The Best Cheap Super Glues of 2019

Super glues use moisture to form a strong (and quick setting) chemical bond.

If you've ever had a tube of super glue "dry out," the reality is that the glue got wet and cured as a result. That's one reason why these cyanoacrylate adhesives are being sold in ever-smaller tubes. (You can extend a glue's storage life by keeping it in a salt-filled mason jar.)

Most cyanoacrylate adhesives are fundamentally the same, but some include things like rubberized pellets to help the glue withstand impacts and side pressures. Super glues aren't as "all-purpose" as many people believe, but they're great for small, low-impact indoor jobs. 

It's often worth it to have a tube of super glue handy in a drawer. It's definitely worth it to learn which type of glue is right for the job at hand.

Here are the best-reviewed super glues that have sold for $5 or less. The price per gram varies from one glue to the next: Be prepared to pay a premium for multi-tube packs or fancy applicators.


Good Price: $5 | Great Deal: $3

Gorilla's super glue is effective, according to several Amazon customers, but many complained that the glue is sold in too-large-a-bottle that looks half empty, even when it’s new. A few customers warn that this glue is slower to cure than a typical super glue.


Good Price: $5 | Great Deal: $4

This Loctite super glue bonds well and comes in a convenient dispenser, according to several Amazon customers. However, many reviewers felt gipped by the small 4 gram tube.


Good Price: $3 | Great Deal: $2

Several Amazon customers love the applicator brush and clog-free packaging on this Krazy Glue, but some reviewers wish the glue formed a stronger bond.


Good Price: $5 | Great Deal: $3

Gorilla's super glue gel is better for large gaps than traditional super glue, according to several Amazon customers. Some reviewers don't like that the glue needs to be shaken before each use; others warn that the glue is hard to remove from your hands (and recommend using rubber gloves).


Good Price: $5 | Great Deal: $4

This Gorilla Super Glue has a convenient White-Out-like brush, according to several Amazon customers. Some reviewers were disappointed that the glue dries white, not clear. Others complain that the applicator brush becomes unusably "gummed up" over time.



 
 
John DeFeo