Using Ministry of Defense technology originally conceived for protection against chemical, biological, and nuclear warfare, Cambridge Mask products were independently certified N99, which means they filter over 99 percent of particulate matter.
RMB 175 (non-valve), RMB 215 (valve). Available online at www.cambridgemask.com and select stores in Beijing.
Singapore-made Totobobo masks were redesigned last year for better fit and adjustability, but retain the trim-to-size feature that makes them suitable for kids as young as 5.
RMB 208. Available online at totobobo.tmall.com.
The microfiber Vogmasks boasts the most patterns and colors of any mask company, with sizes for babies, children, teens, and adults. Certified N99 by the Nelson Labs of America, Vogmask also claims to filter dust from construction sites, viruses, pollen, second-hand smoke, and 99.9 percent of bacteria.
RMB 180-225. Available online at vogmask.cn/shop and select stores in Beijing (see website for full list).
Alen BreatheSmart F700
Cleaning up to a whopping 90sqm of space, this best-selling Alen air purifier is one of the most powerful on the market.
RMB 6,980. Available at Renaud Air (400 820 2792, email@example.com, www.renaudair.cn).
Smart Air Cannon Kit
Hands-down the most economical solution on the market, Smart Air purifiers consist of nothing more than a HEPA filter, fan, and strap. In addition to the original DIY kit, Smart Air China offers a more powerful cannon kit for cleaning larger spaces.
RMB 470. Available online at smartairfilters.com.
The MayAir 401 HEPA air purifier is designed for residential use for up to 55sqm. Features include 99.9 percent filtration of PM 2.5, low power consumption, and a high air volume of 600m3/h.
RMB 6,280. Available through the Beijing office (www.mayair.com.cn, 400 809 8968).
3M N95 9001V
Disposable masks made by 3M are Dr. Richard Saint Cyr’s first choice for pollution protection thanks to their consistent performance in independent product tests. The 3M N95 9001V is available at stores like 7-Eleven and April Gourmet.
RMB 24 for a pack of three. Available online at 3m.tmall.com and at select stores in Beijing.
Amaircare includes the first air purifier we’ve seen so far for car and travel use. The portable XR100 comes with a DC plug and mounting strap, and can be used with an AC adaptor.
RMB 3,290. Available through Villa Lifestyles (www.villalifestyles.cn, 8447 5800).
The Laser Egg by Origins Technology
Since its introduction last year, the Laser Egg has become a must-have for many families. Measuring PM 2.5 and PM 10 levels in real time, the indoor AQI monitor can transmit data wirelessly to smartphones and issue an alert when the air quality exceeds a preset threshold.
RMB 499. Available through the WeChat store (account name: OriginsTech), the Origins office in Beixinqiao, and select locations around Beijing (visit www.originstech.com for a full list).
This article originally appeared on page 16-17 of the beijingkids March 2016 issue. Click here to read the issue for free on Issuu.com. To find out how you can get your own copy, email firstname.lastname@example.org
Photos: Courtesy of Cambridge, Totobobo, Vogmask, Alen, Smart Air, MayAir, 3M, Amaircare, and Origins