Leaves fall. Dust accumulates. Rakes and brooms are a drag. So we decided it was time to run some tests on cordless leaf blowers. After an extensive vetting process we found five models that seemed well suited for home use. And then used them over a period of a couple of weeks at three different homes, while doing our best to approximate weather conditions that weren’t available at the time. We’ll get more into our testing methodology in a moment but for now we’d like to recommend the WORX AIR 20V Multi-Purpose Blower/Sweeper/Cleaner as our favorite of the bunch and best cordless leaf blower.
For the average home, we feel that the WORX AIR 20V is the best. It has more functions and works better on dust than any of the others that we took a look at. It handled dust the best and did a surprisingly good job on foliage and light sticks despite its relatively low CFM. It’s lightweight, passed our handling test with flying colors, and wasn’t overpowered for dry dust which was something we found to be a problem with many of the other blowers on our list. It’s not perfect but as an all-around option for the average home it’s a great buy.
Top 5 Leaf Blowers
|DeWalt DCBL770X1||129mph/423cfm||67dB||Check Price|
|WORX AIR 20V Multi-Purpose||120mph/80cfm||61dB||Check Price|
|Makita DUB182Z 18V LXT||179mph/91cfm||83dB||Check Price|
|BLACK+DECKER LSW20||120mph/120cfm||66dB||Check Price|
|Greenworks 24012||150mph/135cfm||62dB||Check Price|
1. Best Overall
DeWalt DCBL770X1 FLEXVOLT 60V
The DeWalt DCBL770X1 looms above its competition with a shocking amount of power, running at 129mph and 423cfm. It’s one of the few cordless leaf blowers which will get anywhere near the power of corded or backpack models.
It also comes with an air concentrator which can increase the air speed up to 179mph which is perfect for tackling jobs which require pushing heavy debris out of the way. All of this is powered by a 20V 9mAh battery so you know it’s got a decent lifespan.
The battery has caused some confusion among consumers, since it’s part of the FLEXVOLT line of DeWalt batteries. The blower uses it as a 20V battery, while other tools can use it as a 60V 3mAh battery for usages which require more power.
You’ll be looking at around 20 minutes of continuous blow time with this one, which is enough for most people to handle their yards if they’re considering a cordless as a serious option.
Pros and Cons
- shocking amount of power
- Comes with an air concentrator
- Decent lifespan
- A bit expensive
- Could need a better battery
2. Best For Smaller Tasks
WORX AIR 20V Multi-Purpose Blower/Sweeper/Cleaner
This is the least powerful blower on our list, but it definitely has a lot to offer home owners. While it’s sold as a “leaf blower” most people will find a lot more use for it around the house than you’d be able to get out of other options.
Where the WORX AIR excels is handling dust and smaller tasks. It comes with a variety of attachments which makes it good for using both inside and outside the house, and since it only sounds off at 61dB you won’t have any trouble there.
It’s a bit limited in power, despite the high velocity of 120mph it only pushes 80cfm of air. The variety of attachments make up for this however, allowing it to become shorter or longer or focus the air in different patterns.
It also has a long lasting 20V 2.0mAh battery and comes in at just a bit over six pounds which is perfect for tasks which require some agility.
For getting dust out of the way, drying cars, or other common household tasks this WORX blower can’t be beat but if you need a dedicated machine to handle leaves then you’ll want something a bit more powerful.
Pros and Cons
- Nine attachments
- 2.0 mAh battery
- Quiet running
- Not suitable for heavy amounts of leaves
- Slow recharge
3. Best Compact Leaf Blower
Makita DUB182Z 18V LXT
The Makita DUB182Z is a beast of a cordless blower, with the ability to handle a pretty incredible amount of foliage for a battery operated machine. With 179mph winds and moving 91cfm you’ve got something which will make quick work of dry leaves and dust.
This is a compact model, made to handle smaller tasks. The nozzle which comes with it is a bit short for anyone over 5’8” or so but Makita also makes an easily found extension to get the reach you’ll need.
The blower only weighs 3.9lbs with the battery included. No one will have any trouble wielding it and when you add in the ergonomic handle it’s definitely a user friendly option.
It comes with three speed settings topping out at just shy of 180mph. Most people find themselves running it at the top speed due to the lower air volume, however.
It might not be suitable if you’re in a wet climate and have a lot of trees, but the power to weight ratio is hard to beat.
The Makita DUB182Z is suitable for smaller yards and those who want a compact leaf blower with a high power to weight ratio, but you’ll need something more heavy duty to handle piles of wet leaves.
Pros and Cons
- Super lightweight
- Ergonomic handle
- Compact design
- Unbeatable power-to-weight ratio
- Long lasting battery
- Light-duty only
4. Best Budget Option
The BLACK+DECKER LSW20 is a budget solution for those who need to handle a considerable amount of leaves. It’s not going to blow away the competition, but it runs at 120mph and displaces 120cfm of air which is pretty respectable for a battery operated tool.
It also has a built-in scraper for stubborn wet leaves to help you with the process. It’s convenient and has enough power for pretty much any light-duty situation you may find yourself in.
It’s also relatively quiet running at 66dB. Not exactly silent, but it’s not going to leave your ears ringing either.
The whole package comes in at 3.7lbs to let you move it around easily and it’s long enough to easily reach the ground while you’re working in the yard or on your patio.
Of course, considering how little it costs you’re also looking at some flaws. The build quality isn’t the best and it only runs for around fifteen minutes per charge.
This blower is great for those who need something cheap to handle light-duty tasks, but you’ll have to invest considerably more in order to handle piles of sticks and wet leaves.
Pros and Cons
- Built-in leaf scraper
- Compatible with 20V BLACK+DECKER batteries
- Low battery life
- Light-duty only
5. Best Light Weight Blower
The Greenworks 24012 runs the middle of the line of our desired qualities, making it pretty much the recommended blower for those who don’t want to spring for a more expensive option.
The motor pushes 135cfm of air at a respectable 150mph and it comes with a 40V 2mAh battery to provide you with a fantastic lifespan. Most people report being able to get almost 30 minutes of continuous run time as long as the battery is topped off.
The battery that comes with it charges in around an hour as well, so you can take a break and finish up if you’re not satisfied with what you can do in the initial 30 minutes.
It does have a decent amount of power, for a cordless, but it’s still not going to replace a dedicated yard blower for most people. Light-duty work is the name of the game here, and in that respect it might be one of the best on the market.
If you’re looking for a decent, light-duty blower then you should take a closer look at this tool from Greenworks.
Pros and Cons
- Long battery life
- Quick charging
- Decent power
- Modestly priced
- Light duty only
- Best for occasional use
Why Use a Cordless Leaf Blower?
Cordless leaf blowers are pretty expensive compared to some of the other options out there, but for many people they make an ideal solutions.
You have unlimited range with a cordless blower, without having to bother with plugs. This makes them a great choice for those who don’t have outlets available easily. This makes them pretty much ideal for most “around the house” purposes and can save time on having to rewind extension cords when you’re done.
Battery operated blowers are also much quieter than gasoline blowers. Most of them can be operated safely without hearing protection and you won’t have to worry about breaking noise ordinances while you’re using them.
If you’re looking for a mobile, leaf and dust blowing machine, then a cordless blower might just be exactly what you’re looking for.
One thing to keep in mind, however, is the weather in your area. You may have a small yard or only a few trees to handle at the end of the day, but if they’re broadleaves and it frequently rains you may want to opt for something more powerful. Wet leaves can take a surprising amount of power to move.
A Quick Word on Decibel Levels
While it’s pretty hard to hurt yourself physically with a leaf blower, there is one thing to take into account: the decibel level of the blower.
While most cordless blowers aren’t going to break it, anything above 85 decibels can pose a risk to your hearing when exposed for prolonged periods. At this point, ear plugs or sound dampening earmuffs are pretty much mandatory.
Keep that in mind when you’re out there blowing. While it’s unlikely to cause terrible damage with one or two times, make it a priority if you end up with a loud blower.
How to Choose a Cordless Leaf Blower
Now that you’ve decided that one of these is the best option for your yard, it’s important to take into account a number of different factors when you’re picking out the best one for your yard. It’s actually not that hard to make sure you end up with the right one, but keep the following at the top of your mind before you make a final decision.
Cordless leaf blowers come with one of two battery types.
Cheaper blowers will run on Ni-Cad batteries. This older technology works but most people will be much better served by spending more money and going with a lithium based battery.
Li-ion batteries are more expensive but superior in pretty much every way. They hold more charge for a longer period of time, they’re lighter, and are generally the top of the line as far as these things go.
You really should spring for a lithium battery, you won’t be disappointed.
There are two different measurements for power when it comes to a leaf blower.
Miles-per-hour seems pretty self-explanatory, but it’s often used to side-step the real issue. A faster blower doesn’t necessarily mean that it’s more powerful, it’s really only relevant if the blower has a particularly large tube attached.
Cubic-feet-per minute, or cfm, is another measure of a blower’s power. It still doesn’t tell the whole story, however, as a large cfm rating which is made up for with an enormous tube isn’t going to help all that much if it’s moving the air slowly.
Instead, you’ll need to take into account both of these factors in order to make sure that you’re getting a blower which can do what you need.
For a comparison reference, a gas powered, backpack blower will often push around 400 cfm at around 200mph. You’ll be seeing lower ratings with a cordless model, but it’s a good way to compare.
We already noted the decibel level which hearing can be damaged at, but it’s really not much of a concern as long as you remember to get some ear plugs. Check local ordinances on noise, however, as a loud blower can certainly do a lot to irritate your neighbors as well.
In some municipalities it’s illegal to run a particularly loud blower at any time of day and you certainly don’t need a fine on your hands.
The weight of the blower is a pretty big factor. With a Li-ion battery and careful choosing, however, you can end up with a very light blower even when you take the weight of the batteries into account.
Unfortunately, the weight is often inversely proportional to the power of the blower. You’ll need to balance these factors in order to get the convenience you want and the power you want at the end of the day.
The construction of the blower needs to be taken into account as well. A well-made blower can make it comfortable and easy to get your whole yard done without too much extra effort or strain, a poorly made one can become a problem in minutes.
You’ll also want to look for anti-vibration features, if you can find a well-crafted handle and something to dampen vibrations it’s likely the battery will die before your wrists get sore.