Which is the best cordless leaf blower? cordless-blower.com will soon help you to find out. During the last months we intensively reviewed a large number of products and pre-selected our favorites. Among them are devices of Dewalt, Black and Decker, Worx, Ryobi and others. We’re currently evaluating the results so you will soon find extensive cordless blower reviews, device comparisons, technical specifications and much more information. If you are facing the acquisition of a new blower, our website is perfect for you. By reading our reviews and comparisons, you’ll learn everything in order to select the best cordless leaf blower for your needs.
Best Cordless Leaf Blowers 2017
Below you’ll find the 10 best cordless leaf blowers in 2017 – separated into two categories depending on the blower’s voltage (20V vs. 40V). All of the tools were specifically chosen due to their outstanding performance in our device tests.
We wrote a short review on each of the 10 blowers. Each review contains the most important facts regarding performance and ergonomics of the cordless leaf blowers and addresses battery run- and charging times.
Best 40V Cordless Leaf Blowers
The best cordless leaf blowers in the 40V segment are from Oregon, Ryobi, Dewalt, Black and Decker, and Greenworks. What’s great about this selection is that the five tools offer a broad range of different functionalities. On the one hand there are really massive and extremely powerful devices amongst the winners (for high performance applications, check out the first three tools in our 40V cordless leaf blower review). On the other hand there are also super lightweight and easy to use blowers (compare tools ranked 4&5).
Best 20V Cordless Leaf Blowers
The 20V products of Dewalt, Black and Decker, Toro, and Worx are the best cordless leaf blowers in the lower voltage segment. It was especially a very close competition for the second place. Even at first glance, it becomes immediately apparent that three of the five selected cordless blowers were rated with 4.2 out of 5 points by Amazon customers. So we finally had to rank these three tools based on the results of our own 20V cordless leaf blower review.
Buying A New Cordless Leaf Blower
When buying a new cordless leaf blower, you should take some time in advance to think about the size of the surface to be machined. How many square meters have to be maintained? 200, 100, only 10? After answering this question, you are already one step further. If it’s a large area, it’s important that the battery lasts a long time and that your cordless leaf blower is lightweight, because you will probably work with the device for long time periods. However, if you need the leaf blower only occasionally, for example, to clean up the driveway in the fall, aspects such as battery life and lightweight are not that important.. Other factors like the price, are more important, if the cordless leaf blower is only used every now and then.
But it’s not only the size of the area, which needs to be considered when choosing the best cordless leaf blower. There are many other factors that play a role. How much power should the device have? Is the cordless leaf blower mainly used to blow gravel from the terrace or to eliminate wet, firmly hard-packed leaves? What about ergonomics? How important is the price for you?
During our cordless leaf blower reviews, we paid attention to all these factors. Basically, all important buying aspects can be divided into four review categories: (1) Cordless leaf blower performance, (2) Ergonomics and usability of the cordless leaf blower, (3) Battery and charging technologies, (4) Price of the cordless leaf blower. Here are the most important aspects to consider:
Review Category 1 – Performance: When it comes to performance, it’s primarily about the air speed of the cordless leaf blower. In this context, it’s important to think about the intended use. Do you want to machine hard-packed leaves? Then you probably need a high performance cordless blower, as for example the 40 volt blowers from Greenworks, Black & Decker and Dewalt. Or do you want to use the cordless leaf blower only occasionally to blow some leaves from the terrace? Then a 18- or 20 Volt application should be enough to satisfy your needs. (If that’s the case then a 18- or 20 volt machine will be enough to get the job done).
Review Category 2 – Ergonomics: An essential factor in context of ergonomics and usability is the weight of the cordless leaf blower. Especially if you are not that strong or have problems with your arms or shoulder, you should be careful that the battery-driven blower is not too heavy. Generally the 18- or 20 volt devices are lighter than the 36- or 40 volt devices. One more important criterion next to the weight of the cordless blower are additional features, such as the availability of a shoulder harness which relieves arms and shoulders and enables you to comfortably use the application for longer time periods. Many users also consider the volume of the cordless blower (measured in decibels) as another relevant aspect of ergonomics / usability.
Review Category 3 – Technology: In terms of technology two questions are particularly important: 1. What battery runtimes are needed? What charging times are needed? In general the battery runtimes of 20 volt devices are lower than the runtimes of cordless leaf blowers with a higher voltage (e.g. 40 volt). It’s important to do some research in this context as runtimes vary between less than 10 minutes and up to 1.5 hours. A large scattering also prevails in context of charging times. There are chargers, which can recharge the battery in 20 minutes. However, there are also chargers which require 3-4 times as long for the same capacity.
Review Category 4 – Price: When it comes to pricing, it’s important to include the cost of all components in the calculation. This means not only the cordless leaf blower itself, but also the battery pack(s) as well as the charger. Normally, 40 volt solutions are far more expensive than smaller devices (e.g. 18- or 20 volt blowers). At this point of time, it is worth again to take a realistic look at your own needs. Do you really need the more expensive 40 Volt cordless leaf blower or is the 20 volt device enough? Black and Decker, Works and Dewalt currently have very good offers on 20 volt cordless leaf blowers.
Cordless Leaf Blower Benefits
Cordless leaf blowers are primarily used in the fall months to remove foliage. In late September, the first leaves fall from the trees and it often doesn’t take a long time until the entire garden is covered in them. Particularly in the case of grass it’s important to eliminate the leaves as soon as possible, so that the area can quickly catch sunlight again. Without this there is a high probability that the affected lawn or grass sections will no longer be green, but brown in next spring. A cordless leaf blower will help you to solve this problem easily. However a cordless leaf blower doesn’t only help your yard but might also help you personally or more generally visitors of your property. The risk of slipping on wet, slippery leaves, is high; especially for older people. Particularly dangerous areas are tiled entrances or terraces. If you own a private home or property, you should always think about liability and insurance.
Cordless leaf blowers are not only suitable for work in the fall months but they are also useful in other seasons. For example, cordless leaf blowers can be used for the rapid removal of sand on the terrace in the spring or summer. During our reviews it showed, that many gardeners and Do-it-yourselfers use cordless leaf blowers to supplement hedge trimmers, especially to eliminate the leaves on the ground after cutting. A battery-powered blower can also be used for general cleaning, e.g. to eliminate waste after a celebration (paper cups, napkins, wrapping paper, …).
You see: no matter what tasks to be faced, a cordless leaf blower helps you get your work done quickly and efficiently. Compared to a rake or broom, you can save a lot of time with a cordless leaf blower. And you protect your back in addition (think about what posture you take when working with a broom or rake).
But why to choose a cordless leaf blower and not a petrol or electric blower? We have reviewed and tested a lot of cordless leaf blowers (as well as petrol and electric devices) during the last months and we think we know the answer. In the following we list the major advantages of cordless leaf blowers over gasoline and electric blowers.
No cable: In contrast to usual electric leaf blowers, cordless leaf blowers don’t require a cable and therefore no electrical outlet. This is a huge advantage: On the one hand it’s ensured that all areas can be cleaned with the leaf blower (and it doesn’t fail due to the length of the cable or a lack of outlet). On the other hand, there is no risk to stumble over the cable when working with the cordless leaf blower.
Easy: With a conventional petrol unit, all liquid has to be carried around. With a cordless leaf blower, only the lightweight Lithium-ion battery is carried. During our product reviews we figured out, that there are many Lithium-ion batteries available which weight is far less than a pound.
Silent: A cordless leaf blower is much more quite than a gasoline leaf blower. This will protect both your own ears as well as the ears of your family and neighbors. We conducted a survey in scope of our cordless leaf blower reviews and all responses regarding noise were very positive.
Environmentally friendly: Unlike conventional gasoline units, cordless leaf blowers cause (virtually) no CO2 emissions. An example calculation: If you consume 4 liters of fuel with a petrol leaf blower, then the CO2 balance is about 7 kilograms. If you consume 1 kilowatt hour (which is around the equivalent) with a cordless leaf blower the CO2 balance is still close to 0.
Good price/performance ratio: At first glance cordless leaf blowers seem a little expensive. However at second glance, they are not anymore. On the one hand you will save fuel costs compared to a petrol blower. This is particularly striking when you tilt your fuel costs over the entire year. On the other hand you can save money if you already own a battery-powered device (e.g. a hedge trimmer) and batteries. Since you aren’t using two devices in parallel, you can use the same battery pack for both devices (i.e. cordless leaf blower and the second device) and thus save the acquisition cost for the battery.
The Cordless Leaf Blower Blog
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