18V Cordless Blower OBL 1802
Our recommended Best Buy leaf blowers and leaf blower vacs take the hard work out of clearing autumn leaves. They shift piles of leaves so your garden looks smart and tidy, and they're easy to use.
Our field tests and reviews of corded electric, cordless battery-powered and petrol leaf blowers and leaf blower vacs are designed to sort the outstanding models from the poor machines that require too much effort to collect the leaves.
Read on to find out the lengths we go to in the Which? field tests to find the best leaf blowers and leaf blower vacs.
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We test each different type of leaf blower on a range of surfaces, including hard surfaces, gravel and grass. We measure:
Some models collect all the leaves, even if they're damp, and can cope with the occasional twig or crab apple, but others will regularly get blocked. We test all leaf blower vacs on gravel to make sure they suck up any garden debris but leave the stones behind.
It’s also helpful to know how well leaf blower vacs shred the leaves and fill the collection bag. We’ve come across leaf blower vacs that pass the leaves virtually uncut into the bag, meaning that it needs emptying frequently and then leaks water from the damp leaves all over your leg, which is why each of our reviews show you how we rate the collection bag of each blower vac.
A great leaf blower or leaf blower vac should take the hard work out of clearing your autumn leaves. But some models are much easier to use than others, so we carry out tests and checks to find out which will help you collect without any hassle and which ones will give you a hard time.
Each of the assessments described above goes part way to making up a total test score, which is the percentage figure we award each leaf blower or leaf blower vac. But certain assessments are more important than others and so carry different weights:
Leaf blower vacs
Leaf blowers and leaf blower vacs need to score 72% or over in our tests to be awarded a Best Buy. Don't Buy leaf blowers and leaf blower vacs are models that have scored less than 45% in our tests.