I don't think that anyone has mentioned that some of the higher priced auto darkening hoods have 4 sensors rather than two. 4 come in handy if you are doing work in confined spaces where something may block the sensors.
I like the Speedglas brand myself. Maybe one of these days I buy a HF helmet and give it a try. But I try to stay away from HF tools at any cost unless its a one time throwaway.
As far as cheater glasses goes. i buy the full magnifier safety glasses from Ram Welding Supply. They take some getting used to the first few times but I need to wear glasses anyway and now its just leave the prescription glasses in the house and automatically put on the cheater safety glasses when in the shop. they are only about $12 a pair (last time I bought them)so I always have several pairs around and a spare new set or two in the drawer.