We almost can’t count the number of new battery-powered leaf blowers that have hit the market since our first round-up article many years ago. Consumers and professionals alike have dozens more options—from blowing force and noise output to ergonomics and price. Regardless of what you choose, leaf blowers have performance that is leaps and bounds ahead of those first battery-powered models. We round up the available models to give you our take on who makes the best battery-powered leaf blower in 2022.
What We Look for in a Battery-Powered Leaf Blower – Our Buying Guide
How strongly a battery-powered blower…well, blows determines how much work you can get done. Some leaf blowers do a great job blowing leaves. Others serve as great broom replacements. Airflow (represented by CFM or cubic feet per minute) and airspeed (measured in MPH) give us some handy indicators. They don’t tell the whole story, however, and sometimes getting the performance indicated by the numbers printed on the box depends on which nozzle you use.
At our shop, we actually measure the Newton force each blower puts out. This gives us a number describing the actual force a blower produces. Think of it as a single number encompassing both airspeed and air volume. The higher the Newtons, the stronger a blower.
Of course, that’s just part of the story.
If you intend to blow more than just a small postage-stamp-sized yard, runtime plays an important role in choosing the best battery-powered blower. It’s not uncommon to find that you really only do around 15 minutes of actual blowing when cleaning your driveway and sidewalk after mowing the grass. For those up north, however, blowing those leaves in the Fall season could have you using a battery-powered leaf blower for 30 minutes or longer.
That requires a bigger battery and/or a more efficient battery system and tool combination.
Understanding the amount of work you truly need to accomplish each time you pull out your battery-powered blower helps when dialing in your true requirements. Do you need the best battery-powered leaf blower in terms of power—or just an extra battery? Most people also buy multiple tools that work on the same battery and having extra batteries extends how much work you can accomplish.
Weight and Balance
A majority of battery-powered leaf blowers are what we call “handheld” tools. That makes weight a key metric. After all, you have to hold the tool while you use it. What good is extra-long runtime if your arm feels like it wants to fall off at the end of 30 minutes of leaf blowing?
We also pay attention to balance. A well-balanced blower points its nose downward at a natural angle during wide-open throttle. This keeps you from having to work as hard to keep the nozzle at the best working angle.
Noise Output Levels
Battery-powered leaf blowers make significantly less noise than their gas-powered counterparts. Some, however, make even less noise than others. ANSI standards measure leaf blower noise output from 50 feet away. They mainly focus on the noise perceived by those not operating the tool.
We use an SPL meter placed approximately at the operator’s ear to measure how much noise you can expect to hear while operating the tool.
General Features and Overall Design
When it comes to controls and features, battery-powered leaf blowers don’t require a lot of training to operate compared to other tools we review. Here are some of the features that make using some blowers easier or improve their performance:
- Brushless motor
- Cruise control
- Turbo mode
- Inline design
- Multiple nozzles
- Shoulder strap
- Rapid charger
At Pro Tool Reviews, we know price is important. Everyone works within a budget. However, value means much more than a low price. We’ve seen even the most expensive option solve such a big problem or offer such amazing performance that it represents an incredible value. Other times, one of the best budget picks leads our value ranking. Often, it’s something in between. Wherever it is, we want to help you get the biggest bang for your leaf-blowing buck.
Best Battery-Powered Leaf Blower for Power
EGO 765 CFM Battery-Powered Blower
We had blowers from EGO, Ryobi, and Stihl all hitting more than 21 Newtons. But that was then and this is now. EGO’s 765 CFM blower is redefining the landscape by hitting more than 25 Newtons with its stock 5.0Ah battery and touching 26 Newtons with a high-capacity pack. That’s legit backpack blower territory!
Price: $329.00 with 5.0Ah battery and charger, $449.00 with two 5.0Ah batteries and charger
More Heavy Hitters
With a standard loadout, few battery-powered blowers hit as high a Newton force as Ryobi’s 40V HP 730 CFM model. With its base configuration, we measured 20.0 N. But cut one notch back on the flexible nozzle (it’s designed to be cut based on your preference) and we measured an impressive 21.7 N!
Price: $169.00 bare, $299.00 with two 4.0Ah batteries and charger
Stihl BGA 200 Blower
Making the case for Stihl’s premium BGA 200, it hit an impressive 21.3 Newtons with both the AP3000 backpack battery and the 6.3Ah AP300 battery pack. Between the performance level and the extended runtime a backpack battery offers, there’s little doubt this is the best battery-powered blower for performance-minded Pros.
Price: $409.00 bare
EGO’s 650 CFM blower earns the brand a second mention in this list. With the 5.0Ah battery it comes with, we hit 20.3 Newtons. It was a little higher with a 7.5Ah battery. However, we held 23.2 Newtons with a fully charged 10.0Ah battery. Unless you have the backpack holster, we don’t recommend using this configuration because of the weight. However, that does make EGO’s 650 the second strongest battery-powered blower we’ve tested to date, sitting only behind… EGO.
Price: $219.00 bare, $279.00 with 5.0Ah battery and charger
Quietest Battery-Powered Leaf Blower
As battery-powered blowers have increased in power, their noise levels have crept up along with it. Reversing that trend, Ryobi’s 40V HP Brushless 730 CFM leaf blower crushed it in our Newton force test by hitting 21.7 N. But instead of producing the 85–88 decibels most high-performance blowers do, it’s just 72 decibels in high and 76 decibels in Turbo measuring from our operator’s ear.
Let’s put that in perspective. The SPL (decibel) scale shows that a drop of just 3 decibels is half the sound pressure level. However, a drop of 10 decibels sounds half as loud. For Ryobi, running in Turbo mode hits your unprotected ear with roughly 8x lower SPL and half the perceived loudness. It’s incredibly impressive when you’re using it side-by-side with other cordless battery-powered blowers.
Though it’s a few decibels louder, the Stihl BGA 200 is another model that’s quieter than most.
Price: $169.00 bare, $299.00 with two 4.0Ah batteries and charger
Best Battery-Powered Leaf Blower Vac
Don’t knock it ’til you try it. Makita’s 3-in-1 battery-powered blower vacuum mulcher may look a little awkward, but it works really well. As a blower, it has the same performance as their 18V X2 XBU02 blower . Switching out for the vacuum attachments, this leaf-clearing beast uses a metal impeller to reduce your leaf volume up to 10x. Use it to pull leaves out of your landscaping or general cleanup around your property.
The downside is that the runtime is on the shorter side. We ran for 8:30 at top speed using a pair of 5.0Ah batteries, so you’ll want to use those speed settings to manage your runtime. The good news is that Makita’s Rapid Optimum Charger needs just 45 minutes to get them back up to a full charge.
Price: $319.00 with all vac attachments, $429 with attachments, two 5.0Ah batteries, and charger
Best Battery Backpack Blower
Stihl BGA 200 Leaf Blower
Battery-powered backpack blowers differ significantly from gas backpack blowers. Rather than moving air from the backpack through the nozzle, they typically maintain the same efficient inline design and simply use a tether to shift the weight of the battery to your back.
With that as the standard, it’s hard to argue with the Stihl BGA 200 as our top pick. It has the performance to hit one of the highest blower forces we’ve tested (21.3 N) and the runtime of a 42.3Ah (1522Wh) backpack power source. It’s expensive, though. The whole package runs north of $1700.
Price: $409.00 bare
Best Value in a Battery-Powered Leaf Blower
Getting the most bang for your buck doesn’t mean dropping completely away from excellent performance. Greenworks’ Pro 60V 610 CFM blower offers the best value in our opinion, pairing a top blower force of 19.7 N with a $199 price tag that includes a 2.5Ah battery and charger. While you can find cheaper battery-powered blower kits, you’ll have a hard time finding one at that price that pushes this much air.
Price: $199.00 with 2.5Ah battery and charger
Best Budget Battery Leaf Blower
If you’re on a tighter budget, check out the Skil PWRCore 40 leaf blower. For $149.00, you get a brushless blower with 500 CFM and 120 MPH top airspeed that hit 12.0 N in our testing. The kit comes with a 2.5Ah battery and PWRJump quick charger.
Price: $149.00 with 2.5Ah battery and charger
Other Battery-Powered Leaf Blowers We Like from Brands We Trust
Best DeWalt Battery-Powered Leaf Blower
DeWalt moved to an inline design with the latest version of their FlexVolt blower and hit 17.0 N in our testing. The downside is that it’s loud—91 decibels at our operator’s ear. We also thought the tone of that sound was somewhat irritating. With a 9.0/3.0Ah battery, it ran for 12:12 in our tests.
The bare tool runs $229 and the kit with a 9.0/3.0Ah battery is only $50 more, making it one of the more value-packed kits you can buy. Plus the battery works with DeWalt’s 20V Max and 60V Max lines of power tools and lawn care equipment.
Price: $229.00 bare, $279.00 with 9.0/3.0Ah battery and charger
Hart upped its blower game this year with several new battery-powered leaf blower options, including a couple that move into much higher performance classes. The top of the line is the 650 CFM brushless blower. Combining with up to 160 MPH of airspeed, it also is part of Hart’s Ultra-Quiet Series so you can balance excellent performance while keeping the noise levels down.
Price: $258.00 with 5.0Ah battery and charger
Greenworks joins the 700 Club as one of the few battery-powered blowers to reach the 700 CFM rating. As the top-performing leaf blower on Greenworks’ Pro 60V line, it’s capable of 170 MPH top speed and is one of the elite blowers to hit 20.0 N in our testing.
Price: $179.99 bare
We love the Makita XBU03 blower as a lightweight blower for quickly cleaning off hard surfaces. If it’s the highest performance you’re looking for, though, check out Makita’s ConnectX system. Using a 1200Wh backpack battery for an energy source, it tethers to the CBU01 blower and produces up to 622 CFM and 157 MPH. It’s part of a Pro-level system aiming to help commercial crews make a seamless transition from gas to battery power.
Price: $419.00 bare
The second-generation Milwaukee M18 Fuel leaf blower (2724-20) moved its top airspeed higher to 120 MPH while maintaining 450 CFM. In our testing, it was slightly behind Makita, hitting 11.2 N on our force meter. Look for this one for $169 as a bare tool or $329 with an 8.0Ah High Output battery and charger.
Price: $169.00 bare, 329.99 with 8.0Ah battery and charger
Toro has quietly produced an excellent line of battery-powered OPE and their top brushless blower is worth considering. Maxing out at 605 CFM and 115 MPH, we measured 19.0 N in our testing. Dropping down just a notch from the highest-performing battery-powered blowers, this Toro 60V blower earns a solid value score with a bare tool price of $139.99 and a kit price of $199.99 that includes a 2.5Ah battery and charger.
Price: $139.99 bare, $199.99 with 2.5Ah battery and charger
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