Purple harnesses its mattress tech to create the comfiest face mask around

Super-stretchy gel ear bands and a breathable, moisture-wicking mesh fabric combine in a face mask you can wear for hours

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The latest big brand to join the face mask effort is Purple. Fittingly for a company that has revolutionised the sleep industry with it's hugely popular mattresses and pillows, Purple's face masks are all about comfort (explore some alternatives in our comprehensive guide to where to buy a face mask – or if you have children, check out where to buy kids' face masks). 

It looks like face masks are going to be sticking around for a while, so it makes sense to invest in something that not only works effectively, but can be worn for long periods of time without becoming irritating and uncomfortable. Is Purple any good? Well, this brand already makes some of the best mattresses and best pillows around, so it has plenty of know-how at its fingertips in order to put together something that fits this bill.

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The ear bands are created from the same 'Hyper-Elastic Polymer' gel used in Purple's award-winning Purple Grid. This gel is temperature-neutral and can stretch up to 400 per cent without losing its shape, which should sidestep the ear fatigue and discomfort you'd get with a traditional face mask. The triple-layer design uses moisture-wicking Breeze Mesh (found in Purple's bestselling Pillows), with a 100% cotton filter to reduce particulate transmissions.

There's also all the standard features you'd hope for in an effective face mask. It's designed in accordance with CDC guidelines, it's machine-washable and reusable. There are three sizes to choose from (kids, small/medium and large/extra-large). And it's not even that expensive: you can pick up a pack of two for $20. 

The Purple Face Mask | 2 for $20 at Purple

The Purple Face Mask | 2 for $20 at Purple
Purple has harnessed its innovative comfort tech to create a face mask you can wear for hours at a time. There's Hyper-Elastic Polymer gel for super-stretchy ear bands that won't lose their shape, and moisture-wicking Breeze Mesh for a breathable but effective mouth cover.

"Purple's mission is to help people feel and live better through innovative comfort solutions, and we are doing everything we can to make it easier for everyone to be safer during this pandemic," said Joe Megibow, Purple's CEO. "I'm incredibly proud of how our team came together and quickly designed a one-of-a-kind face mask that allows anyone to take comfort everywhere they go.

Note that while wearing a mask will not stop you from catching COVID-19, it is thought to help protect others. If you choose to wear one, please remain observant of other preventative measures. That includes stay a distance of at least two metres away from others, washing your hands regularly and avoiding touching your face. 

For more pandemic essentials, check out our guides to where to buy hand sanitiser and our pick of the best thermometers.

Ruth Hamilton

Ruth is a lifestyle journalist specialising in sleep and wellbeing. She has tested more mattresses than her small flat can handle and will talk at length about them to anyone who shows even a passing interest, and has had to implement a one-in-one-out pillow policy for fear of getting smothered in the night. As well as following all the industry trends and advancements in the mattress and bedding world, she regularly speaks to certified experts to delve into the science behind a great night's sleep, and offer you advice to help you get there. She's currently Sleep Editor on Tom's Guide and TechRadar, and prior to that ran the Outdoors and Wellness channels on T3 (now covered by Matt Kollat and Beth Girdler-Maslen respectively).