The best welding helmets on the market aren’t always the most expensive. In fact, some of the bestselling welding helmets at Baker’s Gas and Welding are extremely affordable, comfortable, and highly effective. Professional welders and beginners alike will be extremely pleased with any of the three bestselling welding helmets at Baker’s Gas and Welding from Lincoln Electric, Miller Electric, and Speedglas.
However, are there features or specs that set one particular welding helmet apart from the pack? Are there particular jobs or situations that make one helmet a better choice than another? Today we’ll look at some comparisons between the three bestselling welding helmets at Baker’s in order to help you find the best one to use in your shop.
Lincoln Electric Viking 4C Welding Helmet
Lincoln Electric’s Viking welding helmet comes in a variety of styles and colors, but the most important features in this bestselling helmet are what you’ll see from the inside. Boasting a 1-1-1-1 clarity rating, the latest Viking 4C model adds a completely clear, real color viewing filter that won’t strain your eyes with a green tint and help you see your work perfectly.
You’ll have a wide-angle view that helps you keep track of your welding puddle and the full scope of your project. The viewing area is among the largest in the industry, offering 3.74 x 3.34 lens. This lightweight helmet also offers improved circuitry so that the battery lasts a long time, but you won’t experience fatigue because of its light weight.
You’ll find comparable features with other leading helmets, with 4 automatic sensors that pick up flashes at 1/25,000 of a second and a range of shade options from 5-13. The affordable price of the Lincoln Electric and its excellent features make this bestseller a popular choice among veteran and novice welders.
Miller Electric Digital Infinity
Miller Electric’s Digital Infinity welding helmet takes the Digital Elite a step forward, adding a larger viewing lens (13.4 square inches), redesigned headgear for maximum comfort, and InfoTrack advanced lens technology (For tracking and displaying arc time). These key selling points make the slight jump in price for the Digital Infinity well worth considering. However, it also maintains one of Miller’s top features that have made welders fall in love with this helmet and the Digital Elite over the years: X-Mode.
X-Mode provides the best in safety and clarity by eliminating sunlight from darkening the lens before welding starts and low-amperage lens opening from obstructed sensors. If you’re working out of position, X-Mode has you covered, saving you from flashes no matter what happens to your sensors.
You’ll have the full range of shade options, 5-13, four arc sensors, and the comfort of a lightweight helmet (23 ounces). The shade auto-darkening flips on in 1/20,000 of a second, and the helmet’s digital controls are easy to operate and view. Now comes with the ClearLight lens technology.
Speedglas 9100 Welding Helmet
Welders who pick up a premium Speedglas welding helmet know they’re getting one of the most comfortable welding helmets on the market with an unusually wide lens for viewing your work area, measuring at 2.8 x 4.2 on the 9100XXi model.
You’ll have shades 5-13 with three auto-darkening sensors, but adds a shade 3 light state. This helmet comes ready to go and offers 1800 hours of battery life. It also weighs 3 ounces lighter than Miller’s Digital Infinity at 20 ounces.
This fully redesigned helmet is especially easy to set up and extremely comfortable. If you’re welding for long stretches of time, this helmet is definitely worth checking out!