The top performers in our review are the Black & Decker LSWV36, the Gold Award winner; the GreenWorks 24352, the Silver Award winner; and the Makita BHX2500CA, the Bronze Award winner. Here’s more on choosing a leaf blower to meet your needs, along with detail on how we arrived at our ranking of 10 leaf blowers.
Leaf blowers on the market can help you clear anything from leaves to sawdust from your yard or driveway. Many have the power for either large stretches of grassy land or a small backyard. We tested leaf blowers that work for both commercial yard workers and homeowners who want help getting rid of the stray leaves that come with autumn. Depending on how large of a space you need to cover, you will have a plethora of solid choices for whatever you need from a leaf blower.
We tested leaf blowers that are powered by electricity and ones that are powered by gasoline. None of the blowers we tested are made for only professionals or only homeowners, even though the testing results indicate that some are suited for large areas, while some are better for small areas. We measured how far each blower could move a pile of sawdust, and how long it took each blower to make the sawdust go that distance. We also took the weight and noise level into account, since both determine when and how long you can use the blower. We also took other beneficial elements into account, such as variable speeds and whether or not the blower also has a vacuum function. You can learn more in our learning center.
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Maneuverability & Comfort: Going the Extra Mile
When each leaf blower was tested, we took into account how maneuverable each one would be in general and in comparison to the others. Whether or not the blower is powered by gas or electricity is one of the determining factors, as well as the weight and noise level. Whether you choose one powered by electricity or gas, you still have a variety of factors that determine whether or not the leaf blower is comfortable to operate. If you select a gas-powered one, you will have to make sure you are strong enough to rev up the engine, and that you have correctly calculated the amount of gas you need for whatever area you are using the leaf blower. If you choose an electric leaf blower, then you will have to either remember to charge a battery before using the machine or determine if you have an outlet that is close enough.
The Black & Decker, our Gold Award winner, has a noise level of only 86.2 decibels in comparison to the other models, most of which have levels in the mid-90s. Each model should give the user and people within earshot as little disturbance as possible. Anti-vibration is also a large part of comfort, and it makes the leaf blower easy to maneuver with less annoyance to the user.
Conveniences: Controlling Your Speed
One of the things that helped us differentiate between good leaf blowers and great leaf blowers is the number of added conveniences with which the blowers are built to make control easy to maintain. Higher-ranked leaf blowers offer variable speeds, which allow you to set the speed of the blower for a length of time, usually through numbered knobs near the blower’s handle. A vacuum function, while not essential, is a customary added benefit in most of the best leaf blower models.
We also measured how far the leaf blowers could blow sawdust during our testing process, which gave us results for how well each model lived up to its advertising and expectations. If you prefer to have total control over the speed and space covered, you should choose a leaf blower with high marks in both power and control. If you only need one to do a simple autumn cleanup in a little yard, then one with less power and control will suffice.
Design: Finding a Fit
A soft-grip handle is offered by most leaf blower manufacturers, and it should be at a good angle and made with a soft material that will ease the strain on your hands. The rest of the design should fit your needs. If you need varying blow types, then having a leaf blower designed with adjustable tubes is a good choice. The overall size of the leaf blower also helps determine your ability to use it.
Support Services: A Helping Hand
An instruction manual is essential for every leaf blower, and we prefer both a physical copy and an online one. Having support through email and phone is also preferable. A warranty with a number of years on it is also ideal, especially if you use your leaf blower frequently. Some machines come with different commercial and home-use warranties as well, such as the Tanaka 23.9cc.
Controlling the Noise Level
Most leaf blowers are unavoidably loud, so it is important to choose one that has the least potential for disturbing people. We measured the noise level of each leaf blower in our lineup, and most of them of them were pretty close to one another, but a few were quieter than the general trend. We recommend choosing one that makes the least amount of noise possible.
The Black & Decker LSWV36, the GreenWorks 24352 and the Makita BHX2500CA are all solid leaf blower models for regular use. Choosing the Gold Award winner was not tough once we saw the results of our testing, but the others still offered excellent design and benefits.
All of the leaf blowers in our lineup are fine choices for anyone who needs to clean up a yard or property, and they reflect the range of options available. Choosing one with a warranty, noise level and weight that suits your needs and capabilities is simple when you see the range of choices.