Today we are going to answer the following question in our reviews and buyers guide: what are the best cordless leaf blowers?
As the world begins to find easier methods to garden maintenance, being stuck in the 20th century using a rake is no longer a viable option to maintaining an immaculate garden.
And trust me, there’s nothing worse than raking soggy leaves. Even electric-powered plug-in options are not the solution, and we couldn’t count how many times we’ve tripped over a wire.
Going cordless means convenience and once you jump on the cordless bandwagon you’ll never want to go back. The problem is that this is a competitive market and there are too many brands with too many models to choose from.
Picking the right model for your needs is an entire day’s job in itself, so we’ve done the hard work for you and found our top 15 picks that are suitable for a wide range of jobs.
So throw out the old rusty rake and upgrade your lawn with one of our list of the best cordless leaf blowers available on the market.[wptb id="507990" not found ]
Here is one of our favorite brands. Makita has created one of the best models available on the market. If you ever wanted to look the part as an expert garden craftsman, this extremely powerful leaf blower can help you achieve a spotless lawn.
It’s powerful. It’s easy to use and will clear anything up to 20 feet away, making this model ideal for big gardens or huge jobs that require a lot of clearance.
What impressed us the most is how long the battery lasted when not on full blast. After 25 minutes we still had the leaf blower clearing leaves and puddles, which we know can be frustrating for models that require multi charges for one job.
There is an option to add on four 5.0ah batteries which we recommend as unofficial batteries are never as efficient and run out of energy quicker.
Pros: This leaf blower is one of the most powerful models you can get your hands on, at this price range.
Has a decent battery life on the medium setting, and will last from 20 to 30 minutes.
Blows at a decent range and will clear anything in its path at around 20 feet away.
Cons: This model is a little heavier than some of the others in the Makita line, and at 20.5 pounds, can be tricky to maneuver up ladders and across big gardens.
We know that a lot of you are not looking for the most powerful leaf blower, and want something suitable for small to moderate areas.
The SnapFresh Leaf Blower is light and nimble, and we couldn’t think of a better option for older folks who just need a lightweight tool for the job.
This features an advanced copper motor and turbo engine tech, and the dual-speed mode quickly switches from indoors to outdoors, changing speeds from 60 mph to 130 mph.
We also appreciated that for such a lightweight model, not much assembly was required. We were up and running within minutes and didn’t need technical support for guidance.
Pros: At only 5.06 pounds, this is a super lightweight option, and this isn’t going to be difficult to hold for long periods.
One battery will take an hour to charge when using the fast charger device.
This won’t take all day to put together, and you’ll be leaf blowing in no time.
Cons: This model is not ideal for large jobs with lots of items to clear, as it’s lower on power than some of the other models we’ve reviewed.
This smart-looking designed leaf blower ticks the box for power and is lightweight. It blows up to 120 miles per hour and even has a low-power mode for smaller jobs that don’t require a lot of power.
There weren’t any rude surprises when we tried this one out and found ourselves impressed with the overall design. It wasn’t that complicated to use and overall found it to be effective at clearing dry leaves.
The only thing worth mentioning is the battery life and the fact this doesn’t come with one, so we had to source our own. With this model, make sure you have a rechargeable battery lying around, otherwise, you’ll be in-and-out of jobs.
Pros: Powerful enough for a range of different jobs, and will clear most areas with ease.
For its power, it is surprisingly light and easy to handle, and we didn’t have issues with using this for larger jobs.
Handles blowing speeds of up to 120 miles per hour.
Cons: This model doesn’t come included with a battery, and will require another Milwaukee lithium battery.
The EGO power+ is a beast, and there’s no better way to describe it. This one is super powerful and can clear 60 cubic feet per minute, and will be more ergogenic than a typical gas-powered leaf blower.
We found this one great for clearing all manner of things, like sand, cut grass, and wet leaves.
You will need to be moderately strong to carry this one around, as it weighs 6.8 pounds, but it’s certainly not one of the heavier leaf blowers on the market.
It’s also a quieter model and sounds more like a hairdryer than an industrial tool for clearing large amounts of debris.
Pros: Super powerful with speeds of up to 180 miles per hour.
Ideal for all manner of clearing objects and jobs sizes like gravel, wet leaves, and cut grass.
This model isn’t overly noisy and will not upset the neighbors.
Cons: Neither the battery nor the charger is included, so if you are looking for all-in-one packages we recommend you look elsewhere.
The best feature of WORX is how quickly you’ll get the job done. If you’re serious about speed and don’t want to be out in the garden for longer than you have to, this was one of the best for the overall length of time working.
The sleek design is 40 inches long, 11 inches wide, and 9.6 inches tall making it a comfortable option for most body types.
The WORX WG520 uses a jet engine-type motor that offers two different speeds for different jobs.
If using the open law, this 110 mph turbine will clear 600 cubic feet per minute. This one also can be used one-handed and is on the lighter side weighing close to 7.2 pounds.
Pros: Quick, easy, and efficient. Will tear apart the competition with its speed and precision.
The unique jet engine-type motor wasn’t loud.
It’s comfortable to hold and would suit most people.
Cons: Can sometimes find clothing being sucked into the intake so be wary of loose clothing.
Kobalt 40-Volt Lithium Ion (Li-ion) 480-CFM 110-MPH Medium-Duty Baretool Cordless Electric Leaf Blower
This blower works great as it’s lightweight and easy to use, and you’ll be surprised how far the 40-volt battery will go.
We think this model would be ideal for smaller properties that don’t need a heavy-duty model, with a combination of indoor and outdoor jobs.
One unique feature was the cruise control option when we wanted to go for longer stretches, or had a lot of ground to cover.
The one downside is this model doesn’t appear to come with an extended warranty option, in case of wear and tear or human error on part of the owner.
Pros: Lightweight and easy to use.
Ideal for smaller properties and would be perfect for indoor and outdoor cleaning.
Variable speed trigger and cruise control features are a great addition that allows for bespoke blowing.
Cons: Doesn’t appear to have an extended warranty, which is worth considering if you do not want to take the risk.
This is the second-time EGO Power+ feature on our list and for good reason because the blowing time on the LB6504 was magnificent.
You could easily get out 30 minutes of uninterrupted leaf blowing. Although it doesn’t have the same power as some of the other EGO Power+ models, it still held its own when clearing tough-to-move items such as wet, matte leaves.
The downside is that it’s almost twice as heavy as some of the other models, coming in at 12.9 pounds.
However, this is outweighed (no pun intended) by the decent power, ease of use, and portability. The LB6504 would be a smart choice for anyone looking for the best all-round option.
Pros: Has one of the fastest blowing times and is ideal for speedy jobs.
The battery life is pretty decent and on lower settings can last up to an hour.
Starts at the press of a button, and doesn’t make a lot of noise when compared to other leaf blowers at this price range.
Cons: If you enjoy leaf blowing with one hand, this unit is going to get heavy quite quickly.
Here’s an exceptional entry-level leaf blower that would be perfect for someone that wants to try out the ease of use of a cordless leaf blower.
What it lacks in run-time is more than made up for with its 100 miles per hour speed and 280 cubic feet per minute air-flow capacity. At only 6 pounds, it’s a modest model that we recommend for simple leaf blowing jobs.
The best feature of the Ryobi ONE+ is it’s not that loud at all, and the adjustable handle allows for more effective leaf blowing depending on the ergonomics of the individual.
Plus it comes included with a battery and charger for those looking to reduce the hassle of multi-buying.
Pros: Does a great job of clearing moderate-size debris.
It’s one of the quietest models we tried.
Its adjustable handle makes this ergonomically friendly and easier on the wrists.
Cons: It’s not as powerful when compared to similar models at this price range, and we would avoid this if you have tough debris to move.
If you’ve ever tried a WORX leaf blower, but want something with a more efficient run time, look no further than the WORX WG584. The battery can last up to 30 minutes at lower speeds whilst still maintaining decent power output.
And speaking of speed, there are three options available, with lower speeds ideal for tight corners and pavements, and the top speed can easily clear an open lawn without too much hassle.
This model uses two batteries instead of a hefty single battery design to help reduce the weight, and the 20-volt batteries are compatible with other WORX designs.
The only downside is that it’s not nearly as powerful as some of the other models we’ve tested, at 95 miles per hour airspeed and 470 cubic feet per minute air volume.
Pros: It comes with decent battery life, and will run for ages on lower speed settings.
Multi-Speed settings allow for different types of jobs.
The two battery design helps reduce the total weight of this model and weigh approximately 7.3 pounds.
Cons: It’s not the most powerful option and wouldn’t be suited for big jobs that require a lot of power.
SnapFresh has designed an ultra-lightweight model for many situations. You’re not going to be weighed down to the floor holding on to this, as it comes in at a measly 5.06 pounds and is easily holdable with one hand.
Owing to the lightweight, it won’t take very long to assemble, and SnapFreshes’ mission to make people’s lives easier is ticked off here, as we didn’t struggle at all.
Its dual-speed model comes in two modes that go from 60 mph to 130 mph work if you transition from indoor work to outdoor work.
With that said, it didn’t seem that powerful and won’t remove tough items like wet leaves or sand, so we’re not sure it does reach the advertised 130 mph speeds it claims.
Pros: Super lightweight. At only 5.06 pounds it’s one of the lightest models on our list.
If you’re not a fan of difficult assemblies, you’ll be pleased to learn that it doesn’t take long to piece together,
The dual-speed setting was easy to initiate and covered a wide range of jobs.
Cons: This isn’t powerful enough for tougher jobs, and we couldn’t move some debris like wet leaves.
So far we’ve strictly reviewed battery-powered leaf blowers, and for good reason. They are much easier to handle and can handle 95% of most recreational jobs across the house at the push of a button.
However, for those looking to get their hands on a commercial model that is more powerful than a battery-powered leaf blower, this model from Makita is our pick for the best gas-powered blower.
At over 200 mph and a maximum air volume of 706 cubic feet per minute, this cleared debris fast and effectively.
The EB7660TH sits over your back and we found the shoulder straps comfortable and easy to adjust. There was no issue with the pack becoming too heavy or overheating either.
The one downside is that it’s loud. At 76 decibels, this isn’t going to be subtle, which is to be expected from a commercial model like this.
Pros: Its power overwhelms most battery-powered models and comes with 200 miles per hour speeds.
Ideal for commercial jobs that cover a lot of ground in a short amount of time.
The backpack and shoulder straps are comfortable and we felt the padding did a great job.
Cons: With great power comes great noise. This model is louder than most battery-powered leaf blowers and has a noise level of 76 decibels, so we recommend noise-canceling ear protectors.
If you’re in the market for an option that can withstand heavy-duty use multiple times per week, we recommend this Dewalt.
Weighing in at 9 pounds, this model reaches top speeds of 125 miles per hour and covers an airflow capacity of 600 cubic feet per minute.
If you already own Dewalt batteries, make sure they are 60-volt as any other voltage will not be compatible with this model.
We liked the different speed options and they can help to extend the life of the bratty if you play around with the low and high options.
Pros: A strong performance in terms of total power with 125 miles per hour and airflow capacity of 600 cubic feet per minute.
A heavy-duty option if you’re in the garden multiple times per week.
It’s not heavy for what you get, as the 9 pounds weight is a fair trade-off for the power it delivers.
Cons: This model doesn’t work with many other Dewalt batteries, and you’ll need to own one of their 60-volt options.
Here’s another powerful unit, and the second gas monster to feature on our list. The X-TORQ engine has been designed to reduce harmful exhaust emissions, so if your key concern is being as eco-friendly as possible, this model increases fuel efficiency by up to 20% which also lowers the cost to run it.
This is power cleaning at its finest. With over 250 miles per hour speeds and 434 cubic feet per minute, this is an ideal option for going beyond leaves, and clearing sand, gravel, and large debris from vast land areas.
But it is on the heavier side coming in at over 22 pounds so make sure you have a strong back before purchasing!
Pros: Does a great job of clearing all types of debris such as sand and gravel.
The eco-friendly and fuel-efficient design means money gets saved on gas, and is kinder to the environment.
Cruise control settings can be set for optimal blowing on long-duration jobs.
Cons: It’s one of the heavier models featured and not suitable for everyone.
If you want a stealthy leaf blower and don’t want to wake the neighbor’s clearing leaves on a Sunday morning, you should go for the Black + Decker cordless sweeper.
As one of the lighter models, this simplistic design would be ideal for clearing hard surfaces like pathways and driveways.
It comes with speeds of up to 130 miles per hour and you’ll get approximately 25 minutes of battery life. If you wanted to crank up the power, they have a powerboost feature that is a good option for clearing problematic debris.
Just bear in mind that the power boost feature will likely become the standard procedure, as the regular sweep speed is not that powerful.
Pros: It’s a quiet model. Perfect for those who worry about upsetting neighbors.
Would be suitable for hard surfaces and clears pathways efficiently.
Has a powerboost feature if you need a setting that adds extra power for tougher areas.
Cons: This is not a powerful model, and you’ll have to rely on the powerboost mode for the majority of your leaf sweeping efforts.
We complete our list with the Litheli Cordless Leaf Blower, a lightweight and well-balanced machine that takes the top spot for simplicity.
Weighing in at 5.7 pounds, the advanced turbo tech allows max airflow to reach 480 cubic feet per minute, and a maximum speed of 92 miles per hour.
We enjoyed the sleek design and the handle and nozzle were ergonomically friendly, so we didn’t get wrist strain when going one-handed.
The one negative is that the battery life is sub-optimal, and you’ll be lucky to get 20 minutes from a fully charged battery.
Pros: Felt comfortable to handle and wasn’t cumbersome to maneuver.
Very easy to slot the battery into the leaf blower, and you won’t be fiddling around trying to get it to fit.
Comes with a 5-year warranty on the tool and a 3-year warranty for the battery and charger.
Cons: Not the greatest battery life, and for bigger jobs you’ll probably need a backup option.
We’ve reviewed our favorite leaf blowers on the market, now it’s time to take all of this information and choose the correct model for you.
Before you jump in and purchase the first cordless leaf blower you see, we recommend you go through the list and pick out 3-5 that you like the look of. See this as your shortlist, and go through our points below to narrow it down to one.
We’re going to have a look at the most important aspects that we’ve discussed in our review section, including power, reliability, weight, and battery life.
By the end of the guide, you should have 1-2 options left. So let’s get started with the most important element…
You should already have an idea of what type of job you need and how much power you require.
There’s no point in picking up a heavy-duty gas-powered model if you only have a small driveway to clear, and just the same you wouldn’t pick a lighter model for wide-open spaces that cover a lot of acres.
The most important items to look for are speed and air velocity which are measured as miles per hour and cubic feet per minute respectively.
Most of the products listed above will have some details regarding both of these metrics, but just in case they don’t, we’ll make this as simple as possible.
Miles per hour is measured by how quickly the air travels through the blower tube, and the higher the MPH, the more blow you’re going to get.
Cubic feet per minute or CFM measures how much air volume the blower can push per minute. The higher the number, the quicker the job gets done.
We recommend that you choose anything under 100 miles per hour for small jobs and dry surfaces, anything over 120-140 miles per hour for multiple types of debris and bigger jobs, whilst you want anything over 200 miles per hour for the biggest jobs.
Up next you’ll want to pick a relevant weight which is often one of the most overlooked aspects of purchasing a cordless leaf blower.
Having comfort during your blowing efforts is important because the heavier the model, the more you’ll be readily ready to fatigue, which slows the process down and makes it uncomfortable to complete.
Be honest with yourself and pick a lighter option if you don’t have a good grip or forearm strength. Pick a heavier one if your muscular endurance is on point or you’re used to using this kind of equipment.
Typically speaking, the more powerful the model the heavier it will be. Don’t forget we also included shoulder strap options which would be ideal for those carrying an injury that prevents you from holding objects.
In terms of weight, anything over 10 pounds is going to begin to become heavy, so if weight is something that is concerning you, go for a product that is in the 5-7 pounds range.
Next up is battery life, and we recommend choosing this feature after you’ve selected the best power and weight. Battery life is an important aspect, but there are ways around poor battery life, such as buying an extra battery or using a lower-powered setting.
The unit of measurement you want to consider is the overall production efficiency or OPE. This measures how well it charges, how much capacity it has, and its overall loss through discharge.
The greater the OPE, the more it can be used in action, and the less time you need to be charging it.
We would also take a look at whether the battery and charger unit comes included with the leaf blower, as this can save on making multiple purchases.
By trying to source a lithium battery, you may end up paying as much as the base unit, if not more. This is especially important if you are gifting a leaf blower for Christmas or a birthday.
Nothing says a slap in the face when you open your brand new cordless leaf blower, only to discover that you need to fork out for the battery. Thanks, Grandpa!
Versatility is an important function that is often overlooked. The perfect leaf blower will have the ability to work in a number of different situations that clear a wide array of different objects and debris.
By having a limited amount of speed, you’ll be restricting the use of the leaf blower. On the opposite side of the equation, you will have times when too much power is a bad thing because you’ll want to save as much battery life as possible.
Most people who purchase a leaf blower only consider dry leaves on a garden patch or driveway. But what if you need to clear wet leaves?
Or how about jobs that can be used indoors, such as dust and food particles? Always consider what you need to clear. If it’s just dry leaves, having less adjustable speeds isn’t going to be a big deal.
If you’re clearing mountains and mountains of wet leaves, you’re going to struggle on a one-speed setting, especially if that top setting is not powerful enough.
With the build, you’re going to find that the cheaper and expensive models come with a few differences.
Typically speaking, we’ve historically found that more expensive units are lighter because they focus on using better materials to allow for better blowing comfort.
They also include soft handle grips that are made of rubber for the most comfortable option.
We also find that with cheaper models, the time it takes to charge the battery can be longer, and often produce less air volume.
Plus, when a cheaper model includes a battery with its purchase, it’s often a nickel-cadmium battery as opposed to a lithium battery which is not as powerful.
There’s no point owning a cordless leaf blower if it’s going to break within the first 3-5 uses. You should check the warranty for your chosen device and protect yourself against unforeseen damage.
Whilst we’ve taken it upon ourselves to pick the best on the market, you still want to have the safety net of a multiple-year warranty, across the base model and the battery and charger if they come included with the leaf blower.
Most power tools come with a limited manufacturer’s warranty, but this doesn’t typically cover breakages caused by the user, or natural wear and tear.
The industry average is 2-3 years. Some offer this, and some offer an extended warranty for an extra fee. The more expensive the cordless leaf blower, the more you will want to consider this option.
We thought it prudent to include noise in our buyer’s guide. Although getting the job done is probably at the top of your list of priorities, noise should also be a factor in your purchasing decision for two reasons; to save your hearing and to not annoy the neighbors.
There’s no getting around this minor drawback, and all types of leaf blowers are going to generate some form of noise. It will just depend on the type.
Our list features a wide range of noise levels. Generally speaking the more powerful the leaf blower, the louder it gets.
The lighter models are quieter and might be mistaken for a hairdryer, and the gas leaf blowers designed for commercial use will generate a lot of noise.
However, the noise for the gas-powered leaf blowers is one of the reasons that many residential users have switched to battery-powered leaf blowers, as they are that loud and distracting.
Bear this in mind when letting rip on your gas-powered blower.
There’s no real correct answer here, but it’s worth considering if you live in close proximity to elder neighbors or a young family with a newborn baby.
Frequently Asked Questions
How Can I Extend A Cordless Leaf Blower Running Time?
One option you have is to turn the setting down to a moderate speed and power. The other is to pay for a spare battery and keep this charged whilst the other is in use.
That way you can alternate between two and extend the battery life by effectively only using one battery half the time.
When Should You Do Your Leaf Blowing?
Ideally when there is little wind and leaves have had time to dry. If you pick a windy day, this might make the job counter-productive, and moving dry leaves is easier than wet leaves.
Is There A Specific Technique For Leaf Blowing?
We recommend blowing leaves in a single direction, as this avoids having to work through the same area multiple times.
What’s The Difference Between A Leaf Blower And A Leaf Vacuum?
Leaf blowers are ideal for a quick cleaning task, with wide spaces, or for clearing wet debris such as leaves, gravel, sand, and snow.
A leaf vacuum is suitable for debris in narrow spaces, for delicate items such as flower beds, and for removing household pests.
That will depend on the type of battery. Lithium-ion batteries typically last 2-3 years, whilst nickel-cadmium batteries can take as much as 1,500 charges, which may end up being as long as 15 years.