Ask anyone with a yard what their favorite blower is, and chances are they’ll reply “cordless”. As the name suggests, these use batteries to dispose of the winding electric cords you’re likely to trip over. Even better, they remove the distance restrictions associated with more traditional blowers. That said though, the best cordless leaf blower should have a lot more than just these benefits. For instance, it should be light, provide the best mileage for each hour spent charging and manage to keep the noise down. Again, included batteries and cords are always a plus. Throw in good clearance and low weight and you have all the points you need for blower hunting. Or, you could let us do the hard work and choose from one of the top cordless leaf blowers below.
Best cordless leaf blower: GreenWorks 24252 G-MAX 40V 150 MPH Variable Speed Cordless Blower
Among the most balanced blowers in the market, this Greenworks provides plenty of muscle even with a 150mph blower speed capacity. This muscle is due to the excellent “Sweeper tip” nozzle design, which allows you to maintain an average 135CFM without repeatedly changing attachments.
Most notable however, is the presence of variable speed options. Provided through a thumb-friendly dial just below the grip, these options allow users to raise or lower speeds depending on whether they are dealing with a vast open area or guiding debris along narrow channels. Combined with decent battery power and the fact that charger-inclusive options are readily available, these make the GreenWorks blower a real challenger in the lightweight cordless blowers category.
- Decent speed to mass ratio
- Great nozzle customization
- Speed modification useful for adjustability
- Unfit for wet gardens and heavy lifting.
EGO Power+ 480 CFM 3-Speed Turbo 56-Volt Lithium-Ion Cordless Electric Blower
For those seeking more power at a still affordable price point, EGO provides a blower capable of sending leaves flying at 480CFM. While larger and heavier than some other contenders on this list, this blower more than makes up for it through excellent aerodynamic engineering of the turbine. This ensures rapid but controlled airflow that utilizes the excellent nozzle design to deliver just the right amount of power for every occasion.
In case you’re wondering, users can control this adaptability through a speed variation mechanism that allows the blower to move between 320CFM and 480CFM at a moment’s notice. Throw in EGO’s reputed 56V battery and charger and you have a powerhouse that keeps both electricity bills and muscle fatigue within reasonable levels.
- Excellent muscle power for price and weight range
- Turbine engineering ensures efficiency
- Great battery performance
- Somewhat bulky and heavy for average users.
Sun Joe iONBV 40-Volt 4.0 Ah Variable-Speed (up to 201 MPH) Cordless Blower/Vacuum/Mulcher
Giving tough competition to the EGO offering is Sun Joe’s 40V 3-in-1 challenger. Capable of achieving speeds of up to 201mph, this muscled beast can easily collect, devour and mulch even wet leaves and twigs without any hassle. For those seeking a somewhat more relaxed experience or trying to work leaves out of cramped spaces, six speed options have been provided. While battery life at higher speed options is a concern, even the lower speeds can easily tackle the average mid-sized garden with commensurate ease.
Unlike some other options on this list, Sun Joe ensures that buyers do not have to shop for accessories separately. Given that this is also a vacuum and mulcher, a number of accessories have been included which help the device achieve not just 201mph speeds, but a 17:1 reduction ratio. To top it off, the added features are catered for by a whopping 4Ah battery and efficient charger.
- Multiple speed adjustment options
- Top of the class speed and mulching abilities
- Powerful 4Ah battery for added work cycle.
- Battery life at higher speeds is somewhat low.
MLG Tools ET1006 18-Volt Lithium-Ion Cordless Blower/Sweeper
Our second contender in the lightweight category is the 18V offering from MLG, which definitely punches above its weight. This weight, in very literal terms, is low courtesy of its efficient lithium battery and the ergonomic design. In the power department though, the 120mph top speed is more than enough to deal with the average garden’s dead leaf cover.
While some users have commented that only two-speed options are available, it should be noted that both serve their purposes well and there is never any under-compensation when it comes to removing leaves and twigs. Especially notable though, is the battery, which while rated at a rather unremarkable 1300mAh, manages to dish out half an hour of intense leaf management regardless of the circumstances. Combined with its fast charging prowess, these features make this MLG Tools competitor a solid choice for anyone seeking a low to the mid-range blower.
- Low weight ensures low fatigue
- Blowing capacity much higher than anticipated at rated speeds
- Long lasting battery
- Lack of speed options reduces overall customizability.