Mask with clear window for Deaf and hard of hearing
Clear or transparent face masks let those around you see your facial expressions and read your lips as you speak while your face is covered. Reading visual cues is especially important in the Deaf and hard-of-hearing community, those working with children and second-language learners.
Most clear face mask options consist of a cloth face mask with a transparent panel. Some are entirely made of clear plastic that’s held in place by straps, similar to that of a regular cloth mask.
Look for these qualities when shopping for a transparent face mask:
If you have a little sewing know-how, making your own transparent face mask can be fairly simple. There are several patterns you can download online to help you get started.
Follow the instructions for your specific pattern, or DIY your own clear mask using these basic steps:
Before wearing your mask, apply a thin layer of dish soap to the inner side of the plastic panel. Let dry — this will help to prevent fogging when speaking or breathing. Wipe and reapply as often as necessary throughout the day or after each use.
Most clear face masks are made of a thick fabric such as quilted cotton and vinyl or a type of transparent plastic to create the see-through window.
Some types of plastics can be more difficult to breathe through than others. Try on your clear mask before wearing it out to make sure you can comfortably breathe and talk in your mask. Clear plastic masks may not be suitable for young children, as they can pose a greater risk of suffocation than regular cloth face masks. The CDC states that children under two years old should not wear a facial covering of any kind.
Clear face masks and clear face shields both allow others to see your facial expressions and lip movements while you talk — but each option comes with its own benefits and drawbacks.
|Clear face masks||Face shields|
Get branded face masks to advertise your business or clear face masks to support communication. Shop masks for retail workers in the UK here.
Up your fashion game with these fashionable, reusable face masks and face coverings from Very.
97% of Brits own a face mask, the most out of all the 15 countries in our global study.
We look into whether you can recycle face masks and the best reusable options.
Funny face masks can keep you safe while also putting a smile on someone’s face, literally.
Keep yourself fit and firing with exercise and workout-friendly breathable face masks.
Here’s where you can shop replacement PM2.5 filters for your face mask and have them delivered straight to your door. Get face mask filters in the UK.
Looking for a reusable, comfortable bamboo face mask? We’ve listed the best places you can buy one online, with some offering free delivery.
Shop reusable, fully washable face masks in Boden’s signature prints and vibrant colours. Browse our top picks of Boden face masks here.
Looking for face masks made in the UK? Shop our top picks of UK made face masks including handmade masks from local UK crafters.
finder.com is an independent comparison platform and information service that aims to provide you with the tools you need to make better decisions. While we are independent, the offers that appear on this site are from companies from which finder.com receives compensation. We may receive compensation from our partners for placement of their products or services. We may also receive compensation if you click on certain links posted on our site. While compensation arrangements may affect the order, position or placement of product information, it doesn't influence our assessment of those products. Please don't interpret the order in which products appear on our Site as any endorsement or recommendation from us. finder.com compares a wide range of products, providers and services but we don't provide information on all available products, providers or services. Please appreciate that there may be other options available to you than the products, providers or services covered by our service.