Turn Up The Heat With These Top Rated Heat Guns

A heat gun is a versatile yet inexpensive tool that’s able to fill a number of roles, from bending PVC and welding plastics to miniature landscapes. Even though most models look similar, the best heat gun stands apart because it brings more to the table than the competition.

Remember that a heat gun is dangerous after use, and must be handled carefully until the nozzle has cooled to avoid accidental burns, fires, or unwanted melting. They may look like hairdryers but run much hotter.


Porter-Cable PC1500HG 1500-Watt Heat Gun

There are a few things that sets the PC1500HG apart as our top choice. The powerful 1500 watts is first, offering more concentrated power than any of the competition. It also has separate controls for the fan speed and heat setting, where most other models use only one control. Being able to set for a higher fan speed while using cooler temperatures means this tool can be used for a wider variety of applications.

The integrated stand makes it possible to use the heat gun while working with your materials, and the cord includes a built-in ring clip for easy peg storage when the task is done.

porter-cable-heat-gun-reviewThe biggest drawback is that this is the tool only, and does not include any accessories to simplify an assortment of applications. On the other hand, the hot air nozzle is similar to other brands so finding the right accessories will not limit you to a single brand name.

All in all, you can’t go wrong with Porter-Cable tools and for only a few bucks more than a lower quality brand, it makes sense to go with the PC1500HG

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DEWALT D26960K Heavy Duty Heat Gun

When you need something more precise than a typical heat gun or you plan on doing larger projects, this Dewalt model is hard to beat. One of its best features is the LCD display that allows you to set the temp in 50-degree increments.

It heats up quicker than others and maintains the set temperature pretty well. With 12 accessories (and a case to hold everything), you’ll make shorter work of bigger jobs than a normal heat gun. The D26960K maxes out at 1550 watts and has a temperature range of 150 to 1100 degrees F.

Like most Dewalt tools, features are well thought out and the gun is comfortable to use over long stretches. Obviously, it’s a spendy as far as heat guns are concerned so it’s not for everyone. And while the LCD readout is super useful, we wish it had a backlight to use in low light conditions.

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Black & Decker HG1300 Dual Temperature Heat Gun

The HG1300 is an excellent heat gun for small jobs such as heat tubing. It has slightly less wattage than the model above, and a single control switch to easily choose between the low (750 Degrees) and high (1000 Degrees) settings.

Fan speed is fixed, which limits the applications available, but this tool does come with a few accessories to get you started on a variety of projects. The HG1300 features a built-in stand that supports the gun during cool down, but does not include an easy way to store or transport it. Stripping paint, quickly drying wet paint, and removing adhesives are just a few of the job this unit handles well.

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Wagner HT1000 1200-Watt Heat Gun

At only 1200 watts but with all the power of a larger model, the HT1000 is a good heat gun for small tasks, hobbies and crafts. The HT1000 features 750 degree and 1000 degree heat settings, and a two speed fan speed that is tied into the respective heat modes.

This is not a kit, so it doesn’t include any accessories or attachments, but the nozzle design will allow you to use them from a variety of manufacturers. It does not have the power of the Porter Cable or the versatility of the Black & Decker, but this model still deserves a place on this page as a good quality cheap heat gun.

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2 thoughts on “Turn Up The Heat With These Top Rated Heat Guns

    • Really, any heat gun with adjustable temperature would work. Just hold it about 6″ from the wall and keep moving.

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