Best Battery Operated Leaf Blowers
Best Battery Operated Leaf Blowers

Battery-Operated Leaf Blowers


The leaf blower has gone cordless and suburban homeowners are getting on board with the advantages this tool offers. The most important thing is that it’s much quieter than a gas engine machine. Second, there’s no starting strain. Plug in the battery, press the button, and you’re moving leaves. In the amount of time you would have spent to get the gas can, fuel the machine, set the choke, and pull the recoil handle, you’ve gotten a head start on the job.

Selecting a blower
All of the blowers shown below will handle pavement sweeping and a scattering of light leaves. For ankle-deep leaves, for damp leaves, or to move lawn debris like twigs and nuts, choose a blower with more voltage and air speed. For deeper than ankle depth or for wet leaves, the only practical solution is a backpack leaf blower.

Of course, any of these products can easily go through a couple of batteries in a morning’s work. You should outfit yourself with two batteries and consider a third (or more) for really tough conditions. And if the going gets really tough or the area is large, you’ll need a gas engine machine. Sorry, but that’s the truth of the matter.

How We Tested
We gathered this group of cordless leaf blowers to assess their power, balance, controls, weight, and comfort. We blew leaves and hay off of grass, and we swept sawdust off of an asphalt parking lot. Scroll down to see our product rankings, including a machine that we haven’t tested but that has all the makings for a likely candidate.

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Worx WG591


$166.15 (17% off)

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Air speed: 125 mph
Volts: 56
Weight: 8 lb  

The Worx offers outstanding power-to-weight ratio combined with a highly productive airstream. We used it to clean up what other blowers left behind. We prefer to control blower output with the trigger, rather than the separate adjuster the Worx uses, which sometimes needed to be switched off before the blower would turn on.

Black & Decker LSWV36


$110.02 (21% off)

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Air Speed: 120 mph
Volts: 40
Weight: 5 lb  

This tool is good for light-duty sweeping of grass clippings and dry leaves from hard surfaces, such as a patio, walkway, and driveway. Its light weight makes it a pleasure to use for these purposes, where there’s no sense in using a heavier, heavy-duty machine. This is a minor complaint, but this tool uses a roller switch to adjust its air output. We prefer simple trigger-adjusted air speed.

DeWalt DCB790H1

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Air speed: 240 mph
Volts: 40
Weight: 11.5 lb

The DeWalt is powerful, but aside from that, we also like its securely locking nozzle even if it does require a key. Its low center of gravity keeps the tool from being easily tipped over when set down. It’s a bit heavy, and its airstream could be more concentrated.

Greenworks BPB80L2510

Air Speed: 132 mph
Volts: 80
Weight: 11.6 lb

The Greenworks is the lightest and most compact of the backpack blowers we tested. In its Turbo setting, the blower’s airstream forms an effective leaf-moving zone (the outside edges of the airstream appear to be less powerful). The machine also scored high marks for its comfortable and highly adjustable shoulder straps, handle comfort, and the 90-degree elbow that connects the impeller housing to the flexible blower tube. The elbow permits the blower tube to pivot straight up, so it takes up less space when stored in the garage or shed.

EGO LB5750

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Air Speed: 142 mph
Volts: 56
Weight: 8 lb

The high-efficiency brushless motor with variable-speed control delivers 260-575 CFM and is four times quieter than gas blowers. The blower is nicely balanced, and the shoulder strap prevents fatigue during long sessions. 

DeWalt DCBL772X1

Air Speed: 105 mph
Volts: 60
Weight: 9.6 lb

Don’t be misled by the DeWalt’s low air speed. It’s well-shaped and productive. It carves its way through debris, and we found it was easy to use in a sweeping motion to brush leaves aside. Its brief run time, however, suggests that the tool is best used on small patches of leaves or for jobs like construction-site cleanup or sweeping out the garage. Its design for these purposes is clear, judging by the hefty skid plate below the blower housing and battery that should help this tool withstand rough-and-tumble use.

Makita XBU02

Air Speed: 138 mph
Volts: 36
Weight: 9.2 lb

We liked many things about the Makita; chief among them is the fact that the blower takes the same 18-volt batteries as other Makita power tools. It also has a comfortable trigger and balance that causes the machine to hang in your hand at the perfect angle. In the leaf test, we found that its focused and somewhat narrow airstream is highly accurate and perfect for cleaning up edges without disturbing adjacent materials. However, it didn’t sweep the area as clean as other, more-powerful machines. If you use it on serious leaf cover, you’ll have some cleanup ahead of you with a mower or maybe a rake to finish the job.

Echo CBL-58V2AH

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Air Speed: 120 mph
Volts: 58
Weight: 11.5 lb  

Powerful. That’s as good a one-word description of the Echo as any we can think of. Its metal-reinforced nozzle is good for times when you have to poke into flower beds or scrape along the ground. The nozzle’s tip produces a nicely concentrated and productive airstream. It’s not only heavy-duty, it’s just plain heavy. That can make it tiring to use.

Ryobi RY40440

Air Speed: 127 mph
Volts: 40
Weight: 17.8 lb

The Ryobi delivers a wide, nearly perfect symmetrical air pattern with a well-defined boundary that reaches all the way out toward its end where it flares into consistent branches. That shape and volume contribute to debris-moving efficiency. The machine also gets high marks for comfortable control surfaces such as its handle and trigger and its shoulder straps, which are well padded and highly adjustable. The cruise-control lever, however, is difficult to pivot.


Air speed: 146 mph
Volts: 56
Weight: 29.2 lb

This is a remarkable machine. With the large battery, it’s the heaviest blower and most expensive in the test, but it performs. It blew the leaves out of the test area faster and farther than every other battery blower. We particularly liked that the handheld part of the blower is only 6.4 pounds. It’s tethered to the battery by an electrical cord–which allows you to switch hands—something you can’t do with many backpack blowers.

Kobalt KHB400B

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Air Speed: 125 mph
Volts: 80
Weight: 9.5 lb  

Three distinct air-speed settings make the Kobalt easy to adjust to the job, from brute force to light sweeping. Given how quiet it is, we are pleasantly surprised by its power. It sounds more like a vacuum than a blower. The blower does have a tendency to want to lift, requiring more wrist rotation to keep it pointed toward the ground.

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