The leaf blower has gone cordless and suburban homeowners are getting on board with the advantages this tool offers. The most important thing is that it’s much quieter than a gas engine machine. Second, there’s no starting strain. Plug in the battery, press the button, and you’re moving leaves. In the amount of time you would have spent to get the gas can, fuel the machine, set the choke, and pull the recoil handle, you’ve gotten a head start on the job.
Selecting a blower All of the blowers shown below will handle pavement sweeping and a scattering of light leaves. For ankle-deep leaves, for damp leaves, or to move lawn debris like twigs and nuts, choose a blower with more voltage and air speed. For deeper than ankle depth or for wet leaves, the only practical solution is a backpack leaf blower.
Of course, any of these products can easily go through a couple of batteries in a morning’s work. You should outfit yourself with two batteries and consider a third (or more) for really tough conditions. And if the going gets really tough or the area is large, you’ll need a gas engine machine. Sorry, but that’s the truth of the matter.
How We Tested We gathered this group of cordless leaf blowers to assess their power, balance, controls, weight, and comfort. We blew leaves and hay off of grass, and we swept sawdust off of an asphalt parking lot. Scroll down to see our product rankings, including a machine that we haven’t tested but that has all the makings for a likely candidate.