The Best Leaf Blower is a Cordless Blower
The best battery powered leaf blowers have come a long way compared to gas powered leaf blowers and corded electric leaf blowers. Thanks to improved battery technology, they are powerful enough for daily use. This site aims to provide a concise review of the best battery leaf blower, best electric blower, or best cordless leaf blower on the market today.
Advantages of Battery Leaf Blowers
- no messy gas and oil
- quieter than a gas blower
- no hassles dragging a power cable around
- lighter than a gas leaf blower.
What to Look for in a Leaf Blower
- MPH – Miles per Hour: This may seem like an odd measure for a leaf blower. This measures how fast the air is moving at the end of the tube
- CFM – Cubic Feet per Minute: It is a measure of the volume of air a leaf blower blows in one minute
- Volts – more volts means more power and ability to produce more CFM.
- Run Time – how long will it run per battery charge
- Weight – how heavy a leaf blower is may help you decide which one to buy. The heavier units will tire you out quicker.
A higher MPH is not necessarily a better leaf blower. If the MPH is high and the CFM is low, the unit may be blowing air quickly (MPH), but the volume (CFM) is too low to move leaves. MPH should be at least 80 MPH.
CFM is the best measure of how useful a leaf blower is. The higher the CFM, coupled with a decent MPH, will give you the best performance.
Battery volts range from 18 to 80. The best performing leaf blowers are at least 40 Volts.
Run-time is an important measure for cordless leaf blowers but it is difficult for manufacturers to offer a number due to too many variables. Battery size, temperature, and the speed at which one runs the leaf blower, all contribute to the useful time between charges. However, we’ve managed to find run-time for most of the leaf blowers reviewed.
Weight is also a difficult item for manufacturers to report if the unit has a variety of optional battery sizes. When possible, we will report this information.
We think the best battery powered leaf blower has an MPH of at least 80, a CFM of at least 250, a voltage of at least 40, and a run time of at least 30 minutes.
Chart of 7 Top Battery Powered Leaf Blowers
|Brand & Model||MPH||CFM||Volts||Max|
out of 10
|GreenWorks Pro GBL80300||125||500||80||70||9.0|
|WORX TURBINE WG591||125||465||56||90||7.7|
|EGO Power+ LB4801||92||480||56||60||7.0|
|Poulan Pro 967039201||110||390||40||15||4.7|
3 Top Battery Powered Leaf Blowers Reviewed
The GreenWorks leaf blower, model Pro GBL80300, uses the highest voltage system of any leaf blower we’ve reviewed. At 80 volts, the higher voltage helps assure higher power and run-time. The high speed and ample volume of air flow make moving leaves a breeze. This Greenworks leaf blower kit comes with a 2Ah battery which can run for as much as 70 minutes. An optional 4.0 Ah battery is available. The GreenWorks Pro line of compatible equipment includes a lawnmower, hedge trimmer, chainsaw, and string trimmer.
- 70-minute run-time
- Larger battery capacity options
- Share battery with other GreenWorks yard tools.
- 125 MPH
- 500 CFM
- 80 Volt System
Summary – Rating: 9/10
This unit received our highest rating of all the others. It has the highest CFM, one of the highest MPH, and the highest voltage system. It’s run-time was not the best, but almost.
- Turbo Boost speed
- 90-minute run-time
- Shares battery with other Worx yard tools.
- 125 MPH
- 465 CFM
- 56 Volt System
Summary – Rating: 7.7/10
Popular Mechanics gave this unit their top honor when reviewing 8 battery-powered leaf blowers. The Worx unit has the longest run-time of all the leaf blowers we reviewed. It has one of the highest MPH, but a slightly lower CFM than our top rated model. If a longer runtime is what you need, then this unit may be your best choice.
- Variable speeds
- 60-minute run-time
- Shares battery with other Ego Power+ yard tools.
- 92 MPH
- 480 CFM
- 56 Volt System
Summary – Rating: 7.0/10