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Leaf blowers

What's behind our leaf blower Ratings?

Experts at our National Testing and Research Center tested 56 models in leaf blowers to see which ones perform best.
We look for:
  • Overall score
    Based on sweeping and loosening, handling, noise, and, where applicable, vacuuming. Displayed scores are rounded; models are listed in order of precise overall score.
  • Sweeping
    Denotes speed of moving leaves.
  • Loosening
    The speed of removing embedded leaf particles from a lawn.
  • Vacuuming
    How quickly models picked up leaves and how finely they mulched them.
  • Handling and ease of use
    Includes ease of maneuvering, using controls, and changing modes.
  • Noise at 50 ft.
    Blower-mode noise is based on industry-standard measurements at 50 feet and our measurements at ear level. Models rated Very Good or Excellent at 50 feet should meet common municipal limits of 65 decibels (dBA); models rated Fair or Poor at ear level emitted at least 85 dBA, enough to warrant hearing protection.
  • Noise at ear
    Blower-mode noise is based on industry-standard measurements at 50 feet and our measurements at ear level. Models rated Very Good or Excellent at 50 feet should meet common municipal limits of 65 decibels (dBA); models rated Fair or Poor at ear level emitted at least 85 dBA, enough to warrant hearing protection.

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Recommended leaf blowers are standout choices with high scores. They include CR Best Buys, which offer exceptional value. When narrowing your choices, weigh features, price, and attributes that matter to you.
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The best handheld electric leaf blowers have long beaten their gasoline-fueled competitors with comparable power and less weight and noise. Some communities have noise restrictions so check quietness claims. If you're looking for information about leaf blowers, Consumer Reports is your best resource. Consumer Reports’ leaf blower reviews will give you honest buying advice that you can trust. Use our leaf blower buying guide to discover which features are most important to consider. We also provide unbiased Ratings and leaf blower reviews to help you choose the best leaf blower for your needs.

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This Black & Decker 12-amp, corded-electric handheld leaf blower weighs 8.4 lbs. and has vacuum capability. It comes with a 2-year warranty.

Leaf blower buying guide

Gas blowers are still the fastest way to clear a yard full of leaves. More are also quieter, especially at the 50-foot distance used for most noise limits. But our tests of more than 50 models show that lower prices and comparable performance for the best electric blowers make them a smart choice for most homeowners, especially if your leaf clearing is within 100 feet of a power outlet.

Some corded-electric models swept away leaves and loosened stubborn debris almost as well as our top gas blowers. And many gas models are far less noisy than older versions, electrics are still quietest overall. That's good news, particularly if your community is among the scores of municipalities with gas-blower regulations. You'll also see cordless electric blowers that combine the ease of a corded blower with the mobility of a gas model--though those we've tested have been pricey and offered relatively little run time before their batteries need recharging.

Many areas prohibit unreasonable noise, including the whine of a blower, during certain hours--say, between 9 p.m. and 8 a.m. But some areas prohibit any blower louder than 70 decibels at 50 feet, and a few limit noise to 65 decibels (about as loud as a window air conditioner on high). Some gas blowers and all the electrics met the 70-decibel limit in our industry tests at 50 feet. And at 65 decibels or less in our latest tests, a few gas-powered blowers matched the quietest electrics we tested. Staying on good term with your neighbors happy might be the best reason to choose a less-raucous blower, wherever you live.

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