Unfortunately, many people are not as insightful and end up buying whatever brand or model is on sale at their local hardware store, something that usually ends in disappointment.
In this article, you’re not only going to find out which is the best cordless leaf blower for what you need it for, but you’ll also be able to understand what makes a great leaf blower and why I have chosen the eight models listed below. Let’s start with some basics.
Cordless Leaf Blower Reviews
Now that you know what sort of things are factored into this cordless leaf blower review, we can move on to the actual products. With a great deal of research that included evaluating the features and benefits, researching the brand, comparing average prices and checking out customer reviews, I have come up with eight cordless leaf blowers that I recommend.
Each one is a little different because everyone has different needs, but as long as you choose one of these eight, you are getting a solid and reliable leaf blower. Let’s get started with the reviews.
This Greenworks model is our top pick for a couple of reasons. First, it has more power than any other battery-powered blower out there, which rivals even the gas-powered models available. It also is affordable and easy to use. One of the best reasons to choose this blower is that it has a longer running time than any other models we’ve checked out. Let’s look at the pros and cons next.
| Longest running time of all models reviewed|
Powerful motor with 125 mph top speed
80-volt rechargeable battery
Includes battery charger
Sleek design with an easy to grip handle
| This unit is a little heavier than other battery-powered leaf blowers|
There is a slight delay between turning it on and the air starting to blow out
There are lots of great stuff about this blower, but the first one that comes to mind is how long the battery lasts. This unit has an unheard of battery life of 70 minutes when you are using it at full power. That makes it unlikely ever to run out of juice while you are working around the house since most people don’t have nearly enough leaves to blow to use up 70 minutes of battery life.
But this is also a really well-designed leaf blower with a terrific design. You can grab the handle and go, and it is very balanced while it is running. It is a little heavier than some of the other battery-powered blowers, but the reason for that is that it is more powerful than just about anything else out there.
You can’t go wrong with this leaf blower. The minor issues like a three-second delay to get the air moving is a small price to pay for the amount of power and battery life you get.
The next item on our list is the Echo cordless leaf blower, a powerful unit that has a large mouth so that you have a wider flow of air, and plenty of power and battery life to keep it going. This unit moves 250 cubic feet per minute of air and it has a variable speed switch to give you better control over your task.
| Powerful motor moves 250 CFM through a wide mouth|
Locking mechanism means that you don’t have to hold down the trigger button
Extremely powerful, even on wet leaves and rough terrain
| Because it’s so powerful it’s difficult to control|
No variable speed switch to slow it down if needed
Can sometimes blow things that you didn’t mean to move
The main thing that we love about this blower is how powerful it is. This might not be the top pick on this review list, but it is definitely a contender for the most powerful. Unfortunately, that can sometimes work against it, because you do have to have a fair amount of strength to hold onto it. It is fairly balanced, as long as you keep a tight grip on it.
With all of that being said, this is still an amazing leaf blower, because it simply performs like the top speed gasoline models, but without the gasoline and without the noise. If you often have stubborn leaves or debris that won’t move with your other leaf blowers, then this is definitely the model for you.
If you are looking for something to blow your leaves off the asphalt driveway when they start falling from the trees, this isn’t your leaf blower. But if you want something that performs like a beast, and will move just about anything you point it at, then go ahead and get this Echo.
The WORX TURBINE is a really powerful cordless blower at a terrific price. This machine runs on a 56-volt battery that you can recharge and uses turbine technology to really stand out from the crowd when it comes to cordless leaf blowers. This comes with the battery and charger, but you have the option to get it without as well. Let’s see some pros and cons of this unit.
| 56-volt MaxLithium battery with brushless motor|
Pushes 450 CFM
Variable speed switch
Great for blowing leaves and debris from rough surfaces like grass
Has a great cutout for hanging up on the wall of the garage
| Difficult to move leaves evenly due to the larger, round nozzle|
At top speed the battery doesn’t last very long
There really is a lot to love about this blower. What we really like about this unit is how balanced it is, between the power that it puts out and the listed price. It’s powerful enough to do the job but still extremely affordable. It does come with both the battery and the charger, although if you already have WORX products that use the same battery and charger, you can get the unit separately.
This does have a variable speed button, which is a great feature that we wish all of the blowers on this list had. However, it is only a two-speed and it could probably use three. Sometimes the highest speed is just too powerful and the lower speed isn’t enough to get the job done.
Bottom line here is that you should definitely consider this if you have short jobs that need a powerful leaf blower. If you plan on using your leaf blower all the time, then this might not be right for you, because it loses the charge fast. But for infrequent use it is perfect.
Oregon makes the next blower on our list, the cordless 40-volt kit that has everything you need to get the yardwork done. What really stands out on the Oregon unit is the battery, which is 4 Ah, which outperforms most of the other blowers on our list – at least when it comes to battery power. But let’s see what the pros and cons have to say.
| Will maintain charge for months at a time|
Similar in design to gas-powered blowers
Extended warranty on both the blower and the battery pack
Extremely powerful 4.0 Ah battery with option to upgrade to a 6.0 Ah battery
| Does not last nearly as long as manual claims|
Pretty heavy and you may have problems keeping it controlled
Really, the only problem with this blower is the battery. It is a little on the heavy side, although probably not any more so than a few of the other blowers on this list. But the battery just drains like crazy, especially when you are running it in turbo mode. It says that it is supposed to last 30 minutes on a full charge, even when you run it at turbo. But in reality, it only lasts about 12-16 minutes on the highest setting, and just a few minutes longer on the lower.
But it does have an extremely powerful battery, and the blower itself performs like very few battery-powered units. For big jobs that the sissy leaf blowers won’t do, this is a good choice.
If you want to use it for longer than ten minutes at a time, then go ahead and skip this one and get something else. If you want something that has a short life, but an extremely powerful motor, this might be right up your alley.
If you want something that gives you more control over your leaves, then you may want to take a look at this EGO. With a 2.0 Ah battery, this has plenty of power, and it pushes out 480 CFM of air. But the really great feature is the three-speed variable control, which means that even the kids can help out with yardwork.
| Affordable price with the 2.0 Ah battery|
Option to upgrade to a slightly more powerful battery
Variable two-speed motor
Will run between 30 to 60 minutes on a full charge
| Not as powerful as it could be|
Upgrade price on the 2.5 Ah battery isn’t worth it
Not well balanced at all
Don’t get me wrong, I like this leaf blower. I think it is a very solid product, or else it wouldn’t be on this list at all. But the fact is, there are better blowers on this list that you can get by spending a little more money. While the base 2.0 Ah model would definitely do well for someone on a budget, I definitely do not recommend that you upgrade to the 2.5 battery. You could pay the same price for a much more powerful blower if you wanted to upgrade.
However, this is a great budget option. If you don’t use your leaf blower much, and you just want a really solid product that you know is going to last you for a long time, then this might be just what you need. It isn’t powerful enough for the biggest jobs, but it will do the rest with no problems.
Easy recommendation as long as you aren’t looking for anything more powerful; if you want something that has more battery life and raw power, don’t pay the upgrade. Go with a different leaf blower.
The only gas-powered blower on our list comes from Hitachi, one of the most recognized brands in electronics and appliances. This really is the only gas-powered leaf blower that we could find that was comparable to the battery-powered ones on this list. But this really shines in longevity, giving you hours of performance when you need it, without having to stop your work and recharge or add more gasoline.
| Less expensive due to not needing a battery pack and charger|
Moves more than 440 CFM and blows at 170 miles-per-hour
Balanced and extremely light; easy to use
| It uses gasoline instead of a battery|
It is extremely loud, even compared to some other gas blowers
One of the really terrific things about this unit is how solid the company behind it is. Hitachi is a trusted brand, and they have graciously created a terrific warranty that may be the longest one ever included on a leaf blower. However, it is not the only good thing. This comes with a tapered nozzle, which some of the others do not. That allows you to really control your blowing pattern so that you get a nice, even and controlled cleanup.
But if you are looking for a battery-powered blower, this gasoline unit isn’t going to work for you. Some of the problems that people have with gas blowers is how loud they are, how smelly they are and how much of a pain it is to keep getting gas for it. Unfortunately, this suffers from all three.
If you don’t mind going with a gas-powered leaf blower, this is comparable to all of the battery-powered models on this list but with a much smaller price tag.
Makita makes the next leaf blower on our list. This may not be the most powerful leaf blower listed here, but it is a great option for anyone that wants a battery-operated blower but doesn’t have a lot of big jobs that need doing. This is an affordable blower that does the primary job of blowing leaves very well. You may not be able to do much else with it, but there are some benefits that may make up for that with some users. But reserve judgement until you check out the pros and cons.
| Smaller, rounded nozzle gives you more control but not as much airflow|
Gives you a good-quality blower at a budget price point
Three different speeds to allow you to choose the amount of air being pushed
Weighs less than four pounds for use by just about anyone
| Runs for just 10 minutes on the highest setting and not much longer on the slower speeds|
This is not a powerful blower, even on the highest speed setting
This is at the very end of the list for a reason. It isn’t a super powerful blower. In fact, if you have anything more than dry leaves on a short lawn or paved driveway you probably want to look elsewhere. If you’re using it to dry your car after a wash, it doesn’t push enough air to get it dry before the battery runs out either.
With all that being said, the price is amazing for a battery-powered blower. Plus, it is so light that anyone can use it, and the three-speed switch is a nice feature. This leaf blower also comes with a handy carrying case that matches the color scheme and that makes it nice to for storage. Plus, many people have reported that while the battery does drain fast while you’re running it, it will last for quite a while in storage, so it should be charged whenever you decide to use it.
So, the bottom line here is that this is a good quality budget blower. It’s not that powerful, but it doesn’t need to be if all you are using it for is blowing leaves. People use their leaf blowers for a lot of different things, but the most important thing is that it will get rid of the leaves and debris, and this unit does just fine. If you are more concerned about price than versatility, this is probably the leaf blower that you want to go with.
If you are into tools, then you’ve probably heard the name DeWalt. Known for tough products that simply perform, DeWalt is a trusted brand, and this leaf blower demonstrates exactly why. This is a 20-volt blower, which is quite a bit less powerful than some of the other options on the list, but it is still a high-performing leaf blower. In fact, this is one of the best-rounded blowers on the list. The price is a little high, but the power is more than adequate for medium to small jobs. Let’s check out the pros and cons.
| It moves an amazing 400 CFM of air for the lower voltage|
It also features one of the best batteries on this list at 5.0 Ah
Air comes out at 90 miles per hour, which is enough for nearly any job, big or small
DeWalt is a trusted brand
This is probably the most durable of all of the blowers on this list
Features a trigger lock
| The battery drains in about 20 minutes even while fully charged|
The speed setting is difficult to use – it is basically one speed
There isn’t enough power for big jobs – gutters for instance
The price is too high for the amount of juice and wind that it puts out
This isn’t a bad blower. The main problem is that it just doesn’t have enough power for the biggest jobs. If you want to clean out your gutters, dry your car or push anything more than dry leaves from your driveway, you may be disappointed. Unfortunately, it is also priced higher than a blower of this quality should be. But that’s because DeWalt can capitalize on their brand name and they do have durable products that last.
The bottom line is that unless you are a diehard DeWalt fan, you don’t mind paying more for less power or you really plan on treating your leaf blower rough, you should probably skip this one. While it does have the advantage of being extremely durable, it just won’t work for anyone other than the most casual user. But for casual users, the previous listing is a better choice because the price is much lower than this one.
How Does a Cordless Leaf Blower Work?
There are two basic options when it comes to cordless leaf blowers: the battery-operated model and the gasoline leaf blower. Each of these have their advantages and disadvantages. Generally, gasoline-powered leaf blowers will be more powerful than those that run on batteries, and right now they cost less, but the advantage of a rechargeable battery is that you don’t have to spend money on gasoline.
Within both of these basic types there are specific features that might come with a cordless leaf blower. For example, some models double as a vacuum, with a detachable bag that allows you to suck up leaves instead of blowing them. Other features include the power, usability, design and versatility of the leaf blower.