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Best Cordless Leaf Blower of 2021

We put cordless leaf blowers from brands like Ryobi, Ego Power+, and Makita to the test
The Power+ has what it takes to clear most debris.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman
By Austin Palmer and David Wise  ⋅  Jul 20, 2021
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We looked at over 55 different products and then bought the 8 best cordless leaf blowers on the 2021 market to compare them side-by-side and find out which tool blew away the competition. We cleaned driveways, decks, parking lots, and patios with these tools, rating and ranking the cleaning power of each blower. We also compared the ergonomics and ease of use of each tool, as well as their battery life and noise level. Our in-depth review shows which blower is best if you are on a budget, which is the most powerful, and which is the most convenient and easy to operate.

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Pros Jam-packed with power, good battery lifePlenty of strength, quietExcellent power, solidly ergonomic, quieter than averageMuch more affordable, exceptionally ergonomicInexpensive, great battery life
Cons Could be a bit more ergonomic, quieterUnimpressive battery life, so-so ergonomics and comfortModerate battery life, has a high-pitched undertoneNot the most powerful, can be earsplitting to operatePitifully weak
Bottom Line The most powerful and useful cordless leaf blower we have ever tested, this model is the one we recommend for most people looking for great performanceThis is a solid blower on its own merits and has interchangeable batteries with handheld Makita power toolsGet this if you want a powerful leaf blower that isn't going to blow your budgetIdeal for the budget-conscious shopperThe G-MAX isn't very expensive but we didn't think it was very good at all
Rating Categories Ego Power+ 580 CFM Makita XBU02PT1 Snapper 82-Volt Max Ryobi 40V RY40460 Greenworks G-MAX 40V
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Specs Ego Power+ 580 CFM Makita XBU02PT1 Snapper 82-Volt Max Ryobi 40V RY40460 Greenworks G-MAX 40V
Model Number LB5800 XBU02PT1 SXDBL82K RY40460 24212
Measured Weight w/ Battery 10 lbs 9.2 lbs 8.7 lbs 9 lbs 6 lbs
Turbo Boost? Yes No No Yes No
Variable speed Yes, trigger or cruise control dial Yes, dial Yes, trigger or cruise control dial Yes, trigger Yes, dial
Included Battery Size 5 Ah 5 Ah 2 Ah 4 Ah 4 Ah
Measured Charge Time 1 hr 30 min 1 hr 30 min 2 hrs 45 min 2 hrs
Measured Run Time on Turbo Boost 19 min 17 sec N/A N/A 18 min 5 sec N/A
Measured Run Time on Highest Standard Mode 36 min 53 sec 14 min 37 sec 15 min 17 sec 26 min 38 min 50 sec
# of Batteries Included 1 2 sets 1 1 1
Nominal Voltage 56V 36V (2 x 18V) 82V 40V 40V
Measured Operator Sound Level Highest Setting 94.5 dBa 84 dBA 83.9 dBa 93.3 dBa 84.3 dBa
Operating Modes 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 On/Off switch with speeds 1-6


Best Overall Cordless Leaf Blower


Ego Power+ 580 CFM


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  • Power 9
  • Battery 6
  • Ergonomics 5
  • Noise 5
Operating Voltage: 56 Volts | Included Battery Capacity: 5.0 Ah
Tons of power
Solid battery life
So-so ergonomics
Could be quieter

The Ego Power+ easily delivered the best performance we've seen to date, so it's clear why it snagged the top award and laid claim to the title of best overall in our review. This cordless tool packs a surprising punch, effortlessly blasting away even caked-on dirt and debris. 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 comfortable or ergonomic to hold. It isn't necessarily uncomfortable per se, but this blower isn't quite as naturally balanced as some of the competition. This model is also a bit heavier than the average leaf blower. However, given its exceptional performance in other areas, these are all minor drawbacks that we were willing to overlook. The Ego Power+ firmly cemented its well-deserved status as our Editors' favorite award-winner.

Read Review: Ego Power+ 580 CFM

Outstanding Value Option


Snapper 82-Volt Max


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  • Power 7
  • Battery 5
  • Ergonomics 6
  • Noise 6
Operating Voltage: 82 Volts | Included Battery Capacity: 2.0 Ah
Plenty of power
Decent ergonomics
Less expensive than the premium models
Mediocre battery life

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 performed exceptionally well across the board and held its own against other products that cost substantially more. The Snapper packs plenty of power with more than enough oomph to clear all sorts of debris from your driveway or deck. This leaf blower is balanced quite evenly, has a solid grip, 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, just by costing significantly less, we feel that the Snapper more than makes up for these shortcomings, and it's a great option for the budget-conscious shopper that still desires a top-notch cordless blower.

Read Review: Snapper 82-Volt Max

Best for the Tightest of Budgets


Ryobi 40V RY40460


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  • Power 6
  • Battery 5
  • Ergonomics 7
  • Noise 3
Operating Voltage: 40 Volts | Included Battery Capacity: 4.0 Ah
Relatively inexpensive
Exceptionally ergonomic
Loud
Lackluster battery performance

If the price tags of the Ego Power+ and the Snapper both exceed your budget, then the Ryobi 40V RY40460 might be more up your alley. Considering it costs only half the price, this budget blower performs decently compared to the top models' performance. The Ryobi stood out as one of the ergonomic and easier to use blowers that we have tested. Its 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 getting an area clean and possibly getting 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.

Read Review: Ryobi 40V RY40460

Best for Unified Battery System


Makita XBU02PT1


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  • Power 8
  • Battery 4
  • Ergonomics 5
  • Noise 7
Operating Voltage: 36 Volts | Included Battery Capacity: 5.0 Ah
A huge amount of power
Quiet
Mediocre runtime
Unimpressive ergonomics

For the most part, it seems to be an impractical dream to have all of our cordless yard equipment and handheld power tools and 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 exception, however, is the Makita. 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 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 yard tools and your hand power tools outweighs this deficiency. If you are searching for a single battery system across all your tools, we highly recommend this leaf blower.

Read Review: Makita XBU02PT1

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Score Product Price Our Take
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Editors' Choice Award
Delivering the best overall performance we have seen to date, it's easy to see why the Ego claimed the Editors' Choice award
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$329
Top Pick Award
If you already own some Makita tools, this blower makes a great addition to your cordless tool collection
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$299
Best Buy Award
The Snapper is an excellent leaf blower that can hold its own with the top models, all while costing quite a bit less
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$160
Best Buy Award
Pairing solid performance at a reasonable price, the Ryobi is a great bet for anyone on a tight budget
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$130
While the G-MAX might not blow your budget, we didn't find it to be all that good at blowing leaves either
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$230
The HUSQVARNA 320iB received an overall mediocre set of results in our tests, paired with an average price tag
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$200
While the WORX did do above average when it came to power and ergonomics, its overall performance was relatively lackluster
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$124
It doesn't cost a lot but we thought also doesn't do a great job at being a leaf blower

We felt the Worx was on the louder side.
We felt the Worx was on the louder side.
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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. Austin has logged 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

Credit: Jenna Ammerman

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 many 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.

Related: Buying Advice for Cordless Leaf Blowers


Value


For the most part, we found a reasonably strong correlation between performance and price amongst cordless blowers. The Ego Power+, our top-scoring model, 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 significantly 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 into your purchasing decision the potential savings of conveniently adopting a single battery system across all your tools.

The 320iB is in the middle of the pack when it comes to power.
The 320iB is in the middle of the pack when it comes to power.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

Power


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 close the nozzle had to get to move the debris and how long it took to clean the area with each blower. Building on this test, we also measured each product's effective range 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.


The Ego Power+ delivered the best overall performance for its unmatched level of power. This model could clear sand from over 13' in High Power mode and almost 20' away when in its Turbo mode. The vast majority of the other products couldn't even come close to these feats.

The battery location on this model helps keep your clothes from...
The battery location on this model helps keep your clothes from getting sucked into the intake.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

The Ego Power+ is a total powerhouse, clearing our test area in one of the fastest times. Heavier types of debris, like pieces of pine cones, pine needles, and small pebbles, were easy to move. It is so powerful we had to be mindful not to blast pebbles or pine cones at anything or anyone 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 5' from the nozzle when on High and about 7' on Turbo mode.

This model can hold up a beach ball impressively high.
The LSW40C almost couldn&#039;t get the beach ball off the ground.

The Makita XBU02PT1 also earned a high score for its performance in our power tests. This electric leaf blower moved sand from almost 18' away and levitated a beach ball at the height of 6' on its maximum power — a close second to the Ego Power+'s performance. The Makita also cleaned the paved parking lot incredibly fast, even blasting some clumps of pine needles and larger pebbles out of the way. We think it had slightly less power than the Ego Power+, but not by much.

The XBU02PT1 had no problem clearing out playground sand in our...
The XBU02PT1 had no problem clearing out playground sand in our testing.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

The Snapper 82-Volt performed above average 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+.

The Snapper makes quick work of light debris.
The Snapper makes quick work of light debris.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

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 small stones and packed dirt, forcing you to move a bit closer if you need to clear them away.

The Turbo button on the Ryobi can be a little stiff to press.
The Turbo button on the Ryobi can be a little stiff to press.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

Battery


Next, we moved on to scoring and ranking each cordless blower's battery system, 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.

The battery on this model has an above average charging speed.
The battery on this model has an above average charging speed.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

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, in standard operation, most people would use the High Power mode about 70% of the time and the Turbo Boost for the remaining 30%. 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 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, about average for these products.

The charger and battery pack for the Greenworks.
The charger and battery pack for the Greenworks.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

Following the Greenworks G-MAX, both the Ego Power+ 580 CFM and the BLACK+DECKER LSW40C all scored above average. Like the Greenworks, the BLACK+DECKER LSW40C 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, and the HUSQVARNA 320iB all had a 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. Lasting just shy of 19 minutes, the HUSQVARNA 320iB followed.

The Snapper had the shortest measured operating time, lasting for a little more than 15 minutes before completely depleting the battery. Most of these leaf blowers took between 90-120 minutes to recharge, with a couple exceptions. The Snapper charged particularly fast, in just under 45 minutes. Conversely, the Ryobi was especially slow in our test, taking close to three hours to top off a fully depleted battery.

Ergonomics


Our third metric focused on how comfortable and easy to use all of these cordless leaf blowers are, which accounts for 15% of each product's final score.

The Turbo button is located on top, easily pressable with a thumb.
The Turbo button is located on top, easily pressable with a thumb.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

We evaluated how balanced each blower is, its weight, and how comfortable the grip is to hold to determine rankings. Additionally, we compared the air intake location, 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. These blowers are close to being perfectly balanced but do require just a little bit of force on your part to achieve an 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 WORX and Ryobi both had good ergonoics. They weigh 7.8 lbs and 9 lbs, respectively, with air intakes on the back or bottom, so your clothes seldom get 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 straightforward to adjust the speed without moving your hand from the normal position. The Ryobi is well-balanced, and we appreciate that you can easily press the Turbo button while holding it, but it is a bit more tiring than the WORX to hold at a proper angle.

Close up of the variable speed &amp;#40;and cruise control&amp;#41; wheel.
Close up of the variable speed (and cruise control) wheel.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

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.

Blowers are useful for clearing all sorts of surfaces off.
Blowers are useful for clearing all sorts of surfaces off.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

Noise


We ranked each cordless leaf blower for our fourth and final metric 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.

The XBU02PT1 is packed with power.
The XBU02PT1 is packed with power.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

Hearing Loss is No Joke!
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.


Keeping your neighbors happy and earning a perfect score of 10 out of 10 was the BLACK+DECKER LSW40C. By far, it is 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 did well, measuring at about 85 dBa for the operator and 68 dBa at a distance, again with no particularly irritating tones.

The HUSQVARNA 320iB and Makita both have a bit of a whine that is a little unpleasant on the ears. The Snapper has roughly the same noise levels, but the high-pitched undertone is even more pronounced, dropping its score some.

We wish we didn&#039;t have to press Turbo every 10 seconds.
We wish we didn't have to press Turbo every 10 seconds.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

The Ryobi is our least favorite when it comes to noise, with one of the group's highest sound levels and an incredibly aggravating and high-pitched whine.

Some of the leaf blowers we tested.
Some of the leaf blowers we tested.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

Conclusion


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