EGO LB4801 56-Volt Lithium-ion Cordless Electric Blower Review

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Bottom Line

If you want the best in performance and convenience, reviewers recommend the 56-volt EGO LB4801 cordless blower. It performs admirably in testing, sweeping away even embedded debris in lawns as well as the best corded electric blowers, and it can hold its own against light duty gas models. It's also relatively inexpensive for a cordless model. The run time at the highest speed is limited, though it can go for up to an hour at the lowest setting.

ProsExcellent sweeping performance, Easy to handle, Very quiet, Long warrantyConsDoesn't vacuum or mulch, Warranty may not be honored if not bought from an authorized retailer

Breaking it down

Performance

Lots of power. The EGO LB4801 is considered very powerful for a cordless model. In comparative testing it performs as well or better than some corded electric blowers, with enough air moving power -- 480 cfm of volume at speeds up to 92 mph -- to clean out areas with "literally years of caked up decomposition and dirt," reports Clint DeBoer at ProToolReviews.com. The downside is that run time at the highest speeds are limited to about 10 minutes, though for typical light duty tasks such as sweeping sidewalks, driveways and decks, the rechargeable 56-volt lithium-ion batteries can keep going for up to an hour. Some people solve the run-time issue by purchasing a spare battery when one runs down.

Ease of use

Quiet and maneuverable. While no leaf blower is silent -- or even very quiet -- if you value peace and tranquility, the EGO LB4801 is among the top options. It's so quiet that one independent reviewer says that noise levels are low enough that hearing protection is not needed -- something that can be said of few other blowers. Most experts and many users describe the EGO blower as easy to handle and control, but DeBoer notes that it's hard to pick up the blower by its otherwise convenient handle without accidentally activating it. However, he adds that "This wasn't more than a small issue overall."

Durability

Great warranty, with a caveat. This EGO blower is covered by a long five-year warranty, but the company will only honor that if you buy from an authorized retailer. This was an issue that surprised and disappointed some users when the primary authorized dealer was HomeDepot.com, but that has now expanded to include a number of additional local and national dealers, including Amazon.com. Otherwise durability looks good; while reports of faulty blowers are not unheard of, the majority of complaints we spotted were about the short run time on high speed. The battery is swappable, and spares -- the EGO BA1120 56-Volt 2.0 Ah Battery (Est. $130) -- are available (Est. $130). EGO garden tools all can accept the same batteries (and more powerful versions are available as well), so if you already own such EGO equipment and batteries, you can buy the bare blower (minus the battery) for around $100.

Our Sources

1. ConsumerReports.org

EGO LB4801 leaf blower, Editors of ConsumerReports.org, Not Dated

The EGO LB4801 leaf blower is among eight cordless blowers currently tested and rated by ConsumerReports.org. The tests are hands on and include feedback on performance, handling and noise. Discussion is limited to high points and low points, rather than specific testing details.

2. HomeDepot.com

EGO LB4801 480 CFM 3-Speed Turbo 56-Volt Lithium-ion Cordless Electric Blower, Contributors to HomeDepot.com, As of September 2016

HomeDepot.com has the most user reviews for the EGO LB4801 -- around 1,325 at last look. There are some complaints about the short run time at high speeds, and a few here and there about blowers that failed prematurely or otherwise failed to satisfy, but the overwhelming majority seem happy. It earns a 4.5-star rating, with 91 percent of owners (including some that originally post at EGO's web site) saying that they would recommend it to a friend.

3. Amazon.com

EGO Power+ 480 CFM 3-Speed Turbo 56-Volt Lithium-ion Cordless Electric Blower - 2.0Ah Battery and Charger Kit, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of September 2016

We spotted more than 160 reviews of the EGO LB4801 at Amazon.com, where it earns a rating of 4.6 stars. Some complaints of short battery life -- and others of a warranty issue that no longer applies (Amazon.com is now an authorized retailer) -- bring down the overall score, but only slightly as most seem thrilled with this blower's performance.

4. ProToolReviews.com

EGO 56V Cordless Mower, Trimmer, Hedge Trimmer, Blower Review, Clint DeBoer, Dec. 30, 2014

Clint DeBoer looks at the entire line of EGO outdoor equipment at ProToolReviews.com, a site that hosts reviews of tools for pros and homeowners. Of the LB4801, he says that you should not buy another cordless leaf blower before checking out this model as it impressed him and everyone else that looked at it. DeBoer adds that it "all but overshadows what else is currently available on the market," and that when run side by side with other cordless blowers, "the competition gets a little embarrassed."