While the WORX Turbine 56V did have some standout performances in a few of our tests, it overall scored in the lower portion of the group, failing to garner any awards. It does have decent leaf blowing power and is one of the more ergonomic models that we have tested, but we feel there are far better options out there — some of which even cost a significant amount less.
WORX Turbine 56V WG591 Review
Pros: Decent power, impressively ergonomic
Cons: Limited battery life, loud
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|Pros||Decent power, impressively ergonomic||Jam-packed with power, good battery life||Plenty of strength, quiet||Excellent power, solidly ergonomic, quieter than average||Much more affordable, exceptionally ergonomic|
|Cons||Limited battery life, loud||Could be a bit more ergonomic, quieter||Unimpressive battery life, so-so ergonomics and comfort||Moderate battery life, has a high-pitched undertone||Not the most powerful, can be earsplitting to operate|
|Bottom Line||The WORX packs a surprising punch but still couldn’t match the top models in our tests||If you want the best you can get when it comes to cordless leaf blowers, we highly recommend the Ego Power+ 580 CFM||The XBUO2PT1 is a solid blower on its own merits and has interchangeable batteries with handheld Makita power tools||If you want a powerful leaf blower that isn’t going to blow your budget, you should snap up the Snapper 82-Volt Max||If you are a budget-conscious shopper looking for a new leaf blower, we highly recommend the Ryobi|
|Rating Categories||WORX Turbine 56V...||Ego Power+ 580 CFM||Makita XBU02PT1||Snapper 82-Volt Max||Ryobi 40V RY40460|
|Specs||WORX Turbine 56V...||Ego Power+ 580 CFM||Makita XBU02PT1||Snapper 82-Volt Max||Ryobi 40V RY40460|
|Measured Weight w/ Battery||7.8 lbs||10 lbs||9.2 lbs||8.7 lbs||9 lbs|
|Variable speed||Yes, dial||Yes, trigger or cruise control dial||Yes, dial||Yes, trigger or cruise control dial||Yes, trigger|
|Included Battery Size||2 Ah||5 Ah||5 Ah||2 Ah||4 Ah|
|Measured Charge Time||1 hr 20 min||1 hr 30 min||1 hr||30 min||2 hrs 45 min|
|Measured Run Time on Turbo Boost||10 min 15 sec||19 min 17 sec||N/A||N/A||18 min 5 sec|
|Measured Run Time on Highest Standard Mode||16 min 36 sec||36 min 53 sec||14 min 37 sec||15 min 17 sec||26 min|
|# of Batteries Included||1||1||2 sets||1||1|
|Nominal Voltage||56V||56V||36V (2 x 18V)||82V||40V|
|Measured Operator Sound Level Highest Setting||87.6 dBa||94.5 dBa||84 dBA||83.9 dBa||93.3 dBa|
|Operating Modes||Low, Med, High, Turbo||Variable speed pulling trigger with turbo button||Variable speeds with trigger and speed settings 1-6||Variable speed pulling trigger||Variable speed pulling trigger with turbo button|
Our Analysis and Test Results
The WORX roughly matched the results of the HUSQVARNA 320iB and ahead of the Sun Joe iONBV. It's more powerful than both of them but is louder and has a shorter battery life. The WORX does cost a bit more than the Sun Joe but is less expensive than the 320iB. However, none of these three blowers are our favorites and we don't readily recommend purchasing them.
To rank and score cordless leaf blowers, we bought all the best products on the market and tested them head-to-head to find out for ourselves which one swept the floor with the rest. We grouped our tests into four weighted rating metrics, with the WORX's relatively unremarkable performance detailed below.
Our most important rating metric, power is accountable for half of the final score for each leaf blower. We tested each product out by using it to clear all sorts of debris and mess — dirt, sand, leaves, pebbles, and pine needles — from an area of our parking lot, as well as by measuring the height that it could successfully levitate a beach ball and its maximum useful range. The WORX did slightly above average, meriting a 6 out of 10.
The WORX worked quite well for clearing our parking area but it still can't match the power and efficiency of the top blowers. It's fine for moving light to medium-weight items but did struggle with the heavier piles of pine needles and small pebbles. It did better than the lower-tier but we found it to be the least powerful of the blowers that we would use for clearing considerable amounts of mess.
It has a respectable range, able to move sand up to 13.75' away from the nozzle with the WORX held in the same spot.
It also did a solid job in our beach ball test, holding it steady at a height of around 5' on its Turbo mode and 40" on its high setting.
Worth a quarter of the WORX's overall score, our battery metric came next in terms of significance. For this score, we measured how long a completely full battery would power the WORX and how long it would take to recharge that battery once it was dead. Since the WORX has a continuous Turbo mode, we measured the effective runtime both on its high power and Turbo mode, then calculated the simulated runtime estimating usage of 70% high, 30% Turbo. Unfortunately, the WORX did relatively poorly, receiving a 3 out of 10 for its performance.
The WORX's 56-volt, 2 amp hour battery pack only lasted for 12 minutes with our estimated 70/30 split, which is one of the shortest runtimes of the group.
It did redeem itself slightly by recharging a little faster than average — 80 minutes or so — but not by much.
The WORX did do a much better job in our ergonomics metric, which makes up 15% of its final score. It earned a 7 out of 10 overall, based on its weight, balance, comfort, and how often it tended to suck in and snag your pants or shirt.
The WORX Turbine is about average in weight, reading just shy of eight pounds on the scale with the battery installed.
We particularly liked how balanced this unit is, holding a perfect angle for clearing leaves and debris without any effort on your part. The grip is a little on the larger side but the majority of our judges didn't even notice.
It easy to reach the dial without adjusting your grip too much, allowing you to pick between low, medium, high, and turbo modes.
However, we did find that it usually will try to suck in your shirt when switching hands, as the WORX has an air intake right on the back.
The last tenth of the WORX's final score is based on the noise that it produces, measured both for the operator and for an individual 50' away. Regrettably, the WORX is one of the louder blowers we have seen in the course of our tests, earning a 4 out of 10.
We recorded sound levels of 87.6 dBa for the operator on Turbo mode, which dropped a bit for a bystander, registering 84.1 dBa at that distance.
While the WORX isn't one of the most expensive blowers we have seen, it isn't the best value, as multiple less expensive products outperformed it.
The WORX has a solid amount of oomph when it comes to moving messes but this is overshadowed by its louder sound levels and super short relative runtime, leading us to vastly prefer other blowers over this one.
— Austin Palmer, David Wise, and Jenna Ammerman