Where to buy N95, P2 and KN95 face masks online

What's the difference between these mask types and where can you buy them?

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Important note:
Now that New Zealand is sitting at Alert Level 1, it’s business as usual for retailers. However, there may still be some delays with order processing and deliveries due to increased demand for online shopping. There are also delays with orders coming from overseas as there are limited flights coming into the country. Please be patient as stores and courier companies work through the backlog, and keep an eye on your email or text messages for updates.

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



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eBay

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
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BestDeals

BestDeals offers products with a discount on their normal retail price. Here you’ll find KN95 face masks in packs of 10, 20 or 40.

  • Laybuy and Afterpay available
  • Free shipping on some products
  • 30-day moneyback guarantee
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AliExpress

Chinese retailer AliExpress has a range of KN95 masks and disposable face masks at seriously competitive prices. Shop both individual masks and bulk packs here.

  • Free shipping
  • Flash sales
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DHGate

Online marketplace DHGate has hundreds of protective masks available including small and bulk packs of KN95 masks.

  • Free shipping
  • 7-day return policy
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Dick Smith

Electronics retailer Dick Smith might not be the first place you’d think of to purchase an N95 mask, but you can purchase packs of 20, 25 or 40 in the online store.

  • Fast dispatch
  • 14-day change of mind return policy
Go to Dick Smith website

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LifePac

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.
Certification/Class
N95
FFP2
KN95
P2
Korea 1st Class
DS
Filter performance ≥ 95%≥ 95%≥ 95%≥ 94%≥ 94%≥ 95%
Test agentNaClNaCl and paraffin oilNaClNaClNaCl and paraffin oilNaCl
Flow rate85 L/min95 L/min85 L/min95 L/min95 L/min85 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 rate85L/minVaried – seeabove85L/minVaried – seeaboveVaried – seeabove40L/min
Exhalation resistance ≤ 245 Pa≤ 300 Pa≤ 250 Pa≤ 120 Pa≤ 300 Pa≤ 70 Pa (w/valve) ≤ 50 Pa (no valve)
Flow rate85L/min160L/min85L/min85L/min160L/min40L/min
Exhalation valve leakage requirementLeak rate ≤ 30mL/minN/ADepressurization to 0 Pa ≥ 20 secLeak rate ≤ 30mL/minVisual inspection after 300L /min for 30 secDepressurization to 0 Pa ≥ 15sec
Force applied-245 PaN/A-1180 Pa-250 PaN/A-1,470 Pa
CO2 clearance requirementN/A≤ 1%≤ 1%≤ 1%≤ 1%≤ 1%
Source: 3M

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

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