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Best Hot Glue Gun For Crafting Reviews 2017 – Top 5 Picks

written by Catherine Anderson

School art projects will either breed artists and hardened DIY experts out of children or repel them from art altogether.

Realistically, some kids are all about math and tech, while some escape into creativity and art. It is perfectly normal to be diverse.

The creatives will look forward to art projects, and they will demand only the best hot glue gun for crafts when it is time. Mom, get ready for artsy DIY projects.

Why You Need a Hot Glue Gun?

Hot glue guns protect your fingers and hands when you work with hot glue. You can expect a few nips here and there, but it will protect you for the most part.

Besides homework, you could get the children interested in art even at home and who knows, you could be awakening a passion that they could carry on for the rest of their lives.

In fact, the market for hot glue guns expands every day, and you will be spoiled for choice when you decide to get one finally. Seeing that your interest is in art projects for the kids, you will not need to break the bank.

Some of the important things to look out for include:

  • Size
    This will mostly depend on the nature of the job. If you want precision and detail, a small glue gun will be ideal. For woodwork and carpentry, a large one will do as it takes in more glue.


  • Price
    You may not want to break the bank, especially considering that this may be the children’s first glue gun. You have several in the $20 range and below.

  • Temperature Setting
    A single setting will do, as your aim is to get the glue to heat up enough so it can flow out of the spout effortlessly.

5 Best Hot Glue Gun For Crafting Reviews 2017

This hot glue gun is a small miracle worker. At a price of a burger, you will get one of the most sophisticated glue guns in its price range.

The material is hard plastic, and it measures 8.3 x 2.4 x 5.9 inches. At only 14 ounces, your child will have an easy time holding and using it.

One of the many faults of hot glue guns is their ability to keep the glue hot all the while they are in use. This on heats up in 3-5 minutes, and retains this heat for about 8 minutes. This way, you can finish working on your project without reheating the glue.

The nozzle is quite small to allow you to work with delicate fabric. It will withstand regular use as long as heat from the glue is below 500 degrees F.

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You may have in mind a simple tool seeing that it is meant for schoolwork, but if you are up to it, this glue gun will work glass, fabric, and wood too.

At the front, near the nozzle, this glue gun has a stand to keep it upright when you take a break. It is compatible with glue sticks of all temperatures.​

Things We Liked

  • Comes with 25 environment-friendly glue sticks.
  • Heats up to 392 Degrees F.
  • Heats up fast and keeps glue hot for long.
  • Compact design, easy to assemble.

Things We Didn't Like

  • You will have to unplug it about 10 minutes in advance to stop glue from dripping.
  • Only 1 working temperature​.

It is black, lean, with the trigger strategically designed on the handle. The handle is slim and comfortable to hold with one hand. The pointed nozzle makes it possible to use this tool on delicate fabrics and other projects that need concentration.

Because you may need to turn it off while working, this glue gun has a switch on the side for easy manipulation. It has been designed with young users in mind, hence the internal temperature control to prevent overheating.

It warms up in as few as three minutes, and the smart temperature control keeps it warm for a while. It is a lightweight at 8.5 ounces, and it measures 9 x 1 x 8 inches. While the size is ideal for children to hold, it is too small for most glue sticks (the perfect size is 0.27-0.29 inch). It runs through them pretty fast too.

You will need to insert another glue stick before you exhaust the one in the gun. Ensure that the one in the glue gun is past the part with an opening to prevent them from clogging the gun.​

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Glue heats up just over 350 degrees F, and so you should be careful when touching the hot glue lest you get burned. It uses fast-dry glue sticks so that the molten glue dries in a minute.​

Things We Liked

  • Small and lightweight for kids to use.
  • Heats up fast to high degrees.
  • Has internal safety controls.
  • Very easy to assemble and use.

Things We Didn't Like

  • It leaks at the nozzle when the glue is too hot.
  • The gun is a bit small, not able to stand up when hot.

This hot glue gun is pricier than most, but then it’s multiple heat setting is not a feature you will find I those others. It is white with a long cord and a pointed nozzle.

Because of its adjustable temperature settings, you can use this glue gun for both hot and cold operations. The temperature ranges from 212°F – 428°F to give you a choice when using material that requires less heat. For this reason, this glue gun works ideally on any school projects and some home DIYs.​

The trigger is strategically placed on the handle so that your finger finds it easily. However, the same position makes it possible to pull the trigger accidentally, thanks to its proximity to the part where your hand settles.

You will only need to heat it for 3-5 minutes for it to warm enough. An indicator on the side will let you know when the gun is ready for use.

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Since it is a big gun, it uses between 10.8mm-11.8mm-sized glue sticks. The glue stick will burn longer too, thanks to an inbuilt heat insulation mechanism.

The most common complaint about glue guns is leaking. This glue gun has an inbuilt leak-proof valve to take care of that concern. The manufacturer has included a thermostat to prevent overheating and to save energy too.​

Things We Liked

  • Non-drip/interchangeable nozzle.
  • Adjustable temperature control.
  • Heats up quickly - only takes 3 to 5 mins.
  • Anti-overheating with ceramic PTC thermistor.

Things We Didn't Like

  • It is a bit pricey.
  • The hot glue gun is made for Chinese socket.

At 5*1.8*7 in, and 8 ounces, this mini glue gun is ideal for children and their art projects. The trigger is almost too large, and it gets in the way when you are working, but then again the size makes it easy to pull.

For diversity, this Surebonder uses high or dual temperature glue sticks. The ideal size of the glue sticks that fit in here is 5/16″ diameter by 4″ or 10″ length. It has a switch at the side and a pointed nozzle that is ideal for a wide variety of craft material.

The stand is quite flimsy, and it is advisable to buy a strong one that will hold it in place. Sorry if you thought it was cordless.

As for heat, it can get as high as 372 degrees F when you are using the hot temperature glue sticks.

Thanks to its size, you can use it on detailed projects. With the low-temperature glue guns, you can even use it for writing on paper or fabric.​

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Things We Liked

  • Small and ideal for projects that require close focus.
  • Uses dual temperature glue sticks.
  • The rubber covering the nozzle protects your hand from the hot glue.
  • Safety fuse for enhanced protection.

Things We Didn't Like

  • This glue gun will leak if you do NOT use surebonder glue sticks.
  • The cord placement prevents the tail end of the glue gun from standing on its own.

Vastar Hot Glue Gun is one of the sturdiest hot guns you will find in its price range. Unlike the Surebonder, its trigger is smaller and convenient when working. It is blue with a few orange spots.

It the tail of this glue gun is the on and off switch which is placed close enough to the fingers for quick action. It has a 55-inch cord, which you will plug into a 120-240 voltage range connection.

The gun takes about 5 minutes to heat up during which time you can switch it off. It does not have internal controls to keep the glue hot all through, or to regulate the heat.

It uses 0.27-inch glue sticks.​

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Things We Liked

  • Ergonomic design trigger.
  • The nozzle is insulated for safety.
  • Safety and comfortable power switch with LED light mode.
  • Heats up quite fast (in about 5 minutes).

Things We Didn't Like

  • Glue leaks out of the tip a lot when left off.

The Verdict

These days, craft projects have become more engaging and bigger than before, so your child will need a hot glue gun. Besides, there is no better way of dispensing hot glue without scorching your fingers.

When you are buying the hot glue gun for school projects, you are not certain whether the kids will want to use it after the particular project is submitted. Therefore, you may not want to spend too much money on a one-time buy. The cost of the CC better Mini Hot Melt Glue Gun is unbeatable, and any craft lover will find it quite easy to use.

The pointy and insulated nozzle makes it possible to work on delicate projects, fabric, and even glass. The glue will be too hot for paperwork.

We hope this review narrows your options down.

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