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Best Heat Gun 2018 | Reviews & Buying Guide

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A heat gun is a very useful tool that is used by all handymen who know what they are doing. Most people waste a lot of effort by trying to solve easy tasks with tedious methods. No task is hard if you have the right tools. People who like to do DIY tasks, or people who work in a home laboratory or workshop, Heat guns can come handy every now and then. Here I will recommend you some of the best heat guns, but before we do that I must explain what a heat gun is and what is it best used for.

So, if anyone is reading this because you are tired of doing tasks the hard way, or are reluctant to pay a professional to do something that you can do easily by yourself, then read on carefully. Later on in the article I would share with you five of the most top rated heat guns, if you are already experienced with a heat gun then you can skip on ahead.

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Name

Specifications

Watt / 
Volt

Temperature  Range

Corded / 
Cordless

Specialty

Price

DEWALT
D26950

11 x 8 x 3.4
Inches
2.1 Pounds

1550
Watts/
120 Volts

120-1100

Fahrenheit

Corded, 10
Feet, Cord
Protector

Heavy Duty, Long
Cord, Built-in
kickstand, Overload
protection,
Dual Fan Settings

PORTER-CABLE PC1500HG

11.5 x 10.6 x 4.1 Inches, 2.51 Pounds

1500 Watts/ 210 Volts

120-900 (Fan 1)

 130-1150 (Fan 2)

Corded, 6 Feet

Variable Temperature dial, Dual Fan Settings, Support Stand

Solder It MJ-950

7.5 Inches Long, 3.57 Pounds

-

1400

Fahrenheit

Cordless Gas Heat Gun

Wide Nozzle, Rapid Heat Up, Adjustable Heat Levels

Milwaukee M18

6.39 x 2.6 x 7.87 Inches, 3.5 Pounds

18 Volts

1000

Fahrenheit

Cordless Electric Heat Gun

Compact, Ladder Hook, High performance Heat Coil

Wagner 503008

9.1 x 8.7 x 2.8 Inches, 1.3 Pounds

1200 Watts/ 120 Volts

750-1000

Fahrenheit

Corded, 3 Feet

Lightweight, Built-in hook, Dual Fan Settings

Best Heat Guns Reviews

1. DEWALT D26950 HEAT GUN

This DEWALT heat gun is the most powerful electric heat gun on the list. If you require a heavy duty heat gun, but do not have excessive budget for a high grade professional, industrial heat gun, this is the one to buy. It is high end and can perform whatever task you want from a DIY heat gun. In essence it is really a professional heat gun priced low enough for home users to buy it. This one according to me is the most bang for the bucks heat gun on this entire list, I highly recommend you go for this if you have the budget. It is also a great heat gun for paint removal due to its lengthy cord, which allows for easy stretching around the room.

Specifications

  • Weight: 2.1 pounds’ heat gun.
  • Dimensions: 11 x 8 x 3.4 inches of product dimensions.
  • Electric Specifications: 1550 Watts, 120 Volts, 13 Amps and 13CFM.
  • Corded: Corded electric heat gun.
  • Cord Length: 10 feet cord with Cord Protector.
  • Temperature Range: 120 to 1100 degrees’ Fahrenheit range.

Special Features

  • Built-in kickstand.
  • Built-in overload protection feature.
  • Includes fishtail nozzle and cone nozzle.
  • Built-in ring hook for storage.
  • Variable continuous dial.

What We Like

  • Has a large range of temperatures available that can even go over 1000 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Has a variable continuous dial instead of fixed temperature settings.
  • Has a built-in kickstand for propping it up during work for higher stability.
  • Ergonomically designed handle for more comfortable grip.
  • Has built-in thermal cut-off feature to protect the electric heat gun from an overload.
  • 10 feet long cord with cord protection, long enough to stretch around the room.
  • Has fishtail nozzle and cone nozzle included, no need to buy them separately.

What Could Have Been Better

  • Its dial only has a positive and a negative symbol, thus it can be difficult to determine which temperature it is operating in.

2. PORTER-CABLE PC1500HG HEAT GUN

This Porter-Cable heat gun has a variable temperature dial, however along with this it also has a dual fan speed selector. Basically, by increasing the fan speed, the heat gun’s maximum temperature can be extended from 900 degrees Fahrenheit to as high as 1150 degrees Fahrenheit, giving this heat gun an overall range of 120-1150 degrees Fahrenheit. The Porter-Cable PC1500HG has temperature control, and is also affordable in price. For tasks that require various ranges of temperature, you cannot go wrong with this electric heat gun. The Porter-Cable PC1500HG is a cheap heat gun. It is also the best heat gun for paint removal because of its long cord, which allows for easy stretching around the room.

Specifications

  • Weight: 2.51 pounds’ heat gun.
  • Dimensions: 11.5 x 4.1 x 10.6 inches of product dimensions.
  • Folded Dimensions: 11.3 x 10.1 x 3.6 inches for ‘folded knife’ size.
  • Electrical Specifications: 1500 Watts, 120 Volts, 10-11CFM in fan setting I and 16-19CFM in fan setting II.
  • Corded: Corded electric heat gun.
  • Cord Length: High grade 6 feet cord.
  • Temperature Range: 120-900 degrees Fahrenheit in fan setting I and 130-1150 degrees Fahrenheit in fan setting II.

Special Features

  • Variable temperature dial.
  • Dual fan speed selector.
  • Built-in hands free support stand.

What We Like

  • Variable temperature control dial, temperature can be increased or decreased by minute amounts. The best heat gun for paint stripping.
  • Dual fan speed selector, can be useful if the hot air is required to come out faster and hotter.
  • Integrated hands free support stand, can used if hands are required to be free to do other tasks while heating.
  • It is an electric heat gun with a cord, however the cord is high grade and 6 feet long, thus it can easily stretch around a room.
What Could Have Been Better

  • Can feel noisy to some users.

3. SOLDER IT MJ-950 ULTRA THERM HEAT GUN

This one is a gas heat gun, meaning it can be used anywhere- no electrical supplies or sockets needed. With mid settings, this heat gun can work up to a 100 minutes before a gas refill is required. Its temperatures can reach up to a whopping 1400 degrees Fahrenheit! This is the best heat gun for shrink wrapping, among other advantages it provides.

Specifications

  • Weight: 3.57 pounds’ heat gun.
  • Dimensions: 7.5 inches of length.
  • Type: Gas heat gun.
  • Cordless: Cordless Heat Gun.
  • Temperature Range: High-output long life catalyst which provide for infinitely adjustable heat levels of up to 1400 degrees Fahrenheit.

Special Features

  • Wide nozzle.
  • Instant-on Piezo ignition.
  • Rapid heat-up for immediate use.
  • High output element for demanding applications.
  • Up to 120 minutes of use with one gas filling.

What We Like

  • Temperature can be adjusted to as high as 1400 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Ergonomically designed for easy handling.
  • Can be used anywhere, it is a portable heat gun, no cords required.
  • It can rapidly heat up for immediate use.
What Could Have Been Better
  • Gas needs to be bought every time the heat gun runs out of fuel.
  • Slightly heavy, but suitable for heavy duty works.

4. MILWAUKEE M18 18V 2688-20 CORDLESS HEAT GUN (BARE TOOL)

Finally, here we have a battery powered heat gun. As I have explained before, it is a cordless heat gun, and thus is also a portable heat gun. It can be used anywhere without having to worry about any cords. This Milwaukee heat gun is powered by REDLITHIUM battery technologies, the Milwaukee M18 can heat over 40 connections with only one XC5.0 battery. It can provide temperatures rivaling that of corded electric heat guns. However, batteries are not included with the product. Since the Milwaukee cordless heat gun is very compact, I would say this is the best heat gun for phone repair, because it can go inside otherwise inaccessible places. Many electronic repair work would require the heat gun to be placed in small places at difficult angles, however with this compact electric heat gun you can easily access those tight locations.

Specifications

  • Weight: 3.5 pounds’ heat gun.
  • Dimensions: 6.39 x 2.6 x 7.87 inches of product dimension.
  • Electrical Specifications: 18 Volts, requires lithium-ion batteries.
  • Cordless: Cordless electric heat gun.
  • Temperature Range:  Temperature of 1000 degrees Fahrenheit.

Special Features

  • High performance heating coil.
  • REDLINK intelligence: temperature management system provides maximum life.
  • Most compact heat gun (6.35 inches long).
  • Guarded heat gun nozzle.
  • Ladder hook for hanging.

What We Like

  • Can reach a very high temperature of 1000 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Cordless and portable heat gun, can be used anywhere.
  • Can reach operational temperature in 6 seconds due to its high performance heat coil.
  • Temperature management system provides maximum battery life.
  • Very compact, can reach otherwise inaccessible places.
  • Guarded heat gun nozzle prevents the heat gun from coming in contact with unprotected surfaces.
What Could Have Been Better
  • Has only one temperature setting, not suitable for tasks that require low temperature heating.
  • Bare tool, compatible battery has to be bought separately for use (REDLITHIUM XC5.0 batteries required).

5. WAGNER 503008 HT 1000 HEAT GUN

This Wagner heat gun is very light weight and many of its tasks can be performed while holding the heat gun in only one hand if necessary. This heat gun has two temperature settings, most home uses only require the lower of the two temperature settings. Thus this heat gun is ideal for home use and is highly affordable as well. This heat gun is lightweight, thus the best heat gun for crafts on this list for the price. The DEWALT heat gun mentioned earlier is also pretty good for crafts, however it may be considered a bit too overpriced for less demanding tasks such as DIY crafts.

Specifications

  • Weight: 1.3 pounds’ heat gun.
  • Dimensions: 9.1 x 8.7 x 2.8 inches of package dimensions.
  • Folded Dimensions: 11.3 x 10.1 x 3.6 inches for ‘folded knife’ size.
  • Electrical Specifications: 1200 Watts, 120 Volts.
  • Corded: Corded electric heat gun.
  • Cord Length: 3 feet long cord.
  • Temperature Range: Two temperature settings of 750 and 1000 degrees Fahrenheit.

Special Features

  • 4100 Btu output for removing multiple layers of paint.
  • Built-in hanging hook.
  • Corrosion-resistant heat gun nozzle.
  • Dual fan speeds.

What We Like

  • Light weight, easy to carry around and handle. Best heat gun for embossing.
  • Only ten seconds required for it to heat in its lower temperature setting
  • Fan speed can be changed for better heating
  • General purpose heat gun, can be used for most home uses
  • Low noise, most heat guns might make a lot of noise
  • Corrosion-resistant heat gun nozzle, it will not rust easily even when exposed to water
What Could Have Been Better

  • Corded electric heat gun with a short cord, a cord extension can be used to fix this problem however.
  • Does not have a variable continuous dial, only two specific temperatures can be chosen.

What Is A Heat Gun?

A heat gun machine is a type of tool shaped similarly to a handgun, hence the name. However, instead of firing bullets, it blows out hot air. Its mechanism is fairly simple- what it does is it heats the air inside it while a fan installed in it blows this heated air out, which then passes through the heat gun nozzle and comes out of the heat gun. It is very similar to a blow dryer, the difference being the temperature of the hot air that can be supplied. A heat gun typically is in the range of 200 to 1000 degrees Fahrenheit, so using it to dry your hair might not be a very bright idea.

Heat guns can be used for many types of work. In the heat gun reviews at the bottom, I will list some of the loved and popular heat guns. You can head there directly beneath, or you can continue from here to have a better grasp of what a heat gun is and what features the quality heat gun should have.

What Are The Uses Of Heat Gun?

Heat guns are used for performing a variety of operations, some of the most common ones are:

  • Stripping paint.
  • Softening adhesives such as glue or cement so that the parts can be removed.
  • Soldering or de-soldering wires in a circuit.
  • Thawing frozen pipes.
  • Welding or bending plastics or metals.
  • Drying damp or wet wood.
  • Use for experiments in lab.
  • Shrinking wrapping paper for packaging.
  • Shrinking shrink tubing for wires.

These are just some of many other heat gun uses. One of the most common household uses is of course the removal of glues. Stickers can be easily taken off without damaging the beauty of whatever it was stuck on, such as a fridge or a car.

You can also use a heat gun for paint removal, which is an easier alternative to using chemicals to do the task. And during winters, the ice preventing water flow in water pipes can easily be melted with a heat gun. There is more heat gun uses- shrink tubing, shrink wrapping, embossing- you name it. Also along with all these, you can even use a heat gun for crafts.

What Types Of Heat Guns Are There?

1. Electric Heat Gun

It is the most common type of heat gun. It is completely powered electrically. There are two categories to this type of heat gun- corded and cordless heat gun. Corded electric heat guns require the heat guns to be plugged in to a socket for usage. Cordless heat guns however, as the name suggests, are without any cords. They are completely battery powered heat guns.

2. Gas Powered Heat Gun

these are the same as electric heat guns, except they are powered differently. Gas heat guns usually use propane or butane as fuel, some even use fuel cells. Butane heat guns or propane heat guns are often cheap heat guns in comparison to electric heat guns.

3. Infrared Heat Gun

These use infrared heating instead of blowing out hot air. Infrared heat guns are cheap heat guns compared to both gas heat guns and electric heat guns. However, temperatures are usually in the range of 400 to 600 degree Fahrenheit, thus they are more suited for small projects rather than heavy duty work. For heavy duty heat guns look to the next paragraph.

4. Industrial Heat Gun

these are powerful, expensive, professional heat guns designed for industrial usage or construction work. Some even have LCD screens on them and are highly specialized for specific industrial tasks. Temperature setting can even be over 1000 degree Fahrenheit for an industrial heat gun. These are heavy duty heat guns and are not priced at all like a DIY heat gun.

Choosing A Heat Gun | Features To Look Out For

  • Temperature

Heat guns for home use usually come with two temperature settings. Some however have continuous variable dials which can be adjusted to give a range of temperatures instead of just one fixed value. When buying a heat gun for sale, make sure its temperature setting options meet the requirements of whatever task you are buying them for. Most general purpose work can be done at the lower temperature setting of a heat gun, which is usually around 400 to 800 degree Fahrenheit. However, it may be convenient to get a heat gun with temperature control.

  • Air flow and heat gun stand

Other features that might interest you is an airflow control setting. Not all heat guns have this but many do. You might also consider getting a heat gun stand for using the heat gun hands free. This can be incredibly useful for tasks that require your hands to be free such as welding or bending plastics.

  • Heat gun nozzles

One of the most important things to look out for is however the specific kinds of heat gun nozzles to equip your heat gun with. Different heat gun nozzles can be useful for different tasks. Heat guns come with a range of nozzles. More would be covered on heat gun nozzles further on.

  • Switches

Another very useful feature is the dead man switch which some heat guns have. Most only seem to have an on and off switch. What a dead man switch does is it automatically turns the heat gun off if it is dropped. This is especially useful if it drops on a heat sensitive material or falls somewhere inaccessible, where it could catch a fire if left on. This feature is of course only possible in electric heat guns.

  • Safety

A very useful safety feature is the thermal cut off feature. What it does is it automatically turns the electric heat gun off if the internal components in it start to overheat. Any fault in the electric heat gun can then be repaired before it is used again. This feature is very useful for preventing the heat gun’s circuitry from catching fire.

  • Types of Uses

One other very important thing to look out for when buying a heat gun for sale is what type of heat gun it is. An electric heat gun would usually come with a cord that requires being plugged into a socket. If you need to do your work outdoors, then buying a gas heat gun or a cordless heat gun would be the smarter choice. If you are only buying a heat gun for small projects, then you cannot go wrong with an infrared heat gun, however an electric heat gun is generally recommended and is also more available in the market. An infrared heat gun is cheaper compared to both electric heat guns and gas heat guns. In addition, there is no risk of inhaling toxic fumes when using infrared heat guns.

What types of heat gun nozzles are there?

One of the most essential knowledge to have before using a heat gun is what kinds of heat gun nozzles there are. Different types of heat gun nozzles are suitable for different kinds of work. Here is a brief summary of the most common types of heat gun nozzles:

1. Standard wide mouth nozzle

For general purpose use, this heat gun nozzle would be sufficient for most tasks.

2. Glass protector nozzle

suitable for heating wooden window frames. This heat gun nozzle helps prevent the glasses of the windows from being damaged. Not just windows, this heat gun nozzle can be used in any situation where wood or plastic needs to be heated whilst in the presence of glassware.

3. Spoon reflector nozzle

highly suitable for heating PVC or copper pipes. This heat gun nozzle prevents the walls behind the pipes from being heated while thawing frozen pipes.

4. Fishtail nozzle

this one is very helpful and time-saving in situations where a large area needs to be heated. The heat gun nozzle makes sure that heat is distributed evenly over a large surface area.

5. Cone nozzle

a cone nozzle is sort of the opposite of a fishtail nozzle. Instead of helping to heat a large area, this heat gun nozzle aids the user in heating a small area. This one is highly useful in situations where a specific part of an object needs to be heated, while the rest of it doesn’t. Use this for careful and detailed tasks, such as soldering or de-soldering wires in a circuit.

What are the heat gun prices?

Heat guns come in a variety of prices. The most common range for heat gun prices are between $10 to $50, however some heat guns can be found even below ten dollars. The more expensive heat guns tend to be above $50 and can even be up to a hundred dollars. But I would say a heat gun of around 20 to 40 dollars should be suitable for most general purpose work; the best cheap heat gun should be found in this price range. For affordable high end heat guns, a range of 40 to 80 dollars is typical, but be prepared to pay a lot more if you’re looking for very high quality heat guns.

How to use a heat gun Safely?

1. It is crucial that someone who is new know how to use a heat gun safely. A heat gun can produce heat at very high temperatures and should not be used without caution. It doesn’t matter if you have the a top rated heat gun if you don’t know how to use it properly. The mishandling of heat guns can lead to very serious accidents.

2.  One of the most obvious things to do before using a heat gun is to obviously wear gloves. A respiratory mask is also needed in order to avoid inhaling any toxic fumes emitted when using a heat gun, especially when stripping lead paint.

However, it is highly recommended that you call a professional when involved in the heating of lead. Goggles are also necessary when performing the tasks so as to protect the eyes, which are one of the most sensitive parts of our body.

3. Other things to make sure is that loose clothing is avoided. A long sleeved shirt or a hanging tie could easily catch fire. For those with long hair it is helpful to tie up your hair or wear a hat. Even people with shorter hair could also wear a cap or a hat when working with a heat gun, but that isn’t necessary.

4. When starting to use the heat gun, be careful to keep it away from any flammable substances. It is generally more sensible to use the heat gun outdoors, however if the task is being performed indoors, make sure the room is well ventilated.

5. After the heat gun’s job is done, turn it off before placing it down. Do not leave it on after putting it on a table or the floor. Let the heat gun cool before finally putting it back to storage, and of course store it where children cannot easily gain access to it. Also, do not forget to read the instruction manual that comes with the heat gun.

Wrapping It Up
There are a lot of heat guns to choose from but you cannot go wrong with any of these recommended five, because each is a high rated Amazon heat gun. Of course, different people would need different kinds of heat guns depending on what work they intend to do with it. So whether you need a DIY heat gun, or a portable heat gun, or even a professional heat gun, I hope this guide has helped you realize what to look for in a heat gun. Hopefully you have found the best heat guns that you were looking for.


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