In this guide we’ll take a look at the best glue guns for the UK market.
We’ve compared the wattage, number of included glue sticks, temperature control and cost
to give you our top recommendations.
What is the Best Glue Gun?
More Detailed Glue Gun Reviews
Bosch PKP 18E Glue Gun Review
German tool brand Bosch are well known to keen DIYers and can be found on building sites across the World. We knew they’d make one of the best hot glue guns, so we got hold of one and took it for a test drive.
The first thing you’ll notice about what we think is the best glue gun must be that it’s packed full of refinements not found on cheap glue guns. The trigger action is smooth and allows for ultimate glue feed control, the thin nozzle lets you get into the tightest spots and the drip lock stops those fine lines of glue when you pull away from the workpiece.
It might seem like a small point, but the folding stand on the Bosch PKP 18 E is the best we’ve seen so far. The way it’s designed is sturdy, but even when it falls over it keeps the gluing end upright to stop melted glue from pooling underneath the gun.
You can’t beat this hot glue gun for rugged durability and common-sense features that combine to make it a joy to use repeatedly. It might not feature temperature control or come with glue sticks, but we’re sure it doesn’t need them to be the best glue gun for the UK market.
Bosch Cordless GluePen Glue Gun Review
Bosch are a company that are always at the forefront for innovate technological design and their cordless hot glue gun “GluePen” is typical of this approach. Unlike most other conventional glue guns that require a power cable for their electricity supply, this versatile and handy device is powered by an integrated lithium ion battery so no cables are needed. And unlike most glue that take between 1 and 3 minutes to heat up this one needs just 15 seconds to become operational, which is a real game changer.
The battery lasts about 30 minutes (the equivalent of 6 glue sticks) when in use, which in most cases should be ample to complete most gluing tasks. Bosch Li-ion batteries feature electronic cell protection so there is no danger of overheating or overload. And when not in use the discharge rate of Lithium Ion batteries is minimal, so even after months of little or no use the battery will still be holding most of its charge (assuming it was charged before being stored). A micro USB charger is supplied for charging the battery.
With Bosch’s Softgrip technology the glue pen is comfortable to hold and use (particularly without a cable to worry about) and perfect for many DIY jobs around the home and garden.
Stanley Heavy-Duty Glue Gun with Glue Sticks Review
Household names don’t get much bigger than Stanley when it comes to tool brands. We’ve used their products for years and were excited to get our hands on their heavy duty glue gun. On first impressions, it feels good in the hand with a chunky “Stanley yellow” trigger that feels smooth.
The switchable power modes allow you to use a lower heat for delicate craft jobs, or full power when you need the glue to stay pliable for longer. We think this’ll come in handy when used on wood, leather, glass or even metals.
As you’d expect from a brand like Stanley, this is probably the best hot glue gun for the UK market at this price point. It’s lightweight, comfortable to use and feels like it’ll last for ages.
Cobiz Dual Power Heavy Duty Glue Gun Kit Review
Electronics and lifestyle brand Cobiz have built themselves an impressive range of clever products from quality head torches to this beast of a hot glue gun. The Dual Power Heavy Duty Glue Gun is certainly a force to be reckoned with, weighing in at more than 600 g of hot gluing action.
Even though it’s heavy, the weight of it adds to the quality feel- the plastic grip is comfortable to use and the extra finger lever on the trigger is a nice touch for extra control. With a built-in fuse to stop it overheating, and a handy LED light to show it’s on, it’s a safe option too.
We like the two heat settings, it makes it the best glue gun for crafts, and the 10 included glue sticks seem to be of a decent quality. It’s not the thinnest nozzle on the list, but you can still put out a thin enough bead of glue to be useful.
Beeway Hot Glue Gun with Glue Sticks Review
Turning their hand to everything from BBQ mats to motorbike covers, Beeway have also come up with a handy little hot glue gun for crafting and model making. We took a closer look at their electric melt glue gun to see what it can do.
At 20 Watts it’s not exactly a fire-breather but it only takes a few minutes to heat up and it feels comfortable when in use. It doesn’t have the weight of a more premium device, so it doesn’t sit on the little fold out stand too well, but for the price it’s the best glue gun for crafts and other smaller projects.
The fact that it comes with a whopping 50 glue sticks is a nice touch as well, unless you’re a heavy glue user this little device should last you for ages. You can’t adjust the temperature, but this wouldn’t put us off buying one to keep in a crafting kit or DIY kit for when you need hot glue on tap.
Glue Gun FAQ
How do you load a hot glue gun?
The first thing to check when you want to load your hot glue gun is the size of the glue stick itself. There is no standard stick size, but most of the best glue guns take 11 mm glue sticks. Don’t try and use the wrong thickness glue stick as they will likely clog up the gun and ruin it.
When you’re sure you have the right stick, simply load it into the rear port of the glue gun until the feed mechanism operated by the trigger grabs hold of it.
How do you operate a hot glue gun?
Operating a glue gun is easy, but made easier by a large and accurate trigger, like the one on the Bosch PKP 18 E. Once the glue gun is loaded with a glue stick and up to melting temperature (anything from 60 seconds to five minutes, depending on the brand) you can pull the trigger to send out the hot glue.
Always consult your user manual before operating your glue gun. Glue at 220° C can cause serious injuries. Always treat a hot glue gun with the respect it deserves. Always ensure that the nozzle is clear of glue residue- if the nozzle is blocked, the hot glue can be forced back towards your hand through the loading port.
The harder you pull the trigger; the more glue comes out. The trick is to pull gently until you know how fast the glue will ooze out of the nozzle to gain greater control of it. Practise on scrap materials before you go to the workpiece.
If you haven’t used a hot glue gun before, it’s a bit of a revelation for the keen DIYer or crafter that needs glue with an instant fix. We’d happily use any of the glue guns on our list, but the best hot glue gun for the UK market must be the Bosch PKP 18 E. The thin nozzle, clever stand design and auto heat adjuster makes it perfect for anyone that needs hot glue in a hurry.