Best Leaf Blowers: Cordless and Corded Options for Easy Garden Storage
there’s no denying that fall is looming, but this year we’re coming to the rescue with some fantastic tools to ease the pain of the chore many of us dread most: leaf brushing.
A thankless task that often sits at the bottom of our “to do” list for much longer than it should, is an important task – whether you have a grass lawn or a concrete patio. If you have a lawn, remember that grass, like any living organism, needs sunlight and air to grow, and when buried under a thick layer of decaying leaves, both will have good conditions. bad to pass. Moss is also more likely to flourish when there is less sunlight.
If you have a patio – or any exterior stone or concrete flooring, for that matter – removing the leaves is just as crucial. Wet, slimy leaf debris is a major tripping hazard, and when the decomposition process kicks in, it becomes even more risky.
The good news? Leaves are a great organic material that will overload your compost, and they can also be turned into leaf potting soil, making them a great soil conditioner. This is precisely why it is worth considering a leaf blower with a built-in mulcher or vacuum. Other features to consider include; variable controls – having them, rather than just a simple on / off switch, will help you increase blowing power in tiny increments, and prove incredibly useful if you are cleaning sheets from different types of surface while motors Brushless are best if you’re looking for maximum power. Watch out for decibels – avoid anything with a decibel rating above 105 (the majority of leaf blowers have a decibel rating between 90 and 103). Cordless leaf blowers are more maneuverable, but don’t forget corded blowers – they’re especially ideal for large gardens, and you’ll get more power consistency, which means you can get into workouts. longer stripping without worrying about battery life.
So how did we test our leaf blowers? Putting them to the test shortly after one of the worst storms to hit our particular part of leafy Surrey. We’ve spent hours testing battery power and air speed, comparing nozzle sizes and setting speeds, and testing our leaf blowers on everything from recent leaf debris to leaf debris. soggy, compacted trees that we had ignored – until now. So here it is: our guide to nine brilliant leaf blowers guaranteed to keep your garden leafless this fall.
Greenworks Cordless Variable Speed Axial Blower
We’ll admit that one of our first thoughts when we saw this leaf blower was, why are so many leaf blowers green? To be clear, this is a criticism that can be leveled at several gardening gadgets, but the good news is that this is the only complaint we have about Greenworks’ fantastic leaf blower which is. , quite simply, a pleasure to use (and yes, we just said that about a leaf blower).
A battery test button makes it easy to check how much power we have left, and an air speed of 193 km / ha makes it easier to work in our leafy garden. The combination of a brushless motor and two powerful 24 volt batteries makes it one of the most powerful leaf blowers on the market. In our first test session, we accidentally gave our precious sunflowers some serious blows despite being over seven meters away. .
A trigger switch allowed us to vary the blower power, although there is also a toggle switch that allows us to set the power to certain fixed forces – a feature best described as a speed controller for leaf blowers.
LEAFJET Worx 18V Cordless Garden Leaf Blower
This is a cordless leaf blower that ticks all the boxes and does everything it promises to do incredibly well. For starters, it’s wonderfully compact and surprisingly quiet, producing just 96 decibels, despite the fact that it will propel air speeds of up to 209 km / h and has a 20 V battery.
Its brushless motor can take a lot of credit for its power, but it’s also incredibly well designed – we loved the power test button which makes it easy to check power levels on the go, as well as the grip. incredibly comfortable which allowed us to maintain excellent grip on a rainy day.
A handy feature is the ability to change the blowing power not only by adjusting the settings (choose from 0, 1 and 2) but by extending the nozzle – extend it fully and you will be rewarded with blowing power over a larger area. wide, while retracting it means increasing the blowing power in more precise places.
Kärcher LBL 2 Cordless Leaf Blower
Kärcher’s sunny yellow means the machine isn’t the most powerful cordless leaf blower in the neighborhood, but it’s wonderfully easy to assemble – the nozzle simply turns on the two-piece shaft and you’re ready to go. to leave.
The 18-volt battery also snaps incredibly easily. It is also refreshing and well balanced in the hand, minimizing the risk of arm pain. A narrow nozzle that doubles as a scraper is also included, making it easier to grip stubborn wet leaves sunk into the ground.
With a maximum air speed of 210 km / h, it will cover large areas relatively quickly, and we certainly gave it a good test – a leaf-strewn garden in the wake of the recent storms that hit the southern part of the country. ‘England. While there is no option to adjust wattage in small increments, a digital display helped us keep tabs on battery life.
Garden Vacuum Draper, Blower and Mulcher
Draper’s high-tech gardening tool will not only blow the leaves, it will suck them up and mulch them as well. At 103 decibels, it’s not a leaf blower you can ignore, but it’s a small price to pay for the power delivered by a 3,200W motor.
With an impressive maximum air speed (blower) of 260 km / h, it transformed our leaf-strewn test garden in the shortest possible time, and the shoulder strap was a godsend – and that will come into its own when the machine will be used for vacuuming sessions. (the removable bag will contain no less than 45 liters of leaves).
While we had concerns about its wired style, our fears were unfounded – the extra-long cable provided easy access to the most remote areas of our garden, and the dial-type controls allowed us to increase the speed in small increments. We also loved the safety mechanisms – when the nozzle is pulled out, it automatically shuts off.
VonHaus G-Series Cordless Leaf Blower
One of the best leaf blowers you’ll find for under £ 50, this sleek, monochrome garden essential is one of the few blowers to have a touch of style. It’s cordless and lightweight (tilts the scales at just 1.71kg) and has a clean, ergonomic design, with an extra-large rubber grip that will be especially handy on wet fall days. It’s also incredibly compact and the ease with which the nozzle unclips allows it to be stowed away in seconds. A one hour charge of the powerful 20 volt battery will give you 12 minutes of leaf blowing time.
Ryobi 36V MAX POWER Cordless Jet Blower
The Ryobi leaf blower is very powerful thanks to a 36 volt battery. Although the air speed is low (at 152 km / h), it is more than enough to clear that pesky fall foliage, and the combination of a trigger-type control and a turbo button will be useful for tackling those dreaded piles of damp, compressed sheets that are notoriously difficult to move.
This is another well thought out design blower – we were particularly impressed with the extra large surface of textured rubber which provided unbeatable grip, and the overall design of the handle, which could be raised and lowered, allowing it to be wedged in the smallest of spaces. A word of warning – be sure to order a battery and charger, as they are not included.
Flymo Power Vac 3000 Corded Blower and Vacuum
These are the most powerful blowers we’ve tested – its air speed reaches 310 km / h, which may have inspired Flymo’s decision to ditch its traditional bright orange hue and go instead. for a Ferrari red for this leaf blower.
Although wired, a generous 10-meter cable allowed us to reach all areas of our test garden, and the extra-large shoulder strap allowed us to make the most of the unlimited power – after several consecutive stripping sessions, we had not succumbed to a single pinching or aches.
We also loved the safety features of this blower, which also vacuum and shred leaves – you’ll need to make sure the cover that slides over the blades is securely attached before you can turn on the blower.
Stihl BGA 57 Blower
This sleek cordless leaf blower is the successor to Stihl’s best-selling BGA 56 blower, and it is very powerful, with a 36 volt battery, air speeds of 198 km / h and a large battery capacity – a full charge will provide 22 minutes of blowing time.
Despite its extra power, it remains relatively light, weighing just 2.3kg and a compact design featuring an adjustable nozzle that can be shortened or lengthened in seconds. We also loved the addition of an indent which meant we could hang it on a hook – a simple yet invaluable space-saving feature that will be hugely appreciated by anyone with crowded garden sheds.
Grizzly ELS 2614-2E Electric Leaf Blower
We were admittedly skeptical of the Grizzly 2600W leaf blower – not a brand we were familiar with, but we ended our testing session by promising never to speculate just because we don’t know the exact one. mark in question.
It’s another blower that also has suction and mulching features, although it’s the blast power that really sets the Grizzly apart – it has a blast speed of up to 270 km / h, despite levels relatively low noise of only 99 decibels.
It also has all the extra extras often associated with more expensive models, including a guided roller which means we could push the blower to ground level instead of wielding it like a (very heavy) lightsaber, and the controls – featuring an on / off switch and variable controls which allow us to increase horsepower in tiny increments – were also brilliantly simple to use.
Greenworks has it all figured out with Variable speed cordless axial blower – it strikes the perfect balance between power, handling and style, and it’s packed with features typically seen on more expensive models.