Best Outdoor Power Equipment of 2021

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. 

Each 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 blowerslawn mowers and tractorsstring trimmersleaf blowerschainsaws, 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

Top Picks

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Removal speed
Throwing distance
Plow pile removal

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Removal speed
Throwing distance
Plow pile removal
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Best Chainsaws

Top Picks

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Cutting speed
Handling
Safety

2

Cutting speed
Handling
Safety
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Best String Trimmers

Top Picks

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Trimming
Edging
Tall grass and weeds

2

Trimming
Edging
Tall grass and weeds
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Best Leaf Blowers

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Sweeping
Loosening
Handling and ease of use

2

Sweeping
Loosening
Handling and ease of use
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Best Lawn Mowers

Top Picks

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Evenness
Side discharging
Bagging

2

Evenness
Mulching
Bagging
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Best Pressure Washers

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Cleaning
Power
Ease of use

2

Cleaning
Power
Ease of use
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