In this guide we’ll take a look at the best garden vacuums for the UK market.
I’ve compared power, weight, functions and cost
to give you my top recommendations.
What is the Best Garden Vacuum?
In a rush? Here’s my top choice…
Best garden vacuum on the market
The VonHaus 3-in-1 Leaf Blower, Garden Vacuum & Mulcher makes maintaining the garden an absolute breeze. It’s a lightweight, efficient garden vacuum, and the 3-in-1 blower-vacuum-mulcher design is a real time saver.
Things to Know Before Buying a Garden Vacuum
Garden vacuums are great for clearing the lawn and neatening the appearance of your garden.
If, like me, you love looking after your lawn, you’ll understand the joy of seeing it look like a pristine bowling green. And you’ll know how frustrating it can be when it gets clogged with ugly garden matter. Similarly, decking, and patios can be fly-traps for soggy leaves; risking tainting the wood or becoming hotbeds for insects.
If you want to buy a garden vacuum (the ideal tool for clearing up the aforementioned rotten leaves and other garden debris) check out the tips below to help you make an informed purchase.
You need to make sure that your garden vacuum is powerful enough for the task in hand – but you don’t want it to be too powerful as you’ll waste power and money.
If you have a small garden, you don’t need a vacuum with the same amount of power as if you had a larger garden. The best garden vacuum for you will have 2500 to 2700 w of power. The Q Garden QGBV2500 and the Bosch ALS 2500 are two vacuum options in this review which would be suitable for a smaller garden (that said, they’ll also work efficiently in a larger space!).
If you have a larger garden, you want your garden vacuum to be more efficient over big areas. For this reason, more power comes in handy; you don’t want to be there all day with a vacuum that only picks up debris directly in front of the nozzle! Look for something with 3000 w of power to be sure that it’ll work well in your garden. The Worx WG501E in this review is an extremely powerful garden vacuum.
Having said all this, I do believe that the best garden vacuum for any size garden is the VonHaus 3-in-1. It might be on the powerful side for a small garden at 3000 w, but it’s lightweight and inexpensive to buy, meaning you can get the job done quickly and not waste money. Similarly, its power and weight makes it ideal for use in a large garden – you won’t tire easily and it’ll work efficiently.
We are generally conditioned to think that a higher price means a better product.
In many cases, this is true, but it’s not the only factor you should consider.
It is much better to think about value for money: how many useful settings you are getting for the price, and how beneficial they will be for your specific needs.
There are many reasonably priced garden vacuums on the market which offer a good combination of features, power and value for money. My top pick, the VonHaus 3-in-1, is by no means the most expensive vacuum on the list; however, it’s a quality product with the ability to vacuum, blow and mulch, and has 3000 w of power. The most expensive garden vacuum on this list, the Bosch ALS 2500, is from a reputable and trusted brand, offers 2500 w of power, but is the heaviest option.
Therefore, it’s much better to critically evaluate the specifications of the garden vacuum you are thinking to buy, against your specific needs, rather than take price as the sole indicator of how well the vacuum will perform for you in your garden.
Garden vacuums are designed to draw up debris from the garden. This should mostly consist of leaves, but it might extend to small twigs and other items. As a result, you want to make sure that the garden vacuum is of a high enough quality to be up to the job.
It’s worth remembering that quality doesn’t only extend to the physical condition of the product, but also the availability of quality customer assistance from the manufacturer. Known brands, such as Bosch and Black and Decker will have customer support services on hand if you need to discuss any issues with your product.
When using a garden vacuum you want the product to feel sturdy. For me, this was a good indicator of quality when reviewing these products. For example, I found that the FlyMo Garden Vac didn’t feel as stable as its competitors.
Understandably, this is something that it’s hard to get a feel for without using the vacuum yourself, so I advise checking reviews and talking to customers who have used the products.
You might just have thought you were after a garden vacuum, but many of them come with blowing and mulching features available.
If you’re going to the effort of buying a garden vacuum you should make sure that it also comes with these features. Mulching can come in extremely useful to make sure that the collection bag doesn’t fill up too fast, it’s also great for creating material to compost and fertilise your garden with. A leaf-blowing feature makes it a lot easier to shift debris from sites where you can’t use the vacuum – for example on stony surfaces. Once blown away from such surfaces, the vacuum can be used.
Do be careful not to vacuum up stones or hard objects, as these can damage the internal working of the garden vacuum.
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More Detailed Garden Vacuum Reviews
VonHaus 3-in-1 Leaf Blower, Garden Vacuum & Mulcher Review
The VonHaus 3-in-1 Leaf Blower, Garden Vacuum & Mulcher is the best garden vacuum on the market – hands down!
VonHaus is a trusted brand when it comes to outdoor products. Their popularity only continues to grow, and it’s clear to see why when they consistently deliver quality power tools like this garden vaccum.
This user-friendly tool makes it a easy to vacuum, blow and mulch your leaves (as well as other garden waste). It’s not too bulky, which can be a problem with other models, and, weighing in at only 4.2 kg, it won’t make your wrist ache either like heavier competitors.
Furthermore, its top-of-the-range, super-powerful 3000 w motor makes it an absolute breeze (excuse the pun) to clear your lawn.
Although the collection bag is smaller than that of some models; it has a 35 L capacity whereas others have up to 45 L, the mulching feature comes into its own. It breaks up your waste into such tiny pieces, making it much more compact, that the difference in capacity really isn’t noticeable.
Overall, I couldn’t be more impressed with this model, and it’s taken the market by storm. If you want a powerful garden vacuum that is both multi-functional and affordable, look no further than the VonHaus 3-in-1 Leaf Blower, Garden Vacuum & Mulcher.
Q Garden QGBV2500 Leaf Blower Vacuum Review
The Q Garden QGBV2500 is one of the best value-for-money garden vacuums on the market. It might not be the most well-known garden brand, but what it lacks in notoriety, it makes up for in excellent performance, quality and value.
Let’s be honest, if you simply want to make picking up leaves or garden matter a bit easier, you don’t need an expensive, industrial piece of kit. You want something with good power, that’s light enough to carry and is relatively inexpensive – this is where the Q Garden QGBV2500 ticks all the boxes.
It’s got plenty of power with a 2500 w motor, weighs only 4.2 kg (making it one of the lightest garden vacuums I reviewed), and is also the cheapest option.
This garden vacuum has a handy shoulder strap and a thoughtfully-designed handle; it gives you excellent control over the unit. In my experience I only needed to swap hands after about half an hour, but can go for well over an hour without having to put it down. The same can’t be said for heavier models!
The garden vacuum mulches as it goes. As a result, the 45 L collection bag has more than enough capacity to handle a medium-sized garden. I would recommend investing in a face mask though, because dry leaves can make quite a bit of dust when they travel through the unit.
Overall, I’m incredibly happy with my purchase and can’t recommend this model highly enough. It’s certainly the best garden vacuum on a budget.
Hyundai HYBV3000E 3-in-1 3000W Electric Leaf Blower Vacuum & Shredder Review
I’ve selected the Hyundai HYBV3000E 3-in-1 3000W Electric Leaf Blower Vacuum & Shredder as another great contender on this list of best garden vacuums.
It has a powerful 3000 w electric motor, and offers you the ability to choose the right airspeed for your job: from 62 – 186 mph. This puts the control in your hands, making clearing your lawn, patio or driveway an absolute pleasure – you can also avoid blasting leaves around unnecessary!
It’s super lightweight, weighing just 3.3 kg, has a generous 12 m cord and sizeable 45 L collection bag. These are all market-leading features for everything that’s important in a garden vacuum – and this Hyundai model has them all!
Combine that with the ability to blow garden waste away, or finely shred whatever gets vacuumed in, and you’ve got yourself one of the best, most practical garden power tools on offer.
Having personally used this model over the last 6 months, I couldn’t be happier with its performance on both the artificial grass in my back garden, and the real grass at the front.
Say goodbye to messy leaves, twigs and waste; and hello to a clean, bright garden! The lightweight, adjustable Hyundai HYBV3000E 3-in-1 3000W Electric Leaf Blower Vacuum & Shredder is an excellent choice for a garden vacuum that will really make your life easy.
Worx WG501E Blower, Mulcher and Vacuum Review
If you’re looking for a powerful, high-end garden vacuum that will efficiently clear garden waste, the Worx WG501E is an excellent choice.
You can blow away matter at speeds of 210 mph, and vacuum it up at a rate of 63 L per minute. The mulcher compacts down the waste at a ratio of 10:1. Pretty impressive!
With a 3000 w motor, it’s got some serious power behind it; 500 w more power than the Q Garden QGBV2500. However, it does weight 6 kg which is 1.8kg heavier than the other model. Despite this, Worx claim it’s the only blower-vacuum that can be used with just one hand. Whilst I wouldn’t like to comment on the accuracy of their statement, I have noted that this garden vacuum is cleverly designed with an ergonomic and comfortable-looking handle.
The Worx WG501E garden vacuum also has a patented angled nose. This unquestionably aids performance when sucking up debris and means you can avoid doing too much bending working in uncomfortable positions.
In my opinion, purely in terms of performance, the Worx WG501E is the best garden vacuum on the market. However, there are other factors at play and reasons I haven’t chosen it as the top pick: it’s bit more expensive, and it’s heavy. There are other all-round products which are cheaper and still do a good job. So it really comes down to your needs and your budget.
My garden is relatively small, so the Q Garden QGBV2500 suited me fine. If yours is medium to large, with lots of trees that create piles of leaves in the autumn, the Worx WG501E is probably the best option for you. Both products are top draw, but simply cater to different needs.
Bosch ALS 2500 Electric Garden Blower and Vacuum Review
The Bosch ALS 2500 has some very good features, and comes from one of the most reliable and trusted brands in the UK.
Additionally, this garden vacuum has the largest collection bag on my list, at 45 L, meaning it’s definitely capable of clearing a large garden in one go. Need more convincing? I can keep going! In addition to all the previously mentioned attributes, it has a solid reputation for dealing with even the most troublesome sticky, wet leaves.
So far, this garden vacuum is ticking all the right boxes. But there is one main snag:
Weighing in at 7 kg, it isn’t light. It’s also the most expensive vacuum on my list, albeit by just a few pounds. For this reason I haven’t chosen it as my top pick.
However, if you like the reliability of a trusted brand, with the assurance of top customer service, the Bosch ALS 2500 may well be the best garden vacuum for you. It’s also a best seller so you wouldn’t be alone in making this great purchase!
Black & Decker GW2500-GB Corded Blower Vacuum Review
Next up for review is the Black + Decker GW2500. This garden vacuum offers a great combination: good features, backed up by a trusted brand.
It another strong contender, offering excellent power with a 2500 w motor. The vacuum’s shredding fan makes light work of easily compacting garden matter, and it uses a conversion system of two tubes for use as both a blower and as a garden hoover.
It weighs 6 kg, so it’s not the heaviest garden vacuum I’ve reviewed, but it’s not the lightest either; however, it’s well regarded amongst owners who commonly state it’s very easy to use.
The main reason that this product hasn’t taken the spot of ‘top pick’ is because of its rather steep price tag. However, if you can catch a price drop on Amazon you might be able to bag yourself a bargain with this one. See today’s price here.
The Black + Decker GW2500 is trustworthy garden vacuum from a reputable brand. It will blow, vacuum and mulch without issue, and you’re sure to be using it for many years.
Flymo GardenVac Electric Garden Blower Vacuum Review
The Flymo FLGV2700 GardenVac seems to be a popular choice, with a lot of people purchasing this garden vacuum. Its popularity is what lead me to review it, and, in my opinion, it’s a good product.
It’s more powerful than a lot of the other garden vacuums I have reviewed here, boasting a power of 2700 w. It’s also considerably lighter than a lot of models (here’s looking at you, Bosch ALS 2500), weighing only 4.3 kg.
The collection bag is also a generously-sized 40 L. This gives plenty of scope for getting a lot of work done without having to stop to empty the bag.
However, I would say that this isn’t the best garden vacuum I have tested, as it doesn’t quite have the sturdiness of its competitors. This is something which I feel is crucial; after all, the whole purpose of a garden vacuum is to chew up and spit out tough garden matter.
In conclusion, the Flymo FLGV2700 GardenVac is a reasonably good garden vacuum which will do the job; however, but it didn’t shine for me in any particular area.
Garden Vacuum FAQ
Yes. You can use a garden vacuum to collect cut grass after you have mown the lawn. Ideally, vacuum the grass when it is dry, as wet grass can clump and be difficult to collect.
Garden vacuums are extremely useful tools for sucking up organic debris from your garden. That said, be careful not to use them on surfaces which may have stones present – garden vacuums aren’t designed to clear stones and they can easily damage the inside workings of the machine.
If you want to clear leaves from a stony surface, first blow the leaves onto softer terrain like grass. Then vacuum them.
It’s not advisable to use a garden vacuum on artificial grass. A lot of garden vacuums have very strong suction and will likely damage artificial grass. With living grass this isn’t such a problem as it grows back, but once artificial grass is damaged it’s much harder to replace.