Best 3M SPEEDGLAS Welding Helmet Reviews 2020 – Top Picks & Guide
Last Updated: August 3, 2020
3M is known worldwide for its high standard of manufacturing some of the best high-end products over a wide range of industries. While its range of helmets is extensive, the majority of 3M SPEEDGLAS welding helmets are a specialized range designed with the top safety features on the market and come at a high cost. However, there is still a sought-after variety of general helmets that everyday welders can afford to buy, and they come impressive in design.
You’ll find below a list of our five favorite affordable 3M SPEEDGLAS helmet choices found online. Our reviews include their pros and cons and distinguish their unique differences while explaining why people buy them.
A Quick Glance at our Favorites of 2020
|Best Overall||3M SPEEDGLAS 9100||
|3M SPEEDGLAS 9100 with side-window||
|Best Value||3M Speedglas Trojan Warrior||
|3M Welder's Helmet 10 with Auto-Darkening Filter||
|3M SPEEDGLAS SL||
The 5 Best 3M SPEEDGLAS Welding Helmets
1. 3M SPEEDGLAS 9100 Welding Helmet – Best Overall
Our top pick is the 3M SPEEDGLAS 9100 Welding Helmet. It’s the best standard helmet 3M SPEEDGLAS makes. It’s one of the main shells turned into a specialized high-end helmet with extensive features, only it’s much more affordable for everyday buyers. The lens has a 1-1-1-1 rating, the highest optical clarity on the market, making it almost as clear as day to weld with.
It’s designed to feel lightweight on your head and incredibly comfortable. There are many helmets that hurt people’s heads after extensive use, but this one does an excellent job at ensuring everyone welding in it enjoys the experience and is kept from the dreaded weld-neck syndrome.
It also has a comfy headgear, making it overall one of the nicest to wear and reflecting 3M’s usual high-quality standard. Unlike most helmets, it has a side window to open and close for extra vision when you want it. Most of the time when welding, it’s best to have the windows closed as it will cause weld-burn with high amperage. However, if you’re cutting, grinding, or wanting to look around with your helmet on, the windows are an excellent feature unique to this helmet.
It can TIG anything as low as one amp, which is rare, since few people ever weld with one amp except for micro welds. This makes it highly diverse, and we confidently rank it as the best 3M SPEEDGLAS helmet online.
2. 3M SPEEDGLAS Welding Helmet 9100 (with side-window)
Our runner-up helmet is almost identical to the 3M SPEEDGLAS 9100 Welding Helmet, apart from being more expensive. The 9100 FX has a two-part hood, with one section hinging off the other to open up a secondary lens with a large clear viewing area that suits grinding or cutting work. This feature is a unique benefit few other helmets include. It provides an easy way to transition between welding and grinding, but it has a negative aspect some people don’t like.
While this hinged feature is appealing and many people rate it highly, the extra weight it provides at the front makes it slightly more unbalanced and uncomfortable for some people. However, it’s easy to get used to. Many people prefer it over our top pick helmet for extensive grinding work.
The headgear is just as comfy, and aside from the slightly front-heavy feel, it’s very nice to wear over short and extensive usage. It has a 1-1-1-1 rated lens with high optical clarity, and the side windows open and close too, making this one of the most visually diverse helmets on the market.
If you would like a top-notch helmet with excellent grinding and visual features and don’t mind the slight off-set weight difference, this is an excellent choice in the 3M SPEEDGLAS range.
3. 3M Speedglas Trojan Warrior Welding Helmet – Best Value
For a low-priced option, the 100 Trojan Warrior Welding Helmet is a favorite for many welders. While the optical clarity of the lens isn’t up to the same standard as our top two helmets due to its 1-2-2 rated lens, it still has good visuals and is a lower-priced option with a range of unique graphics available.
It doesn’t suit low amp TIG welding, but it’s capable of shielding you effectively with any other work, with five options of shading. It’s a similar shape to the 9100 Series Helmet, but looks much better if you’re into graphics. There are seven graphic designs to choose from, including the Trojan Warrior design, the Raging Skull, Xterminator, high aces, and others.
We like how durable it is. It can withstand a hammering in the workshop or with onsite work, unlike many other helmets, including low-priced hoods or helmets with a high-end digital lens. This is a heavy-duty option that ensures it lasts. It’s not 3M SPEEDGLAS’s best helmet, but it does a good job, and for its price, we rank it the best buy for your money.
4. 3M Welder’s Helmet 10 with Auto-Darkening Filter
The Welding Helmet 10 isn’t the best hood 3M SPEEDGLAS manufacturers have made, but it’s better than many of the others online. It has an excellent round protective shell with an extended lip around the edge, which we really like. This does a good job at shielding your whole head and neck and remaining balanced and catch-free while welding in tight spaces, to provide a smooth, comfortable welding experience.
The lens is the same 1-2-2 optical clarity as the 100 Trojan Warrior Welding Helmet. This is better than some hoods, but not the best clarity in the range we’re reviewing. However, the headgear is comfy to wear, so you don’t get a saw head with extensive use.
The weight of this helmet would have to be its best feature, other than the low price. The helmet is so light you can hardly feel it on your head. If you’re on a low budget and need some protection, this might be a good option for you. Otherwise, we recommend the 100 Trojan Warrior Welding Helmet as a better option in the low-priced range.
5. 3M SPEEDGLAS SL Welding Helmet
The SL is our least favorite helmet in the 3M SPEEDGLAS range. It isn’t a bad helmet, but it has a few flaws and isn’t as affordable as our third and fourth picks. It has the best neck shield among all the 3M SPEEDGLAS helmets, with a helpful V-shaped chin that directs spatter away from your body, rather than down your jacket.
It’s at least 25 percent lighter than most other helmets, boasting itself as the lightest of the 3M SPEEDGLAS range. It’s perfect for extensive use if comfort is a problem with other helmets. What we don’t like about this hood is that there is no grind mode. This makes it unsuitable for fabricating projects that require significant grinding work, unless you only want it for welding.
The sensors work most of the time, but are poorly placed. Sometimes at funny angles or with obstructions, it won’t darken. The auto-darkening lens also has issues at high temperatures. If you work in a cool environment, it’s fine. However, if the helmet is in a workshop over 75 degrees Fahrenheit, it may not be suitable to use.
Aside from these issues, it’s a great helmet, but for what it costs, it’s off-putting considering 3M SPEEDGLAS’s other helmets. However, if you don’t find these things to be issues for you, we still recommend it as a worthwhile buy.
Thanks for stopping by our page to read these five 3M SPEEDGLAS helmet reviews. While we haven’t included the other range of extensive specialized hoods, they are a similar design to the second and third spot helmets on our list with additional features built into them.
Our favorite helmet overall is the 3M SPEEDGLAS 9100 Welding Helmet. It’s a lightweight option and the most comfortable in the entire range, with an incredibly clear lens, and it’s surprisingly affordable for its high-performance capacity.
If you’re after the best buy for your money, we recommend the 3M SPEEDGLAS 100 Trojan Warrior Welding Helmet. It comes with a range of unique graphics, and while the lens isn’t the best of the 3M bunch, it’s a great middle-of-the-range hood that will serve you well.
We hope these reviews have been helpful to you. As always, feel free to leave any comments or questions below.
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- A Quick Glance at our Favorites of 2020
- The 5 Best 3M SPEEDGLAS Welding Helmets