The Best Leaf Blower

Any electric leaf blower will clear leaves off grass or pavement; the true question is whether you value power or portability. Corded blowers have faster windspeed, giving them a slight but noticeable edge in power. A battery-powered leaf blower gives you the freedom to go anywhere without being tied to an extension cord, but they’re also more expensive.

Don't forget an extension cordDifferent leaf blowers pull different amounts of electricity, so it’s important to choose a cord that’s rated for outdoor use and can handle the correct amperage. Our top pick uses a 12-amp extension cord.

The corded electric Toro 51619 has excellent wind speed — its most powerful gust is stronger than any battery-powered option — and cleared our lawn of leaves and sticks quickly. Even better, its settings are controlled through a dial on the handle, so you can fine-tune the amount of wind power to fit the type of task. Its higher settings blast leaves off a deck in seconds, while its lower settings are gentle enough herd leaves into a pile. The Toro also comes with an optional mulching attachment that vacuums, chops up, and stores yard waste in a linen bag to spread into your garden later.

The battery-powered EGO LB4801 is twice the price of the Toro, but you won’t have to worry about whether you should have bought the 50- or 100-foot extension cord. Plus, it's still powerful enough to clear a dense pile of leaves out from sidewalk gutter and light enough to carry around your yard. Compared to other battery blowers, the EGO had the best run-time. It lasted 22 minutes on its highest setting while the competition maxed out at 15.

What about gas-powered leaf blowers?

For almost all homeowners, electric leaf blowers, whether corded or battery-powered, have the power to corral our leaves, grass trimmings, and hedge clippings. In addition, electric blowers are quiet enough to be used without bothering the neighbors, require no maintenance aside from charging the battery and hanging up the cord, and don’t force you to breathe in exhaust filled with partially burned oil and gas.

Kurt Morrell, vice president for landscape operations at the New York Botanical Garden, explained that electric isn’t quite there for commercial purposes, but it is getting close. Gas’ remaining niche is in providing a leaf blower that is powerful and portable, cleaning acres of lawn in a short period of time.

If you’re looking for a heavy-duty leaf blower to maintain your personal arboretum, the Husqvarna 125B ($144) comes highly recommended by Consumer Reports.

Our Picks for the Best Leaf Blower

The Best Powerful Leaf Blower
Toro 51619
It effortlessly pushes, guides, and mulches leaves. You'll need an extension cord, but the blower is easy to carry.

Electric corded leaf blowers are usually powerful, and the Toro Ultra Blower Vac is no exception. It performed well in both power and maneuverability; it quickly shepherded leaves into our target square and cleared them back out in seconds.

While its 350 CFM wasn’t as high as the EGO’s 480, or the Worx 520’s 600, it had no trouble clearing leaves off the lawn. It packs a wind speed of 250 MPH — faster than any blower we found.

We liked the Toro’s continuous dial for adjusting power settings. It’s easy to reach, so we could adjust the amount of power for each phase of our test. Its lowest setting was not only powerful, but also precise. We could move leaves into our target area without blowing away the ones already in it.

Toro Close-Up for Leaf Blower

The Toro’s handle design allowed us to change our grip and adjust the nozzle’s angle, while still keeping a firm hand on the blower.

The Toro also comes with two additional nozzles to create even rows and piles, plus a concentrator to focus the wind at stubborn leaves like a power washer. Even without the extra nozzles, we were still impressed with its narrow blade of air. As a result, we had precise, crisp lines of lawn after we ran a pass through the leaf pile.

We liked that the Toro doubles as a vacuum and mulcher, too. After pushing our leaves into a neat pile, we pulled off the nozzle and attached the vacuum tube. It sucks up leaves, twigs, and even pine cones. Then, the spinning blade chops it up and spits out fine, garden-ready mulch.

The Best Portable Leaf Blower
EGO LB4801
This battery-powered blower is ideal for a quick clean-up, but it has the power to tackle larger jobs, too.

The EGO LB4801 swept the competition in run-time, lasting 22 minutes at maximum wind power — a full 50 percent longer than the competition. Holding the EGO to low power is still plenty fast enough to clear a thinner leaf layer off the lawn, and extends the battery life up to an hour.

The Greenworks was a close competitor, but we preferred the EGO’s lightweight and well-balanced body. The Greenworks is just as portable, but its weight is concentrate towards the back of the machine; we had to awkwardly tilt our wrists to position it toward the ground. By comparison, The EGO was easy to hold over the entire testing session — no hand switching required.

Handle Comparison for Leaf Blower

The EGO's turbo button and speed dial (left) are within easy reach when you're holding it. The Ryobi (right) requires you to squeeze a trigger and maintain your grip to control speed.

We also liked the EGO’s continuous dial, which sits at the front of the handle. When we needed to get the last leaves into our target square, a simple adjustment scaled down the power. And when we wanted to get an extra burst, we could activate the turbo button with a press of our thumb to free leaves that had been wedged into a corner.

Pick your battery:

If you want extra run-time or plan on using continuous high power, consider a spare or an upgraded battery. We used EGO’s basic EGO Power 2.5Ah battery Buying a spare means leaving one on the charger ready to go, but you can also upgrade to EGO’s 4.0Ah, or 5.0Ah battery battery for a longer run-time without an extra trip to the garage.


Another Powerful Blower
Worx WG520
Powerful, but not as versatile as our other picks. Like the Toro, it requires an extension cord.

If you just need to push leaves and grass clippings off the sidewalk or patio, the Worx WG520 is another powerful option. It clocks in at 110 MPH, and blasts out at 600 CFM — enabling it to blow larger piles of leaves around than even most gas leaf blowers.

With great power comes more noise, and less maneuverability. We had one of the hardest times corralling the leaves into a tight space with this Worx model. As soon as we brought it in close, our leaf pile burst, and we were left with a scattered blanket of leaves all over again.

We weren’t huge fans of the Worx’s adjustable dial, either. Even though there are technically three settings, it’s easy to slip past one and onto the next. And there isn’t much of a distinction between speed 1 and speed 3 — one is fast, and the other is extremely fast. That’s likely due to its design. It’s the closest to a straight cylinder. The air passes immediately through the engine back out the nozzle.

Ultimately, the Worx WG520 will shave a few minutes off of easy chores, but it just isn’t as versatile as the Toro.

Worx 520 Close-Up for Leaf Blower

Even though it’s just for decoration, the Worx 520’s visible turbine look as fast as it acts.

Another Portable Blower
Greenworks PRO GBL80300
Greenworks PRO
It’s good for small projects, but you’ll want to invest in an extra battery for big ones.

The Greenworks Pro GBL80300 came last in our run-time test, managing just 15 minutes to the EGO’s 22 minutes, but it was by far our most powerful battery blower.

It makes short work of fall- and spring-time lawn care, with a fast wind speed (125 MPH) and a powerful wind volume (500 CFM). We had a Goldilocks moment in the leaf roundup; its medium setting sent leaves flying, and its low setting was a bit too slow to beat the competition. Still, its high speed was impressive, blowing away our leaf pile in moments.

The Greenworks has a slightly squishy grip that’s comfortable to hold. However, it naturally aims straight ahead when your hand is in a resting position, rather than at the leaves on the ground. We prefer the EGO for a larger yard because of its longer run-time, but if you only need a to blow leaves off your deck or driveway, you’ll save a minute or two with the Greenworks.

Greenworks Close-Up for Leaf Blower

The Greenworks Pro's grip is comfortable, but the lack of an angled opening means putting more strain on your wrist as you point it toward the ground.

Did You Know?

Mulching is good for your lawn.

Letting leaves decompose where they fall allows most of the nutrients trees and shrubs take out of the earth to break down into the topsoil. But if you don't want to let a layer of dead leaves rot on the lawn, you can mulch the leaves back into your lawn and garden.

Our top pick, the Toro 51619, comes with a vacuum and mulching attachment, but you can also use a lawnmower. Just raise the height of the lawnmower base, and run over the leaves until you reach the desired level of chop. Then, take your mulch and work it into your garden beds. You can also sprinkle it over your lawn or wherever your yard might appreciate some extra plant food.

Batteries aren't just for leaf blowers.

Usually the most expensive part of a battery-powered leaf blower is the battery itself. The good news is that electric lawn equipment is becoming more popular, and the technology is continuing to improve. Companies offering battery-powered yard equipment typically have multiple tools that can use the same battery. You can find battery-powered hedge trimmers, string trimmers, chainsaws, and lawnmowers.

Both the EGO and the Greenworks Pro leaf blowers use batteries interchangeable with their other products, and if you already have a battery, you can buy the leaf blower shell without one. So if you’ve invested in an EGO lawn mower, you’ll already have a strong battery by the time you add the leaf blower to your garage.

Our Leaf Blower Review: Summed Up

Leaf Blower
The Best
Toro 51619
For Power
EGO LB4801
For Portability