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8 Best Heat Guns (2021 Review)

The best heat guns should be able to operate at temperatures of 500-600°C to make short work of wallpaper stripping, heat shrinking cables or pipe bending. Variable temperature settings and air flow levels provide more controls for different jobs and are very useful features to look out for.

The heat gun should be comfortable to hold with a rubberised grip. Also take into account the weight of the heat gun if you are going to be using it above shoulder height for long periods. The heat gun should ideally be able to stand up on its end so you can work hands free. In terms of accessories the more tips and nozzles the better.

Whether you want a pro-level gun with a huge range of temperatures, or a budget one to get a DIY job done, I’ve found the best around. Let’s take a detailed look…

What is the Best Heat Gun For You?

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Comparing the Best Heat Guns

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In-Depth Reviews of Our Recommended Heat Guns

Dewalt D26411 1800W Heat GunDewalt D26411 1800W Heat Gun

Best all-round heat gun

Build Quality
Performance
Ease of Use
Value for Money
Overall
4.75
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Dewalt D26411 1800W Heat Gun review

Specifications

  • Power Input: Mains - 1,800W
  • Operating Temperature: 50-400, 50-600°C
  • No. of Air Flow Modes: 2
  • No. of Nozzles: 2
  • Double Handle: Yes
  • Weight: 0.65kg

The DeWalt D26411-GB is probably the best heat gun you can find right now. It’s robust, powerful, and has a stable base for hands free use. DeWalt is one of the best known and most loved power tool brands in the world, and I couldn’t wait to get my hands on their heat gun.

First off, this is a sturdy tool. It feels like it’s made from the same glass-fibre reinforced polymer used on DeWalt’s drills rather than the flimsy plastic used on some budget models. I reckon this thing will last for years.

Now for the specs. this heat gun weighs just 650 g but puts out up to 600° C using the powerful 1800 Watt power input. You can select from two different air flow speeds, up to 450 litres per minute air flow and it makes a maximum noise of 79 dB during use.

DeWalt have included two quality tips as well. A fishtail one that will be great for paint stripping, and a narrow cone for when you want more control over the heat spot.

The temperature control dial on the back of the tool feels solid and creates a flat base for the gun to stand upright for hands-free use. Combine it with the clever two-legged stand on the bottom of the hand grip, and you’ve got a solid base to work with. It’s the best heat gun I’ve tried out so far.

Pros

  • It’s a DeWalt quality heat gun that feels as solid as one of their amazing combi drills. Compared with the Ginour heat gun, it feels like it will last forever!
  • The rotating stand is a clever way to use this heat gun hands free. It doesn’t get in the way or flop about when not in use.
  • 650g is light for a heat gun with this power. Compared to the more powerful Seekone, it’s 350g lighter. That makes a lot of difference when you’re working above your head.

Cons

  • It’s expensive for a corded heat gun. If you’re a tradesperson then it makes sense to get the best gun, but it’s a bit much for a casual DIYer.
  • You only get two attachments for this heat gun. Seeing as it’s a premium product, you might expect to get more.
  • The large trigger guard in front of the handle can make it hard to get the heat gun into very tight spaces.

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Seekone 2000W Hot Air Gun Kit Seekone 2000W Hot Air Gun Kit

Best for quality and value

Build Quality
Performance
Ease of Use
Value for Money
Overall
5
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Seekone 2000W Hot Air Gun Kit review

Specifications

  • Power Input: Mains - 2,000W
  • Operating Temperature: 50-450, 50-600°C
  • No. of Air Flow Modes: 2
  • No. of Nozzles: 5
  • Double Handle: No
  • Weight: 0.9kg

Producing a range of quality and affordable heat guns, SEEKONE have managed to produce one of the best heat gun kits for a surprisingly reasonable price.

The first thing to note about this heat gun is the excellent set of accessories you get with it. If you’re new to using one of these bits of kit, you can get to work straight away. You don’t need to buy pretty much anything else.

The build quality is good considering the price of this heat gun. The air speed selector switch sits handily on the back of the handle just below the temperature control dial. They both feel solid and reasonably well put together.

SEEKONE have included three different sizes of standard cone tip. There’s also a wide flat tip, and a glass protection tip. It looks like it’ll come in handy for all sorts of paint removal jobs. To go with the tips, they’ve also thrown in a standard putty scraper and a triangular pull scraper too. Everything you need to get to work.

Spec- wise, this heat gun weighs just under 1 kg and puts out a maximum 600° C. It uses the 1800 Watt power input to put out up to 500 litres per minute air flow.

It’s worth buying this heat gun if you don’t have a set of scrapers already, and the tip shapes will certainly come in handy for some jobs. You can stand the heat gun on its end for free-hand work, but it’s not as stable as the DeWalt.

Pros

  • You’ve got everything here for a beginner to start stripping paint. I love a comprehensive kit, and this includes everything needed to get straight to work.
  • You can’t argue with a heat gun kit that includes a paint scraper and putty knife. Even if you’ve already got one, having spares is great.
  • There’s 20 Watts more power under the hood than the DeWalt. It uses this extra grunt to give you 50°C more in low fan mode. This might come in handy for more delicate work.
  • This is a much more affordable heat gun than the DeWalt, but it contains some of their premium features. The variable temperature controller makes it easy to set the right heat.

Cons

  • You can stand the heat gun up on its end, but it’s not all that stable. There’s a little metal clip to keep it steady, but it doesn’t work. If you knock it, it falls over too easily.
  • Several users have complained that the heat adjust controller isn’t easy to read. On some units, the dial doesn’t align with the temperature set.
  • The power lead is just over 1.5m. I don’t think that’s long enough if you want to strip a ceiling or something high up. You’ll need to get the extension cord out.

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Bosch Universal Heat 600 Heat Gun Bosch Universal Heat 600 Heat Gun

Best handle

Build Quality
Performance
Ease of Use
Value for Money
Overall
4.5
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Bosch Universal Heat 600 Heat Gun review

Specifications

  • Power Input: Mains - 1,800W
  • Operating Temperature: 50, 300, 600°C
  • No. of Air Flow Modes: 3
  • No. of Nozzles: 0
  • Double Handle: No
  • Weight: 0.53kg

Easily one of the best known European tool brands, Germany’s Bosch have two main lines of tools. “Blue” professional tools and “green” DIY level tools. This handy UniversalHeat 600 heat gun fits into the DIY section, but don’t be fooled, it’s a sturdy and reliable little beast.

I like the build quality on this heat gun, it’s what you’d expect from Bosch. The rubberised overmoulded handle is supremely comfortable and the whole thing feels solid and not a plastic toy.

What makes this one of the best heat guns I’ve had a chance to try out is the three-step switch. You can’t change the temperature with a dial, but Bosch have selected three levels of heat and airflow that just seem to work.

As for the specs, this is a super lightweight heat gun at just over 500 g. It makes the most of its 1800 Watt power to create 600° C. It can put out up to 500 litres per minute air flow.

The included tip is of a good quality, but you only get the one. I like the fact that they lock in using a collar but buying more of them for different applications can work out costly. It’s a bit of a shame that this heat gun doesn’t stand up on its end very well for hands-free work.

Pros

  • If you’re interested in build quality, you can trust the Bosch to be comfortable and hard wearing.
  • It’s probably got the best handle on any of the heat guns I’ve tried out. Compared with the DeWalt, the back side is rubberised for extra grip and comfort.
  • The 2.4m long power cable is much better compared with the SEEKONE. You can reach most things without resorting to an extension cable.
  • There are three air flow levels, compared with the DeWalt’s two. It’s nice to have more control for different jobs.
  • It’s incredibly light. At just over 500g, it’s the best heat gun for using over your head. Compared to the SEEKONE, it’s almost half the weight!

Cons

  • It’s great that there are three air flow levels, but there are also only three temperature settings. They work well, but it’s better to have more control over the heat.
  • Bosch claim that the rubberised rear portion makes the heat gun suitable for hands-free operation. Without a rear stand, it’s not stable enough. If you knock it at all, it falls over.
  • Bosch seem to have a proprietary nozzle connection system. And they don’t include any extras, so you’ll need to buy their own attachments.

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Ginour 2000W Hot Air Gun Ginour 2000W Hot Air Gun

Best budget heat gun

Build Quality
Performance
Ease of Use
Value for Money
Overall
4.75
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Ginour 2000W Hot Air Gun review

Specifications

  • Power Input: Mains - 2,000W
  • Operating Temperature: 350, 550°C
  • No. of Air Flow Modes: 2
  • No. of Nozzles: 4
  • Double Handle: No
  • Weight: 1.2kg

Power tool brand Ginour have made a powerful heat gun kit. It comes with a decent set of accessories, hands-free capability and won’t empty your wallet when you buy it.

Another full kit, this is an ideal heat gun to buy if you want all the accessories thrown in. The build quality isn’t exactly as good as the DeWalt or the Bosch. However, for this price you’re not going to argue too much.

It’s a solid-feeling unit, with a comfortable handle and three-stage switch for controlling the heat settings. I like the moulding on the back of the unit. It splays out so it can be stood up on its end- making it a solid choice for hands-free use.

As for the specs, a power input of 2000 Watts pushes the heat up to 550° C at 550 litres per minute. Weighing in at close to 1 kg, it’s not exactly heavy but it’s a bit weightier than the competition. You get two selectable modes to choose from as well.

What makes the Ginour heat gun rather useful though is the accessory pack. There are plenty of tips for all sorts of jobs. A wide fishtail, glass protector, reflector, and concentrator for creating narrow heat spot. They’ve also chucked in a pair of scrapers. A standard knife and triangular one for all sorts of renovation jobs.

Pros

  • You can’t argue with a powerful heat gun for this price. It’s the best budget heat gun thanks to the decent accessory kit and high output.
  • The large accessory kit is ideal for beginners. You can get to work straight away without spending any extra money. The scrapers are definitely useful things to have.
  • Compared with the Bosch UniversalHeat 600, this heat gun has more chance of staying stood up if you knock it. The wide plastic base is handy.

Cons

  • This heat gun isn’t as efficient as SEEKONE or DeWalt. It uses a 2000 Watt motor, but only puts out a maximum 550° C.
  • The power cable is just 1.8m long. Anything under 2m means you’ll need to have the extension cord at the ready.
  • Weighing 1.2 kg, this is a heavy heat gun. It’s fine to use at wait height or hands free, but above your head can get tiring.

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Vonhaus 2000W Heat Gun Vonhaus 2000W Heat Gun

Best budget option

Build Quality
Performance
Ease of Use
Value for Money
Overall
4.25
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Vonhaus 2000W Heat Gun review

Specifications

  • Power Input: Mains - 2,000W
  • Operating Temperature: 350, 550°C
  • No. of Air Flow Modes: 2
  • No. of Nozzles: 4
  • Double Handle: Yes
  • Weight: 1.0kg

Manchester-based VonHaus have been taking the DIY world by storm with their extensive range of handy tools and accessories. Their heat gun is hugely powerful, comfortable to use and comes with a decent set of tips.

Decked out in VonHaus’s recognisable orange colours, the handle is non-slip and feels comfortable. The three-stage trigger is handy provided you don’t squeeze the handle too hard, and the overall feel is good. It’s a sturdy heat gun.

As for the specs, this heat gun’s a little heavier than some of the competition at just under 1 kg. You can excuse the extra heft because it puts out a huge 2000 Watts of heat power. This heat is produced at two selectable temperatures- 350° C and 550° C. The airflow speed’s a bit higher at 550 litres per minute too.

What makes this one of the best heat gun kits as far as I’m concerned is the accessory kit though. The four tips are of a good quality and should set you up for any heat gun job. You get a glass protection nozzle, air spreader, concentrator, and reflector tip as well. It makes for a formidable kit for not a lot of money.

Pros

  • Compared with the Ginour heat gun, you get the same powerful 2000 Watt motor, but it weighs 200g less. It makes it more suitable if you’ve got lots of overhead work to do.
  • The handle is well shaped and has plenty of rubberised grip on the back side. It should make it more comfortable to hold and less likely to slip out of the hand.
  • The automatic shut off function is a useful safety feature. If the device overheats, it’s smart enough to switch itself off.

Cons

  • Unfortunately, this is another heat gun with a too-short power cable. Compared with the Bosch UniversalHeat 600, it’s nearly 1m shorter.
  • Some users have complained that the attachments are flimsy. Once they’ve been used for a while, they can become hard to remove.
  • Compared with the Ginour heat gun kit, you get the nozzle accessories but no scrapers. It’s a shame, for the price I’d expect them included.
  • At 550° C, this heat gun still doesn’t get as hot as the Bosch UniversalHeat 600. It’s even got 200 Watts more power.

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Ryobi R18HG-0 18V ONE+ Cordless Heat GunRyobi R18HG-0 18V ONE+ Cordless Heat Gun

Best cordless heat gun

Build Quality
Performance
Ease of Use
Value for Money
Overall
4
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Ryobi R18HG-0 18V ONE+ Cordless Heat Gun review

Specifications

  • Power Input: Battery - 18V
  • Operating Temperature: 470°C
  • No. of Air Flow Modes: 1
  • No. of Nozzles: 2
  • Double Handle: No
  • Weight: 0.65kg (excl battery)

Japanese tool brand Ryobi are famous for producing excellent cordless power tools. Their excellent ONE+ battery system allows you to share them across their range of 18V tools. Power up anything from a lawnmower to a circular saw without needing to buy separate batteries! Their R18HG-0 18V heat gun cuts the power cord and lets you use a heat gun wherever you want, even off-grid.

Starting with the build quality- if you’re familiar with Ryobi tools you’ll know what to expect. The quality of the finish is like one of their drills, no cheap bendy plastic or uncomfortable handle here! You get the same comfortable GripZone technology found on their combi drills, and it’s a pleasure to hold.

The stats aren’t bad for a battery powered heat gun either. It puts out 470° C and takes just 60 seconds to get up to full temperature. When you bear in mind that this doesn’t use mains power, that’s an impressive feat.

You get a couple of attachments to use with the heat gun as well. There’s a reflector for heat shrinking or pipe bending, and a reducer nozzle thrown in for when you need concentrated heat. They’re good quality, and don’t have a proprietary connector system, so you can use aftermarket accessories with it.

If you’re going to be away from the mains power supply, up a ladder, or you just hate tripping over power cords, this is the heat gun for you! Even better if you’ve bought into Ryobi tools already, as this comes without a battery or charger included.

Pros

  • You’re truly cutting the cord with this little beauty. No more extension leads to accidentally melt with the heat gun! If portability is your main aim, the Ryobi can’t be beat.
  • It’s nice and quiet compared to the Vonhaus heat gun. It’s rated to about 3 dB, which is a little less than a regular hair dryer on high speed.
  • You get an LED work light on this heat gun. If you’re working in a dark corner, it’ll really come in handy. You probably didn’t know you needed a work light until now!
  • In place of the forward and reverse switch you’d find on a Ryobi drill, there’s a clever safety feature. You can lock the trigger, so it won’t accidentally turn on.

Cons

  • You only get one heat and fan speed setting. If you don’t want 470° C and a medium fan speed, get a different heat gun!
  • This thing eats batteries. According to Ryobi you get this much run time with each battery size: 7 mins with a 2.0 Ah, 14 mins with a 3.0 Ah, 14 mins with a 4.0 Ah, 18 mins with a 5.0 Ah and 42 mins with a 9.0 Ah battery. That’s not awfully long for the extra weight.
  • This heat gun doesn’t run hot enough for paint stripping jobs. You’d need around 600° C for that.

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Terratek Pro 2000W Heat GunTerratek Pro 2000W Heat Gun

Best value for money

Build Quality
Performance
Ease of Use
Value for Money
Overall
4.25
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Terratek Pro 2000W Heat Gun review

Specifications

  • Power Input: Mains - 2,000W
  • Operating Temperature: 80-600°C
  • No. of Air Flow Modes: 1
  • No. of Nozzles: 4
  • Double Handle: No
  • Weight: 1.6kg

Terratek make an impressive range of DIY gear, from paint sprayers to hedge trimmers. They also make one of the best 2,000 Watt heat guns I’ve tried out.

It’s a futuristic looking heat gun with a large, rubberised handle. It’s more comfortable to use than some of the more expensive heat guns that just have a plastic handle. This makes it ideal for long paint stripping sessions and overall ergonomics.

There’s a variable heat selection dial on the back and two fan speeds to choose from. It’s rather heavy, but you can rest it on its back for hands-free use. The big 2,000 Watt motor puts out 80° – 600° C and a range of air flows from 300 – 500 litres per minute. Not bad stats for a relatively inexpensive heat gun.

You also get a decent set of accessories to go with the heat gun. There are four different nozzles to choose from too. You get a fish tail, a classic reduction tip, a glass protection nozzle, and a light carbon nozzle.

It’s another excellent value for money 200 Watt heat gun for stripping paint, heat shrinking cables or removing old stickers. It’s powerful but wonderfully comfortable to use.

Pros

  • You get an awful lot of heat gun for the money. 2000 Watts of power with the magic 600° C maximum temperature for bubbling away old paint, ready for stripping.
  • If you’re looking for a comfortable grip on a heat gun, this fits the bill. Even compared to the expensive DeWalt, it’s much nicer to hold. The rubberised texture is soft but heat resistant.
  • I like the variable heat control dial. It gives you an almost infinite control over the heat output. Compared with the Ryobi R18HG-0 it’s incredibly versatile.

Cons

  • This is one heavy heat gun! At 1.6 kg it’s more than 1 kg heavier than the Bosch UniversalHeat 600. That’s quite a lot of weight to deal with, especially above your head.
  • The power cord length is less than 2m. It’s a shame because it’s just outside the ideal working length. I guarantee you’ll be reaching for the extension cord soon.
  • The lowest temperature you can get from this heat gun is still 80° C. You can always hold if further away from the workpiece, but I think it’s a bit hot for some applications.
  • They’ve included four nozzles, but no reflector for heat shrinking or pipe bending. I’m not sure I know what the light carbon nozzle is supposed to do.

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ETEPON Mini Electric 300 Watt Heat GunETEPON Mini Electric 300 Watt Heat Gun

Best mini heat gun

Build Quality
Performance
Ease of Use
Value for Money
Overall
3.75
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ETEPON Mini Electric 300 Watt Heat Gun review

Specifications

  • Power Input: Mains - 300W
  • Operating Temperature: 200°C
  • No. of Air Flow Modes: 1
  • No. of Nozzles: 0
  • Double Handle: No
  • Weight: 0.3kg

What sets this ETEPON heat gun apart from the rest of the competition is the size.

It’s a mini heat gun that’s great when you need accuracy over power and portability over fan power. In fact, I think it’s one of the best mini heat guns I’ve tried out so far. If you’re a hobbyist or electrician than needs to save on toolkit space, this is the one for you.

Compared with most full-size heat guns, this hot air machine looks more like an oversize board marker. You hold it like a pen rather than a pistol, and it creates a much more localised heat patch than one of the big boys.

This heat gun is perfect for smaller and more delicate jobs, when a regular heat gun’s blast of air is too big and clumsy.  If you’re planning on doing a lot of heat shrinking or crafting, this is the right heat gun for you.

The shape means you can direct it accurately, and the stand on the end is great for when you want to go hands free and have a horizontal blast of hot air. It’s got a nice textured grip on it as well, so it shouldn’t be too slippery.

As for the specs, this 300 Watt tool only heats up to 200° C. It’s not designed for stripping paint off a ceiling anyway. It weighs just 300 g and takes up much less room than a full-size heat gun.

Pros

  • It’s the ideal tool for repairing electronic devices. Commonly used for removing screens on phones and laptops, it’s more delicate than a big 200 Watt heat gun.
  • The front nozzle protector should help to keep your fingers away from the hot nozzle. Just make sure you don’t hold it by it!
  • Even though this is an inexpensive heat gun, it features overload protection. If it detects too much heat, the device will switch itself off.
  • The heat gun reaches working temperature within a few seconds. Compared with the Ryobi R18HG-0’s 60 seconds, this is ready to go just when you need it.

Cons

  • This is not designed to replace a full-size heat gun. The maximum temperature is just 200° C after all. Compared with the DeWalt D26411 this thing is a bit of a toy.
  • The cord length is far too short. Even if you’re using it on a desk, it could do with being longer.
  • Some users have complained about the quality of the components. I’m not sure how long this device will last if used heavily.
  • You don’t have any control over temperature or fan speed.

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Things to Know Before Buying a Heat Gun

Stripping paint or varnish, applying heat shrink tubing to cables, crafting or pipe bending, heat guns are versatile bits of kit found in all the best toolkits.

Heat Source

You can’t have a heat gun without a source of heat. Heat guns use electricity to draw air in with a fan and pass it across a heating element. The best heat gun might use a ceramic heating element that can create hotter temperatures than old-style coiled wire.

Power

The power rating on a heat gun is measured in Watts. The higher the number, the more power the heat gun pulls in from the electricity source. Usually, this translates to a higher temperature at the nozzle end but also means your electricity bill will be higher.

Tips

The versatility of a heat gun comes from the interchangeable tips available to it. You can reduce the size of the air flow with a reducer to precisely aim the heat source, use a fishtail wide nozzle for paint or varnish removal or protect windows when stripping frames with a glass protection nozzle.

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Heat Gun FAQs

What’s the best way to use a heat gun?

Although heat guns vary in power and air flow settings, they all work in a similar way- they blow out hot air from as low as 60° to as high as 600° C. Pick the right nozzle for the job and keep the tip of the heat gun moving, you shouldn’t hold it on the same spot for more than a few seconds at a time.

How do I know if my heat gun will work for paint stripping?

If you’re going to try to remove paint or varnish, test out your heat gun and scraper on a hidden spot if you can. If heat and scraping doesn’t work, at least you haven’t ruined the middle of the workpiece! Keep the heat gun at a 45° angle and always blow and scrape away from you.

How do I use my heat gun hands free?

For bending pipes, heat shrinking and other craft work, it makes sense to have both hands free and keep the hot air flow stable. The best heat guns, like the DeWalt D26411-GB, come with a flat base and stabilising legs that make them easy to stand up on their end. If your heat gun doesn’t have this, you could always use a bench vice to carefully clamp your heat gun in place.

Are heat guns safe?

If you treat a heat gun with care and follow safety precautions, heat guns are safe tools that can be operated by any DIYer. Never use a heat gun close to inflammable materials and always keep an eye on the direction of the air flow. Never touch the tip of a heat gun or try to change the nozzle until you’ve allowed it to cool down fully. Wear proper safety gloves and make sure you adequately ventilate any room you’re working in.

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Sources

“Hot air heat guns – the basics”www.diydata.com.

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