5 Best Cordless Leaf Blowers – Test & Reviewed 2017
CORDLESS LEAF BLOWER REVIEWS
Updated - 05 Sept 2017 (New Gtech Leaf Blower Currently Under Review)
Autumn is a very interesting and exciting time in the garden for many people, as the leaves on trees begin to change colour, producing fantastic displays of changing colors in the garden.
But there is the other, not so exciting side of Autumn where we find ourselves clearing up the masses of fallen leaves that block your gutters and drains as well as making paths very slippery and potentially dangerous.
To combat this problem, leaf blowers can be used to make clearing up leaves much quicker and a whole lot easier, simply blow them into a nice neat pile ready for picking up.
One of the most popular types of leaf blowers are 'cordless leafs blowers', they are powered by battery and can be recharged in as little as 60 minutes.
There are 3 types of leaf blowers, the first are 'corded electric models' which require a power source, which restricts where they can be used. The second type are 'petrol leaf blowers', but they require regular engine maintenance and are heavy and can give off harmful fumes. The third type are 'Cordless electric leaf blowers', with big advances in in technology and new 'lithium-ion batteries', you can now buy a impressive cordless leaf blowers that can give both, corded and petrol leafs blowers a good run for there money and with prices starting for as little as £100 there never been a better time to invest in one.
This autumn we have tested some new leaf blowers but found that the Bosch ALB 36v Cordless Leaf Blower is still the best cordless leaf blower for most people due to its powerful motor, precise effectiveness , longer run times and super fast charge time. This means for a second year running it's still the winner of our Best Pick which you can see below.
The Best Cordless Leaf Blowers Which Are Included In Our Review Below
Our Quick Cordless Leaf Blower Buyers Guide
Choosing the best cordless leaf blower, that is right for you
There is now a large selection of 'cordless leaf blowers' available from trusted brands such as Black + Decker, Bosch, Worx, Inhell, Ryobi and many more. As well as Blowing a strong blast of air, some models also mulch and collect leaves. However we have found they are much better at blowing and can often lack the power to pick up and collect wet leaves.
Below are a few pointers to take into consideration when choosing one that is right for you.
- Size of garden & run time - If you have a small or medium size garden, a cordless leaf blower can be a very convenient way of clearing up leaves quickly. If you have a small garden or patio, a model with a smaller battery and run time may be just right and are usually half the price of other models. On the other hand, if you have a lot of leaves to clear, investing in a larger more powerful leaf blower with a longer run time would be worth the extra investment. Smaller models run for around 15-20 minutes while more expensive larger models can give around 40-60 minutes of continued use.
- Weight - Thanks to the latest lithium-ion batteries, cordless leaf blowers are now lighter than ever with some models weighting only 1.6kg, with some heavier models weighing as much as 6kg. Take this into consideration as some models may be too heavy for some people to use for longer periods of time.
- Warranty & Guarantees - Most models come with some sort of warranty. Most models include at least 2 years warranty, some models including 'Worx' even come with 3 years domestic and industrial warranty. We only review models that come with warranty so you now your covered.
- Charge time - As the run time on many models is very limited, you need to consider how long it takes to charge the battery. Most model can now be charged within 60 minutes, but some models can 3 hours or longer.
- Lithium-ion batteries - The latest 'modern cordless leaf blowers' are powered by lithium-ion batteries which are a huge improvement on old conventional batteries and they offer much longer run times as well as being up to 50% lighter. They are a big improvement and retain their charge, as well as being able to be recharged four times more than standard batteries. When choosing a cordless leaf blower, ensuring it is powered by lithium-ion batteries is a must, this is why all our recommended models are powered by lithium-ion batteries.
- Bare Tool or full tool - Most models can be purchased as a 'bare model', this means they come without a battery or charger. If you have other power tools by the same company you may be able to use the same batteries and chargers from your other tools in the leaf blower. This can save you money as you don't need to buy batteries and chargers for every tool. However you can also purchase them with the battery and charger, all our reviews are for the models which come with batteries and charger complete unless otherwise stated.
BEST CORDLESS LEAF BLOWERS
OUR TOP PICK
BOSCH ALB 36 LI CORDLESS LEAF BLOWER
Bosch do two cordless leaf blowers and this Bosch ALB 36 LI Cordless Leaf Blower is their more powerful model of the two. Powered by a 36V / 2.6 Ah Lithium-ion battery, it provides enough power for around 55 minutes of continuous use which is plenty of time to clear up leafs in most gardens. The battery can also be re-charged in only 60 minutes for added convenience.
Its incredibly light at only 2.8kg and this, paired with its ergonomic design and soft grip handle means it's very easy and comfortable to use for longer periods of time, putting less strain on your arms and back.
One very useful feature this model does have is 'variable speed control' which can be set between 170 - 250 km/hr. This is useful for adjusting the right blowing-power for the right situation so you can set it to full power for large wet leaves and heavier garden debris. You can then set a lower blowing speed for blowing dry leaves out from around delicate pots and blowing leaves off gravel areas, so you avoid blowing gravel everywhere.
Comes with 2 years warranty that can be extended to 3 years by registering your product online within 28 days of purchasing it.
We really like the 'Bosch ALB 36 LI Cordless Leaf Blower' and it packs plenty of power and works incredably well on wet and dry leaves. Bosch state the running time as 55 minutes, but this may be on the lowest power setting. On full power your looking at around 20 minutes. If you set it to 3, it still has plenty of power and last around 40 minutes.
Again charge time is quoted as 60 minutes but as other users have also confirmed, it seems to take around 90 minutes to fully charge.
This is one of the best selling cordless leave blowers on Amazon.co.uk and has plenty of 5 star reviews which confirm how good this model really is.
If your looking for a light weight, powerful leaf blower with a good run time, then this model is probably the best leaf blower.
BEST FOR SMALL GARENS AND PATIOS
BOSCH ALB 18 LI CORDLESS LEAF BLOWER
This Bosch ALB 18 LI Cordless Leaf Blower is the second cordless leaf blower by Bosch, this model is designed with smaller gardens and patios in mind.
Its amazingly light weight at only 1.8kg, making it very easy to carry, when in use and its ergonomic soft grip handle ensure its well balanced, putting less strain on your arms and back making it a joy to use.
It also has a variable speed control setting up to 210 km/h like the larger model, this ensures controlled and precise blowing, this is handy for situations such as when you need to blow leaves off gravel areas, as you can set it to a lower setting so that it blows the leaves but not the gravel.
Powered by a 18V / 2.0 Ah Lithium-ion battery that provides 15 minutes of continued use and can be re-charged in only 60 minutes.
Comes with 2 years warranty which can be extended to 3 years by registering your purchase within 28 days of purchase.
At only 1.8kg this Bosch ABL 18 LI Cordless Leaf Blower is surprising small and lighter than you might imagine and is incredibly powerful for its size.
It does only last around 15 minutes, maybe 20 minutes at a push and does do a good job on both dry and wet leaves and its specially good on hard surfaces.
Its not much use on wet leaves, on the lawn so if this is what your thinking of using it for its going to be a waste of money.
However if you have a small garden or patio it works great and we would recommend considering it, its also great value for money and you will get a decent chunk of change out of £100.
THE LIGHEST CORDLESS MODEL AVAILABLE
WORX WG549E 20V CORDLESS LEAF BLOWER
Worx make a great range of tools at affordable prices and this Worx WG549E 20V Lithium-Ion Cordless Leaf Blower is the smallest leaf blower they manufacture.
At only 1.6kg, it's incredibly light and is the lightest cordless leaf blower in its class, making it very easy to use and it helps to reduce fatigue . It produces an impressive 120mph (193km/h) of air speed and the long 'angled' tube makes it very easy to blow under tables, benches and any other obstacles you need to clear under.
Its powered by a 20v / 2Ah Lithium-ion battery which provides around 20 minutes of continued use and the battery recharged in around 3 hours.
Comes with 3 years warranty as standard for professional and domestic use.
If your looking for a very light weight cordless leaf blower then this Worx WG549E Cordless Leaf Blower would be a good candidate or alternative to the Bosch ALB LI cordless leaf blower.
The batteries in the Worx are slightly more powerful than the ones used in the 'Bosch model' which means it does last slightly longer before needing to be charged.
The Worx model is great for hard surfaces, very simple to use as it only an 'ON/OFF' switch and at under £100 its great value for money. Its very light and is well balanced and is a delight to use.
If you have gravel surfaces you want to blow the leaves off, then we would recommend going for the Bosch model as it retails at a similar price (usually cheaper) and has the added benefit of 'variable speed control'.
If you want a compact, light weight leaf blower that is very simple to use then this Worx WG549E will do the job otherwise the Bosch model is probably a better choice. One added benefit of the Worx model is that it does come with 3 years warranty as standard for added peace of mind where as the Bosch model you will need to go to the extra effort of registering the product to extend it to 3 year.
BLOWER AND VACUUM FUNCTION
GREAT FOR DRY LEAVES
BLACK + DECKER GWC3600L20-GB 36V LEAF BLOWER
Black + Decker are very well known for creating affordable high quality garden tools and their cordless leaf blower has all the features you would expect from a innovative company like Black + Decker.
This Black + Decker cordless leaf blower is a '2 in 1 product', it has the blower function and also has a vacuuming function with the collection bag for sucking up garden waste which is great for collecting leaves from around flower beds and borders.
Powered by a 36v / 2.0Ah lithium-ion battery, the leaf blower function produces a blast of air at 218 km/h which gives around 45 minutes of continued use, which is enough for most small and medium sized gardens. It has two setting for speed, 'Eco mode' which is ideal for most jobs and helps prolong battery life, it also has a 'Turbo mode' for when you need that little extra power to get he job done.
The lithium-ion battery can be charged in only 60 minutes and will retain its charge for long periods of time, unlike older NiCad batteries. This ensures that you can charge the battery after use and it will be ready for use when ever its needed.
The vacuum function is incredibly easy to use, simply change the nozzle and attache the collection bag. Turn on the vacuum function and away you go, it will also shred the leaves with its high impact blades before putting the shredded debris into the easy to empty collection bag.
The ergonomic handle and light weight design ensure easy maneuverability around the garden. Its come with 2 years warranty for full peace of mind.
At 3.4 kg with the vacuum and 2.4 kg as a blower is fairly light weight, well balanced and easy to use. This Black + Deck leaf blower is great for blowing and vacuuming dry leaves from solid areas such as block paving or patios etc.
However its a complete waste of time on wet leaves, specially the vacuum function which struggles and constantly gets blocks, if the leaves are dry then its great and does the trick.
If you have a small patio and want to clear a few leaves from a small area on a dry day, then this is fairly good and will do the job.
GREAT FOR WET & DRY LEAVES
WORX WG568E 40V CORDLESS LEAF BLOW
This Worx WG568E Cordless Leaf Blower is Worx most powerful cordless model and is powered by a 40v Lithium-ion battery that provides an impressive 40 minutes of continued use.
Thanks to the quick charging lithium-ion battery, you can recharge the battery in only 60 minutes. The blower has 'variable speed control' so you can adjust the strength of the blower up to 230km/h for different conditions and it also prolong the battery life.
The high speed angled nozzle will easily blow dry and wet leaves on all surfaces including lawns, where most other models do struggle. The compact and light weight (1.9kg) design, ensures that it can be very easily used with one hand so you can get into all them hard to reach places, such as under tables and between pots and planters.
Ideal for clearing large areas of leaves, wet or dry on any surface, for extra peace of mind it also comes with 3 years warranty.
At only 1.9kg its very light and easy to use with just one hand, but it does not last quite as long as the Bosch model on a full charge, The Bosch last around 55 minutes where as the Worx model last around 40 minutes.
Overall its a very good model that makes light work of blowing leaves on lawns, even when wet and it gets the job done, the variable speed control is useful for blowing leaves on gravel, as you can reduce the speed slightly which avoids blowing gravel every where.
OUR FINAL VERDICT - WHICH IS BEST
If your looking to invest in the very best, a high end model with plenty of power, then we would recommend the Bosch ALB 36 LI Cordless Leaf Blower. It really is hard to fault and offers everything you would expect from the very best leaf blower, very powerful, variable speed control and a 55 minutes run time which no other model can beat, not to mention its incredibly light at only 1.8kg making it very easy to use with one hand.
You can check the latest price on Amazon.co.uk here
If your budget won't stretch and your looking for something a little cheaper, then its little brother the Bosch ALB 18 LI leaf blower is a very good choice, again its powerful, very light weight and has variable speed control and it wont cost the earth.
You can check there latest price of this model: here
If you want something a little simpler to use with a simple on/off switch, but still has all the blowing power you need, then the Worx WG549 20V is a great choice.