What's better than a gas blower? A battery powered one. Let's face it, even if you're not onboard with the battery yet, you must admit that handheld equipment is super convenient. This is debatable for lawn care business owners as you have a few more things to consider, but it's a no-brainer for homeowners.
Even if you have to get an extra battery or two, a battery powered blower is the way to go. But unfortunately, this article isn't about whether or not you should get an electric or gas blower. It's about identifying the best battery powered blowers on the market.
How did we choose?
I not only demoed tons of blowers, but I've owned most of the battery powered blowers on the market. I never mention or review any product I haven't personally used. After using each blower, I look at specs and reviews and review any other relevant information to make an informed decision.
So here they are…
5 Best Battery Powered Blowers
|Specs||Greenworks Pro 80V||EGO Power+ LB6003||Ryobi One+||Makita XBU03SM1||Worx 40V|
|Battery||80V||7.5 Ah ARC Lithium||18V ONE+™ 4.0 Ah Battery||18V LXT® 4.0Ah||40V|
|Air Volume||610 CFM||600 CFM||280 CFM||459 CFM||430 CFM|
|Air Velocity||180 MPH||145 MPH||100 MPH||116 MPH||90 MPH|
|Runtime||18 minutes||180 minutes||20 minutes||12 minutes||180 minutes|
|Warranty||4 years||5 years||3 years||3 years||3 years|
|Price||Check Price||Check Price||Check Price||Check Price||Check Price|
Greenworks Pro 80V
The top of the list is the Greenworks Pro 80V. Marketing literature for this blower says that it can handle a full acre of yard work on a single charge, and testing shows that this is not an idle claim.
This is a backpack blower that comes in with a full weight of around 14 pounds. That makes it the heaviest blower on this list, but what you get with that weight is worth a lot. The blower runs at 80V, giving it more than enough power for heavy-duty work.
It has variable speeds and controls, capping out at 610 cubic feet per minute of airflow, and that flow hits speeds of 180 mph. This makes it the most powerful and versatile blower on the list.
It also comes with a 2.5 Ah battery, which can run the blower for 18 minutes at the highest settings, and the included charger can reload the battery in 45 minutes. Larger batteries are available, but regardless, you can get over an hour of continuous use if you aren’t using the maximum output.
The blower also has multiple use options. You can use a variable trigger to adjust power output as you go, or you can use a dial to set a consistent airflow and use the blower without the need to hold a trigger.
Overall, you won’t find a blower with more power and options on this list at such a price.
- Battery: 80V
- Air Volume: 610 CFM
- Air Velocity: 180 MPH
- Runtime: 18 minutes
- Warranty: 4 years
Ego Power+ LB6003
When you need a professional blower, you’re often torn between power and weight. If power matters more, the Ego Power backpack blower is a great option. It is not the cheapest item on this list, but it’s one of the bangs you can get for your buck.
Weighing 12 pounds, this is not for anyone who prioritizes light weights in their equipment. This 600 cubic feet per minute blower hits air speeds up to 145 mph. This blower is made for heavy-duty work, and it will save a lot of time and effort on large projects.
This blower is made for longer use. The 7.5 Ah battery (included) can run the blower for up to 180 minutes (depending on the blowing speed). With 56V in the battery, the blower can handle a wide range of speeds, and you can control those speeds with a dial. That means you don’t have to hold a button down while you blow, saving on stress issues if blowing work is a major part of your gig.
This is one of the most powerful blowers, with many options. It barely loses out to the Greenworks because the Greenworks offers a little more raw power at a better price. In terms of runtime, you won’t do better than Ego Power.
- Battery: 7.5 Ah ARC Lithium
- Air Volume: 600 CFM
- Air Velocity: 145 MPH
- Runtime: 180 minutes
- Warranty: 5 years
Ryobi had a few blowers that almost made the list, but the ONE+ edged them out for a couple of reasons. First, it’s the most affordable option from Ryobi, and that low price does not come at the sacrifice of performance. Second, it’s a very light system, weighing only six pounds.
This is an 18V blower that can get air speeds up to 100 mph and a power of up to 280 cubic feet per minute. That makes it fairly standard in the world of blowers. It uses a brushless motor that is relatively quiet and quite efficient. It’s rated to run for up to 20 minutes on the standard battery, but some tests saw the battery last for roughly 30 minutes of continuous use.
Depending on where you shop, you can find deals that include only the blower (no battery or charger included), or you can get a kit that does include a battery and charger. The charger's capacity depends on the kit, but the runtimes listed here are based on the 5.0 Ah battery.
One thing to note: the Ryobi ONE+ is much quieter than gas-powered blowers, but it’s one of the loudest blowers on this list.
- Battery: 18V ONE+™ 4.0 Ah Battery
- Air Volume: 280 CFM
- Air Velocity: 100 MPH
- Runtime: 20 – 30 minutes
- Warranty: 3 years
Makita’s cordless leaf blower is an entire kit. The 18V blower comes with a 4.0Ah battery and a lithium-ion charger. The blower is designed for ease of use. It weighs only 6.5 pounds, and one of the remarkable features is that you can easily adjust the blowing speed with a single hand while using the blower.
The blower moves air at a maximum speed of 116 mph, which is more than enough for most blowing work. It has a flow capacity of 459 cubic feet per minute.
The blower also uses a brushless, quieter and more efficient design, making it a modern piece of equipment that works well in many use cases.
The Makita blower is reliable, easy to use, and affordable. The primary reason it doesn’t score higher is that the included battery will only give you about 12 minutes of continuous blowing. Makita offers larger batteries at an additional cost.
Still, this is a great choice if you need a light, easy, simple blower.
- Battery: 18V LXT® 4.0Ah
- Air Volume: 459 CFM
- Air Velocity: 116 MPH
- Runtime: 12 minutes
- Warranty: 3 years
WORX provides the best mid-range options on the list with the WG584. This is another brushless motor blower. This model offers three speeds with a maximum airflow of 430 cubic feet per minute at 90 mph.
The system weighs 7.3 pounds, making it easy to use and relatively light. What separates this system is the runtime. First, it comes with 2 20V (2.5 Ah) batteries and a dual charger, making running the blower for a long time easy. Tests could run this blower for 180 minutes of continuous use, and that’s on a handheld blower.
This is a top choice if you want power, light weight, and runtime.
- Battery: 2 20V (2.5 Ah) batteries
- Air Volume: 430 CFM
- Air Velocity: 90 mph
- Runtime: 180 minutes
- Warranty: 3 years
What to Look for in a Blower
Power is a major concern when sourcing a leaf blower, but a few metrics can help you find exactly what you want within your price range. The first metric is airspeed, which is measured in mph. That’s pretty straightforward. Higher airspeeds can move heavier objects (and sticky/wet leaves) more easily.
A more important measure of power is cubic feet per minute (CPM). This is a measure of the total airflow coming out of the blower. A blower can have a high mph but a low CPM. If that’s the case, the cross-section of ground you can blow at a time is pretty small, and clearing a whole yard will take a while despite the high air speeds. Ideally, you want a high mph and CPM.
But power comes at the cost of runtime. Running a blower with higher mph and CPM metrics takes more electricity. This is where you want to consider the voltage and battery life. Typically, a higher voltage will correlate with more CPM and mph in the stats. As for battery life, that’s measured in amp-hours (Ah). More Ah means a longer runtime, but batteries with more Ah tend to be more expensive. They also take longer to charge.
To summarize, you’re trying to get the highest numbers in mph, CPM, and Ah for your selected price point.
If you’re using this blower daily, weight is arguably the most important metric. Backpack blowers weigh more than handheld options, but the weight is easier to manage.
Overall, you’re trying to minimize weight without skimping on power. That will reduce strain and soreness when you use the blower every day.
Also, you must compare backpack to handheld styles, which almost completely depends on your work scale. Handheld is probably a better option if you focus entirely on residential lawns. You don’t have to run the blower for long sessions, so the lighter weight is worth a lot.
A backpack blower is a must for large or commercial projects. Even the lightest handhelds get heavy after a while.
A few features matter a lot in terms of leaf blowers. One thing to consider is noise. Most blowers will list their operating noise in decibels (dB). Most electric blowers will operate in the range of 60-80 dB. Gas blowers often get over 100 dB. If noise is a concern, that’s an important thing to consider.
Another feature that comes up brushes on a motor. A brushless motor is quieter and more efficient, allowing more runtime from your battery blower.
Then, there’s operation. For large projects, it’s nice to have a blower that doesn’t require you to hold a trigger the whole time. A responsive trigger that adjusts the airflow for small lawns depending on how hard you press makes those quick jobs even easier.
You can also consider accessories along with blower features. Tube adjustments, including battery chargers and carrying adjustments, are accessories you might compare.
The last major buying concern is the blower’s brand or ecosystem. If you already have a bunch of Ryobi tools, then the Ryobi blower is probably your best bet despite comparisons in metrics. That’s because batteries tend to be universal within an ecosystem. You can swap batteries between screwdrivers, blowers, weed whackers, and any other tools you use. That convenience is often worth small sacrifices in other performance areas.
Even if you aren’t already invested in a single ecosystem, it’s worth considering which mower, edger, or other tools you’re considering. You might settle for a little less in your blower if it means compatibility with the best mower.
Ultimately, that’s all up to you, but it’s something to remember while shopping around.
What is the most powerful cordless leaf blower?
The most powerful cordless leaf blower on the market is the EGO LBPX8004-2. It has an impressive 800 CFM and 190 mph ratings. This is the highest rating on the market. If you are in need of a blower that makes quick work of leaves and debris, then this is the one for you.
The EGO Commercial backpack blower is one of the only ones with comparable specifications to a commercial gas-powered blower. Some others are on the market, like the Greenworks Commercial 82V and Greenworks Pro 60V.
How long do the batteries run on cordless leaf blowers?
This is a bit of a trick question since it greatly depends on how a blower is used and which one you're using. The battery life of a cordless leaf blower can be anywhere from 15 minutes to 2 hours.
If you're looking for a long runtime blower, I recommend the EGO blowers. They are known for their long, consistent runtimes.
Which is better, a gas or battery powered leaf blower?
In most cases, gas-powered blowers are going to perform better. However, battery powered leaf blowers are quickly catching up. In the past couple of years, battery powered blowers have been released that are very competitive with gas blowers.
Outside of performance, battery powered blowers probably have more pros than gas powered. The main advantage is not having to mess with oil, gas, engine maintenance, etc.
The rest will likely come down to personal preference. Battery powered leaf blowers have become increasingly more popular over the past few years, and for good reason.
Now that's our list of the best battery-powered leaf blower available. Review the specs of each product to find out which battery-powered leaf blower is perfect for you.
You really can't go wrong with any of the blowers listed above. In most situations, it will ultimately come down to your use case and budget.
Wrapping it up
Which do you think is the best battery-powered leaf blower? Let us know in the comments below which is your favorite or if you have other blowers to recommend.
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