I've been using a $40 ebay welding hood for a few years and it was just ok for occasional welding. It's useless for anything but welding since the "grinder mode" is the same shade as the welding one. Usually after welding for any decent amount of time my eyes were somewhat sore the next day and I've been flashed a few times. The headgear broke a few weeks ago and I decided that was the last straw. Anyhow, after shopping around and doing some research, reading reviews, and comparing prices I decided to give the Esab sentinel A50 a try. It was on the lower end of the price spectrum of the hoods I was comparing, I got a decent discount, and free shipping.