Best Outdoor Power Equipment of 2022

Top-scoring snow blowers, lawn mowers, string trimmers, and more from Consumer Reports' tests

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It takes an army of outdoor power equipment to keep your property looking its best. But how can you be sure you're buying the best tools? That's where our army of test engineers, market analysts, and statisticians comes in.

Every year, market analysts at Consumer Reports identify hundreds of new pieces of outdoor power equipment. We deploy a team of secret shoppers to buy each model we test, to ensure we’re getting the same, unadulterated products you’ll find at retail.

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And even once we put the tools through a battery of tests, we're still not done—our survey research department polls tens of thousands of CR members about how well their own tools are holding up to help generate our reliability and owner satisfaction ratings.

The result of all that work is our robust collection of ratings for snow blowers, lawn mowers and tractors, string trimmers, leaf blowers, chainsaws, and pressure washers. CR members with digital access can dig into those ratings, which include hundreds of individual models ranging from gas-powered zero-turn riding mowers to battery-powered two-stage snow blowers. Or you can simply scroll down for our selection of the very best outdoor power equipment from our tests.

Best Snow Blowers

Best Chainsaws

Best String Trimmers

Best Leaf Blowers

Best Lawn Mowers

Best Pressure Washers


Paul Hope

As a classically trained chef and an enthusiastic DIYer, I've always valued having the best tool for a job—whether the task at hand is dicing onions for mirepoix or hanging drywall. When I'm not writing about home products, I can be found putting them to the test, often with help from my two young children, in the 1860s townhouse I'm restoring in my free time.