What are the best face masks to buy and how much should I pay for a reusable one?

How much should I be paying?

When buying a multi-pack of disposable masks you should be paying around £1 or £2 per mask. 

Buying a reusable face mask is generally better for the environment, although these will need to be washed regularly. You can spend hundreds of pounds on a designer mask, but a basic one should cost around £10. 

Masks can be bought from a number of high street retailers. Clothing shop Gap sells three for £4.95 while sportswear brand Adidas offers a three-pack for £15. Asos also has a wide selection of different face masks on its site. 

For something slightly more protective, Casetify, which has an online shop, is selling masks that come with five layers of fabric, including a filter. They cost £12 each and with every purchase the company donates a medical grade mask to frontline health workers.

Make sure to check any mask you buy is both washable and reusable. 

A number of people have been taking advantage of the public’s concerns by buying up face masks and selling them on at extortionate prices. In some cases they are charging 10 times as much as other retailers. 

The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA), the consumer watchdog, has said it will crackdown on sellers charging excessive prices or making misleading claims about their products. It is also considering asking the Government to intervene to regulate prices.

Where can I buy a face mask securely?

If you can try to use a trusted seller, such as a high street shop or pharmacy. 

Avoid buying higher-grade protective masks from online medical suppliers, as these are needed by key workers. You can buy standard face masks from high street pharmacies and clothing shops.