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Top five best leaf blowers

By Jade Harding

We round up the top-scoring leaf blowers and leaf blower vacuums.

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Don't get stuck with a leaf blower or leaf vacuum that struggles to pick up heavy leaves, or takes too long to change between modes. We've rounded up our top leaf blowers and vacuums - as well as the models to avoid - so you can find the right one for you. 

Our recommended leaf blowers have been through our tough tests, so you can be certain they'll be the best of the bunch for clearing your patio and borders of fallen leaves, as well as being easy to use. Whether you want an electric, cordless or petrol model, we've picked out the top options below. 

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Top five best leaf blowers and blower vacs


This cordless battery-powered leaf blower makes quick work of clearing leaves and debris out of your flower beds, patio and lawn. Fairly light and easy to use, it impressed us so much in our lab test that we made it a Best Buy.


This leaf blower impressed us with its ability to handle piles of dead leaves and twiggy debris in our tests. Working well in both vacuum and blower modes, this machine coped well with all the tasks we set it - including blowing leaves out of borders, hoovering twigs and leaves off gravel, and mulching down waste.


This little Best Buy is so light and easy to use that it can’t be beaten for clearing leaves off your patio or borders. The narrow nozzle is great for getting into awkward spaces, and the power level seems just right – so although it will clear the leaves, it won't batter your plants. It's easy to use one-handed, and the big latching switch is very easy to flick on and off.


The narrow nozzle of this leaf blower is great for getting into nooks and crannies, and makes it fairly easy to direct leaves where you want them to go. It also means that this blower is good for other fiddly tasks, such as cleaning the bottom of your lawnmower or blowing any debris from your garden shed. It's comfortable and simple to use; the trigger switch is easy to hold down, and it's very quiet.

Recommendations last updated in June 2019. Not found the one you're after? See our leaf blower and vacuum reviews to compare models and filter by price or type.

Leaf blowers and leaf vacuums to avoid

Some leaf blowers and vacs just can't handle damp leaves; they're not strong enough to unstick them from a soggy lawn or patio, or get easily clogged up. Others are fiddly to use or take ages to switch between blower and vacuum modes. 

These are the leaf blowers that we wouldn't recommend buying: 

Some of the worst leaf blowers


This blower has a wide nozzle, making it hard to direct the jet of air. It has problems trying to move stuck down leaves and the handle is not comfortable to hold.

Two useful leaf blower features to look for 

  • Narrow nozzle - this will help to direct the blast so you can work quickly and efficiently.
  • Waterproof collection bag - this means you'll avoid a leaking bag when clearing up damp leaves. 

For more advice on choosing the right blower for you, see our expert guide on how to buy the best leaf blower/vacuum.

Why Which? leaf blower reviews are better

When testing leaf blowers and leaf blower vacuums, we measure how well each one clears leaves from hard surfaces, such as patios and gravel driveways, as well as from borders and lawns. 

We time how long it takes to clear the leaves, how well it collects the leaves in vacuum mode, how easy it is to use, and noise levels. 

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