Buying Guide

Best Leaf Blowers for Your Yard

Types of Leaf Blowers
A woman using a leaf blower to clean up leaves.

There are three basic types of leaf blowers:

  • Electric blowers are lighter than gas and are easier to start but they require an extension cord.
  • Gas blowers are cordless, but require gas and oil and are generally heavier.
  • Battery blowers offer the convenience of gas-free, cord-free blowing with rechargeable batteries.

Types of Leaf Blowers
Electric - Handheld Blower - Vacuum - Leaf Blowers
Gas - Leaf Blowers
Electric - Cordless - Leaf Blowers
Description Easy startup. Lightweight design. Quieter than gas models. Don't require oil or gas. Don’t produce any fumes or emissions. Cordless, increasing range and maneuverability. Heavier and usually more powerful than electric blowers. May be hand-held, wheeled or backpack. Require fuel; conveniently located choke makes operation easier. May require higher upfront investment. Two-stroke engines require a gas and oil mixture for operation; four-stroke engines require only gasoline. Cordless. Lightweight. Quieter than gas blowers. Comparable in price to gas blowers. Runs on lithium-ion rechargeable battery. Battery requires charging between uses.
Performance and Features
A Milwaukee brand leaf blower on a white background.
  • Power ratings: Leaf blowers’ power is rated in CFM (cubic feet per minute) and MPH (miles per hour.) CFM measures the volume of air produced, while MPH measures the speed of air. The higher the CFM rating, the more leaves you'll be able to blow at once. The higher the MPH, the farther you'll be able to blow them. For a blower to be truly powerful, both ratings must be high.
  • Reduction ratio: Vacuum-capable blowers allow you to mulch and are often rated with a reduction ratio. This ratio measures how many bags of clippings a blower can reduce to one bag worth of waste. High reduction ratios indicate a blower's ability to reduce waste effectively. Mulching wet debris will have an adverse effect on the reduction ratio.
  • Anti-vibration harness: Backpack blowers are much more comfortable with the addition of an anti-vibration harness, which will reduce the vibration you feel throughout your back and shoulders. A padded backrest and easy-to-adjust straps will further enhance comfort.
  • Variable-speed motor: With a variable-speed motor, you can adjust the power level for a range of different tasks, giving you more versatility and precision.
  • Tool-free conversion: If you want to purchase a blower that converts to a vacuum, finding one that allows you to make the conversion without the use of tools can make the process a lot less complicated.
  • Metal impeller: Blowers with mulching capability will benefit from having a sturdy metal impeller, which will ensure more efficient mulching and greater durability.
  • Comfort grip/auxiliary handle: If you spend a considerable amount of time operating your blower, look for a unit featuring comfortable handles that reduce fatigue, and an auxiliary handle that makes it easier to attack jobs from different angles.
  • Wide fuel fill and translucent tanks: Gas blowers with wide fuel fills are easier to fill up and translucent tanks allow you to closely monitor fuel levels to ensure that you don't run out in the middle of a job.
  • Gutter cleaning kit: Enhance the utility of your blower with a gutter cleaning kit, which will allow you to clean out leaves and sludge that accumulate over time.
  • Nozzle shapes: Round nozzles are ideal for cleaning applications. Oblong and rectangular nozzles are excellent for blowing leaves.

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