Welding is a dangerous activity. All of those flying sparks can cause a lot of damage if you don’t have the proper protection. This is especially true for your face. One errant spark to the eye could cause serious damage, even leading to visual impairment in some cases.
Happily, there are plenty of welder’s helmets out there. These offer the protection your face needs while allowing you to actually see what you’re doing while on the job. Each comes with various features and allows you to work with different light and shade levels. Naturally, most welders want a helmet that is as versatile as possible. That’s far more convenient than switching out helmets for every new job.
With that in mind, we’ve taken a look at a small collection of welding helmets that we think will serve the purposes of apprentices and professionals alike. Each of these three helmets has something to offer, so let’s take a look at all of them before deciding which one is best.
Equipped with Lincoln’s 4C Lens Technology, this welding helmet is the best that the company has to offer. It’s made with professionals in mind and has the versatility that welders prefer from their helmets.
Lincoln has equipped this helmet with a large viewing window, with the company going so far as to claim that it is the best in its class in this area. For welders, that means you will see more and be able to work a lot safer than you might with other welding helmets. The priority here is optical clarity so you should find that this helmet does the job in an array of light conditions.
Beyond that, the Viking 3350 uses a pivot headgear to ensure the helmet fits your head. You’ll find that you enjoy greater comfort when wearing the helmet, with the pivot headgear ensuring you get a nice, tight fit. This both makes the helmet easier to wear and ensures that there is no chance of unfortunate slippage when you’re least expecting it.
You also get a few extras included. Though it doesn’t come with batteries, the Viking 3350 does arrive with a couple of extra lenses. That will cover you in the case of accidental scuffs of the primary lens. It also comes with a handy carry bag and a bandana.
This is a great choice for welders who want complete clarity of vision in their work. Best of all, it currently costs $235.95, meaning it won’t set you back too much.
Impact Variable-Shade Welding Helmet
The 770756 Impact may have a slightly smaller viewing lens than the Viking 3350 but it makes up for that with a set of three arc sensors. These help with arc detection where other helmets might falter. You can also switch between weld and grind mode on the helmet quickly, making it usable for every stage of the fabrication process.
Beyond that, the helmet has a range of shade settings. It can switch through the shades from #8 to #13, making it a great choice for working in low-light conditions. The modern LCD technology used for the viewport also offers superior protection.
Comfort is also paramount with the 770756 Impact. Hobart has built the helmet using polyamide. This means it feels remarkably light when worn and won’t distract away from the work you’re doing. Combine that with the comfortable headgear and you have a helmet that feels as good as it looks.
The helmet has an auto-on and auto-off feature, meaning you don’t waste too much battery life if you forget to switch it off. Speaking of batteries, it takes a single CR2450 lithium battery that you can replace easily when needed. The cherry on top is the fact that it has been approved to CSA/CD standards.
You get more than just the helmet, too. The package comes with a couple of replacement lenses and a handy owner’s manual that will prove useful for students. All of this comes at the remarkable current price of $125.00, making this one of the best value welding helmets around.
One of the most versatile welding helmets available, Miller Electric’s Auto Darkening helmet can handle a huge variety of shade settings. In addition to the #8 to #13 settings that it shares with the 770756 Impact, it can also handle #3 and everything between #5 and #8. That makes it a great helmet for use in practically any situation.
You get a nine square inch viewing area that ensures you can safely keep an eye on everything around you. The headgear uses a ratchet system, meaning you can achieve a nice, tight fit and not have to worry about the helmet slipping in the middle of your work.
The helmet stands out in other areas. You get a wider range of accessories with the Miller Electric helmet than you do with any of the other helmets we’ve looked at. In addition to a set of lithium batteries, you also get seven lenses. Five of these are for the outside of the helmet, while the other two are for the inside lens. That means you have plenty of replacements when damage occurs. Combine that with a helmet bag and a useful magnifying lens holder and you really have the total package.
All of this comes at a comparable price to the Viking 3350. At the time of writing, you can buy this helmet for $235.96.
If you want versatility and the best array of accessories around you should look no further than the Miller Electric Auto Darkening Welding Helmet. It covers you for welding in practically all light conditions and the replacement lenses will ensure it lasts longer than any other helmet available.
Even so, the Lincoln Electric VIKING 3350 offers a great option for those who want to see as much of the welding area as possible. Its huge viewing port truly is as big as it gets. Those looking for quality on a budget should look into the Hobart 770756 Impact Variable Auto-Dark Helmet.