Best Cordless Leaf Blower Reviews 2021
The landscape of battery operated blowers has definitely changed since we did our first head to head review a few years ago. There are now more options available and performance has improved by leaps and bounds. So, who makes the best cordless leaf blower in 2021?
Best cordless leaf blower power
Ryobi 40V HP 730 CFM Blower
When it comes to getting the highest performance, the best battery-powered leaf blower isn't as clear-cut as we might expect. After all, a Newton is a Newton, right?
It depends on which variables you allow. At standard loads, no cordless blower can achieve as high a Newton force as Ryobi's 40V HP 730 CFM model. But with a notch cut in the flexible nozzle (which is designed to be cut to your liking), we measured an impressive 21.7 Newtons! In its basic configuration, we measured 20.0 Newtons.
STIHL BGA 200 Hair Dryer
With the AP3000 backpack battery and the 6.3Ah AP300 battery pack, STIHL's premium BGA 200 reached an impressive 21.3 Newtons. Between the performance level and the extended runtime provided by the backpack battery, this is without a doubt the best cordless blower for the performance conscious professional.
EGO 56V 650 CFM Blower
Then there is EGO's 650CFM blower. With the 5.0Ah battery it comes with, we reached 20.3 Newtons. With the 7.5Ah battery, it was slightly higher. However, with the 10.0Ah battery fully charged, we maintained 23.2 Newtons. Unless you have a backpack holster, we don't recommend using this configuration because of the weight. However, this does make EGO's 650 the most powerful battery-powered blower we've tested to date.
The quietest cordless leaf blower
Ryobi 40V HP Brushless 730 CFM Blower
As battery-powered blowers increase in power, their noise levels creep up as well. In our Newton force test, Ryobi's 40V HP brushless 730 CFM blower reversed this trend to 21.7 N. But instead of producing the 85-88 db of most high-performance blowers, it produced a high db of 72 from our operator's ear and 76 db from the turbine.
Let's put this in perspective. the SPL (decibel) scale shows that a drop of just 3 dB is half the sound pressure level. However, a 10 dB drop* sounds like half the sound. For Ryobi, running in Turbo mode, the SPL of your unprotected ears drops by about 8 times and *sounds half as loud. This is incredible when you use it side-by-side with other cordless hair dryers.
While it's a few decibels louder, the STIHL BGA 200 is another model that's quieter than most.
Best Cordless Leaf Blower Vacuum
Makita 18V X2 3-in-1 Blower Vacuum Weeder XBU04
Don't knock it until you try it. Makita's 3-in-1 cordless blower vacuum weeder may look a little clunky, but it works really well. As a blower, it performs the same as their 18V X2 XBU02 blower. Switching to a vacuum attachment, this leaf-clearing beast uses metal impellers to reduce the amount of leaves you get up to 10 times. Use it to pull leaves out of your landscaping or for general cleanup around your property.
The downside is that the run time is on the short side. We ran 8:30 at top speed with a pair of 5.0Ah batteries, so you'll want to use these speed settings to manage your runtime. The good news is that Makita's fast best charger only takes 45 minutes to get them back to full charge.
Best Cordless Backpack Blower
STIHL BGA 200 Leaf Blower
Cordless backpack blowers are very different from gas backpack blowers. Instead of moving air from your backpack through a nozzle, they typically maintain the same efficient inline design, only with a tether to transfer the weight of the battery to your back.
Using this as the standard, it's hard to argue with the STIHL BGA 200 as our top choice. It achieves the second highest blower force we've tested (21.3N) and has 42.3Ah (1522Wh) of backpack power runtime. However, it's expensive. The entire package costs more than $1,700.
Best Cordless Leaf Blower Value
Greenworks Pro 60V 610 CFM Leaf Blower
Getting the most bang for your buck doesn't mean giving up great performance altogether. In our opinion, Greenworks' Pro 60V 610 CFM blower offers the best value, pairing a top-notch 19.7N blower force with a $179 price tag that includes a 2.5Ah battery and charger. While you can find cheaper blower kits, you'll be hard pressed to find a blower that can push this much air at this price.
Best budget cordless leaf blowers
Skil PWRCore 40 Brushless Leaf Blower
If you're on a tight budget, check out the Skil PWRCore 40 leaf blower. For just $149.99, you get a brushless blower with 500CFM and a top air speed of 120MPH, reaching 12.0N in our tests. The kit comes with a 2.5Ah battery and PWRJump quick charger.
More brands we trust for the best cordless leaf blower options
DeWalt 60V Max FlexVolt Leaf Blower
DeWalt has changed the latest version of its FlexVolt blower to an inline design and reached 17.0N in our tests. The downside is that it's loud ------ at 91 decibels to our operator's ears. We also found the pitch of this sound to be somewhat irritating. Using a 9.0/3.0Ah battery, it ran 12:12 in our tests.
The bare tool costs $199, while the kit with the 9.0/3.0Ah battery is only $70, making it one of the more affordable kits you can buy and work with DeWalt's 20V Max and 60V Max line of power tools and lawn care equipment.
EGO 56V 650 CFM Blower
EGO's 650 CFM blower reaches 20.3 Newtons out of the box with a 5.0Ah battery and gets even stronger with a 7.5Ah battery. Well-balanced and intelligently designed to avoid an over-engineered feel, this is a powerful blower that is the pinnacle of EGO's extensive line of battery-powered lawn care equipment.
Hart 40V Brushless Blower
Hart has several cordless blowers to choose from, and their 40V brushless model is the best of their line. It is available in 550CFM and 125MPH and reached 14.0N in our tests. With a 4.0Ah battery and charger, this model retails for $197 at Walmart.
Greenworks Pro 60V 700 CFM Hair Dryer
Greenworks joins the 700 club with Ryobi as the only two battery-powered blowers to achieve a 700 CFM rating. As the best performing leaf blower in Greenworks' Pro 60V series, it has a top speed of 170MPH and is one of the elite leaf blowers in our test to reach 20.0N. Get this one at Home Depot for $199.99 bare, or $329.99 with a 5.0Ah battery and charger.
Makita 18V LXT Blower
If you're looking for a lightweight option with the associated blower power, check out the Makita XBU03 blower. Running on just one Makita 18V LXT battery, this is the most powerful 18V blower we've ever tested. It tops out at 459 CFM and 116 MPH and reached 11.3 N in our tests. That's enough to make your post-mow cleanup a breeze. It costs $129 bare and $199 for a kit with a 4.0Ah battery and charger.
Milwaukee M18 Fuel Blower 2nd Generation
The second-generation Milwaukee M18 Fuel leaf blower (2724-20) increases its top wind speed to 120MPH while maintaining 450CFM. In our tests, it fell slightly behind the Makita, reaching 11.2N on the dynamometer. Look for this tool for $159, or $299 with an 8.0Ah high-output battery and charger.
Toro 60V Max Flex Force Leaf Blower
Toro has quietly produced an excellent line of cordless OPEs, and their top-of-the-line brushless blower is worth considering. In our tests, maxing out at 605 CFM and 115 MPH, we measured 19.0 N. This Toro 60V blower is only one notch down from the highest performing battery blowers, and it gets solid value at $139.99 bare and $199.99 for the kit, which includes a 2.5Ah battery and charger! Score.
Cordless Hair Dryer Buyer's Guide|What we're looking for
How much blowing power a cordless hair dryer has makes a big difference in how you use it. Some may be great for helping you with fall leaves, and some may only be good for light sweeping. Air values (CFM) and air speed (MPH) are helpful, but the numbers we see on the box are best-case scenarios, sometimes with different nozzles.
We measure the Newtonian force to get a single number that describes how much force the blower is actually putting out. At the end of the day, this is the best way to compare how well the blower is working.
Runtime is another important area to consider. When you're clearing driveways and sidewalks after mowing, you may have less than 10 minutes of actual trigger time. But your fall leaf management may take 20 or 30 minutes. Knowing how much work you have helps you determine if a blower is meeting your needs. Most people buy multiple tools that work on the same battery, and having extra batteries can extend the amount of work you can get done.
Wireless blowers are quieter than gas models, but that doesn't mean that all blowers are quiet. The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) rates blower noise levels from 50 feet away to take into account the hearing safety of bystanders. We measure from the operator's ear so you know how much noise you need to handle as a user.
Weight and balance
Because most cordless blowers are handheld, it's good to know how much weight you'll be using to carry them. Balance is also important. A well-balanced blower naturally goes down when you open the throttle wide, so you don't have to work hard to keep the nozzle at the best working angle.
Features and Design
Compared to some of the tools we reviewed, blowers are fairly simple. Here are some of the features that make using them easier or improve performance
- Brushless motor
- Cruise control
- Turbo mode
- Inline design
- Multiple nozzles
- Shoulder strap
- Quick charger
In addition to the features themselves, we look for things you may or may not like when using the blower, such as uncomfortable seams or a better grip.
At Pro Tool Reviews, we know that price matters. Most of us have some sort of budget, but value is more than just a cheap price tag. Sometimes the most expensive option is so far ahead or solves such a big problem that it is also a great value. Other times, one of the best budget options presents itself as the best value. Usually, it's something in between. Whatever it is, we want to help you get the most bang for your buck.
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