Many people love autumn because as the leaves begin to die with the coming of winter, they change into a warm palette of colors that can be breathtakingly beautiful. Of course, once those leaves fall to the ground, the magic quickly fades as you are now left with a fairly continuous stream of debris that you have to clean up. While raking may be the classic method of cleaning up fallen leaves, many people prefer the much easier method of using the best electric leaf blower. In fact, electric leaf blowers can be used to help clean up all kinds of debris on the ground–so long as it is somewhat small and light or the electric leaf blower is fairly powerful.
That said, it can be difficult figuring out which electric leaf blower is the best electric leaf blower for you. That is why we have put together a list of the 5 best electric leaf blowers, highlighting what each one does best. Then we provide a helpful buyer’s guide, so you can find the best electric leaf blower to suit your needs.
|Name||Dimensions, in||Weight, lbs||Airspeed, mph||Air Flow, cfm||Volume, dB|
|WORX Turbine WG520||11x40x9.6||7.2||110||600||90|
|Toro 51621 UltraPlus||9x45x14||8.9||250||350||67|
|Performance Tool W50069||7x9.2x7.3||3.9||90||100||98|
1. WORX Turbine WG520 – Best Air Flow Electric Leaf Blower
WORX is a brand that you may or may not have heard of, largely due to the fact that it is a little more than a decade and a half old.
That said, this brand, which posits itself squarely in the consumer grade product market, is still able to provide some of the best values across their products that we have seen–even generating plenty of positive press from some of the most prestigious outlets around. That said, WORX does not specialize in lawn care equipment specifically or even power tools more generally.
2. Black+Decker BV5600 – Most Versatile Electric Leaf Blower
Despite how many commercials you might see or how well-known they might be, it will likely surprise some of you to hear that Black+Decker is actually a low-end power tool company that specializes in making less expensive consumer grade power tools for homeowners and weekend warriors and is not that highly respected in the professional labor community. This only makes it all the more unusual that the Black+Decker BV5600 is not simply a solid electric leaf blower but could very well be the best electric leaf blower that we reviewed.
By far one of the best qualities about the Black+Decker BV5600 is its versatility due to the fact that it can effortlessly transition from blowing your leaves away to vacuuming them up. This electric leaf blower can even engage a mulching function which is capable of mulching 16 bags of leaves into 1. That is an incredibly mulching ratio and makes this by far the best mulching electric leaf blower that we saw. It even comes with its own bag to carry the leaves or mulch that you vacuum.
3. Greenworks 24012 – Best Budget Electric Leaf Blower
If you have not heard of Greenworks, you should not hold that against either yourself nor the brand. Having been in existence a little more than a decade, the company has not had the same amount of time to saturate the market like some of the other brands on our list, but they do have a unique position.
While Greenworks may not specialize in lawn care equipment, they do make it a point to specialize in electric power tools. Even better, they do so in a much more environmentally conscious manner than most power tool companies.
Arguably one of the biggest letdowns of the Greenworks 24012 is that it is fairly underpowered compared to some of the other electric leaf blowers that we saw. While it is not egregiously underpowered, it is definitely a bit more limited in terms of application. This is not an electric leaf blower that you would want to use on a larger plot of land while trying to clean up leaves that have been soaked in rain and lay heavily on the ground. That said, for most general homeowner purposes, the power of the Greenworks 24012 should suit you just fine.
4. Toro 51621 UltraPlus – Fastest Electric Leaf Blower
In fact, this is the only company on our list that specializes in lawn care equipment and even does so for some of the biggest and most important lawns around. In fact, Toro products are regularly used to care for the lawns of professional and semi-professional sports fields.
Another great quality about the Toro 51621 is that it can offer you numerous solutions to slightly different debris problems. For instance, if you do not feel like simply blowing the leaves into a pile you have to clean up, the Toro 51621 can function as a vacuum unit that even has a passive mulching system–though that is not as good as an active mulching system. This is also the only electric leaf blower we saw with an oscillating nozzle kit that increases the angle of the air stream with every pass. Finally, the variable speed control gives you fine-tuned precision to protect items you do not want to blow away.
5. Performance Tool W50069 – Best Compact Electric Leaf Blower
Though it may not necessarily be the most well-known brand on our list, Performance Tool actually has a fairly robust and storied history stretching back almost 5 decades. In fact, Performance Tool is actually a conglomerate of sorts that has 6 different brands under their corporate umbrella with the eponymous brand as their flagship. Though, it should be noted that Performance Tool does not specialize in lawn care equipment and even does not actually specialize in tools exclusively.
By far the best thing about the Performance Tool W50069 electric leaf blower is its size. In fact, from virtually every perspective, this is by far the most compact electric leaf blower on our list. For one, this is the lightest electric leaf blower that we reviewed coming in at a low 3.3 pounds. However, this weight is only made easier to manage with a physical profile where none of the Performance Tool W50069’s dimensions exceed 1’. This makes the Performance Tool W50069 able to be used for hours on end without fatiguing the user.
Unfortunately, you simply cannot get the same kind of performance out of such a small package. While the Performance Tool W50069 may be great for smaller settings where maximum power is not necessary, this is still the least powerful electric leaf blower we reviewed. For one, the motor is only 5.8 amps. This translates to only 90 mph of airspeed, which is still generally okay for lighter applications. It also has the lowest air flow of 100 cfm, but again, this should not be much of an issue for its intended purpose.
Best electric leaf blower – Buyer’s Guide
While it is not necessarily always the most important quality to consider when selecting an electric leaf blower, it quite often is and will almost certainly be near the top of the list. This is because there are only so many different design tweaks that a manufacturer can make to improve the force that their electric leaf blower can generate. The only exception to this involves the mechanics which are pretty much tied directly to the motor itself.
One thing to keep in mind is that you should pay more attention to the amps than the watts. For one, the wattage rating may well be a peak power wattage rather than the continuous RMS wattage–and the fact that most electric leaf blower manufacturers do not differentiate between the two means judging by wattage is little more than a crapshoot. For amperage, on the other hand, you can feel fairly confident it is a true rating of power.
When it comes to the amps, while more is almost always better, that does not mean that you have to get the most powerful motor available. Depending on where you live and the type of property you intend to use your electric leaf blower on, a 12 amp electric leaf blower may be a bit overkill leaving you paying more for power that you do not actually need and are unlikely to put to meaningful use–though, it can still make the job easier, all other things considered.
Airspeed can be seen as the maximum amount of force generated by an electric leaf blower, but it is not simply enough that the electric leaf blower can blow air at incredibly fast speeds. If you blow a stream of air 250 mph but it is only as large as a straw, you will not be able to get much work done. This is where the other primary air rating, air flow, comes into play.
To use a firearm metaphor, the airspeed is essentially the power of a bullet. More powder will result in the bullet being fired faster. However, if the bullet is the size of a BB, it will not generate nearly as many results as a bullet fired half as quickly but that is twice the size. In this way, airspeed is important, but it should not be valued more than power or air flow. That said, the airspeed will generally determine what the maximum weight the electric leaf blower can move is.
Still, the airflow of an electric leaf blower can be seen a bit like a flood of water when it comes to understanding how it functions. Basically, the more water in a flood, the likelier that flood is to be able to move objects. For instance, if you shoot a jet stream of water at 40 mph, you may be able to do some localized damage, but you are far less likely to be able to move the object with any control or regularity–not to mention you will have to do this for more individual objects.
Conversely, if you have a river moving at 20 mph, the minimum force to move many objects has already been achieved. As such, the sheer amount of water traveling at 20 mph will be able to move objects much larger than with the jet stream traveling twice as fast. That said, even a large river traveling lazily will not be able to move many objects. Similarly, you want to make sure that the electric leaf blower reaches a basic minimum level of air speed, otherwise, the most airflow will still not be able to move the leaves or other debris.
Electric leaf blowers are generally not nearly as powerful as gas-powered leaf blowers with there being a distinctive difference between a motor and an engine. In fact, most gas-powered leaf blowers come with a backpack that actually houses the engine as well as the gas tank with the leaf blowing component being little more than an additional attachment which directs the air being blown.
As such, you will likely want to make sure that the electric leaf blower in question is not too heavy for you to use over an extended period of time. Of course, this will also have a fair amount to do with how large of an area you intend to use the electric leaf blower. If you have a small yard or other smaller area, the weight may not be as much of a concern, since you are unlikely to use the electric leaf blower for any real extended period of time–especially if it also happens to be fairly powerful, which generally go together.
Whereas the air flow or CFM of an electric leaf blower relates to the volume of air blown, this kind of volume relates to what you most commonly think when you hear that term: audio levels. Basically, electric leaf blowers have a tendency to make plenty of noise, and that noise can actually be damaging to your hearing if it is too loud and you are exposed to it for a long enough period of time.
It should be noted that due to the way they generate power, electric leaf blowers are generally inherently quieter than gas-powered leaf blowers. The pistons of the motor in a gas powered leaf blower will often make more noise than any other part of the leaf blower. However, an electric leaf blower, using a motor instead of an engine, can find numerous ways to reduce the volume.
Still, using an electric motor will almost always generate a high pitched hum, and the sound of the air as it is blown from the nozzle of the electric leaf blower will also often generate fairly loud volumes. As such, you will want to make sure that your setting does not have noise pollution laws and that you are wearing protective earplugs if the electric leaf blower is fairly loud.
There are a couple of ways that you can approach an analysis about the control of an electric leaf blower. The first way is to examine what type of interface the electric leaf blower uses and how easy it is to change the electric leaf blower from one setting to another if the electric leaf blower has multiple settings. The second way to consider the quality of control is by determining literally how easy the electric leaf blower is to control while in use.
- The first approach is by far the most straightforward as you can clearly see the control interface, and if you cannot, then that answers the question without issue. Still, sometimes the controls might be easy to see and easy to engage, but that does not necessarily mean that they will work quite as well in practice. Unfortunately, there is no way of knowing whether or not the controls are easy to engage beforehand without researching what others have said.
- The second approach to control is a bit easier to pin down as you can often gauge a rough idea of how easy the electric leaf blower would be to control altogether by comparing its power to its weight. If the electric leaf blower is incredibly powerful as well as incredibly lightweight, then there is a good chance that it will be more difficult to control than an electric leaf blower that is either slightly less powerful or a little bit heavier. That said, this is a bit subjective and will depend on the strength of the user–not to mention you can adjust the controllability of the electric leaf blower through two different metrics.
As we can see, due to the various types of settings, the different types of debris needing to be cleaned, as well as the physical and financial capabilities of the buyer, there is no electric leaf blower that will be the best electric leaf blower for all people. That said, there are definitely a few that we have seen which stand out a bit above the rest.