Best Leaf Blowers

Review & Comparison, Last Update August 27, 2017
You love your yard neat and clean, but have no time (or desire) to take a rake and spend all day cleaning out leaves? Or you need to clear the path from snow? 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
BEST 2017
PROS
CONS
OUR VERDICT
Power Source
Type
Capacity
Good for
Vacuum Feature
Convenience
Weight
 
PROS
The X-Torq engine of this backpack blower reduces harmful exhaust emissions by 60% and increases fuel efficiency by 20%
CONS
If the leaf blower suddenly stops, you will need to remove the backpack to turn it on again.
OUR VERDICT
A compact, efficient, and high-performance gas leaf blower, designed for cleaning up dry debris and leaves on large areas.
detailed parameters
Power Source
Gas powered
Type
Backpack blower
Capacity
180 MPH 692.17 CFM
Good for
Big areas with any surface type, any kind of debris
Vacuum Feature
No
Convenience
Ergonomic backpack bracings, convenient location of operating controls, adjustable handle, vibration suppression system, fuel tank from transparent material
Weight
22.5 pounds
PROS
A built-in nozzle of this handheld leaf blower looks like a scraper and allows you to loosen even wet leaves from the surface.
CONS
One battery charge may be insufficient to clean all the territory around your house in one go.
OUR VERDICT
This is a very light battery powered leaf blower that does not restrict a user with a cord. A perfect leaf blower for cleaning leaves and debris on small areas.
detailed parameters
Power Source
Battery powered/Cordless
Type
Handheld blower
Capacity
120 MPH 120 CFM
Good for
Not very big cleaning areas, flat surfaces, small debris
Vacuum Feature
No
Convenience
Convenient use with one hand, easy turn on, fast charging, handle with ergonomic inserts, draft control with one finger, works inside premises
Weight
3.7 pounds
PROS
Among this electric air blower's advantages, there is a wide range of options (owing to additional features), light weight, and maneuverability.
CONS
This yard blower is a corded one, so its cleaning area is limited by the cord length or a number of extensions. It is not recommended to use this Toro blower under high humidity or during rain.
OUR VERDICT
A multi-functional and balanced Toro leaf blower will enable you to kill two birds with one stone: blow the leaves into a pile and then dispose of them using a vacuum and a shredder.
detailed parameters
Power Source
Corded Electric
Type
Handheld blower/Vacuum
Capacity
250 MPH 410 CFM
Good for
Areas up to 150 feet, flat surfaces, small and medium-size debris
Vacuum Feature
Yes
Convenience
Speed adjustment for better control in vacuum and leaf blower modes, Quick-Release system for easy switching between vacuum and leaf blower
Weight
8.5 pounds
PROS
The engine of this gas leaf blower has the New PureFire system to considerably decrease the CO emissions (up to 50%) and the fuel consumption (up to 30%).
CONS
The intake of this leaf blower is on the left. That's why, if you are right-handed, pay attention to your clothes, they may be pulled by the intake.
OUR VERDICT
With this leaf blower, you will be able to easily clean medium-sized areas like backyards and patios.
detailed parameters
Power Source
Gas powered
Type
Handheld blower
Capacity
170 MPH 441 CFM
Good for
Medium-sized areas, any type of surface, small and medium-size debris
Vacuum Feature
No
Convenience
Convenient operation lever on a comfortable ergonomic handle to control air flow with two fingers, lightweight design
Weight
8.6 pounds
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
Battery powered/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, an easy transformation from a blower into a vacuum with a shredder
Weight
9.92 pounds

What is a Leaf Blower

leaf blowers have a special place among other gardening tools in any household. If you have a leaf blower you won't need a rake, or a broom, or some other tools you are used to. The leaf blower is able to clear the ground of mowing, fallen leaves, branches, even snow, mud, construction debris, and in the most hard-to-reach places too.

A leaf blower will help you to blow the leaves off from your yard, or from a park, or other territories in no time at all, and without much effort. Main features of leaf blowers include the ability to quickly and effectively clean fairly big areas with hard-to-reach or narrow places without any strain. Also, if you strive for order in your garden or yard, you may be interested in Wet-Dry Vacuums, special vacuum cleaners for cleaning both litter and water.

What Features to Compare

Before you go and decide what leaf blower to buy, first consider the area that you will be cleaning with it. This is the main distinctive feature of any lawn blower model. So when you know how big the area is, you look at the Type of the leaf blower. Electric models are, of course, easier to use, as you do not need to think about fuel, engine ignition, and maintenance. There are two sub-groups here: corded and battery-powered. First ones are more powerful, but you will need an extension cord for them. The latter ones are not bound to the outlet, but instead, may lack power and have limited working time before they need recharging. Gasoline-based lawn blowers are a perfect solution for people who own large properties, as they are completely autonomous and highly efficient. However, you can not use a gasoline leaf blower inside your house because the combustion engine throws into atmosphere some (although very little) exhaust gasses that are detrimental to health. One more thing that you should think about in the type-related issues is a design. There are three types of leaf blowers: handheld, backpack and walk behind. The design is determined by the engine power, which also determines capacity and its type.

  • Backpack lawn blowers are always petrol leaf blowers. The reason for this is that gas leaf blowers are always heavy, so the manufacturers produce them looking like backpacks, to reduce the load and distribute it the right way.
  • Walk behind yard blowers are good for cleaning large flat areas, for example, a lawn, but they are not intended to pick up debris in bushes, or for any other 'pinpoint' actions, even if they do have an additional chute.
  • Handheld leaf blowers are the most popular ones. Here you will find both electric and gas leaf blowers. Some manufacturers equip their handheld leaf blowers with a shoulder strap, to shift some weight from the user's hands to their body.

To evaluate the yard blower's efficiency, look at its Performance. This parameter is affected by the power and the airflow capacity. The air speed is measured in miles per hour (MPH). It is the most important parameter if you need to evaluate a leaf blower's usefulness for you, as the pressure over objects increases in quadratic dependency from the speed. The higher the speed is, the bigger objects the lawn blower will move. And the second part of this parameter is an air volume, measured is CFM (cubic feet per minute). The air volume defines the width of the air flow. More volume asks for less movement during cleaning. Although in an enclosed space it may be difficult to handle high air volumes.

The last but not least important thing to take into consideration when you choose a leaf blower is its Features and Convenience. While choosing such helpful equipment, pay attention to its weight, overall ergonomics and balance, to how the manufacturer managed its design, what the vibration levels are, etc. Some yard blowers can offer you additional features, such as vacuum cleaners. Convenience is also strongly affected by its scope of supply: what nozzles you will get in your package, and what job they are best to perform.

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Husqvarna 350BT

Type

Husqvarna 350BT is a gasoline backpack leaf blower, meaning you just take it onto your shoulders like children take their school backpacks, and do what work you need to do. Husqvarna blower is manufactured in order to clean very large areas, such as backyards, front yards, patios, or parks. The design and autonomous feature of this cordless leaf blower will allow you to operate it at distances as far from your home as you wish and to perform cleaning of any difficulty.

Review of Husqvarna 350BT 2.1 HP CARB Compliant X-Torq engine

Performance

Husqvarna 350BT leaf blower is designed to perform the most difficult tasks. It features the high-power X-Torq gas engine with reduced harmful exhaust emissions. Big air flow volume (692.17 CFM) and high air speed (180 MPH) provide for highly efficient cleaning of not only leaves but also debris and snow. And we assure you that this Husqvarna blower still performs excellently when the flora is lush and the ground is uneven.

Husqvarna 350BT 2.1 HP CARB Compliant X-Torq engine in the use

Features and Convenience

You can control the air flow power of a Husqvarna blower with an adjustable handle. The back-piece of this gas backpack blower is designed anatomically correctly, so the leaf blower absorbs any shocks you can get while you carry it around. Soft shoulder straps do not impose pressure upon your shoulders, and the weight of this petrol leaf blower is distributed over your whole back evenly. There is also a belt for additional fixation. It is absolutely the best cordless leaf blower on our list.

Detailed review of Husqvarna 350BT 2.1 HP CARB Compliant X-Torq engine

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Husqvarna 350BT
Husqvarna 350BT
 

Black and Decker LSW20

Type

Black and Decker leaf blower is handheld and battery powered. This cordless leaf blower is primarily intended to clean leaves and debris from the areas that are not very large, for example, patios, decks, walks, driveways, and garages. The obvious advantage is that it's highly mobile and quiet. You will be able to go clean your yard early in the morning without any need to worry about waking up your neighbors.

Review of Black and Decker LSW20 Lithium Ion Cordless Sweeper

Performance

The engine of this Black and Decker leaf blower can manage an air flow speed of up to 120 miles per hour and air flow volume of 120 CFM. It will surely be good enough to quickly deal with small amounts of fallen leaves and debris that can accumulate in your yard and around the house as the time passes. That is, if your yard is fairly flat and even, and you don't have high overgrown bushes there. Also, note that the accumulation of litter affects the area a leaf blower is able to clean. If your yard has a lot of leaves or debris, you will need to clean longer, so beware of the battery life.

Black and Decker LSW20 Lithium Ion Cordless Sweeper in the use

Features and Convenience

Black and Decker battery leaf blower is extremely comfortable to hold in one hand. It weighs mere 3.7 pounds, so you can purchase it for your teenage kids, and they will help you clean a patio or a driveway. The level of vibrations this leaf blower emanates is next to none, and the balance is good. This affects the convenience of use rather positively. In addition, the tube nozzle has a peculiar shape, it helps to loosen the leaves that had pressed together. And finally, you can use the battery of this quiet leaf blower with other battery-powered devices by Black and Decker.

Detailed review of Black and Decker LSW20 Lithium Ion Cordless Sweeper

Black and Decker LSW20
Black and Decker LSW20
 

Toro 51619 Ultra

Type

This Toro leaf blower falls into the category of electric leaf blowers, and it is handheld. This means it is a corded device, and you will need a constant connection to the power supply. The native cord is only enough to deal with the backyard. To work further from the house it will be necessary to purchase an extension cord of sufficient length (if you don't already have one). Also, it is not recommended for cleaning in high humidity. Still, this is the best electric leaf blower in our opinion.

Review of Toro 51619 Ultra Corded/Vacuum Red

Performance

Toro 51619 Ultra has a very powerful engine that is able to blow out air at the speed of 250 MPH and volume of 410 CFM. These are the highest air speed numbers on our shortlist, be careful so that you don't get blown away. With this speed of air flow, you will have the opportunity to clear flat surfaces with little greenery on them. And not only of small leaves but also of debris, sticks, and large, heavy leaves. The only thing that may limit your work is the length of the cord and the number of extension cords.

Toro 51619 Ultra Corded/Vacuum Red in the use

Features and Convenience

Toro 51619 Ultra electric air blower, in contrast to other yard blowers in our review, in addition to traditional blowing options, has features of a leaf blower vacuum and a leaf shredder. You can reduce up to 88% of mulched leaves to less than 1 or 2-inch pieces. Another thing we feel we must point out is that despite its variety of features this Toro blower vac sits comfortably in one hand. Even if you work for some time, your hand will not get tired.

Detailed review of Toro 51619 Ultra Corded/Vacuum Red

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Toro 51619 Ultra
Toro 51619 Ultra
 

Hitachi RB24EAP

Type

Hitachi offers you a handheld leaf blower powered by gasoline engine. According to some leaf blower reviews, it is more powerful than, for example, Ryobi leaf blower, or Sears leaf blower. This petrol leaf blower works without difficulties on small and medium areas, like driveways leading to your house, or backyards and lawns around it. It is one of the best leaf blowers to clean up accumulated debris. The Hitachi lawn blower is everything you need to deal with hard-to-reach places where your average garden vacuum proves to be completely insufficient.

Review of Hitachi RB24EAP CARB Compliant Gas Powered 23.9cc 2-Cycle

Performance

Owing to its powerful engine Hitachi gas leaf blower blows out air at the speed of 170 miles per hour and has the air volume of 441 cubic feet per minute. Just imagine it! This air speed provides a handheld leaf blower with the ability to blow off leaves, get rid of debris and small branches, or even move the snow and clear the path to your house in winter. Even the bushes and the uneven ground won't stop you in your desire for a clean garden. Extremely convenient, don't you think? Also, Hitachi RB24EAP has a very low level of emissions.

Hitachi RB24EAP CARB Compliant Gas Powered 23.9cc 2-Cycle in the use

Features and Convenience

The large two-finger throttle lever of this yard blower is located just under your pointer on the handle. Thanks to this, it is very convenient to control the airflow. By pushing it, you will be able to adjust the engine rotation rate, and, as a consequence, the strength of the airflow. Also, in addition to its wonderful ergonomic design, Hitachi RB24EAP has rather low vibration levels during work. With this device you will have all the freedom to move around your backyard.

Detailed review of Hitachi RB24EAP CARB Compliant Gas Powered 23.9cc 2-Cycle

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Hitachi RB24EAP
Hitachi RB24EAP
 

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 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 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 4Ah Battery and Charger Included

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GreenWorks 24322
GreenWorks 24322
 

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Comparison of Leaf Blowers

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1. Leaf Blower Buying GuideConsumer Reports. May 2016.

2. Leaf Blower Buying GuideLowe's.

3. The Complete Leaf Blower Buying GuideeBay. March 3, 2016.

4. Gwen Bruno How to Choose a Leaf BlowerSFGate

5. Adelaide Gray How to buy the best leaf blowerWhich?

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