Autumn foliage may be beautiful, but after the leaves fall, they make a mess in your yard. If you don’t want to spend hours raking leaves, consider purchasing one of the best battery-powered leaf blowers, which are lighter weight and are easier to use and maintain than their gas-powered counterparts.
We’ve compiled a list of the best cordless leaf blowers on the market, from high-power models to budget-friendly models and even backpack versions. If you need help clearing up autumn leaves, a battery-powered leaf blower is what you need.
|Greenworks 40V Cordless Leaf Blower|
|Worx Nitro WG585 40V PRO LEAFJET|
|EGO Power+ LB5804 Cordless Leaf Blower|
|Milwaukee M18 FUEL 120 MPH Cordless Blower|
|Makita XBU02PT 36V Brushless Blower|
1. Greenworks 40V Cordless Leaf Blower
A multi-purpose tool is often essential for yard work, and the Greenworks 40V Leaf Blower/Vacuum is capable of pulling double and even triple duty.
Cordless leaf blowers use 40-volt batteries to produce air speeds up to 185 mph and 340 cubic feet of air per minute. A vacuum bag for collecting debris comes with this model along with a battery and charger.
Along with blowing, you can also vacuum and mulch leaves and debris: Simply connect the bag to the outlet and attach the vacuum tube to the bottom of the machine.
It also has a variable speed trigger, six variable speeds, and a turbo option that extends the battery life. Despite its weight, this blower/vacuum can be useful as it can lift up to 10 pounds when everything is attached.
2. Worx Nitro WG585 40V PRO LEAFJET
Leaf blowers such as the WG585 are the most innovative. You can adjust the nose cone’s volume by sliding it forward over a range of five inches.
When you slide the cone back toward the fan motor and handle, the airspeed will increase and the volume will decrease. The turbo button lets you inhale air at high speed (at the expense of battery life).
The Worx blower has a rotating thumbwheel that is also an on/off switch, instead of a cruise-control switch or latch. As the wheel rotates forward, the airspeed increases. It’s now up to you to determine the amount of control you need over the volume and speed of the air.
The combination of air volume and speed provided by the nose cone and thumbwheel may be ideal for those landscapes that require everything from leaf blasting to delicate sweeping.
Despite the problem with dry leaves and twigs, the blower was as good at removing leaves, grass clippings, twigs, dried buds, and the like from paved surfaces.
Please note that when the tool is turned all the way up, it does emit a high-pitched whine. For the full effect, we suggest wearing earplugs. However, we always advise you to protect your hearing and eyes.
3. EGO Power+ LB5804 Cordless Leaf Blower
This EGO Power+ LB5804 battery-powered leaf blower offers heavy-duty performance, a variable output dial that lets you choose between 225 and 580 cfm, and a top speed of 168 mph when you press the turbo button. There is a 75-minute run time regardless of speed.
In our opinion, this EGO model is the best cordless leaf blower with a battery and charger because it comes with a 5.0Ah battery and a charger that will charge the battery in under two hours.
The unit also comes with a flat and tapered nozzle so you can decide which is best for wet or dry leaves and grass clippings. EGO’s 9.6-pound weight makes it a little heavier than other models, but the quality and power make that weight worth it.
4. Milwaukee M18 FUEL 120 MPH Cordless Blower
Our testing revealed a continuous runtime of 14:45 when used with the large, 8-Ah battery. The M18 has a variable speed trigger attached to each of its two ranges, indicated by rabbit and turtle icons. With Milwaukee, we needed more time to get the leaves cleared in our test area, but it was easier to carry, being about 1.5 pounds lighter than the rest of the models we tested.
The leaves took longer to move, as we discovered when we tested them with sawdust. Unlike other handheld blowers, this one had a more narrow and shorter air stream.
The lower voltage of this model doesn’t really constitute a fault, rather a limitation. Therefore, the M18 may not be ideal for large, leaf-covered properties. It also works well for sweeping driveways, clearing gutters, blasting garage debris, and cleaning sidewalks, porches, patios, and small yards.
5. Makita XBU02PT 36V Brushless Blower
This blower impressed us for many reasons, including the fact that it uses the same 18-volt Makita batteries as other Makita power tools. The machine also has a comfortable trigger and balance that make it hang at a perfect angle in your hand.
During the leaf test, it proved to be highly accurate and ideal for cleaning edges without disturbing what lies adjacent.
Although it wasn’t as powerful as other machines, it still swept the area very well. You will have a little cleanup upfront with the mower or a rake if there is a lot of leaf cover.
Things to Consider Before Buying
You should consider your yard size and various design features when choosing the best electric leaf blower to effectively handle leaf cleanup.
The true quiet leaf blower does not exist, but cordless or battery-powered leaf blowers are usually quieter than their gas-powered counterparts. Here are a few other things to consider before buying a battery-powered leaf blower.
Size of a yard
Small yards can be handled by almost any blower, but larger yards, patios, and driveways require a blower that has more power and battery life. Gas-powered leaf blowers will still be the most effective tool even if they’re unpopular with the neighbors if you have extra-large properties.
Battery-powered leaf blowers are more than capable of taking care of yards up to an acre in size. Leaves are blown into piles or rows parallel to the wood line with these cordless leaf blowers. A few charged batteries are a good idea to keep on hand, because most batteries can do the job in one charge.
When shopping for the best battery-powered leaf blower, you’ll find that manufacturers use air flow, labeled cfm (cubic feet per minute), as a performance metric. CFM describes how much air the blower can move—a measure of volume, as opposed to speed.
In order to sweep a large number of leaves across a lawn, volume is as important as speed. A blower focusing on volume will be able to move more leaves at once than one that only focuses on speed. CFM numbers between 400 and 600 are sufficient for typical yard cleanup projects.
Manufacturers also use the familiar MPH metric to measure airspeed. Leaf blowers produce a lot of air volume which is measured in this way.
Choose a leaf blower that has a maximum speed between 100 and 150 MPH. If the blower is faster, the leaves will be blown farther. By combining power with proper airflow, fewer passes are required to move a row of leaves.
It’s important to keep in mind that the higher your speed settings, the quicker your battery will run out. The fastest settings consume more energy, which translates to shorter battery life.
Weight and Size
In comparison to gasoline leaf blowers, battery blowers are more compact and lighter, making them easier to use around the house.
The electric motors in battery-operated or cordless leaf blowers don’t need to be as robust as those in gas-powered equipment, so manufacturers can reduce the weight by a significant amount.
It is possible to have a battery-powered model weigh as much as 10 pounds less than a gas model. Batteries can weigh less than 9 pounds, while gas leaf blowers typically weigh between 15 and 20 pounds.
A battery-powered leaf blower’s run time is extremely important. A dead battery means no blower operation, unlike gas-powered models that can just be topped-off to start functioning again or plug-in models that never quit. The battery must be charged and a break must be taken.
An amp hour rating is the best indicator of battery life. To ensure decent run time, look for blowers with amp hours ratings of over 4.0Ah. Battery life indicators are included by many manufacturers so you will know when your battery is running low.
Consider buying additional batteries and charging them while you blow leaves if you purchase a quality blower with a lower amp hour rating, such as 2.0 or 2.5. You can swap out your dead battery for a fresh one and get back to work quickly.
Many battery-powered leaf blowers can also be used as vacuums or mulchers. In addition to sucking up leaves and sawdust, these vacuums have detachable bags that can be emptied easily, making them useful for workshops as well as yards.
Additional batteries are available in some kits. This is particularly useful if you have a large yard. While working, you can keep one battery on the charger and swap it in when it is needed to finish the job.