Blow Me Down!- Find The Best Electric Leaf Blower 
Electric powered garden equipment is on the rise and electric leaf blowers are no exception.
Gas equipment is awesome for the work they do, but environmentally they aren't good.
According to the EPA, over 17million gallons of gas is spilled each year from refueling gas engines on mowers and outdoor equipment.
Electric equipment eliminates the spills and fumes and provides an ideal alternative.
The DeWalt 20 Volt Cordless got my vote as the best electric leaf blower overall due to its cordless operation, battery integration with other DeWalt products, solid performance and its sizable dealer network.
The DeWalt also punches above its weight for performance with users commenting on its performance versus other products that claim better performance specs.
Best Overall Blower
The DeWalt cordless provides value for money from a well trusted brand.
Its CFM rating of 400 will work well in most general use applications.
For heavier gardening use such as leaves and debris, a more powerful blower might be required.
Best Budget Blower
For those folk on a budget its hard to go past the Greenworks corded blower.
It's a no frills' product with a single speed that just gets the job done.
Often at such low prices, performance and reliability can be compromised but over 80% of consumer feed back rate this product over 4 stars.
Best Blower/Vac Combination
The Toro Electric Blower Vac does a good job of providing both blowing and vacuum options in the one product.
Performance specs for a combo unit are good with the blower rated at 350 CFM and the vacuum at 410.
Dont Forget The Extension Lead!
Most corded electric blowers don't come with an extension lead. Ensure you get a good length lead to make sure you cover all areas in the garden. The extreme weather extension lead is good example providing lead flexibility in all temperatures.
|Worx Turbine WG520 CORDED||$52.38||3 YEARS||600||YES||110||12AMP||CORDED||6.4||NOT|
|Greenworks 24012 7 Amp||$49.11||4 YEARS||530||SINGLE|
|Sun Joe SBJ597E||$19.80||2 YEARS||NOT|
|NO||155||6 AMP||CORDED||3.9||NOT |
|Greenworks PRO 80V||$222.62||4 YEARS||500||YES||125||7Ah|
|DEWALT 20V||$310.00||3 YEARS||400||YES||90||5 Ah|
|Toro Electric Blower Vac||$74.97||2 YEARS||350||YES||410 CFM|
|BLACK+DECKER Blower/Vac/Mulcher||$88.18||2 YEARS||180||2 SPEED||250||12 AMP||CORDED||8.1||68||UNLIMITED||YES|
|Makita XBU02PT1 Cordless Blower||Price not available||3 YEARS||473||YES||120||5 Ah|
|CORDLESS||20||61||UP TO |
Best Overall - DeWalt 20 Volt Cordless
Versatility, ease of use and low environment impact are what makes the DeWalt cordless leaf blower my best overall.
What could be easier than putting in a fresh battery and pulling the trigger.
In addition to its simplicity of operation, the DeWalt's battery is also compatible with over a hundred other DeWalt products that use the 20volt Max battery.
Other products in this category have higher performance specs such as the Greenworks PRO 80V and from a purely gardening point of view this product might be a better option for heavier garden work.
The extra power of the Greenworks cordless would be better for garden leaves for example.
If you already have DeWalt products that are compatible with the leaf blowers battery then it's a no brainer.
I like DeWalt because they have a strong brand presence and over 70 service centers across the US.
Customer support is a big consideration when buying outdoor power equipment because you can bet at some stage you will need some help.
Good performance from a 20 volt battery
Punches above its weight
The 20 Volt Battery is compatibile with multiple other DeWalt products
Use in over 100 other DeWalt products
Not too heavy for a cordless blower
Easy to use due to weight and design
Good value for the money
Battery integration with other products
Power not as good as other products
May be not as useful in the garden as other products
Best Budget Leaf Blower - Greenworks 7Ah Corded
From a value for money perspective, it's hard to fault the Greenworks 7 Amp corded blower.
It's a no frills leaf blower that just gets the job done.
It only has one speed but for most applications this will be fine.
Being cheap doesn't mean you lose out on performance however.
Punching out 530 CFM's is no slouch if you are happy to drag an extension lead around.
Given you are stuck with the single speed you may have issues if you don't need the full power.
Simple to use
Gets the job done if you just want a no-frills solution
Solid CFM at 530
Will cover most home use applications
Not too heavy
Minimize "arm kill' when holding for extended periods
Nothing complex for operating
Excellent CFM for a budget option
Lightweight under 5 pounds (2.27 kg)
Excellent warranty @ 4 years
Cords can be frustrating to work with and limited by length
Single speed might limit use
Best Blower/Vac Combination - Toro 12 Amp Corded
I've gotta be honest, I've never had great success with blower/vac combo's even with gas versions.
It just seems that stretch from combining both blowing and vacuuming is a just a little too challenging for most manufacturers.
Before you go investing in a combo, consider using your mower to pick up leaves if that is your priority.
A mower set up with a clean catcher (ensures good air flow) or even a good mulching mower will pick up leaves just as good if not better than a combo.
As a contractor I would blow any leaves that needed to be picked up on paths etc onto the lawn I was going to mow and kill two birds with one stone by mowing the grass and picking up the leaves at the same time.
If you do need a blower/vac combo then the Toro corded blower/vac combo is a worthy consideration due to its solid blow rating @ 350 CFM and 410 CFM for the vacuum.
One additional bonus of sorts is that within its design is a steel impeller which allows for mulching when in the vacuum setting.
Another design feature that I like about this product is the simplicity in switching from blower to vacuum.
My previous experience with this issue had left me frustrated at how difficult it can be to change modes.
The Toro makes this easy by not requiring tools to manage.
Switch the latch over underneath and hook up the catching bag.
3 in 1 functionality for flexibility
Blow, mulch or vacuum leaves etc.
12 amp power allows for solid performance
Power to blow leaves or suck up into the units holding bag
No additional tools required
Everything you need for most jobs in the garden.
Reduces the amount of equipment needed
Good power output for a combo tool
Good value for money
Blowing performance is less than most dedicated blowers
Warranty below most dedicated vacuums
Best CFM - Worx 12amp Corded
Often electric powered garden tools fail to achieve the same performance specs of a gas equivalent product.
But not in the case of the Worx Turbine 12 Amp Corded blower.
It's claimed output of 600CFM puts it up in the gas back pack realms and exceeding hand held gas blowers.
The biggest point of all is that its super affordable making it a viable gas alternative when you need some solid blowing power.
Powerful 12amp performance
Enough power to manage most blowing applications in the garden
Solid 3 year warranty
Peace of mind for three years use
Turbine fan for improved performance
Really gets the CFM specs up
Excellent value for money given the performance
Good power to weight ratio
Viable alternative to a gas model
Limited by your extension cord length
May be overkill for small yards
Longevity could be an issue if used frequently
Considerations When Purchasing An Electric Leaf Blower
The size of your property is a significant consideration when purchasing an electric blower.
Corded blowers need extension leads, this may not be practical over a large area.
A large property with lots of leaves and lawn might be better with a gas blower.
Battery Blowers VS Corded?
Battery blowers are more versatile but are limited to battery run time.
Battery blowers performance tends to be lower than corded electric or gas versions.
Blowers using batteries are often interchangeable with other products.
The DeWalt range is an example of this.
Battery blowers tend to be heavier than corded models.
Using an extension lead can be problematic as the distance increases.
Power leads during rain or near wet areas such as pools etc may not be safe.
Tips For Using An Electric Leaf Blower
Dry grass is much easier to move than damp or wet grass
Wet grass will be difficult to move unless you have a high performance blower
Leave the blowing until you are finished all other gardening jobs
If you leave the blowing until last you wont miss anything especially on paths
If you have a mower with a catcher use this to catch leaves on a lawn
Use your blower to move the leaves off a path and on to your lawn and use your mower with its catcher to pick up the leaves
Get an extension lead that winds up easily
There are extension leads that can be wound up making life easier when packing up
Wear hearing protection if your blower is over 85db
Electric blowers tend to be quieter than gas version but check your blowers rating just in case
Charge your battery the night before use
This is a no brainer but at least it is a reminder so you dont waste time when you need the blower the most
Answers to some frequently asked questions.
The Final Word On Electric Leaf Blowers
Electric leaf blowers are a growing alternative to their gas powered equivalent.
Decide if an electric blower is right for you by determining your yard size, what you want to do in it and if a battery or corded option will be practical.
Corded blowers can be powerful and cost effective but have an extension lead attached.
Battery blowers are practical and versatile with potential for power usage transferable to other outdoor products.
Run time is limited with battery products.
Either way I hope this guide assists you in finding the best product for your gardening projects.
All the best. Big Gav
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