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Last updated: 02 January 2018

Despite the noise, blowers and blower vacs make tidying up your garden and collecting debris easier – and some can even mulch it into something useful.

  • Our test covers petrol, cordless and electric blowers.
  • Our buying guide tells you what to look for in a blower.
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Our expert testers give every blower a thorough workout to help find the models that:

  • are best at blowing and vacuuming
  • are the easiest to use and convert to vacuum
  • which are noisiest.

This review includes blower-vacs and blower-only models; you can use the vacuum function filter at left to see just the blower-vac models.

Our interactive comparison tool helps you find out which models have the features you want, which are heaviest and which cordless models have the longest battery life. Our Recommended list will help you see quickly which models come out on top.

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