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11 of the best glue guns for craft

Searching for a glue gun to use when crafting? We tell you how to make the right choice to you and highlight the best glue gun to buy in 2020

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Hot glue is brilliant. Love or hate that distinctive smell, owning the best glue gun can open up whole new craft projects by giving you a solid stick that you just can’t get with other adhesives. Want to attach heavy embellishments? Hot glue is perfect. Building up cardboard or MDF into 3D shapes? A precision glue gun makes this job a breeze. There are loads of DIY glue guns available, but what is the best glue gun for crafts? A heavy-duty DIY version is often not what you need – a precision application and manoeuvrable, lightweight gun is often more important for the best glue gun for crafts. What about the best cordless glue gun uk? – is it worth spending more on cordless or is the best hot glue gun for you a quick-heat corded one? We’ll answer all those questions and help you find the best glue gun for you – the best glue gun for crafts is the one that fits your workspace is is quick and convenient to use. To check out some ideas for projects to make with your new glue gun, check out our best glue gun crafts article.

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11 of the best glue guns to buy

Best glue gun for crafts dot and dab

Trimcraft Dot and Dab glue gun

Is it silly to say that we first took notice of this gun when they launched a floral version? Those limited-edition ones are hard to get hold of now, but we rate this this mini glue gun for its small desk footprint and quick heat up time. This model uses 7mm glue sticks which are the most commonly available size for the best glue gun for crafts. Trimcraft have produced a range of glitter glue sticks with this gun in mind, which is great if you use glitter glue in quantity or need a strong not just decorative bond. It has a small kickstand and flattened area on the handle to give you decent ability to stand the heated gun on your craft desk between applications. This is the best hot glue gun for you if you want an everyday option that is easy to use and great value.

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Stix 2 mini hot melt glue gun

This super-lightweight glue gun has a lovely curved shape and lightly textured finish making it easy-to-hold and maneuveur – the 1.5m plug cable length gives you plenty of room to move the gun around too, even if your plug socket is not right above your craft desk. The unit heats up in just 4 minutes from plugging in to use it. Pressing the nose gives you a small controlled dose of melted glue, ideal for attaching embellishments. This controlled dose is perfect if you struggle with dexterity in your hands, but might not be the best choice if you want a gun with a more continuous flow. This is the best glue gun for craft for you if you want a predictable dose and a low price.

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Hunkydory Premier Craft tools hot glue gun

This is one of Hunkydory’s craft tools. The Premier Craft glue gun is designed with a precision nozzle tip, with  fine flow of glue, ideal for when you want precise application. It has a metal kick stand for standing the gun on your craft area between applications and the fine nozzle means you get fewer drips. The power cord could be a little longer. This is the best glue gun for craft  if you have a plug socket close to your craft desk and want a good value precision tool.

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Hobbycraft mini glue gun

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This dinky little gun is one of the smallest on test and we love its easy operation and simplicity. Rather than a kick stand, it has two plastic moulded prongs that give this gun increased stability and won’t get in the way of all but the very most intricate craft work. It heats up ready for use within 5 minutes of switching it on, and has a nice steady flow of glue when pressing the trigger. It uses 7mm glue sticks, which is to a common size, but you can buy a pack of 10 from Hobbycraft too, so wont be difficult to get hold of. This is the  best hot glue gun for you if you have a small craft space but want an everyday, inexpensive tool with easily available glue stick refills..

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Crafter’s Companion Professional Hot Melt glue gun

Though one of the largest guns in this reviews at 4.4″ x 5.4″ (11.2cm x 13.8cm), this model from Crafter’s Companion is so lightweight and easy to use. The soft-touch handle makes it easy to grip hold of and feels comfortble in your hand while you squeeze the trigger, which is large and shaped for ease of use, too. It takes less than 5 minutes from plugging in the gun to reach the temperature you need for use. It uses 7mm glue sticks, which are the most common size used in crafts, and the gun comes with a plastic stand mount to keep to uprights and to hand while in use – though the height of the gun does mean it can be probe to toppling over. This is the best glue gun for craft if you have a large working area where you can keep your gun to hand to use for years and years.

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Habico hot glue gun

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This hot glue gun from Habico is a great all-purpose purchase to see you through simple DIY projects while still being small and maneuverable enough to use for crafting. You can apply to adhesive in beads or dots, or in a long continuous line using the responsive trigger. When not in use, you can rest the gun on the metal kick stand to keep your nozzle upright and the unit primed for use. Unlike the other guns reviewed here, this unit does not come with any glue sticks, so if you are ordering online, make sure you pop some of these into your basket too. This is the best glue gun for you if you want to use across DIY and craft projects.

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Sizzix glue gun

There is something so elegant about this mid size hot glue gun from Sizzix, which measures 11 x 14cm (4.3 x 5.5 inches) and uses 7mm glue sticks _ the most common size for craft. Perhaps it is the on/off switch which lets you keep iy plugged in if you want to for ease of use. Perhaps it is the precision nozzle for clean and accurate application. But the things that really sets this glue gun apart is its accompanying stand. You don’t have to own one of these to use the gun – but you’d be missing a trick if you didn’t. The stand gives you a totally stable spot the store and rest the gun, with a genius built in heat resistant pate to catch any minor drips and splodges to keep your glue totally under control. This is the best glue gun for crafters with a large craft desk where the gun can be in situ and to hand permanently.

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Stick It glue gun

This mini marvel is an inexpensive, small and lightweight option for everyday crafting. It comes in both a hot melt and cool melt option – choose hot melt for most crafting unless you are using especially fragile materials. It is super-simple to use – just plug in, let it heat up and depress the trigger for a steady flow of hot glue. The transparent finish looks lovely and lets you keep an eye on how much glue is left before you need to change your stick, too. This is the best glue gun for you if you are looking for a cheap and cheerful option.

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In the past I had a huge heavy unwieldly glue gun which I didn't get on too well with. It was mainly used for rolled flowers and it left such a mess of glue that I gave it away. I replaced it with a little Stick It one. It's light and easy to use for my small hands and weak wrists, so I can hold a project or item I'm gluing and easily use it with my spare hand. It's corded and heats up fast enough for me.
Angela Dodson, card designer

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We R Memory Keepers USB Hot Glue Gun

This corded USB powered gun has a major selling point that sets it apart from other glue guns – it comes with a choice of two nozzles for different thickness of application, as well as the tool you need to change between them. Plug it in to the USB port on your computer to power it up or source a USB plug to use it on a mains socket. It heart up ready for use in less than five minutes. This is the best glue gun for you in you want a choice of application thickness ands if you have a USB device on your desk to easily power it up.

Best cordless glue gun UK

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Kit ‘N’ Caboodle Cordless Glue Gun

At last we’ve found a cordless glue gun with the ability to keep a hot charge for more than one craft session. Is the Kit n Kaboodle the best cordless glue gun uk? We certainly rate it for its battery life and precision glue nozzle. It is larger than many other models featured here, but that makes it ideal for bulk crafters as you wont need to replace the glue stick as often as with the mini models. The kickstand is made of plastic which helps keep it light to hold and use, and the cordless feature and good battery life make it perfect for taking out and about with you. It comes with a USB charging cable, so unless you can charge from a USB port you’ll need to source a USB mains plug adapter. This is the best cordless glue gun UK if you want the convenience of cordless with the reliability and speed of a cabled glues gun.

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Sticky Thumb Cordless Mini Hot Glue Gun

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This sweet and stylish cordless glue gun from American Crafts runs on 4 AA batteries. This makes it super portable and easy to use everywhere you go, you can even change the batteries when you are out and about without having to plug anything in – but it also mens that if you use it a lot, you are going to get through the batteries. It would be the best cordless glue gun uk choice for card makers or scrapbookers who don’t use a whole heap of hot glue but want something super easy to use for when they do.  It has a lighted nozzle for easy application as well as an ergonomic hand-friendly design.

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