Government has decreed that face masks must be worn
at all times by everyone over the age of 6 in public
areas, both open and closed, irrespective of social
distancing and also recommends that they should be worn
in private gatherings if the attendees don't live together.
The efficiency of these face masks are improved by the
correct use combined with the wearer observing the correct
hygiene protocols such as proper hand hygiene, a basic
measure in the fight against the COVID-19 virus.
are many types of masks available but the regional
health authority has declared that simple hygienic or
surgical masks should be worn, many of which can be
purchased at supermarkets across the town. The Organización
de Consumidores y Usuarios (OCU) has done the legwork
to analyse their efficiency and rank the different products
as a guide. The top 11 are ranked below.
MERCADONA: Deliplus non-reusable hygienic masks
OCU study has declared that the Deliplus non-reusable
hygienic masks (UNE 0064 standard) sold in Mercadona
represent the best value-for-money, awarded 87 points
in the overall analysis with a 99% rating for filtration
efficiency and a high rating for breathability. The
recommended price for a pack of 10 is 6 euros which,
together with their superior quality, make them what
the OCU has called "a premier purchase".
DÍA: Mask4U three-layer medical masks
considered a "premier purchase", the Mask4U
medical masks (EN 14683 standard) awarded 85 points
in the analysis and standing out for the quality of
the labelling and instructions of use along with a 98%
rating for filtration efficiency and a high rating for
breathability. It also has a recommended price of 6
euros for a pack of ten.
LIDL: Jiangsu Excellence Type II Disposable Surgical
The mask from Lidl, certified to EN 14683
standard, scored just one point less than the medical
mask from Lidl and has been ranked third in terms of
quality. Its labelling and instructions of use received
maximum score 100% which the filtration efficiency rating
was 99%. However it scored lower in visual inspection
and adjustment, just 70%. The recommended price for
a pack of 10 is 5,99 euros.
EROSKI: Teachealth Disposable Mask
is the three-layer disposable masks, scoring 82% and
considered to be of "very good quality", standing
out for the filtration efficiency (92%). The recommended
price is 29,90 euros for a pack of 50 which represents
a unit price of 0,60 euros.
ALCAMPO: Inca Market Disposable Hygienic Masks / ALDI:
Jocca Pharma Disposable Surgical Masks
for fifth place in the OCU ranking are the masks from
Alcampo and Aldi, both awarded 81% for being "
very good quality" masks. The Inca Market masks
sell at a recommended price of 2,95 euros for a pack
of five, whilst the a pack of 10 Jocca Pharma masks
in Aldi are available for 5,99 euros.
EL CORTE INGLÉS: Suzhou Xiang Li Masks
OCU rated the masks sold in El Corte Inglés as
"good quality" with an overall score of 72%.
Its best quality was breathability with 82% followed
but filtration efficiency of 82%. A pack of 50 has a
recommended sale price of 39,95 euros, a unit price
of 0,80 euros.
CARREFOUR: Hebei Shi'An KI 8501-2 Hygienic Face Masks
masks were scored at 71% with their best aspect being
filtration efficiency (80%). Sold in packs of 25, the
recommended sale price is 14,90 euros, a unit price
of 0,60 euros.
CONSUM: Belpa Multi-Layer Reusable Hygienic Masks
masks, certified to UNE 0065 standard, are considered
"good quality" by the OCU and made as a "premier
purchase" despite scoring just 65%. Its filtration
efficiency is good, rated at 85% and it offers good
breathability with a decent value-for-money ranking The
recommended sale price is 9,95 euros for a pack of 10.
LIDL: Ágatha Ruiz de la Prada Reusable Mask
OCU ranks these masks as "medium quality"
with an overall rating of 61%. The recommended price
is 3,99 euros for a pack of two masks.
CARREFOUR: Lyocell-Textil Santaneria Reusable Hygienic
Considered to be "medium quality"
by the OCU, they received an overall rating of 54% with
their best quality being their strong harness. The recommended
price for a pack of two is 7 euros.
Date: Sunday 19th July 2020