Searching For The Best Leaf Blower in 2018?

Are you looking for a new top-rated leaf blower?  Maybe a new leaf blower vacuum?  If so, you’ve come to the right place!

Whether you’re looking for a lightweight battery powered blower to do a little yard work around your home or your commercial property needs a heavy-duty gas powered machine, we can help you choose one that’s just right for you.

Below you will find five of the best leaf blowers, according to our Yard Care Gurus. Each one was rated on its price, blowing power, weight, and convenience, allowing you to make an informed choice without spending countless hours scouring the internet for the best options.

Top Rated Leaf Blowers

Husqvarna 965877502 350BT 1.6 kW 50.2 cc 7500 rpm 180 MPH Backpack Leaf Blower with 2.1 HP X-Torq engine
732 Reviews
Husqvarna 965877502 350BT 1.6 kW 50.2 cc 7500 rpm 180 MPH Backpack Leaf Blower with 2.1 HP X-Torq engine
  • Lightweight blower with integrated back pack harness for landscape professionals as well as...
  • 2.1 HP X-Torq engine reduces harmful exhaust emissions and increase fuel efficiency
  • Comfortable, ventilated and load-reducing harness with hip belt and wide shoulder straps
  • Fan speed can be set for easier handling; air purge removes air from carburetor and fuel system for...
DEWALT DCBL720P1  20V MAX 5.0 Ah Lithium Ion XR Brushless Blower
753 Reviews
DEWALT DCBL720P1 20V MAX 5.0 Ah Lithium Ion XR Brushless Blower
  • Brushless Motor maximizing motor efficiency and durability
  • Innovative axial fan design that maximizes on air output and run time
  • 400 CFM and 90 MPH performance
  • Variable trigger and speed lock
Toro 51621 UltraPlus Leaf Blower Vacuum, Variable-Speed (up to 250 mph) with Metal Impeller, 12 amp
4274 Reviews
Toro 51621 UltraPlus Leaf Blower Vacuum, Variable-Speed (up to 250 mph) with Metal Impeller, 12 amp
  • Superior blowing and mulching proven by controlled laboratory testing
  • Powerful up to 250 mph degree
  • Vacuum tube, bottom-zip bag, cord storage hook, shred-all shred ring and time-saving oscillating...
  • Variable speed control for better control in both blower and vac mode

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Model

MPH

Type

My Rating

Husqvarna 350BT

180 MPH

Backpack

5 out of 5

DEWALT DCBL720P1

150 MPH

Cordless

5 out of 5

Toro 51621

90 MPH

Electric

4.5 out of 5

GreenWorks Pro GBL80300

250 MPH

Cordless

4.5 out of 5

Hitachi RB24EAP

170 MPH

Gas

5 out of 5

Note: The above leaf blowers are rated according to how the rank in each individual category - for example, backpack, cordless, electric and gas.  If you want to see an expanded view of all the blowers in each category, please visit those individual pages.

Leaf Blower Reviews

Pros

  • Blower is designed to be worn like a backpack
  • Air flow of up to 145 mph

Cons

  • Blower is loud at 94 dB
  • It’s bulky and utilizes a gas chamber

The Husqvarna backpack blower strikes a compromise between blowing power and convenience. The X-Torq engine and efficient fan design deliver high air speeds of up to 145 mph. Although this blower weighs a whopping 14 pounds, it is designed to be worn as a backpack, offering the large land owner the needed relief to be able to clear their property quickly and easily.


Lithium batteries offer the most convenience, but if you have a large property to clear, the charge that a single battery has to offer simply won’t be enough. Instead, the Husqvarna backpack blower utilizes a gas chamber that can continually be filled until the job is done.


This powerful machine is perfect for commercial properties and those with over an acre of land, but because it’s so powerful, it is a bit loud at 94 dB. Because it is bulky, relatively expensive, and louder than other models, it may not work well for the average homeowner.


Pros

  • Works well for blowing out gutters
  • Always works, and no smelly gas to mess with
  • Handle is lightweight and ergonomic

Cons

  • Requires you to use a Greenworks charger and battery
  • Could use some more power

The 40V cordless GreenWorks blower comes with an Energy Star rating, which means that it reduces energy usage by about 35% over other conventional yard tools. Prospective buyers should keep in mind that cordless blowers will not have enough CFM (push power) to be able to move wet or damp leaves from a soft surface. It will be much more efficient when used on a hard surface.


A 40-volt lithium battery is interchangeable with many other GreenWorks tools. Compared to a NiCad battery (a battery containing a potassium hydroxide electrolyte, a cadmium cathode, and a nickel anode) a 40V battery will provide 3 times longer run time, and charge completely in about 90 minutes, compared to NiCad's 8-9 hours. Buyers can also expect approximately 2,000 charges on this battery before replacement is necessary.


The G-MAX cordless blower will work well on patios, driveways, stairs, sidewalks, gutters, garage floors, decks, doorways, stoops, workshop floors, pickup truck beds, and more.


Pros

  • Small, compact design
  • Low noise performance clocking in at 61 dB

Cons

  • 20-volt battery only offers about 15 minutes of blow time
  • Blower only reaches 90 mph

Although the DeWALT brushless blower is a bit pricier than others on the market, it offers the ease of use that other blowers only dream of. That’s because the DeWALT blower takes the term ‘handheld’ to a whole new level. Instead of utilizing long, bulky attachments, this blower is small and compact. However, it does weigh more than some other models, coming in at a little over seven pounds.


The blower includes some amazing technology. It utilizes an innovative axial fan design that maximizes air output and run time, allowing you to spend more time in the yard before recharging the battery. The brushless motor further maximizes motor efficiency and durability. However, the blower only features a 20-volt battery, so blow time is relatively short, clocking in at around 15 minutes.


The blower is relatively quiet, as it only creates 61 dB of noise. It also includes a variable speed motor for total power control. Unfortunately, the blower only reaches 90 mph. That’s perfect for taking care of leaves, but isn’t very effective when it comes to more demanding jobs.


Pros

  • Up to 250 mph airflow with variable speeds
  • Multiple attachments can mulch debris and transform your blower into a vacuum

Cons

  • The blower weighs over eight pounds
  • It must be plugged into an outlet

If you’re looking for the power to take care of tough jobs, it doesn’t get any better than the Toro UltraPlus blower. That’s because this amazing piece of technology can reach air flow speeds of up to 250 mph. With the ability to offer such power, this blower allows you to control it with different settings.


Multiple attachments are included that do a lot more than just blow leaves around. The oscillating nozzle kit allows for wider clearing power, drastically reducing the time it takes to blow away pesky debris. The Shredz-All shred ring is able to mulch debris, ultimately reducing its size by up to 97 percent, making disposal a breeze. You can even transform your blower into a vacuum with a simple attachment that’s included.


All this power does come at a cost. The blower weighs over eight pounds, which is much heavier than other models. In addition, even a lithium battery can’t support that kind of power, so the blower must be plugged into an outlet.


Pros

  • Very little assembly required
  • Starts quickly with only one or two pulls
  • Powerful blower moves leaves and even gravel up to 20 feet away

Cons

  • Exhaust gas
  • Fuel line constructed of plastic

This leaf blower, geared both to professional landscapers and homeowners, has a fast starting purge primer, a sizable 2-finger throttle, and a PureFire engine that keeps emissions low. This blower uses two-cycle 40:1 TruFuel Pre-Blended Fuel which has a clean burn and is guaranteed to be the correct mix for your equipment. The use of TruFuel extends the life of your equipment, provides smoother idling without plug fouling or smoke, and has an increased trigger response.


This blower is quieter than other similar products (has a decibel rating of 68 and a low-vibration commercial engine), has a fuel capacity of .1375 gallons, makes little or no smoke, and can blow out tightly packed gutters with ease. It is constructed of sturdy plastic and has a comfortable grip, and is a great piece of equipment for debris and leaf removal of one-acre yards.

Handheld Vs. Backpack Blowers:

One important consideration when you’re shopping for a new blower is whether a handheld model or a backpack blower is right for you.

In general, handheld blowers are more convenient and easier to use. That’s because they’re made with the average homeowner in mind. They weigh a lot less than backpack blowers and make short work of leaves and debris on sidewalks and driveways. Many offer multiple attachments and some can even be turned into mulchers and vacuums.

Backpack blowers, on the other hand, are created with the large landowner in mind. They often weigh a lot more than other blowers and they usually utilize a gas chamber for prolonged blowing. They are mostly recommended for people with over an acre of land, as well as commercial landowners.

Gas Vs. Electric Blowers:

Both gas and electric blowers have their own pros and cons. It is sometimes just a matter of which you prefer.

Gas blowers function much like traditional gas lawn mowers do. They contain a gas chamber that must be filled and maintained, but they offer prolonged use without the need to deal with a clumsy cord. It is a good choice if you’ve got a lot of ground to cover.

Electric blowers offer the same power that gas blowers do without the messy, smelly, and heavy gas chamber. However, you have to plug the blower into the wall, which is why it is most often recommended for residential homeowners.

Cordless Vs. Corded Blowers:

As you might expect, cordless blowers allow for more freedom, but it does come at a cost. Cordless blowers are sometimes gas powered, which requires you to deal with a heavy, smelly gas chamber. Battery powered blowers are a good choice for the average homeowner, but they don’t usually hold a charge for very long. A charge of 15 minutes isn’t uncommon, which means you might need to have more than one battery around so you can swap them out.

If you want to skip all the fuss, you can choose a corded blower instead. However, you’ll have to be prepared to deal with a long extension cord when you head out into the lawn. They’re not a good idea if you have a lot of ground to cover.

How Much Horsepower Do You Need?

Horsepower is directly related to the overall power of the leaf blower. In order to determine how powerful your blower needs to be, you must consider what it is you’re looking to blow. Getting rid of dry leaves on walkways requires a lot less horsepower than dealing with small branches. If you’re looking for a blower that doubles as a mulcher or a vacuum, you should look for one with more power.

BEST SELLING & TOP RATED BRANDS

  • Husqvarna
  • DEWALT
  • Toro
  • GreenWorks​​​​
  • Hitachi
  • BLACK+DECKER
  • Echo
  • Stihl
  • Makita

Conclusion

If you consider your leaf blower needs very carefully, you’re sure to find one that you’ll be able to use for many years to come. Whether your budget is your largest consideration or you’re looking for a blower with the most power, there’s one on our list for you. We’d love to hear about your experiences with these blowers.

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About the author

Mark Kelly

Hi, I'm Mark the owner of Yard Care Gurus. I love to be outside working on my lawn, planning my next project. I created this website to help people like you find the best products for yard care and great advice. Thanks for stopping by!