We may earn a commission if you make a purchase through one of our links. Learn more

Outdoor

Best Leaf Blower

Leaf blowers are essentially an air broom made to blow leaves out of the way. The more powerful blowers convert to a leaf vacuum so the leaves can be sucked up, chopped into pieces, and deposited into an attached bag.

There are three types of power sources for leaf blowers: gasoline, corded electricity and battery powered. Both gasoline and corded leaf blowers provide comparable power, and these types often convert to leaf vacuums. Modern battery-powered leaf blowers are almost as powerful as their gas powered cousins, and the newest Li-Ion batteries give them comparable run time too. They're highly portable, and will readily take the place of fossil fueled and corded blowers for most blowing tasks. 

For additional information, consult our leaf blower buyer’s guide listed below.

Toro 51609 Ultra 12 amp Electric Blower/Vacuum with Metal Impeller

The Toro Ultra Electric Leaf Blower/Vacuum Model 51609 comes in on top thanks to its affordable price and outstanding performance with a 235 mph blowing speed. It features an infinite variable blowing speed control starting from 125 mph; for most people, a variable speed control is overkill, but variable blowing speeds makes it easier to work around garden plants and lawn decorations.

This model also features a metal impeller blade for blowing and chopping, meaning it will vacuum, chop up, and mulch wood debris along with leaves. It will reduce 16 bags of leaves down to 1 bag and comes covered by a two year warranty. This blower also comes complete with all the tubes you'll need, a bag for collection and a concentrator nozzle.

GreenWorks 24072 12 Amp Variable Speed Corded Blower/Vacuum

The GreenWorks 12-Amp Electric Leaf Blower/Vacuum w/Variable Speed is one of the lowest priced blowers on this list, but features variable blowing speeds, blows up to 235 miles per hour, and will mulch 16 bags of leaves down to just 1 bag. The variable speed starts at 150 miles per hour, so it’s a bit less versatile than the Toro model, but will blow and vacuum just like our other picks. This blower comes with a metal impeller blade for mulching debris, a bag and an extension tube, so although not as complete as other picks, it still can’t be beat as a basic vacuum and blower. Better still, it’s protected by a four year warranty, so you know this is a quality unit.

WORX TriVac WG500 12 amp Electric Blower

If you’re looking for the best designed leaf blower out there, look no further than the Worx TriVac Deluxe All-in-One Electric Blower/Mulcher/Vac. The slanted nozzle makes it easy to blow under and around things, and its ergonomically designed blowing head keeps the nozzle balanced in your hand while on the move.

This 8 pound blower offers a solid 210 mph blowing speed and comes with a complete accessory package to vacuum with. However, the impeller blade is made of plastic which will chip if the unit sucks up a rock or a tough piece of wood.

This unit will reduce 16 bags of leaves down to 1, but it works best when the leaves are dry and not damp. The reality is this unit makes a better blower than a vacuum, so if you intend to use it primarily as a blower it's as good as any of the others on this list and it’s also protected by a two year warranty.

Black & Decker BV5600 High Performance Blower/Vac/Mulcher

If price is no object to you, the Black & Decker BV5600 High Performance Blower/Vac/Mulcher can't be beat. It may cost twice as much as our other selections but features a 250 mph blowing speed and comes with a metal impeller that will chop 16 bags of leaves down to 1 bag. This blower also has a two speed selector switch to toggle between 180 mph and 250 mph. It comes with a bag, extension tube, concentrator nozzle and enough power to blow just about anything off your property. This blower weighs about 8 pounds and comes protected by a two year warranty.

Craftsman Variable Speed Blower Vac

For a basic brand name blower, you can't do better than the Sears Craftsman 12 amp Electric Leaf Blower/Vac Model 24031. Although it comes with an extension tube, concentrator and bag, there’s nothing fancy about this blower. It’s the lowest priced blower on the list, blows at 235 mph and comes with 2 speed selections at either 150 mph or 235 mph.

This is a heavier model at almost 9.5 pounds but it will reduce 14 bags of leaves down to 1 bag of mulch. The sturdy metal impellor blade will chop up leaves and tiny twigs but the unit can potentially clog up when larger leaves are vacuumed. Still, it functions well as a blower and for the price it's hard to beat.

Husqvarna 570BFS 65cc Backpack Blower

Husqvarna 570BFS 65cc Backpack Blower

With an amazing 236 mph air speed, the Husqvarna 570BFS 65cc Backpack Blower is the most powerful commercial quality blower on this list. It's a fuel efficient 2-cycle engine, and comes with a 2 stage air filter to keep dust and dirt from getting into the cylinder. Wide shoulder straps and hip straps with a hip belt distribute the weight evenly over your shoulders so that the nearly 25 pounds of heft won't leave you feeling fatigued.

This backpack blower comes with an ergonomic handle for comfort, frame-mounted throttle control, and protected by a one year commercial warranty or a two year consumer warranty. Although not an inexpensive option, this backpack leaf blower offers some of the best value and features for your money.

RYOBI RY08420 42cc Gas Powered 2-Cycle Backpack Leaf Blower

Nothing beats the Ryobi 42cc 2-Cycle Backpack Leaf Blower for price and performance in the mid-grade backpack blower category. It has a 185 mph air speed and weighs only 18 pounds making it fairly lightweight. This backpack blower also features a variable speed trigger and a cruise control setting which allows you to set the desired blowing speed.

With the contoured back and shoulder harness, this leaf blower is very comfortable to use for extended periods of time. The blowers 2-cycle engine burns so clean it even meets California C.A.R.B. emissions standards. This best bang for your buck unit is also covered by a three year warranty.

Troy-Bilt TB4BP EC 32cc 4-Cycle Backpack Blower

If you want the best home use backpack blower here, the Troy-Bilt TB4BPEC 32cc 4-Cycle Backpack Leaf Blower can't be beat. Weighing in at 22 pounds, this is a 4-cycle unit so it’s perfect for home use along with 160 mph air speed with variable speed settings, and protected by a two year warranty. The padded hip belt and shoulder straps distribute the weight evenly, and has an ergonomic tube mounted throttle control.

With this backpack blower there’s no gas or oil to mix so there’s less hassle and more blowing. A spring assisted starter makes for the easiest start on our list, and you can even get an optional electric starter. Although a bit high in price, for the home, there is no better backpack blower than this model.

Husqvarna 356BT 52cc 2-Cycle, Low Noise Backpack Blower

If you value quiet operation above all else, than the Husqvarna 356BT 52cc 2-Cycle, Low Noise Backpack Blower is what you'll need. This is literally the quietest blower on our list due to a specially engineered exhaust and noise-dampening housing making it a great choice for early weekend mornings. It's no slouch in the blowing department either at 177 mph while an air purge button allows easy starting of the engine.

A centrifugal air injection system keeps dust and dirt out of the carburetor, and it’s also one of the more fuel efficient blowers available. Although it weighs almost 23 pounds, this backpack blower has an adjustable handle and padded shoulder and hip straps for operator comfort. It comes protected by a two year warranty and while not inexpensive, this is the blower to get if you want relative peace and quiet.

Dolmar 75.6cc 4-Cycle Back Pack Leaf Blower

Dolmar 75.6cc 4-Cycle Back Pack Leaf Blower

For the best commercial 4 cycle blower on this list, choose the Dolmar 75.6cc 4-Cycle Back Pack Leaf Blower. With no mixing gas or oil, this unit is very user friendly, with a sliding spark plug cover, quick access oil filler/drain plug, and an easy-access, large-capacity air cleaner. It weighs about 22 pounds, blows at 195 mph, and comes with a two year consumer warranty and a one year commercial warranty. A joystick grip on the blower tube lets you swing the nozzle around with ease, and there’s also automatic decompression for easier starting. This is an expensive blower as well, but if you need a hassle-free, 4-cycle commercial type, this is for you.

Greenworks 40-Volt-4.0Ah Lithium-Ion Cordless Leaf Blower

The G-Max DigiPro 40-Volt-4.0Ah Lithium-Ion Cordless Leaf Blower/Vacuum is a variable speed unit that will give you between 30 and 40 minutes of run time (depending on the speed you choose) on a three hour charge. If you fill up a blower with gas, you'll get about 20 to 30 minutes of run time, meaning the Greenworks runs longer than a gas powered unit.

This unit blows at an astonishing 185 miles per hour, which is 50 miles per hour more than comparable gas powered units. Because it comes with a plastic impeller blade, this cordless blower is better suited for blowing applications than vacuuming, but if the leaves are bone dry, they’ll mulch down from 10 bags to 1 bag.

Covered by a four year warranty, this model also comes complete with extension tube, adjustable blower nozzle and a collection bag. The blower weighs about 12 pounds, which is a bit on the heavy side. It’s priced on the higher end, but the bottom line is if you can afford this blower, there’s no reason to get either a gas powered or corded unit ever again.

Ryobi RY40411 40V Jet Fan Cordless Li-Ion Blower

If you are looking for the best bang for the buck model in blowers, you've found it with the Ryobi Jet Fan 40-Volt Lithium-Ion Cordless Leaf Blower. The 40 volt power gives you 150 mph air speed that lasts about 20 minutes on the highest setting of the variable speed trigger but it does come with a fast 90 minute battery charger. Lightweight at only about seven pounds, this blower is ergonomically balanced for operator comfort and it’s also covered by a three year warranty.

Granted, it's not as powerful as other picks and the charge doesn't last as long, but for most blowing jobs it will be ideal; the cost is also equal to or lower than competitive corded or gas powered blowers. The price is right at about two-thirds the cost of the top rated model and it almost comes in at the lowest priced 40 volt blower here. Essentially, if you are in the market for a leaf blower, but don't want or can't afford the top dog on this list, forget about gas or corded types, this is the one to get.

Kobalt 40-Volt Max Light-Duty Cordless Electric Leaf Blower

Kobalt 40-Volt Max Light-Duty Cordless Electric Leaf Blower

If you want the lowest priced 40 volt blower here then look no further than the Kobalt 40-Volt Max 140-MPH Light-Duty Cordless Electric Leaf Blower. It features a five year warranty, 140 mph air speed and a one hour battery charger. It has a variable speed trigger and the battery lasts about 20 minutes at full power.

At seven pounds this blower is lightweight, maneuverable, and classified as a "light duty" blower so it’s best used for moving grass or dried leaves off of patios and driveways. However, even with the lower run time, the price is right, and its performance is comparable to some of the best gas powered leaf blowers out there, minus the hassle of dealing with gas and oil mixtures.

Makita UB360DWB 36V LXT Lithium-Ion Cordless Blower Kit

For a price no object leaf blower, consider the Makita UB360DWB 36V LXT Lithium-Ion Cordless Blower Kit. Weighing in at eight ponds, it features a maximum blower speed of 208 mph and features two blowing speeds. The one hour battery charger gets you up and running quickly and the blower will run on full power for a rated 30 minutes of time. This blower is also protected by a three year warranty.

As far as blowing speed is concerned, this thing blows everything else out into the weeds, including gas powered blowers and most corded electric blowers. So you may be asking, why is it not at the top of the list? The reason is it costs at least three times as much as the top rated Greenworks and five times as much as the Ryobi’s bang-for-the-buck model. It’s a terrific blower regardless and if you have the type  of the debris-blowing projects our other picks can't touch, the Makita is what you'll need.

Earthwise LB21018 18 Volt Lithium Ion Cordless Electric Blower

For the lowest price blower on this list, the Earthwise LB21018 18 Volt Lithium Ion Cordless Electric Single Speed 140 MPH Blower is your baby. The single speed means you just press the trigger and go, and although it only has about a 15 minute run time, for porches, decks and small driveways, it’ll handle blowing off leaves and grass clippings.

This unit  blows at 140 mph so there’s a decent amount of air speed overall. It weighs the least amount of any blower here at about six pounds, so it's light enough for virtually anyone to use. It comes with an extension tube and nozzle, and includes a two year warranty. If all you need is some basic blowing done, with no oil or gasoline hassles, at this price the Earthwise blower can't be beat.

Craftsman Speedstart 25cc Handheld Blower

For the top blower here, the Sears Craftsman 4-Cycle 25cc Handheld Leaf Blower w/ Speed Start Capability gets the nod. The spring assisted starting makes its pull start the easiest of the bunch, and there’s even an optional powered starter attachment for electric start capability. The 150 mph air speed makes for solid blowing duties while the three piece crankshaft engine gives off fewer vibrations than regular crankshafts.

A cruise control setting lets you lock-in the speed of your choice, and it’s also California C.A.R.B compliant for use in all 50 states. The unit weighs about 11 pounds, and it’s covered by a two year warranty. While this blower is on the lower end of the spectrum, it’s a good value for the money and a solid performer as well.

Ryobi RY09466A 4-Cycle 155 mph 400 CFM Gas Blower

One of the least expensive blowers in this segment is the Ryobi 155 mph 4-Cycle Handheld Gas Blower. With an output of 155 mph of air speed, it will make short work of most blowing duties. It’s C.A.R.B. compliant and the low emission engine puts less engine exhaust in the atmosphere. There’s a balanced comfortable, ergonomic handle for extended periods of time and it’s lightweight at just 10.5 pounds. The variable speed trigger features a cruise control that you can set for the speed you want, while the exhaust system is made to reduce noise during. If there was a best bang for the buck model, this one would be it and there’s even a three year warranty on this model to boot.

Leaf Blowers 25 cc 4-Cycle 150 MPH Handheld Gas Blower

Leaf Blowers 25 cc 4-Cycle 150 MPH Handheld Gas Blower

The Cub Cadet BV428 Hand Held Leaf Blower puts out 150 mph air speed so for most suburban yards this is all the blower you'll really need; it even converts into a leaf vacuum for more versatility. This blower weighs about 13 pounds, the low compression engine makes it easy to start, and its exhaust system is engineered to cut down on noise, making this one of the quieter blowers on this list.

The BV428 is C.A.R.B. compliant, and comes with an anti-vibration handle for comfort over extended blowing tasks. While protected by a three year warranty, this is a pricey option. However, if you’re a Cub Cadet enthusiast or just want a decent blower regardless of price, this may be the one for you.

Dolmar 4-Cycle Hand Held Leaf Blower

Dolmar 4-Cycle Hand Held Leaf Blower

If you want the easiest to service leaf blower out there, than choose the Dolmar 4-Cycle Hand Held Leaf Blower. It comes with a reliable, Makita manufactured engine, but this blower’s main claim to fame is range of user friendly features. There’s a convenient spark plug door for easy access, quick oil change and inspection capabilities, and a decompression valve release for easy starting.

With the lowest fuel consumption on this list, it also runs very efficiently while blowing at a solid 150 mph. This blower weighs in at about 10 pounds and is covered by a two year warranty. While this is the most expensive unit here, the user friendly features are great if don't mind paying the price for them.

Husqvarna 125BVx 28cc 2-Cycle Gas Powered 170 MPH Blower/Vac With Smart Start

Husqvarna 125BVx 28cc 2-Cycle Gas Powered 170 MPH Blower/Vac With Smart Start

If you want the best leaf blower combination vacuum, the Husqvarna 125BVx Leaf Blower/Vacuum is the best choice, offering 170 mph air speed and an air purge button removes air from the carburetor for easy starts. A polycarbonate impeller blade will chop up to 16 bags of leaves down to one bag thanks to two tiny little metal knives attached to the impeller itself so leaves, pine needles, and even small twigs are efficiently cut up and mulched.

Weighing in at about 10 pounds, the inline design gives near perfect balance while the ergonomic handle reduces vibration. It comes with an adjustable extension tube, a high-speed nozzle and a vacuum bag. It also comes with an adjustable extension tube, a high-speed nozzle, and a vacuum bag. Although this is one of the more expensive blowers there is none better than this handheld offering. This model is also protected by a two year warranty.

Buyer's Guide

Leaf Blower Buyer's Guide

The original leaf blower was a device invented in the 1950's to spread insecticides and herbicides. However, one enterprising person removed the chemical tank and began using the blower as a way to blow grass and leaves from sidewalks and driveways, giving birth to the leaf blower concept. It wasn’t long before manufacturers began manufacturing dedicated leaf blowers for commercial and household use.

Leaf blowers have become one of the most popular home and garden appliances available for blowing leaves, grass and snow out of the way as well as blowing dirt and debris off of patios/decks; they're even used by some individuals to clean out rain gutters. Most leaf blowers are also convertible leaf vacuums that will suck in and chop up leaves, turning 10 or more bags of unchopped leaves into 1 compressed chopped bag.

Although leaf blowers are some of the more versatile and handy home and garden equipment to have around, they are also very noisy due to their high fan speeds. In fact, many major cities have banned the use of leaf blowers because of their noise levels. Before you decide to purchase a leaf blower, always check with your local regulations regarding their use.

Leaf Blower Types

Gasoline 2-Cycle
This is the most common leaf blower type in use because a 2-cycle engine puts out the most power to the size ratio of the engine. They must run on a gas and oil fuel mixture which if not precisely measured, the engine will not run correctly. These powerful engines spew oily smoke every time they’re running, and some communities have been banned 2-cycle engines due to air pollution concerns.

Modern 2-cycle engines give off less smoke than those of years past, and more tolerant to an incorrect gas and oil mix. However, they’re still a hassle to use by being difficult to start, they foul spark plugs regularly, and if left sitting for a season with lingering fuel in the system, the carburetor can plug up and render the engine useless unless an expensive carburetor rebuild is done.

Gasoline 4-Cycle
These are the newest powered leaf blowers around, and modern metals and materials have finally made a 4-cycle competitive, in both size and weight, with a 2-cycle engine. In years past, a 4 cycle engine that put out the power of a 2-cycle would have been twice as heavy and almost twice as big. In essence, that would have made them a difficult sell for the average homeowner. However, it has now gotten to the point that 4-cycle engines are nearly the equal of 2-cycle engines in both power output yet remaining lightweight.

The biggest selling points are they only take straight gasoline for fuel, since like all 4-cycle engines, the oil is contained in the crankcase and used for lubrication. That means there’s never any mixing of gas and oil for fuel. Also, 4-cycles run at a lower RPM, meaning less wear and tear on the pistons, rings, and seals, so they last longer. They also don't foul the spark plug, they don't smoke, and virtually every model for sale is certified for use in all 50 states.

Even though they’re a bit more expensive in the short run, their inherent durability means they’ll last longer and perform better than the average 2-cycle powered leaf blower.

Electric Leaf Blowers
There are two types of electric leaf blowers, plug-in models and battery operated models. Each have their own advantages and disadvantages as will be seen.

Plug-in leaf blowers rival the fossil fueled blowers for power, and many of these actually have a higher blower rating. These are the least expensive blowers available, but you will always be tethered to an outlet with a long cord, and virtually every leaf blower is only recommended to be used with a 100 foot cord or less.

What you give up in versatility you gain with a no hassle machine. They are literally plug-in and go, with never any worry about gasoline, oil or mixing. Virtually anyone can use them, and they are perfect for city or suburban dwellings that only have a limited amount of land.

Battery operated models are just as versatile as gasoline powered types. They can be taken anywhere at any time, and just like plug-in models, they activate at the touch of a switch. The problem with these types of blowers has always been the battery. Early units would last a few minutes before the battery was exhausted; you may have only been able to blow a driveway clear before the battery gave out.

Modern battery powered leaf blowers have come a long way, and the newest Lithium-Ion batteries will literally last as long as a tank of gas. The higher the voltage of the battery, the longer the run time on the blower. These are the most expensive leaf blowers available, and they’re a bit down on power to both the plug-in and gasoline powered types, but no leaf blower is as reliable or as easy to use, plus, they are the most environmentally friendly leaf blowers made.

Leaf Blower Styles

Hand-Held
Most consumer home-use leaf blowers come in this style. They feature a top-mounted handle that maintains a balance between the blower motor and the nozzle. All of the features are generally within easy reach and can be easily be swept in a side-to-side action or moving them up and down.

Backpack
These blower types are the heaviest to carry due to their engine size, but they are far and away the most powerful types made for consumers. The engine is strapped to your back with a control arm throttle jutting out at your side. The only thing your carry in your hands is the nozzle, and once strapped in, these are the easiest leaf blower types to maneuver.

Wheeled
Although generally made for the commercial market, there are consumer types which are either pushed/attached to a lawn tractor or ATV. These are the largest and heaviest of the leaf blowers and expel massive volumes of air to clear large areas quickly.

Features

On/Off Switch
This basic feature is usually positioned directly where the thumb rests on the handle. Gas powered units may have a switch, mounted to the side, that is flipped down to turn the engine off. In general, every on/off switch is easy to find and use with one hand activation. On electric leaf blowers, this is the only switch or adjustment, besides the throttle, that will be present.

Choke
All gas powered leaf blowers have a choke to help in starting a cold engine. In general, the choke is switched to full “on” during every cold start and gradually eased off once the engine is running. Some higher end designs feature an automatic choke which activates automatically when the engine is cold and then releases as the engine begins to warm up.

Primer Button
All modern gas powered leaf blowers have a primer button. Usually used to prime the engine during a cold start, it may also be used to prime the carburetor after the blower runs out of gas, once the tank has been refilled, or to aid in restarting if the engine dies.

Throttle
The throttle is usually a variable trigger switch which controls the engine speed. It’s always placed on the underside of the handle so a finger or your hand can grasp and squeeze it for more or less power when needed.

The Nozzle
This plastic tube channels the air from the blower fan in the direction that you want it. It reduces the air volume of the fan motor which gives it a greater airflow speed as it leaves the nozzle end. The end can be turned either vertically or horizontally, depending on how you want the air to escape. For example, when blowing leaves or grass from a driveway, you would orient the nozzle end in a horizontal position for maximum airflow width. If you were blowing out a rain gutter, you would orient the nozzle end vertically to maximize the airflow within the confines of the gutter width.

Leaf Vacuum
Many leaf blowers are also convertible leaf vacuums. They suck leaves up into the fan blades and blow them into an attached vacuum bag. The best leaf vacuums will have metal chopping blades that shred the leaves fully before entering the bag. If choosing a leaf blower and vacuuming leaves is a priority, always choose a blower with metal chopping blades. Just remember that leaf vacuums only work when the leaves are completely dry. Sucking up wet leaves will potentially jam the fan and possibly ruin the engine in the process.

What Blower is Right for You?

There are a wealth of factors that will determine what type or style of leaf blower is right for you. The simplest, easy and least expensive leaf blowers are the plug-in electrics. For most city residents and suburbanites with smaller properties, and who don't mind dragging a cord around, these will be the best choice. Plus, because they are so simple to use, virtually anyone in the family, who helps out with yard work, will be able to use one of these.

Gasoline powered hand-held leaf blowers are the most common types available. If you want power over all and don't mind mixing gas and oil, a 2-cycle leaf blower is the way to go. If you want the convenience of just adding gas with no mixing, with durability over the long run, than a 4-cycle is your choice.

Backpack blowers are best suited for large suburban properties, farms and commercial settings. Certainly, if you want bragging rights around your neighborhood, strap on a backpack blower and clear your driveway faster than anyone else. The same can be said for wheeled blowers which are made for larger properties and will need to be towed around while in use. That makes them wholly impractical for city properties and most suburban properties too.

Battery powered leaf blowers are the latest innovation to hit the scene, and the newest units with the most voltage last as long as a tank of gas while having nearly equal blowing power. They are the most expensive of the hand-held blowers, but they are eco-friendly and offer the same versatility as their gas powered brethren. If you’re worried about blowing time, simply get another battery and keep it charged. They are as simple and easy to use as any plug-in blower, without the attached cord.

Bestcovery Staff
Our research team searches out the best of everything so that you can confidently pick the perfect products and services for your needs.
Related
Go to top