Best Leaf Blowers in the UK

Review & Comparison, Last Update November 14, 2017
You love your yard neat and clean, but have no time (or desire) to take a rake and spend all day cleaning out leaves? Or you need to clear the path from snow? A leaf blower will help you with these and other tasks in your yard. Look through our review and choose the best one for yourself. ...Read more ...Read less
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PROS
CONS
OUR VERDICT
POWER SOURCE
MODES
ENGINE
PERFORMANCE
GOOD FOR
FEATURES/ CONVENIENCE
WEIGHT
WARRANTY
 
PROS
Mechanical decompression system is what makes starting easy and safe while the 4-stroke engine doesn't require a gas and oil mixture to work.
CONS
Vac Kit & Vac Bag doesn't come together with the vacuum.
OUR VERDICT
If you need to keep your yard or garden clean and neat, a handheld leaf blower from the world-renowned Makita company is what you need. Producing 50% less emissions, it's not only efficient but ecological too.
detailed parameters
POWER SOURCE
Petrol powered
MODES
Blower/ Vac
ENGINE
24.5cc, 4-stroke Engine 0.8 kW
PERFORMANCE
10.1 m³/min; 144 MPH
GOOD FOR
Big areas with any surface type, any kind of debris
FEATURES/ CONVENIENCE
Cruise control throttle, Easy start 4-stroke petrol engine, Translucent gas tank
WEIGHT
4.4 kg
WARRANTY
3 years
PROS
An angled nozzle makes cleaning hard-to-reach places a simple process. A fairly long power cord allows you to clean large territories.
CONS
Energy consumption is bigger in comparison to the rivals.
OUR VERDICT
Having quite good technical specifications, WORX WG501E will become a reliable assistant in yard/garden cleaning. Moreover, the ability to change modes with one lever will make this process as simple as it can be.
detailed parameters
POWER SOURCE
Corded electric
MODES
Blower/ Vac/ Mulcher
ENGINE
3.0 kW
PERFORMANCE
10m³/min; 210 MPH
GOOD FOR
Medium-sized areas with any surface type, small and medium-sized debris
FEATURES/ CONVENIENCE
Blower to vacuum switch, Adjustable speed, 12-metre power cord, 54-litre collection bag with a shoulder strap
WEIGHT
3.8 kg
WARRANTY
3 years
PROS
Light weight, electricity independent performance, and lack of emissions are what makes this leaf blower a perfect choice for nature lovers.
CONS
Battery's working time isn't very long.
OUR VERDICT
If you need a mobile leaf blower and don't want to harm the environment, choose BOSCH cordless blower and enjoy cleaning with an efficient garden tool.
detailed parameters
POWER SOURCE
Battery-powered
MODES
Blower
ENGINE
18 V / 2.0 Ah
PERFORMANCE
130 MPH
GOOD FOR
Small areas, small debris
FEATURES/ CONVENIENCE
Soft grip handle, Power4all battery system can be used in some other Bosch devices
WEIGHT
1.8 kg (with the battery)
WARRANTY
2 years (3 years if registered)
PROS
A conical nozzle creates concentrated airflow to remove wet leaves without problems. Anti-vibration system prevents your hands from fatigue.
CONS
For proper engine performance, the specific mix of gas and oil is needed.
OUR VERDICT
Being quite powerful, but still easy to use and efficient, TIMBERPRO leaf blower will perfectly meet both home and public utilities needs.
detailed parameters
POWER SOURCE
Petrol powered
MODES
Blower/ Vac/ Mulcher
ENGINE
26cc, 2-stroke Engine 0.7 kW
PERFORMANCE
10.2 m³/min; ~ 140 MPH
GOOD FOR
Big areas with any surface type, any kind of debris
FEATURES/ CONVENIENCE
Anti-vibration dampers, 45-litre collection bag
WEIGHT
4.5 kg
WARRANTY
2 years
PROS
Paying a reasonable price, you get quite an efficient and easy-to-use device.
CONS
You might need an extension cord to clean middle-sized and large areas.
OUR VERDICT
If you're tired of using old garden tools but aren't sure as for the usefulness of a leaf blower, try inexpensive Q Garden device and see for yourself.
detailed parameters
POWER SOURCE
Corded electric
MODES
Blower/ Vac/ Mulcher
ENGINE
2.5 kW
PERFORMANCE
12 m³/min; 168 MPH
GOOD FOR
Small and medium-sized areas, small debris
FEATURES/ CONVENIENCE
Blower to vacuum switch, 6-metre power cord, 35-litre collection bag with a shoulder strap
WEIGHT
4.5 kg
WARRANTY
1 year

What is a Leaf Blower?

Leaf blowers have a special place among other gardening tools in any household. If you have a leaf blower you won't need a rake, or a broom, or some other tools you are used to. The leaf blower is able to clear the ground of mowing, fallen leaves, branches, even snow, mud, construction debris, and in the most hard-to-reach places too.

A leaf blower will help you blow the leaves off your yard, or from a park, or other territories in no time at all, and without much effort. Main features of leaf blowers include the ability to quickly and effectively clean fairly big areas with hard-to-reach or narrow places without any strain. Also, if you strive for order in your garden or yard, you may be interested in wet-dry vacuums, special vacuum cleaners for cleaning both litter and water.

What Features to Compare

Before you go and decide what leaf blower to buy, first consider the area that you will be cleaning with it. This is the main distinctive feature of any lawn blower model. So when you know how big the area is, consider the Type of the leaf blower. Electric models are, of course, easier to use, as you do not need to think about fuel, engine ignition, and maintenance. There are two sub-groups here: corded and battery-powered. The first are more powerful, but you will need an extension cord. The latter are not bound to the outlet, but instead, may lack power and have limited working time before they need recharging. Petrol-based lawn blowers are a perfect solution for people who own large properties, as they are completely autonomous and highly efficient. However, you can not use a petrol leaf blower inside your house because the combustion engine throws into atmosphere some (although very little) exhaust gases that are detrimental to health. One more thing that you should think about in the type-related issues is a design. There are three types of leaf blowers: handheld, backpack, and walk-behind. The design is determined by the engine power, which also determines capacity and its type.

  • Backpack lawn blowers are always petrol leaf blowers. The reason for this is that petrol leaf blowers are heavy, so the manufacturers produce them looking like backpacks, to reduce the load and distribute it the right way.
  • Walk behind yard blowers are good for cleaning large flat areas, for example, a lawn, but they are not intended to pick up debris in bushes, or for any other 'pinpoint' actions, even if they do have an additional chute.
  • Handheld leaf blowers are the most popular ones. Here you will find both electric and petrol leaf blowers. Some manufacturers equip their handheld leaf blowers with a shoulder strap, to shift some weight from user's hands to the body.

To evaluate the yard blower's efficiency, look at its Performance. This parameter is affected by the power and the airflow capacity. The air speed is measured in miles per hour (MPH). It is the most important parameter if you need to evaluate a leaf blower's usefulness for you, as the pressure over objects increases in quadratic dependency from the speed. The higher the speed is, the bigger objects the lawn blower will move. And the second part of this parameter is an air volume, measured is CFM (cubic feet per minute). The air volume defines the width of the air flow. More volume asks for less movement during cleaning. Although in an enclosed space it may be difficult to handle high air volumes.

The last but not least important thing to take into consideration when you choose a leaf blower is its Features and Convenience. While choosing such helpful equipment, pay attention to its weight, overall ergonomics and balance, how the manufacturer managed its design, what the vibration levels are, etc. Some yard blowers can offer additional features such as vacuum cleaners. Convenience is also strongly affected by its scope of supply: what nozzles you will get in a package and what job they are best to perform.

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Makita ZMAK-BHX2501

Reliable Equipment

The majority of us will probably agree that autumn is a wonderful and amazing season. We like watching beautiful streets covered with colourful fallen leaves. But what do you say when it comes to cleaning your yard/garden from tons of these leaves? Well, it’s likely that you aren’t fond of the process very much especially if there is only a broom and a rake in your garden shed. However, with Makita leaf blower, keeping your yard in order won’t be a problem anymore. This is petrol equipment with 24.5 cc 4-stroke engine and 0.8 kW power. Working on pure petrol (without addition of oil), this blower produces less emissions in comparison to other petrol-powered models. As for the blower’s performance, it is determined by 10.1 m3/ min airflow and 144 miles per hour airflow speed. These measurements will help you handle both dry and damp leaves as well as small garden debris. Moreover, you can use this tool not only as a blower. On buying special equipment additionally, you’ll be able to use it as a vacuum too. A combination of the two functions will make the process of garden/yard cleaning faster and more effective.

Review of Makita ZMAK-BHX2501 24.5 cc 4-Stroke Petrol Handheld Leaf Blower

Easier Than You Think

Quite a lot of people cast doubt on buying petrol equipment which is mainly explained by mere lack of desire to perform regular maintenance. However, this isn't the same about Makita ZMAK-BHX2501. Despite the fact this is a petrol-powered blower, operating it is easier that you'd think. The blower’s weight is rather small and makes only 4.4 kg. Yet, it's quite performing and allow users to use it for an hour or so on a single refill. Secondly, the blower features an ergonomic handle with a cruise control throttle for operators to easily adjust speed on the go without holding the button for all the time they do cleaning. What is more, an electronic ignition system and decompression valve make the start of the blower easy and fast. A well-thought construction with a translucent tank will surely come to your liking, making unit's maintenance much easier too.

Makita ZMAK-BHX2501 24.5 cc 4-Stroke Petrol Handheld Leaf Blower in the use

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Be sure to use mix petrol with oil; this will help keep the engine cylinder lubricated and reduce friction during usage. 

Detailed review of Makita ZMAK-BHX2501 24.5 cc 4-Stroke Petrol Handheld Leaf Blower

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WORX WG501E

All-in-One

Looking through a huge range of leaf blowers, it was impossible to miss out on this corded electric Worx WG501E model which definitely deserves attention. Some of you might suppose that operating electric blowers isn't exactly convenient for they are bound to power sockets and are limited by a cord length. This is partially true, but not so much about Worx WG501E blower. It's got a rather long 12-metre cord and thus, is pretty mobile. The blower supports three operation modes - blower, vacuum, and mulcher which are variable at a lever trigger. Worx WG501E blower comes with an angled nozzle to clean in hard-to-reach places such as under benches, patio furniture, through bushes, etc. What we liked about this model either is that it doesn't require too often emptying and can be used for prolonged time on small and middle-sized areas with comfort. All things considered, it can be used in your garden too and become an all-in-one helper for multiple jobs.

Review of WORX WG501E Blower/ Mulcher and Vacuum with 7 Speed Settings

What Can you Do?

Speaking about performance, Worx WG501E demonstrates quite high rates and is hardly far behind petrol-powered tools. Reaching up to 210 miles per hour the airflow this blower can create can handle both dry and wet leaves and small branches. There are seven speed settings to choose from, depending on the area you need to clean. For cleaning litter, the speed is equal to 63 litres per minute. Impressive, isn't it? This also means that you can use it indoors on construction sites or in your shed to clean away the waste and debris. Great efficiency, small weight and capacious collection bag prove to show the value of Worx WG501E, making it a high-performing substitute to any broom or rakes.

WORX WG501E Blower/ Mulcher and Vacuum with 7 Speed Settings in the use

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In order to protect your eyes from dust or other particles which might appear during the blowing process, we recommend you to use special safety goggles. 

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Bosch ALB 18 LI Cordless Lithium Ion Leaf Blower

Mobile and Environmentally-friendly

Tired of dragging around rakes in a yard? There's an option. Bosch ALB 18 leaf blower will help you rid of leaves and small debris which clutter your lawn, paths and garden with ease. Unlike the other models in our review Bosch ALB 18 is battery-powered and absolutely independent from cords and fuel. You can use it in any part of your without being limited in movements. The other obvious advantage of Bosch leaf blower over other models is its quiet operation and emission-free performance. No harm to the environment whatsoever! However, with all that said, using it for only 10 minutes might be an issue for customers who need to clean quite large territories and so, we would not recommend it for those purposes. For all other jobs it will do fine. The 18 V 2.0 Ah lithium-ion battery keeps charge pretty well even in storage and can be replaced with any other one from the Bosch tool series, which can come in pretty handy for owners of Bosch tools collections.

 

Review of Bosch ALB 18 LI Cordless Lithium Ion Leaf Blower

The Easiest Thing Ever

Besides being mobile and environmentally-friendly, Bosch ALB 18 leaf blower is also pretty easy-to-use. Due to its compact size, it can be used not only in open areas but also terraces, arbours, furniture and in hard-to-reach places. 130 MPH airflow speed helps you handle all the leaves, branches and litter in the blink of an eye. With the blower’s weight of only 1.8 kilograms, cleaning garden or yard for a prolonged period of time isn't going to be a tiresome process. A soft handle cover provides a comfortable grip for enhanced user's convenience. The manufacturer has also thought-out the storage options and equipped the blower with a removable attachment that can be detached and kept away on a shelf. The unit itself is also small and will fit in a corner of your shed or garage. 

Bosch ALB 18 LI Cordless Lithium Ion Leaf Blower in the use

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Bosch ALB 18 LI Cordless Lithium Ion Leaf Blower
Bosch ALB 18 LI Cordless Lithium Ion Leaf Blower
 

Timberpro Petrol Powered Leaf Blower

Efficiency

Taking care of a garden is not only a way to keep your property neat but also have a rest from noisy civilisation. However, this process might be time-consuming, especially in autumn when there is a need to clean fallen leaves. To save your time and energy, try TIMBERPRO leaf blower. Being a petrol tool aimed at meeting your requirements, this leaf blower is highly effective and reliable due to 26 cc 2-stroke engine with 0.7 kW power as well as 10 m3/min airflow and 140 MPH speed. These very features allow the blower to handle leaves, small branches, and litter. Purchase TIMBERPRO leaf blower and make sure it will help you clean your garden, yard, or another outside area. By the way, this device is a good helper not only for personal purposes, it can be successfully used by public utilities to clean parks and streets.

Review of Timberpro Petrol Powered Leaf Blower

Usability

If you have never worked with a petrol leaf blower before, we are ready to give you some advice. To start using it, prepare a mixture of petrol and special oil for a 2-stroke engine in 40:1 ratio. Pour it into the tank. The tank's volume is 0.5 litres, enough to support blower’s performance for one hour. Performance time is also affected by air cool option which protects the engine from overheating. The manufacturer has also taken measures to prevent hand fatigue which might come as an effect of a long cleaning process. Some might find 4.5 kilogrammes quite heavy to walk around, however, due to the anti-vibration system the load on your arms isn't going to be that big. One more thing to add to the usability of TIMBERPRO leaf blower is the variety of functions it can perform. Using a special vac kit, you can not only blow but also vacuum and mulch leaves and small litter. To gather all debris that you’ve vacuumed, the blower's equipped with a 45-litre collection bag. 10:1 mulch ratio lets you collect more leaves in one go. Consider the attachments that come in the box. 2 tubes – a wide one for a vacuum mode and a conical one for a blower mode – make the cleaning process easier. Toolkit is what will help you change tubes without any fuss. Eager to check how it works? Don’t hesitate – purchase TIMBERPRO leaf blower and turn the process of garden care into pleasure.

Timberpro Petrol Powered Leaf Blower in the use

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Timberpro Petrol Powered Leaf Blower
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Q Garden QGBV2500

Replace Old Tools

People whose property isn’t only a house but also a piece of ground spend a lot of time on its care. To have a beautiful lawn or garden, planting flowers isn't enough. You need to look after them and clean away debris all the time. For a long time people used some standard set of tools such as rakes, brooms, secateurs, etc to maintain the ground, however, now they all can be replaced with one efficient tool - a leaf blower from Q Garden. Using this blower, the time spent on garden care will be reduced greatly and the results will be much more satisfying. Q Garden QGBV2500 is a nice and affordable tool for most average customers who've got only their own yard to look after. It delivers decent performance and creates rather a strong airflow with 168 MPH speed, which isn't much worse to some more expensive models. The motor yield is also rather high and makes 2500 W. So if you're not up to overpaying for a garden tool that you plan to use only seasonally, you'll surely not regret buying Q Garden QGBV2500 leaf blower. 

Review of Q Garden QGBV2500 Leaf Blower Vacuum

Conclusion

It’d be fair to say that each leaf blower has its own advantages and flaws. In case with Q Garden QGBV2500, it’s hard to beat its price. For a reasonable price you can get a decent garden vacuum and still save up. Besides, it’s quite a performing tool that combines the functionality of blower and vac, and so can clean away dry, wet leaves and branches alike. The distinctive feature of Q Garden QGBV2500 is that it doesn’t require using any attachments and can be switched to a different mode with a lever trigger. Despite rather a low price, the manufacturer packed this blower with a handy shoulder strap, a collection bag for all debris and a 6-m cord so that you’ve got maximum flexibility to work.

Q Garden QGBV2500 Leaf Blower Vacuum in the use

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