As much as possible, I am looking at 110-volt only welders. Most of the consumer-grade welders offer the ability to run off of both 110v and 220v power supplies. I wanted to narrow the list for my readers.
Most of the welders that have the ability to do 220-volt welding is going to perform the best at that higher voltage. For this list, I wanted welders that have a proven track record of performing well at the lower voltages.
Here Are The 8 Best 110v MIG Welders
Hobart 500559 Handler 140 (Best Mig Welder)
Hobart Handler 140 is one of the most common welders for people to get started on. It is a high-quality welder, backed by a good brand with support based in America. (Hobart is made by Miller Electric, one of the top brands).
This means that instead of choosing a cheap Chinese import as your first welder, you can go with this heavy-duty and machine that has a lot of manufacturer’s support.
For a lot of my readers, that is a big selling point, and I tend to agree.
I also love how common they are. There are a lot of videos of this little machine in action, which helps you troubleshoot the most common user mistakes.
Even though it only needs a 115v power supply, this one can offer up to 140 amps of power, enabling you to weld metal of all thicknesses from 24 gauge up to 1/4-inch thickness.
The nice thing about MIG welders is how adaptable they are. By changing out the welding wire type, you can weld steel, aluminum, copper, brass, titanium, and manganese alloys.
If you are doing a lot of alloy work, it is recommended to get a spool gun. However, this one is not compatible with the spool gun upgrades. However, if you go slowly, you can still use it for aluminum work. Just set the speed down to 60, and keep the cord as straight as possible to prevent bird nests, and it works really well.
Speed control is handy for getting the right wire-speed for your skill level and task. This one feature means that anyone can get a professional-quality weld with a minimal amount of practice.
The top-quality cast aluminum wire drive provides a more accurate wire feed and delivers a perfect weld with that wonderful bacon sizzling crackle every time. Many of the other tools offer a cheaper, plastic, wire feed, and investing in a model that has a cast aluminum drive makes all the difference.
It also has a voltage setting, which is rare to find on these smaller welders. The Voltage Control lets you dial in the perfect arc type for the joint that you are working on.
What I really like about this welder is that you aren’t required to use flux core wire with it. It works really well with a 75% Argon gas mixture, and the finished weld is super clean and needs very little cleanup.
Whether you are a beginner to the auto body to muffler shop repairs, this little welding machine is designed to deliver.
Lotos TIG 200 ACDC Welder (Best Tig Welder)
For most of my readers, I am going to steer them towards a MIG welder. However, if you plan on welding aluminum on a regular basis, then going with an AC TIG Welder is the better choice.
It is impossible to find a TIG welder that isn’t in a dual voltage configuration If you are doing TIG work, plan on needing a 230v power supply for those times you need to weld thicker metals.
At the same time, this is part of the advantage of TIG. It is a more delicate and precise welding tool that enables you to do artistic and intricate work on a variety of exotic and thin metals that other welders would simply destroy.
The big selling point of this Lotos is that it is one of the cheapest AC TIG Welders on the market. AC Tig is important as the alternating current is needed to weld aluminum. As the current alternates between positive and negative, it alternates welding and cleaning the contaminants away.
DC TIG is easy to find, and this tool offers that as well. But AC TIG costs more, and it is incredible to find it in a tool like this.
The other crazy thing about this tool is that it is a true multi-process tool. In addition to the very robust TIG capabilities, you also have a built-in plasma cutter for cutting metal up to 1/2 inch thick. You will need an air compressor to power this feature, but the overbuilt PABST fan does a great job keeping the tool cool while you cut and weld.
This tool is going to come with about everything that you will need. It has the TIG torch and even the foot pedal for controlling it. There is an MMA clamp for doing the stick welding and a ground clamp.
You’ll want to invest in a welding helmet, the welding gas (buy it locally), and an extra set of TIG consumables.
Now, a lot of you are wondering if you should buy a MIG welder or a TIG welder.
The MIG is going to be able to do all types of welding and is easier to use. However, on thin metals and aluminum, the weld might be too hot and isn’t going to be as pretty. A TIG is able to handle all types of metal and is going to do a much more refined weld with less slag.
As far as Lotos goes, this tool is backed by a 1-year warranty.
Even though you will need a 220-volt power supply for thicker metals, it does have the 110-volt option and is my favorite TIG welder for most situations.
Lotos MIG 140
This 140 amp MIG welder from Lotos is another excellent consideration. Similar to the Hobart that I love, this one offers 140 amps of welding power.
As with the Hobart above, this one has a cast aluminum wire feeder, making it a better choice for getting precise welds with less spatter.
You also get the 2t/4t switch. This is an option for your MIG gun that lets you choose between manual feed and auto-feed on the welding wire. If you are doing longer welds, the auto-feeding feature can take some strain off of your hand.
With a power output of 140 amps, this little 110-volt-only system is an excellent choice for home use and for small auto body jobs. It can handle metal up to 3/16-inches in thickness, making it ideal for a wide array of tasks.
It comes with the hose and regulator you need for connecting to inert gas and your first set of contact tips. I do recommend buying a separate welding mask, as the one that comes with it is rather low-end.
Overall, I think this is the best cheap 110-volt welding machine for folks who want the high-end features of an inert gas welder, but who need to be budget-conscious. However, if you want to save even more money, some of the Flux Core welders below offer a simpler option.
Forney Easy Weld 261 Flux Core Wire Welder
Forney makes my review lists over and over. They’ve been making welders for over 80 years. Based out of Fort Collins, Colorado, they have a track record that is hard to match except by some of the most expensive commercial brands.
This is a Gasless or flux core welder. We talk about this more down in the Buying Guide below. The advantage of a Flux Core Mig Welding Machine is that you don’t need to use an inert gas. That means you can grab this welder and run from job to job without dragging around a tank of gas.
The Gasless aspect also makes this ideal for the DIY shop. The last thing you want to do is to be working on a project Sunday night and then run out of gas. With this little setup, you’ll never have that problem.
Now, that said, you can just keep a coil of Flux core wire around, and any of the MIG welders on our list would have the same advantage. So I tend to see the Gasless feature as a limiting factor for the serious craftsman.
That said, this machine has everything else you are looking for. It can deliver up to 140 amps, which makes it ideal for up to 1/4-inch mild steel. You can adjust the amperage to the thickness of metal, and the wire feed speed control allows you to dial in the wire speed to your needs.
It does have a plastic wire feed to save on weight and cost. If you see yourself doing long days in the shop, go for a model with an all-metal drive to help get more precision. However, for the hobbyist, that upgrade would be an unnecessary cost.
At 19 pounds, it is going to be hard to find a welder with more portability. Backed by a 12-month warranty and a great brand, this is an excellent choice.
Lincoln Electric K2278-1
This Lincoln Electric MIG welder is another gasless option. Lincoln is one of the well-loved brands and has a strong following in its production of commercial welders.
This is an extremely lightweight welder that has amperage settings of 35 or 88 amps of output. The output makes it good for welding work up to 1/8 of an inch.
Where this welder really excels is in tack welding work. It is easier to use than a stick welder and can let you do some pretty intricate repairs with ease.
Backed by the 12-month warranty, the machine is solid and simple for use around the house. You’ll find yourself throwing away fewer broken garden items, and will probably start doing some cool metal crafts with it.
If there was a “hot glue gun” of the welding world, this one would be it.
VIVOHOME MIG 130
The Vivo Home is another gasless welder that is doing a stellar job at fighting for market share in the crowded market.
All you have to do is load your Flux-Cored wire into the side, plug it in, and start welding. It is one of the easiest systems that you could imagine.
This Mig welder does extremely well with thin steelwork. At 130 amps, you are going to mostly be working on steel that is under 1/8-inch in thickness. The upside is that it doesn’t draw as much power. You can run this on a 15 amp circuit without problems, as the on-board inverter does an excellent job modulating the power draw.
It has a duty cycle of 60% at 105 amps.
It comes with ten different wire feed speeds, and the knobs and switches to set up the welding options are a little more confusing on this model than they are on some of the others.
Finally, the warranty on this model isn’t as clear, which tends to push it lower on my list of ones to consider.
Campbell Hausfeld Arc Stick Welder
I was excited to run across this machine. Arc welding has been a mainstay for American farmers, making welding an affordable hobby that is accessible to anyone.
This lightweight welder can do mild to stainless steel from 18 gauge up to 1/8-inch thick material. Even though it is a smaller welder, it can handle a 20% duty cycle at 50 amps. If you have it cranked up all of the ways to 70 amps, you will need to take frequent breaks as you work to prevent the thermal overload protection from kicking in.
Campbell Hausfeld is better known for the Air compressors that they make, but this little welder shows that this company is good at rising to the needs of the market.
Almost no one is making a welder that is perfect for the average consumer to use. This arc welder is exactly that.
Backed by a 5-year warranty, it’s everything you need for those random small jobs.
AUTOOL Portable Arc Welder
This is one of the smallest, most lightweight welders on this list. Weighing in at about 5 pounds, it can easily be carried with a couple of fingers as you run from job to job around the shop. It even has a shoulder strap to make it easier to carry when your hands are full.
It’s a simple IGBT inverter MIG welder. All you have to do is use the ground clamp to set the earth and then adjust the amperage to the correct rating for the type of metal that you are working with.
This one uses the 1/8″ electrodes for welding. 7018 is a favorite choice for people who just need to do quick repair jobs. This is also an excellent arc welder to learn on. You don’t have to worry about tripping any breakers, and there is only one setting to adjust.
Unless you just need it for tack welding, I would buy a better helmet. Otherwise, the leads that come with it are well built from 10-gauge wire to keep it from tripping a circuit breaker. It also has an overbuilt fan in it to help keep the unit cool while you are working.
If you are working with small tack-welding jobs where you are repairing garden tools and yard signs, this one is ideal. It’s also great for when you are working in tight areas.
Buyer’s Guide: Which Welding Type Is Best For You?
110v Mig Welding
The MIG or Gas Metal Arc Welding is still the top choice for using around the house. The MIG wire or electrode is fed through the gun, where it is melted electrically using an electric arc to fuse the metal pieces together.
It is super easy to learn, and the MIG wire systems don’t have the challenge of “sticking” to the metal like stick welders tend to do.
You end up with a durable weld that looks good and is designed to hold up well. These welders are designed to work with an inert gas shield, but, can be used with Flux Core wire to get around that.
The flux core welding is a little messier and has more spatter than when working with inert gas; however, it is still cleaner than a stick welder.
110v Stick Welding
The Stick welder is another very common option. These are one of the oldest welders, and technology is quite reliable. It is a little harder to use as you need to strike the welder on the metal to get it started but then keep the welding electrode far enough away that it does stick to the metal.
The beauty of the stick welder is that it is super lightweight and quite affordable to use.
110v TIG Welding
The TIG welder is an excellent tool for working with alloys and thin metals. It creates the prettiest welds of all of the options.
The downside is that it doesn’t handle thick metals very well. Additionally, in order to work with aluminum and other alloys, it needs to be AC TIG. AC TIG machines cost more and typically need a 220v power supply.
With that in mind, it would be better to do your aluminum welding work with a MIG welder at this lower power supply.
Inert gasses are used during GMAW (Gas Metal Arc Welding) and GTAW (Gas Tungsten Arc Welding) welding process.
MIG and TIG welding requires the working area to be shielded from the outside air during the welding process to keep the weld bead from absorbing gases that will cause cracking as it cools.
Typically a combination of 70% Argon and 30% Carbon Dioxide is one of the best combinations that work for the widest array of metal types. However, this will change for the types of metal you are working on. Aluminum requires 100% Argon, and thick steel does well with 100% Carbon Dioxide.
Here are the other common types of Shielding Gasses:
- Argon (Ar)
- Carbon Dioxide (CO2)
- Oxygen (O2)
- Helium (He)