Pros / It is lightweight, quiet and easy to use for long periods.
Cons / This is not the most powerful leaf blower we evaluated.
Verdict / The Black & Decker LSWV36 has everything we look for in a leaf blower, including vacuum functionality and convenience features like antivibration and cushioned handles. It’s a great choice for people who prefer electric over gas-powered tools.
The Black & Decker LSWV36 leaf blower lets you clear debris from your yard without putting excess strain on your body. This battery-powered leaf blower weighs in at just 5.4 pounds, which is several pounds lighter than the other leaf blowers in our lineup. This makes it a good ergonomic choice for most people. It has a feature rich design with all the functionality we looked for in a leaf blower, including the ability to mulch leaves you can use to fertilize your garden.
This yard tool has a padded handle and antivibration technology that make it comfortable to hold during long jobs. It also has extras like a built-in scraper to loosen stubborn, matted debris so you can vacuum it up without having to lay down the device. Other extras include antivibration functionality and variable-speed settings that you can adjust according to the type of debris you’re dealing with. Since it is a two-piece blower, you can take it apart for easy storage.
While this leaf blower has almost everything going for it, it is not the most powerful machine in our comparison. Battery-operated tools are a great convenience, but they don’t have as much power as their gas or corded counterparts – and leaf blowers are no exception. This blower has airspeeds of 120 mph, which is still powerful enough to blow a pile of leaves and other debris a healthy 17.5 feet, and it will make quick work of debris removal in your yard. It just isn’t as powerful as some of the other leaf blowers we evaluated. By comparison, the most powerful leaf blower in our side-by-side comparison is the Toro 51621, a corded leaf blower with airspeeds of up to 250 mph.
It is, however, the quietest machine in our lineup. The Black & Decker creates only 86.2 dB of noise while in operation. That’s still loud enough that your neighbors will notice, and wearing ear protection is always a good idea. Since it’s battery powered you won’t have to hassle with a cord or mixing fuels. You can also feel good about having a product that is safer for the environment.
The Black & Decker LSWV36 is a feature rich, midrange leaf blower that comes with a solid three-year warranty. The best warranty was seven years, but most of the leaf blowers we looked at were only covered for two years from the time of purchase. Black & Decker has excellent customer support.
The Black & Decker LSWV36 is a light-weight, battery-operated leaf blower that makes clearing debris in your yard easy. It is a quiet machine with extras like padded handles and antivibration functionality that make it comfortable to use for long periods. It also vacuums and mulches leaves. It’s much easier to use than its gas-powered counterparts and better for the environment, plus you won’t have to breathe in fumes. While it has a decent amount of power, the gas and corded leaf blowers in our comparison will always have more.