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Quietest Leaf Blowers & Outdoor Power Gear

Electric and battery-powered tools that cut down on noise without skimping on performance

A person on a leafy lawn using a leaf blower

It’s 8 o’clock on Saturday morning. Your list of yard chores—much like the invasive trumpet vine strangling your fence posts—has grown steadily all week. Do you dare fire up the leaf blower and risk the wrath of still-slumbering neighbors?

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It’s a dilemma as old as outdoor power equipment itself, and one that manufacturers of this equipment have been working to solve. That effort has largely centered around a new emphasis on battery-powered machines, from brands new and established alike.

Before you shop, keep in mind that battery-powered lawn equipment has a limited run time before the battery needs to be recharged, so it’s best for small yards. And not all tools that run on a battery are quiet. So you might want to perform a midday test run before you risk waking the neighborhood with early-morning mowing.

How We Test for Noise

Over the past few years, Consumer Reports’ testing has shown that the performance of battery-powered lawn gear—which is significantly quieter than gas-powered lawn equipment—has been improving. 

In our evaluations of leaf blowers, string trimmers, lawn mowers, and pressure washers, we measure noise for every model.

“The noise generated by outdoor power equipment can pose a risk to the user’s hearing, but it can also drive your neighbors crazy,” says John Galeotafiore, who oversees CR’s testing of outdoor power gear. “That’s why we measure sound at the ear for all tools and we also measure sound at a distance, to see what a mower or leaf blower might sound like from your neighbor’s house.”

The specifics vary slightly among tools, but we generally measure at distances of 23 to 50 feet and assume average lot sizes of 100x100 feet. 

Most manufacturers of electric outdoor power equipment make many of the tools for your yard, and we test models from Black+Decker, Ego, GreenWorks, NorthStar, Stihl, Toro, and Worx, among others.

Here, we’ve highlighted the quietest models of leaf blowers, string trimmers, lawn mowers, and pressure washers that also earn an Overall Score of Very Good or Excellent. 

Quietest Leaf Blowers

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Kobalt (Lowe's) KHB 400B-06

Price: $200

Noise at 50 ft.
Noise at ear
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