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Best Leaf Blower

Best Leaf Blowers
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The best leaf blowers have been designed to take the effort out of clearing up your yard and driveway. Choosing which one is best for you depends on how large the area is that you need to clear. If you’ve got a large yard, or need a leaf blower to use professionally, we’d suggest a gas leaf blower as these tools will work for long periods of time, as long as you top them up with gas. Gas leaf blowers are powerful but are also noisy.  Cordless or electric leaf blowers are normally quieter than gas models but they don’t quite offer the same power. They are good for clearing smaller areas.

Best overall

Black & Decker LSWV36

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Black+Decker 2-in1 Cordless Sweeper & Vacuum

Balance between power, quiet performance

The Black & Decker is a battery powered leaf blower and so it doesn’t require gas or an extension cord. On a full charge, the battery should last about 30 minutes. This lightweight leaf blower weighs 6.9 lbs. The Black & Decker leaf blower has handle cushions and anti-vibration functionality to make it more comfortable to use. The overall length of this leaf blower is 37 inches. 

Best electric leaf blower

Toro 51621

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Toro UltraPlus Leaf Blower Vaccum

An affordable electric blower

This Toro leaf blower is compact but extends to a lengthy 41 inches, and pushes leaves up to 16.8 feet away. You’ll never run out of gas or battery power because this leaf blower runs on electricity. The Toro UltraPlus is a versatile gardening tool that not only acts as a leaf blower, but can also be used as a vacuum. It also features a metal impeller that shreds leaves and other debris into small pieces. 

Best gas leaf blower

Husqvarna 125BVX review

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Husqvarna Handheld Blower

Comfort with less arm stress

The Husqvarna is a gas powered leaf blower that has a 1.1 horsepower two-cycle motor. This leaf blower has an ergonomic design that makes it very easy to maneuver. The inline fan housing reduces stress on your arm and wrist making the machine comfortable to use. It comes with interchangeable flat and round nozzles that direct airflow at two different airspeeds. 

Best value

Black & Decker LB700

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Black+Decker Electric Leaf Blower

Simply a leaf blower

The Black+Decker electric leaf blower is a corded blower with a seven amp motor that provides a healthy 180 mph of air speed. It is ideal for garden paths, back yards and lawns. At 4.4 pounds it's a small, lightweight blower that you can hold in one hand. A cord retention mechanism means you won't get annoying cord snags as you walk around your property. 

Best handheld leaf blower

Poulan Pro PPBV25

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Poulan Pro Handheld Leaf Blower

Powerful two-cycle gas motor

This Poulan leaf blower has a powerful 25cc two-cycle gas motor capable of air speeds up to 230 mph. This leaf blower has a cruise control feature and trigger-operated variable speed control attached to the soft-grip handle. Those features along with the anti-vibration capabilities built into its design reduce muscle fatigue and make it comfortable to operate. 

Which is the best leaf blower - gas or electric? 

When buying a leaf blower, you need to determine whether you'd prefer a gas-powered or electric model. If you select a gas leaf blower, you’ll need enough strength and mobility to rev up the engine by using a pull cord, since it often requires a hard yank.  In addition, many gas-powered blowers consist of a two-stroke engine, which requires a mixture of gasoline and oil that you'll need to prepare and keep on hand.

If you choose an electric leaf blower, you must either remember to charge the battery before use (if it has a battery) or, for corded models, find an outlet that gives you the best access to your yard. Another consideration before you buy is the issue of a cord getting tangled around objects like sprinkler heads and shrubs.

If you prefer total control over the leaf  blower's speed and you have a big area to cover, choose a unit that offers substantial power and maneuverability. If you have a smaller yard and only plan to do the occasional simple cleanup, then one with less power and maneuverability will work nicely.