Comparing the Three Hottest Welding Helmets

Now is the best time to buy a new welding helmet for the first time or to upgrade your current helmet. Three of the leading welding brands have updated and improved their industry-leading helmets. We had Andrew weld with all three and give us some feedback check out our YouTube video below. Don’t forget to subscribe to our channel and ask questions!

However, they each vary slightly in features and price. Here’s a brief comparison of three helmets that remain extremely popular with the customers at Baker’s Gas and Welding:


The ESAB Sentinel  A50 Welding Helmet

The ESAB Sentinel has quickly won over a loyal base of welders who praise its light weight, just 1.4 pounds, and convenience. When it’s time to weld, the touch screen makes it easier than ever to set up your helmet. There are eight welding settings you can program into the helmet for every project or process that comes up in your shop.

Powered by solar cells plus a replaceable battery, this dependable helmet has four sensors that switch from light to dark in 1/25,000 seconds. You can hold down an external button in order to switch your shades into grind mode without taking your helmet off, and the range of shade options includes 5-8/9-13. The shades are a snap to replace, and the viewing area is 3.93 x 2.36 inches with a 1/1/1/2 clarity rating.

Getting started with welding is a breeze since the Sentinel comes with a quick start quide. Its comfortable headgear comes with a five point halo harness and a ratcheting adjustment in the back for simple tweaks, ensuring that your helmet is a perfect fit.

Learn more about the ESAB Sentinel Welding Helmet A50

The Miller Electric T94i

Weighing in at 21.1 oz and offering a 9 square inch viewing area, this fully updated, lightweight welding helmet from Miller Electric provides Miller’s traditional range of operating modes: Weld, Cut, Grind and X-Mode (Ideal for TIG welding, outdoor, or obstructed projects) . Like the ESAB Sentinel, Miller includes an external grind mode button that makes it easy to switch your processes while working on a project.

For better peripheral vision, the T94 offers shade five glass on the sides of the helmet. The slightly more advanced T94i offers a 44 square inch viewing area on grind mode. The chiseled shell design is ergonomic and extremely comfortable while still offering space for a respirator. The clarity of the viewing area reduces eye strain, while the lightweight and reimagined design reduces fatigue significantly.


Learn more about the Miller T94

Consider the Miller T94i for an integrated grinding shield and greater comfort

The Lincoln Viking 4C Welding Helmet

The Lincoln Viking has long offered some of the best value for the price with all of the essentials that a welder needs, but the new 4C takes the Viking brand up a notch. With an industry leading 1/1/1/1 clarity rating, the Viking 4C is the best view of your weld for the money. You’ll have a real color view that shows your weld as it really is.

The shades run from 5-13, with an internal switch for grind mode. The viewing area is a competitive 3.74 by 3.24 inches. Reviewers note the light weight and pivot style headgear that make for a very comfortable fit.

Learn more about the Lincoln Viking 4C welding helmet

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10 thoughts on “Comparing the Three Hottest Welding Helmets”

  1. Zach says:

    I vote the ESAB Sentinel. I ordered from you today.. You are the only place that stocks these! Happy customer

  2. Mel says:

    Ordered a Sentinel this weekend from you guys! Video helped me make my decision.

  3. Nick Merchas says:


    How do you think the Miller Infinity compares to the Lincoln Viking do you think it is worth the extra price? I heard that it is better than the T94. I have all Miller machines and right now am using an old classic Miller.

    1. bakersgas says:


      It’s funny you ask that. Consider it a “Deleted Scene” that didn’t make the video. At the end, I was asked which helmet I prefer, and I pulled out my Miller Digital Infinity. Between the better headgear and the slightly larger viewing area, it is definitely my favorite. That being said, I really enjoyed the blue tint welding with the Lincoln Viking. Both of them are great helmets and you won’t go wrong with either one. Personally, I’ll stick with my Infinity.


  4. Dane says:

    Optrel Paneramaxx or ESAB Sentinel. Really stuck between these two hoods. Anyone have some pros and cons of both. I mainly do stainless tig and mig welding. Just not sure what hood would be best. Both seem great

    1. bakersgas says:

      We made a video comparing the True Color Technology helmets that might help and we did a review specifically for the Optrel Panoramaxx. (Sentinel and Panoramaxx great choices! Both had the round front perfect for overhead welding, easy to switch out front lenses, grind mode button)

      Welding Helmet Review

  5. Chris says:

    I also vote the ESAB Sentinel. I have one, and I love mine. I weld a lot of wrought iron stair balusters and need some good equipment. I get a lot of compliments from my clients and my wife loves it. Thanks for this! Great article.

  6. Tonee Francis says:

    I have the esab and the speedglas. Esab constantly flashes me now matter what sensitivity or shade. Especially outside, I have spoken to 2 other welding contractors who have the same problem with them. Hate to say it, love the ESAB welders hate the helmet. A real shame

    1. Best welder yes i am says:

      Check your battery’s , that has nothing to do with the helmet dipshit. Every auto darker welding lid has a split tiny sec that will eventually give you flash burns if your welding all day long but wouldn’t expect you To understand that

      1. DPO says:

        Name calling? It seems you don’t know plural from possessive and your vs. you’re…really?

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