Modern power tools like rotaries, drills, and saws dramatically help to reduce our workload as well as helping us to get jobs done much faster. You only need to consider one of the best-known units for engine strength, horsepower, to see how humans have relied on animals and machines to help them get work done.

Hot glue guns like all other machines are designed to fulfill a range of tasks to help make our lives easier. These guns allow us to essentially glue a range of different materials and things together. They are used to glue everything from wood to dresses and other fabrics.

Whether you are an amateur DIY enthusiast trying to help your child with a school project or a professional carpenter who is in need of some heavy duty glue, then a good quality hot glue gun can make a huge difference to just how well your day goes.

Comparison Chart

 NAMEWorking PowerWorking TemperatureWarm-up TimeCure TimeGlue Sticks SizeOur Rating
CCbetter Mini Hot Melt Glue GunCCbetter Mini Hot Melt Glue Gun20W356 to 392℉
for hot applications
3-5 minutes10-20s0.27-0.29 inch (diameter)
10″ length
4.7 Stars
Surebonder PRO2-100Surebonder PRO2-100100W380℉
for hot applications
up to 3 minutes5-60s7/16″ diameter
4″, 10″ & 15″ length
4.7 Stars
BSTPOWER Hot Glue GunBSTPOWER Hot Glue Gun100W212°F – 428°F
for both hot and cold applications
3-5 minutes7/16″ diameter (between 10.8mm-11.8mm)
10″ length
4.6 Stars
Blusmart 100-Watt Industrial Glue GunBlusmart 100-Watt Industrial Glue Gun100W356 to 392℉
for hot applications
3-5 minutes10-20s7/16″ diameter (between 10.8mm-11.8mm)
10″ length
4.5 Stars
Best Hot Glue GunBest Hot Glue Gun20Wfor hot applications3-5 minutes0.27-0.29 inch (diameter)4.3 Stars

What is a hot glue gun and do I really need one?

A hot glue gun, as the name suggests, is a device for warming and then applying glue. Because of the energy needed to heat the glue, nearly all the guns are mains power supplied only. These guns are so called because they really do resemble a gun. They have a handle and trigger much like a real gun and come with a changeable glue stick that usually fits in the back or top of the device.
When the trigger is pulled, the device squeezes out the heated glue onto the surface you are aiming it at. As the glue cools it provides a powerful adhesive to hold whatever you have applied to together.

That’s great, but can’t I just use a normal glue tube?

The simple fact is that using a hot glue has a number of advantages over using a cold glue. Firstly, due to Newton’s law of viscosity  as a liquid is heated its molecules gain more energy and as a result are able to move more freely. This has the effect of making warmer liquids flow more easily and in the case of glue, making it easier to apply than colder glues.
The downside to these hot glues is that they do carry a burn risk. This burn risk led to the invention of the gun which dramatically reduces any risk of being burned since the user no longer has any contact with the glue whatsoever.

Another advantage of hot glues is that they are generally stronger as they exist as a solid at room temperature and only become a liquid after being heated to temperatures of up to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. More viscous glues are also better at being absorbed into materials such as fabric and wood making them more effective.

Types of hot glue guns

Since there are so many different materials that need sticking together, there are lots of different types of glue available. The main difference between these glues really comes down to the temperature at which they melt.

There are 2 standard temperature guns, a low-temperature gun that is designed for glues that melt at temperatures around 250 degrees Fahrenheit, and a high-temperature gun that is designed for glues that melt at around than 400 degrees Fahrenheit.

250 degrees Fahrenheit or low-temperature guns are regarded as being safer though the glue is not considered as strong. This type is the kind you will have used in school to glue wood and fabric for example.

400 degrees Fahrenheit or high-temperature guns are used for materials such as wood to give extra strong bonding. These are used to glue things together which require strong bonding such as banisters etc.

Some of the better guns are designed to be used with both types of glue and are therefore called dual-use systems. They usually feature an easy to use switch to alter the temperature to suit the type of glue being used.

You will need to keep in mind that some guns are designed to be heavy use and therefore used by professionals while others will be for lighter or household use. The product description will clearly say what kind of use it has been designed for, though industrial guns will be generally made to a higher quality standard and therefore be more expensive making them quite easy to spot.

Safety

It is worth noting that these guns are not toys and should be used with the utmost care and attention. You should supervise your child at all times when they are using a device like this, and make sure that they are using it properly. Don’t ever touch the glue until it has had sufficient time to cool down. Should you need to spread it around, either use the gun end or a spatula to do so and not your fingers.


CCbetter Mini Hot Melt Glue Gun

CCbetter Mini Hot Melt Glue GunWhether you are a DIY enthusiast or a professional looking for a non-industrial gun, this is definitely the one we would recommend.

It’s designed for lighter use it is a 20W gun that is for 400 degrees Fahrenheit glues. It heats up quite quickly, though not as fast as the industrial guns. From the time when you plug it in you can expect it to be ready to start gluing in as little as 3 to 5 minutes later.

It uses really adhesive environmentally friendly glue that easily absorbs into materials such as wood. The trigger action is firm and provides a nice even flow of glue, which is something that is extremely important for more delicate jobs.

The gun comes with 25 spare glue tubes, something that will certainly keep you busy for quite some time. It also comes with an excellent lifetime warranty, so you are covered for any breakdowns too. This is a great multi-purpose gun for all of you who aren’t planning to do anything on an industrial scale and want a reliable but inexpensive option.


Working Power 20W
Working Temperature 356 to 392℉ (for hot applications)
Warm-up Time 3-5 minutes
Cure Time 10-20s
Glue Sticks Size 0.27-0.29 inch (diameter), 10″ length
Rating 4.7 Stars (4.7 / 5)



Pros
  • Heats up in 3-5 minutes
  • Safe and comfortable power switch with LED light mode
  • Trigger propulsion device controls glue flow
  • Including 25pcs environmental-friendly glue
  • 100% money back guarantee and Lifetime Warranty

Cons
  • Not designed as a heavy use gun
  • Not dual temperature
  • Does use quite a lot of glue



Surebonder PRO2-100 100-Watt High-Temperature Industrial Glue Gun

Surebonder PRO2-100If you are looking for the daddy of glue guns then this is it. This 100W gun is designed for heavy and industrial use so if you plan to use your gun a lot then this is the one for you. The fact that Surebonder says that this gun can deliver 2.5-Pounds of glue per hour in the product description should give you some idea of what it has been designed for.

This much-loved gun is both well-designed and reliable. Everything from its ergonomic handles that keep the gun firmly secure in your hands to its light-weight design makes this gun easy to use. Tradesman throughout the land will happily tell you of how poorly designed power tools quickly lead to hand and arm fatigue slowing up your rate of work by tiring you out faster. This design goes a long way to preventing that.

It has a really effective nozzle and features a protective heat resistant nozzle cover that prevents it from accidently burning you should you touch it. The removable wire stand makes it nice and convenient to put down and again helps to prevent any accidents.

This is an excellent choice for anyone looking to do a serious amount of glue work and is happy to invest a little more to get the best gun on the market.


Surebonder PRO2

Working Power 100W
Working Temperature 380℉ (for hot applications)
Warm-up Time  up to 3 minutes
Cure Time 5-60s
Glue Sticks Size 7/16″ diameter – 4″, 10″ & 15″ length
Rating 4.7 Stars (4.7 / 5)



Pros
  • Ergonomic design trigger
  • 100-Watt of Power
  • Equipped with an insulated, heat resistant nozzle
  • Uses 7/16-Inch diameter glue sticks
  • Specialty nozzles available

Cons
  • In the higher price range



BSTPOWER Hot Glue Gun

BSTPOWER Hot Glue GunThis best-selling glue gun allows users to use both low and high-temperature glues making it an ideal dual-use gun for both DIY and professional use. Its 100W power unit puts it in the heavyweight category, so no sooner than you turn it on will it be heated up and ready to tackle whatever task you have no matter how difficult it may be.

It has a great anti-overheat feature that utilizes its inbuilt thermostat to regulate the gun’s temperature when it is being used for long periods of time. This prevents the device from getting damaged and thereby increases its lifespan.

It incorporates a really effective anti-drip feature into the nozzle that helps to prevent any mess that you will otherwise need to clean up later. The nozzle provides a really precise application of glue and is also interchangeable should it become damaged.

This is an ideal dual temperature gun that packs plenty of punch for the cost.


BSTPOWER Hot Glue Gun Uses

Working Power 100W
Working Temperature 212°F – 428°F (for both hot and cold applications)
Warm-up Time 3-5 minutes
Glue Sticks Size 7/16″ diameter (between 10.8mm-11.8mm) 10″ length
Rating 4.6 Stars (4.6 / 5)



Pros
  • Adjustable Temperature Control
  • 3-5 min warm up time, an indicator light to let you know it is at the set temp
  • Anti-drip with built-in leak-proof valve
  • Lightweight
  • Easy squeeze trigger

Cons
  • Trigger not as good as some other designs



Blusmart 100-Watt Industrial Glue Gun

Blusmart 100-Watt Industrial Glue GunThis high-temperature industrial gun is a good option for all you professional tradespeople who want an inexpensive option that has been designed for heavy use. It ticks all the boxes that you would want a good quality gun to tick. It is a powerful 100W design, heats up very quickly, gives a precise application of glue while being easy to control and lightweight.

The glue is extremely strong and long lasting which means you won’t be coming back anytime soon to have to re-glue things you’ve already done. This is an excellent gun that only misses out on a few areas when compared to its counterparts on this list. The trigger design is not quite so effective and smooth, while the motor is a little lacking when it comes to torque compared to the industrial designs.


Blusmart 100-Watt Uses

Working Power 100W
Working Temperature 356 to 392℉ (for hot applications)
Warm-up Time 3-5 minutes
Cure Time 10-20s
Glue Sticks Size 7/16″ diameter (between 10.8mm-11.8mm) 10″ length
Rating 4.5 Stars (4.5 / 5)



Pros
  • Heats up within 3-5
  • Comes with 10pcs transparent hot melt glue sticks
  • Ergonomic design trigger
  • Interchangeable nozzle
  • Ideal adhesive for materials including metal, wood, glass, card, fabric, plastic and ceramics

Cons
  • Glue has quite a strong smell
  • Trigger action is not as smooth as it could be



Best Hot Glue Gun

Best Hot Glue GunThis is another really top quality glue gun that has a really effective internal Smart Temperature control and an internal safety fuse that prevents the device from overheating and becoming a fire hazard. This 20W gun heats up very quickly and so is ready to use in no time.

It has been designed for household jobs rather than industrial use which is something that is reflected in its very low price. A real bonus is that it comes with 25 free glue sticks, which is something that has to be said is unbeatable at this price.

This is the least expensive of all the guns we have featured in this article. This gun is ideal for the DIY enthusiast that wants a powerful energy efficient gun that is up to the challenge of any normal household job. If you want a cheap gun that performs well, this is it.


Working Power 20W
Working Temperature for hot applications
Warm-up Time 3-5 minutes
Glue Sticks Size 0.27-0.29 inch (diameter)
Rating 4.3 Stars (4.3 / 5)



Pros
  • Included with every package is 25 individual glue gun sticks
  • Smart temperature control
  • Internal safety fuse to prevent overheating
  • Ready to use in as little as 3 minutes
  • 100% satisfaction guarantee

Cons
  • Not really a heavy use gun
  • Glue does tend to drip out when not in use



Conclusion

As you can see, there can be quite a variation between the different designs of guns on the market. Before buying one it would definitely be a good idea to sit down to make sure you know what you will be using it for and how much you intend to use it.

Most people tend to prefer high-temperature guns as with the exception of gluing things like cloth they provide a stronger bond than low-temperature ones do. If you are intending to use it a lot, we definitely recommend spending the extra money to buy a good quality industrial gun that will last you a longer time.

As a final tip, remember to always clean your gun of any glue after it has cooled down. Dried glue is not only a pain to get off but also quickly builds up over repeated use, becoming a real nuisance.