Black & Decker GW270-XE (A)
Homelite GBV2400 (A)
Ozito BVP-2400 with Patio Head (A)
Ryobi RBV2400VP (A)
Ryobi RBV3000VP (A)
Gardeners Choice GCV260 (A)
Homelite HBL26BVN (A)
Husqvarna 125BX (required purchase of vacuum kit) (A)
McCulloch M325 (A)
Morrison EBV 260 (A)
Ryobi RBV26 (A)
(A) Discontinued, but may still be available in some stores.
How we test?
Our tester, James Thomson, scatters 5 kg of dried leaves over 10m by 10m of paved ground. He times how long it takes to blow all the leaves into a pile, convert from blower to vacuum mode, and vacuum up the pile of leaves.
A time of seven minutes got a score of 90%, and 42 minutes a score of 20%. For comparison, it takes 42 minutes to clean the same area using just a broom.
James also checks how easy each model is to use. This includes converting it from blower to vacuum mode, using its controls, emptying the bag, and how comfortable it is to hold and operate.