If you tend to do your own household repairs or like engaging in a lot of DIY projects, then it would be worth considering getting yourself a heat gun. Heat guns are useful in generating a stream of hot air which can be used for a wide variety of uses. They are more commonly used in research projects, such as engineering projects, but they do have their uses elsewhere as well. For instance, heat guns are very effective at defrosting, so it can be used to defrost frozen food or beverages, much faster than a microwave would. Apart from this, their uses can extend to heating plastic for plumbing or even to soften adhesives if you would like to remove a firmly pasted object. Choosing the right heat gun is quite important as well, as they come in a wide variety of build qualities. Here are some of the best heat guns you can get in 2017.
1. Wagner Power Products Heat Gun
The Wagner 0503008 HT1000 is the best heat gun that we were able to find, so if there is one heat gun that we’d recommend, this would be it. It is also one of the best sellers on Amazon, so it leads the market in terms of heat guns. The price of the heat gun is quite cheap too, costing less than $20, which will give you great bang for your buck with its features and quality. It is manufactured in China, but the quality of the heat gun is quite exceptional. It operates on 1200 Watts of power, which is great for generating the right amount of heat and doing it really quickly too. The heat gun is suitable for general purposes such as for plumbing and tiling and does not require you to be an expert to use it. You will also receive a two-year warranty on the product, hence why it is one of the best heat guns out there.
2. PORTER-CABLE Heat Gun
This is another one of the best heat guns that we came across and this product is manufactured by the company Porter. You have two options when purchasing the heat gun, as you can choose to purchase the heat gun alone or go for the option that includes a grinder as well. The heat gun alone will cost you almost $40, making it a lot more expensive than the Wagner heat gun. The model which comes with the grinder will costs you more than $70, so you must pay a fair bit extra to get the grinder. The motor of the heat gun is quite powerful and operates at 1500 Watts of power, which is more than most heat guns out there. There is a dial on the heat gun which lets you vary the temperature so that you can adjust it to the temperature that you require. The gun is corded but has a 6 feet cord length so you will still get quite a bit of range with it.
3. Black & Decker Dual Temperature Heat Gun
Black and Decker is quite a popular name in the electronics and tools departments as they specialize in producing quality equipment. This heat gun is quite different to some of the others out there are it only has two temperature settings. This should still be enough for general usage, but may not be recommended if the application you are using it for requires a specific temperature. There is a built-in stand on the heat gun which allows it to cool down. You can simply set it on the stand when it gets too hot, so you don’t have to worry about it damaging the surface that you are keeping it on. The design of the stand is lightweight and quite compact in size, making it a lot more portable than others. The heat gun can be used in a variety of applications such as for stripping paint or for loosening rusted bolts. The temperatures that you can toggle between are 750 Degrees and 1000 Degrees, so there are not temperatures other than this that you can set it to.
4. Genesis Dual Temperature Heat Gun Kit
This is another heat gun which features a dual temperature system, but is a lot cheaper than the Black and Decker heat gun. Though Genesis doesn’t have as good a reputation as Black and Decker, this heat gun is one of the best heat guns that are in the market. You can easily toggle between two different temperatures, depending on the application that you are using it for. It has a maximum power rating of 1500 Watts, but can operate at 750 Watts if you choose the lesser heat setting. The motor of the heat gun is also quite powerful, which allows it to heat up in no time at all. The gun can be used in plumbing, for thawing pipes or to melt the PVC plastic in pipes. Apart from this, it can also be used in all applications which will require heating. There are two deflector nozzles that come with the package, along with Reflector nozzles. You can swap between nozzles depending on the application that you are using it for.
5. DEWALT D26960K Heavy-Duty Heat Gun
Just like Black and Decker, Dewalt is also no stranger when it comes to electronic tools and equipment. This heat gun is one of the best heat guns that you can get, especially if you are involved in a profession which requires a high quality and precise heat gun. It is on the expensive side though as it costs more than $100 to purchase. But you will still get your money’s worth as it comes included with a variety of additional tools, inclusive of a sturdy storage case. The heat gun has an LCD display, which most heat guns do not have, and allows you to adjust the temperature to your requirements. The temperatures can only be increased in 50 degree increments, but you will still have a wide array of temperatures that you can set it to. There is an overload protection feature on it which automatically shuts the heating element down which it gets overheated. This makes it one of the best heat guns in terms of safety as well, since a lot of the cheaper heat guns do not come with such features.
6. NTE HG-300D Mini Heat Gun
The NTE HG-300D Mini Heat Gun is quite different to the other heat guns that we featured so far as the design of it doesn’t involve it having a handle. This makes it only useful for applications where you do not require holding the gun to target a specific area that need to be heated. There are two temperatures that you can choose from for the heat gun which makes it suitable for general heating applications. The price of the heat gun is quite reasonable as you should be able to get it for less than $20 if you pick it up from Amazon. Another highlight of the gun is that it has a very quiet operation so it does not emit as much noise as some of the other heat guns. There is a bracket on the device which lets you support it on any surface without damaging the surface during the usage. Since it does not have a handle, you should ensure that you take the proper safety measures when using the device.
7. Drill Master Dual Temperature Heat Gun
Though Drill Master is mainly focused on producing electric drills, this particular heat gun is one of the best out there in terms of heat guns. The heat gun is quite cheap to purchase and can be purchased for less than $20. The operating temperatures that you can toggle between are either 1112 Degrees or 572 Degrees. This makes it able to generate a lot more heat than most other dual temperature heat guns that are out there. It has a maximum power rating of 1500 Watts, which is on par with some of the other heat guns we featured so far. The design of the heat gun is quite ergonomic as it features a comfortable and easy to hold handle. The coil that it uses is also quite special as it can heat up and maintain the temperature in no time at all. The temperatures can be set using the simple rocker switch mechanism, which features a 3-way switching mechanism. The device is corded, but has a cord of 6 feet in length, which should give you a fair amount of range for using the device.
8. DEWALT D26950 Heat Gun
This is another heat gun by Dewalt which is quite popular amongst people who require a premium quality heat gun. Just like the other model, this is also quite expensive, costing almost $120. The device has a wide variety of uses as it uses a variable temperature control which lets you set the temperature to your requirement. There is a built-in overload protection system as well that automatically switches off the device when it gets overheated. This is a very important safety feature to have in a heat gun, so it is quite worth spending the extra bucks to get the added safety that it provides. The product is manufactured in China, but still the build quality is quite good. Apart from this, it is quite easy to use, so it is not limited to professional usage only, but would make for a great household tool to have as well. You do not get a storage case, however, which would have made it a lot more worth its price.
9. Kawasaki 10 Piece Heat Gun Kit
If you are looking for heat gun bundle which can give you the best bang for your buck, then this is probably it. Kawasaki is one of the of the most popular Japanese companies which have a reputation mainly due to their motorbikes. However, this heat gun is definitely one of the best heat guns that you will be able to find in the market. It only costs a little over $20 but comes with a great bundle that gives it great value. The heat gun itself is quite powerful and features a 12.5 Ampere heating element, which operates quite efficiently. There are two heat settings that you can chose from and these can be toggled between one another using the rocker switch. Apart from the heat gun, you get 9 additional equipment which improves the versatility of the device. These additional components include scraper heads, a variety of nozzles and a heat gun cradle as well. To top it all off, you will also get a sturdy plastic storage case for storage of the heat gun and the components.
10. Wagner HT 400 650-Degree Heat Gun
The WAGNER HT 400 650-Degree Heat Gun is quite similar in design to the NTE heat gun that we featured earlier. Just like that, this one too doesn’t have a handle, so it might not be suitable in applications where you need to target the heat to specific area. The build quality of the heat gun is quite exceptional as it is made using high quality materials. The price is quite reasonable as well as you should be able to get it for under $30 off Amazon. The main applications for its usage is in applying shrink wrap or embossing powders. It may not be the most ideal heat gun to use in plumbing as it is not as portable as some of the other heat guns that are available in the market. There is only one heat setting, so it is fixed at 650 Degrees, which is another thing you may want to consider before purchasing it. The weight of the device is quite light, weighing in at only a little over a pound.
11. TR Industrial 89200 1500W Heat Gun Kit
If you need a heat gun that offers a variable temperature control, but don’t want to be spending more than $100 to get the models by Dewalt, the TR Industrial 89200 1500W Heat Gun Kit is a great option. It can be used for a variety of applications such as for shrink tubing and paint stripping. The design of the gun features an easy to hold handle as well, so you can use it for applications such as plastic welding as well. The device has an operating power of 1500 Watts, which is quite sufficient for most applications. There is a dual fan speed setting on it, which can adjust the speed of the motor, as well as a temperature control dial. The device features good safety measures as well, with the built-in overheating protection feature which can automatically shut down the device if it gets too hot. There is a convenient support stand on the device which can make it a lot easier to allow it to cool down. All this and it still costs only a little over $30.
12. Simplistex 1500 Watt DIGITAL Heat Gun
The Simplistex (TM) – 1500 Watt DIGITAL Heat Gun comes is one of the best heat guns out there, both in terms of quality and price. It costs almost $60, but it is quite worth it considering that you get four nozzles that come with it. The heat gun itself offers a great deal of versatility with the features that it provides. The product comes in two models. The model that we reviewed is the Digital version, which offers a lot more convenience and ease of use than the Basic model. If you do want to go for a cheaper option, then the basic model will do just fine. The gun operates on 1500 Watts of power and has a temperature control system to it as well. You can use the temperature control to adjust the temperature anywhere between 122 Degrees to 932 Degrees. The various nozzles that come with it can be swapped easily per the application that you are using it for. You also get a one-year warranty with the product which is always a good thing to have with electronic devices.
13. Wagner 0283022 HT775 Heat Gun
This is another heat gun by Wagner which offers a great build quality and comes with great features. The design of the heat gun is a lot different to most other heat guns as it resembles the design of a hair dryer. There is a variable temperature control which lets you adjust the temperature from 750 degrees to 1000 degrees. Apart from this, it has a much higher operating power than most other heat guns, operating at a power rating of 1680 Watts. The heating element of the gun is replaceable and is made of a ceramic material. This makes it a very good option for a heat gun in industrial usage, where you can expect to use it a lot more than you would for general usage. There is a hands-free stand on the device which lets you stand it on the table. The fan-only mode that the device has allows you to cool it a lot quicker than if you were to let it cool naturally. The price is quite reasonable as well, as it costs only a little less than $50.
14. Titan Tools 22400 12.5A 120-Volt Heat Gun
The Titan Tools 22400 12.5A 120-Volt Heat Gun is a great option for a heat gun if your planned usage is only for general usage and if you want a heat gun on a low budget. The heat gun has an operating voltage of 120 Volts and 12.5 Amp current rating, which is the standard with most of the heat guns. The heat guns operate on a dual temperature setting, so you don’t get to set it to a specific temperature. But this is not a major drawback considering that it only costs a little over $20. The build quality of the device is exceptional for its price as it features a strong ABS plastic body which improves the durability of the device. The operation of the device is quite simple as there is a three-position rocker switch which you can use to toggle between the two different temperature settings or switch it off. Though it may not be suitable for industrial usage, it still is more than capable for general uses such as for shrink tubing and for paint stripping.
15. Steinel Heat Gun Kit
The Steinel Heat Gun Kit is the most expensive heat gun that we featured on our list, but is also one of the best. We highly recommend the product for industrial usage only and it may not be the best option if you do not require such accuracy and features. The product costs almost $150, which is a lot more expensive than the heat guns we featured by Dewalt as well. You do get great value for it however as it comes included with a wide variety of nozzles and various other tools which will be used in an industrial scenario. The carry case that comes with the kit is another reason to get this as it is made of a durable metal body which will be able to offer convenience as you can carry the complete set in it. The heat gun itself is of premium quality and uses a digital display interface. The LCD display shows important information such as the current temperature. The handle is quite comfortable to hold as well as it features a rubber grip which improves the grip apart from just being a lot more comfortable.