Leaf Blowers: Ratings of Sources
Total of 12 Sources
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by Editors of ConsumerReports.org
Our AssessmentEditors test more than 50 leaf blowers -- including electric-handheld, gas-handheld, gas-wheeled and gas-backpack models -- on their ability to sweep leaves, remove embedded leaf particles from the lawn, and vacuum up and mulch dry leaves. Handling, noise at 50 feet and noise at ear level are also part of each blower's final score. Ultimately 23 models earn recommendations. The section also includes a buyer's guide and some user comments.
Backpack Leaf Blower Comparison Test
by Roy Berendsohn
Our AssessmentEditors of Popular Mechanics conduct a thorough, two-phase test of seven backpack blowers, giving the Husqvarna 350BT, Stihl BR600 and Makita BBx7600CA top scores. Roy Berendsohn praises their power and performance. His only complaints are that the Makita could be quieter, and the Husqvarna's upside-down purge bulb is "a nuisance." The article also includes a list of desirable features for a backpack blower and features a discussion about two-stroke versus four-stroke engines.
by David Wolman
Our AssessmentEditors thoroughly test four leaf blowers -- three gas models and one cordless model -- on a ballpark's worth of leaves and debris over several days, evaluating not only blowing power but also noise, durability and comfort. The cordless Stihl BGA85 is named Editor's Pick, earning a score of 8 out of 10 points. The article includes buying advice and an analysis of emission and noise issues that arise with gas blowers.
Which Leaf Blower Is the Best? We Test 8 to Find Out
by Roy Berendsohn
Our AssessmentEditors of Popular Mechanics test eight models, although writer Roy Berendsohn is not very specific about the testing methodology. Their top pick is the Stihl BG55C, which he commends for its performance and lightweight design. The Husqvarna 125BE-Tech, Echo PB-250, Hitachi 23.9cc Handheld Blower and Tanaka TRB24EAP also earn strong reviews. Berendsohn reports that they found a model's rating for airspeed and volume is an unreliable gauge of effectiveness.
TOH Tested: Leaf Blowers
by Sal Vaglica
Our AssessmentThis Old House magazine evaluates 10 blowers -- rating each on performance, balance and comfort -- although the article is vague regarding how the models are tested. The most highly rated models are gas-powered blower-vacs: the Echo ES-255, Husqvarna 125BVx, Stilhl SH56C-E and discontinued Toro 51984. The Stihl BR200, a gas-powered backpack model, also gets an excellent rating. Vaglica also discusses the pros and cons of different blower types. Specs for each tested model are listed.
Leaf Blowers & Vacuums
by Contributors to Amazon.com
Our AssessmentAmazon.com sells more than 200 gas and electric leaf blowers from dozens of manufacturers, with several receiving upwards of 100 reviews. The Toro Power Sweep garners more than 1,000 reviews, with an average rating of 4.3 out of 5 stars. Models by Black & Decker, Husqvarna, Makita and Hitachi also earn high scores and top reviews from hundreds of owners. Some reviews are taken from manufacturer websites.
by Contributors to HomeDepot.com
Our AssessmentHomeDepot.com carries well over 100 electric and gas leaf blowers, offering commercial-grade units and large walk-behind models as well as handheld and backpack styles for consumers. While Toro is one of the site's highest-ranking brands, Black & Decker, Ryobi and Echo models also earn top ratings. The Toro Power Sweep earns more than 900 reviews, while most other models earn far fewer. Reviews from some manufacturer websites are often included.
by Contributors to Lowes.com
Our AssessmentThere are more than 50 models of leaf blowers at Lowes.com, but only a handful attract a significant number of owner reviews. Husqvarna is the most popular by far, with hundreds of posts and high ratings for the 125B gas blower and 150BT backpack blower. The Hitachi 23.9cc Handheld Blower also gets high ratings, but with fewer reviews. Some reviews come from manufacturer websites.
How to Pick the Perfect Leaf Blower
by Joe Delulio
Our AssessmentOn this retail and review site, product expert Joe Delulio provides evaluations and recommendations, although there's no mention of how or whether he personally tests each model. Owners can post ratings and reviews too, although most models get only a handful of comments. Husqvarna and Toro are the most popular brands here. The site also includes buying guides for different types of blowers and information to help consumers understand the benefits of various leaf-blower features.
Blowers & Vacuums
by Contributors to Sears.com
Our AssessmentBoth electric and gas leaf blowers are available at Sears.com, but few attract 50 or more user comments and garner average ratings of 4 out of 5 stars or better. An exception is the electric Toro Ultra Blower Vac, which earns an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars from more than 110 users. The electric Craftsman 24031 and backpack-style Craftsman 41AR4BEG799 also garner upwards of 50 reviews and high ratings.
No Gas, No Problem: Stihl's Battery-Powered Tools Get the Job Done
by Roy Berendsohn
Our AssessmentBerendsohn can't hide his preference for higher-torque gas-powered tools -- but that's before he informally tests three of Stihl's cordless 36-volt lawn products. His analysis is fairly anecdotal, but he shares his positive experiences with these tools and offers an enthusiastic discussion of the Stihl BGA 85 cordless blower. He concedes that cordless tools are expensive, particularly when you factor in the battery and charger, but he feels the benefits are worth the cost.
Best Leaf Blowers: Top 10 Rated Leaf Blowers 2014
by Editors of 10rate.com
Our AssessmentEditors name the 10 best leaf blowers, highlighting the Toro Power Sweep as the best budget pick and the Husqvarna 125BVx as the best value. The discontinued Toro 51599 is named best-quality blower. The editors provide a list of factors they use in determining their picks, which include easy startup, a powerful engine, convenient accessories, and low emissions (for gas blowers). Each review includes a short summary, but there's no mention of hands-on testing.