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The Best Leaf Blowers on Amazon, According to Hyperenthusiastic Reviewers

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Here at the Strategist, we like to think of ourselves as crazy (in the good way) about the stuff we buy, but as much as we’d like to, we can’t try everything. Which is why we have People’s Choice, in which we find the best-reviewed products and single out the most convincing. While we’ve covered backyard essentials like bug zappers, lawn chairs, barbecue grills, and lawn mowers, here we’re zeroing in on the best leaf blowers, as reviewed on Amazon. (Note that reviews have been edited for length and clarity.)

The best electric leaf blowers

Worx TURBINE 12 Amp Corded Leaf Blower

“This leaf blower is completely A-MAZ-ING!! I did my research and it was rated No. 1 for corded ones, and now I know why!! So today was the first time I have been out to blow my leaves since early December when my last crappy leaf blower burned out. These leaves had been under snow for three days and rained on many times. This little thing blew them away like they were fresh and dry! It was lightweight — my arm isn’t numb from the vibrations and it was much quieter than I would have thought. I do not enjoy yard work. But I came the closest to enjoying it as I will ever come with this blower. If I could give it ten stars, I would!!!”

Sun Joe SBJ597E-GRY 6 Amp 155 Max Electric Leaf Blower

“I’ve been sweeping our yard debris that’s left after mowing and I caught on to my neighbor that effortlessly just uses a blower for his. Picked this little baby up because the price was right, and boy, does this little thing have tons of POWER! I can’t imagine using anything more powerful. Yes it’s corded and you’re going to have to pay a lot more for battery powered. BUT we have a teeny-tiny front and back yard that I don’t mind hauling out the extension cord for two seconds.”

Greenworks 24012 Single Speed Electric Blower

“May be my favorite purchase of all time on Amazon. Extremely light, powerful enough for sidewalks and patios, and very inexpensive. Probably not the correct tool for a property with a bunch of trees (in the fall), but no electric blower is, for that matter. Works great for ornamental trees, grass clippings, patios, driveways, etc. I still like my big-boy gas blower when my four large oak trees drop their leaves, but now I can get my 60-plus-year-old, petite wife to help with her Greenworks blower.”

Black & Decker LB700 7-Amp Corded Blower

“If you have leaves and debris in front of your door making your patio look disgusting and you don’t want creepy crawlers on your carpets, buy this insanely inexpensive and perfect product. Buy cheap goggles to protect your eyes and use a paper mask if you have allergies, and be sure to have a LONG EXTENSION CORD, too. But in 60 seconds tops, your patio will be immaculate! I should have bought this three years ago! NO BROOM NECESSARY.”

Toro 51585 Power Sweep Electric Leaf Blower

“I have a BIG and COMPLEX landscaping on my property — all of which is under TREES. So you can bet I spend most of my life sweeping and/or blowing leaves. I have a huge industrial-strength gas-powered blower, which I love, BUT is sometimes cumbersome. I am only a ‘little LADY,’ so I decided to try this just to help me with small jobs like keeping the patios and driveway clear. I have only had this a week, but I LOVE IT! Plenty of power to blow off all the ‘crap’ that falls from the trees, pollen residues, stray leaves, etc. I will say, I don’t think it will be quite strong enough for the BIG Leaf Drop in the fall, but it’s great for the ‘quickies’ day to day. So ladies, if YOU are the one doing all the ‘dirty work’ at your house, you should TREAT YOURSELF!!”

Best battery-powered leaf blowers

Greenworks PRO 80V 125 MPH — 500 CFM Cordless Blower

“Wow. An electric leaf blower that really works. I’ve got 1.5 acres with many large trees, so it is a challenge, including half a dozen oaks that shed branches and acorns everywhere. I am impressed. Gets 20 to 25 minutes at full blast. Recharges quickly. I use the charge time to rake and haul the piles. It is quiet compared to anything else. Since you don’t have to fire it up, I even have kept it inside and used it to blow light snow off my decks. In New Hampshire, that is a pretty daily event, and the blower handles two to three inches of light snow. Greenworks packed some power into this unit.”

DeWalt DCBL720P1 20V MAX 5.0 Ah Lithium Ion XR Brushless Blower

“I’ve tried a dozen battery-powered blowers, and this one knocks the socks off the rest. First of all, if you’re using a corded or a gas-powered leaf blower today, do yourself a favor and just bite the bullet. Battery-powered, cordless leaf blowers make such a massive difference, you’ll thank yourself for years to come. This one happens to use the same batteries and chargers as my power tools, so it’s an added bonus, but the performance is much better than other (mostly green) blowers that I’ve used in the past.”

Best gas-powered leaf blowers

Makita BHX2500CA 24.5 cc MM4 4-Stroke Engine Blower

“Absolutely the best blower I have used for general household yard care. This Makita is excellent, has more power than you expect. Starts easy and is quieter than two cycle units. You can start this unit holding it in your hands. I am very particular about tools. I want the best product for the best price. You can buy others, but if you want ease, quality, and want to feel good about making the right decision, you will not regret this purchase. Thank goodness somebody made a good product without having to mix oil.”

Hitachi RB24EAP Gas-Powered Leaf Blower

“I totally love this gas blower. I’m a 75-year-old woman and I thought it would be difficult for me to start any device with a pull cord. The reviews were right, this blower starts very easily and it has so much power that I was very surprised. Over the years I’ve had both an electric leaf blower and a battery-operated blower, but dragging along the cord and constantly having to recharge batteries was a problem. Now with this gas blower, it’s so much quicker and easier. Also it weighs only eight pounds, so it’s light to work with. Thank you Hitachi!!!”

The best leaf blower-vacuums

Toro 51619 Ultra Blower/Vac

“I bought my first Toro Blower/Vac in 2011. I have been very pleased with this product. As a leaf vacuum, it picks up just about everything (except oak acorns) and very seldom clogs. I’ve had other vacs that clogged up constantly, causing me to spend more time unclogging than vacuuming! This device is very well made. The variable-speed feature is nice; it’s easy to change from vacuum to blower; the metal impeller is bulletproof; the plastics hold up; and it’s reasonably quiet. Overall, five stars for being my most-used garden tool for over six years.”

Black & Decker BV6000 High Performance Blower-Vacuum-Mulcher

“If you want a GOOD blower/vac , this is it … It’s hefty and industrial, not an el cheapo plastic crap. It blows leaves and sucks them like crazy! Plus, it’s electric; no gas to fill and make your hands and garage smell. It ALWAYS starts — no noise of a two-stroke motor (which is very annoying to neighbors, i.e., me!)!! It’s a great machine and I’m a stickler for quality. Good bargain for bout 60 bucks for sure!”

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The Best Leaf Blowers on Amazon, According to Reviewers