In this guide we’ll look at the best heat guns for the UK market.
I’ve compared ease-of-use, performance, build quality and cost
to give you my top recommendations.
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More Detailed Heat Gun Reviews
Dewalt D26411 1800W Heat Gun Review
The DeWalt D26411-GB is probably the best heat gun you can find right now because 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 really solid base to work with. It’s the best heat gun I’ve tried out so far.
Seekone 2000W Hot Air Gun Kit Review
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 without having to buy pretty much anything else.
The build quality is good considering the price of this heat gun- the air speed selector switch sits on the back of the handle just below the temperature control dial, and they both feel solid and reasonably well put together.
SEEKONE have included three different sizes of standard cone tip, a wide flat tip, and a glass porotection tip that 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 using 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 it’s end for free-hand work, but it’s not as stable as the DeWalt.
Bosch Universal Heat 600 Heat Gun Review
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 that makes the most of its 1800 Watt power to create 600° C using the 1800 Watt power input to 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 for hands-free work.
Vonhaus 2000W Heat Gun Review
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, but you can excuse the extra heft because it puts out a huge 2000 Watts of heat power 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.
Ryobi EHG2000 2000W Heat Gun Review
Japanese tool firm Ryobi are well known for their ONE+ battery system that links most of their cordless tools together, but they still make one of the best corded heat guns you can find. The power output is huge, it’s a well-made tool and you can stand it up for hands-free tasks.
If you’re familiar with Ryobi tools, this heat gun fits right in- the green plastic is overmoulded with a comfortable grey rubber grip that Ryobi call the GripZone. Whatever it’s called, it works. It feels like holding a Ryobi drill and not a cheap piece of plastic.
Similar in design to the excellent DeWalt, the temperature selector dial on the rear of the body is flat, meaning you can use it for hands-free tasks, but the single leg on the bottom of the grip isn’t quite as sturdy.
Here are the specs: the 700 g weight translates to a mighty 2000 Watt power output and two selectable airflow settings up to 500 litres per minute. Choose from 60° C – 600° C with the dial, depending on what sort of job you’re doing.
Ryobi have included a pair of nozzles as well- a wide angle fishtail, and a concentrator tip for precision jobs. It’s another quality bit of kit from one of the best-known brands in the business.
Tilswall 2000W Hot Air Gun Review
This Tilswall heat gun bucks the trend for analogue dials and switches with its LED readout and includes an impressive 12 heat and speed settings.
If you want a full heat gun kit, this is probably the best choice because it comes complete with four different nozzles and two putty scrapers- enough to get anyone started on their next renovation project.
The little trick that makes this one of the best heat guns around is the internal memory- if you set a particular heat or fan speed, it will remember it even after you’ve turned it off. It’ll come in handy when there are twelve to choose from, so you don’t waste time fiddling with the settings.
For the price, you might think this heat gun lacks a decent grip, but it’s surprisingly comfortable to use. One of the things I really like is the rear of the gun splays out, making it stable for hands-free operation.
Specs-wise, the 2000 Watt power output creates up to 600° C and an impressive airflow level that maxes out at 550 litres per minute. Weighing in at just under 900 g, it’s not the lightest heat gun on my list but the control you have over the heat and speed levels make up for it.
Ginour 2000W Hot Air Gun Review
Power tool brand Ginour have made a powerful heat gun that 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, but 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’s plenty of tips for all sorts of jobs- a wide fishtail, glass protector, reflector, and concentrator for creating a smaller heat spot. They’ve also chucked in a pair of scrapers- a standard knife and triangular one for all sorts of renovation jobs.
Luatuer Mini Heat Gun Review
What sets this Luatuer heat gun apart from the rest of the competition is the size. It’s one of the best mini heat guns I’ve had a chance to use, because it’s incredibly portable, easy to use, and is incredibly accurate.
Where most heat guns are large gun-shaped tools more suited for wide application, this heat gun is perfect for smaller and more delicate jobs. If you’re planning on doing a lot of heat shrinking or crafting, this is the right heat gun for you.
The pencil shape means you can direct it accurately, but the stand on the end is great for when you want to go hands free and have a horizontal blast of hot air. The ports at the rear of the tool help keep everything from overheating and the textured body improves grip.
As for the specs, this 300 Watt tool only heats up to 200° C, but you’re not going to use if for stripping paint off a ceiling anyway. The air flow is rather good considering this is such a small heat gun and weighing in at just 320 g makes this the most portable little heat gun I’ve had a chance to use.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Heat Gun FAQs
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.
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.
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.
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.