Make your life easier with a tape gun. An essential item for any work space or home, tape guns make sealing boxes a simple task. Invented in 1932 by an engineer at the 3M Company (which remains the manufacturer of Scotch Tape), tape guns consist of a holder for the tape, a handle, and a cutting blade. Tape guns help the user apply and secure the tape and then make a neat, clean cut. Browse our selection of the best products below.
1. Tach-It Heavy Duty Tape Gun
This high-quality tape dispenser is built tough, with all-metal frame that is super sturdy. The grooved plastic handle guarantees a comfortable grip, and the stainless-steel blade ensures a clean cut. It is suitable for tape rolls up to 2 inches in width and 5 inches in diameter. The smooth-moving rubber roller won’t snag or stop, and the built-in tension brake facilitates secure taping.
2. Tape King Packing Tape Dispenser Gun
This tape gun is made for standard two-inch-wide packing tape with a three-inch-diameter core. What makes it stand out from the competition is its ergonomic grip, which features prominent ridges for your fingers to rest. This longer handle is not only comfortable to hold but gives you greater control over the dispenser as you move it, making it an ideal choice for extended use. Other great features include a dial to regulate how loosely the roll moves, ridges to prevent the unstuck section of tape from rolling back, and a super-sharp steel blade
3. Scotch Industrial Packing Tape Dispenser
If you’re looking for a workhorse, consider this tape gun. Though retro-looking, it’s constructed of thick plastic and metal that have been tested to hold up to constant use. A bit pricier than some of our other options, it’s light enough for easy, one-hand use while still being tough enough for the most demanding environments. We like that it has a knob to adjust the tape tension and ridges on one surface to prevent tape from slipping back.
4. Aviditi Tape Logic Packing Tape Gun
Mousetrap-style tape guns use tension through the form of a metal arm to attach the tape roll to the dispenser, allowing you to use virtually any core size of tape. This gun from Aviditi, which fits any tape roll 2-inches wide or less (they also offer a 3-inch wide version), is notably quiet and has good tension, making cutting a breeze.
5. Elepa Packing Tape Dispenser Gun, 2 Inch Wide, Left Hand
Similar in style to our top pick, this heavy-duty tape gun has a metal frame and a sharp, stainless steel blade protected by a cover. Suitable for a standard 2-inch packing tape roll, this model has an adjustable brake tension control and—great news for lefties!—an ergonomic left-handed grip for comfortable use.