What is The Best Garden Vacuum?
More Detailed Garden Vacuum Reviews
My top pick is the Q Garden QGBV2500. It might not be the most well-known garden brand, but what it lacks in awareness, it makes up for in 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 industrial piece of kit. You want something with good power, that’s light enough to carry and is relatively inexpensive. This is why the Q Garden QGBV2500 ticks all the boxes.
It’s got a 2500 watt motor (which is more than enough power), it weighs on 4.2kg which is the lightest of all the garden vacuums I reviewed, and it’s also the cheapest.
It’s got a handy shoulder strap and a cleverly designed handle on the top which gives good control when you’re using it. I only needed to change hands after about half an hour, but can go for well over an hour without having to put it down.
Something worth noting too is that it mulches as it goes, meaning the 35 litre collection bag is more than enough capacity for a medium sized garden. It might be worth investing in a face mask though as dry leaves can make quite a bit of dust when they travel through the unit.
The thing to remember about the Q Garden QGBV2500 and in fact all garden shredders is that they can jam if you ingest the wrong materials. Obviously if you’re trying to get rid of leaves from a stoney driveway you’re asking for trouble! Use it sensibly and you won’t have any issues.
Overall though, I’m incredibly happy with my purchase and can’t recommend it highly enough.
If you’re looking for a high-end garden vacuum, you want the Worx WG501E.
You can blow away matter at 210mph, vacuum it up at 63 litres per minute, and mulch it at a ratio of 10:1. Pretty impressive, I know.
With a 3000 watt motor, it’s got some serious power behind it (500 watts more than the Q Garden QGBV2500), however it does weight 6kg which is 1.8kg heavier. Despite this, Worx claim it’s the only blower-vacuum that can be used with just one hand. This doesn’t surprise me as it’s cleverly designed and the ergonomics of the handle look very comfortable.
The Worx WG501E also has a patented angled nose which unquestionably helps the user suck up debris without too much bending or adjusting position.
So with all this being said, why have I only given it second? Look, it’s a very difficult choice and there’s not much in it!
Purely in terms of performance, the Worx WG501E is the best garden vacuum on the market. But it’s also a bit more expensive. 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 bear 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.
The Bosch ALS 2500 takes bronze on my list. It’s got some very good features, and is backed up by one of the most reliable and trusted brands in the UK.
At 2500 watts it matches the Q Garden QGBV2500, and with a shredding ratio of 10:1 it matches the Worx WG501E. It’s got the largest collection bag on my list at 45 litres, so it’s definitely capable of clearing a large garden in one go and a solid reputation for dealing with even the most troublesome sticky, wet leaves.
However at 7kg, it isn’t light, and it’s also the most expensive vacuum on my list, albeit just by a few pounds. I suppose this is why I only rate it third. It’s features aren’t better than its main rivals, but it costs more. Essentially I feel like you’re paying for the Bosch name, not the best product. Slap a 3000+ Watt motor on it and make it super light-weight and then we talk!
However if you like the reliability of a trusted brand with top customer service, you can do far worse than the Bosch ALS 2500. It’s a best seller in the marketplace so you wouldn’t be alone!
Next up we have the Black + Decker GW2500. It’s a very scenario to the Bosch ALS 2500. Good features, backed up by a trusted brand. It’s not deserving of top spot, however, if you can catch a price drop on Amazon, you can get a very good garden vacuum for cheap. See today’s price here.
It’s got good power with a 2500 watt motor, it comes with a shredding fan to easily compact garden matter, and it uses a conversion system of two tubes for use as both a blower and a vacuum. That way, you can more easily pile up your leaves and garden clippings before sucking them up.
It weighs 6kg, so not the heaviest, but not the lightest either, but it’s well regarded amongst owners who commonly state it’s very easy to use.
Finally, coming in at number 5 is the Flymo Garden Vac. Now, a lot of people buy this garden vacuum which lead me to review it, and in my opinion, it’s a good product.
It’s more powerful than most at 2700 watts, as well as being considerably lighter than most (only 4.3kg) and has a decent capacity collection bag at 40L.
However, it doesn’t quite have the sturdiness of its competitors, which is something I feel is crucial when you’re dealing with something that’s meant to chew up and spit out tough garden matter.
Garden Vacuum Final Thoughts
When I first got artificial grass, it looked like a bowling green. But you soon come to realise is that it’s a magnet for garden matter.
And don’t even get me started on the surrounding decking which gets blighted by soggy leaves! If you’ve got decking you’ll know it taints the wood and is a hotbed for insects.
So this year I decided to do something about it and get a garden vacuum. My wife was most pleased.
After doing extensive research to find the best garden vacuum, there was one particular product that stood head and shoulders above the rest – the Q Garden QGBV2500 Garden Vacuum.
A high-spec piece of kit at and affordable price.