Best Backpack Leaf Blowers of 2021
And how to know whether you really need one for your yard cleanup
A backpack leaf blower is a godsend if you have a sizable piece of property. Whether you're sweeping flower petals or grass clippings from your driveway through spring and summer or clearing fallen leaves come autumn, a backpack blower offers some serious advantages over a handheld leaf blower.
For starters, the best backpack leaf blowers run for a long time: 30 to 60 minutes for battery-powered models and even longer for gas models, provided you refuel them. Most battery-powered handhelds run for just 12 to 15 minutes.
And here's a big one: It’s much easier to carry the weight of the leaf blower on your back than in your hands.
“Using a handheld blower gets pretty tiring if you have layers of leaves to gather,” says Misha Kollontai, CR’s test engineer in charge of leaf blower testing. “Backpack blowers are better for that because the weight is dispersed over our back. Plus, they tend to work faster.”