The 10 Best Leaf Blowers

Updated April 01, 2017 by Daniel Imperiale

10 Best Leaf Blowers
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We spent 35 hours on research, videography, and editing, to review the top selections for this wiki. Whether autumn has left a blanket of dead leaves on your lawn or you just want to clean up after a messy mowing and pruning session, one of the blowers on our list can get the job done fast. We've included quiet and efficient electric powered models as well as some that can do double-duty as vacuums. When users buy our independently chosen editorial picks, we may earn commissions to support our work. Skip to the best leaf blower on Amazon.
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The Poulan Weed Eater FB25 is a gas-powered model than can move up to 290 CFM of air at speeds reaching 170 mph. Its handle is designed to absorb a large amount of the vibrations that would otherwise plague your hand and arm.
  • easy to maneuver around obstacles
  • weighs just over 8 pounds
  • not carb-compliant
Brand Weed Eater
Model WEB160
Weight 6 pounds
Rating 3.8 / 5.0
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The GreenWorks 24252 G-MAX is a smart option that offers you a lot of control over your specific level of power. It features additional adjustments directly on the sweeper tips, as well as a variable speed dial for the motor.
  • reliable starting in all weather
  • high-performance battery
  • takes a while to charge
Brand Greenworks
Model 24252
Weight 8.2 pounds
Rating 4.0 / 5.0
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The fan housing on the Husqvarna 952711925 is built to place the handle in direct line with the air stream, reducing strain on the hand and wrist. The unit's kill switch automatically resets to the on position, so you can get started next time quickly and easily.
  • carb-compliant motor
  • can maintain constant fan speed
  • not suitable for left-handed users
Brand Husqvarna
Model 952711925
Weight 12.1 pounds
Rating 3.7 / 5.0
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The Black and Decker LSW36 is an efficient unit that uses a 40-volt lithium ion rechargeable battery to output air at speeds of up to 120 mph. Its blow tube has a built-in scraper to help loosen matted leaves and stuck-on debris.
  • can maximize run time or power
  • fast 1-hour charge time
  • weighs less than 5 pounds
Brand BLACK+DECKER
Model LSW36
Weight 6.6 pounds
Rating 4.0 / 5.0
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The Worx Turbine 12-Amp is an electric option that is available in one of two power outputs depending on your needs. The 600 CFM model moves more air than its sister unit, which transfers only 450 CFM, but both machines come with full, 3-year warranties.
  • weighs just over six pounds
  • simple two-speed switch
  • extension storage clip is fragile
Brand Worx
Model WG520
Weight 8.1 pounds
Rating 4.3 / 5.0
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The Makita DUB182Z only gets about 12 minutes of continuous operation from a single charge when using it on its high setting, so it wouldn't be suitable for large yards. But it makes up for that in power and its ability to handle tough debris.
  • comfortable rubberized grip
  • 0-18000 rpm variable speed control
  • battery and charger not included
Brand Makita
Model DUB182Z
Weight 3.7 pounds
Rating 4.3 / 5.0
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In addition to moving 441 cubic feet of air per minute, the Hitachi RB24EAP Handheld provides a 7-year warranty to consumers as well as two years of coverage for anyone who opts to use the unit professionally. At only 8.6 lbs., it's relatively easy to tote around the yard.
  • 2-stroke engine
  • 170 mph velocity
  • produces low emissions
Brand Hitachi
Model RB24EAP
Weight 11.4 pounds
Rating 4.4 / 5.0
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If you need to clean up a very large piece of land, or you service multiple homes over the course of a single day, the Poulan Pro 48cc Backpack will take the stress out of your hands and place the weight of the unit squarely on your shoulders.
  • cruise control setting
  • trigger-based operation
  • variable speed throttle
Brand Poulan Pro
Model 967087101
Weight 24.4 pounds
Rating 4.6 / 5.0
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The Greenworks 24012 is an affordable and lightweight option that is still effective enough to tackle most jobs that average household users might throw at it. It features a powerful, 7-amp, two-speed motor that reaches airflow speeds of up to 160 mph.
  • has zero carbon footprint
  • not as noisy as gas-powered models
  • curved ergonomic handle
Brand Greenworks
Model 24012
Weight 5.6 pounds
Rating 4.7 / 5.0
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The Toro 51609 Ultra is a powerful, 12-amp machine that is capable of outputting air at speeds of up to 235 mph. It operates as a vacuum, too, and comes with a collection bag that features a bottom-dump zipper for easy disposal.
  • includes a concentrator nozzle
  • large metal impeller
  • convenient cord storage hook
Brand Toro
Model 51619
Weight 12.7 pounds
Rating 4.9 / 5.0

Buyer's Guide

Choosing The Right Leaf Blower

If you've ever hand-raked your entire yard, you understand the amount of time and physical energy it takes to complete the task. Maybe that's the reason you're here: you're ready to invest in a leaf blower. Leaf blowers are powerful, effective, and in many cases are surprisingly affordable, too. It might come as something of a pleasant surprise to know that you can get a leaf blower for under $50.

The first decision you need to make is whether you want to own an electric or gas-powered leaf blower.

When choosing an electric leaf blower, you first have to decide if you prefer a corded unit or one that is controlled by battery power. The benefits of a unit that plugs in are as obvious as are its drawbacks: your power source is reliable and essentially endless, and you never have to wait for a battery to charge. However, the use of corded units necessitates the ownership of a long extension cord, and the reach of the unit is limited by the length of said cord. Moving about also requires frequent retracing of steps and movement of the cord. A battery-powered leaf blower, on the other hand, lets its user move freely about a property, unencumbered by a cord and not limited by its reach. Once the batteries die, however, the unit is nothing more than an oddly shaped paperweight until they have been recharged. This annoyance can be mitigated by the purchase of extra batteries, but of course that adds expense.

Gas-powered blowers are often among the most powerful options on the market. They save you the trouble of waiting for batteries to charge, as all you need to do to replenish a depleted gas blower is add a little more fuel. They also don't suffer from the tether that a long extension cord creates. However, gas-powered blowers often require additional oiling and maintenance, and their use emits chemical compounds that may be dangerous to their users and the environment.

As for actual power among electrics, there is surprisingly little difference between the air output of a plug-in blower compared to a battery-powered blower with a relatively full charge. While most blowers create wind speeds of 160 mph or more, some smaller units only generate winds blowing at 120 mph. This will likely not be sufficient for clearing significant buildups of wet leaves or for larger twigs. Don't try to save money by getting yourself a leaf blower that is underpowered for your property's needs -- this will prove counterproductive, as you end up wasting time manually clearing debris rather than blowing it where it needs to go.

Finally, consider whether your needs will be met by a unit that functions as a leaf blower alone or if you prefer (or need, given the quantity of leaves your property produces) a leaf blower that can also function as a vacuum and mulcher. Many leaf blowers can also be used to suck up and chop leaves and small lawn debris, providing you with useful leaf mulch or simply reducing the number of bags needed to clean up the leaves you gather. With this versatility, you can expect a slightly added price, but many users find this cost well worth it.

Using Your Leaf Blower

Using a leaf blower will quickly become second nature to most people, but the amateur user will benefit from these few basic tips. First and foremost, you have to know how to operate the actual machine. Read the manual if you have any doubts about its function, and otherwise simply make sure you are running battery powered units with a full charge or are using intact power cords rated for the voltage drawn by your leaf blower. It's also a good idea to make sure your gas is topped off before you begin a session, so you won't have to take any, or as many breaks.

Next, know that timing is important when blowing leaves. Wet leaves are remarkably resistant to a leaf blower; whenever possible, clear leaves before rainfall or else wait a day or two to let wet leaves dry out again before you try to remove them with your blower. (If you must clear wet leaves, you will likely have to use a rake.) Also, avoid blowing leaves on a windy day unless the breeze is consistently blowing in the direction in which you want to move the leaves anyway; otherwise, you will simply lift and redistribute the leaves, rather than clearing them.

To make your work easier, plan in advance where your final leaf pile (or piles) will be and lay down a large tarp (weighted with rocks or branches if need be) that will collect the blown leaves in a pile. You can skip the tarp if you plan to suck up and mulch the leaf pile later. Always try to work in one direction when blowing leaves. One technique is to start in one corner of your yard and work toward the far corner; another is to work your way down hill.

You should hold your leaf blower down by your waist to reduce arm strain and to create the proper shallow angle for ideal lifting and moving of leaves and twigs. Use a back and forth sweeping motion to keep leaves moving once they have been lifted from the grass.

A Few Words On Leaf Blower Safety

Operating a leaf blower is safe and easy as long as you take a few basic precautionary steps prior to each use, and as long as you adhere to a few common sense practices.

It's important that you wear hearing and eye protection while using a leaf blower. Most units create a noise level measured between 70 and 85 dB, which is instantly annoying to the human ear, and which can cause long-term damage with prolonged exposure. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration directs companies to protect workers from sound at this volume; take care of yourself and do the same.

As for eye protection, a leaf blower stirs up all sorts of debris while in use, including many small particles that can easily find their way into your eye, causing irritation or damage. Use goggles or protective glasses to minimize the risk of a scratched cornea.

And, of course, you must make sure that no one else is close enough to your leaf blower to have their eyes or ears potentially damaged, or else to be struck by a bit of wind-blown debris you inadvertently send aloft.



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Last updated on April 01, 2017 by Daniel Imperiale

Daniel is a writer, actor, and director living in Los Angeles, CA. He spent a large portion of his 20s roaming the country in search of new experiences, taking on odd jobs in the strangest places, studying at incredible schools, and making art with empathy and curiosity.


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