Where to buy N95, P2 and KN95 face masks online
What's the difference between these mask types and where can you buy them?
Due to extraordinary demand and limited stock availability, some sellers are charging prices far above the average, also known as "price gouging". We encourage consumers to be vigilant about unusually high prices, and compare options before making a purchasing decision. Note that it is illegal for a business to make misleading claims about the reasons for price increases, and it's always a good idea to check online stores of reputable retailers (even if they're out of stock) to find reasonable and normal prices for products.
The World Health Organization's current advice is that you only need to wear a face mask if you have contracted COVID-19 or are treating someone who is sick. If you fall into those categories, here's what you need to know and where to buy masks.
Right now, P2 and N95 masks are out of stock at many retailers. However, the Chinese standard KN95 mask, which meets similar needs, is still available at some online stores. We're updating this list regularly to reflect availability, but if you genuinely need a mask it definitely pays to check multiple retailers.
Sites to buy P2, N95 and KN95 face masks online
Since Amazon's Marketplace includes multiple sellers, stock levels and delivery times are very fluid. You may have a longer wait, but it's worth checking out if you can't find masks in stock elsewhere.
- Free delivery on some items with Amazon Prime membership
- Wide range available
- See customer ratings before purchasing
Ebay has multiple sellers, so delivery times can vary. You can search by guaranteed delivery date to see which mask will reach you the fastest.
- Wide selection available
- Free delivery on some items with eBay Plus membership
- Can sort sellers by estimated delivery date
OK to go with a cloth mask instead?
Cloth masks don't meet the performance requirements of N95, P2 or K95 masks, but can still provide a degree of protection. If you're looking for cloth masks as well, check out these options.
What's the difference between a P2, FFP2, KN95 and N95 face mask?Depending on your location, different face mask types are more widely used. For example, in the United States, N95 are common; in Australia and New Zealand you'll see P2 masks more often; in China, KN95 is the standard. Mask manufacturer 3M, which specialises in filtering facepiece respirators (FFR) masks, offers the following explanation of the main differences between each mask type.
|Filter performance||≥ 95%||≥ 95%||≥ 95%||≥ 94%||≥ 94%||≥ 95%|
|Test agent||NaCl||NaCl and paraffin oil||NaCl||NaCl||NaCl and paraffin oil||NaCl|
|Flow rate||85 L/min||95 L/min||85 L/min||95 L/min||95 L/min||85 L/min|
|Total inward leakage (TIL)||N/A||≤ 8% leakage||≤ 8% leakage||≤ 8% leakage||≤ 8% leakage||Inward Leakage measured and included in User Instructions|
|Inhalation resistance||≤ 343 Pa||≤ 70 Pa (at 30L/min)≤ 240 Pa (at 95 L/min)≤ 500 Pa (clogging)||≤ 350 Pa||≤ 70 Pa (at 30L/min)≤ 240 Pa (at 95L/min)||≤ 70 Pa (at 30L/min)≤ 240 Pa (at 95L/min)||≤ 70 Pa (w/valve)≤ 50 Pa (no valve)|
|Flow rate||85L/min||Varied – seeabove||85L/min||Varied – seeabove||Varied – seeabove||40L/min|
|Exhalation resistance||≤ 245 Pa||≤ 300 Pa||≤ 250 Pa||≤ 120 Pa||≤ 300 Pa||≤ 70 Pa (w/valve) ≤ 50 Pa (no valve)|
|Exhalation valve leakage requirement||Leak rate ≤ 30mL/min||N/A||Depressurization to 0 Pa ≥ 20 sec||Leak rate ≤ 30mL/min||Visual inspection after 300L /min for 30 sec||Depressurization to 0 Pa ≥ 15sec|
|Force applied||-245 Pa||N/A||-1180 Pa||-250 Pa||N/A||-1,470 Pa|
|CO2 clearance requirement||N/A||≤ 1%||≤ 1%||≤ 1%||≤ 1%||≤ 1%|
When should or shouldn't I use a P2, N95 or KN95 face mask in Australia?
According to the Australian Department of Health and the World Health Organization, the people who will benefit the most from use of a face mask are those who are already sick and healthcare workers who have close contact with sick people.
Masks are most effective when used in combination with frequent hand washing or use of an alcohol-based hand sanitiser.
You can find out more information on when and how to use masks here on the World Health Organization's site.
Which of these retailers offer free delivery on P2, N95 or KN95 face masks?
- eBay: Free delivery on eligible items with eBay Plus membership
- Amazon Australia: Free delivery on eligible items with Amazon Prime membership
- AliExpress: Free delivery on select items
- Kogan: Free delivery on select items for Kogan First members
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