What Is a Dust Mask?

Household and garden projects frequently involve harmful toxins and chemical gas emissions, not to mention dust, fumes or vapors. Anyone who has ever painted or polished walls for their further processing knows first-hand how dangerous inhaling airborne contaminants is. The question is, how many people take precaution against it and wear a respirator? A respirator is a unique mask wearing which one can protect his lungs and eyes from all kinds of contamination’s. Originally, air masks were designed for use in industrial, medical, and military industries, however, today they can be found in almost every household and are used for many different purposes. In our review, we’ve picked some of the most popular respirators so you can choose a suitable one for your needs and projects.


There are many structures and rankings of dust Mask Respirators. The primary rankings are N, P and R. These rating is a number, generally 95,99 or 100 which defines to how much the filter has been measured to remove of PM-0.3 microns in diameter or greater. Breathing Masks and respiratory protection can also be had by using PAPR systems that make breathing easier, and more comfortable.

Dust Mask Respirator Ratings:

The first digit is a letter that corresponds to its resistance to oil. The second and third digits are numbers that denote the percentage of particulates the respirator can filter out. For example, a P95 respirator is an oil proof respirator that filters out 95% of particles.

Respirator Rating Letter Class

  • N– Not oil resistant
  • R– Resistant to oil
  • P– Oil Proof

Respirator Rating Number Class

  • 95– 95%  removal of all particles that are at least 0.3 microns in diameter
  • 99– 99% Removal of particles that are at least 0.3 microns in diameter
  • 100– 99.97%al Remove of all particles that are 0.3microns in diameter or larger

Considerations when choosing a respirator:

Choose a breathing mask can be a bit confusing. But some things to consider is the rating as described above, and also the ease and comfort of wearing the mask. If the mask is not comfortable, you will not want to wear it when it is needed.

Cool Flow Masks:

Cool Flow masks have a gated valve that allows exhaled and hot air to easily pass out of the mask system, which makes for a drying, cooler fit to the user. Cool flow masks may be more expensive, but they make up for that in comfort of use! Our best-selling cool flow respirator is the N95 3M 8511 here

N95 Masks:

Number of N95 Masks can be found on our website. N95 masks filter out 95% of all particles over 0.3 microns or larger. But these masks are NOT oil resistant, they are easier breathing than the R and P variants of the 95 rated masks. N95 Masks are probably the most common Mask used these days.

PAPR respirators:

PAPR or powered air respirators cannot be overlooked. While much more expensive, PAPR systems provide a cooler, dryer respirator experience, and provide different levels of filtration where the breather is not responsible for “powering” the filtration mechanism. PAPR systems are a great solution for extended applications, or extended period breathing protection.

For more information about specific applications for different respirators, check out these articles in our resource center and our blog.



The Top Five Vendors in the Global Air Purifying Mask Market


3M engages in manufacturing and selling of safety and graphics, electronics and energy, industrial, and consumer products to its customers. Safety and graphics segment of the company offers personal protection products, commercial graphics systems, traffic safety and security products, and fall protection products.

Avon Rubber

Avon Rubber engages in designing and manufacturing of specialized products for the protection and defense and dairy industries. It develops and manufactures products such as respiratory protection systems and tubing for dairy processing. It operates in the US and the UK and distributes their products globally.


Bullard engages in the designing and manufacturing of personal protective equipment and systems. The company offers its products through a network of distributors across the world. Its offerings include respiratory protection products, such as powered-air purifying respirators, supplied-air respirators, breathing air filters and monitors, pressure demand systems, and pumps and compressors.

Honeywell International

Honeywell International operates as a technology and manufacturing company. It offers turbochargers, eye and face protection, hearing, respiratory, hand protection, protective clothing, head protection, and other products to its customers across the world. In the energy safety and security segment, the company offers security, fire, and gas detection products; building integrated and installed systems; plant emergency safety systems; safety products.

Mine Safety Appliances

MSA engages in developing, manufacturing, and supplying safety products. Its offerings include protective equipment, detectors, and respiratory products. In the breathing apparatus segment, the company offers face masks, respirators, and self-contained breathing apparatus products.

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