The best leaf blowers including cordless, vacuum and backpack options

Clearing up leaves shouldn’t be blown out of proportion. Make things easy for yourself and purchase a leaf blower in time for the autumn months

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While may argue that autumn is one of the most beautiful and colourful times of the year, those who happen to live near a forage of trees may find it hard to take delight from the green leaves slowly fading into golden brown. A period of high winds is all it takes for your grass to become a carpet of damp leaves; grass that is already suffering from darker, wetter days is suffocated further by fallen leaves, leaving it susceptible to the clutches of moss and other winter-thriving weeds. 

To ensure your garden has the best chances of growing back lush and green as the weather becomes warmer, keeping it free of leaves and the subsequent moss and weeds throughout the autumn and winter seasons is essential. Using a rake can sometimes feel like you’re fighting a losing battle, especially when you happen to take out clumps of the already delicate grass in the process. This predicament brings us neatly onto leaf blowers- the solution when your grass, patio and flowerbeds become inundated with fallen leaves. 

Leaf blowers come in all shapes and sizes. There are smaller ones for those with little outdoor space and large ones for clearing acres of land. Battery powered ones are easier and more convenient to use, although the power won’t last forever, and while cable ones can offer more suction power, they’re no good for larger outdoor spaces where hooking up to an extension cable just isn’t feasible. Petrol leaf blowers are probably the best for long lasting power, although they’re heavy, noisy and smelly. 

The tendency with leaf blowers is to blow all the leaves into one large pile, thus allowing you to adorn the old gardening gloves and somehow transfer them to the compost bin. There are however leaf blowers that double up as a vacuum cleaner and suck up the leaves into a bag for you to easily deposit into your compost bin/pile. These, however, can become heavy to use over long periods of blowing, and are often fiddly to transition between sucking and blowing modes. 

With everything to consider, it’s up to you to weigh up your options so you can choose the best leaf blower for you. From the top of the range to pocket friendly, we’ve scoured our favourite retailers, including Amazon and Argos, for the best and detail the ins and outs of each so you can come to a decision before the leaves start to turn. 

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1. Dewalt DCM572 Flexvolt Blower

A top of the range blower for efficient leaf carpet clearance

Specifications
Best for: Efficiency
Cordless: Yes
Weight: 3.33kg
Maximum speed: 195 km/h
Reasons to buy
+Fairly lightweight+Interchangeable batteries
Reasons to avoid
-Run time is only 15 minutes 

This Dewalt offering is more than good enough for the average sized back garden and bigger (depending on how efficient your leaf blowing skills are). It runs on powerful batteries that are interchangeable with other smaller power tools in the Dewalt range, and the 195 km/h speed motor should enable you to do some ample leaf shifting in a short space of time. One of the lighter weight models on our list, it should be easy on the arms, and thanks to the electric motor, shouldn’t be too strenuous on the ears, either. 

2. McCulloch GB 355 BP Petrol Backpack Blower

Extensive outdoor spaces will benefit from this leaf blower; just wear some ear muffs

Specifications
Best for: Performance
Cordless: Yes
Weight: 9.16kg
Maximum speed: 355 km/h
Reasons to buy
+Backpack design for comfort+Variable engine speed
Reasons to avoid
- Noisy 

If your back garden extends across several acres, rather than several metres, this petrol leaf blower from McCulloch could be a better option. With its petrol engine, you can use it for extensive periods of time and with the ability to reach blowing speeds of up to 355 km/h, it’ll make quick work of excessive leaf coverage. While heavy, its backpack design allows you to distribute the weight of it around your body, rather than it being focussed in the arms and wrists, which means you can wear it for longer without feeling like your arms are going to drop off. 

3. Black + Decker GW3050 Blower Vac

A blower come leaf and debris vacuum for efficient tidying

Specifications
Best for: Shredding
Cordless: No
Weight: 8.2kg
Maximum speed: 418 km/h
Reasons to buy
+Most powerful performance+Vacuums up and shreds leaves
Reasons to avoid
-Heavy

While the cord may be annoying, it does allow this Black + Decker leaf blower to emit the largest blow speed of the lot, which should make super easy work of your back garden, providing you have a decent extension cable. You can switch between blower and vacuum modes, which eliminates the need to tackle a huge pile of leaves with a pair of gardening gloves once you’re done.  On vacuum mode, it shreds the leaves and small debris and stores it in the bag, which can be zipped open and emptied once full. As with our second pick, it does feature a backpack to distribute weight, but users find the quality of it slightly lacking. 

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4. Bosch ALS 2500 Electric Garden Blower and Vacuum

Can’t quite justify the Black + Decker? Try this one as an alternative

Specifications
Best for: Lightweight vacuum
Cordless: No
Weight: 3.2kg
Maximum speed: 300km/h
Reasons to buy
+Lightweight +3-in-1 settings
Reasons to avoid
-Can clog up in vacuum mode

Not as heavy duty as our Black + Decker pick, this lightweight leaf blower is handheld and has three interchangeable settings for efficient use. Whether you require the blower mode or vacuum mode, Bosch promise that you can quickly interchange between the two settings to make quick work out of clearing your garden of leaves. While not as powerful as our previous pick, it features an efficient internal shredder which will mulch the leaves and garden debris into the attached bag for you to conveniently place on your compost pile. 

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5. Draper 81567 Garden Vacuum and Blower

Another leaf blower/vacuum combo for consideration

Specifications
Best for: Shoulder strap vacuum
Cordless: No
Weight: 6.08kg
Maximum speed: 310km/h
Reasons to buy
+Shoulder strap to support weight+Easily transition between blower and vacuum
Reasons to avoid
-Heavy

While heavier than the Bosch, this leaf blower does provide an extra 10km/h of speed and an additional 100 watts of power. To support the additional weight, there is the option to use the shoulder strap, although some people may find that the pressure becomes too much over an extensive period of time. Featuring both blowing and vacuum functions, Draper suggest that it’s easy to transition between the two settings to make clearing your garden quick and easy. You can conveniently empty the bag from all the mulch by opening the zip once its 45L capacity becomes full. 

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6. Ryobi OBL1820S Cordless Bare Leaf Blower

A great budget buy for those who already have the right batteries

Specifications
Best for: Budget buy
Cordless: Yes
Weight: 2.21kg
Maximum speed: 241km/h
Reasons to buy
+Cordless+Lightweight
Reasons to avoid
-No batteries included

This leaf blower is the ideal buy for those that already have the compatible, interchangeable batteries, which means you can cut out any unnecessary expense. This leaf blower is super lightweight, so there’s no need for a backpack or a shoulder strap. Only a leaf blower, this one is for those with smaller gardens, and you’ll need a decent pair of gardening gloves to pick up the pile of leaves once you’re done. While it doesn’t have the fastest blow speed, it’s certainly quicker than our top battery powered leaf blower. However, there’s no suggested charge time, as it’ll completely depend on the batteries that you have.

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