Best Cordless Blower Shootout 02 Outdoor Power Equipment Reviews

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.

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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.

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Good Vibrations

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Does anyone have a recommendation for the best cordless yard vacuum?

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The Ego is sold at Home Depot with a 2.5 battery not a 5 as in you test. It sells for $199 as stated. The Kobalt is now $199 at Lowes. So with theses changed would the the Kobalt move up and the Edo 530 move down? At this site the demonstration shows that the Kobalt runs 4 minutes longer than the Ego 530 with the 2.5: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iWCRPJn5Dm8

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Your tests were the best I have seen on the internet. However, the Ego is sold at Home Depot with a 2.5 battery not a 5 as in you test. It sells for $199 as stated. The Kobalt is now $199 at Lowes. So with theses changed would the the Kobalt move up and the Edo 530 move down? At this site the demonstration shows that the Kobalt runs 4 minutes longer than the Ego 530 with the 2.5: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iWCRPJn5Dm8

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I imagine all these are fine for blowing grass off the drive after cutting, but I suspect most struggle with any signifigant amount of leaves. I have Tanaka 2-stroke 170mph 440 cfm does a decent job, but wouldn’t want any less and most of these are much slower speed and similar cfm. It’s very light and always starts right up. Oh and doesn’t have a molded handle never bothered me and they dinged Echo for this.

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Are you sure that the Husqvarna 436 has a brushed motor? According to the official product page, it is part of their BLDC (brushless) line.

https://www.husqvarna.com/us/products/leaf-blowers/436lib/967252403/
(Check motor type in the specifications area at the bottom)