Heat guns are very important to have in your house, you can use them for a lot of things, you can use heat gun for paint removal, for mending plastic, thaw frozen pipes , for vehicles, heat gun for iPhone repair, heat gun for shrink wrap, heat gun for cell phones repairs , and a lot of other stuff. But not only for your house, heat guns are also used on crafts workshops, they are used for engineering, almost for everything you need heat for. You can use them for big tasks and small tasks, there are a lot of different models, sizes heat guns.
If you don’t already know heat guns mostly have a fan inside them, a switch on/off outside and a heating system. Since there are a lot of different heat guns there are also different methods of how a heat gun can work. Mostly heat gun use the electrically heated system but there are also heat guns that instead of the electrically heat they use gas flames. If you have never used a heat gun they are just like the hairdryer but instead of the low temperature that hair dryer provide, heat guns provide a lot more temperature.
Different heat guns offer different temperatures, and depending on what for you need them, you will have to choose the right heat gun.Down below we have listed 10 different heat guns, they are all different models, provide different temperatures, can be used for small and big tasks, and have their pros and cons which we have listed them down below. So depending on what you will use heat guns, and the facts we have provided, you can choose the best affordable heat gun very easily! Contents
Here’s our top pick for the best heat gun for paint removal, but you can check the rest of our picks down below .
#1 DEWALT D26960 LCD Heat Gun
One of the best if not the best heat gun we have ever used is this Dewalt Heat Gun called ” DEWALT D26960 LCD”, it’s just great in every aspect. The best thing among other things is that it has an LCD display which shows you all the setting and the temperature. Not only shows the temperature but the digital precision heat settings also remembers what temperature you set the last time you used it.
It’s not very heavy and it heats up very fast (30-45 seconds) and the temperature change is also fast (10-15 seconds). The temperature increments go for 50 degrees each time which is good if you want to warm something and not burn it, you can decrease or increase the temperature with the “up” or “down” button under the LCD display while seeing the exact temperature on display.
It’s perfect for removing paint not only because of temperature control but also because of the design which is very comfortable to hold for hours. The temperature goes from 150° to 1100° F, but it also has an in-built protector which prevents element to burn if the temperature is too high. And of course, this heat gun comes with different nozzles (fishtail surface nozzles and con nozzles) and with a built-in kickstand.
IF YOU ARE IN A HURRY HERE ARE THE PROS AND CONS FOR THIS TOOL!
Have you ever done a task with a heat gun that needed an exact temperature to get the job done but you had to guess at what temperature is the heat gun at that moment by putting your hand between the tool and the object you were working at and you still didn’t know? Well, you don’t have to do that anymore with this kit.
The “TR Industrial 1700W Digital” has a large LSD screen which lets you control the tool easier, you can control it with only one hand, the LCD display gives you the opportunity to adjust the temperature really easy by just clicking the buttons near it. The increment goes up to 20 degrees each time and at the same time, you can see what is the temperature at that very moment on LCD screen.
The temperature range of this kit is from 120 degrees to 1200 degrees and you can choose between five fan speeds. Inside it has a in-build overheat protection which protects the tool from overheating which may cause permanent damage to the tool! I loved a lot of features on this tool but one of the best was the “Memory Settings” that allows you to save up to 4 custom settings including temperature/fan settings where you can use them the next time you use the tool! Another thing I loved about this heat gun was the things included with the tool, not only nozzles but you get putty knives, glass protector, and handheld scraper!
IF YOU ARE IN A HURRY HERE ARE THE PROS AND CONS FOR THIS TOOL!
#3 Master Appliance HG-501AK Professional Heavy Duty Heat Gun Kit
If you are looking for a quality long-life heat gun then this is the one. They have been making heat guns since 1959 and are still on the market because they are that good. The ” Master HG Series Heat Gun” has a very powerful high-speed motor that has three temperature ranges , it operates on 120 & 220 V, before buying it you can choose the temperature range you want, from 200-300(120V & 220)degrees to 750-100(120V & 220) degrees (Overall 8 choices including 300-500(120V & 220),500-750(120V & 220)).
The ” Master HG Series Heat Gun” switch has three options OFF, Heat, Cool, that helps a lot if you are on a hurry and you don’t have time to wait for the heat gun to cool down so you can put it on its place again, you can just turn the “Cool” setting for a few minutes and it will cool down the tool and then you can safely put it down in its place without risking to burn or shrink any object.
The temperature change is also pretty easy on this model, to change the temperature range you only have to rotate the air intake and it will switch to low or high heat. Also, the design of this tool is just great, on its back, it has a large rear attached which helps you rest your hands sometimes and it’s very stable when you put it down to cool down
IF YOU ARE IN A HURRY HERE ARE THE PROS AND CONS FOR THIS TOOL! Pros Cons
#4 Tacklife HGP70AC Heavy Duty Heat Gun 1500w 122℉~ 1022℉（50℃– 550℃）
Another good heat gun for removing paint is this one called “Track life HGP70AC Heavy Duty Heat Gun”, it has a really powerful motor that has 3 different temperature ranges, the first temperature range of this tool is 122 degrees(50?), the second one is 752 degrees(400?) and the third one is 1022 degrees(550?) which helps you do different tasks that need different temperatures.
If you work with heat guns for a long time then this one is your go since it can handle up to 500 hours of working continuously with high temperature and also it has a in-built protection that helps to protect the heat gun from being destroyed by heat or incorrect operations.
Like almost every other tool we have reviewed here this one too has a “Cool” options, which can blow cold air too that will help to cool down the heat gun faster when you complete your job, and many other things that need cold air like paint stripping. This heat gun comes with 4 different nozzles(Spoon reflector, Cone, Fishtail surface, BBQ lighter) which will help you with different tasks.
IF YOU ARE IN A HURRY HERE ARE THE PROS AND CONS FOR THIS TOOL!
# 5 BLACK+DECKER HG1300 Dual Temperature Heat Gun
If you never used a heat gun and you don’t need any temperature control or any big temperature adjust then this is a good one especially for newbies.
This model comes with 2 different temperature settings 750 degrees and 1000 degrees. It’s a pretty lightweight tool that makes it easy to hold on your hand for hours, it’s mostly for removing paint or any basic job. It heats up pretty fast and it works on 120 volts.
It doesn’t have any “Cool down” mode but it has a good design where you can lay it on its back and wait to be fully cooled down. The brand ” Black and Decker” is a good brand and has some good quality products where this heat gun is one of them. You can use this tool for things such as Shrink Wrapping, Drying Paint, Paint Stripping and a lot of other things!
If you are in a hurry here are the pros and cons for this tool!
#6 REXBETI Portable Hot Air Gun 1500W 140℉-932℉
People use heat guns for different things from shrinking objects to removing paint and a lot of other stuff. This tool “REXBETI Portable Hot Air Gun ” is a good tool for most of the things, including removing paint, heat shrink tubing, its a really powerful 1500W heat gun that has 3 speed modes (Low, Medium, High), and also has 3 temperature modes: I (140 Degrees), II (140 degrees to 572 degrees) where you can adjust it by moving the temperature dial that its attached on its back, III ( 140 degrees to 932 degrees) you can increase it or de-increase it by moving the temperature dial.
I’m a very “slippery person” where things usually slip from my hand and if you are a “slippery” personal too and stuff slips from your hand too then its pretty dangerous to use a heat gun since if the tool is on full temperature and its slips it can do permanent and big damages to the floor or to any other object near it.
But I have found my peace with this tool because it has a non-slip soft handler which not only prevents the tool to slip but its pretty soft and that help to keep the heat gun on your hand for hours!.
IF YOU ARE IN A HURRY HERE ARE THE PROS AND CONS OF THIS TOOL!
# 7 Genesis GHG1500A Dual Temperature Heat Gun
Another good tool is this heat gun called “Genesis GHG1500A Dual Temperature”, its a very lightweight gun which only weighs 1 pound (1,4 with cord) it’s a pretty good tool for its price, it heats really fast and gets the job done!
I really like the design of this tool because you can let it lie down securely on its back if you ever need to rest your hands or if you are doing a two-hand job (the air intake is on sides). It comes with different nozzles that help you aim the heat better (4 Nozzles).
This heat gun has a very powerful motor (12.5 Amp) that delivers heat with 750 and 1500 Watt settings. It has 2 heat settings (low and high), the low one goes up to 572 degrees and the high one goes to 1000 degrees.
If you are in a hurry here are the pros and cons for this tool!
#8 Weller 6966C 250 Watts Electric Industrial Heat Gun
One of our favorite heat guns we have used is this one called “The Weller 6966C”, when you first look it you probably won’t be impressed,this heat gun may look old but the only reason that it looks old is because they have been making these heat guns for decades now and its so good that is still on market.
Its very lightweight but it has a very powerful fan inside it, it comes with 5 different nozzles where you can use them for different tasks. This tool is mostly for small tasks but it can be used for bigger tasks too and it runs just on 250 watts which is good if energy consumption is a problem for you.
The fan inside is very quiet and cool during the time you are using it. This “The Weller 6966C” has two modes, one mode it will blow hot air when you want to shrink plastic or for something else, and the other mode is that it will blow cold ambient air.
The “cold air” mode is mostly used when you want to turn off the heat gun because it will help to cool the nozzles and the heat gun faster before packing it!
If you are in a hurry here are the pros and cons of this tool!
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#0 Hitachi RH650V
If you are looking for a hot air gun model that provides the widest range of temperature control then this is the one. The temperature range on this model goes from 120 degrees to 1200 degrees. The best thing about this model is not only the widest temperature range but its also the LCD that provides a lot of things such as showing the exact temperature. Even that it has a pretty large temperature range this model has made it very easy to adjust the temperature, where you can adjust it with the button that is attached to its back near the LCD screen, 20 degrees each increment. Also, you can control many other things such as the fan speed, it has 5 different speed settings which you can choose one with the buttons on its back. If you are thinking that this model heats up a lot and it may take a while until you can put it back on its package then don’t worry! It has a pretty fast cooling system where it blows cold air instead of the hot air and in a few minutes, you can put it back on its package. The package doesn’t come only with the tool and manual but it has a lot of other tools that can help you during the work such as Handheld Scraper, Storage Case and 4 different nozzles ( Glass Protector, Hook, Spreader, Concentrator nozzle) IF YOU ARE IN A HURRY HERE ARE THE PROS AND CONS FOR THIS TOOL! Pros LCD Display Buttons that allow adjusting temperature and fan speed Pretty big temperature range: from 120 degrees to 1200 degrees Fast “Cool down” Mode Cons Build quality is questionable! #0 DuRyte Pro LCD Display Heat Gun with Precise Electronic Temperature Control One of the best and easiest tools to use is heat guns with LCD screen. This tool “DuRyte Pro LCD Display” has an LCD display attached to its back that makes it very easy to control with only one hand. Near the LCD there are buttons for different settings, you can adjust the temperature of the tools by just clicking the buttons, 20 degrees increments each time, from 120°F to 1200°F. It has 5 fan speed which is really good for stripping paint, loosening rusted bolts and a lot of other things, you can control the fan speed with the buttons near LCD too! Many other kits get permanent damages from overheating, but this one has an in-build overheat protection which prevents the kit to get any damages and if the kit gets overheated this feature turns off the kit automatically! Sometimes some projects are really hard to be done with only one hand but thanks to the great design of this kit you can just lay it on its back and use two hands which helps to get the job done much faster! IF YOU ARE I N A HURRY HERE ARE THE PROS AND CONS FOR THIS TOOL! Pros LCD Screen You can adjust the temperature with the button (20 degrees increments) In-build overheat protections (If the kit overheats it will automatically turn off) Temperature Range: from 120°F to 1200°F Great design which allows you to lay down the tool and use two hands when needed! Except for nozzles you get also: Glass Protector and Spool Reflector Cons No “Cool down” Mode
We understand that there are a lot of models, and if you haven’t used one before it will be very challenging to choose the right one for your needs, if you haven’t already chosen the right one for you and if you are not sure which one is perfect for you then ask yourself these questions.
What will you use them for?
Because there are a lot of things heat guns can help you do, there are a lot of different types. You can’t buy a small heat gun if you need to do something that is a big task for that you need heat gun for shrink wrap. And you can’t choose a big heat gun for small tasks,lets say you want to change your phone screen, for that you may need heat gun for cell phone repairs its heavy and it may over-heat the place. If you want an all-purpose heat gun we recommend you to buy a heat gun with variable temperature! Which you can find on our top picks
Are you looking for the best heat gun for paint removal?
If yes then you are on the right place because all 10 models we have reviewed are really good heat gun for paint removal and they are the best industrial heat gun
How much are you willing to spend on heat guns?
Here you can see the best affordable heat guns but just like every tool on the market, the higher the price the better the quality, but we have done our best to pick the most reasonable price for the best quality you can get !At the end we want to say that even the small or big heat guns can become a danger if they are not used properly, it doesn’t matter if you have used or not heat guns before please read the manuals step by step before using it, wear gloves, wear goggles, if you have long hair pull them back, make sure that your location is safe to use heat guns, and if you don’t know how to use them please call someone who does or look the tips we have listed down below!
Tips For Using A Heat Gun For Stripping Paint
Usually, the heat gun temperature goes up to 1,000 degrees. Like we mentioned before heat guns can be very dangerous if you don’t know how to use them, and especially if you don’t take any safety precautions they can cause permanent damages on objects or even on people skins. When you start the heat gun is recommended to wait at least 45 seconds for the heat gun to heat, if you try to use it before reaching an optimal temperature it can make your job a lot harder, and it can damage your object/work and it will make your heat gun ineffective.
When heat gun reaches its temperature never direct the hot air to your face/body or to anyone else’s body or face because it can cause burns to your skin. Most of the heat guns come with different nozzles which helps you do different tasks, make sure to attach the nozzle on heat gun before turning it on and not on mid-job, sometimes you have to change the nozzle to do another job, when this time comes make sure you don’t touch the nozzle with your hand while the heat gun is still ON, make sure to wait a few minutes for the heat gun to cool down so you can change the nozzle. Depending on what you need to do, you need different nozzles, if you need the heat gun for stripping paint recommended to use Wide nozzles, and if you need to localize the heat on a specific area then it’s recommended to use smaller nozzles. After you have done your job with the heat gun make sure to wait a few minutes so it can cool down before you pack it away.
If you ever try to block the heat gun’s inlet grills it will shorten its lifespan and it may overheat the heat gun and cause the heat gun to burn out and it may catch fire. You can read more tips here
What features should you look on the best heat gun for stripping paint?
There are a lot of features you should look on a heat gun to make the work easier and safer. It all depends on what you are going to use it. If you want to use the heat gun for mixed type of works then make sure to get a heat gun that allows you to control the temperature where you can increase the temperature if you need more temperature and that allows you to decrease the temperature if you don’t need to much heat to get the job done.
All the heat guns have the ON/OFF button which is good but it can be dangerous if you accidentally drop the heat gun from your hand on a place where you can’t reach it fast and it may cause damages on a part of your object and make your job harder, there are some models that offer the “Dead Man Switch” which will shut down the heat gun automatically if you accidentally drop it.
Another feature which can help you do the job easier is the “hand free” feature, this is mostly used if you want to bend a plastic or any metal that take a lot of time to be done. Also one of the most important things you need on a heat gun are nozzles, nozzles are very important because they are very helpful if you need to do different tasks with your heat gun. If you don’t already know how heat guns work make sure to check this article on Wikipedia.