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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 electric blower

Toro 51621

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Toro UltraPlus leaf blower vaccum (opens in new tab)

A corded machine

This Toro leaf blower is compact but extends to a lengthy 41 inches and pushes leaves over 16 feet away. You’ll never run out of gas or battery power because it 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 blower

Husqvarna 125BVX review

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Comfort with less arm stress

The Husqvarna is a gas-powered leaf blower that has a 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 blower

Black & Decker LB700

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Black+Decker electric leaf blower (opens in new tab)

Easy and straightforward design

The Black+Decker electric leaf blower is a corded model with a 7-amp motor that provides a healthy 180 mph of airspeed. It is ideal for garden paths, back yards, and lawns. At just over 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 battery blower

Black & Decker LSWV36

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Black+Decker 2-in-1 cordless sweeper and vacuum (opens in new tab)

Power and quiet performance

The Black + Decker is a battery-powered leaf blower, 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 almost 7 pounds. The Black + Decker leaf blower has cushioned handles and anti-vibration functionality to make it more comfortable to use. The overall length of this leaf blower is 37 inches. 

Best handheld blower

Poulan Pro PPBV25

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Poulan Pro handheld leaf blower (opens in new tab)

Powerful two-cycle gas motor

This Poulan leaf blower has a powerful 25cc two-cycle gas motor capable of airspeeds 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.

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Sophie is Home Editor at Top Ten Reviews. Starting off her career in print journalism, Sophie then moved to digital and now specializes in lifestyle, home interiors and social media. While she has scooped awards for her journalism, Sophie likes to whip up a storm in the kitchen when she's not writing.