Best Glue Guns for Crafts and Fix-Ups

Review & Comparison, Last Update September 10, 2017
There aren't a lot of tools that link delicate crafters and burly workmen, but glue guns do. Efficient helpers like they are, glue guns are presented in a great variety of models. This also means, choosing the right tool from such a broad range may be quite tricky. Not to worry. Our review of the best 5 glue guns should help you make up your mind and take the best pick. ...Read more ...Read less
BEST 2017
PROS
CONS
OUR VERDICT
Power
Source
Warm-up time
Temperature
Glue stick diameter
Warranty
 
PROS

High power yield ensures very fast heat up of the tool, allowing you to get down to work within less than 90 seconds. 

CONS

The working temperature range isn't too big.

OUR VERDICT

Keeping up with traditions, Black and Decker produces a cordless tool of high quality that you can comfortably use almost anywhere without a power outlet. The perfect choice for customers who work on production sites and those who frequently change their workplace.

detailed parameters
Power

125 W

Source

20V 1.5Ah li-Ion battery

Warm-up time

90 seconds

Temperature

350°F

Glue stick diameter

7/16"

Warranty

2 years

PROS

A wide trigger makes it easier and smoother to squeeze the glue out.

CONS

The gun might get warm up slower than specified.

OUR VERDICT

High operating temperatures make this gun suitable for binding quite hard materials such as stone, wood, metal, etc. The tool accepts sticks much bigger in size than those most other guns do.

detailed parameters
Power

200 W

Source

120V AC

Warm-up time

3 minutes

Temperature

410°F

Glue stick diameter

1/2"

Warranty

2 years

PROS

The kit comes with 25 long-lasting sticks, which spares you the need of buying them additionally. A decent glue gun that can be used right out of the box. 

CONS

Only mini glue sticks can be used with this model.

OUR VERDICT

This glue-saving gun by CCbetter will come helpful in any DIY project. It will not only let you complete your jobs faster but will also allow you to make all connections much firmer than you've ever done using a regular glue tube. 

detailed parameters
Power

20 W

Source

110-120V AC

Warm-up time

3-5 min

Temperature

~356-392°F

Glue stick diameter

~5/16"

Warranty

1 year

PROS

The anti-drip nozzle and leakproof valve prevent the glue from trickling when the gun is not in use.

CONS

Tricky temperature adjustment.

OUR VERDICT

Due to variable temperature control, this hot glue gun from BSTPOWER is suitable for a wide variety of applications, from pottery gluing to furniture repairs.

detailed parameters
Power

100 W

Source

110V AC

Warm-up time

3-5 minutes

Temperature

212°F - 428°F

Glue stick diameter

7/16"

Warranty

Lifetime warranty

PROS

The gun stand features a round smooth pad for collecting drips, which is very easy to clean of glue. 

CONS

A short warranty coverage.

OUR VERDICT

The Surebounder gun offers great mobility and convenience of use. You are to decide whether you want to plug it in or use as a cordless model detaching it from the base. Immense versatility is guaranteed. 

detailed parameters
Power

60 W

Source

120V AC

Warm-up time

2-3 minutes

Temperature

380°F

Glue stick diameter

7/16"

Warranty

90 days

What is a Glue Gun?

Today glue guns come as very helpful tools in each household, allowing you to glue just about anything. Most commonly, they are used in carpentry, handcrafting, and repairs. As the name suggests, a glue gun is a pistol-like tool with a solid glue stick inside. Heating up the stick, the gun melts glue until it liquefies and flows out for application. The majority of guns on the market are corded, yet cordless models are also available. Some guns offer a variable temperature that expands the range of jobs they can accomplish. So, we will review the 5 best models and help you choose the one for your needs.

A gluing gun is largely helpful when sticking carvings of paper, cloth, leather, etc, so we also offer you to consider scrapbooking cutting machines for making unparalleled figures and patterns from various materials. Also, you can get a drawing set with a variety of pencils, colored chalks, and watercolors to adorn your handicrafts.

BLACK+DECKER Cordless Glue Gun System

Glue Anywhere

In the vast range of Black & Decker products, we’ve come across this battery-operated gluing gun and decided to pick it for our review. Let's take a look at its appearance first. 

Dropping a quick glance at this glue gun, it's easy to confuse it with a drill, but once you take it in your hand, you’ll know exactly what it is. The gun is actually smaller than the drill, and more lightweight too, as it has nothing but a heating element inside. The battery at the handle base is probably the only addition to the tool weight that makes it resemble a battery-powered drill or a screwdriver.

As for the gun performance, it needs just 90 seconds to heat up the glue, and it is ready for use. The adhesive hardens roughly in 20 seconds after application, so you can do lots of connections in a short. The tool is able to bind metal, plastics, glass, wood, and many other materials. 

Now, let's explore the power source of this cordless glue gun. It employs the 1.5Ah lithium-ion battery which lasts for about 3 hours as the manufacturer states, and it's pretty good. In the package, you'll find the gun, battery, charger, and two glue sticks 8" long each.

Generally, this portable glue gun is the optimal choice for jobs in awkward places and locations without an outlet. Anyways, a cordless tool is more practical than a corded one when it's used sporadically.

Review of BLACK+DECKER Cordless Glue Gun System

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BLACK+DECKER Cordless Glue Gun System
BLACK+DECKER Cordless Glue Gun System
 

Adhesive Technologies Pro 200

Convenient To Grip, Easy to Use

Here is the Pro200 gun from Adhesive Technologies. The tool housing is entirely made of plastic and comes equipped with 2 flip-down metal stands for convenient placement of the tool on a worktop. The gun is corded, hence it's more practical to use it in the same place. Still, you can maneuver the gun flipping the stand up as you wish. Reviewing the gun in more detail, we discovered no power switch, which means the tool turns on only when it's plugged in, and we consider this feature a bit inconvenient.

When energized, the gun takes only 3 minutes to warm up, and it is ready to melt and apply the glue. It's worth mentioning that the model is compatible with 1/2" sticks and this capacity is higher than that of many other models. Once you take the gun in your hand, you'll feel how convenient it is. The trigger alone counts for a lot. It is wide enough to pull it with 4 fingers, so it's easier to squeeze the glue out, and that's what favorably sets this gun apart from other models. 

When it comes to performance, the gun delivers 200W and can heat the glue up to 410°F, allowing you to piece together metal, wood, polymeric materials, etc. The gun produces nearly 3.5 lbs of hot melt adhesive per hour and quickly applies it over the work surface.

Summing up, we offer this Adhesive Technologies gun for all experienced workmen and DIY enthusiasts. Providing high power and heating temperature, the model is capable of doing more than you could expect.

Review of Adhesive Technologies Pro 200 Industrial Full Size Glue Gun

Adhesive Technologies Pro 200
Adhesive Technologies Pro 200
 

CCbetter Mini Hot Glue Gun

Superb Solution For Light-Duty Tasks

This CCbetter gluing gun is designed for most light- to medium-duty jobs related to paper crafting. Let's take a look at the design of the tool. The gun has a plastic shell and features a flip-down metal stand next to the nozzle. Thanks to this stand, it is possible to use the gun with it standing securely in place. Additionally, the gun features a power switch on the handgrip and a light which flashes when the power is on. We guess the switch could have been located in a more convenient place. Its position on the handle impedes the gun use, running the risk of being hit accidentally during the gluing process.

After turning the gun on, you will need to wait 3-5 minutes before the gun is ready to use. This isn't long at all, considering the power yield of the tool. Once you feel the gun is warm, you can start feeding the sticks and come to gluing. The tool comes packed with 25 adhesive sticks 10.63" long each, which is way more than sufficient for a start. 

With this gun, you will be able to paste a multitude of materials, including metal, glass, wood, plastics, fabric, and leather. And do it within 10-20 seconds at most.

Considering a mid-range power and smallness of this CCbetter model, we can suggest it to all people engaged in needlework and handmaking.

Review of CCbetter Mini Hot Glue Gun with Glue Sticks

CCbetter Mini Hot Glue Gun
CCbetter Mini Hot Glue Gun
 

BSTPOWER Hot Glue Gun Adjustable Temperature

This Tool Does a Host of Jobs

Despite this BST Power gun looks very similar to most other glue guns, it has one feature that distinguishes it from the rest. What is that? Keep reading.

The gun is encased in a white plastic housing and has an eye-catching orange trigger that is hard to miss or confuse with something else. On the handle of the tool, you will find a temperature control dial while closer to the head you'll spot a red LED indicator. Like most glue guns, this model is fitted with a metal stand that allows you to hold the tool in an upright position. The only thing the BST Power gun lacks is the ON/OFF button. Producers decided to omit it. 

Now let's proceed with the performance characteristics. Given that there's no power switch, the gun operates only directly from an outlet. After you plug it in, you will need to wait for 3-5 minutes before the tool heats up to the needed temperature that you select on the temperature control dial. The working temperature of the gun varies within the range from 212°F to 428°F. We would also like you to take a note of a built-in valve that prevents the adhesive from seeping when the trigger is released, making the process of gluing mess-free.

All these features considered, the BST Power gun can become a helpful assistant for anyone who is busy with homemade crafting or minor repairs and refurbishment.

Review of BSTPOWER Hot Glue Gun Adjustable Temperature

BSTPOWER Hot Glue Gun Adjustable Temperature
BSTPOWER Hot Glue Gun Adjustable Temperature
 

Surebonder CL-800F

Corded or Cordless, You Decide

The Surebonder CL-800 is probably one of the most unusual gluing guns we've come across so far. And this is not about its design. It is the principle of operation that makes it pretty unique. However, let's get back to this a little bit later after we briefly view its exterior. 

The gun is almost all-plastic. It is only the nozzle that here is made of metal. Like in most glue guns, a power switch is placed on the handle but you will not find a cord. The power source of the tool is the base that keeps energizing the gun while it stands on it. The moment you remove it from the base, the gun stops to work and starts to cool down, remaining fit for gluing within the next 5-7 minutes while the glue is still hot. To ensure the proper gun operation, it's recommended to feed it with standard 7/16" glue rods.

We don't doubt a moment this hi temp glue gun from Surebonder will come helpful for many different jobs. No matter what it is that you need to fix, you will be able to do it quickly and effortlessly with a tool like this at hand. 

Review of Surebonder CL-800F Cordless High Temperature Glue Gun

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Surebonder CL-800F
Surebonder CL-800F
 

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1. How to Use a Glue Gun, wikiHow

2. Kris Jensen-van Heste How to Select and Use a Hot Glue GunThe Spruce. April 23, 2017.

3. What Are Hot Glue Guns? ThomasNet.

4. Ginga's Galleria The Difference Between High Temperature and Low Temperature Glue Guns, BlogHer. August 27, 2013.

5. How to Use a Hot Glue Gun, DoItYourself.

6. Deborah Waltenburg How Does a Hot Glue Gun Work? eHow.


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Publish Date: 2017-07-18 16:08:55