As long as you're going to be wearing a mask to work or conduct your everyday activities, you might as well get one of the best cloth face masks. Everyone's tastes are different, so you might need to try several different styles to see what feels most comfortable for you. Here are some great options to get you started. Remember, you'll need to password protect your iPhone, since FaceID won't work with your mask on.
Handmade and custom
Etsy is an amazing marketplace where you can buy handmade/artisan products from around the world. There is an enormous selection of face masks for every size, taste, price point, and style.
Bathing suit fabric
If you're not terribly picky about color and you just want a bunch of soft, simple masks, then check these out. You get 10 nylon/spandex masks made from swimwear fabrics in assorted colors.
Redbubble is a platform where artists can upload their art and Redbubble takes care of the manufacturing and shipping, giving the artist a percentage of the profit. There are thousands of artists' designs to choose from here.
Get your official Disney face masks here. Each four-pack contains four different designs along a theme such as Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars, Princesses, and more. Be sure to use the sizing guide for a precision fit. You'll need to choose from small, medium, or large when you order. Good to note: The masks are not stretchy.
If you don't like loops around your ears, check out these neck gaiter-style face covers. Slip them on over your head and pull up and over your nose and mouth. You get four different colors in each order and you can choose the color combinations in your set.
Put on your cowboy boots and cowboy hat, the classic bandana has been around forever and you'll be able to find other uses for it after this virus is gone. Choose a two-pack, three-pack, or six-pack in your choice of color combinations.
This dual-layer fabric mask features adjustable ear loops and an adjustable nose bar, which help assure a good fit for most people. You can choose a two-pack or three-pack in a variety of fun patterns and colors.
FOCO sells a three-pack with a variety of styles in each package for fans of all kinds. Other fandoms besides sports are included too, such as comic books, Nickelodeon, horror, and more. Plus, there are other designs just for fun, such as animal prints, camo, floral, and nautical themes.
Get a little more protection from these 100% cotton face masks. Included in the package are three machine-washable masks plus 40 filters. The mask's vent helps with breathability.
Get two simple face masks for a very low price at Target. That's right—this price is for two. You can choose from a variety of colors and either kids' or adults' (small/medium or large/extra-large) sizes.
Photographers may be familiar with Capturing Couture, a company that makes fashionable camera straps and other accessories. Now they've branched out into the mask business, offering several fun patterns and designs at a reasonable price point.
If you don't like loops around your ears, this mask's elastic goes around your neck and the back of your head instead. If you do prefer ear loops, Los Angeles Apparel sells a bunch of those, too. There are dozens of patterns and styles here to choose from in both kid and adult sizes.
These soft and comfortable two-layer cotton and polyester-blend masks are enhanced with silver-infused fibers that inhibit the growth of odor-causing bacteria. You get 10 in a package.
So which one should you get?
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I was seriously hoping by now that life would be returning to normal and COVID-19 would be just a bad memory. It's not. But we're all in this together and the best way to slow down the coronavirus' spread is by social distancing, handwashing, and wearing a mask. Whether you wear a disposable mask or a cloth mask doesn't matter, just wear a mask! Of course, cloth masks save money in the long run since you can wash and reuse them indefinitely. The best cloth face masks are the ones you'll wear, so keep shopping until you find a style that fits your face shape and can be worn comfortably.
If you like homemade, I'd start with Etsy, there are just so many styles, sizes, prices, and designs. You'll be sure to find something for yourself and everyone in your family.
If you just want to grab something simple and cheap, go for the Target brand masks. With two adult sizes in four color options and a kids' size in three colors as well, you'll be able to outfit the whole family inexpensively.
I find myself reaching for my Pixels Designer Face Masks most often, because they're super comfortable for my face shape and I picked designs that match my wardrobe perfectly. But you do you!
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Karen is a contributor to iMore.com as a writer and co-host of the iMore Show. She’s been writing about Apple since 2010 with a year-long break to work at an Apple Store as a product specialist. She's also a contributor at CNET. Before joining iMore in 2018, Karen wrote for Macworld, AppAdvice, WatchAware. She’s an early adopter who used to wait in long lines on release days before pre-ordering made things much easier. Karen is also a part-time teacher and occasional movie extra. She loves to spend time with her family, travel the world, and is always looking for portable tech and accessories so she can work from anywhere.