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Leaf Blowers: Ratings of Sources

Total of 12 Sources
1. ConsumerReports.org
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Leaf Blowers
by Editors of ConsumerReports.org
Our AssessmentEditors test more than 40 leaf blowers, including corded, battery powered, gas handheld and backpack models, on their ability to sweep leaves/debris, removed embedded leaves from the lawn and vacuum up dry leaves. Handling, noise at 50 feet and noise at ear level are part of each blower's final score.
2. This Old House
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TOH Tested: Leaf Blowers
by Sal Vaglica
Our AssessmentThisOldHouse.com tests 10 different blowers, covering all four electric and gas categories. Vaglica discusses the pros and cons of each type, rating each tool on its blowing and vacuuming performance, balance and comfort.
3. PopularMechanics.com
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Which Leaf Blower Is the Best? We Test 8 to Find Out
by Roy Berendsohn
Our AssessmentBerendsohn calls leaf blowers an efficient timesaver after testing eight models to determine which are the most effective. However, he doesn't explain his methods.
4. PopularMechanics.com
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Backpack Leaf Blower Comparison Test
by Roy Berendsohn
Our AssessmentBackpack blowers aren't necessary tools for homeowners, Berendsohn says, but "if you're willing to invest, nothing can speed outdoor jobs more than a backpack leaf blower." He uses professional comparisons and real-world tests to rate five different models.
5. Wired
Sept. 29, 2011
Leaf Blowers
by David Wolman
Our AssessmentEditors thoroughly test four leaf blowers on a ballpark's worth of leaves and debris over several days, evaluating not only blowing power but also noise, durability and comfort.
6. Amazon.com
As of September 2013
Leaf Blowers & Vacuums
by Contributors to Amazon.com
Our AssessmentAmazon.com sells a large variety of electric and gas leaf blowers. Many Black & Decker models get high ratings from owners, and a select few by Hitachi, Toro and Worx receive more than 400 user reviews.
7. HomeDepot.com
As of September 2013
Leaf Blowers
by Contributors to HomeDepot.com
Our AssessmentHomeDepot.com carries three times more electric leaf blowers than gas models, plus offers commercial-grade units and large walk-behind blowers. While Toro is one of the site's highest-ranking brands, Black & Decker, Ryobi and Echo models are sold here, too. Reviews from some manufacturer websites are often included.
8. Lowes.com
As of September 2013
Blowers
by Contributors to Lowes.com
Our AssessmentThere are more than 40 different models of leaf blowers at Lowes.com, but only a handful attracts a significant number of owner reviews. A couple of Black & Decker and Troy-Bilt blowers get very good ratings, but Husqvarna is the most popular by far, with hundreds of posts for the 125B gas blower and 150BT backpack blower. The site summarizes the top pros and cons of each model.
9. Sears.com
As of September 2013
Blowers & Vacuums
by Contributors to Sears.com
Our AssessmentBoth electric and gas leaf blowers are available at Sears.com, mostly Black & Decker models, but few attract 25 or more user comments and are rated 3 out of 5 stars or better. Standouts include the electric Toro Ultra Blower Vac 51609 and the gas-powered Craftsman 79477.
10. PopularMechanics.com
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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 36-volt lawn tools. Here he shares his positive experiences, including some discussion of the Stihl BGA 85 cordless blower.
11. LeafBlowersDirect.com
As of September 2013
Top Leaf Blowers
by Joe Delulio
Our AssessmentThis retail site takes a unique approach to leaf blower reviews, with a product expert available to evaluate and recommend models. Owners can also rate blowers and post comments, although most models get only a handful. Husqvarna, Toro and Troy-Bilt are the most popular brands here.
12. 10rate.com
2013
Best Leaf Blowers: Top 10 Rated Leaf Blowers 2013
by Editors of 10rate.com
Our AssessmentEditors name the 10 best leaf blowers, highlighting the Toro 51599 for quality, the Husqvarna 125BVx for value and the Toro 51585 as the best budget pick. Each review includes a short summary and spec sheet, but there's no mention of hands-on testing.
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