Let’s Find Your Leaf Blower Today

We buy and test leaf blowers (and lawn mowers and string trimmers) so we can review and then recommend the best ones for you.

So far:

37 Leaf blowers researched and evaluated.

12Leaf blowers bought & tested. Which ones →

106Hours spent blowing grass, dirt and leaves. How we test →

Below is everything you need to know about leaf blowers.

There are also links to in-depth guides of all the best leaf blower brands, types and styles.

The Best Leaf Blower

  • Here are the all stars: The 5 best electric and 2 best gas leaf blowers.
  • Save time and pick one of the proven best.
  • 1,728 people used this page last month to find their perfect leaf blower.

See 7 best leaf blowers →

Choose Leaf Blower By Type

Battery Electric Powered

  • Pros: Instant full speed airflow. Zero maintenance. Zero emissions. Quiet. Light. Compact. Easy to store. No dealing with gasoline.
  • Cons:
    • Limited runtime – The main downside of battery powered leaf blowers is the runtime is limited to the battery capacity you are using. 15 – 60 minutes is the range of runtime you will get. You either need to own several batteries or get the work done in that timeframe to avoid having to wait for the battery to recharge.
    • Cost – Batteries are expensive. Battery powered leaf blowers are comparable cost to gas leaf blowers and much more expensive than corded electric ones.
  • Best brands: EGO, Milwaukee, Ryobi, Makita, DeWalt, Worx.
  • Best for you if you are: Already bought-in to a battery ecosystem and have a

See battery powered leaf blower buying guide →

Gas Engine Powered

  • Pros: Near unlimited runtime since it only takes 30 seconds to refill the tank. Much easier to repair than electrics so its overall lifetime is longer. More power for the money compared to battery electrics.
  • Cons: Heavy and loud compared to electrics. Stinky emissions (should not use indoors without proper ventilation). More maintenance required for reliable operation. Engine gets really hot in operation so you need to be aware of where you touch the leaf blower when moving around.
  • Best brands: Stihl, Husqvarna, ECHO, Honda.
  • Best for you if you are: A landscaper/lawn care pro who uses your leaf blower everyday for hours.

See gas leaf blower buying guide →

Corded Electric

  • Pros: All the same pros as battery electric with the added one of being the most affordable leaf blower type (by a lot).
  • Cons: You have to deal with the cord. You have to be close to an electric outlet or use an electric generator/battery bank. Have universal motors (not brushless) which are designed for 200 – 300 hours (2 hrs/week for 2 – 3 years) of lifetime.
  • Best brands: Toro, Black + Decker, Sun Joe, Worx, Greenworks.
  • Best for you if you are: Homeowner with small lawn and driveway and you only use it on the weekends.

See corded electric leaf blower buying guide →

Choose Leaf Blower By Style

Handheld

  • Pros: Light and portable. Easy to store or transport.
  • Cons: Your wrist really feels the kickback from the airflow out the nozzle. Arm gets sore after extended use.
  • Best brands: EGO, Makita, DeWalt, Milwaukee, Ryobi.
  • Best for you if you are: These are the most popular type of leaf blower for homeowners and lawn care pros starting out. If you are using it several hours per day you will want to upgrade to the backpack style blower.

See best handheld leaf blowers→

Backpack

  • Pros: Weight of blower is easily supported by your upper body with your arms only needing to hold the nozzle. Good for extended use.
  • Cons: More expensive. Larger and less compact so harder to store and transport.
  • Best brands: Stihl, Echo, Husqvarna, Makita.
  • Best for you if you are: A professional landscaper/lawn care pro who needs top power and quality for daily extended use.

See best backpack leaf blowers→

Walk-behind

  • Pros: Powerful with entry-level blowers producing 2.5x airflow volume compared to handheld. Effortless use for clearing large areas as you push them along like a lawn mower (many are self propelled).
  • Cons: Expensive. Large and heavy for storage and transport.
  • Best brands: Billy Goat and Mighty Mac.
  • Best for you if you are: A professional landscaper or groundskeeper clearing large areas often.

See best walk-behind leaf blowers→

Leaf/Lawn Vacuum

  • Pros: Collect leaves and other debris instead of just blowing them somewhere else.
  • Cons: Quite a specialized tool with not many buying options for homeowners.
  • Best brands: Billy Goat, Mighty Mac, Little Wonder.
  • Best for you if you are: A professional lawn care manager.

See leaf vacuum buying guide→

Leaf Blower Best Brands

Stihl: Stihl is the most trusted leaf blower brand among landscape and lawn care professionals. They sell many models of leaf blower – including: 2 corded electric leaf blowers, 3 battery powered leaf blowers, 6 handheld gas leaf blowers and 10 different models of backpack style leaf blowers.

See best Stihl leaf blower →

ECHO: Echo is a Japanese brand of power equipment that has been around since 1978. They are known for their durable and reliable string trimmers, chainsaws, leaf blowers and hedge trimmers. Landscapers often recommend Echo and Stihl gas powered lawn equipment to their peers.

See best Echo leaf blower →

DeWalt: DeWalt is brand of power tool and power equipment owned by Stanley Black & Decker (the largest tool company in the world by revenue). DeWalt tools are marketed to professionals at medium-high price points. Their leaf blowers are electric powered.

See best DeWalt leaf blower →

EGO: EGO is a fast growing and popular battery powered garden equipment brand started in 2014 by Chervon. Chervon is a Chinese owned power tool manufacturer founded in 1994. They act as an OEM for many tool brands including Kobalt and Bosch. EGO’s line of leaf blowers are cutting edge with best-in-class battery runtime and airflow volume.

See best EGO leaf blower →

Milwaukee: Milwaukee is a brand owned by TTi (Techtronic Industries). Milwaukee has 1 leaf blower on offer with mid-range price and power. If you already own Milwaukee tools then their leaf blower is a great buy.

See best Milwaukee leaf blower →

Ryobi: Ryobi is also owned by TTi and marketed as the entry-level homeowner brand. They have many different lawn mower, string trimmer and leaf blower models for you to choose from.

See best Ryobi leaf blower →

Toro: Toro is old-school brand of lawn mower and landscaper equipment that continues to innovate and dominate many verticals of the market. They are currently making a push into the battery powered vertical with their 60V FlexForce battery ecosystem. They have 2 handheld battery powered leaf blower models and 2 corded electric models.

See best Toro leaf blower →

Makita: Makita is well-known Japanese company that makes many different power tools. They have over 10 models of leaf blower for you to choose from in gas, corded electric and battery electric types and styles.

See best Makita leaf blower →

Things We Consider in Our Leaf Blower Reviews

Terms you need to know:

  • Impeller: The engine/motor turns the impeller. As the impeller turns its fan like design creates a vacuum (zero pressure) which causes outside air to rush into the blower housing. As the impeller spins its blades force the air to the outside edge of the impeller (by design) which increases the air speed pushed into the nozzle.
  • Nozzle: The nozzle is the round cylinder with changing diameter the air exits from. Most leaf blowers have different nozzle attachments that can shape and enhance the airflow for different uses.
  • CFM (cubic feet per minute): A common term you will see advertized is the leaf blower CFM. It is the volume of airflow the leaf blower can produce. It represents the amount of work a leaf blower can do in a certain time. High CFM = more leaves it can move faster.

9 features to know about:

  1. How loud is it – Gas engine powered leaf blowers are the loudest and battery powered are the quietest. Their loudness is comparable to lawn mowers but the pitch is different. Leaf blowers are more high pitched and annoying sounding because of the high speed airflow. If you have work from home neighbours and plan to use your leaf blower a lot then take a close look at the quieter electric models to avoid becoming your neighbours #1 enemy.
  2. Engine/motor type and size – Most gas leaf blowers will be 2-stroke engines that require you to mix gas and oil in 50:1 ratio. There are 4-stroke models available but they are less popular, less powerful and more expensive. The battery powered electrics use a brushless motor with high efficiency, long life and the ability to adjust speed to conserve battery or increase airflow. The corded electric models use a universal motor which is less powerful and less efficient but much more affordable.
  3. Airflow volume/velocity/pushing force – Really the most important buying factor (after cost) in a leaf blower is how much stuff can it move and how fast. This is the CFM measurement you will see on all leaf blower boxes. It tells you the volume of air it pushes out its nozzle. This amount and speed of air results in a pushing and lifting force on the leaves, dirt and debris and causes it to move in the direction you aim.
  4. Adjustable air velocity – Some of the battery powered leaf blower will have an adjust air velocity. This feature sometimes allows you to turn a dial and it is constantly on so you don’t have to tire your thumb holding a button. Others just call this feature turbo mode where you can increase airflow by pushing a turbo button instead of the regular button. It’s a neat feature which also sucks the battery charge faster.
  5. Runtime – Most leaf blowers sold these days are battery powered leaf blowers and so battery runtime is a big talking point. In general, you will be getting 15 minutes to 60 minutes of runtime depending on the size of battery you are using. Our EGO leaf blower using the 56V 7.5Ah battery gets just north of 35 minutes runtime. EGO also has a 10Ah battery which will last longer but also weighs more and is more expensive. Runtime can also be used to describe a gas leaf blowers running time on 1 tank of gas. But it is irrelevant, really, since you can fill the tank up with gas in 30 seconds from a jerry can.
  6. Nozzle attachments – Just like your vacuum has different attachments for different surfaces so does a leaf blower have nozzle attachments. With different shape nozzles you can focus, shape and even widen the airflow to perform different jobs on different surfaces. For example you might want to use the nozzle with the smaller opening to focus the airflow when cleaning inside gutters.
  7. Weight – From lightest to heaviest: Corded electric < battery powered < gas powered. Corded electric leaf blowers are 4 – 5 pounds since they don’t use a heavy battery. The battery adds a few pounds. And all the extra components and gasoline adds a bunch more pounds to gas leaf blowers.
  8. Balance and comfort in use – You will quickly notice the balance of a leaf blower in your hand. If it is not balanced you will need to use your forearm strength to keep it level, which is tiring. Also, there is a difference in balance when in use vs. not. This is because of the kickback from the airflow out the nozzle. All these factors lead to 2 options for extra comfort: use a shoulder strap to lighten the load on your arm and switch hands often.
  9. Ambidextrous design – Not a dealbreaker on any leaf blower but it is nice to see controls put in central locations and not on the left or right sides only. You will often be switching hands when using a leaf blower because your forearms will get tired. So making it easy to use with left and right hands is ideal.

Why Buy a Leaf Blower?

Speed up the clean up. Zero effort needed. Dry things fast. Affordable.

A leaf blower is the perfect tool to compliment your lawn mower and string trimmer.

First you cut and shape the grass then you speed up the clean up with a leaf blower instead of using a broom.

They are affordable with corded electric ones as cheap as $50.

Speed up the clean up.

The main reason to buy a leaf blower is to speed the clean up.

Clean grass clippings off your driveway and walkways. When you mow your lawn grass ends up on the street, your driveway and other surfaces you don’t want to leave them. Instead of using a broom you can use your leaf blower to finish the clean up in a 1/4 the time.

Your leaf blower can clean up more than just leaves and grass. They are powerful enough to move small rocks, twigs and tiny branches and other debris from your driveway, roof and gutters in a fraction the time it takes with a broom or by hand.

Zero effort – sweep and rake no more. 

Not only is a leaf blower much faster than a rake or broom for cleaning up your yard – it is zero effort.

Instead of tiring your arms and back pulling the leaves into a pile with a rake… You can just walk up to them with a leaf blower – push a button – and the leaves get blasted to wherever you want them.

There is nothing more annoying than spending 30 minutes breaking a sweat raking and sweeping when you could use a leaf blower to do the job in 4 minutes.

Dry things fast (car/bike).

Car detailers love using leaf blowers to dry cars after a wash. It prevents streaking and finishes the job without having to manually dry it with a microfibre towel.

Affordable.

Leaf blowers are more affordable than lawn mowers and on par with string trimmers. The gas engine ones are the most expensive starting around $200 and the corded electric the most affordable starting around $30.

There is no excuse to not own a leaf blower – even if it is just the corded electric model.

Helpful Leaf Blower Tips & Tricks:

  • How much CFM do you need your leaf blower to have? New.
  • How to make a leaf blower more powerful. Updated.
  • How does a leaf blower work. New.
  • How to hang your leaf blower in the garage. Updated.
  • How many decibels is a leaf blower? New.

About your guide: Jamey Kramar is a certified Lawn Care Manager (NALP) and a Mechanical Engineer by trade. He has been writing about outdoor power equipment for 11 years and has been quoted in NYTimes, Popular Mechanics, HowStuffWorks, iFixit, Realtor.com, and more. He spends his spare time disassembling things and also building an off-grid cabin at his 200-acre property.