Best for DIY Projects
Last Updated On March 3rd, 2022
Top 10 Reviews
Best for DIY Projects
Heat guns are an invaluable tool to have around the home. If you don’t already own one, you probably won’t appreciate just how useful they are. With so many varied applications, from thawing pipes to shrinking packaging and cable ends, or stripping paint and removing stickers – heat guns are handy to have and simple to use. Ready to buy one for yourself? Find the best heat gun UK stores have to offer with our reviews and buying guide.
If you are looking for a heat gun for occasional use or a one-off project, why not check out our best value choice, the VonHaus Heat Gun? It has an impressive 2,000W motor, complete with two temperature settings of 350 and 550 degrees Celsius – ideal for renovating furniture or stripping doors and door frames.
This tool is equipped with an integral thermostat to prevent overheating for a longer lifespan. Thanks to its ergonomic design and balanced equilibrium, hand fatigue is substantially reduced when using this heat gun making it both safer and easier to use. Unfortunately, the switch location makes it very easy to accidentally press it and switch up to higher levels, so caution is needed when using it with more delicate materials.
Complete with four nozzles for extra versatility, this heat gun does not come with a carry case. This is more of an issue here as the attachments are fairly flimsy and can be easily distorted, so be sure to take good care of them for a longer usage period. If you need a heat gun with a range of functions, this could be the perfect model for your needs. Powerful, easy to use and with a good range of accessories, it’s no surprise it’s our best value option.
If you are looking for a battery-powered heat gun, especially for use heat shrinking electric cables when the mains is turned off, then this cordless model by Ryobi is going to be your best bet. Even though it is battery-powered, it heats up to 470 degrees Celsius in just 10 seconds, for highly convenient usage wherever you need to use it.
Part of the Ryobi One+ battery system, bear in mind that this heat gun does not come with a battery. So, if you don’t already have any other cordless Ryobi One+ power tools, you will need to pay out quite a bit extra for batteries. Of course, as it is a unit with a heating element, it does go through battery power very quickly.
Complete with an LED worklight, ideal for precision use when you’ve switched the power off, this unit also comes complete with two nozzles. The spoon reflector nozzle is great for wire bending and shrinking thanks to its 360-degree heating, making this cordless heat gun the ideal choice for heat shrinking your electrics.
It’s also an excellent model for rapid, strong heat anywhere you don’t have a power source. It is unlikely you will find a better battery-powered model around, even more so if you already own some One+ power tools.
If you are looking for the best mini heat gun UK stores have to offer that is almost as good as a digital heat gun, then this variable temperature model by Terratek could be just what you need.Thanks to its variable temperature control, you can select the heat that you need for your specific project, anywhere between 80-600 degrees Celsius.
Complete with 2,000W power and two airflow settings of 300 and 500 litres per minute, this heat gun features high-performance levels. The non-slip rubber handle improves safety and makes it easy to grip for longer periods, while the included four nozzles enable you to take on a range of tasks.
Unfortunately, its questionable durability is the main drawback to this otherwise versatile, variable heat gun. While it comes with four different nozzles for accomplishing a variety of different tasks, these attachments are not of the best quality. What’s more, the unit and its accessories would greatly benefit from a protective carry case which regrettably is not included.
For occasional use, this model is a great buy. While it won’t outlast many of its competitors, its variable temperature and compact design make it a great heat gun for a wide range of crafting and light DIY jobs around the home.
This Black and Decker Heat Gun has a generous two-metre power cable, making it a great choice for DIY projects where you’ll need a long cable.
Thanks to its 1,750W power, this heat gun has an impressive 600 degrees Celsius maximum temperature. With dual heat ranges and airflow settings, you can use it at 460 degrees with an airflow of 570 litres per minute, or at 600 with a very high flow rate of 740 litres per minute. This makes this heat gun a good choice for long intensive projects that require high heat levels.
Thanks to its built-in stand, it is easy to use hands-free, which is preferable to reduce hand fatigue as unlike other Black and Decker tools, this model does not feature a soft-grip handle. Unfortunately, there is no case included, however, the main drawback to this otherwise highly impressive heat gun, is that there are no attachments included with your purchase.
If you are willing to look around and purchase some attachment nozzles, or if your project doesn’t require them, then this model makes an excellent choice for any task that requires high heat levels. With its decent cable length and high maximum temperature and airflow settings, it’s a good high-performance model.
This durable heat gun by top power tool brand Makita is recommended if you don’t need quite as high a heat, being very slightly underpowered compared to most other models in our heat gun product reviews.
It benefits from a 1,600W motor that powers two airflow and temperature settings. The first has a temperature of 350 degrees Celsius with an airflow of 300 litres per minute, while the second provides 500 degrees at a 500 litre-per-minute flow rate.
This heat gun is very easy to use, thanks to its easy-to-operate sliding switch and ergonomically designed handle. Overheat protection ensures a long product lifespan, as does the general quality that is ensured with a Makita power tools purchase. It is also quite a bit heavier than most other heat guns in our reviews, although you could also say this bears testament to its superior construction.
With its lower-than-average top temperature and airflow rate, the Makita heat gun is a little underpowered. However, it is a high-quality heat gun that is supplied with four very useful nozzles and a sturdy storage case. If you don’t quite need the extra hundred degrees at top temperature, then this heat gun is definitely well worth going for.
If you’re going to be using your heat gun for a range of different tasks, then you’ll need a variable heat gun and our best pick is this professional model by Seekone.
Thanks to its two operation modes, this 2,000W heat gun has dual air flows, from 190-210 litres per minute on setting one and 250-500 on setting two. You can alter the temperature from 50-450 degrees Celsius on the first setting, or from 50 right up to an impressive 600 degrees Celsius on the second.
Ideal for use as a paint stripper, for shrink wrapping or removing varnish, this model comes with a generous selection of seven different accessories, so you can get more done in less time with the right tool for the job. To protect yourself and your heat gun, improving performance and longevity, this model also comes complete with a built-in overload protector.
On the downside, unfortunately, this heat gun does not have the most stable of bases, so it’s less suitable for hands-free usage. Also, there are no indicators on the temperature dial, so be sure to mark your preferred setting as otherwise, you will struggle to get it back to the same heat level. You may want to get out an extension lead for use with this model as the power lead is not very long.
Thanks to its dual airflow settings and variable temperature, this heat gun is perfect for a wide variety of projects and is sure to come in good use.
This durable, ergonomic heat gun by Dewalt is our top professional choice. It is a cut above in terms of quality and performance, as you would expect from a known brand such as DeWalt. It is ideal for regular use stripping paint or softening adhesive, although it certainly has plenty of other uses.
Choose from two airflow settings, either 250 or 450 litres per minute. On airflow one, you have a temperature range from as low as 50 degrees Celsius up to 400, or on airflow two, from 50 degrees right up to 600. This makes this heat gun one of the most versatile around as you can use it with more sensitive materials and increase the heat to your desired level rather than being restricted to just one or two very high temperatures. It also has an extra-long power cord at almost three metres long.
This model comes complete with two cone nozzles, to help you to direct and intensify the airflow, and a stable base built-in. Unfortunately, it does not include a carry case. While it is comfortable to use with a good grip, it is a little bulkier than some of the more compact models, so you may find it a little awkward to get right into small spaces with it. However, this is only a very minor criticism.
All in all, this Dewalt heat gun with its powerful 1,800W motor, durable construction and variable temperature setting makes one of the best choices for regular and intensive use.
If you need a powerful heat gun, be sure to take a look at this model by Netta.
It has 2 heat settings, the first with 300 degrees heat and a 300 litre-per-minute flow rate. The second provides an impressive 600 degrees at a 600 litre-per-minute flow rate. Thanks to its powerful 2,000W motor, this heat gun makes a good choice for high heat applications. It also has a stable base for hands-free use as well as an ergonomic soft-grip handle for larger projects.
It may not be the most durable model around. Also, its nozzles don’t fit very well and the power switch can be very temperamental. However, putting all of these issues aside, if you are looking for a small heat gun for one or two small jobs, then it could be perfect for your needs.
Complete with four assorted nozzles and a sturdy ABS carry case, this item is available at an excellent product to consider if you have small, infrequent jobs in mind. Despite its issues, if you are looking to try out a heat gun for crafting or DIY, then this could well be the best heat gun to go for.
A great tool for hobbyists and DIY enthusiasts alike, the Einhell TE-HA 2000 heat gun can tackle a wide range of jobs. It has a high 2,000W motor, so you can be sure it heats up fast and stays hot.
Thanks to its nine heat settings, you can choose between an operating temperature range of 50 to 550-degrees Celsius. It even includes a cold temperature setting, so you can change the nozzle safely and quickly. Plus, it comes with a 250 to 500 litres per minute airflow. This air gun is also easy to use with one hand or freestanding, as you can take advantage of its stable base.
With its four nozzles and a sturdy carry case, this heat gun offers versatility and convenience. On the downside, the body of this unit is not very heat resistant, so take care to allow it to cool down as needed. It may also emit a certain plastic smell while it is turned on. Hence, it may be wise to use this device in places with good ventilation.
All in all, when searching through hundreds of heat gun reviews, we found this to be one of the best heat gun options.
This electric heat gun by NoCry is another unmissable option on our list. A powerful 2000W model, it benefits from dual heat range and airflow settings. Choose from setting one at 400 degrees with an airflow of 300 litres per minute or setting two for extra-strong heat output and airflow at 600 degrees and 500 litres per minute.
This powerful unit heats up very rapidly, so you won’t have to wait around until it’s ready for use. The built-in base is stable, making it a good choice for hands-free work such as bending pipes. With a decent cable length of just under two metres and an overheat protection system, this heat gun is a great choice.
On the downside, while it comes with four useful attachments, they don’t tend to stay on too well. So, if you expect to extensively rely upon a concentrator nozzle for directed heat for your project, you may be better off with another model. What’s more, the switch is not of the best quality and it is prone to sticking. Also, the unit as a whole could be more durable.
All in all, despite its faults, if you are looking for a heat gun for occasional use the NoCry Electric Heat Gun is a great option that gets very hot, very quickly.
Here are the main features to consider when choosing the best heat gun in the UK and to make sure you purchase the best model for your needs.
Your heat gun’s power is measured in Watts. Heat guns for domestic use usually come in between 1,500 – 2,000W. Provided your heat gun doesn’t just have the one setting, the higher the wattage, the better. A high wattage will provide higher temperatures, faster airflow rates and greater consistency over longer usage periods.
At a minimum, you should look for a heat gun with two temperature settings. However, while this is usually more than sufficient for high-heat DIY projects such as thawing frozen pipes, stripping paints or removing varnish, if you are considering any other applications, you may want to look for a model with variable temperature controls.
Bear in mind that you will need temperature levels around 500 degrees Celsius when using a heat gun to strip paint effectively. However, for other uses, the lower your minimum temperature is, the more useful your heat gun is likely to be.
Most domestic models have a maximum temperature of 600 degrees, with dual temperature models starting out at around 300 degrees. On the other hand, variable temperature models tend to start around a much lower 50 degrees Celsius.
Dual airflow control speeds will make your heat gun more useful at a variety of tasks. Most models feature an airflow setting that increases at higher temperatures. Airflow speeds vary from around 300 litres per minute at the lower end to up to approximately 750 litres per minute on maximum.
Just like when you are in the market for a glue gun, it is important to look for a heat gun model with a secure built-in stand. Not only does this allow you to safely “rest” your heat gun in between uses without burning or scorching your surroundings, but it is also useful for hands-free use. This usually covers any task where you need both hands on your portable workpiece, for example, when bending a pipe or melting adhesives for crafting.
While a heavy-duty carry case is a nice optional extra that will help to keep your heat gun protected when not in use, the majority of models do not come with one. It comes down to personal preferences and where you store your tools, and whether or not this impacts upon your decision to purchase.
On the other hand, if your heat gun comes with a selection of nozzles, they can really enhance your heat gun’s versatility and performance. Most nozzles are designed to concentrate heat flow to where you need it for higher temperatures. Spoon reflector nozzles are a great choice for heat shrinking cables, while flat nozzles are a popular choice for paint stripping, concentrating the heat over a wider area.
A glass protection nozzle is a must for stripping window frames as the nozzle is specially designed to keep direct heat off your glass pane. For most brands, you should be able to purchase additional nozzles separately if the best one for your task is not included as standard.
There are plenty of great bargains to be had when choosing a new heat gun.
On the whole, we recommend our editor’s choice, the VonHaus 2000W, as it can be used for a range of different tasks.
It has two operating temperatures, 350°C with an airflow of 250L/min airflow and 550°C with an airflow of 550L/min. We also liked that it has an internal thermostat to prevent overheating.
Furthermore, its ergonomic and balanced design help reduce hand fatigue so that you can work for longer. Finally, it includes a glass protection nozzle, air spreader nozzle, concentration nozzle and reflector nozzle for targeted heat penetration, concentration flow and specific task application.
All in all, we believe this model is suitable for many jobs, making an excellent choice for you.