The best cordless leaf blowers come in handy when you need to move yard and garden debris. Cordless electric blowers are used primarily for leaves. But they also work great for grass clippings and other small debris. I even use my battery powered blower to blow light snow from my driveway and sidewalk.
Cordless electric blowers never need gas. You never have to pull the starter cord a hundred times to get the engine started. All you do is charge the battery and flick a switch.
Once you’ve tried a cordless electric blower, you will never go back to gasoline power. At least that’s the way it was for me.
There is no shortage of choices when buying a battery powered blower. Most homeowners choose hand-held blowers. These lightweight tools perform well during most backyard cleanup jobs. Many professional groundskeepers prefer backpack blowers that have more powerful motors. Because bigger engines are heavier, it’s easier to carry that extra weight around when it’s strapped to your back.
Blower Power: CFM vs. MPH
Before you buy a cordless leaf blower, it’s a good idea to do a little research about blowers and the terminology used to describe them. There are two statistics that leaf blower manufacturers use to brag about the power of their blowers —CFM and MPH. But what do these abbreviations mean? And which one is more important?
CFM stands for Cubic Feet per Minute. It’s a measurement of how much air volume is coming out of a blower’s nozzle per minute. A rating of 400 CFM means 400 cubic feet of air moves through the nozzle every minute. The higher the CFM number, the more air power a blower has. A higher CFM is usually the result of a larger motor with more horsepower.
MPH is a more familiar term because MPH stands for Miles Per Hour. It’s one of the most common ways to measure speed. So, a blower rated at 150 MPH moves air faster than a blower rated at 125 MPH.
For most blower uses, CFM is a better indicator than MPH of air power. If you want to blow more leaves (or anything else), first look for a higher CFM. Then look at a blower’s MPH.
We’ve reviewed the top cordless electric leaf blowers below. Our reviews are divided into three categories: Best Overall Handheld Blowers, Best Value Leaf Blowers, and Best Backpack Blower.
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Overall Best Cordless Leaf Blowers: Handheld Models
There are so many great cordless leaf blowers available today, it’s hard to go wrong. Handheld blowers are by far the most popular type. So, I will lead off with the best of the higher-end handheld battery-powered blowers designed for homeowners.
These are all great blowers. I would be happy to own any of the cordless blowers featured here.
The Toro 60V MAX Brushless Blower is one of the most powerful cordless leaf blowers on the market. This battery powered blower creates 605 CFM (Cubic Feet of air flow per Minute) at speeds up to 115 MPH. The variable-speed trigger puts the control at your finger tips. Throw in a turbo boost button and you feel like a leaf terminator.
A high-performance brushless motor packs plenty of dependable power. The L135 Smart battery offers up to 90 minutes of run time at the low speed setting. Plus, the battery even has smart software than helps maximize both run time and blower performance.
Toro products are back by a full warranty, and this brand is known for outdoor power tools that last. The battery and charger can be used with other Toro battery-powered tools including mowers and string trimmers. The Toro 60-volt Cordless Leaf Blower is one of those tools that will convince you that cordless electric tools are now the tools of choice in the 21st century.
Greenworks is a top name in cordless electric outdoor tools, and their battery powered blowers do not disappoint. This 24-volt Brushless Axial Blower delivers up to 450 CFM of air flow at 110 MPH—enough for big cleanup jobs such as moving a mountain of leaves.
The comfortable handle feels good in your hand, and the variable speed trigger has a “cruise control” setting for easy use. You get up to 30 minutes of run time on a fully charged battery. The concentrator nozzle makes cleaning debris in tight areas easy. The brushless motor provides two times the torque, quieter operation and extended motor life.
As a bonus feature, the portable 24,000 mAh Power Bank with integrated USB charging can even charge other electronics including cell phones. You can bring it to the park or the beach to power your portable music player. The blower and the battery are covered by a 3-year warranty. The blower with charger and battery sells for under $150.
The EGO Power 56-Volt cordless electric blower is an outstanding blower for the money. It’s quiet (65 decibels at full power) and powerful (530 CFM). The efficient brushless motor will run for up to 75 minutes on a full battery charge.
The variable speed dial makes it easy to select just the right power setting. The Turbo button at the top of the handle switches the blower to its highest setting for a quick burst of blowing power. This compact blower is light weight (7.4 pounds) and easy to maneuver. Backed by a 5-year tool warranty and a 3-year battery warranty.
The EGO Outdoor Power Equipment battery system is rated #1 for technology and superior performance. The modular batteries will fit in all EGO Power tools.
To deliver 40 volts of blowing power, the WORX WG584 cordless leaf blower uses twin 20-volt batteries. The result is a 430 CFM air stream flowing out of a wide-mouth blowing tube. The air speed is 90 MPH, and that’s plenty fast enough to get the job done.
This blower has three speeds: low for pavement or tight spaces, medium for open lawns, and high for a turbo blast of air. The WORX WG584 kit includes two batteries and a plug-in charger that can charge both batteries at the same time.
The unit weighs 7.3 pounds and feels good in your hand. The turbine fan combined with the brushless motor really do a nice job of creating a lot of blowing power.
Best Value: Cordless Leaf Blowers
Is it possible to get a high-quality cordless leaf blower for $100? I was surprised to learn that the answer is yes. At that price, you might not get all the features found in the more expensive blowers reviewed above. But you get a solid tool that moves a lot of leaves and lawn clippings.
Here are three of my favorite value-priced blowers.
The PowerSmart 20-volt blower has lots of the features of a higher-priced model. It puts out 350 CFM of air at 85 MPH. It’s great for blowing leaves in the fall and snow in the winter.
The ergonomic design makes this blower easy and comfortable to use. At 8.3 pounds, it is heftier than other value-priced blowers. The turbo button gives maximum power when you need it.
This blower comes with two batteries and a battery charger. That means you can be using the blower while charging the other battery. The air tube is easy to snap on and remove. Backed by a 2-year warranty.
This value-priced blower is a good choice for light-duty blowing. It puts out 135 CFM of air volume at speeds up to 130 MPH. The rubber-covered blower handle is comfortable to hold. At 3.2 pounds, this lightweight blower is nimble—but not especially powerful.
The kit includes the blower, battery pack and charger. A nice feature is the battery has a built-in USB port. That means you can take the fully charged battery with you to use as a power source for your phone, tablet or portable speakers.
This is the “little blower that could.” The KIMO 20-volt blower doesn’t look big enough and tough enough to blow anything. It looks small, and it weighs a mere 2.7 pounds. But this little dynamo puts out 200 Cubic Feet per Minute (CFM) of air at speeds up to 170 miles per hour.
Its small size and light weight make it easy to maneuver and easy to use. It’s a great size for smaller users with smaller yards to clean. Have a patio that needs cleaning? The KIMO quickly does the job. Have a small urban or suburban lot? This blower is a great choice.
The variable speed trigger gives you the power to instantly adjust the air flow. (There is no Turbo setting, and there is no Cruise Control switch to keep the blower running.) The blower, battery and charger sell for less than $100.
Best Battery-Powered Backpack Blower
Backpack blowers were designed with professional groundskeepers in mind. As a result, there are only a few electric backpack blowers. Of the few models available, one stands out as the best choice for homeowners. It’s more expensive than most handheld blowers, but it performs like a monster.
The GreenWorks Pro 80v Cordless Backpack Leaf Blower offers professional grade blowing power in an easy-to-use unit. This blower delivers 580 CFM of air at an impressive 145 MPH. That’s enough to handle wet leaves with ease.
This blower has a variable speed control that’s trigger activated, and the cruise control keeps the air blowing. The brushless motor delivers plenty of torque and extends the life of the unit. The massive 80-volt battery recharges in 45 minutes with the rapid charger (which is included with this package).
This blower is a pleasure to use, but it does have a downside. All this power comes at a cost. A fully charged battery only provides 18 minutes of continuous run time. If that’s not enough runtime and you want a backpack blower, you might have to consider buying a gasoline-powered backpack blower from Husqvarna, Echo, Craftsman, Makita, Poulan, Dewalt, Stihl, Milwaukee, or another top brand.