age
- Not for children under two (2) years old
If you have the extra budget, you may want to consider buying from this collaboration. It’s a “face mask with a cause.”
Every purchase has a percentage that goes to donations.
In times like these, any small donation to any organization or charity will make a big difference!
- Good cause
- High quality
- Lightweight and breathable
- Comfortable for everyday wear
- Delicate maintenance and care
10. Vida Kids’ KN95 Masks
- Size small is only for kids up to 5 years old (10+ years old should get regular size)
- 30% non-woven polypropylene fabric
- 20% melt-blown polypropylene fabric
- 50% ES hot air cotton
- Every kids’ KN95 mask sold constitutes a donation to VIDA Global Education Scholarship Fund.
- Not washable
- Easy and sustainable face mask return policy (even for used ones)
Vida’s masks are for parents who don’t trust generic and unknown surgical mask brands. These are US FDA-regulated and doctor-approved.
These masks are made of organic cotton, meaning it is SUPER safe for kids! It is comfortable to wear, chemical-free, and is made with natural materials.
My kid had no problem with these masks when we were out traveling!
I also appreciate their efforts in minimizing the environmental harm of the increasing waste levels caused by disposable masks.
- Good cause
- High-quality mask
- Comfortable to wear
- Variety of color options
- Less guilt because it’s made from organic cotton
- Expensive for disposable masks (many cheaper alternatives available)
How to Choose the Best Face Masks for Kids
Shopping for children’s masks is 10x more challenging than for adult masks. There are many factors to consider.
But don’t worry, here’s an easy acronym: FACE MASK.
Of course, an ideal mask would have all these features. But that’d be too difficult to maintain.
As long as it checks off the crucial factors, you’re good.
Of course, we have to start with the material of the mask.
Some masks are made with chemicals or unnatural substances, which I always stay away from as they are harmful and uncomfortable for kids.
Therefore, I always go for masks made from organic or non-toxic materials, such as cotton or wool.
We all know that wearing masks can be uncomfortable at times, but masks made of these materials provide comfort, breathability, and safety.
2. Filtration Efficiency
Another crucial mask feature to consider is its filtration. That’s the primary reason why a mask is required in the first place.
You want masks that can shield your child from airborne viruses and droplets. Additionally, it can also filter dust and debris.
You can also do at-home testing if you want the assurance. You can use a test mask and use running water.
See how much the mask can block droplets.
If it’s not doing an excellent job, use a double layer until you can purchase other masks.
Always look for masks with at least two layers for younger kids. But if you have active and older children, I suggest going for three layers or more for maximum protection.
You’ll appreciate the adjustability features if you have many or growing kids.
The adjustable ear loops, nose wires, and 3D shapes follow the child’s face – making it a “one size fits all.”
This is especially true if you’re online shopping where gauging the mask sizes is challenging. Having an adjustable feature can help you make it work.
4. Comfort and Fit
Since I found masks that fit well, it’s not difficult to ask my kids to wear them (although some days still challenge my patience).
Anyway, my point is that comfortable masks are life-changers! It’s a plus to know that your kids are not struggling to talk, move around, and breathe as they go about their days.
5. Environmental Impact [Reusability]
One of the most significant trade-offs with masks is the environmental impact.
Imagine how many masks you dispose of and multiply that by the number of people who do the same.
That’s a lot.
If you have the time and resources to purchase reusable masks, that’ll be a better choice.
However, there’s no shame for disposable mask users. Some situations require these types, and it’s unavoidable in today’s time.
All I’m saying is to think of the environmental impact when choosing a mask. And make the best possible decision that will have less carbon footprint.
6. Mask Quality and Design
The overall quality of masks is beneficial. It contributes to comfort and longevity, benefiting you more in the long run.
There’s no point in purchasing a subpar mask that keeps breaking apart, causing you to buy more.
If you think about it, this will cost even more money!
Some masks are carelessly reproduced and are intended solely for sale. It may have a lousy odor, poor-quality prints, and flimsy parts.
However, I also understand that budget can be an issue. That brings me to the next point.
Since masks are now “everyday essentials,” expect you’ll buy a lot.
Considering this, the concept of affordability changes from just a low number to the overall cost – shipping, number of masks used per day, repurchasing costs, etc.
If you opt for cloth masks, you should also factor in the water and laundry bills. Will this affect you?
You don’t have to choose the most expensive brand, but at least opt for decent quality and longevity.
Other masks are safety hazards.
I’ve seen complaints of the nose wire poking through and hurting the child’s face! That’s every parent’s nightmare.
Remember, your kids will be active, even while wearing a mask.
They’ll run, jump, and laugh – don’t risk their safety with cheap brands that might lead to further complications.
9. Kids’ Opinions
Lastly, always ask your children’s opinions. We too often forget to consider what they think and that they’ll be the ones wearing them for an entire day.
Allow them to be honest about their fit, comfort, and struggles.
Like me (and many others), you’ll go through several trials and errors before finding a couple of good brands.
And that’s okay! It’s a worthy investment for their health and safety.
When Should Your Child Wear a Cloth Mask?
While cloth masks are allowed, there are instances when they’re discouraged. Here are some cases wherein wearing a cloth mask is okay.
1. If You’re Not in a High-Transmission Area
If you’re not in an area where COVID-19 risks are high, your child can wear a fabric mask as an added protection.
However, if you genuinely want to avoid COVID transmission, surgical masks are still the best options for filtration.
If you’re going to hospitals or medical-related errands, avoid wearing fabrics.
2. If Surgical Masks Cause Rashes and Allergies
You can opt for fabrics as an alternative to surgical (disposable) if they cause rashes upon contact.
Some children have more sensitive skin and require a softer material like cloth.
There are fabric mask choices nowadays with added filter pockets, although they’re often sold separately, and the accumulated costs can get expensive.
But it might be your best mask solution to avoid hard-to-treat rashes that can be uncomfortable and distressing for your kid.
3. If You’re Layering It
Fabrics are also okay for layering.
Many people do this to increase protection. You can use a “cheaper” surgical mask to pair with cloth ones.
However, I don’t recommend doing this with children. It can be too thick, making it difficult for them to breathe.
However, it can be a good alternative for emergencies where you don’t have proper masks.
Frequently Asked Questions [FAQs]
Let’s answer some FAQs!
Are There KN95 Masks for Kids?
There are KN95 brands that produce smaller sizes for children. Ensure that the dimensions are fit for children, though.
Some sellers market their “size small” for children when they’re not.
Can a 10-Year-Old Use a Facial Mask?
In fact, some 10-year-olds are big enough to wear regular-sized ones. They’re also the active ones who mingle with many children and touch several things.
Wearing a mask goes a long way for your 10-year-olds!
Can an Infant Use a Facial Mask?
Children below the age of two (2) should NOT wear a mask, much less an infant. Their respiratory systems are not developed enough and can lead to suffocation.
If your child is at risk of transmission, consult a pediatrician to know safer mask alternatives.
My Favorite Picks
I vouch for everything on this list, but I have my top three (3) favorites!
Best Budget: SeekSeed KN95
SeekSeed produces high-quality, thick products at $10.99 for a pack of 30 pieces.
That’s less than a dollar for one piece, which is a win-win! It hurts less to throw them away daily.
You don’t need the most expensive brands for disposable ones!
Best Value: Best Value: Kitsbow Wake Protech™ Reusable Mask
But if you’re after quality, a higher price tag is unavoidable.
It’s COMMENDABLE in all aspects – design, fit, and filter. You can trust Kitsbow to make the best ones.
Best Overall: Happy Masks (Ultra and Pro Series)
My best overall is one that underwent lab tests that prove filtration efficiency.
I want a mask that ensures protection for my children; the cute designs and wide varieties are just a (huge) bonus.
These are always sold out for a reason. Don’t be surprised if you find me on the waiting list with you!
Who would’ve thought that looking for a mask for your child would be this challenging? I know, right!
But it’s something beyond our control; the least we can do is ensure these young ones’ health and safety.
The trials and errors are worth it, so don’t get too frustrated. I hope this list helps you find your kid’s perfect match.