Where to buy N95, P2 and KN95 face masks online
What's the difference between these mask types and where can you buy them?
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.
P2 and N95 masks have been out of stock at many retailers, while other stores could not deliver during Level 4 lockdown. However, there are now some retailers that have masks ready for you to buy, and 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
eBay’s marketplace means that its stock selection is fluid. If you can’t see bulk packs of P2 masks in stock, check back in a few days time to see if more have been added to the site.
- Good option for buying in bulk
- Some sellers deliver to New Zealand
- Huge selection of items
At LifePac you can purchase N95/P2 masks. This provider is able to deliver during lockdown but delivery may take a couple of days longer than usual.
- Free shipping
- Secure online payments
Looking for where to buy cloth masks online instead?
Read our full guide on where you can buy cloth masks online today in New Zealand.
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.
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 and Canada, 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 New Zealand?
According to the Ministry 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?
- Glenavon Pharmacy: Free shipping on orders over $75.
- BestDeals: Free shipping on some products
- AliExpress: Free shipping
- DHGate: Free shipping
- LifePac: Free shipping