3M Speedglas Welding Helmets

When it comes to quality welding helmets 3M Speedglas is an industry leader.

Speedglas’ unique aerodynamic shell design offers the best protection from heat and gas buildup by routing it away from the face, preventing lens fog and breathing in toxic fumes. 3M’s commitment to quality is obvious with their wide range of features suitable for everyone from the beginner welder with their 100 series hoods to the seasoned veteran with their high end 9100 series.

The helmets tend to be on the expensive side but if you’re looking for a mask that’s packed with features, has an unmatched field of view and will last a long time, 3M Speedglas can’t be beat.

3M Speedglas 9100XX

4.3/5

Pros

  • Massive viewing area with side windows
  • Extremely comfortable headgear
  • Grind/ Torch mode
  • Aerodynamic 3-channel vents
  • Long battery life
  • Easy to use digital controls

Cons

  • A bit heavy
  • Expensive (but worth it)
  • No solar

3M wasn’t messing around when they released their 9100 series hoods.

Designed with the professional welder in mind it offers complete eye and face protection along with an incredible range of features. The 9100XX auto darkening lens is the biggest in the Speedglas lineup with a shade range of 8-13 and dedicated grind and torch modes. The best part are the fixed shade side windows which offer a nearly 180 degree view ensuring you see everything you need to. Three arc sensors provide an almost instantaneous reaction time of 0.1 millisecond, protecting you from welders flash every single time.

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3M Speedglas 9100 FX

5/5

Pros

  • Huge viewing area (9100X lens)
  • Redesigned shield geometry
  • Superior optical performance
  • Highly adjustable headgear
  • Spark and spatter resistant fabric head cover
  • Respirator ready

Cons

  • Heavy
  • Expensive

If you’re looking the best welding helmet money can buy, look no further than the 3M Speedglas 9100FX.

This hood blew all of our expectations out of the water. With the second largest viewing area in the 9100 series (4.2″ x 2.1″) the FX allows you to see the weld puddle the way it was meant to be seen. Like the XX model, it comes with fixed shade side windows offering unmatched peripheral views for those awkward and hard to see welds. The redesigned shield geometry lets you flip up the lens for non welding tasks while still being protected by a clear face shield. This allows you to keep the hood on when switching between various jobs so you can focus on quality while ensuring complete protection.

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3M Speedglas 9100V

4.5/5

Pros

  • Decent viewing field w/ side windows
  • Solar assist
  • Ultra comfortable headgear
  • Come with tons of extras
  • Silver front shield for optimal heat deflection

Cons

  • A bit pricey
  • No grind mode

Whether you’re just starting your welding career or are a seasoned pro looking for a high quality helmet, the 3M Speedglas 9100V stands out as one of the best hoods in the industry.

This feature packed hood offers unmatched face and eye protection. The lens happens to be the smallest in the 9100 series but with 3M’s unique side window design, it’s more than enough to get the job done. The 9100V has an aerodynamic silver face shield to help deflect heat away from the face to prevent fog and gas buildup. This fantastic hood also comes with a ton of goodies, including extra lenses, welders cap, carrying bag and instructional DVD to ensure your investment lasts a long time.

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3M Speedglas 100

4.7/5

Pros

  • Excellent optical quality
  • Works with stick, TIG and MIG process’
  • Three sensitivity settings
  • Cheater lens capable
  • Great entry level hood

Cons

  • No solar
  • Only 2 sensors

The 3M Speedglas 100 is an awesome entry level helmet. For the price it cant be beat.

This hood has everything a beginner welder needs: a decent viewing area, quick reacting sensors, comfort and the ability to use on all 3 major welding processes. This hood is designed with comfort in mind, the lightweight and ultra comfortable headgear will make you forget you’re even wearing it. It also comes with a welding beanie to help prevent burns. If you’re looking to stand out from the crowd, the Speedglas 100 is available in 2 other shell designs: Trojan Warrior and Tribute.

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