The Three Types of Hot Glue Guns
Low-Temperature Glue Guns
Low-temperature glue guns can reach up to 250°F to melt the glue stick. The temperature is hot enough to adhere to different types of materials, such as fabric, plastics, foam, and more. Because its temperature is relatively low, this type of hot glue gun is ideal for sensitive materials (lace, ribbons, etc.).
If you’re into arts and crafts or you just want a reliable hot glue gun for occasional DIY and minor household projects, then this is the ideal hot glue gun for you. It is generally considered safer than its high-temperature counterparts, and it is the ideal glue gun to use if kids are around while you’re working.
High-Temperature Glue Guns
High-temperature glue guns are ideal for gluing heavier materials, including wood, ceramic, glass, and more. It is capable of melting glue at 380°F, hence its name. If you’re a hobbyist who works on ceramic or glass or a tradesman who frequently works with wood and other heavier materials, then this is the ideal glue gun for you.
It is harder to find high-temperature glue guns in the market. Children are also forbidden from using high-temperature glue guns as the risk of burns is higher.
Dual-Temperature Glue Guns
If you want the best of both worlds, then a dual temperature glue gun might just be the thing for you. As the name suggests, this type of glue gun can easily switch from low temperature to high temperature.
The temperature and the amount of glue are easier to control thanks to the built-in switch. Dual-temperature hot glue guns are typically more expensive than the first two types of glue guns.