Fall might be the most beautiful season of the year, but there’s nothing beautiful about constantly hand raking leaves to keep your yard clear and healthy. A great leaf blower can cut hours off your weekly lawn maintenance list, but a not so great leaf blower can do little more than annoy your neighbors. That’s why we’ve narrowed it down to four of the best leaf blowers money can buy.
1) Hitachi RB24EAP
The Hitachi RB24EAP is a heavy-duty gas-powered leaf blower with a streamlined 8.5-pound design. The blower has a top speed of 170 miles per hour, and moves 441 cubic feet of air per minute, which makes it a top pick for moving soggy leaves. This blower also comes with a 7-year warranty. The major downside is the noise, which users note is on par with other gas-powered leaf blowers.
2) Toro 51621 UltraPlus
For those who need maximum power and minimum noise, the Toro 51621 is the perfect leaf blower. The corded electric leaf blower is quieter than gas powered options, but boasts a top speed of 250 miles per hour. The UltraPlus model also comes with a vacuum, and mulching capabilities. The downside: the cord makes this model less portable and extension cords are sold separately.
3) GreenWorks Pro GBL80300
Some handheld rechargeable leaf blowers can’t hold battery charge for long enough to finish the job. That’s not the case with the GreenWorks Pro GBL80300 blower, which holds charge for 70 minutes, takes just 30 minutes to recharge, and delivers top speeds of 125 miles per hour. For fussy neighbors, this model offers quiet operation at 60 decibels.
4) Makita BBX7600N
For big jobs, turn to this commercial grade leaf blower. The Makita BBX7600N reaches 195 mile per hour air speed, and the backpack design distributes force evenly for the user. This model is perfect for homeowners with multiple acres and large trees, and for light commercial use.