Best Cordless Blower Shootout
Finding the best cordless blower is pretty much like looking for the Holy Grail when it comes to battery-powered OPE. These tools are some of the least efficient owing to the need to constantly turn their fans tens of thousands of RPMs.
But this class of tool is far from being equal with designs all over the map. Even though voltages range from 18V to 120V, jet-like inline designs are finally taking over for more models. From there, though, it’s the Wild West for this best cordless blower shootout.
Voltage, Amp Hours, and Watt Hours
There are a ton of voltage options between 18V and 120V in this shootout, but higher voltage doesn’t always mean greater power. Likewise, having a high number of amp hours doesn’t guarantee you get the best runtime. When it comes down to how much energy each battery has to draw from, it’s the watt hours you want to look at.
The equation to calculate watt hours is simple:
nominal volts x amp hours = watt hours
The easier way to find it is to simply look at the battery. If you do the math, you’ll see that not all batteries calculate out to exactly what’s printed on the pack – but that watt hour designation carries with it a legal responsibility. So for the sake of using whole numbers, most brands rationalize out a little bit on volts and amp hours, but the printed watt hours are what we’re looking at.
Please note: these are the batteries we tested, not necessarily the ones that come with each kit option. Some models have multiple kit options, while others are a la carte with charger and battery purchases coming separately.
When we consider a tool’s ergonomics, it’s a combination of weight, how the weight is distributed, how the tool feels in your hand, and what it feels like under load. A tool can feel great until you turn it on. Suddenly, there’s vibration, and the tool’s weight fights against you. On the other hand, a heavy tool can distribute its weight well and feel lighter than it really is.
What throws off classic consideration is that Husqvarna and Stihl get the battery on your back with frames and straps that adjust to fit you. Husqvarna still has some batteries that fit in the blower, but Stihl has taken them out completely. Even if you go for a standard pack instead of the backpack, you wear it on your belt and connect a cord to the blower, making for a surprisingly pleasant experience compared to the other models.
A few things came up other than straight up weight and balance in our testing. With most blowers, there is a seam of either overmold or tool plastic on the top and bottom of the handle. Some of these are pronounced enough to feel with your bare hand while you’re using it. Both EGO models, Worx, Greenworks, Husqvarna, and Stihl (slightly) take a deduction here.
Other ergonomic deductions include balance offset from Redback, Kobalt, and Snapper. Black & Decker’s thick handle also earns a slight deduction along with noticeably higher vibration with Ryobi.
On the positive side of things, both DeWalt models and Makita get a bonus for their more form-fitting handles. Also, Kobalt’s trigger is the only one that naturally fits a two-finger grip.