Their performance will blow you away!
As much as people love jumping in the leaves, chances are, you probably hate raking them. Sure, a cool breeze on a fall day while you're outside raking leaves feels great, but actually raking the leaves blows. If you're looking to get your lawn clean quickly and efficiently, you should consider shopping for a leaf blower.
We've evaluated the best blowers on the market today. Our friends over at our sister site Popular Mechanics have actually tested several of our picks. Their testing grounds weren’t well-manicured lawns like you see in commercials, but rather real-world scenarios — damp leaves atop of long, uncut grass, with plenty of debris and twigs in the thick of it.
Some basics to keep in mind: Whether or not you should buy a gas or electric blower depends upon the size of your yard. Gas-powered models offer greater mobility and a longer run time, but they’re louder, smellier, and require more maintenance. On the plus side, they’re better at moving wet leaves and work well on difficult terrain like stairs and up hills.
You can also choose from different styles of blowers. The most popular leaf blowers are handheld, then there are some you wear like a backpack, and there even are blowers that you push and walk behind.
As you’d expect, different types of blowers don’t perform the same way. Gas blowers typically are the most powerful and have the highest blow speeds (which is measured in MPH) and discharge more air (measured in cubic feet per minute). Our colleagues at Good Housekeeping say a good rule of thumb for leaf-clearing jobs in areas larger than an acre, you'll need a minimum of 400 CFM.
Similarly to vacuums, blowers come in both cordless and corded variants. Corded ones are best suited for small suburban landscapes or to clean out your garage. Cordless are a good pick for the eco-conscious, and those who don’t need super-fast blowing speeds.
If you need to cover even more ground and blow away leaves in as little time as possible, a four-cycle walk-behind gas engine is the way to go — but they’re the most expensive option. They’re an absolute beast at clearing large parking lots and warehouses, or sweeping away sawdust and wood chips. Just make sure you wear hearing protection, because these babies get LOUD.
Whether you're looking for a quiet and reliable electric model, a convenient cordless one, a powerful yet still affordable gas blower, or a more sophisticated walk-behind, we have you covered after having researched and compared 24 different leaf blowers. So, stop spending all weekend running around with a rake and invest in one of these efficient leaf blowers which’ll make cleanup a breeze!