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
Wagner Heat Gun Furno 750, 50°C – 630°C, 2000 W Review
The Wagner Furno Heat Gun is the one of the best heat guns on the market.
This heat gun has a 2,000 Watt motor and a variable temperature range of between 50 and 630°C. It features 6 airflow settings, a cool down setting for protecting the heater element and a thermal protection feature to prevent overheating.
The temperature itself is displayed clearly on a digital screen.
The heat gun also has a memory function which recalls the last setting used – very handy on longer jobs as you don’t have to keep resetting the gun every time you start. The tool heats up and cools down very quickly thanks to the cool setting.
The heat gun also comes with concentrator glass protection nozzles.
One of the best features 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 burning any surfaces. It also means that the heat gun can be used hands-free with objects being passed into the air flow.
This is a really versatile heat gun that is safe and easy to use and one of the best heat guns for DIY, craft and cooking uses.
Metabo H16500 240V Heat Gun Review
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 500º C. 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 heatgun comes with a wide jet nozzle, a reducing nozzle and a carry case.
This is a durable hot air gun that is comfortable to use and should give years of service.
VonHaus 2000W Heat Gun Review
The VonHaus 2000W Heat Gun has two heat settings, comes with nozzles and is comfortable to use.
This heatgun has 2 heat settings of 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.
For a cheap heat gun this is one of the best heat guns for the money.
Tacklife 2000W Heat Gun HGP73AC Professional Hot Air Gun Review
The Tacklife HGP73AC Professional Hot Air Gun has a 2,000 Watt motor, a maximum temperature of 600°C and is comfortable to use.
This is a versatile hot air gun and 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 hot air 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 is a good cheap heat gun that is effective and comfortable to use.
Bosch PHG 600-3 Heat Gun Review
The Bosch PHG 600-3 Heat Gun has an 1,800 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 and 600 degrees and three airflow settings of 250, 350 and 500 I/min. It features a cool down setting for quick cooling and protecting the heater element. The product also has a useful Thermostop function that automatically switches off the gun if it gets too close to a surface. It automatically switches back on when the temperature drops back down.
This heat gun is also light and comfortable to use thanks to its soft grip handle, making it another good choice for best hot air gun.
Heat Gun Buyer’s Guide
When choosing a heat gun, or hot air gun, much will depend on how you want to use it. If you have simple tasks, 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 are 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 more important, consider buying a heat gun with a super accurate digital display.
A heat gun with a cool down function is also 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 hot air 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 heatgun 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 that is great for larger areas and a concentrator nozzle that is useful for tougher tasks. Other useful additions are a glass protector nozzle that is useful if you are stripping paint from window frames or other surfaces you want to protect. Sometimes these guns are just known as ‘paint stripper guns’.
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, or hot air 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 temperatures, up to around 600 °C or more, so they do need to be treated with care.
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 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 heatgun 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 heatgun as there are obviously fire risks involved, especially if you use high temperatures 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 for this though.
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 caramelise sugar or melt chocolate as well as toast marshmallows, sear meat or toast breadcrumbs.