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Best Cordless Blower Shootout


Listen to the Sound

Noise reduction remains one of the major benefits of cordless OPE over gas engines. While each of the blowers we tested reduces noise considerably from gas, several are still above the 85 dB(a) mark and get designated for hearing protection from ANSI and OSHA.

One thing that’s interesting to note is the difference between the numbers we measured and those listed on the specifications. For one, we tested at wide open throttle (but not turbo). The other variable is that we tested outside according to ANSI standards, but it’s hot and humid here in Central Florida—like 97 degrees with 80% humidity and a “Feels Like” temperature in the mid-110’s. That affects the sound, especially compared to an air-conditioned sound room.

Best Cordless Blower Shootout Noise Level

The quietest of the bunch goes to Stihl at just 81 dB(A) measured from the ear. The EGO 530 CFM is just one decibel behind at 82 dB(A) and Black & Decker hits 84 dB(A).

On the other end of the spectrum is Redback with 95 dB(A), and Worx at 92 dB(A) along with DeWalt’s 40V Max and Ryobi at 90 dB(A).

Common Features

There are separate features Pros look for on blower than what DIYers get. For once, this swings in favor of the homeowner with a few conveniences that make your life a little easier since you’re likely trading off some performance.

Brushless Motor

Blowers are inefficient, but brushless motors help tremendously. They extend runtime and the life of the motor along with running cooler and eliminating the need to change carbon brushes.

Who Has It?

  • Everyone but Black & Decker and Ryobi

TurboRyobi 40V Jet Fan Blower

A Turbo button gives you a short burst of high power to loosen debris that WOT (wide open throttle) won’t budge. This is like putting the pedal to the metal, though—your efficiency will tank here.

Who Has It?

  • Black & Decker
  • Echo
  • Greenworks
  • Husqvarna
  • Ryobi
  • Stihl

Handle Overmold

Whether wrapping completely around the handle or just on the sides, rubber overmold helps you keep a solid grip and dampens any vibration the blower has.

Who Has It?

  • Everyone except Echo

Power LockoutDeWalt FlexVolt Blower

It’s unlikely a blower will start up on its own during transport, but a lockout switch of some kind is nice. Many are mechanical, but a few on the higher end are electronic. Even if your blower doesn’t have one, you can simply keep the battery out until you’re ready to use it.

Who Has It?

  • DeWalt 40V Max
  • DeWalt FlexVolt
  • Husqvarna
  • Kobalt
  • Redback
  • Snapper
  • Stihl

Inline Design (Axial vs Centrifugal)

By pulling air directly through the blower (as in an axial fan design), you reduce air friction and increase efficiency. When you compare to a side intake design (centrifugal fans), they’re typically more efficient. This hasn’t caught on so much with gas blowers, but they’re not chasing down battery power, either.

Who Has It?

  • Everyone except both DeWalt models

Rear IntakeBest Cordless Blower Shootout Kobalt 80V Blower 80

Taking the inline axial design a step further is a full rear intake. This keeps the airflow completely inline. While it’s not terribly inefficient to have intake vents around the side for an inline blower, loose clothing can be drawn in and restrict airflow to the tool.

Who Has It?

  • Black & Decker
  • EGO 575
  • EGO 530
  • Kobalt
  • Makita
  • Milwaukee
  • Redback
  • Snapper
  • Stihl
  • Worx

Accessible Battery Gauge

Most batteries have a gauge on them to check the level with the push of a button. Some have a gauge on the tool. Either way, it’s critical when estimating how much working time you have remaining before you’ll need to stop and swap out batteries.

Who Has It?

  • Everyone*

*Stihl’s battery gauge is not accessible to the user on the backpack, but when using their other batteries via the belt clip, charge levels can be seen.

Strap PointBest Cordless Blower Shootout Stihl BGA 100 Blower 111

If you’re going to be working all day, shoulder straps can really save you some strain. A few of models allow for this convenience.

Who Has It?

  • EGO 530
  • EGO 575
  • Redback
  • Stihl

Cruise ControlBest Cordless Blower Shootout EGO 575 CFM Blower 24

Cruise control of some form is found on nearly all of our models, but it’s curiously missing on a couple of big Pro names: Stihl and Husqvarna. On the homeowner side, Black & Decker doesn’t have it. It’s certainly convenient if you’ve got a blower with an uncomfortable trigger. It also helps when trying to maintain efficiency by operating at a lower power level.

The models that have “cruise control” all utilize a sliding speed control mechanism except for Makita. They use a push in trigger lock along with their speed dial.

Who Has It?

  • DeWalt 40V Max
  • DeWalt FlexVolt
  • Echo
  • EGO 575
  • Greenworks
  • Makita
  • Milwaukee
  • Redback
  • Snapper
  • Worx

Scraper (Reinforced Nozzle Tip)Best Cordless Blower Shootout Black and Decker 60V Max Blower 33

A scraper in the form of a metal ring or plastic protrusion is helpful for blowers that don’t have as much power. These accessories allow you to loosen wet material that’s been sitting for a while.

Who Has It?

  • Black & Decker
  • Echo
  • Greenworks
  • Ryobi
  • Snapper

Next Up: Measuring Speed, Airflow AND Power

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

Brett
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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)