Cordless Leaf Blower Reviews: Annual Report 2020

Battery powered leaf blowers have become gradually more popular since the introduction of home and garden battery technology. There is now a plethora of different 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 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 have to dedicate some time to the chores that have accumulated on their property. In order to facilitate the collection of leaves, twigs and branches, many property owners have switched to the use of environmentally friendly, battery operated 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, cordless garden tools are a genuine alternative to gasoline-powered solutions.

Within the next chapter we will give a general outline of cordless leaf blowers, presenting you with the main functions and areas of operation (Chapter #2). After a quick introduction into our cordless leaf blower review approach (Chapter #3) we will present you with our review results and the top scoring leaf blowers of 2020 in the fourth chapter. In chapter 5 you will get more useful 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-electric tools. To conclude, the article will end with an overview of key technical data of all cordless blowers, introduced in this review (Chapter #6).

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 others run on more than 80 volts. Basically you can say, the higher the voltage of a device, the higher is its performance in terms of air speed and air volume.
To adjust air speed or volume, most cordless leaf blowers will have variable speed triggers. These additional power settings enable you to pick and choose the needed setting for any given job. Thus, blowing dry leaves, dust and small twigs over a large area can be easily accomplished on a low setting. More difficult jobs that include damp material or heavier dirt such a mud will need the higher setting. Consequently, the battery charge will last for a shorter period of time and cover a smaller work area. Some cordless blowers will also have an additional power boost, for those really messy jobs.

2.2. Areas of Operation

However, a battery powered 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. Tiled entrances or terraces are particularly dangerous areas. 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 also useful in other seasons. For example, you can use it to remove sand from the terrace in the summer. During our reviews it showed, that many gardeners and Do-it-yourselfers use cordless blowers to supplement hedge trimmers, especially to eliminate the leaves on the ground after cutting. You can also use it for general cleaning purposes, e.g. to eliminate waste after a celebration (paper cups, napkins, wrapping paper, …).

You see: no matter what tasks you face, a battery operated 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 blower. And you protect your back in addition (think about what posture you take when working with a broom or rake).

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 blower review report of 2019, we only presented a detailed analysis of 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 blowers of each category, we will follow our tried and tested review approach.

Phase 1:

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

Phase 2:

The pre-determined blowers were then reviewed 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 are 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 blower review, the final tool assessment is carried out. 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, an overall rating for each device is determined. Depending on this overall rating, the leaf blowers are then ranked and the award winners are 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 blowers in the respective voltage segment. Subsequently, a comprehensive description of our review results follows.

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

All in all, we collected data of 40V cordless 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 Oregon BL 300 was selected as the best battery powered leaf blower in the 36-42V segment. The device has an enormous power and is equipped with a variable speed trigger as well as a turbo button. It 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 pretty lightweight, weighting only 9 lbs incl. a 4.0 ampere hours (ah) battery.

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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 Dewalt 40V Max XR. The 40V cordless blower generates an air volume of 400 cfm and air velocity goes up to 120 mph. A fully variable speed trigger allows to adjust the speed level as needed. Besides 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 7.5Ah pack as an energy source.

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Ryobi Jet Fan Blower 40V

3rd place (8.8 / 10 points)

The third best cordless blower is the 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 dissamble the blowpipe from the device in order to achieve an additional power boost. All in all, the Ryobi 40 volt 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.

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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 understand how our overall rating comes about. In addition, you will learn more about the specific strengths and weaknesses of the best cordless 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. 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 blower also has good values at about 400 cfm. The tool from Ryobi has a significantly reduced air volume at 300 cfm.

Additional features:

All three tools have variable speed triggers, which allow the users to adapt the blowing power according to individual needs. In addition to the variable speed trigger, the Oregon blower also possesses a turbo button in case additional performance is needed. With the 40V blower from Ryobi, users can reach a performance boost by dissambling 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. We awarded 8 points to the device from Ryobi.

Weight:

With an individual weight of only 6.2 lbs, the Oregon BL 300 is by far the lightest among the three reviewed devices. Incl. a 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 handling, the three reviewed leaf blowers convinced us more or less equally. At first, all of them have an ergonomic design. Besides, the devices have a balanced weight distribution, which allows to guide them easily and comfortably for longer periods of time. Additionally, all three 40V tools have a convenient soft-grip, which further supports pleasant handling.

Noise level:

In terms of noise, 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 very quiet, even quieter than some reviewed 20 volt devices. The noise level of the Dewalt device is pretty similar (67 db(a)). The Ryobi blower is much louder and has a noise level at 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 battery powered 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 controlling the power of the 40 volt 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, that means 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. 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 40V blowers from Oregon and Dewalt are available as packaged solutions on Amazon, that means together with battery packs and charger. 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 solutions 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 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 Cordless 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 our winners for 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 blower has sufficient power and is equipped with a performance boost button. It reaches a max. air 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 light, weighting in at only 3.7 lbs. excluding the battery. Furthermore, the soft-grip of this cordless blower, makes the device the best 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).

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Makita Cordless Blower DUB 182

2nd place (8.8 / 10 points)

The second best cordless blower is the Makita DUB 182 18V LXT. The 18V blower generates an air volume of 91 cfm and air 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 an ergonomic design and soft-grip. The Makita 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.

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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 WORX cordless 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 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 blower does have an ergonomic design and the variable speed trigger and performance boost are accessible even with just a single-handed grip on the tool. The max. noise level of 99 db(a) warrants ear protection.

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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 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 battery powered leaf blower from WORX achieved a comfortable 10 out of 10 points. The Makita device received 9, and the Black + Decker blower 8 points.

Air speed and volume:

In the context of air volume, the WORX 20V cordless blower achieved the best result with an astounding 340 cfm. The 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 speed, the Makita 18V 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 battery powered leaf blower had the lowest max. air velocity.

Additional features:

From the three selected blowers, the WORX and the Makita have variable speed triggers, which allow the users to adapt the blowing power according to individual needs. The WORX and Black + Decker leaf blowers, both possess a powerboost setting. This is activated by a 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. The Makita 18V blower doesn’t have any additional performance-enhancing features.

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 lightest 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 blower WG 546 with 5.7 lbs.

Handling:

To start, all of the blowers were designed with 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 lead blower in terms of noise. The noise level of the Makita device is comparably rather high (83 db(a)). But, the WORX blower is still louder, 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 has 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. It applies to all blowers, that the average operating time can be prolonged by controlling the power wisely (i.e. only use the power button for short periods of time).

Battery charging times:

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 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 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 a lot of leaf blowers during our annual reviews and we think to know the answer. In the following we list the major advantages of cordless leaf blowers over gasoline- and corded blowers.

No cable

In contrast to corded-electric blowers, battery 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 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 power tool.

Easy

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

Quiet

Moreover, a battery leaf blower is much more quite 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 were very 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 7 kilograms. 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, battery powered blower prices 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 devices 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 pros and cons 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 choice for you. While the range of cordless blowers is not yet as large as that of battery operated lawn mowers or hedge trimmers, one should still be diligent when choosing powerful equipment. Essentially, as you have learned further up in this article, the different leaf blowers can vary significantly.

Crucial differences in the devices exist with respect to performance, ergonomic features, battery and charging technology and last but not least the price range and scope of delivery. To simplify the selection process, we have identified and accumulated the most important criteria and generated a checklist. This final checklist is presented in the following 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 areas need to be managed at any given time. A higher performance is also helpful when dealing with damp leaves and grass. In context of air speed and volume, it’s always important to think about the intended use of the blower. For example, do you want to machine hard-packed leaves? Then you probably need a high-power battery leaf blower, with at least 40 volts. Or do you want to use the blower only occasionally, for example to blow some leaves from the terrace? Then a 20V application should be enough to satisfy your needs.

Additional features: Most cordless blowers will have variable speed triggers and different speed settings to adjust 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 operated garden tools, the weight of the device is a key feature in the decision making process. Especially, if you want to machine larger areas 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, in case you are not that strong or have problems with your arms or shoulder. Generally, 20V devices are lighter than 40V tools, 40V devices are lighter as 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. 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 or 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 hedge 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 battery 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 review and used as input for our analysis and evaluation.

6.1. Technical Data 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

6.2. Technical Data 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
* Battery run- and charging times were partially calculated.