Fall is a magical time full of beautiful fire pit weather, holidays, and (unfortunately) piles and piles of leaves to rake up. To help you spend more time making s’mores and less time working in the yard, we compiled this list of five awesome blowers to make your leaf-wrangling efforts that much easier.
Before we get started, it’s important to note that there are two primary kinds of leaf blowers on the market: gas handheld and corded electric. Gas blowers offer more power, but they weigh more and come with a heftier price tag. Corded electric blowers are often lighter, but they may not have the power to clear embedded or deeply stacked leaves as well as a gas blower.
The Echo PB-250 is a lightweight blower with a relatively low airspeed of 135 mph. Despite this low output level, Popular Mechanics rates the Echo as a strong contender. Its design allows the user to direct leaves with a finite amount of detail, and its 9.6 lb. load makes it easy for most users to handle.
This blower looks like a gun from an alien movie. We’re not sure whether that’s a good or bad thing, but we are sure that this thing has some serious power. For an electric blower, the Troy-Bilt sports an impressive 150 mph output level. The large spout allows users to quickly and easily move huge swathes of leaves or vacuum them up into the attached bag. The downside is the hefty 13.6 lb. weight and generally bulky design.
Stihl SH 56 C-E
Few names are as trusted in the power tool industry as Stihl. This blower is a perfect balance of weight and output, and it’s capable of sucking up leaves. It tests at 143 mph at the end of the tube and weighs in at 11.5 lbs. The downside? A price tag that’s a bit steeper than some of the competitors.
The Hitachi RB24EAP was named best overall by thespruce.com. It weighs in at just over 8 lbs. and has a power output like the Stihl 56 C-E. The best part is that the Hitachi meets California’s strict emissions codes, making it an eco-friendly option, and it comes with an impressive seven-year warranty.
Greenworks Pro GBL80300
The Greenworks Pro is a rechargeable blower with a 70-minute run time per battery. It sports a 125-mph power output, which is less than most gas-powered leaf blowers, but it’s still capable of handling most light- to medium-duty jobs. It weighs in at 8.2 lbs., making it a nimbler option for folks with light yard work jobs in mind.
The great thing about leaf blowers is that no matter which option you choose, it’ll be faster than spending a day raking up your yard. Most options produce a considerable amount of noise, so make sure to wear earplugs.