Best Leaf Blowers

If you need some help clearing leaves, and also dirt or debris, then a leaf blower can be a smart purchase. There are four main categories that blowers can fall under which includes backpack gas powered blowers, gas handheld leaf blowers, electric blowers, and cordless electric or battery powered blowers. Backpack units provide the most power, but also weigh the most, are the most expensive, and you need hearing protection to use. They typically weigh between 15-25 pounds, but that weight of the engine is supported by your back instead of having to carry it with your arms. A handheld unit also uses a gas engine, but are lighter at around 10 pounds, and put out slightly less power. Electric blowers require you to use an extension cord to get power while putting out power comparable or slightly better than a gas handheld model. They weigh less at around 7 pounds, are quiet, and are by far the cheapest option available. Cordless electric varieties use batteries, usually li-ion, to provide energy. These units are quiet and do not have a cord to limit your mobility, but are more expensive and put out less power than a corded electric leaf blower.

For professional landscape use or extremely large areas we recommend backpack models. For homeowners with larger than average yards we advise that you use a handheld gas powered unit or a cordless version. If you are on a tight budget or have a smallish yard then go with an electric leaf blower.

We rated all these types of leaf blowers from the top brands to come up with our final rankings. Below is our review of the best leaf blowers.


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Husqvarna 356BT 51.7cc 2-Stroke Gas Powered 177 MPH Quiet Back Pack Blower (CARB Compliant)

Price: $479.95
Category: Gas Backpack Blower

The Husqvarna 356BT is our choice for the overall best leaf blower. It puts out enough power with 177 mph air speed, while being amongst the quietest backpack models available at just 64 decibels. However, it is much more expensive than some other units, so we only recommend it for large yards or professional use.


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Makita BBX7600N 75.6 CC 4-Stroke Backpack Blower

Price: $525.27
Category: Gas Backpack Blower

The Makita BBX760N gets commercial quality output from a 4-stroke gas powered engine that passes all EPA CARB emission standards and means you do not have to worry about mixing oil and gas like you do with a 2-cycle engine. Owners on Amazon have rated it at 5 stars, with everyone noting how easily it starts. It puts out a max air speed of 195 mph and a max air volume of 526 CFM (cubic feet per minute). It is 22.6 lbs and has a noise level of 74 decibels. The main drawback is that it is the most expensive leaf blower on our list.


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Echo PB-500H 195 mph 465 CFM Gas Backpack Blower

Price: $299
Category: Gas Backpack Blower

If you are looking for a cheaper backpack blower, then the Echo PB-500H may be for you. A whopping 97% of customers on HomeDepot.com recommend this model with a 4.8 rating out of 5. It costs about $200 less than the top backpack gas units, while putting out a max airspeed of 195 mph and a max airflow 465 CFM. The 2-cycle engine is not CARB compliant and has a noise rating of 70 decibels.


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Toro 51618 230 mph 390 CFM Electric Super Leaf Blower/Vac/Shredder

Price: $64.99
Category: Electric Blower

The Toro 51618 is our choice for the best electric leaf blower. It features a max speed of 230 mph and a max air volume of 390 CFM, while weighing only 7.4 lbs and having a noise rating of 63 dB. Not only is this a blower, but it also can vacuum and shred leaves. The built-in leaf shredder can reduce yard waste from 10 bags into 1 bag. The price for this unit makes it a great choice for those of you with a small yard where an extension cord can reach all areas.


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Toro 51609 Ultra 12 amp Variable-Speed (up to 235) Electric Blower/Vacuum with Metal Impeller

Price: $69.97
Category: Electric Blower

The Toro 51609 is also a 3-in-1 electric blower, vacuum, and shredder. It is the #1 best selling model on Amazon with a 4.4 average customer rating. Air speed ranges from 112 mph up to 235 mph and has a max airflow of up to 390 CFM. It has a metal blade that shreds leafs and debris into fine mulch reducing 16 bags into 1, but the vacuuming function struggles a bit with wet leaves. Some customers have complained about a slightly higher failure rate than some of the other top models, but that is still uncommon and customers should expect slightly less quality for this price range.


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Makita BHX2500CA Commercial Grade 4-Stroke 24.5cc Handheld Blower (CARB Compliant)

Price: $229.99
Category: Gas Handheld Blower

Our choice for the best gas handheld leaf blower is the Makita BHX2500CA. It has a CARB compliant, fuel efficient 4-stroke engine. It has a 145 mph max speed and 358 CFM max air volume, while weighing in at 9.8 lbs. We highly recommend this unit for professionals or those with very large lawn and gardens.


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Hitachi RB24EAP 23.9cc 2 Stroke 170 MPH Gas Powered Handheld Blower (CARB Compliant)

Price: $129
Category: Gas Handheld Blower

Close in performance and about $100 cheaper is our second choice for best gas handheld blower the Hitachi RB24EAP. It has a CARB compliant 2-cycle engine that has a max airspeed of 170 mph and a high airflow of 441 CFM. Weighing in at 8.6 pounds it is also backed by a 7 year consumer warranty.


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GreenWorks G-MAX 40V DigiPro 185 MPH Brushless Blower/Vac

Price: $289
Category: Cordless Electric Blower

Our choice for the best cordless electric leaf blower is the GreenWorks 24322 G-MAX 40V. It acts as a blower and vacuum with a max airspeed of 170 mph and airflow of 340 CFM. It is powered by a 40V 4Ah lithium-ion battery which charges in 120 minutes. The battery will last for approximately 20-30 minutes, so for a very large area we recommend getting another battery. The battery life is also good for mulching about 3 bags worth of leaves, although it has plastic blades instead of metal. Overall we found the blower function to work quite well, although it struggles a bit trying to vacuum up wet leaves. Price is a concern, but not having to worry about gas or oil provides some relief in cost.


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Black and Decker 36V Lithium Ion Sweeper

Price: $139
Category: Cordless Electric Blower

The Black and Decker LSW36 36V cordless blower ranks as the number two cordless model on our list. Some of its advantages include it is much cheaper than the GreenWorks model, it weighs only 4.7 pounds, it is quiet at only 66 dB, and it recharges its li-ion battery in just 1 hour. On the downside the performance is not quite up to par with the other models on this list, but it is far from terrible. It has a max airspeed of 120 mph and the airflow is not disclosed, but it is a bit lacking. It also does not act as a vacuum. We only recommend this unit for casual users who do not have heavy-duty tasks or large areas to clear.


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Husqvarna 125BVx 28cc 2-Cycle Gas Powered 170 MPH Blower/Vac With Smart Start

Price: $199.95
Category: Gas Handheld Blower

The Husqvarna 125BVx is a gas handheld blower with a CARB compliant 2-cycle engine. It puts out 170 mph air speed, but it also is very loud at 107 dB and weighs 9.6 lbs. It also has a vacuum and mulch function. Customer ratings were not quite as good for this model overall, however it is rated as a Best Buy from several different sources.


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Black & Decker LH5000 12 amp Variable Speed Electric Leaf Hog Blower/Vacuum

Price: $71.97
Category: Electric Blower

The Black & Decker LH5000 is another corded electric option that puts out a max airspeed of 240 mph and a max air volume of 385 CFM. It features a metal mulching blade and vacuum function that reduces 16 bags of yard debris and leaves into just one bag.


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Ryobi RY40401A 150 mph 150 CFM Lithium-ion Cordless Electric 40-Volt Blower

Price: $169
Category: Cordless Electric Blower

The Ryobi RY40401A is a cordless leaf blower with a 40V li-ion battery. It delivers 150 mph max air speed and 150 CFM air volume. It weighs in at just 7 lbs and has a very quiet dB rating of 65. The battery can be recharged in less than 2 hours and it seems to last longer than other cordless models on this list. Overall we would describe the performance as just average.


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Toro 51585 Power Sweep 7 amp 2-Speed Electric Blower

Price: $34.97
Category: Electric Blower

If you are on a strict budget we recommend looking at the Toro 51585 which is the best cheapest leaf blower you can buy. It is a corded electric model with 160 mph max speed and a max airflow of 155 CFM, so the performance is not that great, just average. It is just 4.6 pounds and works great for just clearing leaves, dirt, and debris from sidewalks, decks, and driveways. However, we do not recommend this model for serious lawn care with lots of leaves on the ground.


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