Ryobi 18V Cordless Blower OBL 1802 review

£130.00Typical price

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73%

Key features

  • Leaf blower
  • Cordless battery
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 verdict: Ideal for light jobs

It’s hard to find fault with this little leaf blower. It has enough power to clear leaves quickly and effectively but keeps them under control. It’s light at 1.8kg and has a comfortable rubber grip. The nozzle is narrow, and most people will find the length ideal. Our only niggle is the disappointing eight-minute blowing time we got from the Li-ion battery.

Pros
  • Light
  • Comfortable to use
  • Ideal power level for patios and borders
Cons
  • Only eight minutes of battery life

Ryobi 18V Cordless Blower OBL 1802 review

£130.00Typical price

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73%

Key features

  • Leaf blower
  • Cordless battery
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 verdict: Ideal for light jobs

It’s hard to find fault with this little leaf blower. It has enough power to clear leaves quickly and effectively but keeps them under control. It’s light at 1.8kg and has a comfortable rubber grip. The nozzle is narrow, and most people will find the length ideal. Our only niggle is the disappointing eight-minute blowing time we got from the Li-ion battery.

Pros
  • Light
  • Comfortable to use
  • Ideal power level for patios and borders
Cons
  • Only eight minutes of battery life

Worx WG547E review

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71%

Key features

  • Leaf blower
  • Cordless battery
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verdict: Suitable for most domestic jobs

There’s a lot to like about this mid-priced cordless leaf blower – it has some useful features and coped well in our tests. Like most cordless blowers we’ve tested it doesn’t have a vacuum function, but this means you get a light machine that’s easy to handle. It doesn’t impress quite enough to become a Best Buy, though, and it’s slightly let down by a potentially irritating, high-pitched operating noise.

Pros
  • Easy to operate
  • Light and well balanced
  • Two speeds
Cons
  • Noisy
  • Some vibration at times

Ryobi OBL1820S 18V ONE+ Cordless Blower review

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70%

Key features

  • Leaf blower
  • Cordless battery
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 verdict: A handy cordless blower

If you’re looking for a light and simple garden tool to help you round up fallen leaves, it’s worth considering this Ryobi leaf blower. While it isn’t the quickest or most powerful blower we’ve seen, it’s extremely easy to use and doesn’t suffer from the hard vibrations that accompany some more powerful leaf blowers. Overall, it did very well in our tests, only just missing out on a Best Buy recommendation from us. If you want a blower that will also suck up leaves then you’ll need a blower vac instead.

Pros
  • Light
  • Easy to use
  • Does a good job of blowing leaves off laws
  • Hard surfaces and from flower beds
Cons
  • Battery charge doesn’t last long

Stihl SH56 CE review

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70%

Key features

  • Leaf blower vacuum
  • Petrol
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Which? verdict: Strong suction

This is a powerful petrol leaf-blower vac that has loads of great features to make using it easy. Although you have to reassemble it to use as a leaf vacuum, it’s a simple job. The vacuum function has strong suction that can deal with a lot of leaves quickly. It’s a very expensive option though and, unless you’ve got a very large garden, it may not be worth the cost.

Pros
  • Powerful
  • Quick leaf blower and vacuum that’s easy to use
Cons
  • Complicated change from blow to vacuum
  • Very expensive

Stihl SHE 71 review

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70%

Key features

  • Leaf blower vacuum
  • Corded electric
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 verdict: Vacuums quickly and shreds well

This is a very effective vacuum and blower. As a blower, it’s light and is easy to use one-handed. It’s very powerful and can move a lot of leaves quickly. It’s comfortable to use as a collector, too. The only downside is the fiddly change from blow to vac mode which involves reconfiguring the machine. It’s not as expensive as a petrol model but is more expensive than a lot of corded-electric leaf-blower vacs.

Pros
  • Great as a leaf blower and vacuum
Cons
  • Tricky conversion between blow and vac modes

Stihl BGA86 review

£467.00Typical price

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70%

Key features

  • Leaf blower
  • Cordless
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Which? verdict: Almost a Best Buy

This leaf blower is up to the task of clearing autumn leaves off your lawn, with its powerful motor and user-friendly design. There are a couple of little niggles though.

Pros
  • Good at blowing leaves
  • User-friendly
Cons
  • Not the quietest

Stihl Cordless Blower BGA 85 review

£389.00Typical price

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70%

Key features

  • Leaf blower
  • Cordless battery
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 verdict: A powerful cordless battery leaf blower

The Stihl BGA 85 cordless leaf blower is one of the heaviest (4.7kg), most powerful and most expensive cordless blowers we’ve tested. It looks very different to the smaller leaf blower vacs as it has a wider nozzle and bigger body. It can shift leaves with no trouble at all, even if they’re stuck fast to a patio, but it’s difficult to control the jet of air. You get an impressive 14 minutes of blowing time.

Pros
  • Powerful
  • Easy to use with a great battery life
Cons
  • Very expensive and heavy

Cobra BV26C review

£130.00Typical price

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69%

Key features

  • Leaf blower vacuum
  • Petrol

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 verdict: Perhaps too powerful

When it comes to blowing, vacuuming and shredding leaves and twigs from the garden, the Cobra BV26C leaf blower vac does an excellent job. It a few minor but niggling flaws, though – namely that in vacuum mode the tool can be awkward to hold. But overall, this machine makes quick work of tidying your garden.

Pros
  • Works well as both blower and vac; able to manage clearing laws
  • Patios and flower beds alike
Cons
  • No adjustable speed makes it hard to control the direction of leaves when blowing
  • Noticeable vibration

Black & Decker GWC1820PC review

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67%

Key features

  • Leaf blower
  • Cordless battery
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 verdict: A bit underpowered

Overall, the Black & Decker GWC1820PC is a reasonable leaf blower. It’s easy to handle, does a good, if slow, job of removing leaves from patios and lawns, and it’s not bad in your borders. However, we found it a bit underpowered, and had to use it on turbo mode to get the job done. This means using it will require a bit more effort: we had to hold the blower closer to the ground, and it took a bit more time than some of the other models we tested. If you want to suck up the leaves as well, you’ll need a leaf blower vac.

Pros
  • Light
  • User-friendly
  • Minimal vibration
  • Works well at blowing leaves off of lawns and patios
Cons
  • Underpowered for some jobs
  • Short battery life
  • Battery doesn’t recharge quickly

Ryobi RBV3000CESV leaf blower vac review

£80.00Typical price

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67%

Key features

  • Leaf blower vacuum
  • Corded electric

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 verdict: A serviceable leaf blower and vac

This leaf blower, vacuum and shredder does an all-round decent job of helping you get your garden clear of autumn foliage. It does better at tasks that involve its leaf-blower capabilities rather than those that require it to vacuum and shred, but it does pretty decent job whatever it turns its nozzle to.

Pros
  • Great at blowing leaves off the lawn
  • Will make quick work of getting your patio and garden borders clear of unsightly debris
  • Pretty good at vacuuming leaves up off the lawn
Cons
  • Feels heavy when in use

Makita DUB184Z review

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65%

Key features

  • Leaf blower
  • Cordless
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 verdict: Good but not great

This good all-rounder is almost a Best Buy. It’s easy to use and blows leaves well on different surfaces, though it could be quieter and have a better battery life too.

Pros
  • Blows quickly and effectively on patios
  • Lawns and flowerbeds
  • Easy to use
Cons
  • Short battery life
  • Vibrates a little
  • Quite noisy

Ryobi OBL 1820s review

£143.00Typical price

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65%

Key features

  • Leaf blower
  • Cordless
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 verdict: Best suited to light clearing jobs in small gardens

Features such as the thin nozzle and light, handheld design certainly make this a good choice for a quick tidy around the decking or patio. It’s OK at clearing small amounts of leaves from lawns and borders, too, but struggles with tougher tasks.

Pros
  • Light
  • Easy to use
  • Narrow nozzle helps get around obstacles
  • Easy to direct leaves
Cons
  • Battery life is short
  • Not enough power for larger piles of leave

Ryobi RY18BLXB review

£170.00Typical price

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64%

Key features

  • Leaf blower
  • Cordless
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 verdict: Very quiet, and good, though not great, at its job

This isn’t the most powerful blower we’ve tested, but the turbo function certainly helps to give a boost when needed. Using the normal power setting gives you good control, and overall it’s a decent leaf blower that does a good, if unexceptional, job.

Pros
  • Enough power with normal mode for most tasks
  • Turbo function useful in bursts
Cons
  • Hand position can become uncomfortable
  • Feels heavy after a while

Mountfield MAB 20 Li review

£99.00Typical price

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63%

Key features

  • Leaf blower
  • Cordless
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 verdict: A mixed bag

This leaf blower impressed on its lightweight body, user-friendly design and long battery life. However, the blowing results were a mixed bag and it vibrates a lot in use, so overall it’s a way off winning our recommendation.

Pros
  • Good at blowing leaves off patios and flowerbeds
  • Light
  • Easy to use
  • Long battery life
  • Quiet
Cons
  • Vibrates a lot
  • Needs more power
  • Uncomfortable handles

Grizzly Tools ELS 2614-2E leaf blower vac review

£75.00Typical price

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63%

Key features

  • Leaf blower vacuum
  • Corded electric

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 verdict: Better at blowing leaves than vacuuming

While the Grizzly Tools ELS 2614-2E leaf blower does many jobs – blowing, vacuuming and shredding – it doesn’t perform them all with the same gusto. This leaf blower is much better at blowing leaves than it is at either vacuuming them up or shredding them. Also, the impeller (the whirling bit that mulches the leaves) frequently needs to be cleared of blockages while shredding.

Pros
  • Very good at clearing borders
  • Makes quick and easy work of tidying patios and lawns
  • Lightweight
Cons
  • Struggles to vacuum leaves off of lawn
  • Impeller blocks easily
  • Impeller is hard to clean once blocked