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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 ones. (You can learn more about our rating system and how we pick each item here.)

And while we’ve written about lots of yard tools before — including the best garden hoses, the best lawn mowers, and the best garden shears and pruners — here, we’ve rounded up the best leaf blowers, as praised by the most enthusiastic reviewers on Amazon.

Best-rated leaf blower

Hitachi RB24EAP Gas-Powered Leaf Blower
$109

With over 2,000 five-star reviews, this gas-powered leaf blower gets top marks for being lightweight while still having “plenty of power.” Or, as one reviewer put it, “It’s powerful, well balanced, light, and reasonably quiet for a gas-powered blower.” Another experienced customer attests, “I have owned or trialed every major handheld leaf blower on the market. This one by far is the easiest and most powerful of them all.” That sentiment is echoed by a reviewer who bought this Hitachi leaf blower to help care for his “large wooded property with tons of mature trees,” and he notes, “dude, this thing rocks. The air impact is very strong. This thing has the impact to get the leaves out of the grass with ease. Wet leaves? Not a problem.” And many reviewers note that this leaf blower starts up easily, despite being gas powered. “Works every single time without having to pull and pull and pull to get it started. Easily controlled,” one customer writes. Another mentions that he’s “put about a gallon of gas through it the last week and got probably 6 hours of use.” One reviewer concludes that this leaf blower is “perfect for any homeowner” because it’s “light and well balanced,” yet “moves an unbelievable volume of air for its size.”

Best-rated (less expensive) leaf blower

$17

“When I saw the price on this blower I was skeptical as to whether it would work well,” one reviewer admits, continuing, “I was surprised at how well it works. I even have to be careful to stand back a little from my succulents and delicate plants or they just get pulled right out of the soil.” Another admits he “was very reluctant to purchasing this unit,” but overall, is impressed, explaining that it’s, “Very easy to assemble, and handle, and does a great job blowing leaves in piles, even damp leaves.” A few five-star reviewers scoff at the fact it needs to be plugged in to work, but this reviewer argues, “Yes, it’s electric and you will need to drag an extension cord around. However, you won’t need to buy gas and oil or perform the regular maintenance usually required for gas powered lawn tools.” Or, as one reviewer concludes, “I can’t complain about this leaf blower. It was just $20 or something like that? And it does blow the leaves away, so hey, what more can I ask it to do?”

Best electric leaf blower with adjustable speeds

Worx TURBINE 12 Amp Corded Leaf Blower
$54

Over 700 customers use the word “powerful” to describe this leaf blower. One even calls this electric blower “hurricane powerful,” explaining, “This thing blows leaves across my big yard, and cleans my garage in a minute or two.” One reviewer, turned off by “gas-powered buzzing monsters,” appreciated the fact that it’s electric. And according to some experienced reviewers, that means it’s also easy to use: “It’s electrical, so there is no gas and oil to mix, no spark plug, no pull-starting, no batteries to run down in the middle of a job, no batteries to charge, no dead battery packs to replace, it just Worx,” lists one reviewer. “I was blown away (no pun intended) by the ease with which this blower handled pine needles, which are notoriously difficult (actually impossible) to move with my old blower and which clog up my rake every 30 seconds,” one reviewer writes. Another concludes, “This is the most powerful handheld electric blower available,” especially “if you’re serious about getting the job done quickly.”

Best single-speed leaf blower

Greenworks 24012 Single Speed Electric Blower
$46

Although some reviewers admit this is not the most sophisticated leaf blower, more appreciate how simple it is. “Making all my jobs feel so small. Simple to use and easy enough that my 7-year-old son loves to do chores with it. Miracle worker,” writes one content customer. Another advises, “Don’t let the single speed fool you,” because it’s still “light and easy to handle and will clean out the leaves from the cracks in the brickwork.” One mom purchased this for herself because her “boys have a big ole heavy looking machine” that she could “never use,” but she thinks this single speed option from Greenworks is better, commenting, “You can’t believe how quick I can do a two car garage and large patio. I’m loving it. It’s light and it’s strong. It’s worth every penny.” And though one reviewer admits that there are “other models out there are stronger,” he adds, “I wasn’t paying for the ability to clear leaves from my town, just my yard. And does this thing ever get the job done.”

Best quiet leaf blower

More than 15 percent of reviewers describe this leaf blower as quiet and many attribute that to the four-stroke engine. “It’s amazing more companies don’t offer four-stroke engines,” one writes. “So much less exhaust and I no longer have to wear earplugs when using the leaf blower.” Another says the “four-cycle engine is much quieter and no need for fuel mix.” The four-stroke engine also helps it run easier. “I rarely have to squeeze the trigger … running at idle produces more than enough air to blow most of the debris,” one says. Another notes it’s “very comfortable, well balanced, very easy to start, easy to use, quiet variable speed, and is this powerful, even with wet leaves and branches.” They add, “I rarely have to use full power even in leaves 12”-15” deep.” And on top of all that it’s long lasting: “Had this blower for nearly three years … not a single issue.”

Best lightweight electric leaf blower