Best Professional Welding Helmets, Hoods & Masks

As a welder, your safety depends on having the right gear. A quality welding helmet is arguably the most important tool in a welder's arsenal. Helmets protect eyes and skin from intense light, heat and sparks generated in the arc welding process. Enjoy fast, free shipping on all orders over $300 as a thank you for supporting a proud American business. See our 2023 Welding Helmet Selection Guide for guidance in choosing your next welding helmet.

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Increase safety with an Optrel e3000 with e684 Helmet 4550.103
OPTREL E3000 PAPR WITH E684 HELMET #4550.103
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Speedglas 100 Series Auto Darkening Helmet #07-0012-31AH
3M Speedglas 100 Series Auto Darkening Welding Helmet (Aces High)
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Speedglas 100 Series Auto Darkening Helmet #07-0012-31BZ Coolest professional welding helmet with fire graphic design
Speedglas 100 Series Auto Darkening Helmet (Blaze)
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Blue Demon Blackout Welding Helmet #BDWH-BLACKOUT
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Our most popular welding helmets include:

Miller Digital Infinity Series Auto Darkening Welding Helmet

Miller Digital Infinity Series

Lincoln Electric Viking 3350 Series auto-darkening welding helmet

Lincoln Electric Viking 3350 Series

Miller Classic Series Auto Darkening Welding Helmet

Miller Classic Series

Passive shade and auto-darkening welding helmets for sale online

How to Find the Best Welding Helmet

Whether you’re a welding professional or a hobbyist, choosing the right welding helmet is one of the most important decisions you’ll make. Welding helmets must provide adequate protection to your face and eyes while remaining comfortable enough to wear throughout the welding process. So what sets welding helmets apart? Welding helmets are differentiated mainly by price, shade style, comfort and style.

How Much Should You Spend On A Welding Helmet?

Some welding helmets can cost as little as $45 while others can cost nearly $3,000. The amount you should spend depends on what features are important to you. Welding helmet prices depend on their construction, whether they are auto-darkening or passive shade and any other optional features. For example, some welding helmets feature powered air-purifying respirators (PAPR) that deliver filtered air for the operator to breathe. PAPR systems can be necessary when welding in environments with little or no ventilation.

Auto-darkening Vs Passive Shade Helmets

The primary difference between passive shade welding helmets and auto-darkening helmets is the lens. With a passive shade helmet, the colored glass doesn’t lighten or darken, while auto-darkening helmets have lenses that automatically darken when you start your torch and turn clear when you shut it off.

Traditional Passive Shade Helmets

Many professional welders favor a traditional helmet with a glass lens and fixed shade. These traditional passive lens helmets provide inexpensive protection. But every time you want to examine your welds you have to lift the helmet, then re-position and secure it when you flip it down. It's a quick and simple movement, but multiplied by hundreds of times over the course of a day and it can use up a lot of time and energy and put a strain on your neck.

Auto-Darkening Helmets

Auto-darkening helmets not only protect against harmful light emissions, but the helmet’s shade easily changes back and forth between light and dark states without having to lift or completely remove the helmet. They're comfortable and come in a wide range of colors and graphics, so you can bring a bit of personality to work with you. Panoramic auto-darkening helmets add another layer of comfort and efficiency with a 180° field of view.

 Passive Shade HelmetsAuto-Darkening Helmets
  • Lower cost
  • Replacement lenses are less expensive
  • Quickly change out lenses
  • Lighter weight
  • No batteries required
  • No need to adjust sensitivity controls
  • No need to lift or remove helmet to see your work
  • Reduced chance of repetitive neck stress injury
  • Narrow helmet design suited for work in tight spaces
  • Semi-transparent state provides UV and infrared protection
  • Some helmets have side windows for better visibility   
  • Difficult to see tip of torch when you start welding
  • Head movement to snap the helmet down can cause neck injury  
  • Need a variety of lenses for every welding environment
  • More expensive and slightly less optically sound
  • Only fully adjustable shade helmets provide a complete range of tints  
  • Lenses are more fragile
  • Replacement lenses are considerably more expensive

Two Great Passive Shade Helmet Options: 

Two Great Auto-Darkening Helmet Options: 

Welding safety equipment and PPE

How A Welding Helmet Should Fit

Your welding helmet should fit snugly and securely against your head. Your helmet should only move when your head moves, and should not rattle when you move. When trying on a helmet, be sure to wear any bandanas or welding caps you would normally have on when you’re actually welding. Make sure the helmet is light enough and comfortable enough to wear for long periods. Lighter, more comfortable helmets will usually cost more but can be well worth it when you weld for extended periods.

Welding Helmet Styles

The pattern and design of your welding helmet should your unique style and personality. Are you a patriot? You’ll love Miller’s Digital Infinity Stars & Stripes helmet. Or perhaps you’ll prefer the badass look of the Departed Digital Infinity helmet. More of a minimalist? Check out the Miller Classic Series VSi helmet. Regardless of your style, you’ll find that cool welding helmet you’ve been looking for in the diverse selection available from Welders Supply.

Welding Helmet Accessories—Welders Supply Has Everything You Need

Whether it’s your first welding helmet or your fifth, it’s inevitable you’ll need to replace a lens or a battery holder. You may also want to add a respirator or a sweatband/strap pad. Welders Supply has virtually every helmet accessory available at the lowest possible prices. If you don’t see what you need, we’ll do our best to track it down for you.

Helmet Accessories Available at Welders Supply:

  • Replacement headgear
  • Replacement lenses
  • Batteries and battery holders
  • Respirators and replacement filters
  • Sweatbands and pads
  • Helmet bibs
  • Ear and Neck protectors

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Our welding helmet supplier carries an assortment of welding helmets for all different types of welding and applications. From flux core helmets to torch cutting, we've got it all:

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Tillman Elk Skin Welding Gloves #850
Tillman Elkskin Welding Gloves
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Jackson Nemesis Safety Glasses Smoke/Mirror #25688
Jackson Nemesis Safety Glasses Smoke/Mirror #25688
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Jackson Safety VIBE Earmuff #20774
Jackson Safety, VIBE Earmuff
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Miller Classic Series VS Black W/ClearLight
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Tillman Leather Welding Jacket #3280 Man wearing fashionable yellow jacket made from top quality leather torso only
Tillman Leather Welding Jacket
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Miller Fastip Contact Tips #2061(86,87,88,89,90)
Miller Fastip Contact Tips 2061(86,87,88,89,90)
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Miller Millermatic 211 #907614 - 6 Free items with purchase Millermatic 211 Auto-Set Mig Welder
Millermatic 211 Auto-Set Mig Welder
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Tillman Mechanics Glove #1490
Tillman TrueFit Mechanics Glove
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Revco BSX Welders Backpack
REVCO BSX Welders Backpack, tool bag, gig bag
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ArcOne AirPlus Powered Air System #WSCAP1X81VX1500
ArcOne AirPlus Powered Air System
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