Hello, folks. I’d like to talk to you today about a topic near and dear to my heart: welding helmets. Alright, “close to my heart” might be a little much. Maybe “close to my face” works better? In any event, in the world of construction/engineering, welding masks don’t seem to get enough credit.
Far more protective than safety goggles, welding masks serve two fundamental purposes: 1. They keep your corneas safe from the blinding light, and 2. They prevent sparks and fire from flying into your face, eyes, and/or hair. So, knowing that, you should just pick one up and call it a day, right? Not so fast. What if I told you that some welding masks can be functional and cool? You probably wouldn’t believe me. And you would be wrong. So there.
Below is a list of high-quality, cool welding helmets with awesome designs and great functionality. Whether you’re looking to accent a costume, acquire a quirky collectible, and/or strike fear into the heart of metal, these masks will help you to get the job done. And, as an added bonus, you’ll look extremely cool (or at least interesting) doing it.
9 Cool Welding Helmets You’ll Love
So you’re at the table in your workshop, and you have a piece of metal that you have to weld to another piece of metal. What are the pieces of metal for? Don’t worry about it. Not the point. Your welder is fired up, your mask is on, and you’re almost ready to go. Still, you feel that something is missing. That “something,” obviously, is the power of Cybertron!
If you want to show your welding projects who’s boss, take a look at this Transformers-patterned offering from Audew. Featuring an auto-darkening window, and ultra-light construction, you can wear this helmet for hours, and work without having to stop to adjust settings. Meanwhile, the angry, tooth-bearing cyborg design ensures that your projects and/or co-workers know that you mean business!
You can finally stop running around the shop yelling “I MEAN BUSINESS!”
If there’s anything more American than manipulating steel with a flaming torch, I don’t know what it is. Well...maybe revolution. And football. And horrific political races. Anyhow, if you’re looking to add a little all-American glory to your projects, check out the Instapark offering.
Suitable for Stick (arc welding), MIG (Metal Inert Gas), and TIG (Tungsten Inert Gas) projects, this helmet provides comfort and versatility in your workshop and/or metal shop. With our stars and stripes emblazoned on the front and sides, accentuated by a proud (and stern-looking) eagle, you may just find yourself singing “God Bless America” over the sounds of grinding metal and flying sparks.
Playing “Free Bird” on repeat isn’t necessary to get the most out of this helmet, but it sure helps!
The most eye-catching feature of this helmet is the design. To put a fine point on it, he’s one of Spider-Man’s greatest, most vicious foes, and you can WEAR HIS FACE! Venom’s sharp teeth, slimy tongue, and villainous grin adorn the front and sides of the mask, and I can only imagine that it looks much cooler when showered with sparks.
One possible (practical) advantage over other masks is its face-forming profile, which may allow you to get into tighter spaces. Otherwise, it features many of the same features as the other masks on this list, but at a higher price point. If money's no object, and you just can’t resist a cool welding helmet, this may be the option for you.
First off, yes. Yes, you’re reading that title correctly. WARNING: If you suffer from coulrophobia, feel free to skip this article entirely (and I’d advise against clicking the link). For the rest of you...well...while I have to question the logic behind giving a clown a gun, this is nonetheless an affordable, cool welding helmet that’s sure to appeal to your irreverent side.
Usable for welding and grinding, this helmet also features auto-darkening technology and manual sensitivity controls. In short, it’ll help you get the job done, and quite possibly terrify 10% - 20% of your colleagues. Just be sure to be sensitive to your coulrophobic co-workers. Wear the helmet, but leave the wig, red nose, and giant shoes at home.
Alright, not going to lie: I’m half-tempted to buy this, and I have absolutely no need or reason to buy it. Unlike most other helmets on this list, the Red Skeleton offering is molded in the shape of a skull. The end result, including the visor, is a kind of red, cyborg, skeleton cyclops kind of motif. It just plain looks COOL.
The helmet comes equipped with auto-darkening and solar-charging technology, and is suitable for TIG & MIG projects. Plus, LOOK at that thing!
I don’t think I could buy it, for fear of wanting to wear it absolutely everywhere. Which would be weird...
For those who’d like to take a more understated approach to self-expression via welding mask, this offering is a solid option. Featuring a “Lucky’s Speed Shop” motif (e.g., barbed wire swirls, spider webs, and a top hat-wearing skull, etc.), this is a welding helmet that feels like a motorcycle helmet (WARNING: don’t use it as such - seriously).
It’s suitable for welding and grinding, and is perfect for TIG, MIG, & ARC projects. You’ll get style and functionality at an affordable price point. Plus, hey, you can get the biker look without having to ride a bike!
Alright, I know what you’re thinking: “Why would you need camouflage in the metal shop?” Look, I don’t know, okay? Maybe you’ll be doing forest welding? Maybe you plan to erect a water tower in the middle of the woods, and want to hide your head from bears? No matter what (or why) your need for camouflage, this helmet has you covered.
Auto-darkening, grinding-capable, and ultra-light, the Forney model will have you semi-invisibly welding with ease and comfort. This helmet sits toward the top of our price range, but that’s the price you pay for stealth.
Just remember: you can’t “weld” wood to wood. You’ll start a fire, and I will not bail you out of jail.
It was only a matter of time before we got into “Ghost Rider” territory. While this may not be an officially-licensed representation, it gives you all of the effect with none of the added cost (I blame licensing fees).
This helmet has all the features that one needs in a welding helmet (e.g., lithium battery w/solar backup, auto-darkening technology, manual controls, etc.), but the true star is the decor. Skulls, flames, and metal chains - it SCREAMS “I am manipulating the elements with FIRE!” About $30 gets you all of that functionality and empowerment, all bundled up in one cool welding helmet.
I’m thinking of snagging one for home defense, oddly enough. If someone sees THAT coming, they’re likely to run for the hills.
Alright, see the description of the flaming skull helmet up there? This is basically that, but with a lion made of fire! Skulls are intimidating, sure, but I have to admit that I find the prospect of a flaming, hungry, angry jungle cat to be flat-out terrifying. As well as baffling. Like...who decided that making a lion out of fire would be a good idea, given their natural habitat? I think I may be reading too much into this.
Anyhow, this model is the second most expensive helmet on our list, but it arguably provides the best functionality. Suitable for MIG, MAG, TIG, shielded metal arc welding (SMAW), and plasma arc projects, the Antra model is lighter than other models on this list. It’s also compatible with “cheater” (i.e., magnifying) lenses, for those who want a bit more precision.
Plus, and I feel that this bears repeating: FLAMING LION HEAD.
I hope that you enjoyed this exhaustive, technically-sound, professional-grade analysis of face-saving (literally) welding masks. Whatever your project or design sensibility, there’s bound to be something here that will meet your needs. Me? I had no idea that there were so many cool welding masks out there, and I feel like that newly-gained knowledge is a dangerous thing. For example, as a Hulk fan, I find myself suddenly needing this:
So, in conclusion, happy hunting! Just leave the Hulk one alone. That one’s mine. I have formally called “dibs.”