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10 Best Garden Vacuums to Clear Leaves & Debris (2021 Review)

Garden vacuums are one of those tools I didn’t realise I loved until I used one. I can transform my lawn from leafy to luscious in 20 minutes flat. However, with very subtle differences between the leading models, it can be hard to know which one is best to buy. Having spent countless hours in the research and testing phase, I’ve sussed out the most important features to look for, and which are the best models for different scenarios. Here’s what I discovered…

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Comparing The Best Garden Vacuums

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  • Best For
  • Vacuums, Blows & Mulches
  • Power
  • Shredding Ratio
  • Max. Blow Speed
  • Weight
  • Collection Bag
  • Cable Length
  • Cost
  • Our score
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  • Hyundai HYBV3000E Electric Leaf Blower Vacuum & ShredderHyundai HYBV3000E Electric Leaf Blower Vacuum & Shredder
    Hyundai HYBV3000E Electric Leaf Blower Vacuum & Shredder
    • Best garden vacuum overall
    • Vacuums, Blows & MulchesYes
    • Power3000W
    • Shredding Ratio10:1
    • Max. Blow Speed186mph
    • Weight3.3kg
    • Collection Bag45l
    • Cable Length12m
    • 4.44
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  • Flymo PowerVac Electric Garden Blower VacuumFlymo PowerVac Electric Garden Blower Vacuum
    Flymo PowerVac Electric Garden Blower Vacuum
    • Best for blower speed (192mph)
    • Vacuums, Blows & MulchesYes
    • Power3000W
    • Shredding Ratio16:1
    • Max. Blow Speed192mph
    • Weight4.8kg
    • Collection Bag45l
    • Cable Length10m
    • 4.38
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  • Terratek Leaf Blower, Garden Vacuum and ShredderTerratek Leaf Blower, Garden Vacuum and Shredder
    Terratek Leaf Blower, Garden Vacuum and Shredder
    • Best lightweight garden vacuum
    • Vacuums, Blows & MulchesYes
    • Power3000W
    • Shredding Ratio10:1
    • Max. Blow Speed167mph
    • Weight3kg
    • Collection Bag35l
    • Cable Length10m
    • 4.3
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  • BargainsGalore Electric Garden Vacuum Leaf BlowerBargainsGalore Electric Garden Vacuum Leaf Blower
    BargainsGalore Electric Garden Vacuum Leaf Blower
    • Best budget garden vacuum
    • Vacuums, Blows & MulchesYes
    • Power3200W
    • Shredding Ratio10:1
    • Max. Blow Speed167mph
    • Weight3kg
    • Collection Bag35l
    • Cable Length10m
    • 4.3
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  • Draper Storm Force Garden Vacuum Blower MulcherDraper Storm Force Garden Vacuum Blower Mulcher
    Draper Storm Force Garden Vacuum Blower Mulcher
    • Best for clearing small debris
    • Vacuums, Blows & MulchesYes
    • Power3000W
    • Shredding Ratio10:1
    • Max. Blow Speed167mph
    • Weight3.97kg
    • Collection Bag35l
    • Cable Length10m
    • 4.18
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  • VonHaus 3-in-1 Leaf Blower, Garden Vacuum & MulcherVonHaus 3-in-1 Leaf Blower, Garden Vacuum & Mulcher
    VonHaus 3-in-1 Leaf Blower, Garden Vacuum & Mulcher
    • Best garden vacuum for small gardens
    • Vacuums, Blows & MulchesYes
    • Power3000W
    • Shredding Ratio10:1
    • Max. Blow SpeedNot listed
    • Weight3.56kg
    • Collection Bag35l
    • Cable Length10m
    • 4.16
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  • Garden Gear Leaf Blower Vacuum & Shredder MulcherGarden Gear Leaf Blower Vacuum & Shredder Mulcher
    Garden Gear Leaf Blower Vacuum & Shredder Mulcher
    • Best for medium gardens
    • Vacuums, Blows & MulchesYes
    • Power3500W
    • Shredding Ratio10:1
    • Max. Blow Speed167mph
    • Weight3.7kg
    • Collection Bag45l
    • Cable Length10m
    • 4.12
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  • Q Garden QGBV2500 Leaf Blower VacuumQ Garden QGBV2500 Leaf Blower Vacuum
    Q Garden QGBV2500 Leaf Blower Vacuum
    • Best budget vacuum with large collection bag
    • Vacuums, Blows & MulchesYes
    • Power2500W
    • Shredding Ratio10:1
    • Max. Blow Speed167mph
    • Weight4.2kg
    • Collection Bag45l
    • Cable Length10m
    • 4.02
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  • Handy THEV Electric Leaf Blower Garden VacuumHandy THEV Electric Leaf Blower Garden Vacuum
    Handy THEV Electric Leaf Blower Garden Vacuum
    • Best for large or wet leaves
    • Vacuums, Blows & MulchesYes
    • Power3000W
    • Shredding Ratio10:1
    • Max. Blow SpeedNot listed
    • Weight4.9kg
    • Collection Bag45l
    • Cable Length10m
    • 3.92
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  • Bosch ALS 2500 Electric Garden Blower and VacuumBosch ALS 2500 Electric Garden Blower and Vacuum
    Bosch ALS 2500 Electric Garden Blower and Vacuum
    • Best cosmetic design (iconic Bosch green)
    • Vacuums, Blows & MulchesYes
    • Power2500W
    • Shredding Ratio10:1
    • Max. Blow Speed186mph
    • Weight4.4kg
    • Collection Bag45l
    • Cable Length10m
    • 3.92
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In-Depth Reviews of Our Recommended Garden Vacuums

Hyundai HYBV3000E Electric Leaf Blower Vacuum & ShredderHyundai HYBV3000E Electric Leaf Blower Vacuum & Shredder

Best garden vacuum overall

Design
Power
Practicality
Ease of Use
Value for Money
Overall
4.44
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Specifications

  • Vacuums, Blows & Mulches: Yes
  • Power: 3000W
  • Shredding Ratio: 10:1
  • Max. Blow Speed: 186mph
  • Weight: 3.3kg
  • Collection Bag: 45l
  • Cable Length: 12m

Unlike most vacuum/blowers, the Hyundai HYBV3000E Electric Leaf Blower Vacuum & Shredder has an angled nozzle which allows it to run parallel to the ground.

This angle is designed to help collect leaves, grass cuttings, and debris on hard surfaces whilst running the machine on its wheels. The design, combined with a 3000 w motor and variable airspeed (allowing a choice between 61 – 186 mph), results in a powerful tool that has been consciously designed just as one might expect from a brand like Hyundai.

Thanks to the adjustable power control, the Hyundai HYBV3000E can be used across a multitude of terrains – sucking leaves from gravel without hoovering up stones, clearing debris from decking, or blowing bark back onto flowerbeds.

It’s lightweight, weighing just 3.3 kg, and made even easier to manage thanks to the included shoulder strap. Plus, it seems Hyundai has paid attention to the needs of users by providing a longer power cable than most machines have – the 12 m cord gives a little bit more scope for moving around the garden than the standard 10 m cables.

With a 45 L collection bag, which empties from a zip at the bottom, this machine doesn’t need overly frequent emptying and is also easy to empty out without detaching it from the unit.

It’s best suited to vacuuming smaller materials, with larger ones sometimes getting stuck in the mechanism, but for smaller gardens with a couple of shrubs, or decking and patio that needs clearing of dry leaves, the Hyundai HYBV3000E does a good job whilst allowing you to move a little further thanks to the longer cable.

Pros

  • The sound isn't as loud or disruptive as some other models.
  • The length can be adjusted which means it's comfortable for people of different heights.
  • Variable speeds make it easy to avoid moving stones and bark if you don't want to.
  • The zip positioned on bottom of collection bag makes it very easy to empty without detaching bag.
  • The power cable is 2 m longer than most models, allowing a little more movement without an extension cable.
  • The collection bag is good quality and is durable, lasting a long time.

Cons

  • If wet leaves are vacuumed they can block the machine and be difficult to remove.
  • The instruction leaflet could be more detailed and doesn't explain all the features clearly.
  • The upright angle can feel more uncomfortable than other vacuums that have non-angled nozzles.

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Flymo PowerVac Electric Garden Blower VacuumFlymo PowerVac Electric Garden Blower Vacuum

Best for blower speed (192mph)

Design
Power
Practicality
Ease of Use
Value for Money
Overall
4.38
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Specifications

  • Vacuums, Blows & Mulches: Yes
  • Power: 3000W
  • Shredding Ratio: 16:1
  • Max. Blow Speed: 192mph
  • Weight: 4.8kg
  • Collection Bag: 45l
  • Cable Length: 10m

For gardens with artificial grass, the Flymo PowerVac Electric Garden Blower Vacuum is powerful enough to efficiently tidy the garden without damaging the lawn.

Running with a maximum air speed of 192 mph, this 3-in-1 unit doesn’t waste time, yet its wide nozzle distributes the airflow evenly – avoiding concentrating pressure in one place.

To change between the suction and vacuum modes, it’s necessary to manually change the tubes – this is slightly more time-consuming than just flicking a switch. However, as mentioned, this does allow the blow and suction tubes to have a larger diameter.

With a 45 L collection bag, the vacuum can be used for quite some time without emptying it. Plus, the mulching system works very effectively, especially on dry leaves, meaning they compact down well into the clipping bag.

The design of the Flymo PowerVac means it is well suited to clearing leaves from decking, as well as removing grass clippings from the lawn or gravel. The only thing missing is supportive wheels on the base of the tube, which other designs have, so the 4.8 kg weight has to be supported entirely by the user.

There is a shoulder strap to help with weight distribution, but it’s worth bearing in mind that this is one of the heavier mains-powered units.

Pros

  • The mulching function works well to finely chop up leaves.
  • The suction can be used around artificial grass without fear of damaging it.
  • There is an on/off switch so a trigger does not need to be compressed during use.
  • Power is well suited for clearing leaves from decking.
  • Will clear grass clippings, including from gravelled areas.

Cons

  • There is no automatic switch to change between blow and vacuum - the tubes need to be changed over.
  • There are no wheels to support the pipe which can makes work hard going.
  • Can get clogged up with wet leaves occasionally
  • Heavier than many other similar machines - likely to require a rest after 30 mins.
  • Quite loud in comparison with other garden vacuums.

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Terratek Leaf Blower, Garden Vacuum and ShredderTerratek Leaf Blower, Garden Vacuum and Shredder

Best lightweight garden vacuum

Design
Power
Practicality
Ease of Use
Value for Money
Overall
4.3
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Specifications

  • Vacuums, Blows & Mulches: Yes
  • Power: 3000W
  • Shredding Ratio: 10:1
  • Max. Blow Speed: 167mph
  • Weight: 3kg
  • Collection Bag: 35l
  • Cable Length: 10m

For a lightweight garden vacuum that won’t wear you out, the Terratek Leaf Blower, Garden Vacuum and Shredder brings 3000 W of power to the table, whilst only weighing 3 kg.

As the lightest model featured here, it’s the best garden vacuum for anyone who struggles with heavier tools. It’s also a good length, meaning no stooping is required, making it easy on the back as well. Overall, the Terratek leaf blower does well to keep fatigue to a minimum whilst tidying up outside; a shoulder strap is also included to take pressure off the arms.

Best suited to dry leaves, although able to tackle the occasional damp leaf, this vacuum shreds debris as it is collected, resulting in mulched waste that can be added directly to the compost pile.

The 35 L collection bag isn’t the biggest, but it works with the overall design of the vacuum to help keep weight down. It’s also easy to empty, which isn’t always the case with these products.

Whilst perhaps not as versatile as a cordless model, no battery-powered machine would be able to combine this covetable mix of power and weight. Being attached to mains power is the required compromise for such a lightweight machine.

A 10 m cable is provided, but you’ll likely want to use an extension cable for greater flexibility.

So, in conclusion, if you’re looking for a machine that will easily tackle a lot of wet leaves, this may not be the best garden vacuum for you; however, for general light tidying, especially on hard-surface areas, this is a powerful and effective machine that will banish leaves much faster than a rake.

Pros

  • One of the more lightweight machines making it easy to manage.
  • A fairly priced product in terms of the quality/value provided.
  • The collection bag is easy to empty.
  • Works well to clear hard surfaces like decking and patios.

Cons

  • The assembly instructions are quite poor so you do need to work some things out.
  • May clog with leaves relatively frequently and require unblocking before continuing.
  • Does not reliably work very well on damp/wet leaves.
  • No possibility to adjust power so care needs to be taken around stones to avoid vacuuming them by accident.

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BargainsGalore Electric Garden Vacuum Leaf BlowerBargainsGalore Electric Garden Vacuum Leaf Blower

Best budget garden vacuum

Design
Power
Practicality
Ease of Use
Value for Money
Overall
4.3
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Specifications

  • Vacuums, Blows & Mulches: Yes
  • Power: 3200W
  • Shredding Ratio: 10:1
  • Max. Blow Speed: 167mph
  • Weight: 3kg
  • Collection Bag: 35l
  • Cable Length: 10m

Living up to their brand name, this Electric Garden Vacuum Leaf Blower by BargainsGalore combines decent quality with a very reasonable price tag.

A quality machine, with a lightweight design at just 3 kg, the 3200 W motor can produce a maximum blow speed of 167 mph. Considering the price, this makes for a great value unit. More than capable of tackling dry leaves on either the patio or lawn.

With detachable wheels, this electric leaf blower/vacuum can be customised depending on how you wish to use it. When tidying patios, decking, or driveways, the wheels make it easier to push and pull the vacuum, mimicking the process of vacuuming carpet. On lawns, the wheels can be removed for more control.

Switching between vacuuming and blowing is done simply by moving the vacuum/blow control lever. Best suited to vacuuming dry leaves, the mechanism may get clogged if wet leaves get stuck. Clearing out the leaves regularly whilst working can help avoid problems.

The 35 L collection bag keeps the overall unit weight down, but does mean that this BargainsGalore Vacuum Leaf Blower more suitable for smaller gardens – a 45 L capacity might be required for bigger gardens with more leaf fall.

Similarly to other leaf blower/vacuums featured here, this model has a 10 m power cable and a shoulder strap; however, due to its light weight, you may even choose to use it without the strap on smaller jobs.

Pros

  • Customers report that this machine offers great value for the price.
  • It's very lightweight meaning fatigue doesn't become a problem.
  • The wheels make it well suited to hoovering up leaves from decking.
  • The suction works well, able to pick up the occasional wet leaf.

Cons

  • You need to make sure that the wheels are fixed securely so that they don't come off.
  • Won't manage as well with larger items like twigs or heavy leaves.

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Draper Storm Force Garden Vacuum Blower MulcherDraper Storm Force Garden Vacuum Blower Mulcher

Best for clearing small debris

Design
Power
Practicality
Ease of Use
Value for Money
Overall
4.18
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Specifications

  • Vacuums, Blows & Mulches: Yes
  • Power: 3000W
  • Shredding Ratio: 10:1
  • Max. Blow Speed: 167mph
  • Weight: 3.97kg
  • Collection Bag: 35l
  • Cable Length: 10m

If you have a smaller garden, you’ll certainly find the Draper Storm Force Garden Vacuum Blower Mulcher to be a worthy opponent against all those leaves. Clearing blossom, grass clippings, and small leaves, whilst only weighing 3.97 kg, this ergonomic machine is effective without being overwhelmingly powerful or cumbersome.

Perhaps one of the best value machines on the market, the Draper Storm Force does exactly as it says on the tin. It vacuums, blows and mulches, doing each task reliably. Of course, it’s not a professional-level machine, so still struggles with wet leaves and heavier debris, but for clearing up in a small garden it’s a great tool for the job.

With a 35 L collection bag, it’s possible to get a fair amount done before needing to empty the container. Emptying it out is also easy to do, and the waste is well mulched making it suitable for composting or easy recycling.

As mentioned above, the only potential downside is this machine’s power. Despite running on 3000 W, if you have a larger garden with lots of debris and larger plants, you may find this particular blower/vacuum a little too weak for the job.

Pros

  • Wheels can be connected when working on hard terrain and disconnected when it's bumpy.
  • Very lightweight makes it easier to use for extended periods of time.
  • Works well in small gardens with a couple of smaller trees/bushes.
  • Clears leaves from driveways and decking very effectively.

Cons

  • Not powerful enough to reliably tackle wet leaves.
  • It may be necessary to unblock the tubes a few times during use.
  • The lever to switch from 'blow' to 'vacuum' can get stuck if clogged with leaves.
  • If you have large leaves in your garden, this may not be suitable to manage them.
  • The plastic body does not feel as robust as with some other models.

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VonHaus 3-in-1 Leaf Blower, Garden Vacuum & MulcherVonHaus 3-in-1 Leaf Blower, Garden Vacuum & Mulcher

Best garden vacuum for small gardens

Design
Power
Practicality
Ease of Use
Value for Money
Overall
4.16
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Specifications

  • Vacuums, Blows & Mulches: Yes
  • Power: 3000W
  • Shredding Ratio: 10:1
  • Max. Blow Speed: Not listed
  • Weight: 3.56kg
  • Collection Bag: 35l
  • Cable Length: 10m

To keep dry leaves at bay, whether they’re clogging your patio, driveway, or lawn, the VonHaus 3-in-1 Leaf Blower, Garden Vacuum & Mulcher is an excellent tool to add to your arsenal. Great to have on hand, and ready to assist in your mission to tidy the area and easily dispose of the waste.

When it comes to outdoor products, VonHaus is a trusted brand. Their popularity only continues to grow, and it’s clear to see why when they consistently deliver quality power tools like this garden vacuum.

Weighing 3.56 kg, this machine is easy enough to carry, with a shoulder strap included to make longer jobs  more comfortable. Able to blow, vacuum and mulch, this VonHaus unit works well to collect and tidy dry leaves. It can even shift some wet debris, but you will likely have to stop and unclog the nozzle a few times.

The addition of wheels under the vacuum tube allows the unit to be rested on the floor whilst blowing or vacuuming; this is a useful feature with can reduce arm fatigue and make it easier to chase leaves along or suck them up.

With a collection bag of 35 L, this VonHaus model doesn’t have as much capacity as other vacuums; however, the mulching feature can compact debris down, permitting more to fit in the sack. Do bear in mind, though, that the bag does need to be emptied quite regularly when vacuuming to stop it becoming too heavy and damaging the clips.

One final thing that VonHaus should be applauded for is their conscientious use of packaging. This unit arrives cleverly packed in a deceptively small box which is both worth noting and extremely satisfying for the waste-conscious consumer.

Pros

  • Assembly is easy - only a Phillips screwdriver is needed.
  • The vacuum bag is easy to empty, fastened with a zip.
  • Wheels on nozzle end make it easier to vacuum leaves without holding unit off floor.
  • Can be easily dismantled to facilitate storage, only requiring a couple of screws to be undone.
  • Does not overheat even after extended use.

Cons

  • Takes a while to get the hang of - burying the small nozzle in a pile of leaves will cause it to block.
  • The bag fills up quite quickly when using the vacuum - it needs to be emptied to avoid it getting too heavy.
  • Can clog when vacuuming wet leaves, best to use on dry leaves and avoid twigs.
  • The plastic clips holding on the vacuum bag may break if not looked after.
  • Vacuum may function better if held directly over debris, not coming in from the side.

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Garden Gear Leaf Blower Vacuum & Shredder MulcherGarden Gear Leaf Blower Vacuum & Shredder Mulcher

Best for medium gardens

Design
Power
Practicality
Ease of Use
Value for Money
Overall
4.12
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Specifications

  • Vacuums, Blows & Mulches: Yes
  • Power: 3500W
  • Shredding Ratio: 10:1
  • Max. Blow Speed: 167mph
  • Weight: 3.7kg
  • Collection Bag: 45l
  • Cable Length: 10m

If your shedding trees cause havoc over autumn, scattering leaves across decking, patios and garden furniture, the Garden Gear Leaf Blower Vacuum & Shredder Mulcher is a useful tool to have around. It’ll help you keep on top of garden maintenance and easily clear the space if you plan on entertaining outside.

With a 3500 W motor, and wheels to keep things steady across hard surfaces, this Garden Gear vacuum will scoop up leaves on the patio and mulch them into its 45 L collection bag. It can also be used across garden table tops and benches to prepare these outside spaces for guests.

At 3.7 kg it’s a relatively lightweight machine, with a shoulder strap included to support the load. As the collection bag fills it does get heavier, but it’s simple enough to empty by unclipping it from the machine and undoing the zip.

One benefit of a light machine, like this Garden Gear Leaf Blower, is that it can be taken out of storage and used briefly without much thought or effort, perfect for a quick 15-minute tidy-up before a BBQ.

Like many other models, the vacuum should primarily be put to work against dry leaves – wet ones may block the tube and require you to stop in order to unclog it. This can sometimes mean that it’s better to use the blower function on damp leaves and then rake them.

Fortunately, the variable-power setting of this machine means that you can also control how much strength to blow and vacuum with, meaning you won’t send leaves flying into your neighbour’s garden by mistake.

Pros

  • Especially effective at clearing debris from concrete or paved areas in the garden.
  • The wheels help keep the machine balanced across hard surfaces whilst also taking some of the weight.
  • The variable speed setting works well meaning you can use to remove small debris on gravel.
  • Assembly is relatively straight forward and doesn't take too long.
  • Mulches well which means it takes a long time to fill up the collection bag.

Cons

  • May block if you attempt to vacuum too many leaves in one go or leaves which are too wet.
  • The strap is a little long which may not be very practical for people who aren't very tall.
  • The collection bag can drag along the ground which may cause it to wear out especially if used frequently on hard surfaces.
  • In vacuum mode it may vibrate which can make it a little uncomfortable for prolonged use.

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Q Garden QGBV2500 Leaf Blower VacuumQ Garden QGBV2500 Leaf Blower Vacuum

Best budget vacuum with large collection bag

Design
Power
Practicality
Ease of Use
Value for Money
Overall
4.02
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Specifications

  • Vacuums, Blows & Mulches: Yes
  • Power: 2500W
  • Shredding Ratio: 10:1
  • Max. Blow Speed: 167mph
  • Weight: 4.2kg
  • Collection Bag: 45l
  • Cable Length: 10m

The Q Garden QGBV2500 is one of the best garden vacuums to buy if you’re working on a budget. It might not be the most well-known garden brand, but what it lacks in notoriety, it makes up for in performance, simplicity and value.

Let’s be honest, if you’re just looking to make picking up leaves and tidying your garden a bit easier, you don’t need an intense, heavyweight machine – it’ll only weigh you down and dent your wallet.

You want something with good power, that’s light enough to carry, and is relatively inexpensive . This is where the Q Garden QGBV2500 comes into its own.

Even though its 2500 w motor is one of the smallest featured on this list, this leaf blower/vacuum is still capable of shifting even heavy debris like gravel. At 4.2 kg, it’s fairly light, made easier to manage by the supportive shoulder strap.

With two ergonomic handles, both hands can be used to comfortably support the machine, and switched when necessary to reduce fatigue.

The 45 L collection bag can get heavy, but it’s able to hold a lot of debris – this unit mulches as it vacuums, compacting down the collected material. Fortunately, it’s easy to empty, undoing with a zip, meaning you won’t have to stop for long, no matter how frequently you choose to empty it.

Ultimately, you may find that power is the thing you need to watch out for – without a variable-speed setting, this Q Garden blower may be too strong for certain tasks. It takes a bit of getting used to, to work out how near or far the position the machine from the ground, but this is the way to manage the force of the blow and suction settings.

Pros

  • Powerful blow function is even capable of moving bark.
  • The power trigger is well positioned on the handle, meaning it's easy to keep pressed down for extended periods.
  • Works very effectively on dry leaves.
  • The collection bag is easy to empty with a simple zip fastening.
  • Shoulder strap comfortably takes off the pressure during longer jobs.

Cons

  • There is no variable speed control so you can't adapt it depending on terrain.
  • Care needs to be taken not to vacuum up nutshells or small stones as they may damage the mechanism.
  • Clumps of wet leaves may clog the tubes and need to be cleared out by hand.
  • The bag may split if frequently filled to capacity. It is possible to mend, or a replacement can be bought.

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Handy THEV Electric Leaf Blower Garden VacuumHandy THEV Electric Leaf Blower Garden Vacuum

Best for large or wet leaves

Design
Power
Practicality
Ease of Use
Value for Money
Overall
3.92
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Handy THEV Electric Leaf Blower Garden Vacuum review

Specifications

  • Vacuums, Blows & Mulches: Yes
  • Power: 3000W
  • Shredding Ratio: 10:1
  • Max. Blow Speed: Not listed
  • Weight: 4.9kg
  • Collection Bag: 45l
  • Cable Length: 10m

For gardens with a lot of different terrain, the Handy THEV Electric Leaf Blower Garden Vacuum has an adjustable power setting allowing complete control over the strength of the blow/vacuum feature. Whether you’re working with artificial grass, loose dirt, or gravel pathways, it’s possible to avoid disrupting the surface or sucking up stones.

Plus, with a 3000 W motor, this Handy THEV leaf blower is really quite powerful, able to clear leaves from the garden even if they are large or wet. Instead of waiting for a spell of dry days to clear the garden, you’ll be able to blow, vacuum and mulch even soggy leaves with this 3-in-1 machine.

Suitable for use on a range of surfaces, this vacuum comes with a nozzle support wheel so you can clear hard surfaces without damaging the casing. This also helps share some of the 4.9 kg load; there is a shoulder strap included, but the weight can still start to feel heavy after extended use.

When it comes to the collection bag, the 45 L capacity is generally the most you’ll find on a garden vacuum. It strikes a good balance between weight and time spent emptying it – you won’t find yourself having to stop every 2 minutes.

Fastening with a zip, the collection bag is easy to open; however, the opening is a little small so the mulched leaves may need coaxing out by hand. Many users also find it too difficult to unclip the bag each time, and prefer to empty it without detaching it from the machine.

With a good level of power for the domestic market, and the ability to control the blow/vacuum strength using a thumb wheel, this is an intuitive vacuum that greatly speeds up leaf clearing across many different areas of the garden.

Pros

  • Vacuum works well even on larger leaves and small twigs.
  • Power can be adjusted using the thumb wheel so can control blower strength.
  • The variable power means you can avoid vacuuming up gravel by accident but still get the leaves.
  • Can vacuum up wet leaves (when tackled in manageable units)
  • The 10 m cable is a good starting length even though you'll possibly still want to use an extension cord.

Cons

  • The clips to detach the bag can be quite difficult to undo - easier to leave attached and empty.
  • Due to the small zip opening on the collection bag, you may need to scoop the leaves out instead of tipping them.
  • When resting on the wheels the angle of the nozzle is not optimum for vacuuming.
  • May struggle with tougher leaves such as holly.
  • May need to stop between vacuuming and blowing to clear debris from inside unit.

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Bosch ALS 2500 Electric Garden Blower and VacuumBosch ALS 2500 Electric Garden Blower and Vacuum

Best cosmetic design (iconic Bosch green)

Design
Power
Practicality
Ease of Use
Value for Money
Overall
3.92
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Bosch ALS 2500 Electric Garden Blower and Vacuum review

Specifications

  • Vacuums, Blows & Mulches: Yes
  • Power: 2500W
  • Shredding Ratio: 10:1
  • Max. Blow Speed: 186mph
  • Weight: 4.4kg
  • Collection Bag: 45l
  • Cable Length: 10m

Bosch are well renowned for making quality garden equipment, combining durable construction with well-designed features.

The Bosch ALS 2500 is a sturdy machine with some very useful qualities; it has a 45 L collection bag, variable speed control, built-in mulching system and sturdy shoulder strap. Plus, it comes with the reassurance of being built by one of the most reliable and trusted brands in the UK.

At 2500 w, this garden vacuum may not be the most powerful machine featured on this list, but its adjustable speed, combined with its decent strength, makes it suitable for a lot of different uses. From drying the car post-wash, to clearing leaves off gravel, this unit is well designed to tackle a variety of jobs.

Additionally, the 45 L collection bag empties easily, and doesn’t need to be emptied too regularly. It’s possible to work for an extended period without having to concern yourself with stopping and emptying the bag.

The main hang up is the way you have to physically change the nozzles to go between the ‘blow’ and ‘vacuum’ function. Most models have a simple switch which makes this very straight forward, but the Bosch ALS 2500 requires a bit more time to change between the two.

Best suited to tackling dry leaves, it may struggle with wet or bulky debris; however, the tubes are slightly larger than the blower/vacuums that change between functions with a switch, so these may clog slightly less frequently.

At 4.4 kg, this definitely isn’t the lightest unit available, and it may not be the best garden vacuum for those who struggle to manage heavier weights. Yet, on the other hand, it does bring with it the reliability of the trusted Bosch brand and the assurance of top customer service.

So, if you aren’t put off by the lower powered motor, which is made up by with the maximum blow speed of 186mph, the Bosch ALS 2500 could be a valuable investment for your garden.

Pros

  • Can be used to dry the car as well as blow leaves.
  • Will leave gravel in place whilst vacuuming up stones.
  • The collection bag is good quality, made of waterproof material with a sturdy zip.
  • The mulcher does a good job of breaking leaves down into small bits.
  • Construction feels robust when compared with some other models.

Cons

  • Parts have to be unscrewed to change from 'blow' to 'vacuum' as opposed to just flicking a switch.
  • Doesn't work well to pick up larger leaves, big clumps of material, or twigs.
  • Fine dust from mulching may escape the sack so some consider wearing face masks.
  • The fan may catch loose clothing when on 'blow' mode, this can be avoided by holding the machine away from the body.
  • On high power the blower may have a bit of 'kick back' and require steadying.

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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.

Choosing the Correct Power

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.

Having said all this, I do believe that the best garden vacuum for any size garden is the Hyundai HYBV3000E Electric Leaf Blower Vacuum & Shredder. 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.

Making Sure the Price is Right

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.

How to Know a Garden Vacuum is High Quality

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.

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Garden Vacuum FAQs

Can I use a garden vacuum to collect grass?

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.

What can I use a garden vacuum for?

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.

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