Any arts and crafts or DIY enthusiast knows how indispensable a hot glue gun can be, and with a sea of different models flooding the market, finding the best hot glue gun can be a daunting task.
What makes them so popular is the versatility of a hot glue gun, not only is it used for more delicate materials such as paper and fabric, but also heavy-duty materials such as wood and plastic.
Factors like size, weight, temperature, power, performance and safety are elements that should be considered when purchasing a hot glue gun.
However, we've done the hard work for you, and picked out 5 viable options to bring your arts and crafts or DIY projects to the next level!
Best Hot Glue Guns Australia
1. Bosch Cordless Hot Glue Gun
Handy for work or hobby use the Bosch PKP 3.6 LI cordless hot glue gun is quick to heat up and leaves little mess behind. The gun can be used to stick all materials including paper, metal, textiles, and stone.
The 3.6V battery (1.5Ah capacity) give the tool good power to heat the glue up to 170 degrees (Celsius) in 15 seconds.
The Bosch Lithium-ion battery with Electronic Cell Protection charges in no time and will not self-discharge, over-heat or over-load.
The battery is not supplied with purchase as all Bosch cordless hand tools use this battery. A micro-USB charging cable is supplied.
The portability of the gun makes it ideal for use away from a mains power outlet, and it’s a lightweight (0.25kg) compact machine which is comfortable to use for prolonged periods.
The rubberised grip is soft in the hand and the trigger provides excellent control over the glue being discharged. The tool’s weight is also well balanced.
The gun uses universal glue sticks (150mm length/7mm diameter only), which saves money and makes purchasing of glue easy. The sticks are easily replaced.
The automatic glue retraction system has been designed to reduce drips and glue residue, leaving a clean surface even on the smallest of jobs.
An integrated heat guard and auto-off feature ensure that the product is safe to use. The gun comes with the micro-USB cable and 4 glue sticks.
2. Bosch Glue Gun PKP 18E
The Bosch PKP 18E glue gun is a corded hand tool suited to bonding a wide range of materials, including papers, leather, textiles, metal and glass, either at work or at home.
The compact size and lightweight (350g) mean that you can use the gun for delicate jobs, and the contoured design and polyamide casing makes it very comfortable to hold and control.
The wire stand attached to the front of the tool lets you put the machine aside safely when you want to do something else.
The extra-long nozzle means that the gun can be used in hard to reach spots.
The tool features a mechanical glue feed system which allows for precise and even measurement of the glue being applied, and a quick clean of the nozzle is possible as well courtesy of the drip lock.
The controlled heating element provides a steady and reliable temperature for accurate work. Both these features mean that the gun can be used for fast targeted applications.
The glue heats up in 7 minutes to a glueing temperature of 200 degrees Celsius.
The gun accommodates glue sticks with a diameter of 11mm and lengths between 45 and 200mm.
3. Dremel 930 Glue Gun
Designed and priced for the hobby market, the Dremel 930 corded hot glue gun is a fun gun, with colour glue sticks ideal for scrapbooking and kids' activities. The gun can also be used for DIY and home repair jobs.
The drip control precision tip leaves no mess behind, even on the most delicate of jobs. And the comfortable T-handle and well-balanced weight (only 200g) give the user optimum control over the glueing process.
The nozzle has silicon sleeves to prevent the glue from burning. The built-in plastic stand, which is also extendable, gives a no-mess place to place the gun when it’s not in use.
The glue heats up in 5 minutes, and the temperature is variable: ‘Low’ (105 degrees C) for slower creative jobs and ‘High’(165 degrees C) for DIY and other heavier tasks. The ability to set the temperature lower also makes it ideal for beginners.
It also allows for use of different glue types which take different times to heat up.
The product package includes the gun, 3 x 7mm multipurpose low-temperature glue sticks, 3 x 7mm multipurpose high-temperature glue sticks, 12 x 7mm colour glue sticks, and a User Instruction Manual.
4. NSNSWA Glue Gun
This cordless glue gun from NSNSWA is convenient for all hobby and DIY fix-ups around the home. The gun can be used to stick fabrics, carpets, stone, metal, plastic, wood, brick and more. And the colour is sure to delight.
Great for getting into tight spaces and to tackle fiddly jobs, the gun is small (16.4 x 16.2 x 6cm) and light. The glue sticks it takes are smaller than most other guns as is the nozzle.
These features give the user excellent control over the glue dispersal so, for example, applying thinner lines of glue is much easier.
Even children can manage the use of this tool for school projects or fun activities at home. At the same time, it is a good quality product with durability.
The 2200mA Lithium-ion battery is USB rechargeable (both the battery and charging cable are included with purchase) and will last for up to 45 minutes of use.
With the high technology PTC heating feature, the glue heats up in 3-5 minutes so it’s ready to go when you are. The design of the gun itself is streamlined for ergonomic comfort.
The housing is made from high-quality plastic chosen to withstand both high temperatures and high pressures so there is no degradation of the tool itself.
The tool also has a built-in fold-out stand for holding the gun when you need both hands for something else.
5. Pro’sKit GK-368 Cordless Glue Gun
The battery-operated hot glue gun from Pro’sKit is a tool designed for the hobbyist and arts/crafts enthusiast. This is an ideal product for school projects, arts & crafts, DIY, scrapbooking, models etc.
Free from annoying power cords which tangle and get in the way, the tool is also conveniently available wherever you are.
Powered by 4 x easily replaceable AA batteries (not included), the gun has a glue heat time of 3-4 minutes and melt temperature of 200 degrees Celsius.
It will run for around 45 minutes before needing new batteries. The gun accepts universal 7mm glue sticks.
It has a large squeeze trigger and a streamlined body design, and weighing only 307g and measuring a compact 26 x 22 x 4cm the gun is comfortable in the hand over prolonged usage and for greater control over the glue placement.
It has an LED light to illuminate the work area, especially in dimly lit areas.
There is a closed window for viewing and checking the status of the glue stick, ensuring even temperature control and also dust-free operation.
The tool features a handy bracket stand to hold the gun safely while you’re needing your hands free to do other things.
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There's many different glue guns out there each claiming to be the best. We've looked at a handful that our research team believes is the best in terms of heat, heat up time, weight, online reviews and other functions.
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