Top 10 Best Leaf Blowers For 2019

August 2019
best leaf blowers

One of the most tiresome gardening tasks is tidying.

 

The tried and true method is to rake leaves and debris into a pile. However, this is very cumbersome.

 

Enter the leaf blower. This piece of kit makes sorting debris into piles, easy.

 

While seemly a simple garden tool, you have three options: mains, battery and petrol.

  • Mains powered leaf blowers plug into a mains socket and as long as the cable reaches, you can use the unit.
  • Battery operated ones require charging in-between uses and have a finite run time.
  • Petrol leaf blowers require you to mix petrol and oil and also have a finite run time.

We’ve selected 10 of the best leaf blowers on the market. Our aim is to cover the three types and give you a wide choice.

 

While leaf blowers are fantastic for creating piles of debris, sometimes you want to clear and compact leaves. In this situation, you want a garden vacuum. Don’t worry, we recently covered our top 10 garden vacuums.

 

 

Item

Photo

Our rating

Price*

Purchase

Murray IQ18LBK 18V Lithium-Ion Leaf Blower Kit

9/10

£139.00

TECCPO Leaf Blower

8/10

£51.79

Garden Gear Cordless Leaf Blower with Lithium-ion Battery Pack

8/10

£39.99

Mcculloch GB355BP Petrol Backpack Leaf Blower

7/10

£200.00

WORX WG518E Air Turbine Corded Leaf Blower

9/10

£50.00

Ryobi OBL1820S ONE+ Cordless Blower

9/10

£137.00

Bosch ALB 18 LI Cordless Leaf Blower

8/10

£92.00

VonHaus Cordless Leaf Blower

8/10

£39.99

DEWALT DCM562P1-GB 18V Li-Ion XR Brushless Cordless Blower

7/10

£178.00

Makita BHX2501 24.5 cc 4-Stroke Petrol Handheld Leaf Blower

8/10

£189.99

* Prices correct at time of publishing

 

 

Murray IQ18LBK 18V Lithium-Ion Leaf Blower Kit

Murray IQ18LBK 18V Lithium-Ion Leaf Blower Kit

photo by Murray

 

Description

if you’re looking for a leaf blower rather than a garden vacuum, then you’ll want to consider the Murray 18V Lithium-Ion Leaf Blower Kit. It’s one of the most expensive garden vacuums at £139.00 (buy at Amazon).

 

The Murray IQ18LBK is lightweight at only 1.5 kg (without battery) yet thanks to it’s Briggs & Stratton 5Ah battery, it is powerful enough to handle piles of leaves.

 

The 18V Lithium-Ion battery charges within 2 hours and provides around 22 minutes of power. The pack also includes a charger.

 

A stepless 5 position speed control on the handle allows you to tailor how fast debris is blown. At it’s maximum, it blows at 224 km per hour!

 

This Murray IQ18LBK comes with a 5-year limited warranty and a 3-year limited battery warranty.

 

Pros

  • 225 km/h air velocity
  • Easy to control and operate
  • Uses a Briggs & Stratton 18V Lithium Ion battery system

Cons

  • Short charge to use ratio (22 mins per 2 hour charge)

 

Conclusion

While you can purchase the Murray Leaf Blower without a battery and charger (it’s much cheaper at £49.00), buying the kit together is likely to make more sense.

 

That said, once you have the battery and charger you can use them across the whole range of cordless Murray garden tools including with their lawnmower and hedge trimmer.

 

As a leaf blower, unlike other garden vacuums on our list, it only has a single function. And while it does this well, if you’re looking for a tool that offers options including composting then you’ll be disappointed.

 

The battery charges relatively quickly yet only provide 22 minutes of operation time. This makes it ideal for small or medium-size gardens.

 

However, you might struggle if you have a large area to cover. Of course, additional batteries are fairly cheap and so worth the investment.

 

We’re impressed by the warranties that cover the unit and battery. While these might push up the price, it’s well worth as, especially if you have a blown motor in the first 2 or 3 years.

 

Our score for the Murray 18V Lithium-Ion Leaf Blower Kit is a strong 9/10.

 

 

TECCPO Leaf Blower

photo by TECCPO

 

Description

The TECCPO TDAB02G Leaf Blower is a lightweight 2-speed leaf blower which comes with battery and charger. It’s affordably priced at £51.79 (buy at Amazon).

 

At 2.5 kg, TECCPO has created a lightweight unit that’s easy to operate with one-hand. This is especially useful if you have a large garden to tidy as you won’t feel back strain or ache after use.

 

The design features an innovative axial fan design, which produces an airspeed of 167 km/h. The unit always produces the maximum air output regardless of the working conditions.

 

Two-speed settings are available. The slow mode is ideal for clearing debris around flowers where you need a little power. Whereas the fast mode is perfect for clearing leaves over a larger area.

 

As a battery-powered unit, the TECCPO TDAB02G Cordless Blower uses an 18V 2Ah Lithium-Ion battery. The package includes a battery and charger.

 

Fully charging the battery takes between 60 and 75 minutes. Once charged, it provides 35 minutes of run time on the low-speed and 10 minutes on the high-speed mode.

 

As this leaf blower is part of the TECCPO 18V power tool range, you can use the battery on other 18V tools from the range. This reduces the costs of buying tools.

 

Pros

  • 167 km/h air velocity
  • 2 speed settings
  • Innovative axial fan design

Cons

  • Short charge to use ratio (10 mins on high setting per hour charge)

 

Conclusion

The TECCPO TDAB02G Leaf Blower offers an innovative way to tidy a garden. Using unique technology, this unit produces enough air power to move most debris.

 

However like many battery-powered leaf blowers on the market, on it’s most powerful setting, it sucks the battery dry quickly. An hour charge only produces 10 minutes of use on the high setting. The low mode provides 3 times this amount.

 

Our advice would be to always run it on the lower mode to maximum battery time and to fully re-charge before switching it to the higher power.

 

That said, we like how easy it is to use, it’s lightweight design and the affordable price. The TECCPO TDAB02G Leaf Blower score 8/10.

 

 

Garden Gear Cordless Leaf Blower with Lithium-ion Battery Pack

Garden Gear Cordless Leaf Blower with Lithium-ion Battery Pack

photo by Garden Gear

 

Description

Garden Gear Cordless Leaf Blower marries a powerful 20V battery with a lightweight design. It’s available from Amazon for £39.99.

 

At the heart of this unit is a 20V 1500mAh lithium-ion battery. It charges in 3 to 5 hours and provides around 15 minutes of usage per charge.

 

As you might expect, the battery is compatible with any of the tools in the Garden Gear 20V cordless garden range. Also, you can purchase spare batteries separately.

 

As a cordless device, there’s no need to waste time with extension leads. Simply connect the battery and start clearing. With an airspeed of 160 km/h, it doesn’t matter where the debris is in your garden, you’ll be able to clear it.

 

Featuring a long blower tube, you can easily reach in corners and create neat and easy to remove piles. When you’re done, remove the tube and store in your shed using a fraction of the space other leaf blowers need.

 

At 1.76kg, it’s lightweight and features a soft-grip handle, both make using the Garden Gear G1166 Cordless Leaf Blower comfortable to use. Finally, it comes with a 24-month guarantee.

 

Pros

  • 160 km/h air velocity
  • Lightweight design
  • 24-month guarantee

Cons

  • Short charge to use ratio (15 mins per 3 hour charge)
  • No speed control

 

Conclusion

At a penny under £40, the Garden Gear G1166 Cordless Leaf Blower offers a lot for its affordable price tag.

 

While the battery charge to use ratio is bad (5-hour charge provides 15 minutes of use), you can buy spare batteries cheaply. We’d recommend treating yourself to a second battery. If you don’t it might take you a few days to clear your garden.

 

Another point worth mentioning about batteries, is they are transferable between products within Garden Gear’s 20V cordless range.

 

Features wise, this Garden Gear provides a strong air velocity, lightweight design and a detachable tube. However, it’d likely to stay attached.

 

Also, it’s worth highlighting the 24-month guarantee gives us peace of mind. All in all, the Garden Gear Cordless Leaf Blower walks away with an 8/10.

 

 

Mcculloch GB355BP Petrol Backpack Leaf Blower

Mcculloch GB355BP Petrol Backpack Leaf Blower

photo by McCulloch

 

Description

As one of the most expensive leaf blowers on the market, the Mcculloch GB355BP Petrol Backpack Leaf Blower will set you back £200 from Amazon.

 

A 46cc petrol engine produces an impressive top air velocity of 355km/h. So whether you’re clearing a large area or trying to tidy leaves into a pile, there’s plenty of power available.

 

The variable engine speed is complete with cruise control, which reduces hand cramps over long periods. Plus the trigger handle position is adjustable and so you can move it to where it’s most comfortable.

 

A backpack holds the engine in place and has comfort padding and adjustable straps. These enable to user to spread the weight (9.2kg) over both shoulders and reduces fatigue for the user over long periods.

 

While designed for the domestic market, the Mcculloch GB355BP Petrol Backpack Leaf Blower has many features you’ll typically find on professional garden tools.

 

As a petrol leaf blower, it emits sound at 95 dB, so is best used with ear defenders and goggles.

 

Pros

  • Top air velocity of 355km/h
  • Variable Speed with Cruise Control
  • Designed with maximum comfort in mind

Cons

  • Heavy (it weighs 9.2kg)
  • Petrol isn’t the most eco-friendly fuel

 

Conclusion

If you have a few acres or a difficult to reach garden then a petrol leaf blower such as Mcculloch GB355BP Petrol Backpack Leaf Blower is the way to go.

 

You will have to mix petrol with 2 stroke oil. However, with a litre tank, fuel should last quite a while. It’s not the most eco-friendly option but sometimes that the comprise you have to make.

 

The benefits of using the Mcculloch GB355BP are simple, it’s very powerful, designed for comfort, in spite of its weight and has a variable speed control with cruise control.

 

All of these factors make moving garden debris easy, no matter whether dry or wet or firmly stuck in place.

 

While we should rate it higher, due to the dirty nature of petrol and 2 stroke oil, the Mcculloch GB355BP Petrol Backpack Leaf Blower scores 7/10.

 

 

WORX WG518E Air Turbine Corded Leaf Blower

WORX WG518E Air Turbine Corded Leaf Blower

photo by WORX

 

Description

As the only mains power unit on our list, the WORX WG518E Air Turbine Corded Leaf Blower costs £50.00 and is available from Amazon.

 

This unit features a patented new Turbine Technology for increased air movement. This coupled with a hyper-stream air nozzle allows you to clear a wider area faster.

 

As it uses mains powers, it products an air velocity of 193 km/h and so falls in the middle of the leaf blowers on our list. Of course, this does mean you will need to be close to mains socket or have extension cables at the ready.

 

With so much power on tap, you’re able to clear leaves with ease and even banish harden garden debris without much effort. A variable speed control makes the unit even more versatile.

 

In terms of design, it’s lightweight (only 4.3 kg) and built for one-hand operation. The WORX WG518E comes with a 12-metre power cable.

 

Pros

  • Air velocity of 193 km/h
  • Patented Turbine Technology
  • Lightweight (only 4.3 kg)

Cons

  • Mains power

 

Conclusion

If you have a large garden which needs tidying often, then it’s worth considering the WORX WG518E Air Turbine Corded Leaf Blower.

 

It’s £50 price tag is very affordable, especially for the features. And regardless of what you’re trying to clear or clean, you’ll be able to tackle it with ease.

 

The main trade-off is it’s mains powered. While this makes it not ideal for a big garden, it does come with a 12-metre power cable, which should cover most small and medium-sized gardens.

 

As a mains powered unit, it’s far more eco-friendly than petrol and unlike battery-powered leaf blowers, which require charging, you can simply plug-in and go.

 

We like the speed control as this allows us to tame the power on flower beds yet release it when working on a driveway. Also while featuring some impressive technology, it’s very light and easy to control, even with one hand.

 

Overall, the WORX WG518E Air Turbine Corded Leaf Blower scores 9/10.

 

 

Ryobi OBL1820S ONE+ Cordless Blower

Ryobi OBL1820S ONE+ Cordless Blower

photo by Ryobi

 

Description

The Ryobi OBL1820S ONE+ Cordless Blower features an impressive list of specifications.

 

Available in two options, we’ve chosen the more expensive package which includes with a battery and charger, rather than just the tool (priced £53.99). The package is available from Amazon for £137.00.

 

As part of Ryobi ONE+ cordless garden tools, you can use the same battery across several tools. So once you have a battery and charger, you can save money by purchasing stand-alone tools.

 

The 4.0Ah battery charges in 2 hours and has status LEDs which indicate how much power the battery has. Once charged, the battery provides power for 30 minutes.

 

The centrifugal fan produces an impressive airflow of 245km/h, making the OBL1820S ideal for sweeping surfaces such as decks, patios, and driveways. Plus the high-speed nozzle increase accuracy and efficiency.

 

At just 1.6 kg (without battery), the lightweight design makes using this leaf blower simple, even over a long period. The handle design also adds to its comfort.

 

The Ryobi OBL1820S ONE+ Cordless Blower is ideal for gardens of all sizes.

 

Pros

  • 245 km/h air velocity
  • Lightweight design (1.6kg without battery)
  • Battery compatible with 30+ Ryobi garden tools

Cons

  • Short charge to use ratio (only 30 mins per 2 hour charge)

 

Conclusion

The Ryobi OBL1820S ONE+ Cordless Blower like other tools in the Ryobi ONE+ range is well built and features several good specifications.

 

While £137 feels expensive for what you’re getting, especially when the stand-alone leaf blower is under £40, it’s worth remembering you can use the battery and charger with over 30 garden tools.

 

In terms of performance, Ryobi OBL1820S ONE+ Cordless Blower provides plenty of power to clear and remove garden debris. So it’s ideal for a range of garden tasks and will save you time and effort.

 

After a 2 hour charge, the battery will last for around 30 minutes, while not the most impressive ratio, it’s far better than some other leaf blowers.

 

We’re suitably impressed with the Ryobi OBL1820S ONE+ Cordless Blower. 9/10

 

 

Bosch ALB 18 LI Cordless Leaf Blower

Bosch ALB 18 LI Cordless Leaf Blower

photo by Bosch

 

Description

The Bosch ALB 18 LI Cordless Leaf Blower is available in 3 different packages (tool only, 2.0 Ah battery and 2.5 Ah battery). We’ve selected the mid-priced option as it comes with a charger and 2.5 Ah battery. It will set you back £92.00 (buy at Amazon).

 

Starting with the design, this Bosch features its classic colour combination and is very lightweight at 1.8 kg. The blower tube is detachable, making storing it’s easier.

 

The ALB 18 LI Lithium-ion battery, is part of the “Power4All” range can be used with a variety garden and DIY tools from Bosch. It charges in 1 hour and provides up to 18 minutes in run time when full.

 

The battery powers a Syneon chip, which intelligently controls the energy and provides a blowing speed of 210 km/h. This makes the ALB 18 LI ideal for cleaning walkways and lawns thoroughly and quickly.

 

As a cordless unit, you’re not hampered by cables, making the tools useful in hard to reach spaces and over a larger area. Also as a lightweight tool, designed for comfort, it’s easy to carry and use without developing any aches or pains.

 

This Bosch ALB 18 LI Cordless Leaf Blower makes clearing a garden, easy.

 

Pros

  • 210 km/h air velocity
  • 1.8kg lightweight design
  • Battery compatible with a range of Bosch garden tools

Cons

  • No speed control
  • Spare batteries are expensive

 

Conclusion

As with any household name, our expectations for the Bosch ALB 18 LI Cordless Leaf Blower were high. Overall, we’re impressed.

 

However, as with many cordless leaf blowers, the battery life is short. The 2.5 Ah battery charges within an hour but only provides 18 minutes of use. While this is above average, it’s still not ideal if you have a large garden.

 

If you do buy the Bosch ALB 18 LI, we recommend buying a second battery, even though it’ll set you back another £50 (around 50% of what you’ve just spent). This way you can completely tidy your garden without having to take an extended coffee break.

 

With that out the way, it has plenty of power available, making it ideal for moving leaves and debris. It has no speed control, but this might not matter to you.

 

Overall, even with our high expectations, we score the Bosch ALB 18 LI Cordless Leaf Blower 8/10.

 

 

VonHaus Cordless Leaf Blower

VonHaus Cordless Leaf Blower

photo by VonHaus

 

Description

Sporting distinctive colours, the VonHaus Cordless Leaf Blower rapidly clears leaves and debris. It’s affordably priced at £39.99 (buy at Amazon).

 

VonHaus are well known for their distinctive products which are well design and are feature-packed. This leaf blower is no different.

 

As part of the VonHaus 20V Max Lithium-ion G Range, the 1.5Ah Li-ion battery can be used with other tools in the range. It fully charges in an hour and provides 12 minutes of run time.

 

The overall design is low noise yet powerful. So it quickly clears leaves and debris without hassle. And with an air velocity of 209 km/h, it provides more than enough power for residential use.

 

At 1.85kg, it’s a lightweight cordless garden tool, that is easy to use, even over longer periods. Adding to the user’s comfort is a soft-grip rubber handle.

 

When you’ve cleared your garden, the blower tube is easy to remove convenient storage.

 

Finally, the VonHaus Cordless Leaf Blower comes with a 2-year manufacturer warranty.

 

Pros

  • 209 km/h air velocity
  • Removable blower tube
  • 2 Year Warranty

Cons

Cons

  • No speed control
  • Short charge to use ratio (only 12 mins per 1 hour charge)

 

Conclusion

The VonHaus Cordless Leaf Blower is lightweight yet powerful. It has a few negatives but they don’t take away much from our favourable impression of the unit.

 

Firstly, and our most common complaint with cordless leaf blowers, the battery provides a tiny 12 minutes per 1 hour of charge. We’d recommend treating yourself and buying another 1.5Ah battery. It’ll be worth the £20 you’ll spend.

 

Sadly, VonHaus don’t currently offer a more powerful battery or we’d recommend upgrading!

 

Also, there’s no speed control. While this might not matter to most, some will want to be able to tame the power for delicate areas.

 

There are many good points. It’s powerful yet light and well designed. If you have a large space to clear, you’ll enjoy using it as it won’t result in aches and pains.

 

It also comes with a 2-year warranty, which is great for peace of mind.

 

Overall, we award the VonHaus Cordless Leaf Blower 8/10.

 

 

DEWALT DCM562P1-GB 18V Li-Ion XR Brushless Cordless Blower

DEWALT DCM562P1-GB 18V Li-Ion XR Brushless Cordless Blower

photo by DEWALT

 

Description

As a household name, DEWALT is well-known for building fantastic tools for the house and garden. The DEWALT DCM562P1-GB 18V Li-Ion XR Brushless Cordless Blower is no different and costs £178 (available at Amazon).

 

At the heart of this DEWALT leaf blower is 18V 5.0Ah Lithium-ion battery. This large 5Ah battery takes 2 hours to charge and provides 18 minutes of power.

 

The battery is coupled with a brushless motor, which together provides an extensive runtime while reducing the need for maintenance.

 

This motor produces an air-speed of 145 km/h, meaning you can tackle leaves and debris with ease. It’s also designed to be quiet, with a base noise level of under 65dB.

 

Overall, this DEWALT leaf blower has a compact design and is fairly light, weighing in at 3.2 kg. Designed to make light work of tough and repetitive work without causing fatigue to shoulders and arms.

 

The handle is comfortable to grip, the variable trigger allows for total power control. The speed lock enables you to use a consistent power over an area or garden.

 

Finally, with a 1-year guarantee, you can buy the DEWALT DCM562P1-GB 18V Li-Ion XR Brushless Cordless Blower with confidence!

 

Pros

  • Brushless motor
  • 18V 5.0Ah Lithium-ion battery
  • 1-year guarantee

Cons

  • Short charge to use ratio (18 mins per 2 hour charge)

 

Conclusion

While we have high expectations for the DEWALT DCM562P1-GB 18V Li-Ion XR Brushless Cordless Blower, it lacks in several ways.

 

Firstly, with an air velocity of 145 km/h, it’s not as powerful as other, more affordable leaf blowers.

 

Secondly, our standard battery complaint applies. It has the largest battery (5.0Ah) of any of our leaf blowers, yet only provides 18 minutes of runtime after a 2-hour charge.

 

The last complaint is its weight. At 3.2 kg is at the heavier end of the scale. Of course, it’s not as heavy as a petrol leaf blower, but it’s fairly weighty. So, this unit might not be suitable for those with back problems.

 

So what we like?

 

Dewalt has used the best parts when designing the DCM562P1-GB and that’s what you’re paying for. The brushless motor and the battery will last longer than the cheapest model on the market.

 

Operating is easy, thanks to a well-designed handle, speed control and speed lock. If you like to set and forget, this could be the blower for you.

 

The tube also makes clearing leaves or debris easier. It’s wide and combined with the motor, spreads the airflow evenly, allowing the user to cover a wider area.

 

The DEWALT DCM562P1-GB 18V Li-Ion XR Brushless Cordless Blower scores 7/10.

 

 

Makita BHX2501 24.5 cc 4-Stroke Petrol Handheld Leaf Blower

Makita BHX2501 24.5 cc 4-Stroke Petrol Handheld Leaf Blower

photo by Makita

 

Description

As our second petrol blower, the Makita BHX2501 24.5 cc 4-Stroke Petrol Handheld Leaf Blower costs £189.99 (buy at Amazon).

 

The 4-stroke engine uses less fuel and doesn’t require mixing of fuels. It, therefore, creates fewer emissions than other petrol leaf blowers. The unit uses a mechanical decompression system for consistently easy starting.

 

The translucent 0.52-litre fuel tank has a large opening for easier refuelling. Also, it’s fairly quiet due to a large capacity muffler.

 

As a handheld blower, it’s compact and only weighs 4.4 kg, which is fairly small as far as petrol leaf blowers are concerned. It can be easily carried in one hand.

 

The motor on the Makita BHX2501 produces an airflow of 233 Km/h. So there’s plenty of power on tap.

 

The blower tube can easily be removed and breaks down into 2 parts for easy storage.

 

An optional vacuum attachment is available and instantly allows you to collect and mulch debris.

 

It’s functional design allows for easy maintenance. Finally, it comes with a 1-year warranty.

 

Pros

  • Top air velocity of 233km/h
  • Lightweight petrol blower (only 4.4 kg)
  • 1-year warranty

Cons

  • No speed control
  • Petrol isn’t the most eco-friendly fuel

 

Conclusion

As far as petrol blowers go, the Makita BHX2501 24.5 cc 4-Stroke Petrol Handheld Leaf Blower is fuel-efficient and fairly environmentally friendly.

 

It’s ideal if you have a hard to reach garden or if you need to cover acres, although it does burn fuel fairly quickly. And as it doesn’t require fuel to be mixed with oil, you can simply add the petrol and fire up.

 

For its compact size, it delivers plenty of power and is easy to operate, in spite of its lack of speed control.

 

Another element that separates the Makita BHX2501 from other leaf blowers is its second function.

 

You can purchase a vacuum attachment kit, which comes with its a specific tube and a bag. In vacuum mode, the unit compacts leaves and debris into a tiny pile in the bag.

 

Overall, the Makita BHX2501 24.5 cc 4-Stroke Petrol Handheld Leaf Blower scores 8/10.

 

 

The best leaf blower

Having reviewed 10 of the best leaf blowers on the market, most preform well and are designed to balance comfort with power.

 

It’s worth considering, when you come to purchase a leaf blower, how long you’ll need the unit to operate for each time, whether you need a speed control and what power option is best.

 

If you have a tiny garden chose either the Murray IQ18LBK 18V Lithium-Ion Leaf Blower Kit or the WORX WG518E Air Turbine Corded Leaf Blower. Both will provide plenty of power and should have your garden cleaned within minutes.

 

Got a medium-sized garden? Consider the Murray, it’s a fantastic option. So is the Ryobi OBL1820S ONE+ Cordless Blower.

 

If you want more power than you need, either because you have a lot of acres to cover or want to clean every centimetre then petrol might be your own choice, however eco-unfriendly this is.

 

Both the Mcculloch GB355BP Petrol Backpack Leaf Blower and Makita BHX2501 24.5 cc 4-Stroke Petrol Handheld Leaf Blower are superb options.