10 Best Budget Leaf Blowers under $100 – Reviews & Top Picks 2020
Before leaf blowers, you had to manually sweep up any trimmings, snow, dirt, or anything else that was blocking your walkways. Leaf blowers made these jobs much easier and more efficient so a single person could clean an entire porch or driveway in just a few minutes.
Unfortunately, early leaf blowers all ran on gas, which meant they were obnoxiously loud, they needed lots of maintenance and winterizing, and they discharged loads of emissions into the atmosphere. Not to mention the prohibitively expensive cost of purchasing one.
Luckily, our technology has come a long way and leaf blowers today are affordable, efficient, quieter, and produce far fewer pollutants than models of years past. But picking one hasn’t gotten any easier, which is why we’ve taken it upon ourselves to compare 10 of the best budget-priced leaf blowers under $100. The following reviews should help you determine which one is the perfect fit for your needs and wallet.
A Quick Comparison of Our Favorites
|Best Overall||Greenworks 24012 Electric Leaf Blower||
|WORX WG520 Turbine 600 Corded Electric Leaf Blower||
|Toro 51585 Power Sweep Electric Leaf Blower||
|BLACK+DECKER BV6000 3-in-1 Electric Leaf Blower||
|Sun Joe SBJ597E-SJB Electric Leaf Blower||
The 10 Best Budget Leaf Blowers under $100 – Reviews 2020
1. Greenworks Electric Leaf Blower – Best Overall
It might be dirt-cheap, but the Greenworks 24012 Electric Leaf Blower is our top choice. It’s one of the most affordable leaf blowers we’ve seen, but it still packs in plenty of power with the ability to move air at speeds up to 160 MPH. Granted, it’s only producing 150 cubic feet per minute (CFM) of airflow, but that’s plenty to clear dirt, debris, clippings, and more.
Since it’s electric, you’ll need to plug this blower into an extension cord to power it. To make sure it doesn’t accidentally come unplugged, a cord lock keeps it firmly attached.
The whole unit weighs less than five pounds, so it won’t tire out your arm when chasing leaves down the driveway. And with four years of coverage under the manufacturer’s warranty, this machine should be around for many seasons of use.
2. WORX Turbine 600 Corded Electric Leaf Blower
The WORX WG520 Electric Leaf Blower is more expensive than our top pick, but it’s also quite a bit beastlier. This one moves an impressive amount of air; 600 CFM. It’s got two speeds to choose from, but interestingly, it tops out at just 110 MPH. So, even though it’s moving more air, the air isn’t moving as fast.
When you need more concentrated airflow, you can attach the included nozzle that will increase the pressure for those tougher jobs. There’s also a built-in retainer to keep the extension cord attached so it’s not constantly unplugging as you work.
Though this blower is a bit bulkier than others we tested, it’s still built very light for single-handed use at 6.4 pounds. There are more affordable options, but if you want the extra power, the WORX WG520 is a great option that still falls well within our $100 budget.
3. Toro Power Sweep Electric Leaf Blower
Priced right between our top two contenders, the Toro 51585 Power Sweep Electric Leaf Blower is still very capable. It produces wind speeds up to 160 MPH on the higher of two speed settings you can choose from. This allows for better control since you don’t always need max airflow.
This device weighs just 4.6 pounds, making it easy to operate with one hand. It only produces 155 CFM, but since it moves the air so quickly, it still feels powerful.
We appreciate the warranty that covers this tool for two years from the date of purchase. Even though it’s cheap, this warranty is a sign that the quality is there and you can expect this tool to hold up.
4. BLACK+DECKER 3-in-1 Electric Leaf Blower
This BLACK+DECKER electric leaf blower is a 3-in-1 model that does a lot more than just blow leaves. It also functions as a vacuum and a mulcher, meaning you’re getting some serious bang for your buck. If you need a tool that can do all these things, then the BV6000 is a great choice.
That said, it’s not our favorite dedicated leaf blower for a few reasons. First, it’s too heavy. At 8.1 pounds, it’s more than twice the weight of some leaf blowers we tested.
You get two speeds to choose from. At top speed, this machine moves air at 250 MPH, which is impressive, to say the least. Even on low, the air is moving at 180 MPH. Unfortunately, this reduces the machine’s usefulness since you can’t set it to slower speeds when you need more control or need to limit how far you’re blowing the debris.
5. Sun Joe Electric Leaf Blower
The first thing you’re likely to notice about the Sun Joe Electric Leaf Blower is its incredibly low price. That’s what attracted us to it in the first place. It’s one of the cheapest leaf blowers we’ve ever seen, but it’s still a very capable device.
This blower moves air at 155 MPH. It’s limited to 260 CFM of airflow, which isn’t the best, but it’s also not the lowest we’ve seen by a long shot. Unfortunately, the speed is not adjustable on this blower, so your airflow is always the same.
Still, at four pounds, this machine is lightweight and ultra-portable. If it were a bit more versatile, this tool would likely be positioned higher on our list.
6. K I M O. Cordless Leaf Blower
The biggest problem with many of the leaf blowers we tested for this list is that they’re not very portable, even if they’re lightweight. Being tied to an extension cord limits your movement substantially. But the KIMO Cordless Leaf Blower solves this problem since it’s battery-powered. It’s even lighter than competitors at just 2.2 pounds giving you tons of freedom while you use it. It even doubles as a vacuum, expanding its usefulness.
Despite all the benefits of this blower, it had more drawbacks than we could overlook. For instance, the battery is great until it dies. Unfortunately, this battery dies very quickly. You’re unlikely to get more than 20 minutes of run time. Then, it takes an hour to charge, leaving you unable to work. To top it off, this device is nearing the top of our price range. Considering what’s available for even cheaper, this isn’t the leaf blower that we’d pick.
7. Avid Power Cordless Leaf Blower
We love the freedom that a cordless leaf blower like this one from Avid Power provides. But there were too many disappointing drawbacks that accompanied this tool for us to recommend it.
This machine tops out at 130 MPH, which is considerably lower than many of the cheaper blowers we tested that needed to be plugged in. At least with those models, the battery will never die. With this one, the dismal battery life left us unable to work more often than not, especially since the battery takes hours to charge and only minutes to drain.
There are six speeds to choose from on this blower, providing plenty of control. We also like how light it is at just 3.4 pounds. But the limited run-time and long charge-time of the battery prevents this from being one of the better options.
8. SALEM MASTER Cordless Leaf Blower
The SALEM MASTER leaf blower is battery powered for complete cordless freedom. It also doubles as a vacuum, though it’s not the most powerful. Truthfully, this machine isn’t even very powerful as a blower either. It moves less than 100 CFM of air, making it one of the weaker blowers we tested. In fact, if your grass trimmings are wet, this machine probably won’t move them.
Like many of the cordless leaf blowers we compared it to, the SALEM MASTER leaf blower has a pitiful battery life of less than 20 minutes. Once dead, the battery takes more than an hour to recharge. If you only need to blow a tiny area, maybe this device will suffice, but its poor performance means we can’t recommend it.
9. Toolman Cordless 2-in-1 Leaf Blower
Like many of the cordless blowers we tested, this one doubles as a vacuum. The vacuum isn’t much use though because it doesn’t have any real suction to speak of. At least this kit includes a second battery!
Each battery takes about 2 hours to charge, however, which is longer than most of the kits we’re comparing it to. Worse, you’ll lose power in the blower when the battery starts to get low. With 30% charge remaining, don’t expect to have enough power left to move anything heavier than dust particles. Despite this, the Toolman blower is one of the more expensive options! That’s too many negative marks for us, which is why this blower is placed toward the bottom of our list.
10. ENERTWIST 20V Cordless Leaf Blower
With just 88 CFM of max airflow, the ENERTWIST Cordless Leaf Blower provides lackluster performance, to say the least. It does double as a vacuum, but like many of the 2-in-1 blowers we tested, the vacuum is too underpowered to be much good.
In fact, this unit is too underpowered as a blower to be of much use either. Don’t expect it to move damp grass cuttings; it just doesn’t have enough power. And some of the extra features we noticed turned out to be useless, such as the built-in LED that’s too dim to illuminate anything. We’d recommend skipping this blower for one that’s got enough power to warrant its purchase.
We’ve gotten to test each of these tools to see how they compare. But most people don’t have that luxury, so how do you decide which blower to buy?
For us, the choice boils down to a few key factors, which we’re going to share with you now. If you keep these features at the front of your mind, you’ll be sure to pick a blower that fits your needs.
Corded vs Cordless
One of the most obvious decisions to make is whether you want a cordless or a corded blower. Each has advantages and disadvantages that make them better for certain situations.
Corded Leaf Blowers
On one hand, you never have to worry about a corded leaf blower dying or running out of gas. Likewise, you don’t ever have to wait for batteries to charge.
On the other hand, you’re always tied to a cord, so it’s not as portable as a cordless blower. You won’t be able to take the blower farther than your extension cord reaches.
However, most corded leaf blowers tend to be more powerful than their cordless counterparts, which can be a major advantage in many situations.
Cordless Leaf Blowers
The obvious advantage to a cordless leaf blower is the improved portability. You can take a battery-powered blower anywhere; its reach is not limited.
That said, batteries don’t last very long with powerful tools like leaf blowers. This means you’ll have more downtime while waiting for batteries to charge. If you only have one battery, you’ll likely spend more time waiting for batteries to charge than working.
Battery-powered blowers are also not usually as powerful as ones that are plugged in.
One metric that can instantly tell you the power of any blower is air speed. Most of the blowers we tested produced air speeds around 160 MPH. Some of them were slower though, maxing out around 130 MPH. We found that this wasn’t enough speed to move heavier debris, such as wet grass clippings.
On the other hand, some of the blowers we tested had much higher air speeds up to 250 MPH. This is great when you need to move a lot of debris or heavier debris, but it can be a hindrance at other times. When you’re trying to clear off your porch, high air speeds can make almost as much mess as they’re cleaning!
Air speed is just one element of a blower’s effectiveness, however. Another is air displacement, which is measured in CFM.
Most of the blowers we tested produced moderate levels of airflow that were around the 100 CFM mark. But the most powerful ones were capable of displacing up to 600 CFM of air. This will help you to clear larger areas quicker without spreading the mess around too much.
One major difference between models we tested is how long they’re warrantied for. We’ve seen great warranties that last years and dismal warranties that won’t cover damages in the first year. For us, the peace of mind a good warranty provides is well worth shopping around for.
Many of these blowers are designed for one-handed use. They’re lightweight so you won’t get tired when using them for extended periods.
Some of our favorites were so light they didn’t even reach five pounds! But others were as heavy as eight pounds. It may not sound like much, but when you’re clearing the whole driveway, your shoulder will likely feel the weight difference!
If you thought that leaf blowers were out of your budget, then you were probably surprised to see just how many viable options are available for well below $100. You should have a good idea of which blower you prefer after reading our reviews, but we’re going to leave you with our final recommendation so it’s fresh in your mind.
For us, the clear choice is the Greenworks 7-amp electric blower. It packs in plenty of power at an affordable price, producing air speeds up to 160 MPH in a package that weighs less than five pounds. It’s got great features like a cord lock to prevent accidental unplugging and it’s even protected by an impressive four-year manufacturer’s warranty.
The WORX WG520 Turbine 600 Electric Leaf Blower was our runner-up, and it’s the option we recommend when you need a bit more airflow than what the Greenworks offers. This one produces up to 600 CFM of airflow, though it weighs just 6.4 pounds since it’s designed for one-handed operation.
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- A Quick Comparison of Our Favorites
- The 10 Best Budget Leaf Blowers under $100 – Reviews 2020
- 1. Greenworks Electric Leaf Blower – Best Overall
- 2. WORX Turbine 600 Corded Electric Leaf Blower
- 3. Toro Power Sweep Electric Leaf Blower
- 4. BLACK+DECKER 3-in-1 Electric Leaf Blower
- 5. Sun Joe Electric Leaf Blower
- 6. K I M O. Cordless Leaf Blower
- 7. Avid Power Cordless Leaf Blower
- 8. SALEM MASTER Cordless Leaf Blower
- 9. Toolman Cordless 2-in-1 Leaf Blower
- 10. ENERTWIST 20V Cordless Leaf Blower
- Buyer’s Guide