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Last updated: 12 December 2022


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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 expert testers give petrol, cordless and electric blowers 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 on the left to view just the blower vac models.

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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, while our Recommended list will show you at a glance which models come out on top.

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      Vacuum function

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      Some models are blower-only; this option shows the ones that also have a vacuum feature.

        Performance score

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        We test with dry leaves and small twigs in a 20 square metre area. We time how long it takes to blow all the leaves into a pile, and for models with a vacuum function, how long it then takes to convert from blower to vacuum mode and vacuum up the pile of leaves. The fastest blowers clear the area of leaves in under 4 minutes. If a model runs out of power before cleaning the whole area its score is penalised accordingly.

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        Ease of use score

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        We check how easy each model is to use. This includes using its controls, and and how comfortable it is to hold and operate.

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        • Noise at user's position and at 7.5m (dBA)
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        • Battery life (min) / stated charge time
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        • Price
        • Vacuum function
        • Motor power / capacity
        • Battery
        • Cord length (cm)
        • Claimed blow speed (km/hour)
        • Claimed bag capacity (L)
        • Detachable tube
        • Carry strap
        • Nose wheel
        • Warranty (years)
        • Blower dimensions (cm, L x W x H)
        • Weight (kg)
        • Contents of packaging
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