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The 5 Best Cordless Battery Leaf Blowers For [2018]

A cordless leaf blower helps you with your garden chores and makes cleaning your lawn or workshop easier and faster.

The best cordless leaf blowers are lighter and cheaper than gas-powered models, and they are emission-free and quieter.

There is very little maintenance with a cordless blower, and as the name implies, you can operate a battery-powered leaf blower anywhere on your property without the need for an electric outlet.

We have reviewed the best cordless leaf blowers for 2018 and will explain how to select the right one for you in our guide.

Quick Answer: The 5 Top Rated Cordless Leaf Blowers

  1. DEWALT DCBL720P1 XR Brushless Blower
  2. Greenworks 24252 Variable Speed Cordless Blower
  3. WORX AIR Multi-Purpose Blower WG575.1
  4. BLACK+DECKER LSW221 Cordless Sweeper
  5. Makita DUB182Z LXT Cordless Blower

Let’s now take look at my 3 favorite battery operated leaf blowers, then we’ll talk about what features to look for in our buyers guide below.

Best Cordless Leaf Blowers

 DEWALT XR Brushless BlowerGreenworks Variable Speed Cordless BlowerWORX AIR Multi-Purpose Blower1
Weight:7.1 lbs3.4 lbs4 lbs
Power:90 mph, 400 cfm150 mph, 135 cfm120 mph, 80 cfm
Battery:5Ah 20V Lithium-Ion2Ah or 4Ah 40V Lithium-Ion2Ah 32V Lithium-Ion
Run Time:20-40 mins30-45 mins20 mins

Cordless Leaf Blower Reviews

#1 DEWALT DCBL720P1 XR Brushless Blower

DEWALT DCBL720P1 XR cordless leaf blower

DEWALT DCBL720P1 XR Brushless Blower at a Glance:

  • Best for: Larger lawns and yards, daily & heavy-duty use, various yard condition, workshops
  • Size & Weight: 15.2″ x 7.8″ x 23.4″, 7.1 lbs
  • Power: 100W, 90 mph, 400 cfm
  • Battery: 5Ah 20V Lithium-Ion, 20-40 mins runtime
  • Noise: 61 dB
  • Extras: Variable trigger, speed lock, brushless motor, ergonomic design, battery indicator, charger included

The Dewalt DCBL720P1 XR is our editor’s choice for the best cordless leaf blower. It’s on the larger and heavier side, but is well-balanced and easy to handle with a variable speed trigger.

Dewalt uses a 100W brushless motor for efficiency and durability in this leaf blower. The motor can adjust and draw more power if needed while featuring little friction and low battery consumption.

The construction of the blower is along one axis, meaning the air intake is located the rear for an optimized flow. The wide open tube features a large 3.5” diameter nozzle.

With 90 miles per minute and 400 cubic feet per minute, the air performance of the Dewalt DCBL720P1 XR is outstanding. Yet the noise level remains at a modest 61 dB.

The Dewalt rechargeable leaf blower features a 20V and 5Ah lithium-ion battery, which translates to 20 to 40 minutes of runtime.

The blower has a variable speed trigger: if you depress the trigger further, you get more power. A speed lock allows you to set and keep a certain level.

DEWALT Lithium Ion Battery Leaf Blower
Battery installed underneath the motor housing

The clever design has the battery installed underneath the motor housing for a low center of gravity and a well-balanced unit. It also means you can easily set down the blower on the battery cage.

The Dewalt blower features an ergonomic handle designed to ease fatigue on your hand and arm, but it lacks rubber padding for the grip. The charger is included and a battery indicator informs you of the remaining capacity.

This battery operated leaf blower is very useful for clearing leaves and needles from driveways and flat roofs as well as lawns and larger yards. It also works well for clearing dust and debris off your workshop floor.

For under $200, the Dewalt DCBL720P1 XR is the best lithium-ion cordless leaf blower on the market!

#2 Greenworks 24252 Variable Speed Cordless Blower

Greenworks Variable Speed Cordless Blower at a Glance:

  • Best for: Ideal for light to medium duty clean-up tasks, decks and driveways, gutters, car drying
  • Size & Weight: 31″ x 7″ x 10″, 3.4 lbs
  • Power: 150 mph, 135 cfm
  • Battery: 2Ah or 4Ah 40V Lithium-Ion, 30-45 mins runtime, 1-2 hours charge time (for 2Ah / 4Ah battery)
  • Noise: “quiet”
  • Extras: Variable trigger, lightweight & ergonomic, sweeper tip nozzle, concentration tube

The Greenworks 24252 battery powered leaf blower also comes with a variable speed setting and gives you the choice for two different battery capacities. It features a longer runtime but is less powerful than our editor’s choice.

The motor of the Greenworks delivers 135 cubic feet per minute with a maximum of 150 miles per hour. With the variable speed trigger, you can choose the speed that works best for you.

The blower is constructed with lateral air intakes, which makes for a slightly less optimal airflow. However, the flattened sweeper nozzle features two settings for a normal or more concentrated air flow.

Greenworks uses a 40V lithium-ion battery for this battery-powered leaf blower, and you can pick a 2Ah or 4Ah capacity. Depending on how much power you use, you get a runtime of 20 to minutes with the smaller version or 30 to 45 minutes with the larger battery.

The Greenworks 24252 features an ergonomic, lightweight design where the battery is placed close to the center of gravity for good control and handling. A cushioned and molded grip handle makes operation comfortable.

The rechargeable leaf blower is ideal for light to medium duty clean-up tasks. You can easily clear dust, sand and debris as well as leaves and grass off your driveway, deck or flat roof and out of gutters.

You can also use the blower to dry a vehicle after washing. On the lawn, conditions need to be dry as the blower can struggle with damp or wet leaves and especially blades of grass.

In conclusion, the Greenworks 24252 leaf blower is the best battery powered leaf blower at an affordable price!

#3 WORX AIR Multi-Purpose Blower WG575.1

WORX AIR Multi-Purpose battery leaf Blower

WORX AIR Multi-Purpose Blower at a Glance:

  • Best for: Deck, driveway, sidewalk, patio, around the house
  • Size & Weight: 20″ x 7″ x 8″, 4 lbs
  • Power: 13800 rpm, 120 mph, 80 cfm
  • Battery: 2Ah 32V Lithium-Ion, ~20 mins runtime, 3 hours charge time
  • Noise: 61 dB
  • Extras: 8 attachments for a variety of cleaning tasks

The Worx Air WG575.1 multi-purpose air blower is a lightweight model suitable for a wide range of lighter cleaning tasks. It comes with a full set of exchangeable attachments.

This is not a “heavy-duty” cordless leaf blower. At 61 dB, the Worx is relatively quiet, and features a speed of 120 mph and a volume of 80 cfm. It’s perfect for sweeping your patio, garage, driveway or sidewalk.

However, it may not work as well on a lawn when conditions are damp. A nice advantage is that when things are dry, you can blow leaves or clippings out of flower beds without displacing soil or gravel. It works well on pea stone walkways in our garden.

Included is a 2Ah 32V lithium-ion battery which lasts for around 20 minutes on a single charge. Charging time with the included charger is around 3 hours.

The Worx Air WG575.1 is a multi-purpose blower thanks to a total of eight attachments for a variety of tasks, which includes a deflating attachment for letting the air out of rafts, pool toys and air mattresses.

Included in the package is: a wide nozzle, dust brush, extension hose and clip, a short tube, detail brush, inflater nozzle, deflation cover, dust tube and accessory bag.

The Worx Air is the best cordless blower that is very compact and lightweight for highly affordable price.

#4 BLACK+DECKER LSW221 Cordless Sweeper

BLACK+DECKER LSW221 battery leaf blower

BLACK+DECKER LSW221 Cordless Sweeper at a Glance:

  • Best for: Clearing debris off hard surfaces like driveways, decks, garages
  • Size & Weight: 19.2″ x 6.7″ x 8.2″, 3.7 lbs
  • Power: 130 mph, 100 cfm
  • Battery: 5Ah 20V Lithium-Ion, 15-20 mins runtime
  • Noise: “low noise design”
  • Extras: Sweeping nozzle, 2-year limited warranty

The Black + Decker LSW221 is a budget priced cordless sweeper that is compact and lightweight.

The B&D advertises it as a sweeper instead of a leaf blower since its less powerful motor is more suited for dust and debris on hard surfaces rather than leaves and grass on the lawn.

However, in dry conditions, the Black + Decker handles smaller leaves and grass just fine, while also working well clearing off other debris. It is powered by a motor delivering 100 cubic feet per minute at 130 miles per hour.

With only a 1.5Ah 20V lithium-ion battery, the LSW221 cordless sweeper only gives you 15 to 20 minutes of runtime before needing to charge.

Weighing less than 4 pounds with an ergonomic handle and a sweeping nozzle, the B&D LSW221 is the best cordless sweeper on our list. Perfect for blow-drying a car or cleaning out flower beds are all tasks for which this unit is perfectly suited.

#5 Makita DUB182Z LXT Cordless Blower

Makita DUB182Z LXT Cordless battery leaf Blower

Makita DUB182Z LXT Cordless Blower at a Glance:

  • Best for: Workshop, gutters, hard surfaces, small spaces, Makita tool owners
  • Size & Weight: 6.4″ x 12.7″ x 7.2″, 3.9 lbs
  • Power: 18,000 rpm, 179 mph, 91 cfm
  • Battery: 18V Lithium-Ion, ~15 mins runtime (not included!)
  • Noise: “low noise”
  • Extras: 3 speeds, rubber grip, long or short nozzle

The Makita DUB182Z LXT is the most powerful leaf blower on our list. At a bargain price, you get a surprising power, however the blower does not include a battery and charger.

This cordless blower is the only one on our list that does not come with a charger and battery. If you already own other 18V Makita power tools, you can simply swap the battery – otherwise you have to spend extra for a Makita charger and battery pack.

With a 3Ah lithium-ion battery, you get around 15 minutes of runtime with this unit, when using the high speed setting. The blower’s motor also features a medium and slow speed for around 25 minutes or 75 minutes of runtime respectively.

Putting out 91 cubic feet per minute and 179 miles per hour, the Makita model moves more air than you’d think, given it’s compact size and light weight.

This is not a heavy-duty leaf blower and the short runtime makes it clear that extended garden work is out of the question with this model.

It works well for blowing leaves out of flower beds, clearing debris, dust and smaller particles on hard surfaces, as well as performing various cleaning tasks around the house.

Cordless Leaf Blower Comparison

Cordless Leaf Blower WeightPowerBatteryRun TimeNoiseRating
DEWALT DCBL720P1 XR Brushless Blower7.1 lbs90 mph, 400 cfm5Ah 20V Lithium-Ion20-40 mins61 dB4.3 / 5.0
Greenworks 24252 Variable Speed Cordless Blower3.4 lbs150 mph, 135 cfm2Ah or 4Ah 40V Lithium-Ion30-45 minsN/A3.9 /5.0
WORX AIR Multi-Purpose Blower WG575.14 lbs120 mph, 80 cfm2Ah 32V Lithium-Ion20 mins61 dB4.1 / 5.0
BLACK+DECKER LSW221 Cordless Sweeper3.7 lbs130 mph, 100 cfm5Ah 20V Lithium-Ion15-20 minsN/A4.0 / 5.0
Makita DUB182Z LXT Cordless Blower3.9 lbs179 mph, 91 cfm8V Lithium-Ion15 minsN/A4.3 / 5.0

How to Choose the Best Cordless Leaf Blower

best battery powered leaf blower

Battery-powered cordless leaf blowers offer excellent maneuverability and are perfect for cleaning lawns, gutters, decks, driveways and even roofs.

They’re lower in noise than gas-powered models and free of emissions.

A major downside is the limited runtime, which depends on the battery’s capacity. With more power, weight and size typically increase as well.

In our guide below, we highlight and explain the deciding factors for picking the best cordless leaf blower.

Deciding on the Right Model Battery Leaf Blower

Cordless leaf blowers are faster and more efficient than raking your lawn, but their power needs to match the size of your yard. You’ll also want to look at the battery capacity and the individual runtime, as well as how quickly the battery will charge.

As all the battery-powered models we’ve reviewed are hand-held, also consider the size and weight: a too-heavy device will tire you if you operate it for longer.

Noise might be another factor to consider, and some models come with extras such as exchangeable nozzles. We’ll go into all the details in our guide section after our top picks.

The Advantages of Cordless & Battery Leaf Blowers

best lithium-ion cordless leaf blower

Compared to corded or gas powered leaf blowers, electric cordless models offer many advantages:

  • Mobility: With no power cord, you can use your leaf blower all over your garden or property without the worry of stringing cable.
  • Noise: Battery-powered blowers are less noisy than 4-stroke or 2-stroke engines used in gasoline blowers.
  • Emissions: Because they don’t use fossil fuel, battery-powered leaf blowers are free of emissions and eco-friendly.
  • Ease of use: Starting an electric cordless leaf blower is as simple as pushing a button.
  • Low maintenance: The motor of a cordless leaf blower requires far less maintenance compared to the engine of a gasoline model. It comes down to the occasional cleaning and taking care of the battery.
  • Lightweight & compact: These cordless leaf blowers are easy to wield and store because they don’t take up much room.

Power

battery powered leaf blower

A leaf blower works by sucking in air on one end and blowing it out at the other side through a nozzle. Electric cordless leaf blowers feature a motor to spin a high-speed fan.

The motor’s power is expressed in Watts, where a higher value signifies a more powerful motor. Yet two values are more important in determining how efficient a blower actually is: MPH and CMF.

Miles Per Hour: MPH refers to the speed at which the air exits the blower’s nozzle. A higher rate is of course better, meaning the air-stream will have more force to push leaves and debris around.

Cubic Feet Per Minute: CFM refers to the blower’s capability in moving air around as it pertains to volume. A lower CFM rating means you can move less mass at a time and the blower might struggle with damp or wet leaves stuck together.

For a powerful and effective cordless leaf blower, you want both MPH and CFM values to be high.

Portability

rechargeable leaf blower

All the cordless leaf blowers we’ve reviewed are portable and han-dheld models. For most applications, you’ll operate the blower single-handedly, which means you have to hold the full weight of the unit with one hand.

Compact dimensions and a low weight will make this more comfortable, especially when you operate the device for longer. A smaller leaf blower is also easier to store and transport.

However, portability commonly comes at a cost as more compact units are less powerful. A smaller motor and battery mean less air volume and reduced runtime.

Battery

The battery enables a cordless leaf blower to operate without an outlet. It determines how long you can operate the device, while also contributing to the overall weight. Ideally, you’ll want a high capacity battery with fast recharging time and low weight.

If you want to operate the leaf blower for extended time, consider getting a backup battery. Capacity for batteries is measured in Ampere hours, or Ah for short. A higher value signifies a larger capacity.

Translating capacity into runtime depends on the individual motor and possible power setting.

Nickel-Cadmium or Ni-Cad batteries are cheaper and heavier with the disadvantage of a power and performance drop as the battery runs low at the end of its charge.

This is why manufacturers favor Lithium-Ion or li-ion batteries. They are much lighter, deliver a consistent power output and can be recharged much faster.

Electric current is measured in Voltage, or V for short. A battery with a higher voltage is able to run a more powerful motor.

Noise

Cordless leaf blowers are generally less noisy than gas-powered models, but noise is still an issue.

While it’s a matter of courtesy to your neighbors not to operate your blower at odd hours, many cities have regulations in place regarding operating times and noise levels. Check with your municipality if in doubt.

The intensity of sound is measured in decibel, or dB for short. It’s commonly measured at a distance of 10 feet. For comparison, the rate of normal conversation is around 60 dB, whereas a lawn mower would be around 90 dB.

Cordless leaf blowers commonly are more quiet than that. A 85 dB sound means you have to raise your voice to be heard over it, and can cause hearing loss if you’re exposed to it for longer.

Extras

battery operated leaf blowerbattery operated leaf blower

These are nice-to-have features on a cordless leaf blower, but should not be deciding factors when picking the best cordless leaf blower for your needs.

Some models come with a turbo button for quick burst of high-powered air. An ergonomic handle with rubber overmold allows you to keep a good grip on the nozzle with reduced vibration.

A power lockout gives you the option to block the power button so the leaf blower cannot be turned on accidentally or unintentionally, for example in transport.

Some models feature a range of exchangeable nozzles for a variety of garden tasks or other blower applications, such as in a workshop.

FAQs: About Cordless Leaf Blowers

FAQs About Cordless Battery Leaf Blower

Q: How does a cordless leaf blower work?

A: A leaf blower is a gardening tool that pushes a powerful stream of air out of a nozzle with which you can move leaves or grass cuttings around.

These air blowers are also suitable for cleaning up sawdust or other debris. Leaf blowers feature a motor that is either powered by gasoline or electricity.

Electric models require a power source, and because using an outlet would require a long and impractical extension cord, manufacturers use rechargeable batteries. The models we have reviewed are all electric battery-powered cordless leaf blowers.

Q: What are the advantages of a battery-powered cordless leaf blower?

A: In comparison to gas-powered and corded models, cordless leaf blowers are lightweight, compact and more portable with no emissions and less noise. They’re easy to start and use and require little maintenance.

Q: What do all these terms mean: MPH, CFM, Ah, V?

A: These terms refer to the power of the motor and the battery of a cordless leaf blower. MPH stands for miles per hour and specifies at which speed the air-stream comes out of the nozzle.

However, this tells you little about the blower’s actual power, since a small nozzle might went air very quickly while being practically ineffective. CFM means cubic feet per minute and specifies the volume of air a blower can move per minute.

A larger number is better, meaning there is more air coming out of the nozzle. A powerful leaf blower will have high values for both MPH and CFM. Ah specifies Ampere hours and is the capacity of the battery.

A higher capacity means you can run the motor for longer. V for Voltage is another battery measurement. With higher voltage, a battery can produce more electrical current and therefore power a more demanding motor.

Q: What is the correct way to use a cordless leaf blower?

A: Many people think a leaf blower can fully replace a garden rake, but this is not the case. However, proper use of a leaf blower makes the job of raking leaves easier.

You should use your leaf blower to gather loose leaves, grass or debris in one big pile or a few smaller piles, then rake them onto a tarp or into a basket. It’s not effective to use a leaf blower for moving an entire large pile across a yard.

Chances are that the battery won’t last long enough. Correct leaf blower use means less noise and less battery power consumed.

Q: What maintenance does a cordless leaf blower require?

A: General tips for cordless leaf blowers are: don’t leave it in the rain, don’t drop it, and don’t block the air in-take. You should avoid any debris or loose material getting stuck in the fan that sucks up air.

Keep the air intake and the blower in general clean and fully the manufacturer’s instructions regarding cleaning, maintenance, and battery charging. Avoid overcharging or fully draining the battery.

For long-term storage, fully charge the battery, then take it out of the unit and avoid extreme temperatures.

Q: Is there any other equipment I need?

A: A cordless leaf blower is a straightforward way to assemble loose leaves in your garden into a pile. But in order to easily collect them and gather them up for composting or disposal, you still need a garden rake and tarp or leaf basket.

Regardless of the noise emission level of your leaf blower, you should wear ear protection when working with a leaf blower for extended time.

The Mpow Noise Reduction Safety Ear Muffs or the Neiko Safety Ear Muffs effectively shield your hearing from noise. If you’re blowing dust or other fine particles, wear goggles and a dust mask.

Conclusion

A cordless leaf blower can definitely save you time and effort when you’re living on smaller or medium-sized property and are cleaning up after few trees.

Leaf blowers can also perform tasks that a simple garden rake can’t do, such as cleaning flower beds, paths, gutters, or decks.

If you require a heavy-duty model, check out our editor’s pick; the medium power blowers are great for lighter tasks, and the light sweepers work well on hard surfaces.

Use our guide in making your selection and save time with the best cordless leaf blower!

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Rich Remick

I work part time as an IT security consultant. Luckily I can work from anywhere so I go back and forth between Colorado and Florida. I get my fix of skiing, hiking and camping in Colorado in the Dillion area, and when I am in Florida you can usually find me on the water either paddleboarding or kayaking. My recent passion is scuba diving, I got certified a few years ago and "get wet" as frequently as I can.

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