Best Leaf Blowers and Sweepers for 2017 Reviewed

Choosing the best leaf blower doesn’t have to be difficult – simply think about what purpose should the tool serve and take a look at our most recommended units currently for sale:

The best universal leaf blower:

Toro 51619

Toro 51619

Our rating: 4.5 stars Very good  

Customer rating: 4.5 stars 1000+ reviews **

Price: $69.88

Our most recommended: Powerful electric blower with vacuum – easy to use, durable and with a speed adjustment dial.

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** please note the reviews on Amazon are mixed from several different tools

If you need a quality tool for your normal-sized garden, yard or patio, this section is for you. We have selected several electric, gas and battery powered models that are easy to use, not too heavy and provide enough power both for cleaning hard surfaces and blowing leaves off grass, flowerbeds or gutters as well. Some of them also feature a vacuum and mulcher.

Comparison with other recommended models:

Model Type Price Our rating   For Air speed Air volume Weight Battery time
Toro 51619 Electric $69.88 4.5 stars 250 mph (adjustable) 350 CFM 8.5 lbs
BLACK+DECKER BV5600 Electric $69.98 4.5 stars 250/180 mph up to 400 CFM 8.1 lbs
Toro 51618 Electric $62.48 4.5 stars 225 mph (2 speeds) 330 CFM 7.2 lbs
GreenWorks 24322 Cordless Brushless $184.22* 4 stars 185 mph (adjustable) 340 CFM 5.6 lbs 15-40 minutes**
DEWALT DCBL720B Cordless Brushless Hidden 4.5 stars 90 mph (adjustable) 400 CFM 7.1 lbs 20 mins fullspeed, more on lower**
GreenWorks GBL80300 Cordless Brushless $242.77* 4.5 stars 125 mph (adjustable) 500 CFM 8.9 lbs 20-70 minutes**
Hitachi RB24EAP Gas Handheld $129.00 4.5 stars 170 mph (adjustable) 441 CFM 8.6 lbs
Husqvarna 125B Gas Handheld $146.62 4.5 stars 170 mph (adjustable) 425 CFM 9.4 lbs

* including battery and charger

** according to users


Best sweepers:

If your main concern isn’t vacuuming or blowing away huge piles of leaves, but rather cleaning grass clippings, leaves and debris from walkways and patio (or dust out of your garage), an inexpensive sweeper would be your best bet. They are lightweight, very easy to use and perfectly suitable for these lighter tasks.

Greenworks 24012

Greenworks 24012

Our rating: 4.5 stars Very good  

Customer rating: 4.5 stars 1,300+ reviews

Price: $29.49

Best price, electric: Nice little sweeper, perfect for all kinds of easier jobs. Very cheap, lightweight, easy to use and with a 4-year warranty.

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GreenWorks 24252

GreenWorks 24252

Our rating: 4.5 stars Very good  

Customer rating: 4 stars 1,100+ reviews

Price: $108.98*

Cordless: Popular cordless model, therefore even more convenient for those cleanup tasks. Extra lightweight and with a speed control.

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* including battery and charger

Comparison with other recommended models:

Model Type Price Our rating   For Air speed Air volume Weight Battery time
Toro 51585 Electric $48.70 4.5 stars 160/130 mph 155 CFM 4.6 lbs
Greenworks 24012 Electric $29.49 4.5 stars 160 mph 150 CFM 4.5 lbs
GreenWorks 24252 Cordless $108.98* 4.5 stars 150 mph (adjustable) 135 CFM 3.39 lbs 15-30 minutes**
BLACK+DECKER LSW36 Cordless $96.98* 4.5 stars 120 mph (adjustable) 90 CFM 4.7 lbs 15-30 minutes**
BLACK+DECKER LSW20 Cordless $76.98* 4 stars 120 mph 120 CFM 3.7 lbs 10-15 minutes**
BLACK+DECKER LSWV36 Cordless $129.00* 4 stars 120 mph (adjustable) 90 CFM 5.4 lbs 15-30 minutes**

* including battery and charger

** according to users


Best powerful blower:

If you need to maintain a large property or a lot of leaves, a heavy-duty blower (that doesn’t require an extension cord) would be the best choice – gas powered machines are the most common, but even some powerful cordless models have appeared in recent years. And all of them will handle wet or deeply layered leaves and tough debris easily.

Hitachi RB24EAP

Hitachi RB24EAP

Our rating: 4.5 stars Very good  

Customer rating: 4.5 stars 1,900+ reviews

Price: $129.00

Best for the money: Powerful but also compact and easy to use – suitable not only for harder blowing tasks but for cleanup as well.

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Husqvarna 350BT

Husqvarna 350BT

Our rating: 4.5 stars Very good  

Customer rating: 4.5 stars 600+ reviews

Price: $319.95

Great power: Quality backpack gas blower – offers excellent power, a speed lock function and it’s comfortable to wear even for longer sessions.

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Comparison with other recommended models:

Model Type Price Our rating   For Air speed Air volume Weight Cycles Cubature Battery time
Hitachi RB24EAP Gas Handheld $129.00 4.5 stars 170 mph (adjustable) 441 CFM 8.6 lbs 2 stroke 23.9cc
Husqvarna 125B Gas Handheld $146.62 4.5 stars 170 mph (adjustable) 425 CFM 9.4 lbs 2 stroke 28cc
Husqvarna 350BT Gas Backpack $319.95 4.5 stars 180 mph (adjustable) 494 CFM 22.5 lbs 2 stroke 50cc
Makita BBX7600N Gas Backpack $499.00 4.5 stars 195 mph (adjustable) 526 CFM 22.6 lbs 4 stroke 75.6cc
GreenWorks GBL80300 Cordless Brushless $242.77* 4.5 stars 125 mph (adjustable) 500 CFM 8.9 lbs 20-70 minutes**

* including battery and charger

** according to users


Best leaf blower with vacuum and mulcher:

Are you tired of using a rake to gather all the leaves from your garden into piles and then moving them into trash bags? A leaf blower equipped with a vacuum and mulcher will make this task much more comfortable! Take a look at our most recommended models that combine all these three tools:

BLACK+DECKER BV5600

BLACK+DECKER BV5600

Our rating: 4.5 stars Very good  

Customer rating: 4 stars 900+ reviews

Price: $69.98

One of the most popular leaf blowers/vacuums on the market – powerful, easy to switch between the two modes and with 2 speeds.

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Comparison with other recommended models:

Model Type Price Our rating   For Air speed Air volume Weight Battery time
BLACK+DECKER BV5600 Electric $69.98 4.5 stars 250/180 mph up to 400 CFM 8.1 lbs
Toro 51619 Electric $69.88 4.5 stars 250 mph (adjustable) 350 CFM 8.5 lbs
Toro 51618 Electric $62.48 4.5 stars 225 mph (2 speeds) 330 CFM 7.2 lbs
GreenWorks 24322 Cordless $184.22* 4 stars 185 mph (adjustable) 340 CFM 5.6 lbs 15-40 minutes**
BLACK+DECKER LSWV36 Cordless $129.00* 4 stars 120 mph (adjustable) 90 CFM 5.4 lbs 15-30 minutes**

* including battery and charger

** according to users


How to choose a leaf blower?

We can say there are three main types of blowers:

  • Sweepers – these tools are designed for cleanup and easier tasks like cleaning your walkways, garage or patio from dust and debris. They are lightweight and inexpensive.
  • Universal blowers – they are slightly more expensive than sweepers but also more powerful, capable of blowing leaves from grass, bushes or banks. Many of them are also equipped with a vacuum and mulcher – ideal solution for your garden.
  • Powerful blowers – if you need to maintain a large property and blow away piles of leaves, get one of these. Their price is higher but the power is well worth it.

So we advise you to start this way – think about the tasks you plan using your blower on and decide which type will be the best option for you.

Sweeper

Universal Blower

Powerful Blower

Pros:

  • Cheap
  • Lightweight

Cons:

  • Less powerful

Pros:

  • Solid power
  • Often with vacuum

Cons:

  • Not ideal for deep layers or wet leaves

Pros:

  • Great power

Cons:

  • Heavier
  • More expensive

Some more things to consider:

Size of your property and obstacles on the way

  • On a smaller garden, you can get by with a cheaper electric tool, but as the size of your lawn (and distance to power outlet) increases, you would appreciate the mobility of battery or gas units.
  • Also, a cordless one would be better than electric if there are many obstacles on your garden (trees, poles, furniture etc.) – you don’t want to deal with a tangled cord every few minutes 🙂
  • Think about how much time would the job take – cordless units are limited by the battery work time (usually 15-30 minutes) and spare batteries are fairly expensive. So for a large yard, a gas machine is ideal.

Prefer a certain brand?

If you already own some products of a particular manufacturer’s cordless lineup or just have a favorite brand, we have specific sections for you 😉

Black & Decker Greenworks TORO Husqvarna

Need a vacuum and mulcher?

And if you prefer a model equipped with a vacuum and mulcher, we have a specific section for you as well.