The 7 Best Battery-Operated Leaf Blowers

A new generation of electric blowers can whoosh away just about anything. Here's the one you should buy.

<p>5 Stars</p><p><strong>Price</strong>: $200</p><p><strong>Air speed</strong>: 125 mph</p><p><strong>Volts:</strong> 56</p><p><strong>Weight: </strong>8 lb</p><p><strong>Hay: </strong>32 sec</p><p><strong>Brick?</strong> Yes, 15 in.</p><p><strong>Likes: </strong>Outstanding power-to-weight ratio combined with a highly productive airstream. We used the Worx to clean up what other blowers left behind.</p><p><strong>Dislikes: </strong>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.</p>

After testing seven next-generation cordless blowers, it's clear that we've reached a new age of outdoor power equipment. Gas-engine blowers are still the most powerful, but for a wide range of medium-duty jobs (sweeping out the garage, clearing a dryer duct, light leaf cleanup), a battery-powered blower is plenty capable, not to mention faster and easier.

We ran four tests, the toughest of which timed how quickly we could clear 6 cubic feet of hay from a 400-square-foot patch of lawn. Okay, the toughest was actually when we used each machine to try to slide a brick over concrete with the blower at a fixed position—unfair, but many managed to do it. Which means they shouldn't have a problem with whatever foliage falls from your oak tree.

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Best Overall: Worx WG591
<p>5 Stars</p><p><strong>Price</strong>: $200</p><p><strong>Air speed</strong>: 125 mph</p><p><strong>Volts:</strong> 56</p><p><strong>Weight: </strong>8 lb</p><p><strong>Hay: </strong>32 sec</p><p><strong>Brick?</strong> Yes, 15 in.</p><p><strong>Likes: </strong>Outstanding power-to-weight ratio combined with a highly productive airstream. We used the Worx to clean up what other blowers left behind.</p><p><strong>Dislikes: </strong>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.</p>

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Price: $164

Air speed: 125 mph

Volts: 56

Weight: 8 lb

Hay: 32 sec

Brick? Yes, 15 in.

Likes: Outstanding power-to-weight ratio combined with a highly productive airstream. We used the Worx to clean up what other blowers left behind.

Dislikes: 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.

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Best Light-Duty: Black & Decker LSWV36
<p>3 Stars</p><p><strong>Price</strong>: $150</p><p><strong>Air Speed</strong>: 120 mph</p><p><strong>Volts: </strong>40</p><p><strong>Weight:</strong> 5 lb</p><p><strong>Hay:</strong> 4 min 8 sec</p><p><strong>Brick?</strong> No</p><p><strong>Likes: </strong>Good for light-duty sweeping of hard surfaces, especially in tight spots, owing to its light weight. The only blower that comes with a handy vacuum attachment.</p><p><strong>Dislikes: </strong>Uses an on/off switch and a roller switch to adjust air output. We prefer a simple trigger- adjusted speed output.</p>


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Price: $92

Air Speed: 120 mph

Volts: 40

Weight: 5 lb

Hay: 4 min 8 sec

Brick? No

Likes: Good for light-duty sweeping of hard surfaces, especially in tight spots, owing to its light weight. The only blower that comes with a handy vacuum attachment.

Dislikes: Uses an on/off switch and a roller switch to adjust air output. We prefer a simple trigger- adjusted speed output.

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Most Powerful: DeWalt DCB790H1
<p>4 Stars</p><p><strong>Price</strong>: $370</p><p><strong>Air speed</strong>: 240 mph</p><p><strong>Volts</strong>: 40</p><p><strong>Weight</strong>: 11.5 lbs</p><p><strong>Hay</strong>: 1 minute, 1 second</p><p><strong>Brick</strong>: 4 inches</p><p><strong>Likes</strong>: Powerful. We also appreciated 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.</p><p><strong>Dislikes</strong>: Heavy. Its air stream could be more concentrated.</p>


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Price: $250

Air speed: 240 mph

Volts: 40

Weight: 11.5 lbs

Hay: 1 minute, 1 second

Brick: 4 inches

Likes: Powerful. We also appreciated 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.

Dislikes: Heavy. Its air stream could be more concentrated.

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EGO LB5754
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Price: $418

Air Speed: 142 mph

Volts: 56

Weight: 25 lb

Likes: The high efficiency brushless motor with variable-speed control delivers 260-575 CFM and is 4 times quieter than gas blowers. The shoulder strap prevents fatigue and nicely balanced.

Dislikes: Heavy, but the shoulder strap helps.

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Echo CBL-58V2AH
<p>4 Stars</p><p><strong>Price</strong>: $269</p><p><strong>Air Speed</strong>: 120 mph</p><p><strong>Volts:</strong> 58</p><p><strong>Weight: </strong>11.5 lb</p><p><strong>Hay:</strong> 53 sec</p><p><strong>Brick?</strong> Yes, 1 in.</p><p><strong>Likes: </strong>Powerful. Metal- reinforced nozzle is good for times when you have to poke into flower beds or scrape along the ground. Produces a nicely concentrated and productive airstream.</p><p><strong>Dislikes:</strong> It's not only heavy-duty, it's just plain heavy. That can make it tiring to use.</p>


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Price: $175

Air Speed: 120 mph

Volts: 58

Weight: 11.5 lb

Hay: 53 sec

Brick? Yes, 1 in.

Likes: Powerful. Metal- reinforced nozzle is good for times when you have to poke into flower beds or scrape along the ground. Produces a nicely concentrated and productive airstream.

Dislikes: It's not only heavy-duty, it's just plain heavy. That can make it tiring to use.

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Ryobi Ry40402
<p>4 Stars</p><p><strong>Price</strong>: $250</p><p><strong>Air Speed</strong>: 155 mph</p><p><strong>Volts</strong>: 40</p><p><strong>Weight</strong>: 9.5 lbs</p><p><strong>Hay</strong>: 2 minutes</p><p><strong>Brick</strong>: 0 inches</p><p><strong>Likes</strong>: Well balanced. Unique paddle trigger is comfortable.</p><p><strong>Dislikes</strong>: Focusing its air stream a bit more would probably improve its ability to move large amounts of debris.</p>


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Price: $149

Air Speed: 155 mph

Volts: 40

Weight: 9.5 lbs

Hay: 2 minutes

Brick: 0 inches

Likes: Well balanced. Unique paddle trigger is comfortable.

Dislikes: Focusing its air stream a bit more would probably improve its ability to move large amounts of debris.

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Kobalt KHB400B
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Price: $132

Air Speed: 125 mph

Volts: 80

Weight: 9.5 lb

Hay: 39 sec

Brick? Yes, 24 in.

Likes: Three distinct air-speed settings make it easy to adjust the blower to the job. Good power, especially for how quiet it is. Sounds more like a vacuum than a blower.

Dislikes: Blower has a tendency to want to lift, requiring more wrist rotation to keep it pointed toward the ground.

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