Best Facemask: Hand Washable Mask with Filter by LCP Medical 

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It can be hard to figure out what’s the best facemask for travel, especially when there are so many choices and conflicting recommendations. So, in this article, I share the 12 criteria for evaluating this hand washable mask with N95-base filter made by LCP-Medical. Find out what makes it the perfect blend of form and function, below.

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CONTENTS – In this article, you will learn why this hand washable mask with filter is one of the best facemasks you can wear for travel and at home, based on these 12 criteria, including:

Editor’s Note: For the most up-to-date facts on masking guidelines, be sure to follow the CDC mask guidelines.

How to Choose the Right Face Mask

When LCP Medical asked me to review the FrontLine Protective Face Mask Kit, I was happy to take on the challenge. 

After all, over the last two years, I’ve worn everything from blue surgical masks to KN-95s to colorful cloth masks to N-95s. I’ve even considered layering two masks based on the changing CDC masking guidelines. While I’m not an expert, I do have discriminating criteria on how to choose the right face mask.

Even though mask regulations are beginning to ease in some places, you’ll feel safer and more protected wearing a quality mask in certain circumstances. This is especially true as you go about daily activities or travel domestically and internationally. 

As we’re (hopefully) heading out of the pandemic, my standards remain high for the masks I wear. Keep reading to learn the 12 criteria to choose a face mask, and how the Frontline Protective Face Mask stands up to the test.

1. Comfort & Size

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When you’re going to be wearing a mask for extended periods of time, a comfortable mask is of the utmost importance. That’s going to ensure that you keep the mask on to minimize your risk of exposure.

A mask that squishes your nose, marks up your face, or irritates your ears because it’s too tight is not in your best interests. Likewise, stay away from any mask that is too loose, creates gaps, or worse, falls off. The best facemask is going to feel almost like you’re not wearing one at all and fits near as perfectly as possible.

The Frontline Protective Face Mask is a light-weight option with several other features that help make it comfortable.

First, it’s shaped a little differently than ordinary masks, with an elongated cheek area for full coverage. This shape more fully covers your nose, tucks under your chin, and fits snuggly alongside your cheeks and face without being overly restrictive.

Next, the Frontline Protective Face Mask has adjustable ear loops that allow you to get the best fit over your ears. That way the mask is comfortable and stays on.

Perhaps the most unique design is the stiff polymer frame, which means the mask won’t bunch or even make contact with your face. This creates a unique chamber that keeps the mask from smudging a woman’s make-up or rubbing against a man’s neatly trimmed beard.

Finally, let’s ‘face’ it: one size does not fit all, particularly when it comes to masks. So the Frontline Protective Face Mask comes in five sizes, including adult small, medium, and large, and youth small and medium.

These features make LCP Medical’s mask suitable and comfortable enough to wear all-day, if you choose.

2. Looks Attractive

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You can safely avoid this ‘duck bill’ look with the FrontLine Protective Face Mask Kit

This may sound a little vain, but I feel silly wearing a mask that makes me look like a duck. And while I don’t want to forgo safety for fashion, I do want to feel like I’m wearing a good-looking option.

Therefore, the fact that the styling of the Frontline Protective Face Mask looks good besides providing excellent protection makes me feel confident wearing it—especially in my line of business as a travel blogger. This classic black mask, with a flattering shape and subtle branding, compliments most outfits and occasions.

3. Doesn’t Fog My Glasses

If you’re of a certain age or wear glasses, you’ll rely on your glasses to see everything from supermarket shopping labels to checking the flight schedules at the airport. Don’t you hate it when you wear a mask and your glasses fog up? That is a deal breaker for me.

But the Frontline Protective Face Mask has polymer stiffener along the edges that blocks airflow and helps the mask lie flat. This keeps hot air from blowing up into your glasses when you exhale. Plus, the no-flow neoprene nose bridge wiring allows you to adjust the seal over your nose, further preventing foggy glasses. That means this washable mask with filter checks another box on my best face mask criteria.

4. Convenient Size

It’s good to have a few extra masks stored away here and there for the unexpected situation when you need one. That might be when you step onto public transportation or into government building, or at any venue where there are more people than you feel comfortable being around.

Just in case, I fold a mask into my purse, have another in my car’s glove compartment, and sometimes I even tuck a spare in my pocket. But not every mask is suitable for that. For instance, some of the hard-molded N95 masks, or even the “duck” masks, really don’t hold up well to that kind of usage.

So I was glad to find that the Frontline Protective Face Mask is not too bulky or stiff to fold up discretely in a moment’s notice so I have extra handy. And, since it’s soft and flexible, it stores away easily when not in use.

5. N95-Rated Mask

Nothing seems more important right now than the effectiveness of a mask to protect from viruses. At the start of the pandemic, professional-level protection N95 masks were reserved for medical professionals and ‘front line workers.’ Now, they’re recommended as the best option for the public.

That’s why you’ll want to know that Frontline Protective Face Masks come with a set of five (5) N95-material Base Filters to insert into the filter insert pocket.

Where a standard N95 mask would be discarded or thoroughly disinfected after using, the replaceable filter pack allows you to reuse the mask with 5 replacement filters provided in the Frontline Protective Face Mask Kit. Plus, you can affordably order more with advanced filter technologies to suit your needs:

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While versatility is not on my list of criteria for choosing the best mask, if it were, the Frontline Protective Face Mask Kit would get high marks. Choose from three filter options you can switch into your mask, depending on your needs:

  • N95-material Base Filter – Use this filter alone or with the Anti-PathoGen Filter. You’ll automatically receive five of these base filters when you order the FrontLine Protective Face Mask Kit.
  • Anti-PathoGen Copper Filter – This enhanced filter comprises several layers of pure elemental copper than can prevent up to 99.9% of viruses. You should use it together with the N95 compliant base filter.
  • Sport Filter – Use this filter when for exercise, sports, outdoor activities, and other times when you want high-flow filtration.

*Note: This product has not been approved by FDA or NIOSH. Submissions are pending. Claims of pathogen destruction have not yet been tested or evaluated by the FDA. Therefore, this product is not approved for medical use. Preliminary review indicates this product complies with ASTM F3502-21 Barrier Face Coverings Standard Level 2 when used as directed.

6. Affordable Mask

Last year, I spent a good amount of money buying masks for myself, my family, and loved ones. While I realize I am fortunate to have the disposable income to have made this a priority, not everyone is so lucky. That’s why quality masks should be affordable.

The FrontLine Protective Face Mask Kit cost about the same as buying a couple of pizzas for dinner (depending on where you live), and it includes 5 filters. For under $30, you get an effective, washable masks and you can replace the filters. That means you’re saving the cost of replacing disposable masks time and time again for a more economical investment.

Which brings us to sustainability.

7. Sustainability of Mask

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I can’t tell you how many discarded masks I’ve seen lying on the ground in parking lots, parks, alongside the road. Have you, too? Plus, no-one wants to pick up a potentially virus-laden face mask, so once someone carelessly discards a disposable mask, it’s staying there for the long-term.

So, the fact that the FrontLine Protective Face Mask is a washable mask with filter you can reuse makes it aces in my book. The fewer discarded masks, the better.

8. Quality Materials & Construction

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I’ve tried a lot of masks that were so poorly made that the ear straps broke off and I’ve had to walk around holding a flapping mask to my face. That was risky, not to mention embarrassing!

Or, they’ve been so flimsy that I really didn’t feel like they were doing much at all to keep me safe, anyway.

I’m happy to report that the FrontLine Protective Face Mask Kit is a well-made product. The stitching along the seams and edges is very neat and sturdy, and it’s obvious that each mask is made with care and attention to detail.

This washable mask with filter is going to stand up to long wear and washing. (In fact, the packaging encourages you to hand-wash it before first use.)

9. Protective Materials

Research has shown that the tight weave of natural fibers like cotton is more three-dimensional when compared to synthetic materials. That means cotton is better able to prevent viruses from penetrating on a microscopic level. In fact, this MIT Medical reports states that “tightly woven 100% cotton outperforms most synthetics” as a barrier to particles. So, the best masks are arguably made with cotton.

While the outer layer of the FrontLine Protective Face Mask is a breathable high air flow polyester, you can rest assured that the interior is cotton. When you layer in the filters—either the base filter alone or the base plus the copper filter—you get maximum protection.

10. Breathable Mask

At the same time, I don’t want a mask that’s fitted so snuggly, or woven so tightly, that I can’t breathe at all.

FrontLine Protective Face Mask’s breathable design includes layers or breathable polyester, a cotton interior, and the unique embedded air chamber to make it a breathable but safe mask to wear.

11. Multiple Layers for Safety

At one point over the last two years during the pandemic, the current wisdom was to wear several masks to achieve multi-layered protection. Folds in the fabric can have the same effect.

Because the FrontLine Protective Face Mask Kit is made with two layers of fabric, plus the filters, it effectively provides three (3) or more layers of protection in one mask.

12. Reliable Source

I remember seeing videos online of masks being sewn in sweatshops, where unmasked workers sat on a dirty floor, and heaped the masks they’d just made beside them. Not only was that objectionable from a human rights standpoint, but it was appalling to see the masks produced and handled in such a way when a sterile mask is so important!

FrontLine Protective Face Mask Kits are made in the US and arrive individually wrapped, in a resealable plastic package. The 5-pack of filters are packaged separately, too!

No one has picked over them, like at the checkout bins at the convenient store. None sit on a dirty factory floor.

In fact, FrontLine Protective Face Masks are Award Winning! SmartBrief awarded them the 2021 Product Innovation Award for Travel Health and Safety.

Final Thoughts on Best Facemask, Hand Washable Mask with N95-material Base Filter

Like most people, I’m looking forward to a time when mask-wearing is a distant memory. Masks are a nuisance, make it hard to read facial expressions and lips if you have any hearing trouble at all, and wearing them is an unnatural way for humans to interact.

Yet, here we all are, wearing masks in the interest of our own and the safety of others.

So, until that time that masks are no longer needed, I’ll be masked whenever I’m not feeling safe from COVID and its variants while I travel or at home. It will certainly be a mask that meets all the 12 criteria above. I hope you do, too.

That makes the FrontLine Protective Face Mask Kit my first choice. In my opinion, it’s as close as you can get to feeling good about wearing a mask at all.

If you want to learn more about NLP Medical and the variety of quality masks they make, you can have a look here.

Photo credits: Unless otherwise noted, all photos courtesy of Canva Pro.

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This article is part of a sponsored collaboration. Special thanks to LCP Medical for providing me with sample masks and filters for the purpose of evaluation. As always, all opinions expressed are my own.

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18 thoughts on “Best Facemask: Hand Washable Mask with Filter by LCP Medical ”

  1. Much needed an informative post I must say, especially when you are ready to go out after a long time. These masks are very important nowadays and we should know which one works better for us in situations.

    • It is a bit of a transition after staying in for so long. I agree, Pamela – a good mask can help make you feel more safe!

  2. Great review, and very helpful when navigating in this mask jungle when ordering new masks. It’s even harder when it comes to kids since I have noticed that many that say they were made for kids, are still too big for smaller ones. We have mostly been using disposable ones while traveling because in Europe the airlines wont allow cloth masks. But I feel bad for how much trash it creates and how often I see them in the nature. I hope that soon we can travel safely without masks.

    • Paula, that’s one of the things I love about this mask – that you can get children’s sizes. It is tough to see the waste and trash on the environment with the disposable masks, that’s for sure. In any case, I hope you’re right about going maskless soon!

  3. This is great, I want to be safe but always worry about the lack of sustainability with medical masks. We bought masks on our last trip we thought would be allowed in public places and some european airports but had to buy a medical one instead. Wish we had these to chose from at the time.

  4. A wonderful post on Frontline Protective Face mask. Even though I don’t really wear masks these days, sometimes it’s still important to wear masks in public places.A nd the Frontline Protective mask kit has multiple benefits I like: it doesn’t fig the glasses, it’s breathable, affordable, washable and it’s made out of sustainable material. And it has multiple layers with filters. Thanks for letting me know about this mask. I would definitely love to try it!

    • You’re welcome, Puloma! I appreciate your comment and glad you found so many features you like about this mask.

  5. Thank you for sharing this information; we all know how important facemasks are nowadays. I like that this mask comes in a variety of sizes and has adjustable ear loops because I’m having trouble finding one that fits my face properly and doesn’t irritate my ears. I believe this mask has all of the characteristics I’m looking for — I couldn’t ask for anything more. I’m going to get one right away!

  6. It is not time yet to keep the mask down, so yes the search for right mask is on. I have used the various types of masks that have come in market in the last two years. But I keep checking out the newer ones. Thanks for highlighting the N95-material Base Filter. I like that it keeps hot air from blowing up into your glasses when you exhale. Definitely a big plus for me.

    • I feel the same way, Indrani. Masks certainly have evolved over the last two years! The anti-fogging feature is so important to me, as well. Gotta be able to see!!

  7. Masks are here to stay for a while. We are all looking for comfortable ones, especially ones that do not fog while wearing glasses and breathability while doing exercise outside. Being able to wash and wear makes it convenient and being sure that you are wearing a clean mask. This hand-washable mask with a filter by LCP Medical seems to meet all the above requirements and more. Thanks for an informative blog post. 🙂

    • You’re very welcome, Jan. I think you are right about masks, and I’m glad to have some good options like this one!

  8. I for one am still wearing a mask despite all requirements being lifted for them in the UK. I feel I am trying my best to keep both myself and others that bit safer by wearing one. This mask sounds very good.

  9. This is very timely as, like many, we are ramping up our travel again after two years of not doing any, and knowing how to protect ourselves and others while we travel is key. Fog control is an important one for me, as a glasses wearer, so the stiffener along the edges is a good selling point. The ability to insert N95 filters means it’s effective. And I like that you found it breathable and practical to use.

    • Yes, the fog control is important for me, too! And of course, the filters are a great safety measure. I appreciate your comment here.

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