The Mask Lab Disposable Surgical Face Mask

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Video Transcript All right, everybody. Welcome back to the place on the internet, where we are testing all the masks that we can find. Very excited to test the MaskLab masks today. I've heard a lot about this company. Shout out to Aaron Collins, loves their stuff.

Now, he likes talk a lot about their KF94s. We're going to be actually looking at their surgical masks because we got a big shipment of masks from India. That's right. India masks, we're going to be testing those masks to see how they stack up. All right. Let's put it in the clamper and get going.

Wow, that's a lot of material. That's great. I better rip. This is a PFE machine, particulate filtration efficiency machine. If you want to find out more about what that means, check out the link. Again, we are just looking at the material here, just talking about the filtration and the breathability. We're not going to be looking at fit. Let's take a look at their website real quick. So because we're looking at the India masks today. They've got a lot of great stuff. I've heard a lot about them. Started up top of the pandemic. Masks are manufactured in a clean room environment, which prevents the introduction of additional particulate matter into our products. These are made in India, certified ISOs, all that stuff, looks like it's made in Mumbai. So you can buy these on Amazon.

From everything I can tell, this is a great company. They're saying particulate filtration at 99%. It's exactly what this machine is meant to test here. They're saying that their ASTM F2100, which is the classification for surgical masks. That is exactly what this machine is testing here. So we'll see. It's the whole point of this. All right. Let's take a look at the box. I really like the box because well, you guessed it, it's a soft touch box. It's very large. Look at that. Get there? It's double high, 100 masks. Obviously this is most likely in Hindi here and then they got the English on the other side. They're saying the ISO certification of the factory there. It's what that number is. CE is just a European standard files and paperwork, you can put that on the box. And they're having the ASTM saying it's level 3. If it's level 3, it needs to be at 98% filtration or higher, which they're putting on the box.

Bacterial filtration, sub micron particulate filtration efficiency. That's at 0.1 micron. That's what this machine is meant to test here. I'm going to open these up here. Guys, this is a really, really nice package. The thickness of the plastic is really substantial and it looks like they're going, I'm going to guess there's four here, so units of 25 each. Let's take a look at the actual masks themselves. Let me pull a couple out here. So these are a little bit more wrinkley than I like to see, but it happens. I'm not really sure why because the packaging is really great. The spunbond quality is insane. It's really good. I could just tell the quality of the spunbonds, it's just really amazing. Heard so much about these guys, everyone. Okay.

The ear loop's really small and yeah, that's not very good. So from a construction standpoint, those are just breaking. That's not good. That's not good at all. Yeah. I can't recommend that. That's not good. And the nose wire is very, very small. Okay. Put this on. Okay. I'm going to call this a delightful smelling cardboard box. Yeah. It's a bright smell, I don't know, but does any of that matter if it doesn't protect you? Now remember, on the box, on the website, it says that they have an ASTM level 3 rating. Now in the United States, that's a U.S. thing, ASTM level 1 is 95% or better, ASTM level 2 and 3, 98% or better. So uses this exact machine. So this machine needs to say that it's 98% or better, or they're not meeting that standard. So what does it say?

93.044. 93.044. That's a lot lower than I want to see. Look, not ideal. Not ASTM level 3, so I'm going to mark that they're not meeting their claims there, but still a pretty good mask. Look, is there going to be a real difference between one or two percentage points? Maybe, maybe not. I don't know. Personally, I like to get ASTM level 3. I like to have it as high as possible. On their website, they're saying 99%, not really hitting those numbers here. So I'd call them out a little bit on that. All right. Thank you guys so much for watching. If this has been enjoyable, give me a like or subscribe. Or not, I will catch you on the next test either way. I'm here either way folks. See you next time.


The Mask Lab disposable mask passed our particulate filtration efficiency machine test with a score of 93.04%This 3-ply blue surgical mask has ear loops instead of head straps or ties.

Mask breathability is determined by airflow resistance, which we measure in pascals. The target for adults should be around 150, and the target for children should be close to 100. The airflow resistance of this mask is 78.80.

This mask has a cardboard odor. We can't recommend it as it's missed the filtration claims on its packaging and features shoddy construction.

We found this mask on Amazon. Its country of origin is India. Check out our video review for more details.

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