Best Leaf Blowers

If you need some help clearing leaves, dirt or debris then a leaf blower can be a smart purchase. There are four main categories that blowers can fall under which includes gas powered backpack blowers, gas handheld leaf blowers, electric handheld blowers, and cordless electric or battery powered handheld 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. You can also find some battery powered backpack blowers as well.

A gas handheld blower also uses a gas engine, but are lighter at around 10 pounds, and put out slightly less power.

Electric handheld 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 typically weigh less at around 7 pounds, are quiet, and are by far the cheapest option available.

Cordless electric handheld blowers 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 we review the best leaf blowers. At the bottom of this article we also have a comparison chart so you can easily compare one leaf blower versus another.


Husqvarna 967144301 360BT Backpack Blower

Best Performance
Price: $424.88
Category: Gas Backpack Blower

We selected the Husqvarna 360BT as the best leaf blower. This backpack blower features a 65.6cc 2-cycle engine that puts out a high airflow of 631 CFM at a max velocity of 232 MPH. Users overwhelmingly give this model positive reviews thanks to its amazing power to handle even large piles of soggy wet leaves, but you will probably want to use ear protection due to the loud engine.

The negatives are the price, noise, and weight – at 23.2 pounds it is one of the heaviest leaf blowers on our list. However, the Husqvarna 360BT is the perfect choice for professionals who need the most power they can get.


Ryobi RY38BP

Best Value Gas Backpack Blower
Price: $199
Category: Gas Backpack Blower

If you are looking for a more affordable backpack leaf blower then the $199 Ryobi RY38BP might be for you. It is the cheapest backpack blower on our list and was named a Best Buy by the leading consumer magazine.

The RY38BP uses a 38cc 2-cycle engine that puts out a class-leading 760 cfm and a max speed of 175 mph. Some other features include variable trigger speed with cruise control, adjustable shoulder straps, contoured back, anti-vibration mount, and 3 year warranty.

Overall the Ryobi RY38BP is great for residential owners who have a lot of land to clear at a reasonable price.


Makita EB5300TH 4-Stroke Backpack Blower

Best 4 Stroke Gas Backpack Blower
Price: $359
Category: Gas Backpack Blower

If you want a 4-stoke engine backpack leaf blower then the Makita EB5300TH is for you. This thing uses a 52.5cc engine that is much quieter than 2-stroke backpack models at just 70 decibels. However, the engine is heavier with the whole unit weighing 26.5 pounds.

The Makita EB5300TH has a max airspeed of 184 mph with 516 cfm of airflow. Also the 4-stroke engine means no need to mix gas with oil. Overall it is a great choice for anyone from home owners to professionals.


Husqvarna 350BT

Price: $286.99
Category: Gas Backpack Blower

The Husqvarna 350BT is a mid-level backpack leaf blower that is a good choice for landscape contractors or home owners with a lot of land. It provides 494 CFM at 180 MPH thanks to the 50cc engine.

While less powerful than the 360BT, overall it delivers enough power to move leaves and other debris easily. It also is comfortable and easy to use. One drawback is the noise level which will probably require the operator to use hearing protection.


Ryobi RY25AXB

Best Gas Handheld Blower
Price: $129
Category: Gas Handheld Blower

Our choice for the best gas handheld leaf blower goes to the Ryobi RY25AXB. The relatively cheap price of $129 makes it a very good value buy and in fact the leading consumer magazine also name it a Best Buy for its class.

The RY25AXB uses a 25cc 2-cycle engine that puts out 520 cfm of airflow and a max speed of 160 mph. It weighs 11.5 pounds and comes with a variable speed trigger and cruise control.

The Ryobi RY25AXB provides a lot of power to move wet leaves all at a very decent price point which makes it a good choice for home owners.


Ego LB6002

Best Battery Backpack Blower
Price: $299
Category: Battery Backpack Blower

The Ego LB6002 is our pick for the best battery backpack leaf blower. This system uses a 56v Li-Ion 5.0Ah battery to provide the power. It creates a max wind speed of 145 with 600 cfm of airflow.

The advantages of a cordless backpack blower are significant noise reduction – just 64 decibels – and considerable weight savings – around 13 pounds – compared to gas powered engines. However, it has a bit less power and the included battery will only last about 20-30 minutes on a high speed setting, while it can last up to 2 hours on low speed. So you may need to purchase another battery if you have a large yard or a lot of work to do.


Greenworks BL80L2510 80V Jet Electric Leaf Blower

Best Battery Handheld Blower
Price: $226.41
Category: Battery Handheld Blower

The Greenworks BL80L2510 receives our top score for a battery handheld leaf blower. It uses an 80v 2.5Ah battery that can last up to 22 minutes on high power.

The BL80L2510 puts out 580 cfm of airflow and has a max speed of 145 mph. It weighs 10 pounds. Overall we only recommend the Greenworks BL80L2510 for yards less than 1 acre.


WORX WG520 Turbine 600 Electric Leaf Blower

Best Electric Handheld Blower; Best Under $100
Price: $50.10
Category: Electric Handheld Blower

The best electric leaf blower and the best leaf blower under $100 is the WORX WG520. This thing puts out a lot of air for an electric blower and can move even wet pile of leaves. It has 600 cfm of air flow and a max speed of 110 mph.

The WG520 is also very lightweight at just 6.4 pounds. When you combine the performance with the weight and low price you get an amazing value and a perfect leaf blower for home owners with small yards. The only real limitation is that your reach is limited by an extension cord.


Hitachi RB24EAP

Price: $123.31
Category: Gas Handheld Blower

Another solid choice for a gas handheld blower is the Hitachi RB24EAP. It has a CARB compliant 24cc 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.

Overall the performance is solid, but it is really loud at 96.7 decibels and users should use hearing protection.


Toro 51621 Ultra Plus Blower Vac

Price: $89.75
Category: Electric Handheld Blower

One of the best electric leaf blowers is the Toro 51621 Ultra Plus. This quiet model provides the most velocity of any machine on our list at 250 MPH. That enables the Toro 51621 to handle almost any task, as long as you have enough extension cords to reach your entire property.

Other features include a vacuum and bag with shred ring that reduces 97% of mulched debris to less than 1/2-inch. It also has an oscillating nozzle kit that will clear a wider path with automating air flow.

Overall the Toro 51621 is perfect for a home owner with a small yard since it is cheap, quiet, powerful, and only limited to how far an extension cord can reach.


Makita BHX2500CA

Price: $205.86
Category: Gas Handheld Blower

The best 4-cycle gas handheld leaf blower is the Makita BHX2500CA. It has a CARB compliant, fuel efficient 4-stroke engine. That engine is easy to start and produces significantly less noise – just 67 decibels – than comparable 2-cycle engines. It has a 145 mph max speed and 358 CFM max air volume, while weighing in at 9.8 lbs.

The performance is just a bit below other gas handheld blowers, but we still recommend this unit for home owners who want a 4-cycle engine and have a large yard that can’t be reached with electric models with extension cords.


EGO LB5302

Price: $179
Category: Battery Handheld Blower

Another quality cordless battery handheld blower is the EGO LB5302. This thing uses a 56v 2.5Ah battery that will last about 20 minutes on high power.

The LB5302 creates a max speed of 110 mph with 530 cfm of airflow when the turbo button is pressed. It weighs about 10 pounds and it is one of the quietest leaf blowers on our list at just 64 decibels.


Makita XBU02Z

Price: $103.80 (Tool Only)
Category: Battery Handheld Blower

Another alternative cordless blower is the Makita XBU02Z. While it is listed as a 36V model, it actually uses two 18v LXT li-ion batteries which are not included and must be purchased separately. It can handle most tasks since it has decent power for a cordless with 473 CFM of airflow and a max velocity of 120 MPH.

The main draw back is the expense since it can cost over $300 once you buy batteries as well. However, if you already have any Makita cordless tools that use the 18v LXT batteries then you can use those batteries in this unit which makes it a great option for Makita tool owners.


DeWalt DWBL700 12 Amp Handheld Blower

Price: $119
Category: Electric Handheld Blower

The DeWalt DWBL700 is a premium electric blower that is more well-built than some of the cheaper elctric leaf blowers. This unit has a 12 amp motor that generates 409 cfm of airflow and a max speed of 189 mph.

The DWBL700 weighs in at around 10 pounds due to the sturdier construction. It also has more intuative controls and a contoured handle that makes handling it easier. However, the price tag is hard to justify when it costs more that twice as much as the Worx WG520 for example.


Ryobi RY421021

Price: $39.97
Category: Electric Handheld Blower

If you are searching for a cheap leaf blower that costs less than $50 then the Ryobi RY421021 is for you. Picked as a Best Buy by the leading consumer magazine, this electric blower has an 8 amp motor that produces 440 cfm of air flow and a max speed of 135 mph.

Weighing just 7 pounds the Ryobi RY421021 won’t wow you with its performance, but it can handle all but the toughest jobs. Overall this is a great choice for a home owner with a small yard that does not want to spend a lot of money.


DeWalt DCBL720P1 20V Max Brushless Handheld Blower

Price: $187.06
Category: Battery Handheld Blower

Another cordless battery handheld blower to consider is the DeWalt DCBL720P1. This model comes with a 20v Max 5Ah Li-Ion battery that will last for about 15-20 minutes. If you already have DeWalt 20v Max batteries, you can also purchase the tool only for $129.

As for performance, the DeWalt DCBL720P1 generates a max speed of 90 mph and an air flow of 400 cfm. One nice positive is that it is the quietest leaf blower on our list at just 61 decibels.

Overall we really only recommend the DeWalt DCBL720P1 if you already have DeWalt cordless tools and can take advantage of sharing batteries.


Toro 51617 Rake and Vac

Price: $49.84
Category: Electric Handheld Blower

The cheapest leaf blower on our list that also has vacuum and bagging capabilities is the Toro 51617. This Toro model is also very light at just 6.5 pounds. It uses 10.5 amps instead of 12 like the higher rated Toro unit, so it has a bit less power. It still produces a high 215 MPH max velocity, but only 350 CFM of max airflow.

The Toro 51617 is a good choice for home owners with primarily light duty debris clean up tasks and wants to take advantage of its ability to bag leaves.


Sun Joe SBJ597E-SJB 6-Amp 155 MPH Electric Leaf Blower

Cheapest Leaf Blower
Price: $18.77
Category: Electric Handheld Blower

The cheapest leaf blower on our list is the electric Sun Joe SBJ597E-SJB which sells for under $20. This model is the best selling leaf blower on Amazon and it is also the lightest leaf blower on our list at just 3.9 pounds.

The SBJ597E-SJB only has a 6 amp motor and does not generate a ton of power, but it can reach a maximum air speed of 155 MPH with a poor 200 CFM volume of air.

The bottom line is that the Sun Joe SBJ597E-SJB is only going to work for small jobs, but its low price and light weight makes it an attractive buy.

Best Leaf Blowers Comparison Chart

Full Name Rating Best Price Category Weight
Power Supply
Max Velocity
Husqvarna 360BT 9.4 $424.88 Gas Backpack Blower 23.2 65.6 cc 232 631 97
Ryobi RY38BP 9.3 $199.00 Gas Backpack Blower 20.2 38 cc 175 760 75.5
Makita EB5300TH 9.2 $359.00 Gas Backpack Blower 26.5 52.5 cc 4 Stroke 184 516 70
Husqvarna 350BT 9.2 $286.99 Gas Backpack Blower 22.5 50.2 cc 180 494 94
Ryobi RY25AXB 9.1 $129.00 Gas Handheld Blower 11.5 25 cc 160 520 74
Ego LB6002 9.1 $299.00 Battery Backpack Blower 12.96 56V 145 600 64
Greenworks BL80L2510 9.0 $226.41 Battery Handheld Blower 10 80V 145 580 ?
WORX WG520 9.0 $50.10 Electric Handheld Blower 6.4 12 amps 110 600 82
Hitachi RB24EAP 8.8 $123.31 Gas Handheld Blower 8.6 24 cc 170 441 96.7
Toro 51621 8.8 $89.75 Electric Handheld Blower 8.9 12 amps 250 410 68
Makita BHX2500CA 8.7 $205.86 Gas Handheld Blower 9.8 24.5 cc 4 Stroke 145 356 67
EGO LB5302 8.7 $179.00 Battery Handheld Blower 9.8 56V 110 530 64
Makita XBU02Z 8.5 $103.80 Battery Handheld Blower 9.9 18V x2 120 473 96
DeWalt DWBL700 8.4 $119.00 Electric Handheld Blower 9.9 12 amps 189 409 69
Ryobi RY421021 8.3 $39.97 Electric Handheld Blower 7 8 amps 135 440 65
DeWalt DCBL720P1 8.0 $187.06 Battery Handheld Blower 9.7 20V 90 400 61
Toro 51617 8.0 $49.84 Electric Handheld Blower 6.5 10.5 amps 215 350 66.5
Sun Joe SBJ597E-SJB 7.5 $18.77 Electric Handheld Blower 3.9 6 amps 155 200 ?

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