The past few years have seen many quality MIG welders that used to be about $1000 explode in price.
For example, I remember in 2017 picking up a Miller 211 for about $1000 with a rebate. Now, that same machine is about $2000.
So, finding a good MIG machine under $1000 has become much more challenging.
While it wasn’t possible to test all MIG machines under $1000, I used my experience with the machines I have used, as well as some help from some fellow welders.
When choosing the best options, I looked for:
- Stable power output
- How easy it is to find consumables/replacement parts
- Machine build quality
- Brand reliability and support
- Overall user satisfaction
Note: I purposefully avoided the low-end Chinese MIG welders as I have had bad experiences with them. Either they weren’t reliable, the parts were hard to find, or their support was non-existent.
With that in mind, let’s dive in.