The Toro Power Sweep is a top choice for homeowners who want an inexpensive yet effective leaf blower. It won't vacuum or mulch, but reviewers say it's got plenty of power to move leaves, sweep decks, clear away seeds or dirt, and handle other light jobs. It's exceptionally easy to handle, thanks to a lightweight frame and straightforward controls, and owners say it's durable. The electric motor has a push-button start.
Effective light-duty blower. The Toro Power Sweep has a two-speed electric motor that generates almost as much airflow as a gas-powered model, reviewers say. Users find its high speed strong enough to remove dry leaves, tidy decks and clean sidewalks; the low speed, they say, works well in small spaces like garages or on delicate landscaping like flower beds. With hassle-free starting and no limitations on run time, the Power Sweep is considered ideal for light cleaning jobs. However, this leaf blower isn't built to handle large amounts of leaf litter or wet vegetation, and it has no vacuum or mulching capabilities.
Easy to maneuver. Weighing less than 5 pounds, the Toro Power Sweep is easy to carry, maneuver and store, reviewers say. In addition, the controls are conveniently mounted on the handle "at easy finger reach," according to the editors of 10rate.com. Although this model doesn't have a lot of bells and whistles, it does "serve its purpose really well," according to one owner. Users appreciate the maintenance-free motor and say managing the extension cord is less of a hassle than dealing with a gas engine. The Power Sweep is also one of the quietest blowers, measuring 63.5 decibels from 50 feet away.
Outstanding brand reputation. As reviewers note, the Toro brand has an excellent reputation for quality. Many users report buying the Power Sweep as a replacement for an older Toro model that lasted for years, and they have high hopes for this model as well. As one user puts it, "It appears that it has a good motor, and I expect it to last a long time." An extension cord must be purchased separately, and experts recommend using an outdoor-grade power cord that's at least 14-gauge. We read only a few reports of mechanical breakdowns. The Power Sweep is UL-listed and comes with a two-year warranty.
One of the few leaf blowers to attract more than 600 owner reviews on Amazon.com, the Toro Power Sweep garners an average rating of 4.6 out of 5 stars. Users like its simplicity and lightweight build. Most commend its performance, although a few say it's not powerful enough.
Review: Toro Co M/R Blwr/Trmmr 51585 160-MPH Power Sweep Electric Blower, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of May 2014
The Toro Power Sweep earns an average rating of 4.6 out of 5 stars from nearly 170 users posting to HomeDepot.com. Owners like that it's simple and reliable, and most find it sufficiently powerful for sweeping leaves, seeds and clippings. Some report problems with the switch or motor.
Review: Toro Power Sweep 160 mph 155 CFM 7 Amp Electric Leaf Blower, Contributors to HomeDepot.com, As of May 2014
Product expert Delulio says the Toro Power Sweep delivers terrific performance at a good price. He likes its lightweight design and says it has plenty of power to handle fall leaves or summer grass clippings. Nearly 20 owners give the Power Sweep a perfect rating of 5 out of 5 stars.
Review: Toro Power Sweep Hand Held Electric Leaf Blower, Joe Delulio and contributors to LeafBlowersDirect.com, As of May 2014
Editors name the Toro Power Sweep the best budget leaf blower in this Top 10 list. They say it has "more than sufficient power to blow away most leaves and debris." The hassle of using a cord is the only weakness listed. There is no description of a testing methodology.
Review: Toro 51585 Review, Editors of 10rate.com, Not Dated