Ever googled chainsaw injuries in the image section? If not, then don’t. It’s not for the weak of heart, I wouldn’t show it to anyone. However, if you’re indifferent to safety measures, maybe you should! It’ll give you a healthy dose of reality.
Although head injuries account for less than 20% of total chainsaw-related injuries, it’s never a bad idea to have a chainsaw helmet with you. And any helmet won’t work. You need the best chainsaw helmet possible for the most vital organ.
As you’ll see, there is no shortage of chainsaw helmets in the market. Safety equipment has a big market. Unfortunately, you can’t test them all. Fortunately for you, I’m here to give you an idea about what I think are the best of the bunch.
Best Chainsaw Helmet Reviews
It’s hard to choose when they’re so close. Nevertheless, here are the top 10 options you can consider as your safety helmet. Keep note of the pros & cons.
1. TR Industrial Forestry Safety Helmet and Hearing Protection System
This is a famous one. You should’ve heard about it by now. It’s the TR Industrial brand. They knew what they were doing when designing this safety helmet. For budget buyers, it might be the last helmet you’ll browse through.
First thing’s first, the helmet itself feels quite sturdy. The plastic material on it doesn’t seem to budge easily, even with a powered-on chainsaw. And that’s what we want. This plastic material is recyclable, so if you’re into it, this is a plus.
This helmet comes with two visors in the package. One is a mesh visor, and the other one is a clear plastic visor.
You’ll appreciate the clear visors when debris keeps flying around from your woodcutting. However, it’s not suitable for long hours of work. The mesh visor is more suitable in that case, at least for me. It lets air in and lets you keep cool. But it cannot prevent tiny pieces of wood from flying into your face.
To protect your ears, you’re getting a nice set of adjustable and removable earmuffs. They are reported to reduce the noise level by 26dB. I haven’t been able to test it. But it does reduce a lot.
- Two visors
- Adjustable good earmuffs
- Recyclable material
- Plastic mesh
It’s known as a pretty affordable chainsaw safety helmet. And it doesn’t miss out on any basic or optional features you might need. No need to wait on it.
2. NoCry 6-in-1 Industrial Forestry Safety Helmet and Hearing Protection System
Here, we have a competitor to the first helmet. This is from NoCry. Despite standing quite low on the ladder of popularity, NoCry’s safety tools seem to hold a good portion of the market.
And why wouldn’t it? Apart from bringing the product late into the market, they did everything right. The helmet feels sturdy enough. With 6 ventilation holes and a lightweight build, it shouldn’t feel uncomfortable even with long sessions.
This helmet comes with two visors as well. One’s a plastic clear face shield, and another’s a mesh visor. You’ll have to use them both if you’re a professional.
It has got a pair of earmuffs as well. If I’m going to nitpick about something, these earmuffs are it. They’re adjustable, but they don’t feel as comfortable as I wanted it to be. But their sound reduction level is commendable at 25.9dB.
And the color red on it didn’t please me. An orange color like the one from TR Industrial is the ideal one. It adds another layer of safety since the color orange is brighter and have high visibility.
- Good price
- Quality earmuffs
- Two visors included
- Lightweight helmet
- Good noise reduction
- The red color isn’t known for high visibility
- Plastic mesh
There isn’t much to dislike about the helmet but a lot to love. The price is pretty attractive for the quality we’re getting.
3. Oregon 563474 Chainsaw Safety Protective Helmet With Visor
My third best pick is the chainsaw helmet from Oregon. It came third despite being a larger brand than the previous two. Don’t get me wrong, it’s a good helmet but lacks a few things I like.
In terms of basic features, it passes with flying colors. It has everything that makes a helmet a chainsaw helmet. Boasting a sturdy plastic build, this tough to crack helmet will live through a decade in usual conditions.
Oregon included a stainless steel mesh visor to protect the face from any accidents. It does its job well. Unlike some mesh visors, the mesh is pretty dense while letting air pass through it properly. And I think this is a pretty wide mesh visor covering more than my face.
But my disappointment lies elsewhere. They could’ve added a clear visor. That would’ve made it a perfect package.
- Dense steel mesh visor
- Adjusted good earmuffs
- Sturdy plastic build
- 6 holes up top for letting out heat
- Wide mesh visor
- No face shield
- A low price point would have been better
It has two things going for it. One is the build quality and the second is the brand value. There are certainly other options but this is a quality helmet for all situations.
4. Husqvarna ProForest Chain Saw Helmet System
Here’s one for the enthusiasts. Anybody who used Husqvarna’s chainsaw knows how good the brand is and that spending for a Husqvarna product rarely goes to waste. Their safety helmet is also one of those products that you can’t point your finger at.
This chainsaw helmet looks premium and feels as well. With the bright orange color, it even looks professional.
Its plastic body won’t budge even with a full power chainsaw. In the past, aluminum was used to build helmets. But these plastic materials now hold the spot. This helmet is extremely lightweight compared to some of the others that I’ve reviewed. So far, it’s the lightest.
The mesh visor is a good one since it has a lot bigger gaps in the mesh. It lets me see clearly.
Then, we have the earmuffs. I think, and you’ll agree, that Husqvarna’s earmuffs look better. It has a better design that results in a smooth adjustment. These earmuffs doof a good job at reducing the noise level.
- Sturdy build quality
- Smooth adjustment of earmuffs
- Bright orange color
- 6-position mesh visor
- Fits most people
- Lack of a plastic face shield
The addition of a plastic face shield would have made it the perfect option for me. It’s still the best chainsaw helmet for me, especially for the price.
5. NEIKO 53880A Forestry Safety Helmet with Earmuffs
At number 5, I wanted to mention a helmet from Neiko. It got my attention a few days ago when I was searching for a helmet to keep as my second piece. It’s pretty cheap, considering the quality and features you get.
The helmet is made of plastic as usual, but the quality is quite good for the price. It has a bright Yellow, highly visual color. People working indoors or in the yards won’t understand the importance. People working in the outdoor and the forest will need it.
I wouldn’t say that Neiko’s mesh face screen is the best. It seemed weak to me even though the material is steel. That being said, most people would be fine with it.
There’s a polycarbonate face shield well for complete protection from tiny debris along with the mesh visor. It’s as clear as it gets once you take off the protective plastic film.
For me, the removable earmuffs work perfectly. I don’t have the equipment to measure, but it reduced noise quite well.
I didn’t like the assembly instruction manual. It isn’t idiot-proof. So, people might mess up.
- Half the price of premium brands
- Excellent durability
- Adjustable earmuffs
- Mesh visor and clear visor
- High viz Yellow
- Poor assembly instructions
- Mesh visor could’ve been better
At almost half the price of its premium competitors, this is a steal. And you’re getting more for the money.
6. Redneck Convent Forestry Safety Helmet
If you’re an amateur who doesn’t need chainsaw safety tools as much as the professionals, you can easily bypass the big players in the industry. This Forestry chainsaw safety helmet can be a good option for you. It gets the job done.
The red chainsaw helmet is pretty lightweight — weighing less than 1kg. Even if that isn’t enough for your comfort, the 6 vents on top will keep your head cool throughout. Use the dial knob at the back to keep it comfortable on your head. Especially, the fabric cradle felt real nice.
It has both a steel mesh visor and a clear polycarbonate visor. Both are well-made. The clever visor works well when there’s too much debris flying around. However, the steel mesh visor is too dense to see properly despite making the screen strong.
The earmuffs are supposed to reduce noise by 30dB, which is a lot considering even top brands do not claim this. It works well but not that well. These earmuffs are adjustable, but I needed to take the helmet off for that. That’s a bad design.
- Well made
- Good clear visor
- Earmuffs work well
- Tough to adjust earmuffs
- Mesh visor
Overall, I didn’t like it. The red color seemed off-putting. And then the adjustability issue of the earmuffs. It has all the basic stuff that you need, and it’s not a pricey one which can make it attractive depending on needs.
7. SAFEYEAR Forestry Hard Hat, Cap Style Chainsaw Safety Helmet
Here’s something that might interest you, if you are looking for an alternative to common brands. This Safeyear forestry helmet is something worth considering.
As a brand built on the idea of safety, they have done their homework. And it shows. This safety helmet is built to withstand 500kg of impact. That’s a lot more than most people would need. Thanks to ABS material, the helmet feels light.
This helmet is half of my PPE for chainsaw sessions. With ear, eye, and neck protection, it felt I was wrapped around by a safety net. So far on this list, this is the only helmet to come with a neck protector.
The earmuffs are easily adjustable, and they do what they are supposed to do. Rated at 27dB noise reduction, this helmet competes with the best.
Then, we have a steel mesh visor to protect your face and eye from accidents. It’s strong, and the design didn’t obstruct my field of view, which is nice.
There’s no clear face shield which could have been a nice addition. But it seems big brands do not view it as necessary.
- Durable helmet in all working conditions
- Quality steel shield
- Includes neck shade
- Earmuffs reduce noise well enough
- Adjusting the earmuffs can be tricky while working
It’s the addition of chinstrap that I loved about it. With a steel mesh shield, it’s not expensive. So it could be a good option if you can’t manage the extra dollars for Husqvarna or Oregon.
8. Felled Forestry Safety Helmet
Here, we have a cheap option if you’re looking for one. I will say it right out of the bat, this chainsaw helmet from Felled is for people working in a home environment.
You can answer it for yourself. The helmet is plastic as it is with other brands. But it doesn’t feel as sturdy as TR or NoCry that I mentioned above. They’re similarly priced, so that’s that. However, it should be fine for small needs.
The next thing I checked was the earmuffs. These work well to reduce noise levels, as far as I can tell. However, I don’t think the claim of 30dB noise reduction is true to the letter.
I wanted to see if the helmet fits well. It seemed to fit, but the earmuffs are hard to manage. Adjusting them is also not a smooth experience.
For protecting the face, you have two visors. One is a steel mesh face screen, and the other is a clear polycarbonate visor. The steel mesh screen is fine, but it could have been a little wider. But I didn’t like how the clear visor flares away from my face at the bottom. Although it might not be dangerous, it feels exposed.
- Two visors
- Adjustable earmuffs
- Noise reduction
- Good for amateur users
- Clear visor feels flimsy
- Helmet material isn’t as well-made
This helmet is certainly passable as a safety helmet. Keeping the negatives in mind, this sits low on my recommendation list. For the price, there are better options, as I have mentioned above.
9. TODOCOPE Chainsaw Safety Helmet
I’m just going to mention another cheap chainsaw helmet. This one is from Todocope. If you don’t want anything over the top, you can consider helmets like this one. It’s cheap but not cheap enough.
The helmet was easy to put on, with the chin strap being pretty flexible. It’s claimed to fit any size. And I believe that to be true. The knob dial at the back is easy to turn and tighten the 6 point suspension system.
It has two shields for the face. For general use, they’ll be fine. But both the shields are sub-par, in my opinion. These were hard to attach during assembly and not as sturdy as others that I’ve reviewed.
The earmuffs were, on the other hand, good enough for any situation. Whether you’re using a lawnmower or a chainsaw, it should keep the noise level down to safer levels. They are adjustable and removable. However, the helmet needs to be taken off for smooth earmuff adjustment.
- Affordable price range
- Easy to use
- Two visors
- Good earmuffs
- Shield’s build quality could have been better
For the price, it’s good enough if it meets your criteria. You can do your daily activities as long as it’s not on the professional level.
10. Stihl 7010-871-0199 ProMark Forestry Helmet System
I’m ending with a previous favorite safety helmet of mine. It’s the ever-famous Stihl forestry helmet system. As far as brand value goes, it’s right up there.
Stihl is quality, as it’s proven from the design of the helmet. With ABS thermoplastic as the material, this helmet is quite lightweight at less than 1kg. It feels even lighter due to the design.
The thing that separates big brands from small brands is their ability to see beyond basic needs. Like Husqvarna, this one also has a much wider face screen covering the whole face and the sides. It’s a well-made shield, just as I expected.
This steel mesh visor doesn’t obstruct my vision. But it doesn’t prevent dust either. The lack of a clear visor can be felt. You can use safety goggles to protect your eyes from dust.
The earmuffs on this helmet are one of the best. These are easily adjustable. And it doesn’t claim any outrageous noise reduction capability, but it does what it says. At a noise reduction rating of 25dB, it’s pretty good.
- Sturdy helmet
- Good earmuffs
- Wide steel mesh shield
- Keeps a cool head
- They could’ve added a pair of safety goggles
There cannot be any debate about the quality of this Stihl helmet. But there are better options for me at this price. I’d only suggest it if it’s needed to earn a living; otherwise, cheaper ones will do well.
What Makes the Right Chainsaw Helmet?
The quality of your chainsaw helmet might be the difference between life and death. You can’t know when you need the features of a helmet. But when you do, you have to be prepared.
A chainsaw helmet can only be considered when it has a necessary set of features. Here are the basic features of a chainsaw safety helmet that you need to be aware of.
Helmet Material and Build Quality
The first thing a helmet should be is durable and robust in all working conditions. There are a lot of materials to choose from. You’ll see ultra-premium helmets made from carbon fiber or helmets made from resin.
However, you have to think about their cost-effectiveness. For me, a good helmet is the one made from ABS thermoplastic. It keeps the price low while providing a great level of durability.
Build quality of the helmets depends on the manufacturer. While most of the available helmets have a similarity, the finesse of good brands can be felt when you put those on.
A Good Harness System for a Good Fit
While there are helmets made for specific head sizes, those are out of fashion thanks to the one-fits-all design. These helmets come with an adjustable harness that can be loosened or tightened to fit your head properly.
There are two types of adjustable harnesses. One works with a belt design, and another is a knob dial. Both work well. However, I prefer the knob dial because of its ease of use.
Apart from being a helmet, your helmet is also a mount for face protection, such as a mesh visor and clear visor.
Both the mesh face screen and plastic shield are useful depending on the type and environment of your work.
The mesh screen is for preventing large objects from flying into your face. Depending on the price range, you’ll find both stainless steel mesh and plastic.
A stainless steel mesh is what you want for durability and an intense working environment. Otherwise, a plastic mesh will do fine.
Try to choose a helmet with a wide mesh visor. It’s pretty common to see with brands like Stihl or Husqvarna.
Then the clear visor is usually made from polycarbonate. Make sure it’s a proper see-through crystal clear face shield. It’s to prevent dust from going into your eyes and nose.
Earmuffs for Noise Reduction
Another important feature of chainsaw helmets is the pair of earmuffs. Since working with a chainsaw means loud and consistent noise is unhealthy, you need a way to reduce the noise level.
The pair of earmuffs found in most brands work well enough to keep your ears safe.
You’ll find earmuffs with NRR (Noise Reduction Rating) ranging from 25 to 30.
|Brand||Mesh Visor Material||Polycarbonate Clear Visor||Earmuff NRR||Chinstrap|
|Oregon 563474||Stainless Steel||No||24dB||No|
|Stihl 7010-871-0199 ProMark||Steel||No||25dB||No|
Frequently Asked Questions
- Should you wear a helmet with a chainsaw?
If you want to play with your life, there’s no need. But if you want to stay safe and free from worrying all the time, it’s not even a debate. A chainsaw safety helmet will help you in more than one way.
- What is a forestry helmet?
A forestry helmet is a special helmet made to use when working with trees and wood. These helmets provide safety against falling trees or pieces of wood.
- What are safety helmets made of?
There are lots of materials used in safety helmets. From carbon fiber to resin, everything is used. But the most prominently used helmets are made of ABS thermoplastic which is strong but doesn’t hike up the price.
- How do you assemble an echo safety helmet?
Assembling a safety helmet is easy. First, the fabric cradle needs to be placed inside the hardhat. Then, you take the earmuffs and push them into position. Lastly, the mount for the face will go into the little slots on the top of the earmuffs. Now you can attach the face shield and start working.
- Does chainsaw helmet protect from kickback?
A chainsaw helmet is usually used to protect the head from falling or flying objects. It’s also used as a mount for the ear and face protectors. But on the event where the kickback is so hard that the chain moves towards the face, the helmet can help prevent accidents.
- When should I replace my chainsaw helmet?
You should start thinking of replacing the helmet once it shows signs of wear. The general rule for industrial safety helmets is that they should be replaced after 3-4 years of manufacturing.
Always read the chainsaw helmet reviews from actual customers. You can complete your purchase with a peace of mind.
It’s a long-term investment. Get the best chainsaw helmet that your budget allows, and be safe. At least you’ll be safe from worrying about accidents.