In this guide we’ll take a look at the best cordless leaf blowers for the UK market.
I’ve compared weight, power, battery life and cost
to give you my top recommendations.
What Is The Best Cordless Leaf Blower?
In a rush? Here’s my top choice…
Super powerful, lightweight leaf blower with great battery life!
This Bosch ALB 36 LI Cordless Leaf Blower is a powerful, cordless machine with a battery life of 25 minutes when used on full power. You can adjust its air speed between 170 km/h and 250km/h making it versatile and adaptable to a range of tasks. It’s also lightweight and quick to recharge.
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Bosch ALB 36 LI Cordless Leaf Blower Review
The Bosch leaf blower is the best cordless leaf blower in my opinion because it combines a lightweight machine with fierce power PLUS an environmentally-friendly, rechargeable lithium battery.
Battery performance is one of the most important aspects of a cordless leaf blower. No-one wants to wait around for the battery to recharge when only half the garden is done, right?
Fortunately, this Bosch model won’t leave you hanging around!
This cordless leaf blower has a 36 V lithium battery which chucks out a lot of power, whilst also delivering a long run time of 25 minutes on full power. That’s plenty enough time to get those leaves under control! What’s more, it has a very reasonable recharge time of only 70 minutes.
You can also change the air speed, making it adaptable for a range of jobs; from clearing up heavy, wet leaves to shifting fine dust from the garage floor.
The speed settings allow you to choose air speeds 170 km/h and 250km/h. This is great news for those of us who have choked in a garage dust-storm with an inferior one-speed leaf blower.
Bosch tools have a great reputation. One of the handy features of their products is that the battery will fit all Bosch tools in the same voltage range.
Nice work, Bosch! If you have other 36 V Bosch tools, I would advise that you charge a spare battery as you work. You’ll always have a back-up battery in case your job lasts longer than you expect, and you won’t have to stop in the middle. Unless you fancy a cup of tea!
Lightweight at 2.4 kg, cordless, and packing a good amount of power, this Bosch leaf blower is my top pick. It’s the best cordless leaf blower on the market, not least because of its fairly quiet operation and easy storage.
Makita DUB182Z Cordless Leaf Blower Review
Makita’s powerful cordless leaf blower makes tidying up even easier, not only acting as a leaf blower, but also a vacuum!
This cordless leaf blower is powered by an 18 V lithium battery that’ll re-charge within the hour – that’s a pretty speedy charging time!
Battery run-time depends on how much power you force out of it. It’s a pretty powerful battery which is capable of reaching some high speeds.
Understandably, if you’re using it on a faster setting, the battery will die quicker.
So, if you’re shifting wet leaves on the max 170 km/h setting, reviews say it’ll last around 15 minutes. This is plenty of time to get the majority of jobs done if you plan them well.
However, if you’re clearing sawdust then you can double that run time! What’s more, if you have other compatible Makita tools, you can transfer their battery across and use the leaf blower for even longer.
Practicality-wise, switching between air-flow settings is simple: Makita have fitted the leaf blower with an air-volume switch that enables you to choose between high, medium and low speeds with ease.
I would say that one of the best things about this compact cordless leaf blower is its vacuum function; get 2 x 1 and great value for money – this leaf blower doubles as a hoover!
You can use it to vacuum the car after a beach trip, hoover up the dust from your work van, or blast leaves and debris from your pathways – it’s all possible. Just make sure you’ve got the right setting before pressing go!
I like this cordless leaf blower for its versatility and lightweight design – it’s a pleasure to hold and doesn’t make your arms ache at only 1.5 kg!
VonHaus Cordless Leaf Blower Review
This VonHaus cordless leaf blower is a quiet, non-disruptive leaf blower which won’t disturb your neighbours.
Packing 20 V from a lithium battery (needs to be bought separately!) this cordless leaf blower will last around 15 minutes. That’s plenty of time to clear the lawn really. If you want to do more, the battery only takes an hour to recharge – perfect to take a lunch break and come back to it!
However, if you’re in a rush you can just swap out the interchangeable battery with another fully charged if you own other compatible Von Haus tools.
The removable nozzle concentrates the blow power so you can ‘spot’ exactly where you want to aim the air, plus storage is made much easier by simply taking it off.
Enjoyably, this leaf blower is very lightweight at just 1.85 kg. Plus, it has a comfortable rubber handle. All in all, therefore, it’s not taxing to use it for extended periods of time.
This lightweight leaf blower will clear your garden of leaves without redistributing the gravel, blow dust from the back of a van, and clear up grass clippings with ease.
DEWALT DCV100-XJ Cordless Leaf Blower Review
This Dewalt leaf blower is one the best cordless leaf blowers around because it’s lightweight, extremely durable and packs 18 V of power.
It’s powerful enough to clear your garden of leaves PLUS capable of inflating a blow-up bed or your kid’s space hopper safely. Pretty neat for a leaf blower!
It has an airspeed of 80 m/s, and the trigger switch means it’s easy to turn on of off quickly. The switch also has a lock so you can be sure not to accidentally blast your pile of leaves back across the patio. All this power is provided by a lithium battery that’s easily recharged.
Leaf blowing can be hard work so a lightweight machine is important. This Dewalt machine only weighs 1.3 kg and has been designed to be compact and manoeuvrable.
It’s so light you can complete your jobs and get on with weeding afterwards (if you want to)! The lightweight aspect makes this a great choice for anyone with mobility issues or arthritic hands.
A battery needs to be purchased separately, but if you have other Dewalt tools with slide-pack batteries they are transferrable amongst products. Interchangeable batteries are a sign of great brands.
So, you don’t get a battery, but you do get a round nozzle, nozzle extension, and an air inflator/deflator attachment with a flexible end. This makes it a versatile tool that can take the place of a pump, broom, or rake. You can even use it to dry off your car on wash day.
It’s a fantastic leaf blower that will also ensure you never come up short when your children suddenly want the paddling pool inflated! Say hello to an effortlessly tidy garden with this lightweight leaf blower.
Ryobi OBL1820S Cordless Leaf Blower Review
The Ryobi cordless leaf blower is a great buy. It’s lightweight, easy to handle, and delivers an extremely powerful performance!
First off be aware that, as with some other leaf blowers on this list, this comes without a battery or charger. However, this is reflected in the price.
It’s worth noting that Ryobi tools are very good quality and, as a result, usually come with a hefty price tag.
So what Ryobi has done is design a series of tools which use the same ONE+ battery type. You can buy this battery as a starter kit and it’ll power all your Ryobi tools. What this means is that they’re able to sell their products “bare” (without a battery), like this leaf blower, for a more affordable price.
Once supplied with an 18 V lithium battery, this leaf blower punches out 245 km/h of airflow. That’s powerful enough to blast dry leaves and pigeon poo from your paved areas to your heart’s content.
It’s especially effective if you use the included high-speed nozzle that concentrates all the power onto one spot.
Powerful cordless leaf blowers can be quite heavy, but the Ryobi only weighs 2.21 kg. Additionally, if you are worried about holding it for long periods of time, this model has an over-moulded handle to make sure you’re comfortable. That’s a nice touch from Ryobi.
This is an well-priced cordless leaf blower with an extremely powerful airflow speed and handy ‘spot’ nozzle for really concentrating on difficult areas.
Things to Know Before Buying a Cordless Leaf Blower
Using a cordless leaf blower will make a myriad of jobs much easier.
They’re great for clearing up leaves (as you may expect), but they can also be used for other jobs like clearing out guttering, drying your car after washing, clearing snow and levelling out gravel. What’s more, if you have a suitable attachment, you can even use your leaf blower to inflate blow-up beds and paddling pools!
So, leaf blowers are great. But how do you work out which is the best cordless leaf blower for you to buy?
Check out the following tips to help you make an informed purchase:
An electric cordless leaf blower is lightweight and powerful. So, why’s it better than other leaf blowers? Well, no cords to trip you up and no heavy petrol motor to carry!
A cordless leaf blower can be used for so many tasks (some may surprise you!), here are just a few:
- Clear up leaves
- Clean lawn equipment
- Clear out guttering
- Clear light snow
- Dry your car
- Dry patio furniture
- Level out gravel
- Clear a garage of sawdust
- Clear out a work van
- Clear spider webs from your shed
- Blow grass edge clippings back onto the border
- Inflate a paddling pool/blow-up bed (with the right attachment)
All this with zero emissions and no risk of tripping over a cable – why would you not buy one?
Cordless leaf blowers are simple to use and with some forethought you can choose the best one for your circumstances.
Run time is one of the most important aspects of a cordless leaf blower. The battery only has a finite amount of electricity to call upon. (Well, there did have to be a small caveat for having the freedom to move about your property without trailing cables everywhere, I guess!)
A larger battery will give you more run time. 36 V batteries are the largest and often give you over 45 minutes of blow time on full power. They can also be quite heavy, however.
Smaller batteries, such as an 18 V battery, are lighter and cheaper but you won’t get as much time from them between charging.
One way you can get around problems caused by short run times is by buying a second battery.
The best cordless leaf blowers have lithium-ion batteries which quickly recharge. However, to save even more time, you can keep a second battery on standby and swap it when the first runs out.
Many tool companies such as Bosch and Dewalt use the same battery type for a range of tools so you may find you already have a compatible battery in your garage.
Using less powerful air-flow settings allows longer run times. Blasting leaves and gravel about obviously shortens the run, so the trick is to use the least amount of power you can to complete the job in hand.
In general, a lithium ion battery will take about an hour to charge completely, but if you’re in a rush you can get short bursts from a partial charge.
As we’ve seen above, interchangeable batteries are a great way to manage charge and run times, so do check if you have tools from a certain brand which features interchangeable compatible batteries. Buying a leaf blower from the same brand could also mean you don’t have to buy a separate battery, potentially making your bank balance very happy.
You’ll find that charging time is shortened if you look after the battery. Keep yours in steady temperatures, don’t allow it to bake in the sun or freeze during frosts. If the battery feels hot during use, stop for a bit and allow it to cool down.
A hot battery can be a sign that it’s losing charge power.
Another good tip is to stop using the machine before the battery runs out entirely. Lithium-ion batteries are not meant to run down to zero charge. Leaving 10% charge in place means it’ll stay healthy and take less time to charge up.
During the winter, if you’re not planning to use your blower, keep it on around half charge to protect the battery.
The speed of the air flow varies according to the power of your battery. The more powerful your battery the greater the blow speed.
A 36 V machine will give you the greatest power – the Bosch leaf blower has a 36 V battery and max air flow speed of 250 km/h. This is enough to shift turf and heavy wet piles of leaves.
This type of power is useful to tackle heavy leaf fall or to blow gravel and stone back onto your driveway after the dog has sent them flying.
Variable air flow speed is a really desirable function in a cordless leaf blower. Lower speeds allow you to clear soft shavings and dust from indoor areas such as a woodworker’s shed or a garage, for example.
Wood shavings are light as a feather so you only need a little power to blow them into a pile. Using a one-speed machine can create more mess, sending them everywhere.
Having a machine with variable speeds also gives you the option to get the battery lasting longer. If you have the option of a lower speed, you can be more conservative with how much power you to use for each job and only use the minimum necessary.
Clearing up mess is boring, I won’t lie. And what makes a boring job worse is getting tired. Therefore, a lightweight manoeuvrable cordless leaf blower is a must.
When deciding on weight you should size up your garden. The larger your space the larger the machine will need to be – unless you’re willing to invest in a number of batteries.
Smaller areas or garage clear-ups only require a small machine. (Yes, it’s fun to pull the trigger and get a blast of raw power, but it’s not necessary, John Wayne!) A small motor and small battery keep the weight down.
Smaller lightweight machines are also more suitable for people with conditions like arthritis or mobility issues. If this is you, but you’re looking at a large area, invest in a strap to take the weight from your wrist.
Brand name tools offer straps to fit their machines and it’s worth asking if there’s a compatible strap before making your purchase. Alternatively, take inspiration from my father who has an ancient strap from his mid-life crisis electric guitar. He uses this to haul around his cordless garden tools – it does the trick!
Of course, if you do ultimately purchase a heavier leaf blower and need to take regular breaks – it at least gives you the opportunity to take plenty of tea-and-biscuit breaks without feeling guilty. You might prefer this option!
This might seem obvious – you pull the trigger and chase leaves across the lawn, right?
Well, absolutely – that is the basic idea. But there are tricks that’ll help you make less mess and cut down on gardening time.
First up, wear some thick gloves because even the most compact of leaf blowers tend to vibrate and this can make your hands feel sore and tingly.
Some folk like to use goggles and ear defenders too. These are a good idea because the air blasting from a blower can be in excess of 250 km/h, that’s enough to send stones flying and create a fair amount of noise.
Always be safe, don’t take short cuts and don’t fall in the pond!
Is it windy?
It’s best to move leaf fall on still days or when the wind is blowing in the right direction to help your efforts. Blowing against the wind is pointless.
Is it raining or has it recently rained?
Wet leaves are harder to move than dry ones. You can test how difficult it’ll be by using your cordless blower on a pile of wet and soggy leaves. If it won’t move easily clear out the garage instead – or go to the pub.
Perhaps it’s a still and sunny day? Perfect.
Choose a spot where you can gather your leaves and place a tarpaulin or your garden waste bags there. Don’t choose a seating area, this could take a while and if the in-laws come over you’ll have to move your pile.
Technique and Tactics
If you have a spare compatible battery, stick in on charge whilst using the leaf blower. If you do need to change batteries, you won’t have to waste any waiting around.
Blow leaves in one direction or you’ll end up moving them all around your garden.
The best way to position your blower is at your side with the nozzle pointing at the ground. Holding it like a machine gun is fun to start with but it gets tiring and simply blows leaves way too far. You want to chase them firmly to the waste pile with slow side to side movements as you step forward.
Put a piece of tarp down on the ground – you can blow the leaves onto this tarp and then bundle it up at the end.
Top Tip – Accept that the blower won’t shift every single leaf, you will need to rake up the stragglers if they bother you.
Once you have a pile, don’t bin it – compost it!
Leaf mould is the best plant booster. Gardeners call it ‘black gold’ and it’s perfect for topping up pots and borders. Pop your leaves into bags and let them decompose over a year for crumbly super-charged compost.
If you’re using a cordless leaf blower to shift dust, use the same technique but on the lowest blow setting you have otherwise it’ll create a choking dust storm. You may want to spray areas down a little to stop clouds of dust settling in your lungs.
I hope that’s helped you choose a suitable cordless leaf blower. They really are great little machines with a variety of uses. Once you have one, you’ll wonder how you ever managed without it.
Cordless Leaf Blower FAQ
Unless you’re interested in doing some industrial-level leaf clearing, a battery-powered leaf blower should be sufficient. Petrol leaf blowers are much louder, emit fumes and are heavier. Therefore, you’ll probably find it more practical to opt for a battery model – batteries last for approximately 30 minutes which is enough time to get most jobs done.
The problem with being chained to a cord is that you are restricted in your movements around the garden. Most of the time you’ll have to use an extension cable. Even with an extension cable it’s possible to find yourself running out of tether. A cordless leaf blower offers much more flexibility – you’ll never find yourself chasing a leaf and then being yanked back by the cable!
Dead leaves are great for composting. They create a very rich compost which will be excellent for fertilising the garden. Leaves may take between 6 and 12 months to decompose, so leave them in your compost heap or somewhere where they can be left safely for this time.