Best Leaf Blowers

Review & Comparison, Last Update September 26, 2019
You love your yard neat and clean, but have no time (or desire) to take a rake and spend all day cleaning out leaves? A leaf blower will help you with these and other tasks in your yard. Look through our review and choose the best one for yourself. ...Read more ...Read less
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PROS
CONS
OUR VERDICT
Power Source
Type
Capacity
Good for
Vacuum Feature
Convenience
Weight
Warranty
 
PROS

The power of a brushless DigiPro motor the unit comes complete with is comparable to that of gas engines. Thanks to high airflow speed and capacity, the cleanup will take minimum time.

CONS

The body construction might seem poorly balanced. 

OUR VERDICT

The GreenWorks GBL80300 boasts quick and easy start and variable controls to adjust the operation to the cleaning task at hand and tackle all sorts of debris. Owing to a powerful motor and high-capacity battery, the model delivers performance close to that of gas units.

detailed parameters
Power Source

Cordless

Type

Handheld 

Capacity

125 MPH/500 CFM

Good for

Areas up to 1 acre, Any surface type, Small, Medium, and large wet/dry debris 

Vacuum Feature

No

Convenience

3-speed selection, Cruise Control, Turbo Button, Quiet operation at 60 dB, On-board battery life indicator

Weight

9 lbs

Warranty

4 years, 2 years on battery 

PROS

This model comes with an array of handy accessories that will be useful for getting rid of large debris, spot cleaning, and much more. Plus, the oscillating nozzle picks leaves in a broader radius to make yard work faster.

CONS

A slight vibration is felt at max speed.

OUR VERDICT

A feature-rich three-in-one blower/vac/mulcher combo that's sure to make short work of even the messiest yard. The accessories are enough to deal with any debris and the high airflow is guaranteed to suck up everything, leaving your lawn spotless. A great choice for efficient and high-tech yard work as long as you're willing to spare the cost.

detailed parameters
Power Source

Corded

Type

Handheld

Capacity

250 MPH / 410 CFM

Good for

Not very big areas, Any surface type, Small and medium-size debris

Vacuum Feature

Yes

Convenience

Variable speed, Cord lock system, Quick-release latch, Oscillating nozzle, Shredz ring, Extension cord storage hook, Multiple tubes included

Weight

8.9 lbs

Warranty

2 years

PROS
This leaf blower's 40 V battery fully charges in 120 minutes. The variety of options allows you to use it both as a lawn blower and a garden leaf vacuum.
CONS
According to some reviews, the yard blower's battery may discharge twice as fast at max power.
OUR VERDICT
The GreenWorks leaf blower shows high performance owing to the DigiPro brushless motor. The light weight and flexibility of use make this power blower a great choice for men and women alike.
detailed parameters
Power Source

Cordless

Type
Handheld blower/Vacuum
Capacity

185 MPH/340 CFM

Good for

Not very big areas, Any surface type, Small and medium-size debris

Vacuum Feature
Yes
Convenience

Air suction power control, Easy transformation from a blower into a vacuum with a shredder

Weight

9.92 lbs

Warranty

4 years, 2 years on battery 

PROS

Owing to a truly lightweight and perfectly balanced construction, the unit produces minimum vibrations and noise during operation, allowing you to work in comfort for longer periods of time.

CONS

A variable speed option is not available. 

OUR VERDICT

Less powerful than some other leaf blowers, the Black & Decker LSW221 will be the best choice for those on a budget looking for a quality appliance to tackle minor outdoor cleaning tasks. It works great on hard surfaces and will come in handy for cleaning driveways, garages, terraces, patios, sidewalks, and decks from leaves and grass clippings.

detailed parameters
Power Source

Cordless

Type

Handheld

Capacity

130 MPH/79 CFM

Good for

Small areas, Hard surfaces, Small and medium-size debris

Vacuum Feature

No

Convenience

Low noise operation

Weight

3.7 lbs

Warranty

2-year limited warranty

PROS

The TURBINE fan technology will ensure extremely forceful airflow that passes through the hyper-stream air nozzle to create a strong directed blast while the TURBO boost function allows tackling the hardest waste like compressed wet leaves.

CONS

Pretty noisy operation at the highest speed setting. 

OUR VERDICT

The WORX WG591 is a practical choice for owners of large yards that look for a powerful yet cost-effective solution. It is an ergonomic and easy-to-handle tool that yields hard-to-beat air pressure and provides 90-minute operation per battery charge.

detailed parameters
Power Source

Cordless

Type

Handheld

Capacity

125 MPH / 465 CFM

Good for

Medium-sized areas, Any surface type, Small, medium, and large debris

Vacuum Feature

No

Convenience

TURBINE fan technology, Multi-speed fan control with a TURBO boost, Hyper-stream air nozzle, Key-hole shaped cutout

Weight

8.1 lbs

Warranty

3 years

GreenWorks GBL80300

Corded Power in a Cordless Format

When it comes to any power garden tools, cordless models are indisputable top-liners in terms of convenience and ease of use. Limited neither by cords nor by heavy-duty engines, they provide more freedom of movement, better maneuverability, and more comfort when you work. That's exactly what you'll get with a battery-powered leaf blower from GreenWorks.

Coming in a cordless handheld design, this model will impress you with its blowing power and performance. The DigiPro electric motor activated by a branded 80-volt battery generates an immense airflow of 500 CFM at 125 MPH, allowing you to blow through wet and dry leaves and grass clippings alike. Such motor performance is comparable to that of 32cc gas engines and corded models.

You can run the unit at one of three available speeds which can be changed with a control button. This allows you not only to precisely adjust it to the task at hand but also to maximize the battery runtime. This way, if you use it at low speed settings, the leaf blower will run for up to 70 minutes continuously, allowing you to clean the area of about 1 acre in size.

Though the GreenWorks GBL80300 is not the lightest model in its range, it is very convenient to handle. The unit body counterbalances a long blower tube causing minimum strain to your wrists and arms. An ergonomic handle ensures a comfortable and secure grip while a cruise control option improves load distribution for hassle-free maneuvering. The blower startup and speed selection are easily controlled at a single push of a button located on the top of the handle.

Review of GreenWorks GBL80300 PRO 80V 125 MPH - 500 CFM Cordless Blower, 2.0 AH Battery Included

A Complex Solution for Your Tool Arsenal

GreenWorks Pro 80V series includes over 20 powerful outdoor tools. These are leaf blowers, lawn mowers, cultivators, string and hedge trimmers, chainsaws, and snow throwers all powered by a universal battery system ensuring impressively high cordless performance. It means that 80V GreenWorks batteries can be used interchangeably between different tools from this series. So, if you have at least one of Pro 80V series tools, you can buy the next tool from the same series without a battery and charger at a considerably lower cost. This handheld cordless blower can become a perfect starter tool that will help you build up your GreenWorks collection of top-quality garden tools.

Distinguished by forceful performance and long runtime, the GreenWorks sweeper combines the power of corded and gas units with the convenience of a cordless design and will become an efficient garden helper for large households with vast adjacent areas.

GreenWorks GBL80300 PRO 80V 125 MPH - 500 CFM Cordless Blower, 2.0 AH Battery Included in the use

 

Toro 51621

Three in one, Leaves Be Gone

Your yard is the first thing that people notice about your house so you have to keep it in top shape. Instead of spending hours raking leaves and stuffing them into garbage bags manually, consider saving your time and getting the Toro 51621 UltraPlus. This high-power leaf vacuum is going to automate the process a bit and make it easier on you.

The Toro 51621 UltraPlus is a three-in-one model that combines a vacuum, a blower, and a mulcher in one package. Despite being that versatile, it doesn’t lag behind in any of the modes, offering a top airflow of 350 CFM and 410 CFM in the blow and vac settings respectively. We don’t recommend going for the top level, though, unless you want to blow leaves all the way into your neighbor’s yard (you can, though, we promise we won’t tell) or suck up a bit of ground along with the debris. Besides, when used at max speed, the Toro 51621 does tend to vibrate a bit. Still, the option to go all out and suck up leaves in a matter of minutes is a nice bonus for those that like to keep their cleanups brisk and effective.

Since most leaf vacuuming sessions still take a bit of time, we really appreciated the fact that the Toro 51621 is relatively lightweight at below 9 lbs. Besides, you won’t have to move it around much thanks to the oscillating nozzle that creates a small air stream that sucks up leaves from the sides in addition to those that are directly in front of the vacuum itself. 

Review of Toro 51621 UltraPlus Leaf Blower Vacuum with Variable-Speed (up to 250 mph) with Metal Impeller, 12 amp

Accessories for All Purposes

We’d be remiss not to mention the excellent array of accessories that come for free when you purchase the Toro 51621. While not all of them will be useful in day to day cleanups, you’ll be thankful that you’ve got them when the time comes. For example, the so-called “shredz ring” cuts up big leaf clumps that tend to litter yards in early autumn, making it easier for the device to mulch them quicker. Meanwhile, the multiple tubes can be swapped out depending on the cleanup type. For example, we’d recommend the concentrator for spot cleaning, useful if you’ve got a small patch that needs to be cleared while the rest of the yard is already in pretty good shape.

Our only design gripe would have to be the fact that the appliance is corded so you might not be able to reach the farthest corners of your property if you’ve got a big yard. However, choosing a cordless model would mean keeping your cleanups very short as they tend to eat through the battery in 10-20 minutes tops. So it’s a two-sided coin and we recommend overlooking the limited range just this once because it’s amplified anyway, all thanks to the powerful motor and airflow.

So if you want a powerful leaf blower that combines all the necessary functions in one relatively lightweight package, the Toro 51621 UltraPlus is an astute choice. We do feel like it’s a bit noisier than most and the vibrations at max speed are not that fun but the device delivers excellent performance and has plenty of accessories that will make your cleanups more efficient.  

Toro 51621 UltraPlus Leaf Blower Vacuum with Variable-Speed (up to 250 mph) with Metal Impeller, 12 amp in the use

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What customers say about this product

Key Specs

My wife was extremely impressed also at the speed I could knock her pictures off of the wall. She was so impressed that all she could say was, "take that outside!".

Power

It has lots of blowing power and three different nozzle attachments for customizing air flow.

Features

The mulching feature is awesome, I compressed alot of leaves and dog hair into just a few loads. The bag is easy to put on and take off.

Size & Weight

It is relatively light weight when using the blower portion and the narrow wand allows you to get into tight places.
 

GreenWorks 24322

Type

GreenWorks is a handheld leaf blower powered by a battery. It's the battery that makes this lawn blower so lightweight and self-contained. You will easily hold the 9.92 pounds of its weight with one hand. Charging takes only around two hours, and then the only thing you need to do is select the air blowing power. With standard cleaning mode settings, this cordless leaf blower will operate for approximately an hour whereas high power mode will provide you with half an hour of cleaning.

Review of GreenWorks 24322 Cordless Leaf Blower & Vacuum, 4Ah Battery and Charger Included

Performance

Despite being the battery powered device, GreenWorks 24322 Cordless Blower/Vac leaf blower boasts a really high performance. The air blowing speed goes up to 185 MPH, and the air volume amounts to 340 CFM. For a battery leaf blower, it is an utterly outstanding capacity. With such a power, this yard blower will easily manage wet leaves, branches, medium-sized debris. And all this is possible on absolutely any type of surface!

GreenWorks 24322 Cordless Leaf Blower & Vacuum, 4Ah Battery and Charger Included in the use

Features and Convenience

To add another string to the GreenWorks's bow, this model of a leaf blower can be easily turned into a garden leaf vacuum with a shredding feature. The motor in a GreenWorks 24322 Cordless Blower/Vac leaf blower works both to blow the leaves and suck them. Also, there is a special bag here to gather debris, and a nozzle to attach for vacuuming. The levels of noise and vibrations are both pretty low, and the battery does not produce any emissions harmful to your health.

Detailed review of GreenWorks 24322 Cordless Leaf Blower & Vacuum, 4Ah Battery and Charger Included

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G-MAX 40V_185MPH DigiPro Blower/Vac - Assembling as a Mulcher
 

Black & Decker LSW221

Great Choice for Minor Outdoor Cleanups

A leaf blower is a common garden tool for many households, especially those with a lot of trees in yards and gardens around them. Powerful leaf blowers make lawn cleaning tasks a snap. You won’t have to spend hours raking dry leaves from the lawn and flowerbeds. However, lawn cleaning is not the job you have to do on a daily basis. More often you simply need to clean sidewalks and driveways, decks, terraces, patios, and porches. This is where the Black and Decker LSW221 blower will come in. It’s rather a sweeper than a leaf blower. Compact, lightweight, yet powerful enough, it will save you the need to take out a full-scale high-powered leaf blower to simply remove dry soil and tiny dry twigs from the sidewalks in front of your house.

This model is a kind of a mini version of a full-sized leaf blower. It is definitely smaller and it weighs only 3.7 lbs, which is times less than many other cordless blowers. Such design makes the Black and Decker sweeper extremely easy to carry and handle. No wrist strain and arm fatigue at all. As for the rest, the unit looks like an ordinary leaf blower: it consists of a power unit that encases the motor, a blower tube, and a battery compartment.

Powered by a 20-volt lithium ion battery, the Black and Decker LSW221 is not the most powerful blower out there. Yet, the airspeed of up to 130 MPH is enough to blow small and light medium-size debris from hard surfaces made of stone, concrete, tile, or wood. Besides, thanks to its light construction and moderate-power motor, the unit does not vibrate during operation and produces significantly lower noise as compared to its more powerful counterparts.

Review of Black & Decker LSW221 20V MAX Lithium Cordless Blower with Air speed up to 130 Miles per hour

Ready to Work Whenever You Need

The merit of this model we can't leave unnoticed is its battery. Of course, the 20-volt capacity is not something that should be highlighted. And even its interchangeable design which is suitable for all 20V tools in the range is not that outstanding. What sets it apart, however, making it so unique is that it's able to hold the charge for up to 18 months, which is nothing short of impressive. Hence, if you've fully charged the battery yet don't use the blower for some time, it will be ready to work just when you need it.

The Black and Decker cordless sweeper is by far the best choice for minor outdoor cleaning tasks and will be a helpful complement to a heavy-duty gas or corded leaf blower. Use it instead of a broom to make your yard look clean and neat in almost no time.

Black & Decker LSW221 20V MAX Lithium Cordless Blower with Air speed up to 130 Miles per hour in the use

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WORX WG591

A Blast of Power for All Sorts of Debris

Have a relatively large yard with a grassy lawn and multiple trees around and need a powerful blower to keep it neat and clean? Most likely than not, your choice will be between gas models and more expensive power-packing cordless cleaners. Yet, if you don’t want the fuss of gas-powered blowers and are not eager to pay more for a premium electric blower, the WORX WG591 offers a well-thought-out balance. At a reasonable price tag, you’ll get a truly mighty garden cleaner. See for yourself.

The model delivers a truly forceful airflow up to 465 CFM, which is a high enough capacity to tackle almost all sorts of outdoor household cleaning tasks, be it blowing out dust and wood chips from the corners of your garage or workshop or piling up foliage during those heavy autumn leaf falls. All of this is thanks to the TURBINE fan technology paired with the branded Hyper-stream air nozzle creating concentrated and directed airflow for precision cleaning. Meanwhile, variable speed control will let you customize the blowing intensity to the task you have at hand. Thus, lower speeds work great for blowing off some dry and light debris from solid surfaces like paved paths, sidewalks, and driveways to avoid the mess and the TURBO boost function will ensure a powerful blast for some stubborn and hard-to-clean wastes like compressed and wet leaves or old piles.

Another feature that sells this model and can’t be overlooked is the brushless motor the unit comes equipped with. Distinguished by high efficiency and yielding impressive airspeed, it operates at lower temperatures preventing thermal overload. As a result, you’ll enjoy the optimized performance and a tool longer service life due to a lower risk of failures and less maintenance needed.

Review of WORX WG591 Turbine 56V Cordless Battery-Powered Leaf Blower with Brushless Motor & Turbo Boost

Mighty Yet Convenient

With all the punch it hosts, the WORX WG591 leaf blower is very easy and convenient to handle. Though not the lightest tool out there, weighing 8 lbs, it is still lighter than many other models in its power range. And a well-balanced construction makes it a breeze to carry and operate with one hand. A hefty blower tube counterbalances a heavier power block for even weight distribution and less hand fatigue, no matter if you do a quick lawn spruce-up or an extensive yard clean. Besides, the cruise-control option is included to provide no-hassle speed adjustment and keep the desired speed consistently throughout the blowing session.

To sum it all up, if a powerful and high-performing leaf blower that won’t hit your budget is what you need for your mid-sized yard, you can’t go wrong with the WORX WG591.

WORX WG591 Turbine 56V Cordless Battery-Powered Leaf Blower with Brushless Motor & Turbo Boost in the use

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Comparison of Leaf Blowers

What Is a Leaf Blower?

Leaf blowers hold a special place among other gardening tools in any household. If you have a leaf blower, you don't need a rake, a broom, or any other tool for cleaning your yard. A leaf blower is a versatile and powerful tool, with the help of which you'll be able to remove not only dry leaves and small twigs but also big branches, snow, mud, and even construction debris, if you have some. The biggest advantage of a leaf blower is that it can clean even quite big areas in little to no time, requiring a minimum of effort. Read for our five best leaf blowers reviews and choose one that will suit you most.

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Best Leaf Blowers

What Features to Compare

Type

Prior to buying a leaf blower, consider how big of an area you're going to clean. This will tell you what type of leaf blower will work better for you. Naturally, electric models are a favorite of many users. Unlike gasoline models, they are easier to use, fill, maintain, and take care of. Depending on your needs and lawn layout, you can choose from corded or battery-powered electric leaf blowers. Speaking of gasoline leaf blowers, these will be the best option for owners of large lawns. Dissimilar to electric units, they are completely autonomous and prove to be much more efficient at handling large areas. Gasoline models can also be of three types: handheld, backpack and walk behind. As a rule, their design is determined by engine power.

  • Backpack lleaf blowers are the most powerful. The reason they have such a shape is that a backpack is easier to carry and it's easier to correctly distribute the weight.
  • Walk behind yard blowers are intended for cleaning large, flat areas. That said, when it comes to picking debris in bushes or doing some other 'pinpoint' jobs, a walk-behind leaf blower might struggle, regardless of whether it has a special chute or not.
  • Handheld leaf blowers are the most popular ones. They can be electric and gas leaf blowers. Some manufacturers equip their handheld leaf blowers with a shoulder strap so you can shift the weight of the tool from your hands to your body.

Performance

In order to make sure your yard blower will be efficient, take a look at such specs as power and airflow capacity. The air speed, which is measured in miles per hour (MPH), is the most important parameter since it directly affects how great the pressure over objects will be when you use it. The higher the speed is, the bigger objects the leaf blower will be able to move. The air volume in turn, which is measured in cubic feet per minute (CFM), determines the width of the air flow. More volume means less work to do. Although, if used in an enclosed space, it might be difficult to handle high air volumes.

Features and Convenience of Use

The last but not the least important thing to pay attention when choosing a leaf blower is its features and convenience of use. For that, check out the weight of the tool and its ergonomics. Some leaf blowers might feature additional modes and features while others may offer additional tools and nozzles, thus, broadening their scope of application. That's why checking out the package contents is important.

Sources:

1. Leaf Blower Buying Guide, Consumer Reports. May 2016.

2. Leaf Blower Buying Guide, Lowe's.

3. Gwen Bruno How to Choose a Leaf Blower, SFGate.

4. Adelaide Gray How to buy the best leaf blower, Which?

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