My welding hood experience has been an example of "You don't know what you don't know" I had never used a decent hood until I received a new auto darkening Viking 1840 hood as gift.
WOW!!!! What a difference!!
A good hood is adjustable to greatly improve your comfort level, has a giant viewing area, adjustable darkness setting that actually works etc. etc.
I can honestly say that having a good hood has made me a better welder.
I wish I had not been such a tight *** and bought myself a good hood years ago....