What is Cool Turtle?Cool Turtle is a “Mask Insert” also called as “Mask inner Bracket” or “Mask Internal Support Frame” or just a mask holder “Mask Holder”. The Cool turtle creates a protective breathable space between the mask and your face [nose and mouth particularly].
Face masks are essential but they fit tightly and are uncomfortable to wear, also they stink, don’t facilitate proper conversation and may leave you breathless. That’s why Telebrands has come up with an ingenious idea of Cool Turtle Mask insert.
How does Cool Turtle Work?You are supposed to slide the Cool Turtle inside the face mask or gaiter. The promoters of Cool Turtle claim that you would immediately notice the difference with the cool Turtle. You are able to breath freely as the Cool Turtle insert creates space for air around your mouth and nose. All this without compromising the protection. Most users in the official review of the Cool Turtle report “better breathing” with the insert underneath the masks. Wearing the Cool Turtle is like you are talking and breathing in an open air environment. As if you are not wearing a mask at all!!
Face masks often smear lipsticks, with the Cool Turtle insert your lipstick stays on. And there is no sweaty face. They claim that the insert keeps you cool, dry and comfortable all day long.
Cool Turtle DesignThe design of the insert resembles the strong and hard turtle shell and hence the name “Turtle”. The cool design of the Cool Turtle lets your face feel cool as there is enough space around your mouth and nose for the air to circulate. The Cool Turtle insert features soft and comfortable ergonomic design that does not dig in to your face [the company claims so, reviews may differ]. The official Cool Turtle review claims that the hot and humid air pressure from the masks can cause skin irritations. The Cool Turtle design eliminates friction reducing the chances of skin irritation.
Cool Turtle Price AnalysisThe Cool Turtle Kit includes the following:
- 5 Cool Turtle Inserts
- 10 Pack Electrostatic Face Masks
While official manufacturer’s review is pretty glaring, the users don’t find the Cool Turtle insert that useful.
Advantages of Cool Turtle
Keeps the Mask Off Your MouthThe Cool Turtle insert does help you keep the mask off your face. People mention in their reviews that it comes handy when traveling or working when you don’t have to talk much. We have also received reviews from teachers who mention that the Cool turtle makes them more audible in the class but you have to constantly adjust it.
Works Fairly Well for “Small” FacesMost complaints are from users who have a big facial structure like the jawline, mouth and nose. People with smaller face find the Cool Turtle to be fairly comfortable. And the claims made by the manufacturer apply to these users.
Then there are people who are not so critical about the Cool Turtle insert, may be they have less prominent facial features and the insert fits correctly for them. Had it come in sizes it would have definitely helped larger number of users.
Disadvantages of the Cool Turtle
Material and Built QualityMost reviewers complain that the Cool Turtle mask insert it too flexible and does not hold its structure. Reviews say that it is certainly not as hard as what the name “Turtle” shell signifies. The insert is made from a flimsy material and is not hard at all. The insert collapses if the mask is tight, reviews reveal. People report that you can fold it and keep it in your pocket and does not offer any support for loose cloth masks. The insert has a strong chemical smell. Soaking the Cool turtle insert in soap water and airing it for a few day help reduce the chemical odor.
Inconvenient and UncomfortableAns then there are more reviews that run counter to what the manufacturer of Cool turtle claim. Users complain that the Cool Turtle insert does not fit correctly around the mouth and keeps moving and needs to be adjusted everytime. This calls for washing your hands everytime you touch the “contaminated” mask. The design of the Cool Turtle in-fact inhibits mouth movements while talking. Many users reported that the insert is so uncomfortable that it is easier to wear a mask without it. It is difficult to breath with it and the insert gets slimy within minutes from the moisture from breathing. You have to remove and clean it everytime.
No Respite from Hot and Humid AirMany users have reported that the insert in no way gives a “cooling” feeling. “It is as hot and humid as it was without the the Cool Turtle Insert” complains one reviewer. If you mask fits tighter on your face, the Cool Turtle actually lifts the mask to the extent where it creates gaps between the mask and your face, compromising your protection.
Fogs your GlassesPeople wearing glasses still have their glasses fogged with the Cool Turtle. though the manufacturer does not reveal anything about this, users have reported this drawback in their reviews.
Our VerdictThe biggest issue with the Cool Turtle insert is that it does not come in sizes. Not all people have the same facial structure. People have bigger or smaller faces and that is what the manufacturer of Cool turtle haven’t taken into consideration. The “One Size Fits All” policy does not work with these types of inserts. While the idea is ingenious the execution and application is appalling. Most reviews run counter to the claims made by the Cool turtle promoters. “It does not cool the air inside”, “makes breathing difficult”, “gets covered with sweat and water-vapors” these are common complaints with people [probably with bigger facial features]. Buyers are disgruntled to find the promoters claims to be false.