Even if you don’t have any trees on your property, leaves will still blow in from your surrounding neighbors. If you have a small yard, corded blowers will be fine. If you have a larger yard or a garden that is away from any electrical source, a cordless leaf blower is for you.
There is a large range of cordless leaf blowers on the market today. We have reviewed many of them and put together a list of our eight favorites for you to read about. You should get a complete picture of each one, so we will be sharing the pros and cons of each blower for you.
|Greenworks Variable Speed (24252)|
|DEWALT DCBL770X1 Battery-Powered||3-Years||4.70/5|
|TECCPO 20V 310CFM Lightweight|
|EGO Power+ LB4800 Battery-Operated||5-Years||4.40/5|
The Greenworks Variable Speed Cordless Blower is lightweight and easy to use. It comes with a 40-volt 2.0 amp-hour lithium-ion battery that it runs on. It also has an extension tube that enables you to get into smaller places that are hard to reach.
This cordless blower is great for small jobs that blow lightweight objects, but even when running at the full speed of 150 MPH, it doesn’t have enough power to move more substantial items, such as damp grass.
The lightweight DEWALT DCBL770X1 blower runs on a 60-volt battery and has variable speed controls. You can choose the speed you want to maintain and flip a lock to hold it in place. This means you don’t have to worry about continually holding a button down, or the speed increasing and decreasing as your fingers get tired. The actual air pressure of this leaf blower is 129 MPH, but it has a flat nozzle that helps to focus on a specific area. This concentrated air can increase up to 175 MPH when using this nozzle.
The DEWALT ranks right up there with the Greenworks blower until it comes to the battery. This unit only comes with a 3.0 amp hour battery and doesn’t have a fast charger. This battery will only run for about 10 to 15 minutes, and then it needs 1 ½ to two hours to recharge.
The TECCPO 20V 310CFM is a lightweight leaf blower that’s simple for anyone of any age to use. It has two speed selections with a maximum air speed of 85 MPH. It is perfect for those small jobs of blowing light objects. It doesn’t have enough power to blow heavier objects, such as wet leaves.
One thing we wish this blower had is a trigger lock to hold the power button on. As it is, you have to press the button the whole time. When you take your finger off the trigger, the blower stops. A fully charged battery only lasts for about ten minutes before it dies. That may save your fingers but makes larger jobs take longer to complete.
The EGO Power+ LB4800 leaf blower has a high-efficiency brushless motor with a variety of speeds ranging from 250 CFM to 480 CFM.
Obviously, the slower you run the blower, the longer your batteries will last. The EGO Power+ LB4800 is compatible with all the EGO POWER+ Arc Lithium Batteries. This particular unit is available with two different-sized battery kits, a 2.0Ah or 2.5Ah, to help you get the most time out of each use.
This blower is heavier than other cordless leaf blowers, making it awkward to move around. Weight has little to do with power, but you’d think that weight would mean it would give you more juice. That isn’t the case. As with most cordless leaf blowers, this product is only suitable for small projects that consist of blowing light objects.
The battery only lasts about 10 to 15 minutes before it needs to be recharged. You can get a second battery to use while recharging the first, but the batteries themselves are pretty expensive. They are actually the most costly part of this leaf blower. You’ll have to decide which is the more significant inconvenience: waiting for a charge or spending some extra cash. This particular product is known for having a shelf life of only about one year before it needs to be replaced.
The UKOKE U03LB is a quiet, cordless leaf blower that runs on a 20-volt lithium-ion battery. It’s lightweight and easy to use, and has an adjustable handle. However, even though it is advertised to have air speeds of 40 to 130 MPH, it doesn’t have enough power to blow much more than dust. It may handle a dried leaf or two, but it isn’t anywhere near powerful enough to handle yard work. This leaf blower is recommended for those who don’t have a ton of trees and just want to clear off their deck or patio.
The WORX WG545.9 leaf blower is easy to use and store. It comes with eight attachments to help direct air for different jobs. Unfortunately, it does not come with a battery and charger. This is a lightweight and reasonably priced product, but once you add in the cost of a battery and charger, plan on the total cost being triple the price of the unit itself.
This blower has an airspeed of 120 MPH but doesn’t put out that much power. For example, you can’t just generally point it at a pile of leaves and expect anything to move. You have to have the nozzle pointed directly at each and every leaf. Another issue is that this product is only useful on a hard surface, such as a deck or driveway. It doesn’t say anything about this on the box. You won’t read about this limitation until you’re reading your instruction manual.
The BLACK+DECKER BEBL7000 Back Pack Leaf Blower is easy to take wherever you need it to go. It has a power boost button that will give you more air pressure when used in blower mode to help get your leaves blown into a pile.
Once they’re all piled up, you can convert it to vacuum mode to suck them up, mulch them down, and place them in a bag that will enlarge up to two times its original size. This bag is zipperless, so you have to either fold it just right or put a clamp on it to seal it. While it’s convenient that you can use this item as both a blower and a vacuum, this requires that you have either a screwdriver or a key to change the housing unit from one use to the other.
The BEBL7000 is made of cheap plastic that will warp easily if it gets too warm. That doesn’t necessarily mean getting too close to a heating source. For those of you in warmer climates, it could just be that your garage gets too warm. When the plastic warps, it doesn’t hold the seal very well.
This blower/vac gets rather heavy if you have to use it for an extended period. It’s excellent for small jobs, but we found it too cumbersome for bigger jobs.
The plastic tubing used in vacuum mode is only secured by a zip tie that breaks quite easily. When it does break, the tubing will slip out of its hole and blow everything that you are sucking up all around you.
Purchasing a leaf blower may seem to be pretty straightforward, but there are a few things you should know before you start shopping for one.
The most popular battery because:
Battery-operated tools are almost always quieter than gas ones. They can still get loud enough to warrant having ear protection, though. If you don’t like wearing earplugs, look for a unit that operates under 85 decibels.
Miles per hour (MPH):
This measurement tells you at what speed the air is blown out of the unit.
Cubic feet per minute (CFM):
This measurement tells the volume of air the unit can blow. In other words, it tells you what kind of debris it should be able to move.
These numbers appear as 10:1 (or any other number to 1). The second number represents how much a bag will hold with your debris remaining the size that it was when you sucked it up. The first number tells how many bags of the mulched content it would take to fill up that same bag.
Some blowers have set speeds. Others allow you to adjust the speed so you have more power when you need it.
Not all units have vibration reduction capabilities, but the ones that do are much more comfortable for your arms and hands.
Now that you know what the numbers on the box stand for, and a few of the features you’ll want to pay attention to, let’s look at the top eight leaf blowers we reviewed:
1. Greenworks Variable Speed Cordless Blower (24252) – Top Pick
2. DEWALT DCBL770X1 Battery-Powered Blower – The Runner-Up
3. TECCPO 20V 310CFM Lightweight Cordless Leaf Blower – Best for the Money
4. EGO Power+ LB4800 Battery-Operated Leaf Blower
5. UKOKE U03LB Cordless Electric Power Leaf Blower
6. WORX WG545.9
7. BLACK+DECKER BEBL7000 Back Pack Leaf-Blower
Hopefully, we have given you enough information to get you started on your shopping spree. Now all you have to do is find the one that will meet your needs the best.
Hi there! My name is Adam and I write for HealthyHandyman. I have a great passion for writing about everything related to tools, home improvement, and DIY. In my spare time, I'm either fishing, playing the guitar, or spending quality time with my beloved wife. You'll also often find me in my workshop working on some new project!