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Best cordless garden leaf blowers [UK] in 2021
This article was last updated on October 3rd, 2021 at 9:29 am
The best cordless garden leaf blowers perfectly bridge the gap between electric leaf blowers and also give you all the versatility and manoeuvrability that you get with petrol leaf blowers, but without any of the faffing around mixing fuel, the extra noise and vibration, nor the fumes. They are also much lighter and so reduce the risk of any strains or aches from working with them for long tidying sessions.
Prices for these handy gardening tools are getting lower and lower all the time too, and it is now quite possible to get a budget model for well under a hundred pounds, with some priced as low as fifty quid!
As they say in game of Thrones ‘winter is coming’ but before that we have Autumn to deal with and the leafy apocalypse that comes with it. Make sure you’re armed with the right tools to see you through it by reading our in-depth product reviews, and be sure that you’re making the right decision when it comes to finding the best cordless leaf blowers in the UK.
What is a cordless leaf blower?
Leaf blowers are power tools used by gardeners to move fallen leaves and other garden debris into neat piles so as to make tidying up faster and easier. They are quite simple machines, and basically consist of a motor, a fan, and a long chute to channel the airflow in the right direction.
The three types of leaf blower to choose from are petrol powered, corded electric, and cordless, and there are also leaf blower/vacuum combo tools that we have pages dedicated too. Today though, we will be focusing on cordless blowers.
Cordless leaf blowers get their name from the fact that they don’t need to be plugged into your mains electricity supply, and therefore, have no power cord. So, how do they get their power? Just like every other cordless tool these days: from lithium-ion batteries.
Having no power cord makes these tools much more agile, manoeuvrable, and some would say safer, as there is no chance of tripping over any power cable. They also give you more range if you compare them to corded electric leaf blowers, and there’s no need to use a cable reel to work at the bottom of a large garden.
10 years ago, I wouldn’t have recommended any of the cordless leaf blowers available, as the price were higher back then, and the products weren’t as good as they are today. These days, you are spoilt for choice when it comes to powerful, cordless leaf blowers, and many can produce airspeeds over 200mph.
As everyone knows, there is no such thing as a perfect product or tool and of course, cordless leaf blowers have their own quirks that you’ll have to get used to. In the following section will take a look at some of the things that can be problematic with cordless leaf blowers.
Best cordless leaf blower reviews
In this section we will give you our thoughts on the latest and most popular cordless leaf blowers in the hopes it will help you make up your own mind. We have highlighted not only the positive aspects of these products, but also some of the things we weren’t so crazy about, so that you get as balanced an opinion as possible.
- EGO Power+ leaf blower (best overall cordless leaf blower)
- Worx Leafjet (best weight to power ratio)
- Bosch ALB 36 LI (most energy efficient)
- Greenworks Axial cordless leaf blower
- Ryobi ONE+ leaf blower
- Terratek cordless leaf blower (best value for money)
Possible problems with cordless leaf blowers
I’ve said many times that the greatest attribute of cordless gardening tools is also their weakest link. I am, of course, talking about the fact that they are powered by batteries, and while that gives you freedom of movement, it limits how long you can use the tools.
Cordless leaf blowers are no different. In fact, because they are producing so much power, the batteries can drain very quickly and then you’ll have to wait for them to recharge, which usually takes about an hour, but it varies from product to product.
Don’t worry if that doesn’t sound great, as there are ways to increase the time you can use these tools. Unfortunately, they all involve spending more money. The main options available are buying spare batteries, or buying larger batteries. Li-ion batteries come in different sizes and usually, the ones that are supplied, if they are supplied at all, are on the smaller side. So, it is a good idea to buy a 5ah size battery and use that for your cordless leaf blower instead.
If you’ve never used a leaf blower before, you might be surprised by how much noise they can make. Cordless versions are generally the least loud, but they are hardly what you would call quiet, and you will still have to invest in a pair of ear defenders if you don’t want a headache.
As well as the noise, there is some vibration to deal with too, but again, cordless machines tend to produce far less vibration than their petrol fuelled cousins. The level of vibration will not be the same across all brands and products, so if that is something that concerns you, make sure you check out the products’ specs before buying.
Although cordless leaf blowers are designed to be lightweight, they can still feel a little heavy after using them for a while, especially if you have a larger batter installed. For most people, it won’t be anything that bothers them too much, but if you are elderly, injured, disabled, etc. using a shoulder strap would be a good idea.
As you can see, there are a few minor flaws with cordless leaf blowers, but nothing that can’t be fixed or overcome easily, and the pros of using these tools far outweigh the cons.
Example of using a cordless leaf blower
Although everyone’s first thoughts when it comes to cordless leaf blower usage is for clearing leaves from the ground, once you own one, you start finding all sorts of jobs that you can take care of with these tools.
I would say that I spend almost as much time up on my tripod ladder, clearing my shed and garage gutters, as I do the decking when Autumn rolls around. Cordless leaf blowers are great for this purpose as there is no cable to get tangled up or snagged on anything.
Winter inevitably follows Autumn, and snow is always a possibility. More often than not, we actually only get a small amount of snow falling, but enough to put a thin layer on the car or garden path. Leaf blowers can be used to quickly shift this layer and you won’t have to freeze your fingers off with a plastic scraper.
I’ve even used my leaf blower in spring, when there were no leaves around to gather. What did I use it for? Well, as silly as it may sound for some, I used it to ‘blow dry’ my decking after giving it a fresh coat of stain, just to speed up the process, and it worked great.
Other uses for leaf blowers I have heard from friends and customers include blowing grass clippings instead of raking them, moving pebbles off the paving and back where they belong, and even scaring off a local cat that was using that person’s garden as a toilet on a daily basis. They said it was more the combination of noise and the wind blast than wind alone, but still very effective.
So, I think I’ve made it clear that leaf blowers don’t just have to be for leaves, and are actually really handy tools to have around. What’s more, they aren’t as expensive as you would think, especially lesser-known brands, although I would usually recommend going with a trusted name, just to be on the safe side.
So here is my review of the best cordless garden leaf blowers
1. EGO Power+ 580 CFM Variable-Speed 56-Volt Lithium-ion Cordless Leaf Blower
Specification: Power Source: Battery 5.0 Ah 56 Volt, Air Velocity: 168 mph, Air Volume: 580 CFM, Running time: 75 mins (Battery 5.0 Ah ARC Lithium™)
The EGO Power+550 CFM is definitely one of the best cordless leaf blowers I’ve ever had the pleasure of using. Offering the user excellent control over the power output, and a top-class performance, there is a lot to like about this product.
EGO Power have armed their leaf blower with a brushless electric motor in the hopes that it will reduce vibration, increase durability, and less drain on the 56-volt battery. I can’t really comment on the longevity of the motor as I’ve only spent a short time with the tool, but generally, brushless motors do outlast ones with brushes.
Vibration is indeed much lower than most petrol leaf blowers, and around the same as lower powered electric model, which is more than tolerable. Noise levels are about what you’d expect from a cordless leaf blower and are, again, nothing really bothersome.
With this machine being able to produce airflow speeds of up to 168mph (270kph), you should expect quite a lot of battery drain, and if used on full power, and with the turbo button pressed, you will see that. However, dial the power down a little, and stay off the turbo, and you’ll see that the brushless motor does do what its supposed to and give you a decent running time off a full charge.
The variable speed controls come in very handy for certain jobs, but I have to say the very lowest settings are pretty much useless for damp leaves as there isn’t enough power. One press of the turbo button though, and you will see what this machine can do. Leaves, twigs, pebbles, and more, are easily handled by the EGO Power+ leaf blower, and I would say with confidence that it is one of the most powerful cordless leaf blowers out there.
It’s fair to say that this tool impressed me, but it has its own share of drawbacks, just like any other product. Obviously, the first one is the battery life, and also the price of spare EGO Power+ batteries. If you’re going to be clearing a long drive, you’ll need more than one battery, and they don’t come that cheap. On the plus side, if you have other EGO Power+ products, you can use the battery from that tool too.
The cordless leaf blower can feel a little heavy with a large battery in it too, and there isn’t any shoulder strap included in the box. I didn’t find it overly cumbersome, but I did have a bit of aching in my wrist after 2 full batteries worth of use, and I’m relatively fit and strong.
Putting this mighty little machine together was child’s play, and just required me to click and twist a couple of pieces together. This way of connecting the chute does have its flaws, and you have to be careful not to knock it against your leg too much or it can twist and loosen and even fall off. Thankfully, it only takes seconds to reattach it, but I’d like to see an improvement on this in the future.
If you already have an EGO Power+ product, then I would say this is a must buy leaf blower. It is really powerful, well-built, and has some great features. However, I can see some people being put off by the price. For me, I think it’s worth the price tag but when you factor in a spare battery, it does get pricey. So, I wouldn’t recommend this for big jobs, unless you don’t mind paying.
2. WORX WG543E 18V (20V MAX) LEAFJET Cordless Garden Leaf Blower
Specification: Power Source: Battery 20V Li-ion, Max. air volume Speed I: 518 m3/h, Max. air volume Speed II: 696 m3/h, Max. air velocity Speed I: 153 km/h, Max. air velocity Speed II: 209 km/h,
Worx latest cordless leaf blower, the Leafjet, is definitely the most futuristic looking model out there. I’m not kidding, this tool looks more like something you’d see the Storm Troopers in Star Wars carrying into battle than a machine to blow leaves around.
Looks aside, this is a quality product that has some very nice design features and is sure to please anyone who buys it. In fact, part of the reason the tool looks the way it does is because of the way the leafjet operates.
By extending the chute or retracting it, you can swap between having a wider dispersion of air coming out of the end, or have a more concentrated jet, and when I say jet, I mean it, this thing is very powerful.
Actually, the power of the Worx leafjet surprised me considering just how lightweight the tool is. I’ve used this Brands other leaf blower vacuum tool, the WG505E, and that was not what I would call heavy, but the Leafjet is light as a feather in comparison.
Not only is it lightweight, but also extremely well balanced, and I can’t see anyone having any problems holding this in one hand for as long as they like. There are a lot of attachments available to use with this leaf blower, such as a long reach gutter cleaner, and these will add to the weight, but when used without them, it only weighs around 1.7kg.
Durability is ensured through the solid and hard-wearing plastics used for the casing, and inside you have a brushless electric motor that will keep the leaf blower ticking for years to come.
As well as the two different blowing modes, there is also a switch on the handle that you can press with your thumb to choose between two different speeds. I would have liked to have seen a bit more of a selection in this department to be honest, but when combined with the extending and retracting of the chute, it was fairly easy to get things how I wanted them.
The Leafjet comes with a 4Ah lithium-ion battery and charger, and battery life is around what you’d expect for a powerful cordless leaf blower. In our tests we clocked it at around 15 minutes continuous use when used on full power, and 20+ minutes when used on the lower speed setting.
This is a great new addition to the cordless leaf blower market, and is good choice for people with smaller gardens and driveways. It can be used for bigger jobs, but you’ll either have to wait for the battery to recharge, or fork out for a spare.
3. Bosch ALB 36 LI Cordless Leaf Blower with 36 V 2.0 Ah Lithium-Ion Battery
Specification: Power Source: Battery 2 Ah 36 V, Airflow speed: 170 – 250 km/h, Running time: up to 25 mins
The Bosch Alb 36 LI cordless leaf blower is a part of their ‘Power for All’ range of products that can all be powered by the same kind of battery, much like a lot of other brands these days such as Makita or Greenworks.
This has both advantages and also some disadvantages for the customer. On the downside, it tends to make the batteries quite expensive, even more than the actual tools themselves in many cases.
The upside to this idea is that you can buy a quality garden power tool without the battery or charger for much cheaper (about half price with this particular model) if you already own a product from that same range and use the battery you already have.
If you decide to pay the full price and goo with the whole package, you’ll get a 36V 2ah lithium ion battery that’ll take about 70-90 minutes to charge and give you around 20-30 minutes of continuous use before it runs out.
Like a lot of new Bosch products, this one includes their Syneon chip. This chip’s job is to control the interactions between the motor, gearbox, and the battery to make it the most power efficient tool it can be.
The Brand have done tip top job with the noise and vibration levels on this cordless leaf blower, and I’d even say that although you should always wear protective gear, you could probably get away without the ear muffs if you’re only have a quick 15 minute tidy up.
Weighing 1.9kg, this model is unlikely to give you any problems moving it around, even when carried in one hand, and what weight there is, is well balanced.
The variable speed function gives you a decent level of control over the power output. With air velocity ranging from 170 to 250 kmph, all changeable on the go with just a small hand movement, you can always find the right setting for the job at hand.
We tried this cordless leaf blower out on both dry and wet leaves, on pavement, and on grass, and it worked great in all circumstances, shifting various garden debris without ever struggling, even with larger twigs.
As you would expect from Bosch, the body, tube, and just about everything else feels well-made. The plastic is high quality and robust, and the motor feels smooth and powerful. Even the way the blow tube clicks into the main unit gives you a sense of things being engineered to a good standard.
Lightweight, easy to set up and use, and plenty of power. The Bosch ALB 36LI cordless blower is a fine product that I think justifies it’s two hundred pounds price tag. And if you are in the market for a chainsaw, hedge trimmer, etc. you could get a good deal on one from the same line and save few quid.
4. Greenworks 40V Leaf Dust Blower Cordless
Specification: Power Source: Battery 4.0 Ah 40V, Air volume: 340 CFM, Air speed (Max): 185 MPH
When you fist see the super-low price tag on this Greenworks 40V cordless leaf blower, you might be tempted to hit the buy button straight away, but there is something to consider before you do.
At this price, the tool doesn’t come with the battery or charger and so they will have to be purchased separately and this raises the cost quite significantly.
However, if you already own a Greenworks cordless lawn mower, cordless pressure washer, cordless brush cutter, or any of their many other tools that uses the same kind of battery, you can simply use the battery from those instead, saving you a lot of money and making this cordless leaf blower a very enticing prospect.
With a fully charged Greenworks G40B2 2ah lithium ion Battery, this little beast can produce air speeds of up to 110 mph/1777kph and an air volume output of 680m2/hr. That’s some serious performance for a leaf blower that only weighs in at 1.5 kilograms before the battery is plugged in.
Working at this power will eat up that battery life though, but you’ll still get a solid 30 minutes of continuous use out of it before you’ll need to recharge, or you can use a 4ah battery for longer sessions.
Greenworks have done their usual, good work with the build quality on this cordless leaf blower, ensuring that the weight is kept down to a minimum but without sacrificing durability or robustness. It’s a fine line to tread but Greenworks seem to have a knack for it and produce great products again and again. They aren’t the cheapest garden power tools, but you do get what you pay for.
One of the biggest complaints I hear about high powered leaf blowers is the noise they make. With this Greenworks model, I was really surprised at how much quieter it was than a lot of other blowers that I’ve tried over the years. You still need to wear ear protectors, but it is noticeably less than a petrol leaf blower.
There are 6 speed settings to choose from that are selected with a roll of your thumb over the dial located on the rubberised handle, and the built in axial fan on this model gives you a good level of airflow and velocity throughout.
This is a very user friendly cordless leaf blower, with minimal controls, and an easy to attach / detach blowing tube. This makes it both easy to set up, and makes storage a whole lot easier.
The handle and overall design is both ergonomic and eye catching, and if you can excuse the lime green and black colour scheme, I think you’d have to say that this is a nice looking piece of kit.
If you buy this with the battery and charger, it’ll cost around 150 pounds and while that is quite reasonable for a cordless leaf blower of this quality, you can make this much better value for money if you already own a Greenworks gardening tool, or you intend to buy one.
5. Ryobi OBL1820S ONE+ Cordless Blower
Specification: Power Source: Battery 18 V, Airflow speed: 245 km/h, Running time: 15-22 mins
Ryobi’s dedication to producing high quality tools has seen them become a household name in recent years, and they are showing no signs of slipping with their excellent cordless leaf blower.
If you are not familiar with Ryobi and their ONE+ range, no need to worry, as basically all it means is that you can use the same battery from one product to power another. This is nothing new, and Makita and other companies have been doing it for decades, but it will save you money if you want to own another Ryobi ONE+ tool such as a strimmer.
First off, let me say that this is another powerful cordless leaf blower, capable of producing airflow at speeds up to 245kmh. This airflow, combined with the narrow chute, gives you a really focused blast of air that can help you to shift damp leaves, twigs, and all kinds of garden mess with ease.
All that power does come at a cost though, and you will find that you are running out of battery after just 10 minutes continuous runtime if you use the smallest 2.5Ah size. If you don’t already own a Ryboi ONE+ product, then I would recommend taking advantage of the tool, battery, and charger bundle, which contains a 4Ah battery. Alternatively, you could buy cheap 3rd party 5Ah batteries and use those instead.
15 minutes runtime might not sound a lot, but actually, for most people, it would be long enough to get most jobs done, and if powered by a 4Ah battery, you should have no issues at all. We tested a 4Ah to see how it would take to charge from completely flat, and it was fully loaded and ready to go in about 2 hours, which isn’t bad at all.
The Ryobi cordless leaf blower is a well put together bit of kit, and everything feels nice and solid, with no loose parts, unwanted rattles, or anything like that. The motor never feels laboured either, leading me to believe that the quality is not only skin deep. I have owned Ryobi tools before and I’ve never been disappointed with their durability, and I see no reason why this product would be any different.
As we all know, quality costs money, and Ryobi tools aren’t the cheapest things on the market. Having said that they aren’t overly expensive either, and I would rather pay a little extra for a bit of peace of mind than be left holding a budget product that has given up after a few months. There are various options available too, such as just buying the tool, as well as bundles with batteries and chargers as already mentioned.
Apart from the battery running out fairly quickly, the only other problem I see with the Ryobi cordless leaf blower is that there are no variable speed controls, and so it is always on full power. This means you have to be careful with it when working near fragile plants, and take a few steps back to lower the chance of accidental damage.
So, I have to say that this is one of the better cordless leaf blowers that I’ve spent time with. Yes, it works through the battery life pretty quick, but that is going to be the case with the vast majority of powerful leaf blowers, and in my opinion it’s better than having a tool that doesn’t have enough grunt to shift leaves.
6. Terratek Cordless Leaf Blower 20V Battery and Charger
Specification: Power Source: Battery 20 V, Air Speed: 120mp/h/193km/h, Running time: 30 – 40 minutes,
Most cordless leaf blowers aren’t that cheap, and even if you see one for under a hundred quid, you will often find, upon closer inspection, that the unit doesn’t come with a battery or charger. After buying both of these things separately, you soon realise that you’re spending between 150-200 pounds anyway.
Not everyone wants to spend that much on a gardening tool, especially people who won’t be using it that much. So, if you’re looking for a good, low-budget leaf blower, complete with battery and charger, this Terratek product is sure to interest you.
For such a low price, I admit being surprised when I looked at the spec sheet and saw that this cordless leaf blower has been fitted with a brushless motor. I was also happy to find out that the Terratek didn’t run too loudly either, which is a common problem with low-cost leaf blowers.
At only 2kg in weight, you won’t need to use a shoulder strap, or worry about getting strained wrists r shoulders, and although the overall balance of the tool isn’t as good as the Worx Leafjet, it doesn’t feel awkward to use, even in tighter areas.
The build quality is ok, but it does feel more like a children’s toy than an actual gardening power tool when you first get it in your hands. Turn the machine on though, and you realise you were mistaken to think so. However, I don’t know how well it would stand up to being dropped a couple of times.
The 20V battery that comes with the leaf blower will take about an hour or so to fully charge in the supplied charger, and then that will give you roughly a quarter of an hour of use, so about average for this kind of product.
Unfortunately, there aren’t any variable speed or power controls on the Terratek cordless leaf blower, and to be honest, it is not all that powerful either, but what do you expect for a product that costs a third of the price of most of the products on this page.
This tool will move dry leaves off hard surfaces, and would be good for tidying up dust in the workshop, and light duties like that, but don’t buy it and expect it to be able to blow tons of wet leaves and twigs across your garden.
This product is easy to assemble and easy to use, it is lightweight, and not too noisy. No, it is not the most powerful leaf blower out there, but it is far from useless, and has a price tag that is very enticing, even if it just to buy as a backup leaf blower for specific jobs.
Cordless garden leaf blowers are a real asset these days, they make getting around the garden super easy as well as being pretty powerful. We have taken a look at the best cordless garden leaf blowers and thrown in a couple of corded versions just so that you can see how much cheaper they are when compared. A cordless leaf blower should be well built and have a battery that lasts long enough to get round a normal sized garden. They need enough power to suck up leaves that are stuck to the ground and generally make the job of a hand leaf collector redundant!
I hope you enjoyed our review of the best cordless garden leaf blowers. We have many more leaf blowers if you didn’t find anything you like here. If you think we missed any of the best cordless garden leaf blowers then please feel free to drop us a note and we will look at it for you.
Best cordless leaf blowers FAQ
Are there any cordless leaf blowers that will last as long as a petrol leaf blower?
Not as far as I know, and I would be very surprised to hear that there is one available. Deciding whether or not to go with a cordless leaf blower usually comes down to not wanting to deal with the noise and smells that come with petrol tools, and also for the reduction in weight. There is also the fact that they are better for the environment and easer to use, unfortunately, a shorter running time is just part of the deal.
Can I use any lithium-ion battery in any cordless leaf blower?
Some brands design their batteries and products so that they can only be sued together, but there are third party battery makers who design their products to fit into certain well-known brands’ products. Usually, these batteries aren’t as good quality as the official brand-named ones, but they are generally much cheaper. You can always do a search on Google to see what batteries can be sued with which products before you buy.
Are cordless leaf blowers as powerful as corded electric and petrol machines?
The best cordless leaf blowers can be said to be as powerful as their corded counterparts, but they can’t really compare in power to petrol leaf blowers. This is normal for power tools though, and it doesn’t matter if you are talking about leaf blowers, leaf vacuums, lawnmowers, or hedge trimmers; petrol will always be the most powerful. However, there are plenty of not-so-enticing things that come along with petrol machines, as we have already mentioned.
How can I extend my cordless leaf blower’s running time?
The only real way to extend the running time of a cordless leaf blower, is to have a second battery charged and ready to go. Turning down the power of the leaf blower, if that’s an option, can prolong battery life, but often that makes the tool not suited for most jobs due to a lack of airflow speed. So, your best option is to shell out for a spare battery and remember to keep it charged.
Well, that’s all for today guys, but I think we have offered up a good selection of information for you here today that should help you make the right buying choice. See you next time.
What you need to know about cordless garden leaf blowers
Still not sure about which model is worth your hard-earned cash?
Have no fear, we are here to help. Take a look through this buyer’s guide and hopefully you’ll feel better equipped to make that purchase you’ve been stewing over.
When it comes to blowing leaves, especially wet leaves, you need to have a pretty powerful cordless leaf blower. Have a good look at the specifications of the models you are interested in to see the air speed/velocity and also the air volume output. You want your leaf blower to be able to produce at least 170kmph and if you have really stubborn leaves, a blower with power to blast out 220kmph or more is better.
Cordless leaf blowers are lightweight by nature, but some more so than others. Any product that is over 5-6kg is probably going to start to feel heavy after a while so try to get one around the 3-4kg mark once the battery is inserted.
If the leaf blower you’re looking at doesn’t have variable speed, you might want to look elsewhere or you’ll be limiting the use of the tool. Being able to change the speed settings quickly and easily is important or you’ll end up blowing pebbles all over, or damaging flower beds if the tool is set too powerful.
Is the battery included?
Some cordless leaf blowers may seem like an amazing deal but if you look closely you may find that the battery and charger are not included and this is very important. The reason being, that the lithium ion batteries that power these kinds of tools are not exactly what you’d call cheap and it’d rare to find a good one with charger for under a hundred pounds.
There are some brands that have special ranges of products that allow the owners to use the same battery for all, and this can save you money if you’re looking to expand your garden toolbox.