Best Leaf Blower Reviews for 2020

Best Leaf Blower Reviews

These days leaf blowers do more than simple cleanup autumn leaves. You see this with professional landscaping and lawn care businesses that use leaf blowers to clear away grass clippings, cleaning up landscaping mulch and more. There are even a few models that have gutter cleaning and vacuum attachments that add to their long-term functionality

On the face of it, a leaf blower produces a powerful jet of air to blow lawn debris away. Though when you take a closer look, I think you’ll find there are some key features to choose from to choose the best leaf blower for your yard.

Choosing Between An Electric Or Gas-Powered Leaf Blower

There are two power sources to choose from when looking for a leaf blower or a blower/vac combo. Electric and gas-powered lawnmowers have their own pros and cons to consider.

Electric leaf blowers don’t tend to produce the intense force of air as their gas-powered siblings. However, you get more reliability when it comes to starting and long-term performance. At the same time, most electric lawnmowers rely on extension cords which can tangle, and limit your overall range, making them more likely for small lawns of a quarter acre or less.

Leaf blower manufacturers have caught on to this limitation and some now offer battery-powered electric leaf blowers. Like their corded brethren they tend to be weaker than gas-powered leaf blowers, but they let you stay on the move and give the ability to cover more total real estate.

A decade ago, electric leaf blowers were also touted for being much quieter than gas-powered leaf blowers. In recent years small gasoline motors have made improvements that take a little bit of the edge off this noise complaint. Though you still need to wear ear protection.

Gas-powered leaf blowers, on the other hand, tend to be more powerful. They tend to move a larger volume of air at a higher rate of speed.

Unfortunately, the con with gas-powered leaf blowers is that they tend to be heavy, and they require routine maintenance. As time goes on problems with carburetors and spark plugs can lead to start-up problems, and you will inevitably need to have the spark plug replaced.

CFM And MPH

When you look through leaf blowers and blower/vac combos you often see specs that use terms like CFM and MPH. Focusing in on them can help you filter through your options to compare apples to apples.

CFM stands for Cubic Feet per Minute, which is the rate of measure for the volume of air the leaf blower can move. If possible, you want to target a leaf blower that has around 300 CFM, which means it has the power to move more than just a light pile of leaves.

As you can imagine, MPH stands for Miles Per Hour, which notes the speed of the air coming out of the leaf blower. The overall velocity that you can move lawn debris.

Ideally, you want to prioritize a leaf blower or blower/vac that has both a high CFM and a high MPH rating. If you see a particular unit that is high in one number and low in the other, it’s likely a red flag telling you that there is some sort of engineering flaw afoot.

What Are The Benefits Of A Blower/Vac?

Some lawn equipment manufacturers offer leaf blowers with a special vacuum feature. You put a special attachment on and reverse the airflow which give it the ability to suck up leaves and other small pieces of lawn debris. A special internal impeller then grinds them up into tiny pieces and deposits them into a storage bag. This is a great way to clean out tight spaces and beef up your compost pile.

The downside of a blower/vac combo is that the impeller can sometimes jam up, or break on a small, hard piece of stick. If the impeller is damaged in the process, it can lead to a costly repair bill. Prioritizing a leaf blower with a metal impeller reduces the risk of this happening.

You also need to bear in mind that the collection bag is usually pretty small. So, you shouldn’t plan on using it to clear a large yard. It’s meant more for small yards or tight areas that a blower might struggle to clean.

The Best Electric Leaf Blowers

 

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

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

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$19.48 $33.39

Electric corded leaf blower that only weighs in at 3.9 pounds. Rated to produce 260 CFM volume of air at up to 155 MPH. All with a very friendly price point.

 

WORX WG520 Turbine

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WORX WG520 Turbine 600 Corded Electric Leaf Blower, Black

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A corded electric leaf blower with a turbine engine. It’s rated to move an astonishing 600 CFM air volume at a velocity measuring up to 110 MPH. It’s “Hyper Stream” nozzle helps direct the force of the air for better accuracy. There are also two distinct speed settings to help you dial into the terrain.

DEWALT DCBL772X1 Leaf Blower

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DEWALT DCBL772X1 Blower, Yellow/Black

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As one of the most reliable manufacturers of power tools and lawn care equipment, DeWalt Lawn Mowers infuses quality engineering into all its products. The DCBL772X1 leaf blower runs off a 60 Volt electric motor powered by a 3 Ah lithium-ion battery with a run time of up to half an hour. It moves 600 CFM at a maximum speed of 125 MPH, which is impressive for an electric leaf blower.

 

The Best Gas Powered Leaf Blowers

Poulan Pro PR48BT, 2-Cycle Gas-Powered Backpack Leaf Blower

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Poulan Pro PR48BT, 48cc 2-Cycle Gas 475 CFM 200 MPH Backpack Leaf...

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$194.99 $249.99

A powerful 48 cc 2-stroke gasoline-powered engine mounted on a backpack with adjustable straps and only weighs in at 22-pounds. It’s rated to move up to 475 CFM at 200 MPH. Ergonomic variable speed controls with a cruise control function.

 

Hitachi RB24EAP Gas Powered Leaf Blower, Handheld

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Hitachi RB24EAP Gas Powered Leaf Blower, Handheld, Lightweight, 23.9cc 2 Cycle Engine,...

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This Hitachi gas-powered leaf blower move an impressive 441 CFM volume or air, at a vigorous 170 MPH. The 23.9 cc two-stroke engine is lightweight, which makes the blower easier to operate as a handheld unit. It also was also engineered to produce lower emissions. Hitachi further backs this leaf blower with a proud 7-year warranty, which makes a statement about the overall quality.

Craftsman B215 25cc 2-Cycle Handheld Gas-Powered Leaf Blower

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Craftsman B215 25cc 2-Cycle Handheld Gas-Powered Leaf Blower

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Craftsman is one of the more reliable names in the tools, hardware, and lawn care euipment. Their B215 2-cycle gas-powered leaf blower has a 25 cc engine that is surprisingly lightweight. This helps keep the total weight of the B215 down to only 11-pounds, for easy hand-held operation. It also has Craftsman’s popular “Easy Start System.”  It’s rated to move up to 430 CFM of air at a blistering 200 MPH.

 

Poulan PLB26, 26cc 2-Cycle Gas 430 CFM 190 MPH Handheld Leaf Blower

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Poulan PLB26, 26cc 2-Cycle Gas 430 CFM 190 MPH Handheld Leaf Blower

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As one of the larger manufacturers of quality lawn care equipment Poulan has a diverse line for just about any budget. Their PLB26 has a 26 cc 2-stroke engine that can move a robust 430 CFM of air at speeds up to 190 MPH. For the price point it makes the PLB26 a great value capable of handling everything you need it to do. Yet it still only weighs in at 9.5 pounds, making it a comfortable handheld leaf blower.

 

The Best Blower/Vac Combos

Toro 51619 Ultra Electric Blower Vac

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Toro 51619 Ultra Electric Blower Vac, 250 mph, Red

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$69.97 $139.12

An electric-corded blower/vac combo from an industry-leading manufacturer. It moves 350 CFM as a blower, and 410 CFM as a vacuum, at 250 MPH. It has a heavy-duty metal impeller powered by a 7.0 Amp electric motor.

 

WORX WG512 Trivac 3-in-1 Vacuum, Blower and Mulcher

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WORX WG512 Trivac 2.0 Electric 12-amp 3-in-1 Vacuum Blower/Mulcher/Vac, Black and Orange

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The Trivac vacuum, blower, and mulcher are designed to carefully blow leaves, while also having the ability to mulch up vacuumed law debris with a metal impeller. This gives the 12-Amp electric motor a mulching ratio of 16:1. Meaning it can transform 16 bags of leaves into 1 bag to save on disposal costs, or to better prepare carbon-rich material for your compost pile.

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