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Sadly, we are still very much in a pandemic, with new variants cropping up regularly. And while the best thing you can do to protect yourself and those around you is to get vaccinated and boosted, the CDC also stresses that masking is a vital tool to combat the spread of COVID-19 (including new variants). So knowing where to buy N95 masks for kids online (as well as the alphabet soup of other mask designations—more on that below) is handy, to say the least.

When it comes to children, the CDC says that everyone ages 2 and can wear masks in indoor public spaces. The organization also currently recommends universal indoor masking for all teachers, staff, students and visitors to K-12 schools, in areas with high transmission rates.

And when it comes to which type of mask is best, your standard cloth mask just isn’t cutting it anymore (although a cloth mask is absolutely better than no mask). Instead, the experts say that three-ply surgical masks, N95s, KN95s and KF94s offer the best level of protection. “When worn consistently and properly," the CDC wrote on its website, N95 respirators approved by the National Institute for Occupational Safety & Health, or NIOSH, “provide the highest level of protection from particles, including the virus that causes COVID-19.”

But it’s important to note that NIOSH only regulates products designed for adults, which means that there are technically no NIOSH-approved N95, KN95 or KF94 masks for kids. As such, we have relied on company claims and credentials to judge the below products’ effectiveness, as well as research conducted by Aaron Collins, a mechanical engineer who has tested and reviewed hundreds of masks.

So whether your child isn’t yet eligible for the vaccine or needs a mask for school, here’s where to buy N95, KN95 and KF94 masks for kids online right now.

(Psst: Not sure what the difference is between all these mask options? Read up on N95s vs. KN95s here.)

RELATED: Ask a Pediatrician—Should My Vaxxed Child Mask Up at School to Protect My Unvaxxed Child at Home?

1. Vida Kids Mask with KN95 Protection

These USA-made kids’ masks feature a five-layer filtration system and a 95 to 99 percent efficiency, per Vida’s website. (And according to Collins' testing, these guys scored 98.3 percent efficiency.) Designed for kids ages 5+, there are multiple colors available and although the ear bands are not adjustable, they are made from soft material that doesn’t easily irritate. Bonus: Each order includes a prepaid return label, so that you can send your used masks back to be recycled.

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Happy Masks

2. Happy Masks

These masks were developed to have 99.9 percent bacterial and viral filtration efficiency, as well as stay strong up to 50 washings. Parents love the quick-dry inner and outer layers which provide excellent filtration. Kids love the the poppy colors and bright prints.

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3. Brave New Look KN95 Mask

This 20-pack of KN95 masks for kids suits littles as young as 3 years old and features a five-layer filtration system of non-woven breathable fibers so that they’ll be protected without feeling smothered. And with nine different colors to choose from, your kid is bound to find a style they like.

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4. Wellbefore KN95 Kids Masks

With sizes ranging from ages 2 to 12, these individually wrapped cloth masks from Wellbefore boast five layers of protection which—per Collins’ testing—have 99.1 percent filtration efficiency. They also have adjustable ear loops, a great feature for kids whose masks tend to slip off their faces. Note: They are labelled as “petite” so you may want to measure your kiddo’s size before ordering.

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5. Powecom KN95 Mask For Kids

According to Collins, these Powecom masks feature filtration of 97.3 percent and should arrive with an “anti-fake” label to verify authenticity. And per the expert’s testing, these guys should fit kids ages 7 to 12, although one user reported successfully putting the mask on a 3-year-old by bending the metal nose piece.

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6. Armbrust Kids KN95 Mask

Remember what we said about there being no NIOSH-approved kids’ masks? That’s true, but parents may find it reassuring that Armbrust produces NIOSH-approved adult-sized N95 masks in the same facility that makes these kid KN95 masks. Made in the USA, each box comes with 20 masks that reviewers say will fit kids ages 5 and up.

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7. POSH KF94 Small Mask for Kids

Not sure what KF94 masks are? The “KF” stands for “Korean filter” and the “94” refers to a 94 percent filtration efficacy. (It’s basically the South Korean equivalent to the N95 mask.) These individually wrapped masks from POSH feature adjustable ear loops and per Collins’ testing, will fit kids ages 4 to 9. Available in packs of 10, 30 and 50.

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8. Kimberly-Clark Surgical Mask

If you’re looking for surgical masks for kids, these Kimberly-Clark ones are your best bet—they are the first and only kids' mask that are FDA-approved. Available in packs of 50 (with the option to subscribe every week), we’re also big fans of the Disney-themed design.

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