This is by far the most popular question we receive about our masks.
The two products have very similar names, and it can be hard for people to tell the difference between them.
We’ve attached this handy chart to shed some light on the differences and similarities between the KN95 and N95 masks.
In essence, respirator face masks have to adhere to certain regulatory standards. KN95 and N95 manufactures follow very specific guidelines to be certified under these standards. Manufactures of KN95 masks are subject to the Chinese standards for masks GB2626 – 2006; while manufactures of N95 masks are subject to the US standards (NIOSH) for respirator masks. .
Does the KN95 capture the same amount of particles as the N95?
Yes! On this metric both KN95s and N95s capture 95% of tiny particles. In fact, 3M (the manufacturer of N95) states “it is reasonable to consider” China’s N95s “equivelent” to US N95s.
The KN95 masks sold by albertatextiles.com are from a Chinese manufacturer that is FDA approved.