When choosing a caulking gun, most people simply buy the cheapest option available. Unfortunately, these models are often not the best caulking gun option available. Sure, they may be cheaper than other models, but they will most likely also waste caulk, tire out the user’s hands needlessly and create just one big mess. And that’s why it’s important for consumers to do their research. Yes, I know that it isn’t always easy to find the best caulking gun models available and that’s why I’ve decided to go ahead and do the research for you. I’ve listed what I feel are the best models currently available. These are models that are easy-to-use, make the best use of caulk and help the user apply it professionally.
10. Newborn U-Lite Easy Load
The Newborn U-Lite is a gun which is able to use most 1/10th-gallon cartridges and has a 10 to 1 thrust ratio. This thrust ratio makes it useful for applying such materials as silicone and latex caulk. This model has a light design that’s compact and allows the cartridge to rotate, which helps maintain bead orientation. This tool needs less force to apply product and is very quiet. In order to help prevent dripping, the rod retracts after each trigger pull. Other options built into this tool include a spout cuter and a seal puncture tool. All of which makes this unit handy for handyman use.
9. Newborn 375-XSP
Designed to use 1/10-gallon cartridges and equipped with a 26 to 1 thrust ratio, this gun is ideal for use applying materials that have a very high viscosity, such as urethane products. It has a revolving frame design that allows the barrel to rotate and this allows the user to maintain bead orientation, even when applying around corners. And since it has such a high thrust ratio, this tool requires less force to use than many ratchet-style guns which are currently available. The Newborn 375-XSP is manufactured with a hammered finish, a heat treated rod and a rubber coated trigger.
8. Tarvol 3-In-1
This heavy-duty gun is designed for professional jobs but can also be wielded by the DIY enthusiast. It’s manufactured using pressed steel that’s been chrome plated and uses a spin-lock design that allows for drip-less setup. Other key features which can be found in this gun include a seal punch, a built-in sharpened blade cutter and a wrist strap that prevents it from being dropped when the contractor is using it on a ladder. This model has an ergonomic handle, a quick-change rod and accepts standard caulk cartridges. It’s a tool that can be used to dispense caulk, adhesives and other sealants.
7. Campbell Hausfeld Air-Powered (PL155800AV)
With the ability to use 10-ounce cartridges and designed to be lightweight and easy-to-hold, this gun has the features that just about anyone can appreciate. It fits cartridges which are 8.5-inches and have a diameter of 1-5/16-inches and this tool weighs under 3-pounds so it’s easy to hold and use. It has a shut-off valve that’s easy to operate and stops the material from flowing when the trigger is released. It has a smooth dispensing design that allows it to be used for just about anything from caulks to sealants and adhesives. This makes it a useful caulking tool.
6. Newborn 188 Super Ratchet Rod
The Newborn 188 has a number of features which make it a useful tool for contractors, homeowners, and handymen. It is manufactured with a steel cradle that can hold 10-ounce caulk tubes and has a thrust ratio of 6 to 1, which allows it to dispense medium viscosity adhesives and caulks. It uses a ratchet-style pressure rod that helps to minimize product drips and a welded plate to keep the cartridge securely in place. Other features which can be found in this tool include a no-pinch finger guard, a seal puncture tool, and a spout cutter.
5. Dripless ETS2000
This gun is designed to accommodate 10-ounce cartridges and has a 12 to 1 thrust ratio which allows it to effortlessly dispense a variety of different materials including silicone, acrylic and latex caulk. It has a revolving frame to maintain optimal bead orientation, has a spout cutter for opening cartridges when a knife isn’t available and has a hook on the back of the tool which allows it to be hung off the back of a ladder. It also has an ergonomic design, is lightweight and has a composite construction that makes it extremely durable. This contractor grade tool is ideal for any number of caulking jobs.
4. Astro Pneumatic Tool Air Gun (AST-405)
Using the power of compressed air, this tool is really useful in getting caulking jobs done quickly and accurately. When hooked up to an air compressor, and a compatible pressure regulator, this tool will dispense caulks, adhesives and other sealants. It can accommodate standard 10-ounce cartridge models and won’t strain the user’s hand during long caulking sessions. This makes it a useful tool for anyone who needs to do large caulking jobs. It has a lightweight stylish design, is manufactured to be durable and should provide the user with many caulking jobs of service.
3. Newborn 930-GTD
With its half-cradle design and the fact that it holds standard 10-ounce cartridges, this tool is easy to mistake for any other gun on the market but it does have a few design features which set it apart. It is made using an all-steel welded construct and a professional-grade hex rod that’s designed to make it extremely durable and to provide precision caulking power to the user. It has a thrust ratio of 10 to 1, which makes it useful for dispensing low viscosity materials, and has a smooth pressure rod that’s quieter than ratchet-style models. It also has a padded handle and trigger which makes it comfortable to use.
2. Newborn 250 Smooth Rod
Using a smooth pressure rod that gives this gun a thrust ratio of 18:1, this is one of the easiest caulk guns to operate that’s currently available. It can be used to dispense a number of different materials including cement, acrylic, adhesives, and silicone and has a revolving frame that maintains consistent bead orientation. This model is designed with a zinc handle that makes it lightweight and is also highly resistant to corrosion. Overall, this is a professional grade gun that can be used by just about anyone and ensures a quality job is done each and every time.
1. Chicago Pneumatic Air Gun (CP9885)
Anytime a tool saves time, it’s usually highly regarded and that’s probably why this gun has been gaining in popularity recently. When it’s hooked up to an air compressor and pressure regulator, this device will deliver smooth and clean caulk dispensing. It can be used to seal just about anything and has a trigger controlled material flow that prevents drips and messes. It’s lightweight, easy-to-use and accepts standard cartridges, so it’s sure to be a good fit for any DIY enthusiast or contractor. And since it’s made using quality materials it should do its job for quite some time.