In this guide we’ll look at the best heat guns for the UK market.
We’ve compared ease-of-use, performance, build quality and cost
to give you our top recommendations.
What are the best heat guns?
More Detailed Heat Gun Reviews
This Wagner Heat Gun Furno is the best heat gun if you need a variable temperature gun that is safe and easy to use thanks to its digital display and built-in stand.
This heat gun has a 2000 watt motor and a variable temperature range of between 50 – 630°C. The temperature is displayed on a clear digital screen. It features 6 airflow settings and a cool down setting which should be used every time you finish work as it protects the heater element. It also has a thermal protection feature to prevent overheating.
The heat gun also has a memory function which recalls the last setting – very handy on longer jobs as you don’t have to keep resetting the gun every time you start. The tool heats up very quickly and cools down fast thanks to the cool setting.
The heat gun comes with a concentrator nozzle and a glass protection nozzle.
The best feature of this heat gun is that it can be placed on its handle with the nozzle pointing upwards. This makes it safer to use as you can put it in this position when it is hot without risking burning any surfaces. It also means that the heat gun can be used hands-free with objects being passed into the air flow.
This heat gun is versatile and safe and easy to use making it perfect for all DIY, craft and cooking uses.
The Bosch PHG 600-3 Heat Gun has a 1800 watt highly durable motor, three heat and airflow settings as well as a cool down setting.
This heat gun has temperature settings of 50/400/600 degree Celsius. It also has three airflow settings of 250/350/500 I/min. The heat gun features a cool down setting which means you can quickly cool down your work. This feature also protects the heater element. The product has a Thermostop function which automatically switches off the gun if it gets to close to a surface. It then automatically switches back on when the temperature drops back down.
This heat gun is quick to heat up and because of the cool setting, cools down fast. It is also light and comfortable to use, due to its soft grip handle.
This is a reliable and effective heat gun that is simple to use.
The BLACK+DECKER KX2001K-GB Heat Gun, 2000 W has two heat settings and comes with accessories and a carry case
This heat gun has a 2000-watt motor and two heat settings. It also has a dial to increase or decrease the heat in smaller increments. The heat range is 65 – 645 ºC.
The gun can be stood on its end while cooling which is handy as this takes a while.
This heat gun comes with a reflector nozzle for use around pipes or in enclosed areas and a glass protection nozzle which is very handy when working on window frames or near other surfaces you want to protect. It also comes with a reduction cone to concentrate the heat when working on tough applications such as stripping multiple layers of paint. There is also a wide nozzle for larger areas. The kit also includes a carry box and scraper; however, the scraper is fairly ineffective.
This is a good value tool that does the job well.
The Metabo H16500 240V Heat Gun has two heat settings and three airflow levels and comes with two nozzles and a carry case.
This heat gun has a 1,600-watt motor and maximum temperature range of 500 ºC. It features a high-quality ceramic heating element and optimum device cooling which means you can use it for long periods and also increases its service life.
The heat gun comes with a wide jet nozzle, a reducing nozzle and a carry case.
This is a durable tool that is comfortable to use and should give years of service.
The 2000W Heat Gun, Tacklife HGP73AC Professional Hot Air Gun with Adjustable Temperature has a 2000 watt motor, a maximum temperature of 600°C and is comfortable to use.
This heat gun is versatile as you can adjust the temperature in 50-degree increments from 50 ℃ to 600 ℃. It heats up to its maximum temperature in just one minute. The gun has built-in overload protection that shuts the heating element down automatically if it gets too hot. The gun also features a comfortable ergonomic grip and can be stood on its handle when cooling down.
The heat gun comes with four nozzles.
This heat gun is a great budget buy that is effective and comfortable to use.
The VonHaus 2000W Heat Gun has two heat settings, comes with nozzles and is comfortable to use.
The heat gun has 2 Heat Settings 350°C and 550°C. It also has a thermostat to prevent overheating. The tool is ergonomically designed for optimal weight distribution which makes it comfortable to use for long periods.
The heat gun comes with a glass protection nozzle, an air spreader nozzle, a concentration nozzle and a reflector nozzle.
Overall, this makes a great budget option.
Heat Gun Buyer’s Guide
When choosing a heat gun, much will depend on the purpose you want it for. If you have a simple task, such as thawing pipes or shrink wrapping items for sale, then you will not need too much power or ultra-high temperatures. However, if your tasks is more heavy duty, such as stripping layers of paint, then a high powered heat gun with a high maximum temperature will make the job a lot easier.
Most heat guns have variable temperature controls, but some are more versatile than others. If you will be using your heat gun for a range of applications, choose one that has plenty of different settings. If precise temperatures are important to your task, then consider buying a heat gun with a super accurate digital display.
A heat gun with a cool down function is useful as it allows you to cool down the piece you are working on as well as cooling down the gun itself. Cooling down the heat gun means you can put it away more quickly and will also increase the life of the heating element.
If you are working on a large task and going back to the same piece of work, then a heat gun that remembers the last setting is useful.
Most heat guns come with at least two nozzles and some come with more. The most useful nozzles include a wide nozzle for larger areas a concentrator nozzle for tough tasks. Other useful additions are a glass protector nozzle which is useful if you are stripping paint from window frames or near other surfaces you want to protect.
Many heat guns can be stood on their handle. This is useful as it makes it easy to put the gun down safely while it cools. In addition, the heat gun may be used hands-free in this position.
What is heat gun?
A heat gun is a tool that draws in air, passes it over a heating element and emits a stream of hot air.
They work in the same way as hairdryers but at much higher heats, up to around 600 °C or more, so need to be treated with respect.
How do you use a heat gun?
Heat guns get very hot, so you should wear heat resistant gloves and be careful never to touch the end of the gun. Also, make sure you don’t use the heat gun close to highly flammable surfaces.
To safely use a heat gun to remove paint follow these steps.
Hold the heat gun at a 45-degree angle from the workpiece and keep it moving at all times, so you don’t burn the paint or wood. Use the lowest setting that causes the paint to bubble. Once the paint has softened and bubbled it can be removed with a scraper. Be careful, the paint will be hot.
You may find that some small amount of paint remains trapped in the grain of the wood. This should be sanded away.
If you are stripping paint that was applied before the 1970’s you should use a non-solvent paint stripper rather than a heat gun as the paint will probably contain toxic lead.
What is a heat gun used for?
A heat gun has a wide range of uses. As well as stripping paint, you can use a heat gun for the following jobs. Always be very careful when using a heat gun as there are obviously fire risks involves if you use high heats on flammable surfaces such as wallpaper and plastics.
If you have frozen pipes, you can use a heat gun on a low setting to thaw them out. Do this slowly though, otherwise, you risk damaging the pipes from too much heat or the expansion of the water.
You can speed up shrink wrapping by using your heat gun on a low setting.
Plastic and tarpaulin welding
You can weld together plastic items with a heat gun. You may need a special nozzle and strips of plastic called welding strips to do this. Tarpaulins can be joined by overlapping them and heating the join, then pressing the heated section together. Do wear heat resistant gloves to do this.
A heat gun can be used to dry paint faster. Use a low heat and don’t get too close or you risk heating the paint too much and causing it to bubble or burn.
Soften Glues and Adhesives
You can remove old glue by heating it gently to soften it and then scraping it away. This is useful in many DIY jobs, such as removing old vinyl floor tiles.
Loosening stuck or rusty nuts and bolts
You can sometimes remove a rusty bolt by heating it with a heat gun. The heat causes the metal to expand which can loosen the rust and make the bolt easier to remove.
If you make candles, the top sometimes sets unevenly. You can use a heat gun to re-melt the top for a smooth even finish.
A heat gun can be used to caramelize sugar or melt chocolate as well as toast marshmallows, sear meat or toast breadcrumbs.