Editor’s Choice Best Caulk Gun
Newborn 930-GTD Drip-Free Smooth Hex Rod Cradle Caulking Gun
Newborn 930-GTD Drip-Free Smooth Hex Rod Cradle Caulking Gun is one of the best in our list. The steel half barrel gives the caulking gun awesome durability. The operation is smooth and requires less pressure thanks to the smooth pressure rod.
To avoid dripping the rod automatically retracts. The handle and trigger are of an ergonomic design that allows for comfort while handling. The Newborn 930-GTD Drip-Free Smooth Hex Rod Cradle Caulking Gun has a velocity ratio of 10:1.
- Smooth pressure rod allows for quieter operation
- Rod automatically retracts to avoid dripping
- Steel half barrel give durability
- Padded handle and trigger
- A 10:1 thrust ratio
- Still allows some drip, not too much though
Newborn 188 Super Ratchet Rod Cradle Caulking Gun
Among the top caulk gun to buy, you cannot leave the Newborn 188 Super Ratchet Rod Cradle Caulking Gun out. Despite using a ratchet type rod, it has measures in place to prevent dripping, the extra deep ratchet teeth.
The teeth hold the rod in place hence avoiding dripping. It has a thrust ratio of 6:1 that facilitates use with medium viscosity adhesives.
- Ratchet teeth to hold the rod in place
- Hook that allows for hanging on ladder
- Seal puncture and cut tools
- Welded back plate secures the cartridge
- Durable steel cradle
- No pinch finger guard
- Ratchet type trigger rod
Newborn 250 Super Smooth Rod Revolving Frame Caulking Gun
A thrust ratio of 18:1 is quite impressive for the Newborn 250 Super Smooth Rod Revolving Frame Caulking Gun. The smooth pressure rod is a great combination to go with the 18:1 thrust ratio that allows for use with adhesives in the class of cement.
The handle and the trigger are from a zinc alloy that is corrosion resistant. The barrel revolves hence allow to maintain the perfect bead orientation while maneuvering through corners. The caulking gun uses an all-steel construction that will give you awesome durability.
- All steel construction
- Revolving barrel (maintains bead orientation around corners)
- Corrosion resistant zinc alloy handle and trigger
- 18:1 thrust ratio
- Easy to use smooth pressure rod
- You always have to press the release button to avoid drips
Dripless Inc. ETS2000 Ergo Composite Caulk Gun
In this review, we have not come across a composite frame caulking gun just yet. It is time to you get to know the Dripless Inc. ETS2000 Ergo Composite Caulk Gun. The composite frame makes it lightweight and allows for easy handling.
Apart from lightweight the gun has a perfect balance and has an ergonomic grip. It has a thrust ratio of 12:1 and a revolving frame, great for maneuvering corners. Like other caulking guns, it has a spout cutter and a hook to hang on ladders.
- Built-in spout cutter
- Revolving frame
- Lightweight composite frame
- Ergonomic grip
- 12:1 thrust ratio (perfect for silicones)
- Spout cutter
- It is not eligible for international shipping
Newborn Pro Super Ratchet Rod Caulk Gun
Newborn Pro Super Ratchet Rod Caulk Gun with Gator Trigger Comfort Grip with its trademark gator trigger comfort grip gives you ease of use. It is pretty easy to load and unload finished cartridges. It has both the spout cutter and puncture tool, so you don’t have to use a knife.
The welded back cap holds the cartridges in place while the ladder hook further enhances ease of use. The thick frame steel gives you durability and value for your money.
- Durable thick steel
- Comfortable grip
- Excellent flow control
- Welded back cap
- 6:1 thrust ratio
- Uses the ratchet rod mechanism
Dripless 10oz Cradle Hex Rod Caulk Gun
With the Dripless 10oz Cradle Hex Rod Caulk Gun we are talking of cartridges with a capacity ratio of 10 oz. The gun has a thrust 10:1. Caulking requires minimum force as the gun uses a smooth pressure rod. On the side, there is a spout cutter and the seal puncture.
The Dripless 10oz Cradle Hex Rod Caulk Gun is a dripless gun. Once you release the trigger, the caulk release stops. I use it for heavy duty jobs, and I got no complaints.
- Quieter operation
- Professional cradle
- Barrel frame fits 10 oz cartridges
- 10:1 thrust ratio
- Heavy duty
- Something needs to be done on the metal edges
Tajima CNV-100SP Convoy Super Rotary Caulk Gun
If you want to use big caulk tubes, then you will find much pleasure in working using the Tajima CNV-100SP Convoy Super Rotary Caulk Gun with Auto Flow Stop. At 10 1/2 inches long the barrel is extra-long and revolves hence making the perfect beads.
It uses a twin dispensing system, and an autoflow stop to ensure for dripless caulking. The welded steel frame and the aluminum handle make for reliable performance for a long time.
- Sturdy aluminum handle
- Welded steel frame
- Auto flow stop
- Twin caulk dispensing system
- Extra-long revolving barrel
- Easy tube loading
- Best for long cartridges only
Newborn 212-HTD Drip-Free Caulk Gun, HybridTech Series Model
Newborn 212-HTD Drip-Free Caulk Gun, HybridTech Series Model is an easy to use caulking gun. The composite trigger reduces the net weight significantly making for a comfortable grip. It also comes with a spout cutter and seal puncture. It is drip free and has a thrust ratio of 10:1.
- Patent innovative designs waiting for implementation
- Durable steel frame
- Composite trigger
- Comfortable grip
- Drip free
- The patent design waiting implementation makes us expect more out of the gun(they should haste with the implementation)
Campbell Hausfeld Air Powered Caulk Gun (PL155800AV)
Campbell Hausfeld has a legacy of making quality tools and equipment. From the basis of what you see is what you get, the Campbell Hausfeld Air Powered Caulk Gun (PL155800AV)looks incredibly good. It uses medium size cartridges to dispense a variety of adhesives.
The shutoff valve takes charge once you let go the trigger for dripless operation. It helps you finish your projects faster, and it lightweight design.
- Easy to use dispensing system
- Allows for the use of a variety of adhesives
- The trigger design could have been better
Dripless 10oz Industrial Ergonomic Composite Caulk Gun
Dripless 10oz Industrial Ergonomic Composite Caulk Gun utilizes a composite construction that is both sturdy and lightweight. The ergonomic grip handle design balances well on the hand, so it does not hurt even after long periods of use.
The gun gives you excellent control of your final caulking results. An 18:1 thrust ratio allow for a variety of adhesives from medium to high viscosity adhesives. The powder metal drive dog Is reliable.
- Lightweight and sturdy composite handle
- 18:1 thrust ratio allows for versatility
- Ergonomic handle design
- The plastic part reduces the sturdiness of the entire gun
How to Choose The Best Caulk Gun
In this review, I am bringing to you the best basic caulking guns but I just might sneak in one or two pneumatic models. There are higher level versions like the pneumatic and the battery powered.
For the basic models, here are the things that will help you with getting the best.
Ease To Use
Ease of use of a caulking gun depends on the balancing of the gun and the weight. Too heavy a caulk gun will demand more effort to use. So a composite caulking gun, for example, would offer a gun that is more easy to use.
There are guns with steel cradles and excellently balanced ergonomic handles that will also offer you ease of use.
Type Of Plunger Rod
The type of plunger rod varies between manual and once with aided mechanisms. For the manual plunger rods, there are two variants the ratchet and the smooth pressure rod. While I would go with the smooth pressure rod one, there are also ratchet models that are as equally good.
For the aided mechanism ones you will find one such as the pneumatic one that requires use with a compressor. If you already own a compressor, you could go with that. The model is easier to use.
The durability of a caulking gun depends on the materials that make the gun. What material makes the handle and the cradle?
A metallic cradle is more durable, and for such, steel is the leading material that manufacturers use for the cradle. Some manufacturers use a plastic housing for the cradle. A plastic housing will require that you use the gun more carefully.
The caulking guns ought to have the dripless feature else you will get much trouble trying to have a mess free job site. You will spend hours and hours trying to get a fine finish.
Most caulking guns that I feature in this top caulk gun review have automatic valve shutoff. Once you release the trigger, the valve shuts ensuring a dripless adhesive dispensing.
The color of the caulking gun is also important. Some of us usually put their guns down, and the wrong color would have some implications on how clean we manage to keep our guns.
Job Site Usability
The usability of the caulking gun depends on features such as the holder that will allow you to hang the gun somewhere and carry on with some other task. Well thought of designs also have the spout cutter and seal puncture to aid for a knife free operation.