We have all seen yards full of leaves, pine cones, pine needles, twigs, grass cuttings, and other organic matter.
Most of the time, we can clear it up ourselves without it causing too much hassle, but it does take up a lot of our time. Then there is our health to think about.
Yard work means a lot of bending over and bending down. Our joints, especially our back and our knees, take a lot of the strain. This is where a great leaf blower comes in.
We want you to save time with your yard cleanup, but we do not want you to have to spend a lot of time researching what to look for in a leaf blower.
For that reason, we have done the work for you. We have compiled everything you need to know about leaf blowers and how to choose the best one for you.
We even have a list of the top 10 best leaf blowers.
As always, we recommend you to read our buyer’s guide to have a more in-depth understanding of what you should be looking for before you dive into our list of the best leaf blower.
2018 Best Leaf Blower
|Leaf Blower||Best For||Type||Price|
|Greenworks Single Speed Blower (Editor’s Pick)||Best for Small Yards||Corded Electric||Price|
|Worx Corded Leaf Blower (Editor’s Pick)||Best for Tough Conditions||Corded Electric||Price|
|Sun Joe All-Purpose Electric Blower (Editor’s Pick)||Best for Porches And Patios||Corded Electric||Price|
|Toro Blower & Vac||Best for Garden Maintenance||Corded Electric||Price|
|Black+Decker Leaf Blower||Best Cordless Leaf Blower||Cordless Electric||Price|
|Best Partner Leaf Blower||Best for Simplicity||Corded Electric||Price|
|Husqvarna Backpack Leaf Blower||Best for Comfort||Gas Powered||Price|
|Poulan Pro Backpack Blower||Most Powerful Leaf Blower||Gas Powered||Price|
|DeWalt Brushless Blower||Best for Large Lawns||Cordless Electric||Price|
|EGO Power Cordless Blower||Best Battery Life||Cordless Electric||Price|
1. Greenworks Single Speed Blower — Best for Small Yards
This is a perfect leaf blower for small yards or houses with only a driveway.
With a 7-amp motor, you can get the job done while not being weighed down by a heavy motor and blower. This blower is light and compact enough to be used by anyone, and the lack of weight and the small size make it perfect for optimum maneuverability.
You can get this blower going in seconds, and when you do, you will be able to move around effortlessly with it. With such a quiet and small motor, you may expect that there is not a lot of power, but up to 160 mph air is blown out of the nozzle.
We love how ergonomic and intuitive this leaf blower is. From the moment you pick it up, you will enjoy how it feels in your hands. Leaf blowers make gardening a breeze, but one which feels like this makes it all the easier.
This leaf blower is comfortable to hold for long periods of time, and when you move about, you will find that you do not need to use a lot of force to get the leaf blower to go where you want it to.
The controls are also straightforward to understand and use. As soon as you pick up this leaf blower, you do not even need to look at the instruction book to know how to use it.
There is a safety lock cord feature which means that the cord will not disconnect should you trip on it or get it caught. This will keep the blower running when you need it too.
Another thing we love about this leaf blower is the lack of vibrations. With many leaf blowers, you compromise something for affordability of power, but with this one, the vibration is not one of those compromises.
The operation is smooth, the machine runs almost silently, and there are no vibrations to annoy your hands.
This is the perfect leaf blower for anyone who wants to tackle small areas of their yards. It is quick and practical, with enough power to move small sections of leaves.
- Easy to use
- Small and compact
- No vibration
- Quiet operation
- The cord is not included
- Not as powerful as other models
2. Worx Corded Leaf Blower — Best for Tough Conditions
This powerful blower from Worx uses turbine technology to deliver forceful air at up to 110 mph.
The cyclonic wind technology not only gives you more power than many gas-powered blowers (without any of the emissions), but it is also built to tackle the toughest conditions.
The powerful blower will blow away the leaves, and it also features a dust blower to help with your visibility when you are out in your yard. You get all of this, while only needing to carry 6 lbs. in weight. This leaf blower is powerful, but lightweight too.
We love that you have variable speed control. When you only need to move some dust or a few leaves, you have the control to do just that, but when you need something more heavy duty, you can turn up the power and move whatever needs to be moved. No matter what challenge comes your way, this blower has the versatility to tackle it.
We also like that the blower comes with a 3-year manufacturer warranty. This shows a level of trust in the blower. This is a blower which is going to last, but if anything should go wrong, then you are covered for the first 3 years.
This is an excellent leaf blower for a variety of situations. If you have a medium-sized yard which needs a versatile leaf blower, this is the one for you.
- Dust Blower
- Easy to use
- Variable speed
- The handle can be uncomfortable
- Underpowered compared to some
- Short extension cord
3. Sun Joe All-Purpose Electric Blower — Best for Porches And Patios
This is a small and compact blower which would be great for anyone who has a small apartment or townhouse.
This blower is not going to blow you away by cleaning up a large yard, and you would not use it for commercial leaf blowing, but for the size and weight of the leaf blower, it is surprisingly powerful.
The blower will feel light in your hands, and you may not be expecting much from it when you first turn it on, but you will be a little surprised by the 155 mph air coming from the nozzle. At only 3.9 lbs., it is one of the lightest blowers on our list, but the 13,500 RPM motor gives you power that you would expect from a much larger model.
This leaf blower is especially useful for clearing patios, driveways, decks, and garages. It will handle leaves exceptionally well, as well as cobwebs, dust, and pine needles. It is excellent for small-scale operations, but those which still need some power to get them clean.
One thing we really like about this leaf blower is that it stores almost anywhere.
This is one of the smallest leaf blowers which we have found, and you can store it inside or outside. If you do not have a large garage to store this leaf blower in, then you will not have a problem finding a place inside of your home.
This is an excellent leaf blower for anyone who is concerned about space.
If you have small areas which need to be treated with a leaf blower, this one will do the job well before storing in almost any cupboard.
- 155mph blower
- No variable speed
- Not a heavy-duty blower
4. Toro Blower & Vac — Best for Garden Maintenance
This is really three machines in one.
Not only do you have a blower, but you also have a vacuum and a mulcher. The metal impeller is designed not just to cut or shred the leaves, but to mulch them. The large impeller is made from metal (so you know it will last) and is powerful (so it will effectively mulch the leaves).
Mulching the leaves saves space in the bag and allows you to blow and suck leaves for longer.
It also gets the leaves ready for composting. You can dump the leaf bag in your composting bin without having to do anything else. We like that the leaf bag has a zip on the bottom to make it easy to empty the bag when needed.
This is a powerful leaf blower.
When at full speed, the air is forced out at 250 mph, but should you want to tackle the leaves more gently, then you can with the variable speed control. The speed is fully adjustable for both blower and vacuum modes.
You do need to switch the nozzles when you go from blowing to sucking, but there is a quick-release latch which is easy to use; in only a few seconds, you can switch between the two operations without the need for any additional tools.
One thing we love about this leaf blower is how easy it is to store.
Firstly, there is a cord storage hook on the blower itself. You attach the hook to the nozzle and wrap the cord around the leaf blower. Then, you put the leaf blower into the leaf bag.
Once you have the bag zipped, you can hang the leaf blower wherever you please. This makes it easy to store your leaf blower, especially on a hook in your garage.
This is the perfect leaf blower for anyone who needs a step up from a simple leaf blower.
This leaf blower will take care of all your leaves, and sort them into piles, but if you want, you can collect and mulch those piles in seconds.
- Blower and vacuum
- 250 mph
- Includes leaf bag
- Mulching impeller
- Variable speed control
- Need to remove blower nozzle to fit vacuum nozzle
5. Black + Decker Leaf Blower — Best Cordless Leaf Blower
This is an extremely lightweight leaf blower.
One of the best features of this leaf blower is the adaptability of the battery. If you have any other Black+Decker Max System power tools, you can use their batteries in this leaf blower and the battery from this leaf blower in those power tools.
This means that you can always have a spare battery (or two) ready to go.
This leaf blower is not the most powerful on the market, but the 130 mph air is enough to clear even the toughest areas. You will not use this blower for large-scale yard work, but it will be perfect for clearing up your driveway, deck, lawn, and garage.
The lightweight and low-noise design also mean that you can keep going for a long time, and the fact that you can have multiple batteries ready means that you can do larger areas.
This leaf blower works best on hard surfaces, but it will still clear your lawn of leaves.
We love that there is almost no noise when you are operating this leaf blower. You do not need to worry about annoying your neighbors or startling any small animals.
This is an excellent leaf blower for small-scale clearing operations. If you are looking for something which will clear your deck or patio, while not wanting to be encumbered by a cord, then this is the perfect leaf lower.
- Holds charge for 18 months
- Low-noise design
- Battery interchangeable with other power tools
- The battery is used up quickly
- Best for smaller jobs
6. Best Partner Leaf Blower — Best for Simplicity
This is an excellent leaf blower for getting the job done while also having two speeds at your disposal. The design is simple, the controls are intuitive, and the versatility makes it great for large areas with different needs.
This is a corded leaf blower, so once you have it plugged in, you do not need to worry about losing power.
You will also be excited by the amount of power you get from this blower. At top speed, you can expect to have 200 mph air at your disposal. This is perfect for use over large areas, but if you do run into something which requires a more gentle speed, then you have the option to switch to that.
This leaf blower is UL authenticated, so you know that it is secure and reliable. The authentication process involves rigorous testing so you can be sure that you are not going to run into any problems, no matter what your yard throws at you.
If you do run into any problems, then you have a 30-day money back guarantee, with a guaranteed reply period of 24 hours. There is also a 12-month replacement warranty, should there be anything wrong with the blower.
The handle makes this an easy leaf blower to use and operate, and the button to change the speed is at your fingertips so you can change the speed of the blower without having to stop what you are doing.
There is also a cord lock so you can secure the cord once the blower is plugged in. This means no more time spent retrieving the cord to plug it back in.
This is an excellent leaf blower for keeping things simple. There are two speeds. The versatility is enough for most jobs. We would recommend this for average-sized yards, and yards with multiple surfaces, both hard and soft.
- 2 speeds
- Easy to use
- Cord Lock
- 200 mph
- No vacuum
7. Husqvarna Backpack leaf Blower — Best for Comfort
This leaf blower was built to give you power over even the largest yards.
The 50cc motor will provide you with enough power to cover your entire yard, while the fuel efficiency means that you will not have to refuel often. This is also a leaf blower which has been built with the comfort of the user in mind.
For a leaf blower with such power, it is incredibly lightweight. This alone makes it great for covering large areas, but the backpack designed makes it more so. Once you have this blower on your back, you will be able to keep it blowing for a long time.
We also love the adjustable handles. The two handles are positioned for you to grasp and maneuver the blower nozzle comfortably, but the fact that they are adjustable only adds to the comfort.
You can find the perfect position for your hands and never have to worry about feeling strained. There is also a hip belt which you can use to take the strain off of your shoulders and onto your hips. There are so many added features on this blower which ensure that you have a comfortable time using it.
If you need to be using a leaf blower for a long time, then this one will be comfortable for the duration of its use. We would recommend this blower for large yards or small-scale commercial gardening companies.
- Backpack design
- Fuel efficient
- 4-year warranty
- You need to purchase gasoline
- Buttons can be hit accidentally
8. Poulan Pro Backpack Blower — Best for Power
This is the leaf blower you want to buy if you are having trouble moving debris from your garden.
The powerful motor will give you 200 mph air from the nozzle, which can quickly clear the leaves and grass, but more than that, it will also take care of the same when they are wet, clumps of rotting foliage, piles of manure, and any other clumps of garden waste which you need to move.
We have not yet come across anything (within reason) that this blower cannot handle.
This heavy-duty leaf blower will take care of your yard waste quickly and efficiently, and when it does run into any problem, the blower will hold up. This is a leaf blower which will not be easily damaged.
Throw whatever issues arise at this leaf blower, and it will deal with them. If you come across a big problem, crank up the speed and watch the waste being moved. If you have a smaller problem, turn down the speed and watch as it delicately navigates around more delicate areas in your yard.
This is also a backpack-style leaf blower.
We love the comfort that this gives you. Instead of having to hold the blower or have it strapped across one shoulder, the bower sits comfortably on both shoulders for extended use.
You will also notice how smooth the unit runs when you have been using it for prolonged periods. Unlike may gas-powered leaf blowers, this one will not leave you feeling shaken after you have had it on your back for hours.
An excellent leaf blower for large-scale operations. If you want power, then this is the leaf blower for you. It will deal with all your yard waste and is even recommended for commercial use.
- 200 mph
- Backpack style
- Variable speed
- Heavy duty
- No vacuum
9. DeWalt Brushless Blower — Best for Large Lawns
This is a leaf blower that you are going to love because you do not have to run any maintenance on it. This is a blower which will last.
There will be no need to replace parts, fix parts, or clean parts. This is a leaf blower which will save you from headaches. The brushless motor with no spark plugs, carburetors, or air filters means that you do not need to do anything other than turn the air blower on and let it do its thing.
There is no gas to deal with, no cords, no tools needed, and no complicated startup procedures.
You get a lot of power from this leaf blower, and the 90 mph air is strong enough to blow the dust from your garage or leaves from your lawn. The large nozzle also means that you can cover large areas in your yard quickly and easily.
The leaf blower is small and compact enough to be held for a long time, and you will not feel the strain that many leaf blowers give when you are holding it in your hand for an hour or two.
We love that this is part of the DeWalt Lithium-ion system.
There are over a hundred power tools which use the same battery as this blower which means that you can purchase the blower without a battery if you want to save yourself some money.
You can also swap batteries from other tools to this one if you’re going to operate it for longer. The versatility means that you can combine this with other tools and always have a charged battery.
If you have a large lawn and need to clear a lot of leaves from it, then this leaf blower will do the job. We also recommend this blower if you have a DeWalt power tool already. We love having extra batteries ready for use.
- Battery operated
- Comes with charger
- Easy to use
- Large blower tube
- Not good for detail work
10. EGO Power Cordless Blower — Best for Battery Life
This leaf blower will run for a long time. On the lowest speed setting, you will have 75 minutes of run time.
When you compare this to many of its competitors on the market, this runtime blows them all way. When you increase the speed, the battery life is shortened (as you would expect), but you will still have enough of runtime to take care of all your yard waste.
The fact that you can change the speed on this leaf blower is a significant advantage, in our opinion. This leaf blower has many speed options which you can move between as you are blowing. This versatility gives you options when you are moving around your yard, and you can quickly switch between speeds depending on the surface and the type of debris.
The adjustability helps to maintain the battery and keep you going for longer. Where other machines with single speeds will run out of battery in a short period of time, this blower will outlast them all.
This blower has also been built to last. No matter the conditions outside, this blower will run in them. It also has enough power to take care of wet and dry debris. The brushless motor will run with high efficiency, and you do not need to worry about it breaking down.
The motor is designed to last, and the required maintenance is zero.
This is a great leaf blower for large-scale operations. This leaf blower will last for a long time on a single charge – great if you have a large yard with lots of different areas to be cleared.
- 75-minute runtime
- Weather resistant
- Easy to use
- Large nozzle
- Less battery life at higher speeds
Leaf Blower Buyer’s Guide
Leaf blowers are a luxury item which is becoming more and more affordable.
Now, anyone who has a yard has access to a leaf blower. They are efficient, easy to use, and do not cost you an arm and a leg. They will help you to save time and money, and you should start thinking about the leaf blower which will be best for you and your yard.
There are some key points to think about, but once you have figured out exactly what you need, you will have no problem making the best decision for you.
Here are out key points in deciding on the best leaf blower.
How Does a Leaf Blower Work?
A leaf blower is a gardening tool which helps you to collect and organize the leaves in your yard. There is a motor, and attached to that motor is a nozzle.
The motor forces air through the nozzle, and you can point the nozzle to move leaves and other debris. Leaf blowers are either powered by electric or gasoline motors, with some of them using batteries.
Most of them are self-contained units, and the bigger ones can be strapped to your body with straps or handles. The largest units can even sit on wheels and feature a separate motor to move the leaf blower around.
A leaf blower will help you to clean and organize your yard, removing the leaves, grass, twigs, and more.
Why Do I Need a Leaf Blower?
You technically do not need a leaf blower, but your life will be a lot easier with one. Here are some great reasons to purchase one.
To Save Time
How long does it take you to collect up all of the leaves in your yard?
It can be annoying to go around and pick (or rake) up all of the individual leaves. Even if you have a rake, it can take a lot of time to gather up all of the leaves into a pile.
With a leaf blower, it only takes a few minutes to blow all of your leaves into a pile. You can clean up your yard in a fraction of the time it would take with a rake.
To Make Life Easier
It can be hard work, collecting all of the leaves and other debris which has fallen from trees, bushes, and other things which are growing in your yard.
It can be hard to rake up all of the leaves, and then pick up all of those leaves and put them into a collection bin or compost bin. A leaf blower will save you from having to bend down and rake up all of the leaves.
It will also keep your body from the repetitive motion of raking, cutting down on the strain on your muscles and joints.
If you have suction on your blower, you can also pick up piles of leaves without having to bend down. If you suffer from a bad back or cannot bend your knees easily, then a leaf blower can make leaf collection a breeze.
Leaf blowers are great for blowing leaves but did you know that they can be used for so much more? Leaf blowers are great for moving snow. When fresh snow has fallen, you can use a leaf blower to remove the snow from walkways and your car.
A leaf blower is also great for cleaning off your roof and gutters.
If you have a ladder which is long enough or access to your roof, then you can get up there and blow any debris from the roof, such as leaves, moss, twigs, and mulch.
You can also blow out your gutters to prevent blockages. This ensures that your roof and gutters last longer and there is no chance of water sitting where it should not.
You can also use your leaf blower to disperse water. You may find that you have a depression in your driveway where water will collect after a heavy rain. If the water sits there, it can begin to damage the surface of your driveway.
A leaf blower can be used to disperse the water. You can do this with any puddles of water, in and around your yard.
To Reach the Hard to Reach Places
A rake can be used to rake the leaves from your lawn, but what about your driveway?
Sure, you can use a broom, but what about around your plants? Or in your gutters?
A leaf blower will get into the places which a rake or broom cannot. It can also be used to blow into surfaces which you would not with other hand tools.
For example, you can blast around a window sill to remove dirt and dust. You can also blow around delicate flowers, removing the leaves and leaving the flowers intact.
Types of Leaf Blowers
When you are looking for a leaf blower, there are a few things to think about before you buy one.
You need to know what you are looking for before you can choose the leaf blower that you need. Here are some of the differences between the basic leaf blowers which are available for purchase.
Leaf Blower vs. Leaf Blower Vac
You want a leaf blower to blow leaves from your lawn or driveway, but where do they go when you blow them away?
One option is to blow them into a pile, but another is to collect them up into a bag through a vacuum. The most common choice you will have will be between a leaf blower and a leaf vacuum.
With a leaf blower vacuum, you have the choice between blowing and sucking.
This gives you the option to use the leaf vacuum as a traditional leaf blower, but also the option to suck up the leaves when you have them in piles. It is obvious to see how this would be advantageous to you, but there can be some problems that come with it.
You have to change between the two modes, and sometimes that can be a fiddly process.
There is also the chance that the leaf blower can become blocked or damaged if you suck up rocks or other hard objects. You also have to navigate with a bag attached to the leaf blower.
Leaf blower vacuums will make it easier for you to pick up the leaves, and you do not have to worry about bending down to pick up the leaves when you have them in piles. If you suffer from a bad back or any other problem which would prevent you from picking up piles of leaves, then a leaf blower vacuum will be a lifesaver.
If you do not mind the extra bulk on your leaf blower, then we would recommend using it with care. If you want something lighter and easier to use and can handle the piles of leaves, then a leaf blower is the better choice.
Cordless Leaf Blowers
The main disadvantage of a cordless leaf blower is that it will generally cost you more money; but the most significant advantage of a cordless leaf blower is that they are extremely easy to use.
You do not have to worry about cords getting in the way, and you do not have to worry about the length of cable not being enough to reach all parts of your garden; there is no need to unplug and plug in your leaf blower when you need to move to a different part of the yard.
One reason to choose a cordless leaf blower is when you want to clear small areas.
Cordless blowers usually have less power (the smaller ones, anyway), and that helps to protect your plants and flowers when you are blowing around them. Larger leaf blowers will have enough battery power to clear a medium-sized yard without having to recharge the leaf blower.
Another advantage of a cordless leaf blower is that you can often find blowers which share the same type of battery as your other garden power tools. This means that you can have multiple batteries charged and ready to go.
This can also save you from having to buy extra chargers and batteries for your equipment.
Choose a cordless blower if you have a smaller yard which does not need a lot of maintenance. They will be great for dry leaves and dust but may struggle when it comes to larger volumes of wet leaves.
Corded Leaf Blowers
Corded leaf blowers are the cheaper option when compared to battery-powered blowers.
They are also the type of blower which will have the greatest variety, models, and features to choose from. They are also more powerful than corded leaf blowers.
When you move into more powerful leaf blowers, the blowers themselves get heavier and bulkier. The more power you have, the heavier they become.
This is usually a feature which you only get with corded blowers, though. Cordless blowers do not usually give you the option to use more power, and do not have the option to move between blowing and sucking.
You will get more features with a corded blower, and more power, but you will have more inconvenience. You will need to make sure that you have a long enough cord to reach to all parts of your yard or an extension cable which can reach.
You will also have to navigate around the cord when you are using the leaf blower.
If you have a huge yard or need to do a lot of work in your yard, then we would recommend a corded leaf blower. If you want to suck up the leaves as well as blow them, then a corded blower is a must.
Gas-Powered Leaf Blowers
These are the most expensive machines on the market.
With the steep price tag, though, comes a lot of power. These machines will blow away even the wettest and heaviest leaves. They are perfect if you have a huge yard or if you are working as a commercial landscaper or gardener.
More power means that you will need to maintain the engine, which can be tricky if you do not have experience in maintenance. The price tag may also put you off, but if you do have a huge yard, this will clean it up in no time.
There are usually two types of gas-powers leaf blowers: handheld and backpack.
The backpack models strap onto your shoulders and are less straining than the handheld ones. They are the best choice if you are going to be using your leaf blower for an extended period of time.
If you do have a large yard, then a gas-powered blower is the way to go.
Ease Of Use and Maintenance
When you are looking for a leaf blower, you should always be thinking about the ease of use of your blower.
A corded blower will be the easiest to use; you just need to plug it in, and you are ready to go. All you need to do is switch it on and start blowing leaves.
A battery-powered blower is also easy to use, but you will need to install the battery before you start using it. This is simple to do, but you will need to think about removing the battery to charge it.
Gas-powered blowers are the least easy to use. You need to fill the tank with gas to use them, and they are also harder to start up. The best ones will be easy to start, but they are more involved than corded or battery-powered blowers.
With a gas-powered blower, you also need to think about maintenance. There is a motor in a gas blower which will need attention and care from time to time. If you do not have confidence in maintaining a motor, then you should go for a corded or battery blower.
You should also think about the type of blower which you are getting.
A blower which only blows the leaves will be the simplest to use; all you need to do is turn it on.
If you have a blower which has adjustable power, then you add some involvement, though it is usually easy to switch your blower from one power setting to another. It is when you add suction to your blower that it becomes a little more challenging to operate.
Some blowers will have dual-tubes (one to suck and one to blow) while others will blow and suck from the same tube. It can be as easy as flicking a switch to change between the two, but some blowers need to be calibrated, and it is more involved to change between blowing and sucking with a gas-powered blower.
What to Look for in a Leaf Blower
It goes without saying, that the more you want from your leaf blower, the more you are going to have to shell out. Higher power and better parts/materials mean it will cost you more money.
The good news is that if you shop around, you can save yourself some money. In fact, we have done some of the research for your, and the leaf blowers on our list are among the best on the market.
Your primary consideration when it comes to the price is the power of your leaf blower.
If you have a large yard which needs a lot of work, then you are going to have to shell out for a powerful blower. Once you know how you are going to use your blower, you can begin to work out your budget.
We recommend starting with a budget and sticking with it.
It helps to be realistic, but do not be tempted to go for more than you need by thinking that you are getting a great deal. Start with a fixed amount in mind, and then shop within that.
The nozzle on the leaf blower is very important.
If you are buying a powerful model, then you do not need to worry about the nozzle too much, but if you are buying a less powerful model, then we recommend looking for a narrow nozzle on your leaf blower.
A narrower nozzle will allow you more precision with your leaf blower. This is great for herding the leaves into piles and for getting into small areas. A narrow nozzle will also focus the blowing air in the less powerful models to give you more power.
We like to use leaf blowers which have adjustable power settings.
Again, this is a feature which may cost you more money, but, in certain circumstances, it can be worth it. If you are blowing leaves from your drive, then you want the maximum power to get them off of your road.
The same is true if you are moving them from your lawn. However, there are times when you do not want maximum power.
If you are trying to get your leaves into a pile, it can be helpful to have a more controlled blowing power so you can move them gently.
You will also want more control over the strength when you are blowing around delicate plants or flowers. If you only have one power setting, then it can be hard to blow all of the leaves from the hard to get to places.
When you have a blower which also acts as a vacuum, you will be picking up lots of leaves. The leaves will be held in a large bag attached to the leaf blower.
When you are dealing with wet leaves, you can run into some problems; it is a great convenience to be able to vacuum up wet leaves, but it can cause you problems. A vacuum can quickly become blocked when lots of wet leaves are being sucked up.
We would recommend looking for a blower with metal mulching blades. These blades will chop up the leaves as they are sucked up and prevent them from clogging. You can also get plastic mulching blades, that comes with cheaper blades; but they will not do as good a job, and they will not last as long.
If you do suck up any hard objects, like a stone, then plastic blades will easily crack, chip, and break. You should also make sure that you have easy access to the blades so that you can access them if they get blocked or need to be replaced.
If you are only collecting dry leaves, you do not need to worry about the bag.
The only thing you will need to think about is the capacity of the bag. The larger the bag, the more leaves you will be able to suck up before the bag needs to be emptied, but the heavier the bag will become.
A small bag is better for maneuvering, but you will have to empty it more often.
If you are going to be collecting leaves when the weather is rainy, we would recommend looking for a waterproof bag. When the wet leaves are collected, the water is going to begin to pool, and if you do not have a waterproof bag, the water is going to drip out.
This generally means that you are going to get wet (which is never comfortable, especially when the water is leafy). A waterproof bag will protect you, your clothing, and also the leaf blower from any wetness.
Handles and Straps
You want to be comfortable when you are using your leaf blower.
Most leaf blowers will either come with a shoulder strap, straps, or a handle. Think about the weight of the machine and the duration of its use before you make the purchase.
If the machine is heavy, or if you are going to be using the machine for an extended period of time, you are going to need shoulder straps which are comfortable.
We like to find straps and handles which are padded or have an ergonomic grip. Look for shoulder straps which have padding all along the strap (or on as much of the strap as possible) instead of those which only have padding on the top of the strap.
The size of the leaf blower will dictate a lot about the leaf blower. It will tell you the power and capacity of the leaf blower as well as making a suggestion about the price, but the size should also tell you if you have the space to store it too.
Leaf blowers can be large, and there is not much you can do to cut down on the size (some nozzles can come off or are telescopic).
If you do not have the space to store a large leaf blower, then there is no point in getting it.
If you have limited space, limit your search to the smaller leaf blowers. You may have to get one which has less power than you want, or one which only blows. If you have a lot of storage space, you can open up your choices to most leaf blowers on the market.
Some leaf blowers have a lot of power, but this can also mean a lot of vibration.
Over time, vibrations can become damaging to your muscles and joints. Vibrations can also be annoying too. Look for a leaf blower which does not have a lot of vibration to cut down on the threat of fatigue and injury.
The weight of the leaf blower is an important consideration. There is no point in buying a leaf blower which is too heavy for you; you will only end up with an injury.
Thankfully, there is a leaf blower out there for everyone.
Buying a lighter leaf blower will save you from a lot of strain, and, while it may not be as powerful and fast as others, it will still help you to clean your garden in a fraction of the time that it would with hand tools.
If you do need to but a large leaf blower (maybe you have a massive yard), then look for one with wheels which you can use to maneuver the blower around your yard.
So, what else should you be looking for when you are buying a leaf blower?
If you are buying a leaf blower which is battery powered, it can be a good idea to look for one which has batteries which are compatible with your other garden or power tools. This means that you can switch batteries between devices and always have one or more batteries charged and waiting.
You should also look for a brand which has a ready supply of batteries. We recommend buying a leaf blower from a company which has extra batteries for sale. This way, you will never have a problem with replacing your battery or buying a backup battery.
Ear and Eye Protection
Leaf blowers can make a lot of noise. The gas-powered blowers can be especially noisy, but even the electric ones can make enough noise to damage your hearing if you are exposed to it for long periods of time.
Some leaf blowers may come with ear protection, but if it does not, then we would recommend getting a pair of earplugs or noise-canceling headphones.
You may also want to protect your eyes. With a lot of air being forced through the nozzle, leaves, twigs, and even small stones are being blown about. There is a chance that the debris can be bounced back towards you, and in rare cases, you may be struck in the eye.
Your leaf blower may come with eye protection, but if it does not, then we would recommend wearing some safety glasses when you are blowing leaves from your yard.
Gutter Cleaning Sets
Leaf blowers are great for cleaning out gutters (they do gather a lot of leaves), but it is not always easy to get up to them. A long ladder will allow you to get up there and blow the leave out, but the force of the blower can make you unstable on your ladder.
A gutter cleaning set will feature a curved attachment which allows you to point your nozzle into the gutter while standing on the ground.
If you find that you are being put under a lot of strain with a leaf blower, then you can buy extra straps to take the weight. Look for padded straps and systems which transfer the weight to your shoulders or waist.
If you have a backpack leaf blower, then you can buy a handlebar attachment which makes it easier and more intuitive to guide the nozzle where you want it to go.
Sometimes the nozzle on the leaf blower is just not long enough for your needs.
If you feel that you need to lengthen the nozzle on your blower, then you can find an extension nozzle. This will help you get into hard to reach places or to reach further from one spot.
Bonus: Leaf Blower Tips
You can use a leaf blower at any time of the day, but we would recommend not using it when it is extremely windy. It can be hard to collect up your leaves when they are being blown around in all directions. Use the leaf blower when it is calm, and you will find it a lot easier.
If you are blowing away snow, a leaf blower works a lot better on freshly fallen snow than on snow which has had time to compact.
If you have a gas-powered leaf blower and you have to store it for a long time, we would recommend adding a fuel stabilizer to the tank. Over time, gasoline can degenerate, causing the leaf blower not to run. A fuel stabilizer will maintain your fuel.
Wear the appropriate clothing
Debris is going to be flying about in the air, so we recommend wearing a long-sleeved shirt and long-sleeved pants. You should also think about wearing gloves to protect your hands from any cuts or abrasions.
Never point the blower towards anything except the debris which you are trying to move.
The force may not seem like much if you were to put your hand in front of the nozzle, but there is a chance that it can harm a person or an animal. Never point your nozzle toward anyone or any animal.
Use the leaf blower to clean your garage
They are perfect for blowing away the dust and dirt which accumulates on your garage floor, and they are also great for removing cobwebs from corners.
Try to pick your time of day
Even the quietest leaf blowers will make some noise. Be respectful to your neighbors and do not use the leaf blower in the early morning or late at night
Wait for leaves to dry before blowing them, if you can.
Dry leaves are a lot easier to blow than wet ones, and you will save a lot of time and effort if you are blowing dry leaves. If you have the time to wait, then we recommend that you do. If you are blowing wet leaves, then make sure to buy a powerful leaf blower.
Plan your route
There is no point in starting to blow and the walking around aimlessly. You bought a leaf blower to save you time. Start in one area of your yard and have a plan for the route you are going to take.
Be careful of dust
Your blower will blow up more than just leaves. If your yard is dirty and dusty, then that dust will be blown up. You should wear face protection if there is going to be a lot of dust blown around.
Be a good neighbor
If you are blowing leaves from your drive or front lawn, then why not do your neighbor’s too.
A good leaf blower can save you a lot of time in your yard.
Why should you have to spend a lot of time cleaning your yard when you could spend it relaxing in your yard?
A leaf blower will take the hard work from your hands and give you that time to relax and spend time with friends and family.
Our buying guide takes the pain out of making a decision. Everything you need to know about leaf blowers is contained in our article.
Now that you have read through it, you are ready to make an informed choice about the leaf blower for your yard.
Take the time to determine what you need from a leaf blower (and what you want from one). Plan out how much you can spend, and then choose from the best ten leaf blowers out there.