These days, it’s becoming more popular to do things yourself. The DIY (do-it-yourself) movement has gained a lot of followers over the years, with many people wanting to create things and repair things without the help of a professional. While the tools a DIY enthusiast may use are varied, one item that almost all of them have is a hot glue gun.
When it comes to making arts and crafts or repairing household items, a hot glue gun is indispensable. Today I’ll be talking about how to find the best hot glue gun and show you some of the best models available.
When looking for a hot glue gun, it’s important to know what exactly you need it for. Are you just looking for something that can do simple repairs around the house? Or are you looking for something that you will use for a variety of projects? Depending on your answer, you will need to consider the following features to determine which gun is the best.
First on our list is the Stanley GR20AX Trigger Feed Hot Glue Gun. Stanley is a company that has a reputation for making great tools, and this glue gun is the perfect example of the brand’s commitment to excellence.
The GR20AX is a compact and easy-to-use gun that is great for arts and crafts. Its small size makes it ideal for hard to reach corners as well as getting into small cabinets and boxes. This gun heats up dual temperature glue sticks fast so that you can get started right away.
It also uses a trigger feed mechanism, so you can easily control the flow as you work. This model is ideal for wood, plastic, and other semi-porous materials and will bond within 60 seconds.This gun uses a power cord. It also comes with a limited lifetime warranty and includes twelve glue sticks to get you started.
Next, we have the Adhesive Technologies 0443 Two-Temp Hot Glue Gun. While the Stanley gun is high-quality and can do the job, this model is much better in that it gives you precise control. If you want a basic glue gun, then the Stanley will work for you.
However, if you are serious about arts and crafts, the 0443 is a step up.What you’ll notice about this gun is the fact that it’s cordless. While that does limit the amount of time you have before you need to recharge, no power cord means you can work anywhere without being tied to an outlet.
That being said, the cord that it comes with is six feet, so you can still plug in and have room to maneuver.Another significant feature of this gun is the dual-temperature control. If you’re working on wood and glass, the high heat option is perfect to ensure a proper bond.
However, if you are working on fabrics and lace, the low-temperature setting is ideal.The 0443 model uses full-size glue sticks from Adhesive Technologies. It also comes with a two-year limited warranty.
Moving along we now come to the BSTPOWER Glue Gun. While the Ad Tech gun was a step above the Stanley model, this gun is another step up, with features that make it one of the best hot glue guns available. This model is for true DIY enthusiasts and professionals.
This device is ideal for a wide range of projects, from woodworking to fine arts and crafts. It heats standard glue sticks rapidly, so you’re ready to go in just a few minutes. One important feature of this unit is the adjustable temperature settings. Simply use a small screwdriver to adjust the heat level as you need it. For example, wood and glass will need hotter temperatures whereas fabric and small decorations will need lower heat.
Another feature of this device is the fact that you can swap out the tips. Each tip is made of high-quality copper, and you can interchange them for better glue control.
Safety is always a concern when operating with hot glue, but the BSTPOWER has you covered. The device has a built-in overheat sensor which shuts the machine off if it gets too hot. This feature will also extend the life of the gun by protecting the internal components from breaking down from the heat. Another safety feature is the fact that each tip is insulated and will not drip when not in use. Finally, this model has a power indicator light so you can quickly tell if it’s on and working.
This hot glue gun uses a power cord to operate. It also comes with a limited lifetime warranty.
If you need a high-quality, professional level glue gun for woodworking or carpeting, then the Pam HB220 is for you. While the other guns on this list have been for home use or arts and crafts, the HB220 is designed with carpeting in mind, so that means it is a powerful and fast device.
If you want to have a glue gun for crafting or art projects, this is not the one for you. However, if you are a contractor or want something that has speed and stamina, then this unit is ideal.The HB220 is a contractor-grade hot glue gun that is designed to perform quickly and efficiently. Using a trigger mechanism and adjustable temperature settings, you can stick carpet or wood as fast as you can place it.
This gun gets hot, and it stays hot, so you can reload glue sticks one after the other without having to wait for the new stick to melt. For large carpeting jobs, the HB220 can get the job done quickly.As far as safety features for this model, the most important thing to watch out for is the heat. As I mentioned, this gun gets hot, so you need to make sure to either wear gloves while working or keep a trained eye on it, so you don’t accidentally burn yourself.
The HB220 does come with a full-length stand, however, so you can let it rest without risking the tip touching any surfaces while not in use. Also, the nozzle is insulated and will not drip, so you don’t have to worry about spills or accidents while using it.
Coming back to consumer level glue guns, we have the Surebonder H-195 Mini Glue Gun. While units like the Pam or the BSTPOWER are designed to provide excellent power and efficient operation, the H-195 is built to reach into cracks and deliver precise control.
Simply put, this gun is ideal for small details on your next arts and craft project, or for joining small pieces together.The H-195 is compact and will fit in the palm of your hand. Whether putting finishing touches on a project or reaching into tight corners, this gun is designed for precision and accuracy. The attached nozzle is small so that it can provide much better detail than a larger model.
The tip is also insulated to prevent accidental burns.This gun operates with a power cord and uses medium or small size glue sticks. It also features a power indicator light and an easy to access on/off switch. Finally, this model has a safety fuse to prevent overheating and blowout.
If you have a lot of gluing to do, and you need a small, precision gun to do it with, then the Amdai Glue Gun Starter Kit is for you. This compact gun is ideal for most arts and crafts and works well on wood, glass, plastic, and many other materials.
The biggest selling point of this gun, however, is the fact that it comes with 50 glue sticks. For most DIY enthusiasts, one glue stick is enough to do a small project, so with this amount of sticks, you can glue to your heart’s content without needing to refill for a long time.As far as performance, this gun is pretty standard. It doesn’t have any special features like adjustable temperatures or interchangeable tips, but it does heat up glue fast and it’s small design makes it ideal for detail work.
It’s easy to use, just plug and play. As with most glue sticks, this model also has a kickstand to keep the tip off surfaces when not in use.
Here we have another model from Surebonder, the CL-800F Cordless Glue Gun. The most important distinction of this gun (besides the fact that it’s cordless), is the inclusion of a charging stand.
All of the other models on this list use a kickstand to keep the gun upright when not in use, but the CL-800F comes with a full-size stand that not only keeps the gun at the ready but charges it when you’re not using it. The benefit of such a system is that it keeps everything together, but the downside is that you can’t just set the gun down anywhere like a kickstand model.
That being said, though, the CL-800F is still a worthwhile investment.This model is ideal for most arts and crafts projects that require hot temperatures. The high heat makes this gun perfect for wood, glass, leather, and most other porous surfaces. It can even work well on non-porous surfaces like metal or plastic.
The charging stand keeps your gun at the ready and fully charged when you’re not using it. This model has an easy to use on/off switch and operates without a cord, so you can glue wherever you want and not be tied down. The nozzle is also insulated to help prevent accidental burns.
Nearing the end of our list is the Arrow Fastener TR550 Hot Glue Gun. This model is a cross between commercial and consumer grade guns, as it has the power to provide a lot of hot glue evenly, but it is compact enough for at-home use. If you’re looking for a gun that is versatile and reliable, the TR550 is a great choice.
The most important feature of this gun is the fact that it uses a lever-feed system to deliver the glue, rather than a trigger feed mechanism. While both designs are very similar, a lever feed is much easier to use and more ergonomically designed, so you don’t have to squeeze as hard. You’ll notice that the lever is much longer than most triggers, so you can relieve pressure on your hand while you work.
The other main benefit of the TR550 is the amount of glue you can process. This model has a high-capacity melt chamber that can hold more glue than most other guns. Also, it has a check valve mechanism to produce a steady, even flow. You can glue for hours with this gun without needing to stop. It heats sticks up quickly, so even when you refill the device, you can keep going without having to wait for the new stick to melt.
Other features of this gun are interchangeable nozzles, a no-drip tip, integrated drip stand, built-in safety fuse, and heavy-duty circuitry.
Of all the makers of glue guns, none is as prevalent or as highly regarded as Surebonder. While other brands make adequate guns, Surebonder makes some of the best hot glue guns around, which is why the company is featured so prominently on this list.
Here we have the HE-750 model, which adheres (pun intended) to Surebonder’s commitment to quality and excellence.The HE-750 is not as flashy as other glue guns, but it is built to deliver fast and reliable results. One of the most important features of this gun is the trigger mechanism, which is designed to reduce the amount of stress on your hand. Simply put, this gun is easier to use than most other devices.
As far as other notable features, this gun also has interchangeable nozzles, so you can get the precision and detail you need. It also has a removable wire kickstand to keep the tip off surfaces.
Finally, we come to the Surebonder PRO2-100 Industrial Glue Gun. Much like the Pam HB220, this gun is designed for commercial and industrial applications rather than simple DIY household projects.
This gun heats glue super fast with a 100-watt element, so you can not only get started quicker but keep the glue pouring without having to wait for new sticks to melt. This gun is so fast that you can process up to 2.5 pounds of glue an hour.
Other notable features of this device are insulated tips for safety, interchangeable nozzles for better accuracy, and an ergonomic trigger to reduce hand strain. Like the other models on this list, the PRO2-100 also has a kickstand to keep the tip off surfaces when not in use.
When trying to find the right glue gun, you have to ask yourself for what exactly you need it. If you’re looking for something to glue toys and household knick-knacks back together, then a simple device like the Stanley or the Amdai gun will do just fine.
However, if you are looking for a tool to help with arts and crafts projects, then I would highly recommend anything by Surebonder, or the BSTPOWER gun as these provide versatility and power. For the DIY enthusiast, I would recommend something with adjustable temperature settings so you can work on a much broader range of material, so the BSTPOWER would be my best choice.