ATG or Glue Glider Pro?

I get asked a lot about the difference between the ATG Gun and the Glue Glider Pro. Although I own and use both, I understand that not everyone is as product crazy as I am and will only be able to choose one.

Glue Glider Pro ATG GUN

I’ve rated both the ATG and the Glue Glider  in each of the following categories: Cost, Ease of Use, Portability and Quality.

  • We’ll start with Cost:

ATG:

The upfront cost of an ATG is going to set you back about $40-60 depending on where you find it. The  refills are  going to run about $10-12 or less depending on which model gun you have. This is for 36 yards of adhesive.

Glue Glider Pro:

The glue glider is significantly less upfront as you can find them for less than $20. The refills however can cost almost the same price, but are in lengths of 65 ft, which is roughly 20 yards as opposed to 36 for the ATG.

Overall, while the ATG cost more upfront, your ongoing costs are less, therefore if you continue using this product, you will spend less in the long run.

  • Next up, Ease of Use:

ATG:

The ATG is clunky and heavy, and when your first start using it, takes some time to get use to. Once you get past the learning curve, you’ll probably find no problems with it, however for really small projects it can be a little more difficult, but not impossible.

Glue Glider Pro:

Smaller and lighter, it definitely makes gluing small intricate details a snap, but to do larger projects, it can be a pain.

The Glue Glider Pro is the winner here, but not by much. If you do mostly small detailed projects, the Glue Glider Pro is probably your best choice here.

  • Portability:

ATG:

Because of it’s size and weight this is definitely not what you would choose if you are going to take your gun to a lot of crops. Unless there were no other options, or you have lots of extra room in your bag, portability is not it’s best feature, although it is not out of the question to take it with you.  

Glue Glider Pro:

Portability is one of it’s selling points. You can tuck the small gun in your craft bag with all your other stuff and you won’t even know it’s there. Just don’t forget to pack it, or you might not know until you get to your destination that you don’t have it.

If you’re a scrapper on the go, you can’t go wrong with the Glue Glider Pro.

  • And finally, Quality:

ATG:

Although the ATG is heavy and can be bulky, to me that is a sign of a well made product, that doesn’t feel like it will break if you drop it.  As far as the adhesive itself, because the ATG was designed for framing, the glue is the best there is, hands down.  You’ll find it will stand the test of time, your projects won’t come apart and the pieces won’t roll up. You’re paying the large chunk upfront for the quality.  

Glue Glider Pro:

Although it’s lightweight, it does feel as though it’s made well and will hold up for the long haul,  and the the adhesive does a decent job.

  • Final Result:

The ATG, while bigger and bulkier than the Glue Glider Pro, seems to be a better product for everyday use. If you could only choose one (and what fun is that really?) I would go with the ATG, UNLESS you are using it solely on small projects or traveling excessively.  If you have the money to spend upfront,  the refills are less expensive and you don’t have to change them as often, so you’ll spend less in the long run, and you’ll also probably have a product that will last longer too, bringing your long term cost down even more.  This is one of those times where you get what you pay for. Although the weight and size of the ATG is a little hard to get used, especially if  you’ve used a smaller gun first, you just need to get past the learning curve.  Most paper crafters I know say after that initial break in, the ATG is their number one choice for adhesive.

Hope this helps, and remember, If you can think it… you can Cri-cut!

2 Responses

  1. Joni Conner Says:

    Thanks for all that! I have both and agree with you on all you said. I have yet to get past that learning curve with the ATG but know it’s a good thing…definately quality and you can’t beat the refill sizes. I was lovin the Glue Glider Pro but recently started having trouble with some refills…especially the repositionable. All in all, I think they are both the top out there. I do like Creative Memories tape runner but I am liking white adhesive less and less.

  2. sparksgal Says:

    Thank you for posting this information. I’ve seen mention of both the GGP and ATG on the Cricut message boards and have wondered what the difference is between them and what the cost is to change over from my Creative Memories tape adhesive.

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