Asked on Feb 26, 2017

Review: Hot Glue Gun VS E6000!! What Do You Prefer to Use?

Hillela G.
by Hillela G.
I love using glue guns and E6000 for my I set out to determine which should become my go to/ Here's what I found out:

Hot Glue Gun:
pros: quick drying, easy to manipulate and direct where the glue goes(you can write and make designs with it), works great on uneven surfaces
cons: very stringy, can burn fingers, dries too fast sometimes, not heat-resistant, has trouble adhering to surfaces that are too smooth
pros: dries quick but not immediately (leaves time for alteration and placement), strong, heat-resistant,
cons: can dry a bit stringy (though not nearly as much as glue gun), dribbles out of tube-once squeezed, its hard not to waste some, takes a full 24 hours to set completely- if nudged before that in danger of disrupting the adhesive

I'm not ready to holster my glue gun for good because it definitely is more versatile in its craft'ablity then E6000 but when it comes down to my adhesive-needs, I'm going to stick with E6000 ( pun intended icon ) for now. Its stronger and more reliable in overall performance than hot glue.

Do you agree with my conclusions? Do you have a different adhesive that you prefer? I'd love to hear!!!

  11 answers
  • Sylvia Candler Sylvia Candler on Feb 26, 2017

    I prefer the E6000 for most things. The hot glue gun and I have had disagreements on who should be the boss! Some glue jobs using the gun just don't hold up to my expectations.

  • Linda Harper Pope Linda Harper Pope on Feb 27, 2017

    I'm not a big fan of E6000. The smell alone is enough to make me hesitant to use it. Also, arthritis in my hands makes it very hard to squeeze it out of the tube. Then there's the drying time..... However, it's much more "weather proof" so that's a big ad over the glue gun.

  • I use both, just depends on the project. If it is for outdoor use, I go with the E6000. Purely decorative, the glue gun. I love them both.

  • Sherry Knott Sherry Knott on Feb 28, 2017

    i use both, depending on project, but keep in mind that hot glue will turn loose if temps become too hot or too cold. I sometimes use the hot glue for ease of placement then use the E6000 for a permanent hold.

  • Pam Palmer Junkin Pam Palmer Junkin on Feb 28, 2017

    My thought has always been that every household should have a glue gun first. Used one for 40+ years and made sure my dgtrs had one. There are times that a permanent hold is needed and E6000 works best.

  • Melissa V Melissa V on Feb 28, 2017

    Hillela!-So good to hear from you, and one of my biggest questions about hot vs cold glues.

    So far I have just used Gorilla Glue, which you may think is permanent, but I have found that it is great in most applications, BUT not on glitter. Which makes sense, just a little glue FYI 🦍!!!

  • Edie Zsuzsics Edie Zsuzsics on Mar 02, 2017

    I love E6000 and use it on most of my projects. (I always use a coupon when I buy it at Michaels or JoAnns so it cuts the cost some.) But a glue gun dos come in handy sometimes.

  • Edie Zsuzsics Edie Zsuzsics on Mar 02, 2017

    oops. does - not dos

  • Eri12894383 Eri12894383 on Mar 03, 2017

    I have used several tubes of E6000 on various projects including mosaics. It has never disappointed me and holds up well. In regards to a previous comment about it having a very strong smell that caused her to hesitate, I have never noticed the smell nor have any of my fellow crafters who love it. Perhaps some people are just more sensitive to certain products. Don't let that scare you away from trying it. Regarding the same person's comment that it is difficult to squeeze from the tube, it does get more difficult as the tube empties (just like toothpaste) so I bought one of those plastic devices that help squeeze toothpaste out. It works exactly the same with the E6000. You can find them next to the toothpaste in most stores (Wal Mart, Target, Publix, etc.).

  • Irish Pack Irish Pack on Mar 03, 2017

    You can also use a binder clip to keep the tube rolled *and* use it as a stand. I bought E6000 for a project I saw on here, gluing stones to jars from the Dollar Tree to use as patio lights. The stones kept sliding off, so I took the E6000 back and bought Gorilla Glue glue sticks. They worked just fine. I had never used E6000 before, I may give it a second chance

  • Lori Kelly Lori Kelly on Mar 06, 2017

    I like a spray adhesive, like Elmer's. The project has to really need that type of fast setting glue though. I've used it on twine, yarn etc. as my home is rustic. It dries fast and you need Goo Gone to get it off of your fingers.