Best Cordless Leaf Blower Reviews: Annual Report 2020

Cordless leaf blowers have gradually become more popular with the introduction of home and garden battery technology. There is now an abundance of powerful handheld devices, batteries and chargers available, which can quickly become overwhelming. For a home gardener, it is challenging to keep on top of current development and the best offers to date. Therefore, we decided to simplify the process and perform a comprehensive cordless leaf blower review to determine the best battery powered leaf blowers on the North American market.

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1. Introduction

With the beginning of fall, starts the time of year when garden owners all over the US should dedicate some time to the chores that have accumulated in their yard. In order to facilitate the collection of leaves, twigs, debris and branches, scattered on the lawn many property owners have switched to the use of environmentally friendly, lightweight, cordless leaf blowers. Thus, going about the work without the danger of tripping over cables, inhaling fumes or generating too much noise. Owing to innovative and powerful lithium-ion batteries, battery garden tools are an easy and powerful alternative to gasoline-powered solutions.

Within the next chapter we will give a general outline of battery powered leaf blowers, presenting the main functions and areas of operation (chapter #2). After a quick introduction into our review approach (chapter #3), we will illustrate our review results and present the best cordless leaf blowers of 2020 in the fourth chapter. Afterwards we will provide more background information about the purchase of a new battery leaf blower, such as a list of important buying criteria and an overview of advantages over gasoline and corded tools (chapter #5). To conclude, we will provide an overview of key technical data of all cordless leaf blowers, introduced in this review, in the sixth chapter.

2. Cordless Leaf Blower Overview

2.1. Main Functions

There is a wide range of voltages amongst battery powered leaf blowers. The smallest devices run on as little as 18- and 20 volts, whereas the biggest cordless leaf blowers run on powerful 80 volts and more. Basically, the higher the voltage of a handheld device, the higher its performance in terms of air speed and air volume

To adjust air speed, flow and volume, most leaf blowers have adjustable speed triggers. These additional power settings enable you to pick and choose the needed setting for any given cleaning job. Thus, clearing dry leaves, dust and small twigs from a large yard, can easily be accomplished on a lower setting. More difficult jobs that include clearing damp material or heavier debris from your lawn and backyard, such a mud will need the more powerful setting. Consequently, the battery charge will last for a shorter period of time and cover a smaller work area. Some leaf blowers will also have an adjustable power boost, for those really messy yards and lawns.

2.2. Areas of Operation

A cordless leaf blower doesn’t only clean your yard of debris, but may also help you personally or more generally visitors of your property. The risk of slipping on wet, slippery leaves, or tripping over debris is high; especially for older folk. Tiled entrances or terraces are particularly dangerous areas. If you own a private home or property, you should always think about liability and insurance.

Obviously cordless leaf blowers are not only suitable for yard-work in the month of fall, but are also useful and easy solutions throughout the year. For example, you can use it for clearing sand and BBQ leftovers from the terrace in spring and summer. During our cordless leaf blower reviews it showed, that many gardeners and DIY’ers use leaf blowers to supplement other handheld tools like hedge trimmers, to clear leaves off the ground after cutting. You can also use it for general cleaning purposes, e.g. to clean waste after a celebration (solo cups, napkins, wrapping paper, …). Ultimately no matter what tasks at hand, a powerful cordless leaf blower helps finish your work quickly and efficiently. Compared to a rake or broom, you can save a lot of time with a powerful leaf blower. Additionally you protect your back by keeping a better posture throughout the cleaning process.

3. Detailed Approach to our Review

As already stated in the last chapter, cordless leaf blowers come in different voltage ranges. During our analysis we found out that the majority of devices can be assigned to one of the following four segments:

SegmentVoltage rangesIncl. devices
118- to 20 volts18V, 20V
236- to 42 volts36V, 40V, 42V
356- to 60 volts56V, 60V
480- to 82 volts80V, 82V

In our last annual cordless leaf blower review report of 2019, we presented the three best leaf blowers in segment 2 (36-42 volts). Our annual review of the year 2020 will also be taking close inspection of solutions in segment 1 (18-20 volts). To determine the best cordless leaf blower of each category, we will follow our tried and trusted review approach.

Phase 1:

The first phase of our approach consists of in-depth online research. Throughout the English-speaking Internet, we gathered information on a multitude of cordless leaf blowers. Mainly, we focused at large E-Commerce portals; paying close attention to customer reviews, and specialized niche-websites. In addition, we reviewed and considered many yard and garden tool oriented blogs, especially concentrating on cordless leaf blowers. In conclusion to the intensive research, we accumulated all relevant hardware information and collated everything in a databank in order to commence a detailed analysis. On the basis of our findings, we determined the best cordless leaf blowers in its respective voltage segment.

Phase 2:

We then reviewed the pre-determined leaf blowers in accordance with our established review categories Performance, Ergonomics, Battery- and Charging Technology as well as Scope of Delivery and Price. Each of these four review categories comprises different criteria, which were all in turn inspected. The following chart presents an overview:

Review categoryReview criteria
PerformanceMax. air speed
Max. air volume
Additional features
ErgonomicsWeight
Handling
Noise level
Battery & Charging TechnologyDiversity of supply
Battery runtimes
Battery charging times
Compatibility with other appliances
Scope of Delivery & PriceScope of delivery
Price

Phase 3:

In the third phase of our cordless leaf blower review 2020, we carried out the final tool assessment. In each review category (e.g. Performance), the devices receive a score between 0 and 10. Based on the individual results in each review category, we determined an overall rating for each device. Depending on this overall rating, the tools were ranked and the best leaf blowers of the year 2020 were selected.

4. Cordless Leaf Blower Review Results

Below you will find our detailed cordless leaf blower review reports for the year 2020. To start, we provide a short overview of the best cordless leaf blowers in the respective voltage segment. Subsequently, a comprehensive description of our review results follows.

4.1. Best Leaf Blowers in the 36-42V Segment

All in all, we collected data of 40V leaf blowers from the following tool manufacturers during our research work: Oregon, Dewalt, Ryobi, Black + Decker, Greenworks, Kobalt, Poulan, Worx, Craftsman, Troy-Bilt. After processing and analyzing the data, we nominated the following three 40V devices as the best cordless leaf blowers in the 36-42V segment.

4.1.1. Award Winners 2020

Oregon Cordless Leaf Blower BL300

1st place (9.5 / 10 points)

With an impressive overall rating of 9.0 out of 10.0 points, the brushless Oregon BL 300 was selected as the best cordless leaf blower in the 36-42V segment. The handheld device is powerful and is equipped with an adjustable speed trigger as well as a turbo button. The turbine reaches a max. air speed of more than 130 mph and a max. air volume of more than 500 cfm in turbo mode. In contrast to most other high performance 40 volt blowers, the Oregon device is also quite lightweight, weighting in at only 9 lbs incl. a 4.0 ampere hours (ah) battery. The warranty of the Oregon tools and chargers is registered for three years (two if used commercially) and two years for all battery packs.

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Dewalt Cordless Blower 40V Max XR

2nd place (9.0 / 10 points)

Second place in the 36-42V segment goes to the brushless Dewalt 40V Max XR. The 40V cordless leaf blower generates an air volume of 400 cfm and air velocity goes up to 120 mph. A fully adjustable speed trigger allows to regulate the air flow of the turbineas needed. In addition the device has an ergonomic design and fits well in the hand. On the downside, the tool is relatively heavy compared to other 40V blowers. The weight of the complete solution, i.e. incl. battery, is higher than 11 lbs when using the 7.5 ah pack as an energy source. The warranty of the Dewalt cordless blower and chargers is registered for three years and two years free service contract for the 6 ah and 7.5 ah battery packs.

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Ryobi Jet Fan Blower 40V

3rd place (8.8 / 10 points)

The third best cordless leaf blower is the brushless Ryobi 40V Jet Fan Blower. Its maximum air volume is 300 cfm. The velocity of the air goes up to 155 mph. And if that’s not enough, you can disassemble the blowpipe from the main device in order to achieve an even more powerful boost. All in all, the Ryobi 40 volt leaf blower is also pretty comfortable to handle. Even though, with its individual weight of almost 9 pounds, the tool is one of the heavier 40 volt devices which we investigated during our reviews. The warranty of the Ryobi Jet Fan Blower and chargers is registered for a whooping five years and three years for battery packs.

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4.1.2. Detailed Review

We will now go into detail with respect to our four review categories (e.g. performance) and corresponding review criteria (e.g. air speed). As a result, you will be shown how our overall ratings come about. In addition, you will learn more about the specific strengths and weaknesses of the best cordless leaf blowers in the 36-42V segment.

Review Category #1 – Performance

40V cordless leaf blower reviews - opening image of review category performanceWith 10 out of 10 possible points, the Oregon BL300 was selected as the best cordless leaf blower in the review category “Performance”. The 40V devices from Dewalt and Ryobi each received 9 points.

Air speed and volume:

In the context of air speed, the Ryobi 40V blower clearly reached the first place with its air velocity of 155 miles per hour (mph). The 40V solution from Oregon also works very satisfactorily with an max. air flow speed of about 130 mph. At 120 mph, Dewalt’s battery powered leaf blower had the lowest max. air velocity.
When it comes to air volume, the Oregon device achieved the best result with more than 500 cubicfeet per minute (cfm). The Dewalt leaf blower also has good results with about 400 cfm. The tool from Ryobi has a significantly reduced air volume at 300 cfm.

Additional features:

All three cordless leaf blowers have adjustable speed triggers, which allow the user to adapt the turbine power according to individual cleaning needs. We could also confirm that all three have brushless motors. Brushed variants are made of carbon and brushless units use magnets to generate power. Thus, brushless motors are better adapted, generate no friction, produce less heating and can provide better performance. In addition to the adjustable speed trigger, the Oregon leaf blower also possesses a powerful turbo button in case additional performance is needed. With the 40V blower from Ryobi, users can reach a performance boost by disassembling the nozzle. The Dewalt device doesn’t have any additional performance-enhancing features.

Review Category #2 – Ergonomics

40V cordless leaf blower reviews - opening image of review category ergonomicsIn the review category „Ergonomics“, the battery powered leaf blowers from Oregon and Dewalt both achieved 9 out of 10 points. The 40V device from Ryobi was chosen as third best leaf blower with respect to ergonomics.

Weight:

With an individual weight of only 6.2 lbs, the Oregon BL 300 is the “lightweight” among the three reviewed cordless leaf blowers. Incl. the 6.0 Ah battery, the solution only weights around 9 lbs. In contrast, the total weight of the solutions from Dewalt and Ryobi can go over 10 lbs, depending on the size / weight of used batteries.

Handling:

With respect to tool handling, the three reviewed leaf blowers convinced us more or less equally. At a first glance, all of them have an ergonomic design. Furthermore, the cordless leaf blowers have a balanced weight distribution, which allows for easy guidance and comfortable handling, also for longer periods of time. Additionally, all three reviewed 40 volt devices have a pretty convenient soft-grip, which further supports pleasant tool handling.

Noise level:

In terms of noise pollution, Oregon offers the best cordless leaf blower in our opinion. With a sound pressure level of max. 65 decibels (db(a)), the 40V device is so quiet in fact, it even beats some blowers from our 20 volt review. The noise level of the Dewalt device is pretty similar (67 db(a)). The Ryobi leaf blower is much louder and the noise level is around 73 db(a).

Review Category #3 – Battery & Charging Technology

40V cordless leaf blower reviews - opening image of review category technology In the third review category, we were impressed by Oregon’s innovative batteries and chargers. Hence we rewarded them with 10 points. Dewalt and Ryobi both received 9 points for their technology solutions.

Diversity of supply:

The Japanese company Ryobi has the largest range of lithium-ion batteries amongst the reviewed 40V tool manufacturers. In total, there are four different batteries with capacities between 1.5- and 5.0 ah available for Ryobi. Oregon and Dewalt each have three different battery packs on offer. The capacities are 2.4-, 4.0- and 6.0 ah (Oregon) respectively 4.0-, 6.0 and 7.5 ah (Dewalt).

Battery run times:

As mentioned in the last section, the largest lithium-ion batteries of the three manufacturers have capacities of 5.0-, 6.0- and 7.5 ah. The resulting amount of energy allows a seamless usage of the 40V cordless leaf blowers at full capacity over a period of approximately 30 to 40 minutes. With smaller batteries (e.g. 1.5- or 2.4 Ah), runtimes are correspondingly lower. However, the average usage time can always be extended by adjusting the power of the 40 volt leaf blowers intelligently (i.e. only use the power button if you really need it, vice versa).

Battery charging times:

In our opinion, Oregon offers the best 40V charging solution. It just takes 30 minutes to charge the 2.4 ah battery; the charge of the 4.0- and 6.0 ah batteries from Oregon also only lasts 60- respectively 90 minutes. Charging times for the Dewalt and Ryobi batteries are much longer, meaning more than two hours for the largest packs.

Compatibility with other appliances:

The introduced 40V battery- and charging technologies are not only compatible with cordless blowers, but also with other 40V tools of the respective manufacturers. If you want to use multiple devices of one manufacturer, it is important that the company has a good choice of 40V tools for easy interchanging. This is the case for Oregon as well as for Dewalt and Ryobi. However, the latter have a particularly large and varied range of battery powered garden tools.

Review Category #4 – Scope of Delivery & Price

In the final review category „Scope of Delivery & Price“, we have uniformly awarded the second best value of 9 points to all three 40V cordless blowers.

Scope of delivery:

The cordless leaf blowers from Oregon and Dewalt are available as packaged solutions on Amazon, which means battery packs and charger are included with the main tool. The different components can also be ordered separately. For example, if you already own batteries and only want to buy the battery powered leaf blower. In the case of Ryobi, all components need to be supplied individually. At least, we did not find a combined offer while conducting this review.

Price:

In terms of price, the three 40V cordless leaf blowers are approximately the same. However, since all of them are pretty powerful applications of high-quality, they are not cheap either. Prices start at $160-170 for the leaf blower only. They go up to $400 for the complete package, including a battery pack with the highest capacity and a charger. Nevertheless, in our opinion all three solutions have a good price / performance ratio as a whole.

Summary of Results

We have summarized the review results for the three best cordless leaf blowers in the 36-42V segment in the following table:

RatingOregon 40V Max Blower BL300Dewalt 40V Max XR Cordless BlowerRyobi 40V Jet Fan Blower
Performance10/109/109/10
Ergonomics9/109/108/10
Battery & charging technology10/109/109/10
Scope of delivery & price9/109/109/10
Total9.5/109.0/108.8/10
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4.2. Best Leaf Blowers in the 18-20V Segment

Overall, we collected and analyzed data of 18V- and 20V battery leaf blowers from the following device manufacturers: Black + Decker, Makita, WORX, Dewalt, Ryobi, Milwaukee and SereneLife. Based on our analysis results, the following three tools were elected as the best leaf blowers in the 18-20V segment in 2020.

4.2.1. Award Winners 2020

Black + Decker Cordless Blower LSW 321

1st place (9.0 / 10 points)

The Black + Decker LSW 321 20V Max was selected as the best cordless leaf blower in the 18-20V segment with an overall rating of 9.0 out of 10.0 points. The battery leaf blower has sufficient power and is equipped with a powerful performance boost button. It reaches a max. air flow speed of 130 mph and a max. air volume of 100 cfm. In comparison to other 20 volt devices, the Black + Decker blower is very lightweight, weighting in at only 3.7 lbs. excluding the battery. Furthermore, the soft-grip of this cordless blower, makes the device easy to handle for a prolonged period of time. The Black + Decker LSW 321 also impresses with a max. noise level of only 66 db(a). The warranty of the Black + Decker tools and chargers is registered for two years.

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Makita Cordless Blower DUB 182

2nd place (8.8 / 10 points)

The second best cordless leaf blower is the brushless Makita DUB 182 18V LXT. The turbine of the 18V blower generates an air volume of 91 cfm and air flow velocity goes up to an impressive 179 mph. The speed level is adjustable via a variable speed trigger. The device weighs in at 3.9 lbs. making it only slightly heavier than the leading competitor from Black + Decker. Furthermore, it has a clean, ergonomic design and soft-grip. The Makita leaf blower really distinguished itself from other tools by its battery range. Any Makita 18V lithium-ion battery fits, ranging from 2.0 ah to the huge 6.0 ah. The max. noise level of 83 db(a) is in an adequate range. The Makita tool has a 3 year limited warranty.

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WORX Cordless Blower WG 546

3rd place (8.5 / 10 points)

Third place goes in the 18-20V segment goes to the brushless WORX cordless leaf blower WG 546 20V. Its maximum air volume is a remarkable 340 cfm, making it one of the most powerful blowers in this segment. On the other hand, the velocity of the air flow only goes up to 90 mph. The weight of the complete set is over 6 lbs, making it one of the heavier devices we examined. However, the cordless leaf blower does have an ergonomic design and the easy adjustable speed trigger and performance boost are accessible even with single-handed grip on the tool. The max. noise level of 99 db(a) warrants ear protection. The WORX tool comes with a 3 year limited warranty (if the product is registered), the batteries only with 1 year.

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4.2.2. Detailed Review

In the review report below, we will go into detail regarding our four review categories (e.g. performance) and corresponding review criteria (e.g. air speed). Consequently, we will take you through our rating system in a step-by-step fashion. Furthermore, you will discover more about the specific characteristics of the best cordless leaf blowers in the 18-20V segment.

Review Category #1 – Performance

20V cordless leaf blower reviews - opening image of review category performanceIn the review category „Performance“, the 20V blower from WORX was chosen as best leaf blower with a comfortable 10 out of 10 points. The Makita device received 9, and the Black + Decker leaf blower 8 points.

Air speed and volume:

In the context of air volume, the WORX 20V blower achieved the best result with an astounding 340 cfm. The cordless leaf blowers from Black + Decker and Makita show decent values for their 20V category at 100 cfm and 91 cfm respectively.
On the other hand, when it comes to air flow speed, the Makita 18V leaf blower reached the first place with its air velocity of 179 mph. The 20V solution from Black + Decker also works very satisfactorily with an max. speed of about 130 mph. At 90 mph, the WORX cordless leaf blower had the lowest max. air velocity.

Additional features:

From the three selected leaf blowers, the WORX and the Makita have adjustable speed triggers, which allow easy adaption of the blowing power according to individual needs. The WORX and Black + Decker leaf blowers, both possess a powerboost setting. This is activated by an easy push-and-hold mechanism, ensuring that no unnecessary energy is wasted. Moreover, the WORX device also comes with a hyper-stream air nozzle which ensures maximum air propulsion. We could also confirm that the Makita and the WORX battery leaf blowers have brushless motors. Brushed variants are made of carbon and brushless units use magnets to generate power. Thus, brushless motors are better adapted, generate no friction, produce less heating and can provide better performance. The Makita 18V leaf blower doesn’t have any additional performance-enhancing features (besides the brushless motor).

Review Category #2 – Ergonomics

20V cordless leaf blower reviews - opening image of review category ergonomicsWith an overwhelming 10 out of 10 possible points, the Black + Decker device was selected as the best cordless leaf blower in the review category “Ergonomics”. We awarded 9 points to the blower from Makita and 7 to WORX.

Weight:

With an individual weight of only 3.7 lbs, the Black + Decker LSW 321 is the “lightweight” among the three reviewed devices. This is closely followed by the Makita DUB 182 coming in at 3.9 lbs. In contrast, coming in last and heaviest, is the WORX leaf blower WG 546 with 5.7 lbs.

Handling:

At first glance, all cordless leaf blowers were designed with clean ergonomics in mind. Furthermore, all three devices possess a balanced weight distribution, which ensures comfortable and easy operation. Additionally, all three 20V blowers have a soft-grip to support prolonged handling.

Noise level:

With a sound pressure level of max. 66 db(a), the Black + Decker LSW 321 is the best cordless leaf blower in terms of noise. The noise level of the Makita device is comparably rather high (83 db(a)). But, the WORX leaf blower is louder still, with a noise level at around 99 db(a), which warrants the use od ear-protection.

Review Category #3 – Battery & Charging Technology

20V cordless leaf blower reviews - opening image of review category technologyWe were impressed by Makitas large ah battery range and fast charger technology and rewarded them with 10 points. Black + Decker and WORX received 9 and 7 points respectively, for their battery & charging solutions.

Diversity of supply:

Makita offers the largest range of lithium-ion batteries amongst the reviewed device manufacturers. There are five different 18V batteries with capacities between 2.0- and 6.0 ah available for Makita tools. Black + Decker has four different 20V battery packs on offer with capacities between 1.5- and 4.0 ah. WORX offers 2 different 20V batteries, with capacities of 2.0 and 4.0 ah.

Battery run times:

The two largest lithium-ion batteries of Makita have capacities of 5.0- and 6.0 ah. The resulting amount of energy (90- respectively 108 watt hours (wh)) allows a seamless usage over a period of over an hour. With smaller batteries (e.g. 2.0 ah), runtimes are correspondingly lower. The max. runtime of the Black + Decker LSW 321 is approx. 45 minutes when applying the 4 ah battery. The 20V blower from WORX operates for max. 30 minutes. Across the board, all cordless leaf blowers can prolong their operating time by adjusting the power wisely (i.e. only use the power button for short periods of time).

Battery charging times:

From our point of view, Makita offers the best charging solution in the 18-20V segment from our point of view. The 2.0 ah batteries are fully charged in just 25 minutes, and the 6.0 ah batteries in only 55 minutes. Charging times for the Black + Decker and WORX batteries are up to more than two hours for the largest packs.

Compatibility with other appliances:

The presented 18V and 20V battery- and charging technologies are not only compatible with cordless blowers, but also with other 18-/20V devices produced by Black + Decker, Makita and WORX, such as hedge clippers or lawn trimmers. If various devices of one manufacturer should be used, it is very important that the corresponding manufacturer has a good choice of tools. Here, Makita can boast with over 220 battery powered tools and products.

Review Category #4 – Scope of Delivery & Price

In the review category „Scope of Delivery & Price“, we have awarded WORX with the top 10 out of 10 score. Black + Decker made second place with a score of 9 out of 10, followed by Makita with 7 out of 10.

Scope of delivery:

The 20V cordless leaf blowers from WORX, Black + Decker and Makita are all available as packaged solutions on Amazon, including battery packs and charger. However, the different components can also be bought separately. Thus, should you already own batteries and only want to buy the battery leaf blower, you can save money that way.

Price:

In terms of price, the three 20V solutions are approximately the same with Makita leaning towards the costlier end. Prices start at $75-$100 for just the 20V leaf blower. They go up to $200-$270 for the complete package, including a battery pack with the highest capacity and a charger.

Summary of Results

The following table illustrates the final result of our 18- and 20V cordless leaf blower reviews of the year 2020.

RatingBlack + Decker LSW 321Makita DUB 182WORX WG 546
Performance8/109/1010/10
Ergonomics10/109/107/10
Battery & charging technology9/1010/107/10
Scope of delivery & price9/107/1010/10
Total9.0/108.8/108.5/10
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5. Cordless Leaf Blower Guidebook

5.1. Cordless Leaf Blower Benefits

cordless leaf blower reviews - opening image of benefits section But why to choose a battery powered leaf blower and not a gas- or corded electric device? We have analyzed many leaf blowers during our annual reviews and have come to an overwhelming conclusion. In the following paragraphs we list the major advantages of cordless leaf blowers over gasoline- and electric leaf blowers.

No cable

In contrast to corded electric blowers, battery powered leaf blowers don’t require a cable and therefore no electrical outlet. This is a huge advantage: On the one hand, it is ensured that all areas of the yard are cleaned with the leaf blower. On the other hand, there is no risk to stumble over the cable when working with the power tool.

Easy

With a conventional gasoline unit, all liquid has to be carried around. With a battery leaf blower, only the lightweight lithium-ion battery is carried. During our cordless leaf blower reviews 2020, we noticed, that there are many lithium-ion batteries available which weigh far less than a pound.

Quiet

Moreover, a battery powered leaf blower is much more quiet than a gasoline blower. A reduced noise level 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 pollution came back positive.

Environmentally friendly

Unlike traditional gasoline tools, cordless blowers cause (virtually) no CO2 emissions or other environmental impact and. Here is an example calculation: If you consume 4 liters of fuel with a gas blower, then the CO2 balance is about 15.5 pounds. If you consume 1 kilowatt hour (which is around the equivalent) with a battery leaf blower the CO2 balance is still close to 0. Detailed information about this topic is, for example, provided on the website of the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA), which is one of the best energy information sources worldwide.

Good price/ performance ratio

At first glance, cordless leaf blower prices, especially the prices for the best cordless leaf blowers in the market, seem a bit high. However, at second glance, they are not anymore. On the one hand, you will save fuel costs compared to a gasoline 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 and batteries. Since you aren’t using two tools in parallel, you can use the same battery for both devices. Thus, you save the acquisition cost.

5.2. Purchase Criteria for Cordless Leaf Blowers

cordless leaf blower reviews - opening image of purchase criteria list Having weighed the advantages and disadvantages of cordless leaf blowers in the first step, and determining to acquire a battery operated device, we will move onto the next part of our review: Identifying the best leaf blower for you. While the range of cordless leaf blowers is not yet as large as that of battery powered lawn mowers, hedge- or grass trimmers, one should still be diligent when choosing powerful equipment. Essentially, as you have learned further up in this article, the different devices can vary significantly.

Crucial differences in the cordless leaf blowers exist with respect to performance, its ergonomic features, battery run tines, charging times and last but not least the price range as well as the scope of delivery. To make the selection process as easy and convenient as possible for you, we have identified and accumulated the most important criteria for buying a new cordless leaf blower and generated a comprehensive, well structured checklist. This final version of the checklist is presented in the following four sub-chapters.

Performance-Based Criteria

Air speed- and volume: When it comes to performance, it’s primarily about the air speed and volume of the cordless leaf blower. The air speed is measured in mph, air volume is measured in cfm. A higher performance range is advantageous when large amounts of leaves, or large yards and lawns need to be managed. A higher performance is also helpful when dealing with damp leaves and grass in your backyard. In context of air speed and volume, it’s always important to think about the intended use of the cordless leaf blower. For example, are you clearing hard-packed leaves and debris? Then you probably need a high-power battery leaf blower, with at least 40 volts. Or do you want to use the cordless leaf blower only occasionally, for example to blow some leaves from the lawn and yard? Then a 20V application should be enough to satisfy your needs.

Additional features: Most cordless blowers will have adjustable speed triggers and different speed settings to regulate the performance to the task at hand. Power boost buttons are beneficial for economic use of the battery charge, by only using the high performance setting for seconds at a time.

Application-Based Criteria

Weight: As with most other battery powered garden tools, the weight of the device is a key feature in the decision making process. Especially, if you want to clean larger yards and hence need to use the cordless blower for longer periods of time. You should also be careful that the blower is not too heavy for easy handling and to prevent problems with your arms or shoulders. Generally, 20V devices are lighter than 40V tools, 40V devices are lighter than 60V tools, and so on.

Handling: Depending on the weight, as mentioned in the category above, the ergonomic design can make or break a cordless garden solution. Leaf blowers with adequate power need to be designed with a good weight distribution in mind. Easy one-handed operation should be possible with the help of a shoulder strap. Additionally, a soft grip can make prolonged operation much more comfortable.

Noise level: Besides the weight and ergonomic design of a device, one should also consider the noise range of the cordless leaf blower. More precisely, the maximum sound pressure level (SPL) is the crucial factor here. The issue of noise pollution and noise control should command a certain amount of attention.

Technology-Based Criteria

Battery & charging technology: Yet another crucial factor in deciding on a cordless leaf blower to purchase, is the available battery and charging technology. Here the focal point is twofold. Firstly, the capacity of the provided and available batteries, and thus the maximum run time, has to be considered. Secondly, you should check the provided charging time before making a purchase. The time it takes for an empty battery to fully charge can vary greatly from one brand to another.

Compatibility of batteries and chargers: Providing you prefer to have a one-fits-all solution, it is of great importance that the battery and charging technology by the manufacturer of your choice is up to standard in quality and innovation. Having one or two batteries that not only power your cordless leaf blower, but your lawn trimmer and line trimmers too is cost and space effective.

Price-Range Criteria

For many DYI and amateur gardeners, one of the most important criteria points is often the price range of the new cordless leaf blower. The gross price is composed of the acquisition cost for the cordless blower in addition to the cost of a lithium-ion battery and a charging station. Many manufacturers provide set-solutions, which means that the individual price for the parts is often not very clear.

5.3. Cordless Leaf Blower Point of Sale

On the one hand, you can regularly purchase a new cordless leaf blower at your local hardware store, garden centers and a specialty retailer. On the other hand, a plethora of devices is available online, via Internet platforms. The offers on the internet are commonly more varied. Especially Amazon has a huge amount of offers, including all of the products reviewed in this article.

6. Technical Data

Last but not least, the table below illustrates the most important technical device data, which we collected in context of our cordless leaf blower review 2020 and used as input for our analysis and evaluation.

6.1. Datasheet 36-42V Segment

 Oregon 40V Max Blower BL300Dewalt 40V Max XR Cordless BlowerRyobi 40V Jet Fan Blower
Performance
Max. air speed132 mph120 mph155 mph
Max. air volume507 cfm400 cfm300 cfm
Variable speed trigger+++
Performance boost+-+
Ergonomics
Weight (tool only)6.2 lbs7.2 lbs8.9 lbs
Max. noise level65 db(a)67 db(a)73 db(a)
Soft-grip+++
Battery & charging technology
Battery rangeLi-Ion 1.3 ah
Li-Ion 2.6 ah
Li-Ion 4.0 ah
Li-Ion 6.0 ah
Li-Ion 4.0 ah
Li-Ion 6.0 ah
Li-Ion 7.5 ah
Li-Ion 1.5 ah
Li-Ion 2.6 ah
Li-Ion 3.0 ah
Li-Ion 5.0 ah
Voltage40 Volt40 Volt40 Volt
Electricity use1.3 ah: 50 wh
2.6 ah: 104 wh
4.0 ah: 160 wh
6.0 ah: 240 wh
4.0 ah: 160 wh
6.0 ah: 240 wh
7.5 ah: 300 wh
1.5 ah: 60 wh
2.6 ah: 104 wh
3.0 ah: 120 wh
5.0 ah: 200 wh
Max. battery run times*1.3 ah: n/a
2.6 ah: 28 min
4.0 ah: 54 min
6.0 ah: 90 min
4.0 ah: up to 15 min
6.0 ah: up to 25 min
7.5 ah: up to 40 min
1.5 ah: up to 15 min
2.6 ah: up to 25 min
3.0 ah: up to 30 min
5.0 ah: up to 40 min
Charging times (standard charger)*1.3 ah: n/a
2.6 ah: 120 min
4.0 ah: 240 min
6.0 ah: n/a
4.0 ah: 90 min
6.0 ah: 130 min
7.5 ah: 160 min
n/a
Charging times (fast charger)*1.3 ah: n/a
2.6 ah: 30 min
4.0 ah: 60 min
6.0 ah: 90 min
n/a1.5 ah: 60 min
2.6 ah: 90 min
3.0 ah: 120 min
5.0 ah: > 120 min
Table 1: Best cordless leaf blowers in the 36-42V segment – technical data
* Battery run- and charging times were partially calculated.

6.2. Datasheet 18-20V Segment

 Black + Decker Cordless Blower LSW 321Makita Cordless Blower BUB 182 LXTWORX Cordless Blower WG 546
Performance
Max. air speed130 mph179 mph60-90 mph
Max. air volume100 cfm91 cfm225-340 cfm
Variable speed trigger-++
Performance boost+-+
Ergonomics
Weight (tool only)3.7 lbs3.9 lbs5.7 lbs
Max. noise level66 db(a)83 db(a)up to 99 db(a)
Soft-grip+++
Battery & charging technology
Battery rangeLi-Ion 1.5 ah
Li-Ion 2.0 ah
Li-Ion 3.0 ah
Li-Ion 4.0 ah
Li-Ion 2.0 ah
Li-Ion 3.0 ah
Li-Ion 4.0 ah
Li-Ion 5.0 ah
Li-Ion 6.0 ah
Li-Ion 2.0 ah
Li-Ion 4.0 ah
Voltage20 Volt18 Volt20 Volt
Electricity use1.5 ah: 30 wh
2.0 ah: 40 wh
3.0 ah: 60 wh
4.0 ah: 80 wh
2.0 ah: 36 wh
3.0 ah: 54 wh
4.0 ah: 72 wh
5.0 ah: 90 wh
6.0 ah: 108 wh
2.0 ah: 40 wh
4.0 ah: 80 wh
Max. battery run times*1.5 ah: n/a
2.0 ah: up to 25 min
3.0 ah: n/a
4.0 ah: up to 45 min
2.0 ah: n/a
3.0 ah: 12-75 min
4.0 ah: n/a
5.0 ah: n/a
6.0 ah: n/a
2.0 ah: up to 18 min
4.0 ah: up to 30 min
Charging times (standard charger)*up to 10 hoursn/a2.0 ah: 3 hours
4.0 ah: 5 hours
Charging times (fast charger)*1.5 ah: n/a
2.0 ah: around 60 min
3.0 ah: n/a
4.0 ah: around 120 min
2.0 ah: 25 min
3.0 ah: 30 min
4.0 ah: 40 min
5.0 ah: 45 min
6.0 ah: 55 min
2.0 ah: 60 min
4.0 ah: 120 min
Table 2: Best cordless leaf blowers in the 18-20V segment – technical data
* Battery run- and charging times were partially calculated.