A perfect hot melt glue gun is a must for every household. It will help you in fixing common household items and repairing small things such cushions and small buttons etc., in DIY Crafting and home decoration activities for adults and scrapbooking for kids too.
Hot glue guns are easy to handle, simple to use and most importantly, they are economic. And moreover, its working is simple too. It has a heating element present within the gun and a melt refill on the back. The heating element burns the melt and you can carefully apply it on your needed craft/repair.
You will find a wide variety of glue guns available in the market and even online. Each glue gun is different from another and serves a different purpose. For instance, decorative crafts need low heat glue guns whereas for repairing cushions, wood or plastic furniture, fixing shoes or soles, these need heavy duty hot glue guns.
Apart from their usability POV, these guns are available in various sizes and shapes too. Our appliances team has done a thorough research and compiled a “buying guide” to help you pick the best hot melt glue gun in India. This is attached to the end of this article.
Furthermore, we have also compiled a list of the top 7 hot melt glue guns in India depending on your various requirements and needs. Let’s go right into it.
Best Hot Melt Glue Guns in India 2019
|Best Glue Guns||Heat Up Time (approx.)||Glue Stick Length (Approx.)||Buy Now|
|Dremel 940-3 Glue Gun Compact Tool (Silver, 3 accessories)||5 minutes||11 mm||Check the Price|
|Stanley 69GR20B Gluepro Trigger Feed Hot Melt Glue Gun||1 minute||11 mm||Check the Price|
|Winner Itek Leak Proof Corded Glue Gun||1 minute||11 mm||Check the Price|
|APTECH DEALS Crown 80W Hot Melt Glue Gun||2-3 minutes||9 mm||Check the Price|
|ThemistoHot Melt Glue Gun||3-5 minutes||11 mm||Check the Price|
|HOT MELT Glue Gun||NA||7 mm||Check the Price|
|ApTech Deals Hot Melt Glue Gun||1 minute||11 mm||Check the Price|
The first product in our list is the Dremel 940-3 Glue Gun, a compact high temperature tool that is suitable for both indoor and outdoor DIY applications. The Dremel brand is a renowned name in the versatile and easy-to-use tool system markets of Bosch since the last 85 years.
Its drip control exchangeable precision tip with a silicon nozzle sleeve prevents dripping glue onto the project you are working on and ensures intricate gluing. It comes with a removable cord, hence can be used anywhere even without an available power source.
The glue gun has a quick heat-up time of about 5 minutes, after which it is ready to use. It comes equipped with a single temperature setting and is convenient to use for both heat sensitive as well as high melt materials.
An ergonomically designed, easy to push trigger handle with a stable base and an extendable plastic kickstand make it a very convenient tool to be used around the house on materials like wood, ceramics, glass or even plastic.
With a glue rate of 5 g/min at a temperature of 195 degrees C, operating this Dremel Glue Gun is easy, quick and comfortable. A manual on-off switch and a power indicator light are additional useful features of the product.
A number of 11 mm multipurpose sticks come packaged as a part of the product. Strong and durable, the Dremel 940-3 Glue Gun has a warranty of 2 years from the date of purchase.
- Drip control exchange precision tip with silicon nozzle sleeve
- Removable cord; can be used without power source too
- 5 minutes quick heat-up time; 5 g/min glue rate at 195 degrees C
- Single temperature setting that works even with heat sensitive materials
- Ergonomically designed easy to push trigger handle
- Stable base with extendable plastic kickstand
- Manual on-off switch & power indicator light
- 2 years warranty
- Wire quite short
- Refill glue sticks not easily available in market
Stanley is a brand that originated in the United States and has been making high quality DIY tools since 1843. This 69GR20B Gluepro Trigger Feed Hot Melt Glue Gun from Stanley can be used with a variety of materials, from repairing wooden furniture to even fabric cushion covers.
This glue gun has a trigger feed mechanism to adequately control the flow of glue while functioning and reduce wastage. It heats up and is ready to use within a short time duration of 60 seconds.
Any standard 11 mm glue sticks that are easily available in the market can be used with this engineered plastic, heat-resistant glue gun. This glue gun uses thermoplastic adhesive that is much more effective than ordinary glue and works across a wide range of materials.
The product comes with a cord and operates at 30 watts. It is fitted with a convenient fold-out stand as well which makes it easy to keep the gun propped up on its own for usage in extended durations of time.
Its ergonomic design ensures that heat is not dissipated to the trigger even when used for long stretches together. The Stanley Glue Gun could be a practical choice for household work that involves sticking plastic, wood or fabric together.
- Trigger feed mechanism to control glue flow & reduce wastage
- Heats up within 60 seconds
- Supports any 11mm glue sticks
- Uses thermoplastic adhesive for effective gluing
- Corded and fitted with fold-out stand for extended usage
- Ergonomic design ensures no heating up of trigger
- Works well on plastic, wood & even fabric
- Takes relatively longer to heat up
- No on-off switch
With a professional and proper design and working, Winner’s Itek Glue Gun is yet another corded glue gun in our list with exceptional performance.
Designed to be assist perfectly in your everyday DIY crafts,this glue gun is a perfect tool for all of your household’s small and minor repairs or fixes. And thanks to its affordable and economic pricing, anyone can buy and store it away for a rainy day.
Speaking of the design of the device, it is well contained in a black and orange coloured plastic encasing. This gives the glue gun a professional look and never for a minute questions its economic pricing.
Incredibly easy to use, all you need to do is take a glue stick cartridge, place it in its predesignated slots and then you are ready to use it. This glue gun supports any 11 mm sized glue sticks. The packaging itself provides you with 5 glue sticks that you can use right away
As the name suggests, the Itek Corded glue gun is leak proof. So no more worries about leaking hot glue all over your project. Also, the weight of this gun is just 300 grams and thus it is incredibly light in weight too. Easy to carry around and store in your repair kits.
The warm up time for this gun is about 1 minute and one can use this device not just for school projects but also to stick up wood, metal, glass and plastic materials or toys. Repair just about any kind of broken object in a few minutes.
Operational voltage for this is about 100 watts. Make sure you are keeping this as far away from children as possible. If they are using this, make sure that there is adult supervision with them.
Furthermore, apart from the trigger propulsion, the gun also has an inbuilt metal nozzle stand which will rest the nozzle when not in use and not let it get stuck with any other material or the floor.
Things We Liked About It:
- Light in weight with just 300 grams
- Can support any 11mm glue sticks
- 5 glue sticks available with the packaging.
- Warm up time of just 1 minute
- Economic pricing and Value for money
- Inbuilt metallic nozzle stand
- Works fine on almost any kind of material like plastic, glass, wood or fabric too
Things we didn’t like about it:
- Cannot use it cordless
- Consumes 100 watts of power
- No variable temperature setting
The ApTech Deal’s Crown Hot Melt Corded Glue Gun comes with a PTC electric resistance technology. This makes sure that the device is completely insulated and cannot harm the users with any electric surge.
A perfect tool for your office or academic use, you can use this gun to stick just about anything. From simple cardboard,plastic or paper to leather, furniture, wood, glass and any sort of toy.
True to its name, this glue gun consumes just about 80 watts of power. This level of power consumption and its linear working make it an energy conserving device.
It is made out of high quality engineered plastic that can withstand considerably high temperature and pressure without deforming into pulp.
The heat up time for this got melt gun, it is just over 2 or 3 minutes to peak heat until it is ready to be used. You can fill it with glue stick of 9cm length. The package itself comes with 5 extra glue sticks for you to use.
Coming to the working design, the nozzle tip of the gun is pointed making it good for intricate detailed gluing. There is a small metal glue that comes with the gun but it is single hooked. I.e, it is just a small hook that comes out from the nozzle hence it is not entirely reliable. You better place a small block of wood or rock under it if the stand gives away.
Apart from that small hiccup, the fact that this device is corded and cannot work cordless is also a little annoying at first. But then, given its economic pricing, this can be overlooked.
With an ergonomic design that makes it easy to handle and an economic pricing, the Crown Corded Gun is a definite buy.
Things we liked about it:
- PTC Electric Resistance technology based body that makes it shock proof
- 80 Watts of power consumption and also works uniformly for energy efficiency
- Can take in 9 mm long glue stick cartridges
- Also comes with 5 extra glue stick cartridges
- Nozzle is sharp and thus ideal for small and narrow gluing too
Things we didn’t like about it:
- Takes about 2 or 3 minutes to warm up
- The nozzle rest stand is not so ergonomic
The Themisto Multi Temperature Hot Glue Gun is a temperature controllable hot melt glue gun with a very economic pricing.
This glue gun comes with a dial based knob at the hostler base. Here, you can turn it around to set about any temperature you wish. From 100 degrees centigrade to 200 degrees centigrade depending on your user requirements.
Coming to the outer look and design of the product, you can see that the trigger and the grip of the gun are very ergonomic in nature. It has a nozzle bracket stand near the tip which is made out of metal and is sturdy to hold the narrow discharge nozzle. No more dripping of glue if you place it here safely while the narrow nozzle gives you the ability to glue together in detail.
This device also comes with a PTC Heating system which makes sure that it gets high power and warms up quick. But even with this, the warm up time for this device is about 3-5 minutes. Power consumption of this device is about 150 watts which is a bit higher than most devices listed.
As for the safety part, a safety electric fuse is present inside the machine. This makes sure that the device does not get damaged due to overheating.
With a wide range of applications from doing DIY to repairing common household objects when in repair, this device can be as a perfect gift to craftsmen and youngsters into the art of learning to craft.
This glue gun comes with a 5 fancy 11 mm yellow coloured glue sticks free with the packaging. And apart from not being cordless, there is another small issue. Issue of slight glue leakage which needs to be taken care of while using it.
It may look as if it is priced medium than most listed here, but considering its features and designs, it is very economical.
Things we liked about the product:
- Multi temperature control from 100 degrees to 220 degrees
- PTC Technology for good heating and insulation for safety
- Safety switch to prevent overheating
- Five 11 mm glue sticks provided along with the packaging
- Economical for its features and service provided. Thus high value for money
- Ideal for any kind of DIY and house repairs.
Things we didn’t like about it:
- 150 watts high power consumption
- Heat up time is high, about 3 or 5 minutes
Most economic, utmost budget and smallest product of the entire list, the Hot glue gun by Glun comes in various colours and sparkles too. Apart from that, it just works in 20 watts of power.
Colourful in 4 different ways, the outer look and design of this product is so and so. But the trick here is that you do not get to choose the colour. You can be shipped any colour randomly.
This gun compensates the bland design with its glittery performance. Ten 7mm glue sticks to play around with.
Yes, you can choose the kind of glue sticks you want. They can be basic transparent or they can be coloured. If you want to go a little overboard, you can even opt for the glitter styled sticks. To be honest, apart from the basic transparent sticks, the other coloured entities may be a tad bit messy while usage.
The operation of this device is simple like most of its competitors. It employs a semi-narrow nozzle and has a nozzle stand which is of great metal quality for its price. The device operates with a very low of 20 watts of power, this device is not only economic, but also saves a lot of energy.
Perfectly useful in making small time crafts sticking together boards, plastic, metal and other small time items. Cannot be used for hard and heavy duty sticking.
Things we liked about it:
- Very economic and budget friendly pricing
- Comes in 4 different and random colours
- The glue sticks are also fun colour and sparkle themed. You can either choose from a bland transparent or coloured or sparkle based sticks
- Uses 7mm glue sticks
- Has a good nozzle stand
- Operates at a very low of 20 watts power.
Things we didn’t like:
- Cheap build quality
- Nozzle is a bit thicker than expected
Last but not the least on the list is the ApTech Deals Multi Temperature control Hot Melt Glue Gun. With the same quality and assurance as its predecessor in the list, this version of the ApTech deals glue gun, it can control the temperature of how it can dispense the hot glue similar to the Themisto Multi Temperature Glue Gun.
The design, look and feel of this device are almost the same as that of Themisto Multi Temperature glue gun. But there are however a few visual differences.The ApTech has a red colour and the finish of the outer plastic and holster is a bit deeper and finer than that of the themisto.
Apart from that, it also has a good quality metallic nozzle stand to hold up the nozzle while heating up or mid usage. Speaking of which, the heating/warming up time for this device is about 3 – 5 minutes but in functionality, it can get heated up in just about 1 minute.
The operational wattage is 150 watts. While this may look like a big number, mind you that the device is able to change and twine the temperature settings using a small knob on the gun’s butt. There is no on or off switch for this gun. You need to toggle the power using the knob itself.
This gun employs the use of 11 mm glue stick cartridges. You are also given 6 extra high quality cartridges along with this gun. The trigger propulsion controls the amount of glue being discharged while the anti drip tip is perfect to make sure that any kind of wastage is not happening.
A device that is perfect for any kind of repairs and DIY projects, make sure that you are keeping this device away from small children.
Things we liked about the product:
- Multi temperature control system
- Simple design
- Six 11mm glue sticks provided with the package
- Good quality nozzle stand clip
- Heating time is said to be 3 or 5 minutes but heats up pretty fast.
Things we didn’t like:
- 150 Watts of power consumption
- Sometimes the upper body tends to get heated up. In such cases, switch off and refrain from using it for a while till it cools down.
Buying Guide: How to pick the perfect and best glue gun in India?
Hot Melt Glue guns are made out of plastic and metal. The internal machinery of the glue gun is encased in metal to insulate and contain the heat generated while the outer shell is encased in plastic for durability and grip.
Before jumping into the intricate details such as the important factors for picking the right hot melt glue gun, you first need to understand the working of a Hot Melt Glue Gun.
How Does a Hot Melt Glue Gun Work?
The actual glue element of the hot glue gun is a cylindrical refill. This refill is made out of a wider range of polymers, wax, acetates and resins.
The heating element of the gun is placed inside the machine chamber of the gun. It has 2 openings. One for the glue tube to come in and the other for the hot melt glue to come out.
When the cylindrical adhesive element is placed on the heating side of the gun and the feed is given, the material starts to melt at a controlled rate. At the tip of the gun, it starts to pour out and you will be placing it wherever or whatever you need it to get fixed.
Types of Hot Melt Glue Gun
Hot Glue come in different shapes, sizes, features and functionalities. Depending on these factors, the classification of hot melt glue guns is done as following:
1. Type of Feed
Depending on the type of how the feed of the gluing element is passed on, a hot melt glue gun can be either of the following two types.
a) Manual/Push Feed:
A Manual Feed or Push Feed gun’s principle of operation is simple. You first slit the adhesive material refill onto one end of the gun. Once the heating element starts to warm and heat up, you press the feed from behind as glue will start coming out from the other tip end of the gun.
b) Trigger Feed
Another type, true to its name this type of glue guns have a certain trigger on them. After you have placed the adhesive element on one side of the gun, you will have a small trigger available to pull with your finger. The moment you pull the trigger, melting of the adhesive takes place inside and hot glue will pour out of the tip of the gun. Perfect for small time crafts or repairs.
2. Corded and Cordless
Hot melt glue guns are either corded or cordless. Corded guns are usually heavy duty. They are of industrial grade and come with a great length of cord. These guns could handle large volumes of glue and high temperature of melting. Require high levels of caution .
Cordless models of glue guns on the contrary, are much more easier and flexible to use than a corded melt glue gun.
Cordless models use either batteries or charging type. Go for charging type as batteries may run out soon and it may be difficult to handle when you are in the middle of some project or work.
Often Small in size, they can be used for general household crafts and fixes. This brings us to the next type of difference.
3. Industrial vs Mini Hot Glue Guns
a) Industrial Hot Glue Guns:
These are bulky, heavy duty and are mostly corded in nature. These types of glue guns require huge power and could melt large volumes of glue material. Used for fixing industrial purposes and adhesives for manufacturing of goods. Naturally, the required glue sticks and machinery used is much more expensive than a regular glue gun.
b) Mini Glue Gun:
Cordless and small entities, these are what people find in households. They are compact, light in weight, do not consume a lot of power of adhesive sticks and are perfect for fixing up small household repairs and items. Downside for these types is that they are not so ideal to fix up bigger items such as upholstery or wood furniture etc.,
4. Heating Capacity of the gun
This is another major important factor of a glue gun is the amount of heat it needs to operate. Depending on these factors, they are classified into the following 3 types.
a) High-Temperature Hot Glue Guns:
Designed and developed for sticking bigger, harder and tougher materials such as wood, metal and other tougher fibers. The heating element in these guns operate at a high temperature of about 380 degrees Centigrade.
b) Low-Temperature Hot Glue Guns:
Designed for minor household repairs and kid project based usage, these guns are meant to stick light materials such as soft and hard fabrics, plastics, cardboard and paper mache. Heating element for such devices has a typical temperature of about 250 degrees centigrade.
c) Dual Temperature Hot Glue Guns:
Made for professional DIY crafting projects and similar activities, they can also be used for any sorts of household repairs too. The heating element of such guns have variable temperature settings. It can be high or low depending on one’s usage and needs.
Important Factors To Be Considered Before Picking A Glue Gun:
Now that you have successfully picked the type of the glue gun that you are going to buy, you now have to look at what are the important features you need. These requirements are need particular. Let us look at a few of the important features to be considered.
1. Size Of The Gun
Household and kid friendly craft guns are often small in nature. Just about 4 or 5 inches in length. They even come in colourful shapes too.
While that holds and stays, you need a little bigger gun if you are doing something more than basic paper mache. Big guns, ( few inches bigger, not heavy duty) are perfect for fixing and repairing purposes around the house. Also for some serious DIY projects too
2. Temperature Settings and Adjustments
If you are buying a glue gun for your kid’s science or any other craft based project, then you need a small glue gun with no temperature settings.
But if you are buying a gun for household use and a few other contemporary usages, then you need a gun that has temperature setting within it. This will help you switch between the temperature and amount of hot glue needed to fix items of difference. For instance, the glue required for sticking together paper or cardboard based items is lower in heat than the temperature needed for fixing together two wood blocks. Again, clothes need a lower temperature while ficing.
Dual temperature regulation glue guns are perfect for either of the use. Buy once for every type of usage as they have a wide range of temperature selection.
3. Tip/Nozzle Of The Glue:
The nozzle of the glue gun is as important as any other part of the glue gun. It will give you an idea of the expenditure of the glue onto the the project at hand. Smaller and narrow nozzle tip give out a slow and concise outflow of the glue. Good for DIY projects by offering dexterity for the miniscule detailed work.
Wide nozzles give out large discharges of glue. Good for fixing large stuff.
Also, you need to know that these nozzles are not just about the width of discharge, but they also come in different shapes too. They could either be round, star shaped or flat. May sound childish but they are made for the exact same purpose. To entice kids.
4. Warm Up Time
Another important factor, warm up time, as the name suggests, is the time required by a glue gun heating element to warm up. Only after this can you place the adhesive cartridge in the gun and start using it.
Lower the warm up time, better quality of the device and faster the usage you get. Typical warm up time of many such glue guns is between 3-5 minutes but this changes from gun to gun depending on the type, size, power consumption, heating element, company and usage.
It is important that you take good care while using the glue gun.Using a Glue Gun is literally playing with heat and fire. Never let a kid use a hot glue gun without adult supervision.
Make sure you are wearing appropriate glove wear while handling a hot glue gun.
Look for safety options in the gun. Most good quality guns come with a warning LED present in the gun which will light up, to warn you whenever the heating element has exceeded a certain limit and tends to be overheating. In such cases, you need to switch off the device and let it cool down.
Make sure that the hot glue comes with a glue gun stand. If not, go buy one. These stands let you place the gun safe and secure when not in use.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
1. What is a Low Melt/Cold Melt gun and Why is it used?
Low or Cold Melt guns employ lower temperature to melt the adhesive cartridge than a typical hot melt glue gun. They are more safe and secure than their counterparts due to their safer temperatures and operation. These types of guns are ideal for using in making small DIY arts or crafts for kids.
2. Can I use a Glue Gun on Fabric, metal, plastic and wood?
Absolutely, One can use a glue gun on all of them but be really careful while using it. For fabric and plastic make sure there is no too much heat or you may end up burning the cloth due to the high temperature of the glue.
For wood and metal, you can employ as much as volume you want because metal and wood can resist any burning.
3. What is the most strongest glue ever?
The capacity of an adhesive or a glue is compared in strength vs the volume of the glue used. Generally, cyanoacrylates have the most strongest bonding with the host materials. They are resistant to any and most of the chemicals, heat or water. Hence they are defacto the strongest.
4. What kind of glue gun is safe for my kid?
When it comes to allowing kids to use a glue gun, never let any of the kids below the age of 10 or so to use a glue gun. Always make sure that you or any other adult is supervising the kid while they use the device. Also, do not let them use heavy duty glue guns. Kids are ok to use small sized craft glue guns.
The Dremel 940-3 Glue Gun Compact Tool is our top pick from the list of best hot melt glue guns in India because of features like drip control exchange precision tip, removable cord and ergonomic design that makes it comfortable to use even for longer duration of time. Its 5 g/min glue rate at 195 degrees C and stable base with kickstand make it good value for your money. This Dremel product has a warranty of 2 years from the date of purchase as well.
While those were our thoughts, we would love to hear your opinions too. What do you think we missed in the list? Do you have any queries or questions pertaining to the functionality, operation or any other issue related to hot glue guns? Please feel free to write to us and our home appliance experts will write back to you ASAP.