See All Leaf Blowers

Toro Ultra Blower Vac 51599

*Est. $70
Reviewed
September 2011
by ConsumerSearch
Toro Ultra Blower Vac 51599

Pros
  • Quiet and powerful
  • Variable-speed motor
  • Lightweight
  • Eco-friendly
Cons
  • Cord limits range to 150 feet
  • Vacuum attachment awkward

Reviews say the electric 12-amp Toro Ultra Blower Vac is the best leaf blower for average-size yards. It has more power than most handheld, gas-powered leaf blowers, but it's lighter (7.3 pounds), quieter and more convenient, and it creates less pollution in the environment. You can go as far as 150 feet from an outlet with a 14-gauge extension cord. When it's used to vacuum leaves, this blower's serrated metal blades chop them more finely than most blower vacs do, and the cast magnesium impeller is more durable than plastic ones. If you only want to blow leaves off hard surfaces like decks and driveways, reviews recommend the less expensive Toro Power Sweep 51585 (Est. $40) . Both models carry a two-year warranty.

We found the best review of the Toro Ultra Blower Vac at ConsumerReports.org, where the product is ranked and rated along with many other leaf blowers, based on objective tests. Two articles in Popular Mechanics recommend the Ultra Blower Vac, though reviewers conduct no testing. Bestcovery.com and About.com also recommend it without documenting any testing procedures. We found the greatest number of owner-written reviews of the Toro Ultra Blower Vac at Amazon.com. Owner reviews at HomeDepot.com and Sears.com are also useful.

image
Toro 51585 Power Sweep 7 amp 2-Speed Electric Blower
Buy from Amazon.com
from Amazon.com
New: $39.99 $34.97   
In Stock.
Average Customer Review:  
Where To Buy
Toro 108-8994 Replacement Debris Collection Bag for Toro Blowers and Vacs

 
3 New from $24.99

In Stock. Eligible for FREE Super Saver Shipping

 

Our Sources

1. ConsumerReports.org

ConsumerReports.org tests electric- and gas-powered leaf blowers. Blowers are rated objectively on their ability to sweep, loosen and vacuum debris (if applicable), along with their noise level and ease of use. The Toro Ultra Blower Vac 51599 is one of the electric models in the ConsumerReports.org test program. A ratings chart ranks the electric blowers according to their performance.

Review: Leaf Blowers, Editors of ConsumerReports.org

2. Amazon.com

More than 940 owners review the Toro Ultra Blower here, giving it a rating of 4.3 out of 5 stars. A few note quality control or durability problems, but most are highly satisfied with their Toro Ultra Blowers.

Review: Toro 51599 Ultra 12 amp Variable-Speed Electric Blower/Vacuum with Metal Impeller, Contributors to Amazon.com

3. HomeDepot.com

The Toro Ultra Blower Vac is reviewed by more than 170 owners here, and they give it an overall rating of 4.6 out of 5. Recent reviewers like the power, light weight and ease of use and the fact that the blower has a metal impeller rather than a plastic one.

Review: Toro Electric Ultra Blower, Contributors to HomeDepot.com

4. PopularMechanics.com

The Toro Ultra Blower Vac is the only leaf blower included in this article about must-haves for the fall. A short review praises it as lightweight and quiet for a leaf blower. However, testing, if any, is not documented.

Review: 4 Tools You Need to Know this October, Popular Mechanics Staff, Oct. 1, 2009

5. PopularMechanics.com

The DIY Guy at PopularMechanics.com blogs about eight leaf-removal tools, including the Toro Ultra Blower Vac. He likes the fact that the Ultra Blower Vac can blow, vacuum and shred leaves, which makes it "one of the most versatile leaf collecting tools on the market today."

Review: 8 Lawn Rakes Turn Over a New Leaf with Unique Designs, Joseph Truini, Oct. 1, 2009

6. Sears.com

The Toro Ultra Blower Vac gets more than 30 reviews and good ratings at Sears.com. It's the only non-Craftsman model with a significant number of reviews. The overall rating based on owner reviews is 4.5 out of a possible 5 stars.

Review: Toro 235 mph Electric Ultra Blower/Vac/Shredder, Contributors to Sears.com

7. Bestcovery.com

Bestcovery.com picks the Toro Ultra Blower Vac as the best electric leaf blower overall. Reviewer Paul S. likes the light weight, ease of use and power to handle most clean up jobs. "It will quickly become one of your favorite outdoor tools," he writes.

Review: Toro 51599 Ultra 12 Amp Variable Speed Electric Blower/Vacuum, "Paul S."

8. About.com

Marie Iannotti, the About.com guide to gardening, names her choices for the best leaf-removal tools. They include the Toro Ultra Blower Vac. She notes that "it's not just quieter, it's lighter (7.5 pounds) and cleaner than a gas model." (Note: ConsumerSearch is owned by About.com, but the two don't share an editorial affiliation.)

Review: Top 6 Leaf Blowers, Vacuums, Shredders -- Even Rakes, Marie Iannotti

Leaf Blowers Runners Up:

Toro Ultra Blower Vac 51609 Est. $90

6 picks including: Amazon.com, HomeDepot.com…

Hitachi RB24EAP Est. $150

6 picks including: Amazon.com, HomeDepot.com…

Echo PB-500H Est. $300

3 picks including: HomeDepot.com, PopularMechanics.com…

Stihl BR-200 Est. $300

3 picks including: This Old House, ConsumerReports.org…

Black & Decker LSW36 Est. $140

2 picks including: Amazon.com, HomeDepot.com…

image
Toro 51609 Ultra 12 amp Variable-Speed (up to 235) Electric Blower/Vacuum with Metal Impeller
Buy from Amazon.com
from Amazon.com
New: $119.99 $74.97   
In Stock.
Average Customer Review:  
image
Hitachi RB24EAP 23.9cc 2 Stroke 170 MPH Gas Powered Handheld Blower (CARB Compliant)
Buy from Amazon.com
from Amazon.com
New: $149.95   
In Stock.
Average Customer Review:  
image
Black and Decker LSW36 40-Volt Lithium Ion Cordless Sweeper
Buy from Amazon.com
from Amazon.com
New: $139.99 $134.00   
In Stock.
Average Customer Review:  

Back to top