Best Cordless Leaf Blower of 2020
Best Overall Cordless Leaf Blower
Ego Power+ 580 CFM
The Ego Power+ easily delivered the best performance we have seen so far, so it's clear why it snagged the top award and laid claim to the title of best overall in our test. This cordless tool packs a surprising punch, blasting away even caked-on dirt and debris effortlessly. It is better than just about any other blower we have tried. It also has considerable runtime, lasting for a little more than half an hour on a single charge in high power mode and 20 minutes or so when set to Turbo, which we found to be more than enough to complete a typical job.
Unfortunately, our judges didn't find the Ego Power+ to be the most ergonomic or comfortable. It isn't necessarily uncomfortable per se, but this blower isn't quite as naturally balanced as some of the competition. The Ego Power+ is also slightly heavier than the average cordless blower and is about average in terms of the noise it produces. These are all minor drawbacks, given its exceptional performance in other areas. The Ego Power+ firmly cemented its well-deserved status as our Editors' favorite award-winner.
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Outstanding Value Option
Snapper 82-Volt Max
If you checked out the Ego Power+ and panicked over the price, then you may want to consider the Snapper 82-Volt Max. This electric leaf blower holds its own against other products that cost substantially more and performed exceptionally well across the board. The Snapper packs plenty of power with more than enough oomph to clear all sorts of debris from your deck or driveway. This leaf blower has a solid grip, is balanced quite evenly, and is about average in weight. It's also not exceptionally loud.
While the Snapper does have plenty of leaf blowing power, it can't quite compare to the top model, finishing just behind it in our debris clearing tests. The battery life isn't the best either. However, the Snapper more than makes up for these shortcomings just by costing significantly less, which makes it a great option for the budget-conscious shopper that still desires a top-notch cordless blower.
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Best for the Tightest of Budgets
Ryobi 40V RY40460
If the price tags of the Snapper and the Ego Power+ both exceed your budget, then the Ryobi 40V RY40460 might be more up your alley. This budget blower performs decently compared to the performance of the top models, especially considering it costs only half the price. The Ryobi stood out as one of the easier to use and ergonomic blowers that we have tested. It's molded grip cradles your hand with a natural fit, and it balances at an appropriate blowing angle with hardly any effort at all.
Though this is a great cordless leaf blower, Ryobi did make some concessions to keep the cost down. In terms of power, this blower gets blown away by the top-tier models. You should expect to spend more effort to get an area clean and to possibly get a little closer to the leaves or other debris to clear it. The Ryobi is also surprisingly loud — one of the loudest blowers we have tested to date. However, it is easily one of the greatest value options out there when it comes to electric leaf blowers, which earns it an outstanding value award.
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Best for Unified Battery System
For the most part, it seems to be an impractical dream to have all of our handheld power tools and cordless yard equipment on the same battery system. Most handheld tools utilize a lower voltage battery system than most of the leaf blowers that we have reviewed, with the compatible leaf blowers performing exceptionally poorly compared to the models in this review. The Makita, however, is the exception. It solves this problem by using a pair of their cordless tool batteries to power the XBU02PT1. This leaf blower finished close to the top of the group, and holds its own with the top products we have tested.
The convenience of having the same battery system across all your tools is undeniable, but we did find that the Makita batteries do have some drawbacks. These batteries delivered a somewhat mediocre performance in our battery life metric compared to the other blowers we tested. However, we believe the convenience of a unified battery system across your hand power tools and your yard tools outweighs this deficiency. We highly recommend this leaf blower if you are searching for a single battery system across all your tools.
Read Review: Makita XBU02PT1
Why You Should Trust Us?
If you are looking for unbiased expert reviews, you've come to the right place. At TechGearLab, we buy all the products in our reviews from major retailers at normal prices, so you can be 100% certain that we have no financial interest in picking one product over another. To test out cordless blowers, we recruited cordless yard tool aficionado Austin Palmer and Senior Review Editor David Wise. Austin and David both have extensive experience with cordless power tools both in a professional setting and in their own experiences. In particular, Austin has logged hundreds and hundreds of hours using various landscaping and yard work tools. David brings his formal training as a mechanical engineer to the table, along with extensive experience with lithium power systems and electric motors.
We tested these products comprehensively, clearing tens of thousands of square feet of lawn, decks, and driveways of leaves and other debris. To compare and score comfort and ergonomics, we recruited a varied panel of testers with a wide range of hand sizes to try out each product to see how they felt to carry around. Finally, we measured the sound levels produced by each blower and their runtime on various operating modes to determine just how long their batteries could last.
Related: How We Tested Cordless Leaf Blowers
Analysis and Test Results
We started by researching dozens of different blowers, then picking out the products to buy and test that had the most potential at winning an award. We conducted tons of different tests, grouped into four weighted rating metrics: Power, Battery, Ergonomics, and Noise. The results from our detailed comparative analysis of each blower are discussed below.
For the most part, we found a reasonably strong correlation between price and performance amongst cordless blowers. Our top-scoring model, the Ego Power+, is one of the most expensive, but it's also unmatched by the competition when it comes to power. This is followed by the Snapper 82-Volt, which didn't quite do as well but costs significantly less than the Ego Power+. It's probably the best option for someone who wants to save some cash without compromising too much on performance. The Ryobi is even less expensive than the Snapper, making it our top recommendation for anyone who has a strict budget to adhere to. However, the performance does drop quite a bit from the Ego Power+ to the Ryobi. The Makita is also on the pricey side. While it for sure is not a value pick, you could factor the potential savings of conveniently adopting a single battery system across all your tools into your purchasing decision.
Our Power metric has the biggest impact on each products' final score and ranking, accountable for 50% of the final score for each cordless blower. To test this, we used each blower to clear the same area with similar amounts of debris, noting how long it took to clean the area with each blower and how close the nozzle had to get to move the debris. Building on this test, we also measured the effective range of each product by spreading out playground sand, then setting up each blower at a fixed point. We measured both the distance where the blower would completely clear the sand from the pavement and the maximum distance where it moved some sand, even if it only partially cleared that area. Finally, we used each blower to levitate a beach ball, comparing the heights where the ball was held in a stable position.
Delivering the best performance of the entire group was the Ego Power+, scoring a 9 out of 10 for its unmatched level of power. This model could clear sand from almost 20' away when in its Turbo mode and from over 13' in High Power mode. These were feats the vast majority of the other products couldn't even come close to.
Clearing our test area in one of the fastest times, the Ego Power+ is a total powerhouse. Heavier types of debris, like pine needles, pieces of pine cones, and small pebbles, were easy to move. It is so powerful we had to be mindful not to blast pebbles or pine cones at anyone or anything nearby. We were pretty sure this blower could move them with enough velocity to cause some real damage! The Ego Power+ was also the most proficient at levitating the beach ball, holding it approximately 7' from the nozzle on Turbo mode, and about 5' when on High.
Following the Ego Power+ was the Makita XBU02PT1, earning an 8 out of 10 for its performance in our power tests. This electric leaf blower was able to move sand from almost 18' away and levitate a beach ball at a height of 6' on its maximum power — a close second to the performance of the Ego Power+.
The Makita XBU02PT1 also cleaned the paved parking lot incredibly fast, even blasting some larger pebbles and clumps of pine needles out of the way. We think it had slightly less power than the Ego Power+, but not by much.
The Makita XBU02PT1
Next, the Snapper 82-Volt earned a 7 out of 10 for its performance in our trio of power tests. This cordless blower was only able to clear sand that is within 16.8' of the blower or less, giving it just a little bit less range than the Makita. It also floated the beach ball about 6" lower than the Makita and 18" lower than the Ego Power+.
When it came to actual use testing, the Snapper had plenty of power to clear lighter types of debris from the pavement and send them away quite a distance. It isn't as powerful at moving heavier items such as packed dirt and small stones, forcing you to move a bit closer if you need to clear them away.
The Ryobi 40V and the WORX Turbine 56V came next, following the top trio of cordless leaf blowers, each earning a solid score of 6 out of 10 for their leaf blowing power. The Ryobi and the WORX both did well in the beach ball levitation, keeping it hovering at about 5' on their Turbo modes. However, the Ryobi's High mode is a little more powerful than the WORX's, floating the beach ball at 48" compared to 40" for the WORX. The WORX did a tiny bit better in our maximum range test, moving sand up to 165" away, compared to the 157" for the 40V RY40460.
We found the Ryobi had a slight edge over the WORX when clearing the parking lot of mixed debris. Both did fine with lighter leaves and pine needles when they were spread out, but struggled a little at moving them if they were clumped together in a mound. The Ryobi took a little longer than the Ego Power+ to move some of the packed-in dirt but eventually cleared it faster and spread it further away than the WORX. This pair of cordless leaf blowers also struggled a bit with denser items, failing to move pebbles and rocks as well as the Snapper or Makita.
The HUSQVARNA 320iB followed, earning a 5 out of 10 for its middle-of-the-road performance. This blower levitated the beach ball to a height of around 48" and had a maximum range of 9' in our sand test. It did about average at clearing our parking area. The HUSQVARNA 320iB has a Turbo feature that provides a bit more power, but this feature will only activate for 10 seconds at a time each time you hit the button. There is no way to keep it continuously engaged, making it a bit impractical to use for extended periods. The Turbo boost of the HUSQVARNA 320iB is nice for heavier or caked-on debris, but other models have more sustained cleaning performance.
The Sun Joe iONBV finished just behind the previous pair, meriting a 4 out of 10. This blower's power is fairly uninspiring. It was only able to float a beach ball to a height of 40" or so and had a rather short maximum range for moving sand of roughly 8'. It does fine with light debris but can fall short quite a bit once the leaves or pine needles start to clump together. When it comes to pebbles, it can only move the small ones. The Sun Joe does alright at dirt removal, though it isn't particularly fast, and you are forced to get the nozzle quite close to the area you hope to clean.
Delivering a thoroughly unimpressive set of results was the Greenworks G-MAX receiving a 2 out of 10 for its disappointing showing. This leaf blower had a pitiful maximum range of little more than 5' in our sand clearing test, and it couldn't levitate a beach ball higher than 22". It performed just as poorly at clearing our parking lot, taking substantially longer than almost any other blower. Additionally, it can't move heavier or stuck-on rubbish.
Overall, we found it to be a trying task to clear our test area with the Greenworks G-Max — enough that we very much considered just getting a broom and doing it manually, almost defeating its purpose. In our experience, this blower might be most useful for getting dust and light debris off a small deck or landing. We would suggest managing your expectations and recommend you don't rely on it for any heavier-duty tasks.
The Greenworks G-MAX didn't do the worst overall in this test; the BLACK+DECKER LSW40C earned an even lower 1 out of 10 score for its meager showing. This blower could only move sand that was within 4.5' and couldn't break the 20" barrier in our beach ball levitation test.
Next, we moved on to scoring and ranking the battery system of each cordless blower, which constitutes one-quarter of their final scores. We scored and ranked performance off of the measured maximum run time in our tests and the time it took the stock charger to completely recharge a fully depleted battery.
Many of these products have a Turbo mode above their highest power mode, which we took into account when calculating maximum run time. We estimated that most people would use the High Power mode about 70% of the time and the Turbo Boost for the remaining 30% in standard operation. We then calculated a runtime for these blowers by adding 70% of our measured High Power runtime to 30% of our measured Turbo Mode runtime.
In a bit of a surprising upset, the Greenworks G-MAX claimed the top spot, earning a 9 out of 10 for its top-notch performance. This blower lacks a Turbo mode but lasted for almost 39 minutes — more than double the run time of many of the other cordless leaf blowers. The Greenworks G-MAX isn't the fastest to recharge but still only took about two hours, which is average for these products.
Following the Greenworks G-MAX, both the BLACK+DECKER LSW40C and the Ego Power+ 580 CFM came next, each earning a 6 out of 10. Similar to the Greenworks, the BLACK+DECKER LSW40C also lacks a Turbo mode. However, it only lasted for a little more than 25 minutes on its highest speed setting — about 15 minutes less than the Greenworks G-MAX. The Ego Power+ does have a Turbo Boost, so it lasted for just a tiny bit less than the BLACK+DECKER, calling it quits after about 24.5 minutes of operations under our simulated 70-30 split between High and Turbo modes.
The Snapper 82-Volt, the Ryobi RY40460, the HUSQVARNA 320iB, and the Sun Joe iONBV all followed, each receiving a 5 out of 10 for their middle-of-the-road battery performance.
Of these cordless blowers, only the Ryobi has a Turbo boost mode. It stayed running for about 20.5 minutes with our simulated 70/30 operation scheme, which is also the longest runtime of this group. The HUSQVARNA 320iB followed, lasting for just shy of 19 minutes. The Sun Joe kept going for just short of 18 minutes.
The Snapper had the shortest measured operating time, lasting for a little more than 15 minutes before completely depleting the battery. These leaf blowers all took between 90-120 minutes to recharge, with the Ryobi and the Snapper being exceptions. The Snapper charged particularly fast, taking less than 45 minutes to completely recharge, while the Ryobi was especially slow in our test, taking close to three hours to top off a fully depleted battery.
Finishing at the back of the group for this test, the Makita XBU02PT1 and the WORX earned a 4 and a 3 out of 10, respectively. The Makita lasted for less than 15 minutes on its highest mode, while the WORX only made it to 12 minutes before dying during our simulated High/Turbo operation. These both charged quite quickly, however, with the Makita only taking about an hour to recharge both of its batteries in its dual charger and the WORX taking about 20 minutes longer.
Our third metric focused on how comfortable and easy to use all of these cordless leaf blowers are, which accounts for 15% of the final score for each product.
To determine rankings, we evaluated how balanced each blower is, its weight, and how comfortable the grip is to hold. Additionally, we also compared the location of the air intake — penalizing products that were prone to suck in clothing during our tests.
The Greenworks G-MAX and the BLACK+DECKER LSW40C tied for the top spot in our Ergonomics metrics, each meriting an 8 out of 10. The BLACK+DECKER LSW40C and the Greenworks G-MAX are close to being perfectly balanced but do require just a little bit of force on your part to achieve optimum leaf blowing angle. The Greenworks G-MAX and the BLACK+DECKER are also some of the lightest models we have tested to date.
The Ryobi, WORX, and the Sun Joe all tied when it came to ergonomics, earning a 7 out of 10 behind the top blowers. These three all weigh about the same, ranging from 7.8 lbs to 9 lbs, with air intakes on the back or bottom, so they seldom get your clothes caught in them.
We thought the WORX was a bit better balanced than the other two — about the same as the Greenworks or the BLACK+DECKER — and we particularly liked that it was very easy to adjust the speed without moving your hand from the normal position. The Ryobi and the Sun Joe are both well-balanced, and we like that you can easily press the Turbo button on the Ryobi while holding it, but it is a bit more fatiguing than the WORX to hold them at a proper angle.
Next, the Snapper 82-Volt Max merited a 6 out of 10 for its ergonomics. This blower is about average in weight and has an intake in the back, but it feels a little back heavy. The grip is good, but you can start to feel some fatigue in your arm after using it for extended periods.
Finally, the Ego Power+, the HUSQVARNA 320iB, and the Makita each earned a 5 out of 10. The Ego Power+ is on the heavier side, weighing in at 10 lbs, while the HUSQVARNA 320iB and the Makita are about average, weighing 8.1 lbs and 9.2 lbs respectively.
The Ego Power+, however, has an intake on the back that is a bit more protected than the Makita and HUSQVARNA 320iB. It will almost never catch your shirt while in use. The Makita's is on the back as well but is more exposed, so it will usually only try to snag your shirt when you're switching hands. The HUSQVARNA 320iB has intakes on both sides, so it is the most prone of this trio to suck in your clothes.
Our main gripe with these three blowers is that we aren't quite fond of the positioning of the nozzle. It points a bit further down than we would have liked when held naturally, which forces you to expend a noticeable amount of energy to lift the blower to an optimum angle.
For our fourth and final metric, we ranked each cordless leaf blower based on the amount of noise it produced. This accounts for the remaining 10% of the overall score. The performance was based on the measured noise level at ear height when holding the blower normally and also from 50' away.
You should always consult the manufacturer and OSHA guidelines regarding proper safety equipment when it comes to operating a cordless leaf blower, or any other power tool for that matter. Regardless of the noise levels we measured in this test, we strongly encourage you to refer to the manual for specific guidelines and always wear the proper safety equipment, such as hearing protection, eye protection, and a dust mask.
Earning a perfect score of 10 out of 10 was the BLACK+DECKER LSW40C. It is by far the quietest blower that we have tested to date, only registering 73.6 decibels (dBa) for the operator and 64.3 dBa at a distance of 50'.
The Greenworks G-MAX and the Sun Joe iONBV came next, each earning an 8 out of 10. The Sun Joe and the Greenworks both measured at about 85 dBa for the operator and 68 dBa at a distance, again with no particularly irritating tones.
The HUSQVARNA 320iB and Makita followed, both received a 7 out of 10. This pair is almost identical to the Sun Joe and Greenworks in terms of noise levels, but both have a bit of a whine that is a little unpleasant on the ears. The Snapper also has roughly the same noise levels, but the high-pitched undertone is even more pronounced, dropping it down to a 6 out of 10.
The Ego Power+ followed, earning a 5 out of 10 for its average performance. In terms of tone, we thought it was less annoying than many of the blowers, but it is very loud, registering 94.5 dBa on its Turbo mode for the user and 82.9 dBa at a distance of 50'.
The WORX and the Ryobi brought up the back of the group, earning a 4 and a 3 out of 10, respectively. The WORX is just loud, measuring in at 87.6 dBa, but we didn't find the tones to be irritating. The Ryobi is our least favorite when it comes to noise, with one of the highest sound levels of the group and an incredibly aggravating and high-pitched whine.
We sincerely hope that this has been a helpful starting point for your search for a new cordless leaf blower, regardless of whether you need a high-end powerhouse for extensive cleaning or a budget model for light-duty work.
— Austin Palmer and David Wise