Best leaf blower 2019

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Commercial Leaf blowers are heavy-duty gas-powered leaf blowers, designed to handle large volumes of garden debris. Although larger leaf blowers are usually used by landscapers and public maintenance crews, domestic users with large gardens often see them as their best option.

As is to be expected, commercial leaf blowers are larger and heavier than the smaller models used for light to medium duty yard cleaning. As they get bigger, the engine size can reach around 50cc or more and these models are too heavy to carry normally so they use a backpack design, making them easier to use.

This article is going to cover the best commercial leaf blowers on the market. We’re going to cover both handheld leaf blowers and backpack models. In each category, we’ll compare your best choices for a high-quality, durable machine in a range of different prices.

Commercial Handheld Leaf Blowers

Weighing anything from 8 LBS up to around 10 LBS, handheld commercial leaf blowers are light enough to carry in one hand without fatigue being a real problem. When choosing the best commercial handheld leaf blower, you need to look at the weight balance and vibration of the machine. Because you will be holding the leaf blower in one hand for long periods, user comfort is a big factor. Some will have shoulder straps to make them more comfortable to use.

1. Husqvarna 952711925 125B 28cc 2-Stroke 170 MPH Gas Powered Handheld Blower

I’m sure that I’m not alone in saying that Husqvarna makes some of the best gas-powered garden tools. So if you’re looking for the best commercial handheld leaf blower, the Husqvarna 125B will be the first choice for many.

Considering that this leaf blower is backed by the Husqvarna brand, the price is incredibly reasonable, the engineering and quality of the Husqvarna 125B cannot be disputed. It has a powerful and robust 28cc 1.1 HP 2-stroke engine. At maximum power this engine reaches 8000 RPM, giving you an airflow of 470 CFM in the housing and 425 CFM in the pipe. With the flat nozzle, the airspeed is 170 MPH and 130MPH with the round nozzle. Husqvarna engines in all models from 2017 onward, comply with the strictest environmental control regulations, this means that the Husqvarna 125B is both EPA and CARB compliant.

The Husqvarna 125B handheld commercial leaf blower has some outstanding design features that make it very easy and comfortable to use. It starts perfectly with a single pull on the recoil starter, this is made really easy due to the Air Purge system that removes air and fuel from the carburetor – eliminating the common problems resulting from fuel flooding in the engine.

The controls are placed for maximum convenience on the soft grip handle. The variable speed trigger has a cruise control locking mechanism that allows you to release the trigger when working at the same speed for long periods. Low vibration levels (11.1m/s²) and reasonably low noise levels of 94dBA at the operator’s ear add to the user comfort of this machine. The adjustable tube is a nice feature that enhances the ease of use under varying working conditions. At a weight of 4.26 Kg (9.4 LBS), it’s not a heavy tool to use.

The Husqvarna 125B has been engineered to give you superior performance and is one of the best commercial handheld leaf blowers when it comes to user comfort and reliability. I’ve always found Husqvarna dealership service to be fantastic and the Husqvarna 125B has a 2-year warranty. I see no exclusions for a commercial warranty, so one can assume that this warranty is also valid for commercial use.

2. Hitachi RB24EAP 23.9cc 2-Cycle Gas Powered 170 MPH Handheld Leaf Blower

Priced slightly lower than the Husqvarna 125B, the Hitachi RB24EAP is equally impressive. It has very similar specs and easily the best warranty of any commercial handheld leaf blower.

The 23.9cc 1.13 HP engine matches the Husqvarna’s performance on every level and is also EPA and CARB III compliant. You’ll be getting 441 CFM airflow and 170 MPH airspeed at full power from this little beast. It also has one of the best weight specs in its class at 8.6 LBS. The handle is well designed and it has a good center of gravity, though it probably won’t be quite as comfortable as the Husqvarna because of vibration.

The purge primer works well, making it very easy to start. For those who don’t know what a purge primer is, it’s a bubble that you press with your thumb to remove air from the fuel line before starting. The large trigger throttle control is comfortable and easy to use, but you don’t have the luxury of a throttle position locking mechanism. So you have to continuously hold the trigger whilst working. This is not a big issue, it’s just that your trigger finger can become tired and cramp up when working for long periods.

The Hitachi RB24EAP is a well-made leaf blower with a durable plastic housing and fixed position, round nozzle tube. The warranty really stands out at an incredible 7 years for home use, 2 years for commercial use and 1 year for hire companies.

3. Makita BHX2500CA Commercial Grade 4-Stroke 24.5cc Handheld Blower

Makita is, in my mind, one of the most underrated tool manufacturers. They’re at the higher end of the price range, competing with the top dogs and worth paying for. The Makita BHX2500CA outperforms most commercial handheld leaf blowers in many ways. When you look at the specs of this leaf blower, you’ll notice some of the best, particularly the exceptionally low noise level.

The Makita BHX2500CA makes use of a 24.5cc 1.1 HP 4-stroke engine. This is one of the few gas-powered leaf blowers to use a 4-stroke engine and the obvious advantage to this is that you don’t need to mix gas and oil, 4-stroke engines also tend to be more durable. The disadvantage of using a 4-stroke engine is that it runs a lower RPM, compared to 2-stroke engines. This results in a slightly lower air volume (356 CFM), the airspeed is slightly better than most others at 145 MPH with the round nozzle. I don’t have airspeed specs when using the flat nozzle, but it will certainly match and, most likely, exceed the 170 MPH airspeed which is the rated speed for the best models in this review. The lower air volume isn’t a big sacrifice to make when you look at the many advantages that this model provides. This engine is both EPA II and CARB III certified.

The engine starts very easily, thanks to the automatic mechanical decompression that opens the valves when starting. It also has a noise level that cannot be beaten – 67dBA. The gas tank is larger than most at 17.6 Oz, giving a much longer working time on a tank.

Not only is the vibration of the 4-stroke engine lower than a 2-stroke equivalent, but the soft grip handle reduces most of the vibration where you need it most. The Makita BHX2500CA is probably one of the best gas handheld leaf blowers when it comes to user comfort, rivaled only by the Husqvarna 125B. Makita has also included cruise control, which locks the trigger controlled throttle when you want to run at a continuous speed for prolonged periods. In addition to all the comfort features, it’s also a very lightweight machine, weighing only 9.8 LBS.

Dual stage air filtration makes the Makita BHX2500CA more reliable and aids fuel efficiency between service intervals. The startup kit includes a round nozzle, extension pipe, and a toolkit. You also have the option of a flat nozzle, an additional pipe extension, and a debris collection bag.

With one of the best low emission stats and a very quiet engine, the Makita BHX2500CA is far superior to the others. The only drawback is a lower air volume – though this is only slightly lower than other commercial leaf blowers in the handheld category. Makita has a fantastic dealership network, offering excellent after sales service and the BHX2500CA comes with their standard 1-year warranty and a 30-day money back guarantee. Emission components, like the carburetor, have a 2-year warranty.

4. Tanaka TRB24EAP 23.9cc 2-Cycle Gas Powered 170 MPH Handheld Leaf Blower

If you compare the Hitachi RB24EAP to the Tanka TRB24EAP, you’ll notice that both models have a similar product code – on this model they’ve simply added one letter to the front.

They look exactly the same, excepting that the Tanka is Orange and the Hitachi is green. Their specs are identical, too. Actually, they’re exactly the same leaf blower. Hitachi owns the Tanka brand. The design of this commercial leaf blower is originally Tanka and was introduced in 2003. After acquiring the Tanka brand, Hitachi decided to include this model in their range under the Hitachi name.

So the only difference is the color, though the price may vary – depending on the retailer. The Tanka has the same 23.9cc 2-stroke, EPA and CARB certified, engine. It also has the same fantastic 7-year warranty for residential use.

If you’re looking at the Tanka24EAP vs the Hitachi RB24EAP, it might simply come down to color preference – do you prefer a green tool to an orange tool? My recommendation would be to look at the price and go for the cheaper option. After all, you’ll be getting exactly the same leaf blower for your money.

Commercial Backpack Leaf Blowers

Commercial backpack leaf blowers are much more powerful than handheld models, with engine sizes ranging from around 50cc and upwards. This means they are decidedly heavier and therefore use a backpack design to help the user handle the weight of the larger engine more comfortably. They’re going to be noisier and the engine will be quite close to your ears, making ear protection an important piece of safety gear for these machines.

When choosing the best commercial backpack leaf blower, you’ll be looking at power, I’m sure. You should also look at the usability of the machine – how does the pipe operate and where are controls situated? This can make a big difference when it comes to using the machine.

1. Husqvarna 150BT 50.2cc 2-Cycle Gas Backpack Blower

The Husqvarna 150BT is powered by their 50.2cc 2.15 2-stroke X-torque engine. This is a very easy starting, fuel-efficient engine and is CARB compliant.

The X-torque engine has very low vibration levels and, when combined with the comfortable ventilated harness with a waistband, it’s an incredibly comfortable backpack leaf blower for the user. Lugging the 22.5 LBS machine around isn’t a tough job.

The trigger control is placed in a user-friendly position on the flexible pipe, meaning that you can work comfortably without any strain. The trigger also has a cruise control lock. Living up to its reputation as one the best commercial backpack leaf blowers, the Husqvarna 150BT has ample power, delivering an astounding 692 CFM airflow at the blower (434 CFM at the pipe) and a top airspeed of 251 MPH using a flat nozzle and 214.75 MPH with the standard round nozzle.

Designed and built to the exacting quality standards that we’ve all come to expect from Husqvarna, the 150BT gives you power and usability that places it high on the list of the best commercial leaf blowers. Naturally, you’re going to get excellent service from their dealership network and it has a 2-year consumer (residential) warranty.

2. Echo PB-580T Backpack Blower

Echo has one of the best reputations when it comes to commercial-grade equipment, it’s a brand worth paying a little extra for. The Echo PB-580T is one of the most powerful and comfortable commercial backpack leaf blowers available.

The 58.2cc 2-stroke engine is only slightly larger than the Husqvarna 150BT but produces better air volume at a similar airspeed. With a round nozzle, you’ll get 510 CFM at the pipe and a maximum airspeed of 215 MPH. It also has one of the best noise level specs in its class – 70dBA.

Comfort is un-compromised, the ventilated backpack straps are well padded and it has a backrest for added comfort. The tube mounted throttle trigger is as comfortable and is as easy to use as any you’ll find. You’ll be able to work for long hours, without fatigue being a problem and the large 62 Oz gas tank will give the uninterrupted working time to match.

A fantastic commercial backpack leaf blower, by anyone’s standards. It has a warranty to match its impressive specs – 5 years for residential use, 2 years for commercial use and 90 days for rental.

3. Poulan Pro 967087101 48cc Backpack Blower

If an affordable commercial backpack leaf blower is what you’re after, the Poulan Pro PR48BT is going to be the best model for you.

Despite having a slightly smaller 48cc 2-stroke engine than most of the others in this class, it offers airspeed and volume specs that can compare with the best. You’ll get a maximum airspeed of 200 MPH and airflow of 475 CFM.

The heavy-duty frame and backpack-style straps offer good comfort. Though, I must say that when compared to the others, it’s not really the best. The backrest offers good support, but the straps don’t seem to fit as comfortably as the others.

Otherwise, I can’t see that you’re getting much less, for the lower price of the Poulan Pro PR48BT. It also has a well-placed trigger control, mounted to the end of a flexible pipe. The 2-year warranty is also very reasonable for a commercial backpack leaf blower in this price range.

4. Makita EB7650WH MM4 Hip Throttle Backpack Blower, 75.6cc

The Makita MM4 Backpack leaf blower is the most expensive in this review. Though, with very few exceptions, it has some of the best features and specifications.

The engine is quite a bit larger than the others – 75.6cc (3.8 HP). Being a 4-stroke engine it has the advantage of lower vibration and noise levels. As with the handheld Makita leaf blower, reviewed earlier, the backpack version has the same pros and cons as a result of the 4-stroke engine. It has an airspeed of 195 MPH (not the best) and a volume of 526 CFM which is the best air volume at the pipe of all the models reviewed here.

Noise levels are pretty impressive at 76dBA. The very compact size and lightweight (22.6 LBS) design, make it incredibly comfortable to use. The straps and backrest offer fantastic support and mold perfectly to the body. The trigger switch, with cruise control, is also placed in the best position for maximum ease of use.

For one of the most fuel-efficient and durable engines, the Makita backpack commercial leaf blower comes up tops. You get a 1-year standard warranty and 90-day money back guarantee on the Makita.

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Got leaves? This time of year most of us do: on our lawn, our driveway, walks, roof, gutters. Nothing more quickly relocates leaves to more desirable areas than a leaf blower. Given that leaf removal is an autumn priority, we went to work to help you find the right model leaf blower to get the job done. To that end, we tested 10 machines across several popular categories. We evaluated traditional gas engine models and two-stroke models that take the familiar 40:1 and 50:1 fuel-oil blends. And half of the machines we tested were powered by a battery, the most ever in our test history—electric blowers continue to improve and impress.
Check out some of our top picks below, or scroll down for more in-depth reviews of these and other options, plus buying advice.

Best Cordless LBX6000 Ego homedepot.com $399.99 Most Versatile DCBL772X1 DeWalt homedepot.com $269.00 Best Overall BR800 C-E Magnum Stihl https://www.stihlusa.com $650.00 Best Value PB-2520 Echo amazon.com $191.98 Quietest RY40440 Ryobi homedepot.com $269.00

What You Need to Know About Leaf Blowers

Gas or Battery Powered
We know from experience that the run time of handheld cordless leaf blowers is brief, but we never measured it until this test. As for gas-engine machines, they often run for an hour or more on a tank of fuel. Battery options appeal for several reasons: They produce no fumes, are simple to operate (there’s no gas engine to start), and are remarkably powerful. For extended leaf-clearing sessions, however, they require more than one battery. Gas-engine blowers have longer run times than cordless blowers, and if you’ve got severe leaf clearing ahead, there’s no substitute for their power and their ability to be rapidly refueled and keep going.

Backpack or Handheld
By taking the load off your arm and wrist, a backpack model can enable longer sessions; you may be less tired when you’re done. Also, a backpack model permits you to stop blowing leaves and move a gas grill, or some yard furniture, out of the way without putting it down. And, you don’t have to bend down and pick it back up. On the other hand, these are bulkier machines and can take up more space in your garage or shed. Handheld models are smaller, lighter, and may be more maneuverable in tight spaces.

So, which do you buy?
The thicker and wetter your leaf cover and the more debris mixed with it, such as twigs and nuts, the more leaf-moving power you need. If all you have is a thin layer that’s no deeper than the top of your shoes, a handheld or light-duty backpack will suffice. Either gas or electric should work. Ankle-deep leaves, especially if they are wet, call for a gas or electric backpack blower. Shin-deep leaves and deeper? Call in a pro-grade gas-engine backpack blower. If you need your machine only to sweep leaves or grass clippings from a driveway or sidewalk, go with a light-duty option—you won’t need as much power to move them across pavement, which has much less friction than grass.

Clockwise, from top left: pushing a brick, the sawdust erosion test, and measuring battery run time. Trevor Raab

How We Tested

All the blowers in this review were subjected to a battery of tests to get a clear impression of performance and usability. We performed an erosion test by hitting a 6×14-foot trapezoid of pavement covered in sawdust with a single blast, to help visualize the airflow of each blower; they were used to clear a layer of leaves from a 6×12-foot rectangle of grass; run time of the cordless products was measured while operating continuously at full power; and our final test to measure air speed was perhaps the most unusual in the history of testing at Popular Mechanics. It took a while, but we found a precise instrument that could measure speeds up to 250mph, in an airplane. We took our blowers to a small rural airport* in Pennsylvania and measured air speed using the anemometer on an Extra 300L aerobatic aircraft with a robust anemometer to handle the conditions the plane sees in aerial acrobatics. Airspeed was corrected for temperature and altitude, as measured on an Aspen Avionics Evolution 1000 EFIS.

All weights below include gas or batteries. Sound levels were measured at the operator and 75 feet from the operator

*Special thanks to James Krisovitch, for the use of his air strip, airplane, and time.

Handheld Leaf Blowers

―EASIEST STARTING―

Craftsman BV245 CMXGAAMR27AV

Courtesy Craftsman BV245 Blower $159.99 amazon.com

  • Simple start procedure
  • Easy twist-lock blower tip
  • Gyroscopic effect can be fatiguing

Air speed: 145mph | Weight: 10.4 lb* | Engine: 27cc, 2-cycle
Decibels: 98dB / 78dB

The Craftsman is a mid-price, mid-performance machine that starts easily and delivers sufficient power. The leaf and sawdust tests revealed that this model works better sweeping pavement than moving leaves over grass. It has several features that make it easy use. First, there’s a sticker on the blower housing to remind you that it takes a 40:1 fuel ratio. Next, the blower nozzle has two distinct raised tabs that help you maintain a firm grip as you lock the nozzle on. Finally, its On/Off switch is a spring-loaded momentary type that cannot be locked in the Off position. But the blower has a pronounced gyroscopic effect that makes it fatiguing on your wrist during long leaf-clearing sessions.

―MOST VERSATILE―

DeWalt DCBL772X1

Courtesy DeWalt DCBL772X1 Blower $269.00 homedepot.com

  • Broad, effective airstream
  • Well-balanced
  • Short run time

Air speed: 105.9mph | Weight: 9.6 lb | Run time: 12 min, 30 sec
Decibels: 101dB / 72dB

Don’t be misled by the DeWalt’s low air speed, the slowest in the test. The airstream is well-shaped and productive. It carved out a large rectangular area in our sawdust test. The tool has good balance, and we found it was easy to use it in a sweeping motion in our leaf test. It cleaned out the area quickly, if not perfectly. Its brief run time, however, suggests that the tool is best used on small patches of leaves or for jobs like construction-site cleanup or sweeping out the garage. Its design for these purposes is clear, judging by the hefty skid plate below the blower housing and battery that should help this tool withstand rough-and-tumble use.

―BEST VALUE―

Echo PB2520

Courtesy Echo PB-2520 Blower $191.98 amazon.com

  • Powerful, effective airstream
  • Off-set blower tube
  • Two-position on/off switch

Air speed: 139.2mph | Weight: 9.6 lb | Engine: 25.4cc
Decibels: 99dB / 72dB

The Echo blew leaves completely out of the test rectangle, and it carved a flame-shaped area out of the sawdust box, revealing a dense, productive, and well-shaped airstream. We applaud Echo’s designers for the offset blower tube, which lines up with the handle, giving you better aim and somewhat better control over the machine’s recoil­—note that any handheld blower with this much power is tiring to use, and the Echo is no exception. Our dislikes are minor. The two-position stop switch found on the Echo makes it easy to unknowingly try to start the machine with the switch in the Off position. Also, the black-on-black markings for the choke position are hard to read and can contribute to hard starts.

Trevor Raab

―BEST CORDLESS―

Ego LBX6000

Courtesy EGO LBX6000 Commercial Blower (tool only) $399.99 homedepot.com

  • Extremely maneuverable
  • Long run time
  • Expensive

Air speed: 146.1mph | Weight: 29.2 lb | Motor: 56 volts
Run time: 86 min, 30 sec | Decibels: 94dB / 66dB

This is a remarkable machine. With the large battery, it is the heaviest blower, weighing even more than the gas-engine Stihl. And it also is the most expensive. You can cut that cost by using a smaller and less-expensive $349 version of the 56-volt battery, which brings the total price down to about $749. In terms of power, you have nothing to fear with the Ego. It blew the leaves out of the test rectangle faster and farther than every blower except the Stihl. We particularly liked that the handheld part of the blower is only 6.4 pounds. It’s tethered to the battery by an electrical cord–which allows you to switch hands—something you can’t do with many backpack blowers.

―LIGHTEST CORDLESS―

Makita XBU02

Courtesy Makita XBU02PT Blower Kit $632.00 $249.00 (61% off) amazon.com

  • Lightweight
  • Shares 18v batteries with other tools
  • Short run time

Air speed: 138mph | Weight: 9.2 lb | Motor: 36 volts
Run time: 11 min, 15 sec | Decibels: 99dB / 68dB

We liked many things about the Makita; chief among them is the fact that the blower takes the same 18-volt batteries as other Makita power tools. It also has a comfortable trigger and balance that causes the machine to hang in your hand at the perfect angle. In the leaf test, we found that its focused and somewhat narrow airstream is highly accurate and perfect for cleaning up edges without disturbing adjacent materials. However, it didn’t sweep the area as clean as other, more-powerful machines. If you use it on serious leaf cover, you’ll have some cleanup ahead of you with a mower or maybe a rake to finish the job.

Trevor Raab

Backpack Leaf Blowers

―MOST COMPACT BACKPACK―

Greenworks Pro BPB80L00

Courtesy Greenworks BPB80L2510 Backpack Blower $299.99 $209.99 (30% off) amazon.com

  • Light and compact
  • Comfortable straps
  • Non-turbo mode too slow for deeper leaves

Air Speed: 132.3mph | Weight: 11.6 lb | Motor: 80 volts
Run time: 19 min | Decibels: 97dB / 73dB

The Greenworks is the lightest and most compact of the backpack blowers we tested. In its Turbo setting, the blower’s airstream forms an effective leaf-moving zone (the outside edges of the airstream appear to be less powerful). The machine also scored high marks for its comfortable and highly adjustable shoulder straps, handle comfort, and the 90-degree elbow that connects the impeller housing to the flexible blower tube. The elbow permits the blower tube to pivot straight up, so it takes up less space when stored in the garage or shed.

―LIGHTEST BACKPACK―

Remington RM2BP

Courtesy Remington RM2BP Slinger Backpack Blower $187.00 mtdparts.com

  • Lightweight
  • High air speed
  • A little loud

Air speed: 139.2mph | Weight: 10.4 lb | Engine: 27cc, 2-cycle
Decibels: 99dB / 73dB

Remington calls its backpack blower the Slinger, for its light weight and compactness. We liked its fast starting and the easy-to-use shoulder strap (though the blower does rock a little at full throttle). The Remington produces a reasonably fast air stream and its sawdust test pattern shows clean edges all the way out to the far end where it flattens and feathers off. It did reasonably well in the leaf test at full throttle. Bottom line: The machine is effective with leaves on grass and should have more than enough power for hard-surface sweeping over moderate distances. It is a bit loud, though.

―QUIETEST―

Ryobi RY40440

Courtesy RYOBI RY40440 Blower $269.00 homedepot.com

  • Quiet
  • Highly adjustable straps
  • Stiff cruise control lever

Air speed: 127.70 mph | Weight: 17.8 lb | Motor: 40 volts
Run time: 47 min, 31 sec | Decibels: 87dB / 67 dB

This is a good machine that delivers a wide, nearly perfect symmetrical air pattern with a well-defined boundary that reaches all the way out toward its end where it flares into consistent branches. That shape and volume contribute to debris-moving efficiency, in both the leaf test and when we swept the parking lot clean after the sawdust tests. It was the quietest blower, a relief to the testers (and to our neighbors). The machine also gets high marks for comfortable control surfaces such as its handle and trigger and its shoulder straps, which are well padded and highly adjustable. The cruise-control lever, however, is difficult to pivot, and the flexible blower tube seems a bit too short, also making for a difficult pivoting motion.

―BEST OVERALL―

Stihl BR800 C-E Magnum

Courtesy Stihl BR800 C-E Magnum Backpack Blower https://www.stihlusa.com

  • Powerful, high-speed airstream
  • Can start while wearing backpack
  • Expensive

Air speed: 195.6mph | Weight: 28.4 lb | Engine: 79.9 cc, 2-cycle
Decibels: 100 dB / 77 dB

The test’s largest blower and the second heaviest is an air-moving monster. In the sawdust test, it swept out a gigantic bulb-shaped pattern that emptied almost half the particulate from the zone. It blew leaves out of the test rectangle and scattered them 20 feet away. For laughs, we found that it can skim a 4.6-pound. brick over pavement like a hockey puck. For all its raw power, the Magnum impressed us by how easily it starts. Its spring-loaded starting mechanism is positioned horizontally, so you can yank it while the machine is mounted on your back. As for demerits, the Stihl is much louder at a distance than other blowers. A reason to pass? Only if you have legitimate concerns about disturbing the peace.

―EASIEST TO REFUEL―

Troy-Bilt TBP4BP EC

Courtesy Troy-Bilt TB4BP EC Backpack Blower $249.99 troybilt.com

  • No mixing fuel
  • High air speed
  • As loud as a 2-cycle motor

Airspeed: 150.7mph | Weight: 18.8 lb | Engine: 32cc, 4-cycle
Decibels: 99dB / 74dB

The Troy-Bilt posted the second-fastest air movement, and in the tests with sawdust and leaves, it performed well. Its air pattern is small and well-defined. The machine’s shoulder straps and large lumbar support are nicely padded, making this the most comfortable backpack model we tried. The blower starts easily, and Troy-Bilt also sells a battery-powered start tool ($35, not included) that’s somewhat like a cordless drill. Once charged, the tool plugs into a receptacle on the blower and you spin start its engine. Further guaranteeing an easy start, the Troy-Bilt’s choke markings are clear, and its momentary stop switch prevents you from trying to fire it with the switch in the Off position. Finally, its nozzle twists on firmly and easily thanks to a large raised tab that helps you get a firm grip on it.

The Best Leaf Blowers for Every Size Yard

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In many parts of the country, ’tis the time for trees to start showing signs of crimson and gold. Yet while fall foliage is beautiful on the trees, it’s much less attractive when it’s littering your lawn. Resist the rake! This backbreaking chore makes you stiff and sore, then saddles you with bags full of leaves to haul away. This year, why not use a leaf blower to make short work of what covers your yard? There are a wide variety of styles and sizes of leaf blowers on the market today, ranging from light-duty handheld units to heavyweight professional-grade models. Read on to learn about the different types and to find out why we consider the following five models the best leaf blower options for most homeowners:

  1. BEST GAS-POWERED LEAF BLOWER: Husqvarna Backpack Leaf Blower
  2. BEST BUDGET LEAF BLOWER: Sun Joe Electric Leaf Blower
  3. BEST COMPACT LEAF BLOWER: KIMO Cordless Leaf Blower
  4. BEST CORDLESS LEAF BLOWER: Kobalt Cordless Leaf Blower
  5. BEST CORDED ELECTRIC LEAF BLOWER: WORX Turbine 600 Electric Leaf Blower

Photo: amazon.com

Key Considerations for Choosing the Best Leaf Blower

Size

It is important to take the total weight of the blower into account before purchasing—while a larger model may be more powerful, it will probably also be more unwieldy.

  • Small, handheld leaf blowers—usually sporting a shoulder strap—are suitable for homeowners who have an average-size suburban lot and a few trees.
  • Larger, backpack-style models are ideal for those with bigger properties or yards with many trees.
  • Wheeled, walk-behind blowers are generally used by the pros or by homeowners with a substantial amount of wooded property.

Power

Leaf blowers are rated by cubic feet per minute (CFM), a measurement of the volume of air that is pushed through the unit. Blowers with higher CFM ratings can move more leaves at a faster rate. Another important rating, the power output of a leaf blower, is measured in cubic centimeters (cc) for gasoline-powered motors; amps (A) for corded electric blowers; and volts (V) for cordless, battery-powered blowers. Miles-per-hour (MPH) ratings, yet another indication of a blower’s power, measure the speed at which air exits the unit.

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Fuel Type

There are three different types of power systems for leaf blowers:

  • Gasoline: Gasoline-powered leaf blowers are typically the most powerful—ideal for properties of a quarter acre or more—and come in two-cycle or four-cycle engines. Two-cycle engines run on a blend of oil and gasoline, and offer a good balance between power and weight; four-cycle engines run on gasoline alone but tend to be heavier than two-cycle engines and also require regular oil changes. Note that these models produce exhaust that contains carbon monoxide and other pollutants and therefore should always be used outdoors or in a well-ventilated space.
  • Corded Electric: Corded electric units are lightweight, portable, and quieter than their gasoline-powered counterparts. Light-duty electric sweepers can handle driveways, decks, and patios, while higher-powered electric blowers can take on yards up to a quarter of an acre. Corded electric blowers provide steady power without the weight of a battery; however, because the cord restricts mobility, they are used primarily for small yards or areas near the house.
  • Battery-Powered: Showcasing many of the same advantages as an electric model, cordless battery-powered blowers also offer excellent mobility. The batteries, however, add a little weight and need to be recharged periodically. Some cordless leaf blowers use batteries that are interchangeable with other power equipment or accessories, including string trimmers, hedge trimmers, and chain saws. If you have several such battery-powered tools, or if you have a particularly large lawn, it may be in your best interest to keep some extra batteries on hand.

Noise

The most frequent complaint about leaf blowers is that they are noisy. Many gasoline-powered models emit 90 to 102 decibels during use; electric and battery-powered units typically range from 65 to 78 decibels. Some local municipalities have enacted laws capping leaf blower noise at 65 or 70 decibels at a distance of 50 feet away, so it might be a good idea to check your local ordinances before purchasing a leaf blower. A unit with variable speed settings, which allow you to adjust the airflow and movement of debris, can also help with noise control. Always wear eye and ear protection and a dust mask while operating a leaf blower.

Accessories

A leaf vacuum and/or shredding or mulching attachment is a highly desirable feature that enables you to shred leaves so they can be used as mulch in garden beds, thereby reducing yard waste. Some vacuum-capable models include larger-diameter chutes or tubes that help collect leaves. Reduction ratios—such as 10:1 or 16:1—indicate the number of bags of leaves that a blower with mulching capabilities can reduce to one bag.

Our Top Picks

While there are a tremendous number of leaf blowers available, both in stores and online, we’ve done our homework to narrow the field for you. Taking into consideration the criteria listed above as well as reviews from actual users like yourself, we identified the top-rated leaf blowers on the market today for any need.

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1. BEST GAS-POWERED LEAF BLOWER: Husqvarna Backpack Leaf Blower

For the ultimate in leaf-blowing power, look no further than the Husqvarna Backpack Leaf Blower. Its powerful 65cc X-Torq motor delivers air at an impressive blowing speed of up to 232 mph, so even compressed leaves won’t stand a chance. It weighs in at a hefty 23.2 pounds, but don’t worry about arm fatigue! The Husqvarna comes with a backpack that supports the blower at your side as you work—you just guide the pipe. Air speed is controlled by trigger pressure, and the blower runs on a fuel combination of 50 parts gasoline to one part two-stroke engine oil (included) that powers up with an easy one-pull quick start. This bad boy is a good choice for large yards that get a lot of leaf accumulation and for operating in remote areas where electricity isn’t available.

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2. BEST BUDGET LEAF BLOWER: Sun Joe Electric Leaf Blower

While it’s the cheapest option here, the Sun Joe Electric Leaf Blower offers an impressive air speed of up to 155 mph so you can effectively remove leaves and small twigs from driveways and walks. Weighing in at just 3.9 pounds, you won’t have any trouble holding the single-speed blower with just one hand. The Sun Joe features a 6-amp, 110-volt electric motor and comes with a short cord that should be connected to either a 16-gauge, 50-foot exterior cord or a 14-gauge, 100-foot extension cord for safe outdoor operating. Users love both the power and the price of this leaf blower, claiming it’s perfect for clearing away light leaf accumulation in garden areas, sidewalks, and garages.

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3. BEST COMPACT LEAF BLOWER: KIMO Cordless Leaf Blower

The compact KIMO Cordless Leaf Blower weighs in at just 2.2 pounds and can be stashed in a car trunk or a broom closet when not in use. Though the manufacturer doesn’t indicate its top air speed, impressed users claim that it’s powerful enough to clear leaves from the driveway and sidewalk. The slim blower operates on a rechargeable 20V lithium-ion battery (battery and charger are included), and it can run at full speed for up to 20 minutes on a single charge. Plus, it can be converted to a vacuum just by attaching the pipe to the inlet valve and a garbage bag to the air outlet, solidifying it as a smart choice for renters, apartment dwellers, and homeowners with small yards or light leaf accumulation.

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4. BEST CORDLESS LEAF BLOWER: Kobalt Cordless Leaf Blower

If you’re looking for muscle in a cordless blower, the Kobalt Cordless Leaf Blower should impress. It runs on a powerful 80-volt lithium-ion battery (sold separately) and requires the additional purchase of a battery charger (also sold separately), both of which are interchangeable with all other Kobalt 80-volt cordless tools. The 8.9-pound leaf blower generates air speeds of up to 140 mph, making it ideal for medium to heavy leaf accumulation and even larger yards where a corded blower won’t reach. Users report that it runs up to 20 minutes on high speed on a single charge or up to 30 minutes at lower speeds.

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5. BEST CORDED ELECTRIC LEAF BLOWER: WORX Turbine 600 Electric Leaf Blower

Make quick work of leaf removal with the WORX Turbine 600 Electric Leaf Blower. The WORX features turbine fan technology (spinning force) that delivers up to 115 mph of leaf-churning air, controlled by a variable speed switch on the handle. Still, this corded electric blower weighs in at a comfortable-to-carry 6.4 pounds and can reach most of a small- or medium-size yard with light leaf accumulation if you connect it to either a 16-gauge, 50-foot extension cord or a 14-gauge, 100-foot extension cord.

The 10 Best Leaf Blowers

Buyers Guide Questions

How Does a Leaf Blower Work?

Leaf blowers work by taking advantage of something called centrifugal force. Centrifugal force (also called pseudo force) is the pressure and force that is exerted on objects when viewed in a rotating frame of reference. To put it simply, when the fans inside the blower turn, they create a centrifugal force that helps to power the machine. The rest is done by directing that force to create air flow at impressive speeds.

If you’ve ever been stuck without air conditioning on a hot summer day, you’ve probably learned that by placing tower fans in the window, you can force the heat out of your house and into the outdoors, helping to create an airflow. For more information on this, please see our other how to article here. This same principle can be applied to the fan blades inside the machine.

When the blades spin, they suck in air from the outside. This air is forced out through an opening smaller than the one it came in, causing the air to speed out of the tube at speeds up to 250 miles per hour! This is applicable to all types of leaf blowers, regardless of what they are powered off of.

What’s the Best Leaf Blower Brand to Buy?

Finding the top brand to buy will be dependent on what your needs in a leaf blower are. However, in our opinion, it would be Toro. Toro produces a number of great products, but the Toro 51619 Ultra seals its place on the market as a reliable brand for several reasons. First, they are incredibly thoughtful in their designs.

When they crafted the Toro 51619 Ultra, they made sure to think of every cleaning and clearing step the consumer would have to go through and made sure that they included a feature that will help you accomplish that task.

They obviously have a blowing feature, but they take the convenience factor two steps farther to make sure you’re taken care of with a vacuum that will suck the leaves into a bag for you after going through their mulching system that minimizes the space and trash bags you’ll have to use.

They also make our brand list because they’ve somehow managed to create an electrically powered machine that can generate wind speeds of up to 250 miles per hour! This is almost unheard of! Typically, this isn’t possible unless you’re using a gas powered machine.

However, thanks to their ingenuity, homeowners are able to get the job done effectively while being environmentally conscious and using green certified tools! And in addition to all the other great features, they have woven into the design?

The device is packaged into a sleek and compact design that makes it easy to find storage space for this tool. It’s a great option for every homeowner, making Toro a brand we feel serves as a universal choice for everyone.

Are Cordless Leaf Blowers Any Good?

This is largely based on opinion, but we find that most people will agree that yes, cordless leaf blowers are phenomenal. Cordless blowers are basically any blower that isn’t electric. Any battery operated or gas operated falls into this category. Both batteries operated and gas operated machines offer great advantages, but you’ll have to take some things into consideration. Battery operated blowers offer a great range of mobility and are fairly easy to control.

They’re also much quieter than their gas operated counterparts, so if you live in an area that has a noise restriction this could be a great option for you. However, even though they can generate great speed, their power usually cannot match the speeds attained by gas or electric models. You’ll have to weigh out the pros and cons with this one before deciding if battery operated are right for you.

Gas operated products offer another set of advantages. Not only are they mobile, they are often extremely versatile. Their gas and oil fueled combination makes for a great duo and allows gas operated machines to produce a tremendous amount of power.

These machines are also the greatest generators of air volume and wind speed, although recently a few corded options have begun to attain similar output levels. However, if you’re thinking about getting a gas powered option, you should take your physical capabilities into consideration before making the buy.

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Gas operated blowers tend to be heavier than their battery operated and electric operated counterparts, so you’ll need to make sure that you’re able of holding up the weight of this machine without experiencing exhaustion or fatigue before you complete your cleaning.

If you want to purchase a gas powered product but aren’t certain about how you’ll be able to handle the weight, your best option is to use a backpack leaf blower. The backpack models help to evenly distribute the weight of the machine.

Some options even come with an ergonomic design or padded belts to help increase the comfort factor and make sure you’re able to complete your seasonal cleaning tasks without tiring out too fast. But if you want to try out a cordless leaf blower the DEWALT DCBL720B is a good choice as is has a brushless motor and it’s not too heavy and being made by DeWalt you know it will last.

Are Battery Leaf Blowers Any Good?

Battery operated blowers have made some noticeable gains in terms of advancing their technologies and are steadily becoming an even better seasonal cleaning tool. They are a great choice for people who want to be able to effectively clear leaves out of their yards while using green certified machines and limiting their carbon footprint. Additionally, they are often much quieter than gas operated blowers and are good for areas that aren’t very tolerant of noise.

In addition to being more environmentally friendly and noise conscious, battery operated leaf blowers allow you a lot of freedom and mobility to work with while you clean out your yard. You don’t have to worry about being confined by a cord or constantly having to reconnect your plug into the wall, so you can work quickly and without distraction. They also tend to be very light compared to electric powered models and gas powered models.

Although the charge in battery powered models doesn’t compare to the operational time of gas powered models, they’re still able to offer a respectable operating time and recharge fairly quickly. They also offer some very noticeable advantages over gas operated models that are hard to ignore – especially if you don’t have to do work on a large estate.

Are Gas Leaf Blowers Better Than Electric?

To determine if a gas one will be more effective for you than an electric leaf blower, you’re going to have to take a few things into consideration. The first thing is what area of land you’re working with. If you’re just working in your backyard in a suburban type set up, the type of blower you’re working with won’t matter as much. However, if you’re trying to take care of a large estate, a gas powered model will work much better for you.

Gas operated products give you more freedom to move about and tend to areas of importance on your property. You don’ have to worry about having the cord come unplugged in the middle of clearing leaves out of your lawn and you’re able to move in ways that are comfortable to you. To help your yard look even better, we recommend looking into lawn mowers for easy grass-cutting.

The next thing you’ll want to think about is why you need this machine. Are you using your yard blower to take care of your personal property, or are you trying to operate a landscaping business? If you answer the former, an electric model could suit you well, but if you answered the latter you’ll likely need to invest in a gas powered option.

Thirdly, you should consider your physical condition. If you’re in shape, physically fit and accustomed to lifting heavier objects, it might not matter to you which option you choose. However, if you’re not very strong or are getting up there in age, an electric model might be the option for you.

Electric models tend to be much lighter than gas models and, thanks to recent improvements in technology, you can find models that are just as effective. Last but not least, think of the environment. It may not have crossed your mind, but using a gas powered item releases emissions into the air that add to our carbon footprint.

Electric models on the other hand, can accomplish the same tasks while refraining from putting any type of emission into the air. If your heart is set on getting a gas powered blower, you can find models that have managed to reduce their carbon footprint by up to 60%. However, if minimizing your carbon footprint is a top concern for you, you should invest in an electric leaf blower.

Can a Leaf Blower Clear Away Snow?

You most certainly can! They have the potential to be just as effective with snow as they are with your fall foliage. However, there are a few things that you’ll need to take into consideration before using it to tackle the winter wonderland. The first is what type of snow you’re dealing with. If you’ve got a light, fluffy coat of snow in your driveway that isn’t too deep, your leaf blower will do a great job of helping to clear out the mess.

Petrol machines will likely be the most effective option, but battery powered options have the potential to make a significant impact here too. However, if you live in an area that is more likely to give you wet or soggy snow, you’ll probably have to bust out the snow shovel – for the review.

Secondly, you’ll need to think about how long you’re going to have to work to get your driveway cleared. Exposing your garden items to the cold, wet, and harsh conditions won’t do it any favors. This also goes for other gardening tools such as wheelbarrows and mowers.

You’re going to end up getting a little moisture inside the machine no matter what you do, so you’ll need to be able to store it in a warm and dry environment after you use it to be sure it has time to air out. Last but not least, you’re going to need to think about what type of device you’re trying to use.

A battery operated device can work, but moisture will be more damaging to it than gas machines. It also won’t have the moving power that a gas powered blowers are capable of reaching. Electric powered blowers are pretty much a no go in this situation.

Electrical currents and water do not work well, and you don’t want to risk injury in the case that too much moisture made it into your machine. If you’re going to try to tackle the snow, make sure you’re using the best gas powered model for safe and effective results.

It’s coming up to that time of year when a rake just won’t do: you need the best leaf blower to keep your yard or lawn free of leaves. A leaf blower is a great time saving tool that will help you clear your yard quickly but like most technology it is hard to know what leaf blower is the best for you. The best leaf blowers will not only offer you a quick way to clear the yard of leaves, but will also have comfort features to make the process as easy as possible.

This guide will talk you through all the features that the best leaf blowers have in common, while providing you with some of the greatest leaf blowers we have had the opportunity to get our hands on and review.

During our most recent evaluation we chose the Black & Decker LSWV36, as the best leaf blow on the market. This battery-powered leaf blower is lightweight – just 5.4 pounds – and has an overall length of 37 inches. It can produce airspeed up to 120 mph, which will move leaves and other debris up to 17.5 feet away. It’s also one of the quietest leaf blowers we reviewed, producing only 86.2 dB of noise.

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1. Black & Decker LSWV36

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Black & Decker LSWV36

Strikes a good balance between power, quiet performance and price

Weight: 5.4 lbs | Max air speed: 120 mph | Power source: Lithium battery | Battery life: 30 mins | Dimensions: 37 x 8.5 x 20.44 in

It’s light – just 5.4 pounds. It can blow leaves a lengthy 17.5 feet. Can be used as a sweeper or vacuum. Below average air speeds, maximum of 120 mph

We chose the Black & Decker LSWV36 as the best overall because it strikes a good balance between power, quiet performance and price. While it isn’t the most powerful leaf blower we looked at, it is the easiest to use. Its general functionality and rich feature package make it a strong choice overall.
The Black & Decker is a battery powered leaf blower and so it doesn’t require gas or an extension cord. On a full charge, the battery should last about 30 minutes. This lightweight leaf blower weighs 6.9 pounds, the lightest in our comparison. The average weight of the leaf blowers we evaluated is 8.43 pounds, the heaviest being 10.8 pounds. So, you can use this blower for a full 30 minutes without feeling exhausted.
The Black & Decker leaf blower has handle cushions and anti-vibration functionality to make it more comfortable to use. The overall length of this leaf blower is 37 inches, which is just a touch over the average of 36 inches. This puts it close enough to the ground to effectively blow anything that’s in front of it. While its maximum airspeed of 120 mph lags behind the competition, it performs among the best when it comes to the distance it can push a pile of debris, more than 17 feet. The fastest airspeed we saw was 250 mph, and the furthest push distance was 18 feet. So while it didn’t break the metrics with its raw power, its still impressive.

2. Toro 51621: Best air speed

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Toro 51621

An electric leaf blow that doesn’t cost hundreds of dollars

Weight: 8.9 lbs | Max air speed: 250 mph | Power source: Corded electric | Dimensions: 45 x 9 x 14 in

It’s affordable It has air speeds up to 250 mph It can extend up to 41 inches in length There’s no anti-vibration technology

The Toro 51621 is an electric leaf blow that doesn’t cost hundreds of dollars – making it a good option for people that don’t have a big budget This leaf blower is compact but extends to a lengthy 41 inches, putting it closer to the ground for maximum blowing and sucking power.
As it is an electric leaf blower, the area it can be used in is restricted by the length of your extension cord. On the plus side, you’ll never run out of gas or battery power as you’re blowing away a mound of leaves. This tool blows air at a maximum of 250 mph, which is the most powerful out of any leaf blower we reviewed. This electric blower can push leaves up to 16.8 feet away which is a very good distance. Although, this does put it a little behind the best leaf blowers in our reviews.
The Toro 51621 is a versatile gardening tool that not only acts as a leaf blower, but can also be used as a vacuum and a leaf shredder. . It features a metal impeller that shreds leaves and other debris into small pieces making them easier to gather and haul away. But as it is a budget leaf blower it lacks a couple of the comfort features that more expensive models provide. If you don’t mind a more stripped back and basic leaf blower that doesn’t have anti-vibration technology or a cushioned, then the Toro is a good choice. It’s low cost, powerful enough to the job done, and functional.

3. Black & Decker LB700: Best value

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Black & Decker LB700

When it comes to value it’s hard to beat the Black and Decker LB700

Weight: 4.4 lbs | Max air speed: 180 mph | Power source: Corded electric | Dimensions: 16.5 x 11 x 7 in

Great budget price A healthy 180 mph air speed No vacuum function Corded, so limited range

When it comes to value it’s hard to beat the Black and Decker LB700. It’s a corded electric leaf blower with a 7 amp motor that provides a healthy 180 mph of air speed, which means it’s ideal for garden paths, back yards and lawns.

At 4.4 pounds it’s a small, lightweight blower that you can hold in one hand. A cord retention mechanism means you won’t get annoying cord snags as you walk around your property.

As well as the electric cord, the main disadvantage is that there’s no vacuum option, so only consider the Black and Decker LB700 if you’re only looking for a blower to move leaves around your home.

Let’s be clear – this is a no frills product, but what it lacks in features it makes up for in value. The Black and Decker LB700 does the job well, and the air speed is high enough that you’ll have no problems with debris of any sort.

4. Hitachi RB24EAP: Longest Warranty

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Hitachi RB24EAP

This leaf blower can blow leaves and other lawn debris up to 18 feet

Weight: 8.6 lbs | Max air speed: 170 mph | Power source: Gasoline | Dimensions: 17.3 x 10.5 x 15 in

It has an outstanding 7 year warranty It can blow leaves up to 18 feet The lightweight materials make it easy to maneuver It’s as loud as a lawn mower

The Hitachi RB24EAP is a gas leaf blower that can generate an air blast of up to 170 mph. This leaf blower can blow leaves and other lawn debris up to 18 feet making it one of the best leaf blowers we reviewed, in this regard.
The downside to the Hitachi leaf blower is that it is a little too basic, and lacks some of the features we score highly. For example, you can’t use this leaf blower as a vacuum, and it doesn’t feature any anti-vibration technology or handle cushioning. If vacuuming leaves isn’t a priority for and you want a powerful leaf blower, this is a great option. Another disadvantage is the high levels of noise it produces, a whooping 96.7 decibels. You will need a good pair of ear protectors to use this product for long periods.
The length of a warranty reflects how well a company stands behind the products it sells. The average warranty period among the leaf blowers we reviewed is about 3.5 years. Hitachi blows this out of the water by offering a 7 year warranty for its leaf blowers. Even without this outstanding warranty, it is still a solid leaf blower.

5. Husqvarna 125BVx: Best gasoline

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Husqvarna 125BVx

A gas powered leaf blower that has a 1.1 horsepower two-cycle motor

Weight: 9.6 lbs | Max air speed: 170 mph | Power source: Gasoline | Airflow pipe: 425 CFM

Ergonomic design Exchangeable nozzle tips Long 38.5-inch nozzle Pretty loud

The Husqvarna 125BVx is a gas powered leaf blower that has a 1.1 horsepower two-cycle motor, which provides the leaf power with a moderate level of power.
This gas leaf blower is all about easy use as it has an ergonomic design makes it very easy to maneuver. The inline fan housing reduces stress on your arm and wrist making the machine comfortable to use. The 38.5-inch hose length puts the nozzle closer to the ground than most models we reviewed, lowering the amount of stretching and turning you have to do. There are interchangeable flat and round nozzles that direct airflow at two different airspeeds for a maximum of 170 mph.
This leaf blower doubles as a yard vacuum with a bag that holds up to 17 gallons of debris. It also has a mulching function to reduce material and increase bag capacity. The Husqvarna leaf blower is one of the louder leaf blowers in our comparison, reaching up to 97.9 decibels, so we highly recommend wearing hearing protection while you corral yard debris.

6. Poulan Pro PPBV25

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Poulan Pro PPBV25

Has a powerful 25cc two-cycle gas motor capable of air speeds up to 230 mph

Weight: 17 lbs | Max air speed: 230 mph | Power source: Gasoline | Dimensions: 19 x 16 x 12.75 in

Powerful gas motor Cruise control feature Anti-vibration features Must wear ear protectors

This Poulan leaf blower has a powerful 25cc two-cycle gas motor capable of air speeds up to 230 mph, which makes it the best gas-powered leaf blower for air speed we reviewed. If you are looking for a gas leaf blower that offers raw power, this is the machine for you.
This gas powered leaf blower has a cruise control feature and trigger-operated variable speed control attached to the soft-grip handle. Those features along with the anti-vibration capabilities built into its design reduce muscle fatigue and make it comfortable to operate.
At 10.8 pounds it’s a bit heavier than other gas blowers we evaluated, but the 38-inch length puts the tube at a comfortable distance from the ground, easing the burden on your arms a little. The Poulan PPBV25 has vacuum and mulching capabilities for cleaning up wet leaves.
The mulch ratio is 16:1, meaning it reduces material that would normally take 16 bags into a one-bag load. This is the loudest gas blower in our review at 106.7 decibels. That’s well above the threshold for permanent ear damage, so definitely wear proper hearing protection.

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How much does a leaf blower cost?

Electric leaf blowers, whether they are battery-operated or corded, are generally more cost-effective and require less maintenance. They are also less powerful and almost impossible to repair. The top-rated electric blowers are between $60 and $110. Electric leaf blowers are better suited for light-duty work in small yards.

All the gas leaf blowers we reviewed range in price from $130 to $180 and require a mixture of gas and two-stroke oil. If you regularly maintain a large yard we suggest spending a little more to get a gas-powered leaf blower.

Which is the best leaf blower – gas or electric?

When buying a leaf blower, you need to determine whether you’d prefer a gas-powered or electric model. If you select a gas leaf blower, you’ll need enough strength and mobility to rev up the engine by using a pull cord, since it often requires a hard yank. In addition, many gas-powered blowers consist of a two-stroke engine, which requires a mixture of gasoline and oil that you’ll need to prepare and keep on hand.

If you choose an electric leaf blower, you must either remember to charge the battery before use (if it has a battery) or, for corded models, find an outlet that gives you the best access to your yard. Another consideration before you buy is the issue of a cord getting tangled around objects like sprinkler heads and shrubs.

If you prefer total control over the leaf blower’s speed and you have a big area to cover, choose a unit that offers substantial power and maneuverability. If you have a smaller yard and only plan to do the occasional simple cleanup, then one with less power and maneuverability will work nicely.

Best Leaf Blower 2020: Shopping Guide & Review

Last updated: 11/14/2019

We know that fall has arrived when milder temperatures start to set in and we notice the leaves are beginning to turn red. Unfortunately, this can mean the fall of thousands and thousands of leaves, especially in residential areas. The wind scatters them around, along with all the dust and weeds built up over the summer. This can quickly get out of hand, if you don’t keep on top of the situation.

Luckily, these days we can use a leaf blower to make the once difficult task of raking leaves, a simple and even enjoyable chore. If you don’t know much about these garden tools, don’t worry, we have you covered. In this shopping guide we will tell you everything you need to know about leaf blowers, so you can find the best one to suit your needs. There are a few different types of leaf blowers, and a wide-range of models currently available on the market, so it’s a good idea to have some background knowledge before making your final selection.

Key Facts

  • Leaf blowers are power tools that offer a very effective solution to the tedious chore of raking fallen leaves. They are also great for sweeping away dust and dirt built up in your yard, driveway or garage. They blast air at great pressure, and can clear debris lodged in cracks more efficiently than a broom. They are the perfect tool for keeping the outside of your house tidy, with the minimum amount of effort.
  • The three main types of leaf blowers are: electric, cordless and gas. Some models have extra features, such as a shredder or vacuum cleaner mode, making them even more versatile.
  • When deciding on a leaf blower, there are several factors to take into account, especially the power rating (which will depend on the engine and its power source), the noise level, the weight, and any included accessories that can make tidying up even easier.

Our Selection: The Best Leaf Blowers on the U.S. Market

If you need to tidy your yard, but you don’t seem to have the time, a leaf blower may be just what you need to get motivated. These power tools are perfect for maintaining the outside zones of your house, and make a wide-range of tasks much less time consuming. In order to give you an overview of the different types of leaf blowers currently available on the market, in this section we show you the four best leaf blowers, in four different categories:

Best Lightweight Leaf Blower

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Sun Joe SBJ597E-SJB 6-Amp 155 MPH Electric Leaf Blower, Dark Blue

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This is a top-selling unit that is very lightweight at only 3.9 pounds. When a larger blower is simply too much for the job, this electric leaf blower’s 6 Amp motor packs a powerful punch. It’s the perfect size for light-duty household chores like sweeping porches, patios, walkways, decks and garages and even light snow. Bigger isn’t always better, when sometimes all you need is small!

Best Low-Cost Leaf Blower

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BLACK+DECKER Electric Leaf Blower, 7-Amp (LB700)

$37.00

The BLACK+DECKER LB700 electric leaf blower features a 7 Amp motor which provides a powerful and efficient blowing performance. It features a built in cord retention, which prevents frustrating tangles during operation. This unit is lightweight at only 4.4 lbs for easy one handed use, or use the two-handed ergonomic grip for more precise control. Powerful enough for any type of job you throw at it.

Best Cordless Leaf Blower

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BLACK+DECKER 20V MAX Lithium Sweeper (LSW221)

$79.00

If you are looking for a cordless leaf blower, this is the best option on the market right now. The BLACK+DECKER LSW221 20V MAX Lithium Cordless Sweeper is ideal for clearing driveways, sidewalks, decks, garages and other hard surfaces of leaves, grass clippings, and other lawn debris. It offers a lightweight design of only 4.2 lbs., and the low noise rating allows for quiet operation.

Best Gas Blower

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$109.99

If you are thinking about buying a gas blower, this is the best product in its class. It features Mechanical Automatic Engine Decompression for quicker, easier starts. The large capacity muffler ensures quieter operation at 67dB. Dual stage air filter is replaceable and easily accessible. Soft grip for less vibration, and convenient cruise control lever for reduced operator fatigue. Meets or exceeds EPA and CARB exhaust and evaporative emissions regulations.

Shopping Guide: Everything You Should Know About Leaf Blowers

Due to their popularity, leaf blowers have dominated the garden tool market for decades. The wide-range of different models currently available on the market means that there is definitely something for everyone. However, this also means that choosing the one that is best for you can be a little overwhelming. How do you know if you should buy an electric or gas blower? Do you need one that also works as a shredder and a vacuum cleaner? To help you find out everything you need to know to make an informed choice, in this section we answer the most frequently asked questions about leaf blowers.

Electric leaf blowers are less expensive, but gas blowers are more powerful.
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What is a leaf blower exactly?

A leaf blower is a powerful gardening tool that blasts out air from a nozzle to clear away debris such as leaves, dirt and cut grass. They are most typically portable units, or else backpack-mounted with a handheld wand. Larger leaf blowers may rest on wheels and even use a motor for propulsion.

What is a leaf blower used for?

Leaf blowers were invented to deal with the abundance of leaves that hit with the arrival of fall. In some cities in the US, the piles of leaves from all the different trees and plants are so large that they can even cause accidents. These power tools are most commonly used for the following tasks:

  • For cleaning up fallen leaves around your yard or on your porch.
  • To sweep away weeds or debris from sidewalks or streets.
  • For tidying up cut grass from a traditional,ride on, or even a robot lawn mower.
  • To unblock sewers that have been covered by leaves.
  • To clean away the dust and dirt accumulated in garages or other outdoor spaces.
  • Certain models can also work as an outdoor vacuum cleaner or a shredder.

How does a leaf blower work?

The different types of leaf blowers are classified according to their power supply. There are the models that run on gasoline, which are called gas blowers. Then there are two types of electric leaf blowers. They can either be powered by an internal battery (known as a cordless leaf blower), or use a power cable (known as an electric leaf blower). All of these three types of leaf blowers are best suited for different purposes. In the following table we detail the characteristics and uses of each type:

Type of leaf blower How it works Maintenance Power Best suited for
Gas Utilizes a two or four stroke engine with recoil start. Requires periodic maintenance of the engine, and special care when handling gasoline. Very high power and air flow Large areas
Electric Cable must be connected to a power outlet. Has an electric start button Requires very low maintenance Moderate power and air flow Houses with a small outdoor area, porches and driveways. Must be near a power outlet.
Cordless Powered by a rechargeable lithium-ion battery. Has an electric start button. Requires very low maintenance, but the performance of the battery can be reduced over time or due to prolonged exposure to the sun. Depends on the battery, but usually more limited. Small areas, where there is no access to a power outlet

How long do the batteries of a cordless leaf blower last?

Rechargeable batteries for most garden power tools, such as a leaf blower, usually last somewhere between 45 to 60 minutes. If you are planning on starting some big projects, or if your yard is very large, consider buying a backup battery. Lithium-ion batteries are the latest and most innovative way to power cordless leaf blowers.

  • Lithium-ion batteries are up to 50% lighter than a comparable Ni-Cad battery, which means your leaf blower will be easier to handle and less tiring to use over long periods.
  • They do not cause a drop in power as the battery runs flat. The performance of the leaf blower will remain constant.
  • Can be recharged three times more than a comparable Ni-Cad battery, before it will need to be replaced.

Leaf blowers can also be used to clean away dust accumulated in your garage, or any other outdoor spaces.
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What other tasks can leaf blowers be used for?

Although leaf blowers were invented for clearing away leaves and other garden debris using a high-speed air flow, over time many manufacturers have started releasing models with extra functions that are also very useful for gardening work. The two most common extra features are the shredder and the outdoor vacuum cleaner.

Functions What it does What is doesn’t do What it uses
Leaf blowing Blasts air at a high speed, for clearing away fallen leaves. A head with a narrow nozzle should be used to better concentrate the airflow. Only the leaf blower.
Vacuuming Sucks in air The widest nozzle should be used to increase the suction. Uses a collection bag
Shredding Shreds certain types of leaves, cuts up grass and weeds, and sucks them up. Metal impeller must be installed for crushing. Uses a collection bag and metal impeller

Are leaf blowers noisy?

Noise level is a very controversial issue associated with leaf blowers, due to the growing concern about noise pollution. It is difficult to make a general statement about the amount of noise generated by these machines, since every model is different. However, by and large, gas blowers are much louder than electric or cordless models.

A good idea is to look for a leaf blower that is not louder than 89 decibels, in order to save your hearing from damage, and to not cause too much of a disturbance to your neighbors. A balance between adequate power and a tolerable noise level must be reached, since louder units are generally more powerful.

Do I need to wear hearing protection when using a leaf blower?

If you are using an electric or cordless leaf blower, you don’t have to worry about wearing hearing protection. On the other hand, if you are using a gas blower with a powerful two-stroke engine, it is highly advisable to wear ear plugs or muffs. This is especially true if you have a large yard and plan on working for several hours at a time.

Liberty Hyde BaileyAmerican Scientist “A garden requires patient labor and attention. Plants do not grow merely to satisfy ambitions or to fulfill good intentions. They thrive because someone expended effort on them.”

Is the weight of a leaf blower important?

Considering that in order to use a leaf blower you will need to carry it around either by the handle, or over your shoulders if it is a backpack model, the weight is a very important aspect to consider. Electric leaf blowers are the lightest, and can easily be used with one hand. Cordless models are a little heavier due to the internal lithium-ion battery, and gas blowers are even heavier again.

The major manufacturers of leaf blowers are aware that weight is a deciding issue for many consumers, which is why we are constantly seeing lighter and more ergonomic models coming out on the market with new types of harnesses and backpacks. Rotating wheels are very useful for operating larger leaf blowers, which may otherwise be impractical to use.

Buyer’s Guide

If you are tired of the leaves piling up around your home in the fall, and you are over raking and sweeping, it is probably time to buy a professional leaf blower. As there are so many different options to choose from, it’s important that you consider a few important factors, so you can find the model that best suits your needs.

  • Power Rating
  • Battery
  • Collection Bag Capacity
  • Portability and Handling
  • Noise Level

Power Rating

The first specification you should check when you are looking at buying a new leaf blower is its power rating. A low power rating will make you spend twice as long to do the same job, which is very frustrating. If you are looking for a gas blower, don’t settle for less than 2500 watts of power, if you want to make light work of clearing your yard of leaves and accumulated dust.

When buying a leaf blower, remember that a higher power rating will give you much better performance.
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Battery

For anyone leaning towards a cordless leaf blower, it is important to ensure that it has an internal lithium-ion battery, rather than a Ni-Cad battery, as the newer technology has been proven to last longer and require less maintenance. As for the battery life, it is best to look for a cordless blower that can run for at least 45 minutes with maximum power.

Collection Bag Capacity

If the leaf blower includes vacuuming and shredding functions, you need to have a look at the collection bag it uses. It must be made of resistant material, since branches or sticks can easily damage it, and it is highly advisable that you ensure it has a capacity of at least 12 gallons, so you don’t have to empty it as often.

Portability and Handling

Using a leaf blower can be hard work if you have a very large garden, that requires you to work for several hours at a time. A key specification is the total weight of the unit, and it is important that it has a compact and ergonomic design, and that it is comfortable and easy for you to handle.

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Noise Level

Due to the issues around noise pollution these days, it is important to consider the noise level that a leaf blower generates before making your purchase. It is still possible to find powerful units that do not exceed 89 decibels, which will be less annoying to your neighbors and won’t damage your hearing.

Summary

A leaf blower is the perfect tool for the care and maintenance of all the outside areas of your house. Using different propulsion systems, they blast air at high speed and pileup or clear away garden debris. They are very useful for getting rid of fallen leaves, cut grass, branches and other weeds.

The types of leaf blowers are divided according to their power supply: gasoline, battery or electric (with a cable). Each has its own benefits and is used for different types of work. Many models, in addition to being blowers, have the function of vacuuming and shredding, which makes tidying up more efficient. The best leaf blowers are light and ergonomic.

We hope this shopping guide helped make your purchase process easier. If you enjoyed reading this article, please leave us a comment below and be sure to share it with your friends and family!

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Jacob works in a landscaping company and deals with heavy equipment on a daily basis. In his free time, he loves to take care of anything that needs repairing in his family’s house and is always up to help his friends with their home projects

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Best Lightweight Leaf Blowers 2020 – Reviews & Top Picks

Last Updated: January 24, 2020

Shoppers in the market for a lightweight leaf blower are well aware of the fact that there’s quite a bit of information to try to keep track of.

There are loads of different options out there, and while many of them may seem pretty similar, the differences are apparent in how they’re able to perform.

If you’re like most people, you want the very best product that you can get your hands on. But you don’t have the time to do the research necessary to make it happen.

If that sounds like your situation then you’ve come to the right place. We’ve done the work for you. We’ve studied the market, performed the tests, and identified 5 of the best options on the market.

A Comparison of our Favorites

Model Price Weight Editor Rating
Husqvarna 965877502 350BT
(Top Pick)
Check Price 23 lbs 4.9/5
Makita DUB182Z Check Price 4 lbs 4.7/5
Toro 51585
(Best for the Money)
Check Price 5 lbs 4.6/5
BLACK+DECKER LSW221 Check Price 4 lbs 4.3/5
Remington RM125 Check Price 12 lbs 4.1/5

5 Best Lightweight Leaf Blowers – Our Reviews 2020

1. Husqvarna 350BT Lightweight Leaf Blower – Top Pick

First, and in our top pick slot, we have the Husqvarna 350BT. If you’re at all familiar with Husqvarna, you probably won’t be the least bit surprised to see them claim the top spot. They have a longstanding reputation for making great yard work tools, and this unit is certainly no exception.

This lightweight, comfortable-to-use unit packs a lot of power in a compact design. The 2 horsepower motor produces maximum speeds of up to 180 miles per hour, which means that you shouldn’t have any trouble clearing out even the most spacious properties.

It’s also environmentally efficient, producing 60% fewer emissions than comparable options.

Last, but certainly not least, the unit features a 42-ounce tank that’s able to run the blower for hours on end.

This set of features makes it quite suitable for either professional or personal work. However, as a commercial-grade product, there is one negative component to consider: this unit is pricey.

If you have the budget, you’ll certainly appreciate this product but, unfortunately, the cost of the Husqvarna may very well price it outside of most people’s range.

This issue aside, it’s a high-quality, lightweight leaf blower that leaves users with much to appreciate.

Pros

  • 180 Miles Per Hour Velocity
  • 60% Less Emissions Than Comparable Units
  • Large, 42-Ounce Tank

Cons

  • Pricey

2. Makita DUB182Z Mini Leaf-Blower – The Runner-Up

In the second place, we have the Makita. This company is actually best known for its power tools, but with this unit—and others like it—they’re proving that they also make great stuff in the yard maintenance department.

If you’re looking for a more affordable, yet still high-quality lightweight leaf blower, this is something to think about.

Though not quite as powerful as the Husqvarna, this unit is nevertheless still able to produce a velocity of 116 MPH, which should be enough to accommodate the needs of most average-sized homes.

It also produces a large volume of 91 cubic feet per minute, which should make it easy to clear out large spaces in a short amount of time.

Last but not least, you can also adjust the speed settings to accommodate the specific needs of each individual task.

This all sounds pretty good, right? And it is. But of course, there are reasons that this unit didn’t claim the top slot.

The biggest issue is that, when it comes to high-density leave situations, you’re going to want something with more juice behind it.

If you live on a densely treed property, the power that this blower is able to produce most likely won’t be able to cut it.

This aside, it’s a great tool that will suit most people just fine.

Pros

  • Affordable
  • 91 Cubic Feet Per Minute
  • Multiple Speeds

Cons

  • A little bit lacking in power

3. Toro 51585 Lightweight Leaf Blower – Best for the Money

In third place, and claiming our “best for the money” slot, we have the Toro 51585. This unit produces high-quality results at an affordable price.

But, of course, the Toro has more going for it than simply an affordable price tag. The unit comes well equipped with a powerful motor that’s able to generate a gust velocity of up to 160 MPH.

It also features a variable speed option that allows you to incorporate a more individualized touch to your work.

Finally, at only 4.6 pounds, this is also the lightest leaf blower that we’ve looked at so far.

The unit also benefits from not having too many flaws. For one thing, this unit doesn’t perform very well with wet leaves. Finally, we also noticed that the tube for the blower is a little bit shorter than it could be, which hurts its efficiency somewhat.

These things aside, it’s a great option for anyone who wants to save some money.

Pros

  • Best for the Money
  • 160 MPH Velocity
  • Variable Speed

Cons

  • Struggles with Wet Leaves
  • Nozzle a little too short

4. BLACK+DECKER LSW221 Compact Leafblower

In fourth place, we have the Black and Decker LSW221. This unit does some things right, but ultimately it has several flaws that keep it out of our top three spots.

First, the good. For one thing, like the previous unit that we looked at, this option is very affordable which should make it appealing for buyers on a budget.

It’s also optimized to run as quietly as possible, which should please your neighbors. And it’s part of the Black and Decker 20 volt battery system, which means that if you own other Black and Decker products, you can use the batteries interchangeably.

The issue is that it seems to suffer from a lot of problems. The battery life is short and it takes a long time to recharge. In addition to that, it lacks power, which sharply limits what you can do with this product.

All in all, it’s a decent option. But for the money, most will be better off with the Tora.

Pros

  • 20V Battery System
  • Quiet Operation

Cons

  • Short Battery Life
  • Long Recharge
  • Limited Power

5. Remington RM125 Light Weight Leaf-Blower

Last, and unfortunately least, we have the Remington. On the surface, this unit looks all right. The motor is able to produce a decent wind velocity of up to 180 MPH.

The problem is that the Remington is riddled with issues that vastly limit what the unit can do.

The biggest issue is its short life expectancy. A startling number of users have reported that the blower stops working altogether after only a few months, and repairs are almost as expensive as the blower itself.

Until this issue is worked out, most people probably won’t want to give this option a try.

Pros

  • Good Motor

Cons

  • Seems to stop working after several months

Conclusion

And there you have it. You’ve read our reviews of lightweight leaf blowers, and now you have a decision to make. Which of these units is going to be right for your needs? If it helps, you may recall that we do have a couple of recommendations to offer.

If you want the very best of the best and don’t mind paying for high-quality, then think about going with our editor’s choice pick, the Husqvarna.

On the other hand, if your primary goal is to save a few dollars, you can still land a quality option by going with our “best for the money” pick, the Toro.

Of course, these are only our recommendations. Now that you’ve read our guide, you can make your own informed decision.

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