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?
More Detailed Cordless Leaf Blower Reviews
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 and an environmentally friendly rechargeable lithium battery.
One of the most important aspects of a cordless leaf blower is battery performance. Who wants to wait around for a recharge when only half the garden is done?
This Bosch cordless leaf blower has a 36-volt lithium battery which chucks out a lot of power with a long run time of 25 minutes on full power and a recharge time of 70 minutes. That’s plenty enough time to get those leaves under control.
You’ve also got variable wheel-controlled air speed for a range of jobs such as clearing up heavy, wet leaves or fine dust from the garage floor.
This top of the range Bosch cordless leaf blower is adjustable from 170kmh to 250kmh. Great news for those of us who have choked in a garage sawdust snowstorm with an inferior one-speed leaf blower.
Bosch tools have a great reputation and one of the handy aspects is that the battery fits all Bosch tools in the same voltage range.
Nice work Bosch! If you have other 36-volt Bosch tools, charge a spare battery as you work. This’ll make sure you don’t have to stop unless you fancy a cup of tea.
Lightweight at 2.4kgs, cordless and packing a good amount of power this Bosch leaf blower is my top pick as the best cordless leaf blower on the market, not least because its relatively quiet and I can remove the nozzle for easy storage.
DEWALT DCV100-XJ Cordless Leaf Blower Review
This Dewalt leaf blower is one the best cordless leaf blowers around because it’s lightweight, long lasting and can also be used to inflate bouncy castles!
This cordless leaf blower packs 18 volts of power which is enough to clear your garden of leaves and fill a kiddy’s inflatable bed or space hopper safely.
It has variable 80m/s airspeed with a trigger switch and lock so you don’t 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 1.3kgs and it’s designed to be manoeuvrable.
It’s so light you can complete your jobs and get on with the weeding afterward. 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 just use one of these and save yourself some cash. Interchangeable batteries are a sign of great brands.
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.
Say hello to an effortlessly tidy garden and happy bouncing kids with this lightweight leaf blower.
VonHaus Cordless Leaf Blower Review
This VonHaus cordless leaf blower is the best buy for residential areas or early risers as its one of the quietest around.
Packing 20 volts from a lithium battery this cordless leaf blower will last around 15 minutes which is plenty of time to clear the lawn. If you want to do more it only takes an hour to recharge.
That’s lunch sorted without feeling guilty! If you’re in a rush or on a diet just swap the interchangeable battery with another fully charged one from your other Von Haus tools.
I love the removable nozzle tube that concentrates blow power on a certain spot and makes storage a no brainer.
Lightweight at 1.85kg with a rubber handle that offers plenty of mobility and comfort this is one of my favourite cordless tools. 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.
This is one of the best cordless leaf blowers around with a two-year warranty that looks good in Von Haus’s traditional grey, black, and orange.
Ryobi OBL1820S Cordless Leaf Blower Review
The Ryobi cordless leaf blower is a great buy. It’s lightweight, easy to handle, and gets the job done without fuss.
First off, be aware that this comes without a battery or charger, but this is reflected in the price.
Ryobi tools are good quality and that usually comes with a hefty price tag, but this ‘bare tool’ leaf blower is great value. It’s one in a series of tools that use the same ONE+ battery. You can buy this battery as a starter kit and it’ll power all your Ryobi tools.
The 18-volt lithium battery punches out 245kmh of airflow. That’s powerful enough to blast dry leaves and pigeon poo from your paved areas, especially if you use the included high-speed nozzle that concentrates all the power onto one spot.
Powerful cordless leaf blowers are usually heavy but the Ryobi only weighs 2.21 kgs which is barely anything – but if you do struggle to use power tools this one has an over moulded handle to make sure you’re comfortable. That’s a nice touch from Ryobi.
This is an excellently priced cordless leaf blower that is one of the best budget picks to go for.
Makita DUB182Z Cordless Leaf Blower Review
Makita’s powerful cordless leaf blower is also a vacuum that makes tidying up a cinch.
This cordless leaf blower is powered by an 18-volt lithium battery that’ll re-charge within the hour.
Battery run-time depends on how much power you suck out. If you’re shifting wet leaves on the max 170kmh setting, reviews say it’ll last around 15 minutes, but if you’re clearing sawdust double that run time.
In fact, switching between air flow settings is simple as Makita have developed an air volume switch that enables you to choose between high, medium and low with ease.
One of the best things about this compact cordless leaf blower is its vacuum function.
Vacuum the car after a trip to the beach, blow out 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 multi-functionality and lightweight design, it’s a pleasure to hold and doesn’t make your arms ache at a skinny 1.5 kgs.
Cordless Leaf Blower Buying Guide
Cordless battery-powered leaf blowers are a versatile tool. Here are some of the tasks you can easily accomplish with a cordless leaf blower.
- 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 bouncy castle/inflatable bed
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.
Achieving A Decent Run Time
Run time is one of the most important aspects of a cordless leaf blower because you don’t have endless electricity to call upon. Something has to give for the freedom to move about your property without trailing cables everywhere.
A larger battery will give you more run time. 36-volt batteries are the largest and often give you over 45 minutes of blow time on full power. Smaller batteries such as an 18 volt are lighter and cheaper but you won’t get so much time.
One way you can get around short run time issues is buying a second battery.
The best cordless leaf blowers have lithium-ion batteries which quickly recharge, but what you can do is 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 for a range of tools so you may find you already have a 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.
How Long Do Lithium Batteries Take To Charge?
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 certain brand tools already, it could make your bank balance 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, but never use water to cool down a lithium battery as this will cause an explosion.
Another good tip is to stop 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.
What Is Blow Speed?
Blow speeds vary according to the power of your battery. The more powerful your battery the greater the blow speed.
A 36-volt machine will give you the greatest power – up to 250kmh on the Bosch machine above. This is enough to shift turf and heavy wet piles of leaves.
Blow speed is enhanced with a directional nozzle that pinpoints hurricane style power onto one spot.
This type of power is useful beneath a heavy leaf fall tree or to blow gravel and stone back onto your driveway after the delivery man has skidded across your perfectly level pebbles.
Variable blow speed is a really desirable function in a cordless leaf blower because lower speeds allow you to clear soft shavings and dust from indoor areas such as a woodworker’s shed 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.
How Much Do Leaf Blowers Weigh?
Clearing up mess is boring, I won’t lie. And what makes a boring job worse is getting tired. 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 before you purchase if weight is a consideration. My father has an ancient strap from his mid-life crisis electric guitar. He uses this to haul around his cordless garden tools.
Of course, purchasing a heavier leaf blower gives you the opportunity to take plenty of tea and cake breaks without feeling the pressure. You might prefer this option!
How To Use A Leaf Blower
This might seem obvious – you pull the trigger and chase leaves across the lawn, simple!
And you’d be right, 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.
It’s a good idea to put on some protective clothing too. Decent, sturdy footwear and long sleeves can keep you protected against blowback.
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 250kmh, 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!
Speaking of ear defenders, consider what time of day you’ll use the machine. Leaf blowers create noise and most neighbours don’t appreciate a 7.30 wakeup call on Sunday morning – or lots of dust and a deafening noise if they’re having a BBQ.
But let’s say its 10 am on Saturday and you’re ready to shift the leaves.
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.
Grab your battery, charge up the spare and get to work!
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.
Top Tip – Accept 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.