The Best Cordless Leaf Blowers of 2020
Best Overall Cordless Leaf Blower
Ego Power+ 580 CFM
Delivering performance that is easily the best we have seen so far, it's clear why the Ego Power+ snagged the Editors' Choice award and laid claim to the title of Best Overall Cordless Leaf Blower. This cordless tool packs a surprising punch, blasting away even caked-on dirt and debris effortlessly, and besting 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 a bit heavier than the average cordless blower and it's about average in terms of noise produced. However, its exceptional performance in other areas exceeds these minor drawbacks. And the Ego Power+ firmly cemented its well-deserved status as our Editors' Choice award-winner.
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Best Value Option
Snapper 82-Volt Max
If you checked out the Ego Power+ and got 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, holding 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 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. It also doesn't have amazing battery life. The Snapper more than makes up for these shortcomings, however, 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 your speed. This budget blower can't compare to the performance of the top models, but it does surprisingly well 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 got a molded grip that cradles your hand naturally and it balances at an appropriate blowing angle with hardly any effort at all.
The Ryobi is a great cordless leaf blower but it does make some concessions to keep the cost down. This blower gets blown away by the top-tier models in terms of power, so you should expect to spend a little more time to get an area clean, and you may need to 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 best value options out there when it comes to electric leaf blowers, which earns it a Best Buy award.
Read Review: Ryobi 40V RY40460
Best for Unified Battery System
For the most part, it seems to continue to be a futile 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 holds its own with the top products we have tested, finishing close to the top of the group and almost winning an award solely on its performance.
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 and 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 unmatched by the competition when it comes to power but it's also one of the most expensive. 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 making too many performance concessions. 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, there is quite a bit of a drop in performance from the Ego Power+ to the Ryobi. The Makita is also on the pricey side. It's for sure not a value pick, unless you factor the potential savings of adopting a single battery system across all your tools into your purchasing decision.
Accountable for 50% of the final score for each cordless blower, our Power metric has the biggest impact on each products' final score and ranking. 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, the Ego Power+ merited a 9 out of 10 for its unmatched level of power. The Ego Power+ could clear sand from almost 20' away when in its Turbo mode and from over 13' in High Power mode — feats the vast majority of the other products couldn't even come close to.
This blower is a total powerhouse, clearing our test area in one of the fastest times. It can easily move heavier types of debris, like pine needles, pieces of pine cones, and small pebbles. We had to be careful not to blast pebbles or pine cones at anyone or anything nearby, as we were pretty sure the Ego Power+ moved 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+, the Makita XBU02PT1 came next in our rankings, 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 — close to the performance of the Ego Power+, but not quite.
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 is just a tiny bit weaker than the Ego Power+ but just barely.
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 has just a little bit less range than the Makita, only able to clear sand that is within 16.8' of the blower or less. 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, forcing you to walk around a bit more and get closer to packed dirt or smaller stones if you need to move them away.
The Ryobi 40V and the WORX Turbine 56V came next, following the top trio of cordless leaf blowers, with the 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.
When it came to clearing the parking lot with mixed debris, we found the Ryobi had a slight edge over the WORX. These 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 each time you hit the button. There is no way to keep it continuously engage, which makes it a bit impractical to use for extended periods. The Turbo boost of the HUSQVARNA 320iB is nice for debris that is caked on or heavier but other models have a bit 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 be a bit lacking 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, forcing you to get the nozzle quite close to the area you hope to clean.
Delivering a thoroughly unimpressive set of results, the Greenworks G-MAX received a 2 out of 10 for its poor 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 was pretty pitiful 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. In our experience, this blower might be a good option for getting dust and light debris off a small deck or landing but we wouldn't want to use it for any heavier-duty tasks.
The Greenworks G-MAX didn't do the worst overall in this test, however, because the BLACK+DECKER LSW40C earned a 1 out of 10 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, and 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 sucking clothing in 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 a bit 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 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 sucking in your clothes.
Our main gripe with these three blowers is the nozzle 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. 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 consult the manual of your blower 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, the BLACK+DECKER LSW40C 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 receiving 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 less than kind 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 lacking any irritating tones. The Ryobi is our least favorite when it comes to noise, with one of the highest sound levels of the group and an incredibly irritating 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