When the weather’s warming up, there’s nothing like enjoying a cuppa on the garden shed, overlooking your hard-earned garden. Unfortunately, leaf litter can cover your beautiful work and become slimy as it disintegrates, creating dangerous slippery surfaces for your family and guests. Those gorgeous trees are there to bring shade and peace, but the fatter the foliage, the faster they fall!
Rather than sweat it out with a rake every Saturday morning, a leaf blower can easily clear your whole garden and deck in a matter of minutes, leaving you more time to enjoy the weekend. In the long run, it’s a small cost for the effort saved. Who has time for unnecessary garden chores?
When looking for a leaf blower, keep in mind the size of your garden and the kind of debris you’re looking to shift. A larger garden needs a larger battery or a petrol blower if you’re looking to go cordless, and a machine that easily moves dry leaves may struggle with slimy rotting wet leaves and debris.
If you have access to an outdoor power point, a corded electric blower will always provide the best power, but once you connect it to a long enough extension cord to reach across the yard, you might find the cord is quite unwieldy to manage, same as with electric lawn mowers.
A cordless blower is a far more convenient cleaning tool, but tends to have less power, so consider how much battery power you’re going to need for the runtime that the job will require.
Also, keep an eye out when shopping online for the terms “skin only” or “zero tool”. These both mean that the product you’re purchasing is the leaf blower only – no battery, battery charger or charge cord is included, and when bought together they tend to make up over half the price.
There’s a lot to consider, but we’ve blown away the chaff to bring you our list of the best leaf blowers available in Australia.
Best For Wet Leaves
1. Ryobi 18V OBL1820S ONE+
The best cordless leaf electric blower for tough jobs
This sleek little Ryobi 18V boasts extreme power for a cordless leaf blower, and is the closest one to a petrol blower. The flat narrow nozzle directs a tough wide stream for powerful air blow at over 245km per hour, absurdly good for a cordless model.
This Ryobi One is one the best leaf blowers in Australia for wet leaves, like directing a pressure hose, able to get under large clumps of wet leaves and lift them up to blow them a metre away.
This model is a zero tool, so you will have to buy the battery and charger separately. The cost will double, but in the long run this can make your product more future proof. When the battery eventually fades, you can replace it with the latest battery tech available in future, or buy a larger battery size if you move to a larger house, to stay prepared for bigger jobs and swap between other Ryobi product.
As with all cordless blowers, the standard battery does not give you that much time for this powerful blower, especially because this blower is single speed only. If you want the best from this blower, we strongly recommend going for the 4.0Ah battery, or the 5.0Ah battery for large yards.
2. Bosch Leaf Blower and Vacuum Cleaner ALS 25
The best leaf blower vacuum cleaner combo available, with strong corded power
If you have garden or compost, it is a shame to blow all the natural leaf litter and dead flowers away from your garden, when you could collect it and use it as mulch. A blower vac works just the same as a leaf blower, but also in reverse, to suck up all those leaves into a shredder, where they stay contained in a collection bag for you to strategically scatter over your garden.
If you have an extension cord that will reach across your yard, there is no blower vac more powerful than this Bosch. As a blower, the Bosch ALS 25 moves over 800m³ per hour, which is a big deal for clumps of wet leaves and gravel, that can be trickier to push around. Of course, this power will be too much for gravel paths, so the power is adjustable so you can blow away leaves without shifting gravel as your needs fit.
The ergonomic handles are adjustable, with a comfy soft grip, and well placed for better weight distribution. A padded shoulder strap provides extra support to keep the 3.2kg weight stable while you work. The 45-litre collection dust bag in vacuum mode is tough and made of a special moisture-repellent, so it will never be ruined by sticky or slimy rotting leaves. It also has a smooth zip for controlled emptying and easily detaches for washing.
3. Bosch Cordless Leaf Blower ALB 18 LI
A powerful and quiet electric cordless leaf blower built to last
A short step down from the blower vacuum combo, this robust and light machine does not vacuum but is cordless, the Bosch ALB 18 is a lighter and more portable version of the ALS 25.
Not only lighter but more comfortable to hold too, the soft grip is neither too tough nor too rubbery to hold steady in a controlled way. The design of the shaft and narrowed tip is ergonomically designed to give you a fair range of high-power blow with twisting or stooping.
Impressively, this simple light design does not come at the cost of power. The Bosch Cordless is a powerful electric blower that provides awesome airflow of up to 210km per hour, for up to ten minutes with a 2.0Ah battery sold separately, more than enough for a patio and medium-sized garden.
The 18V battery is sold separately which will more than double the cost, but is an excellent lithium ion battery with fast charger capabilities and electronic cell protection that protects against over-discharge and shuts down tools automatically in the event of overload.
4. Worx WG546E.1
A great value electric leaf blower with removeable shareable battery
This leaf blower is another slam dunk from Worx, a company gaining a reputation for upper-mid tier products at lower-mid tier prices, and this cannon-style leaf blower with included shareable battery is no exception.
145km per hour air velocity comes through a turbine fan blower for high efficiency, with an attachable hyper-stream air nozzle for extra concentrated blow.
The one-handed light design is quite easy to use. The moulded rubber is a comfy grip for your hand, and an easy switch powers the blower on and can be adjusted for two speeds for best control over the dispersion rate.
The battery included is a great bonus, a 2.0Ah lithium-ion pack that can be removed and shared to other Worx products, or replaced in several years once the power starts to fade. On maximum power, this battery should give you 14 minutes run time, a decent length for a 20V motor. Overall, a great value purchase.
Best For Gravel
5. Black+Decker 7 Amp
A simple corded blower that boasts awesome power and low noise
Our pick for the best leaf blower for gravel is a powerful and efficient Black+Decker, that makes use of a 7-Amp motor to move wet gravel and debris that cling to lawns and driveways.
This model is corded for that super strong blow, but also has a nifty built-in cord retainer that helps avoid the cord coming unplugged if you tug on it too far.
The speed of airflow can reach up to 290km per hour, the absolute highest speed on this list, able to lift wet leaves and gravel up and away, no matter how sticky.
Simplicity has been the priority in design. Single-speed, single button, a shaft that easily clicks on and off, and enough power to clear your garden in mere minutes.
At only 1.5kg, this blower is super light and portable, making longer jobs easy on your arms. The two-handed ergonomic grip gives you the manoeuvrability to keep control of detailed clean up of debris around retainer walls for multi-level gardens.
Considering the power that comes with a corded model, this leaf blower is excellently quiet and will reduce the noise pollution, creating less bother for your neighbours and family on the weekend.
Best For Drying Cars
6. Greenworks 40V Cordless Axial Blower
The cannon-style leaf blower that’s a friend to the environment and an enemy to leaf litter
This leaf blower has decent power and user comfort by design, for a zero carbon footprint and low energy cost.
Greenworks have had this model approved by the NSW Environment Protection Authority to guarantee 35% less energy and zero emissions. Part of the design that allows this lower energy cost is the innovative axial fan that boosts wind velocity through the cannon shaft, easily controlled by a variable speed trigger system.
The highest speed comes in at a whopping 177km per hour air speed, very high for a cordless model. For gravelled and stone pathways, you can reduce this speed to clear leaf litter without disturbing the stones and gravel. The range on this machine is quite large, making it the best leaf blower for drying cars or moving large piles of dry leaves at once.
This is a zero tool that does not include battery or battery charger, and due to the high power we can’t recommend going for a battery any lower than 4Ah, because despite the efficiency, the machine is simply too powerful to run for any longer than 5 minutes on the maximum settings.
7. Baumr-AG E-Force 200 HB2
An ultra-light mini blower that makes fast work of verandahs and small gardens
This light one-handed portable air blower is a breeze to use for small jobs and store away for the next day. For people that have daily leaf fall, this is an easy solution to keep dust off your verandah and leaves off your pathways before they become wet and tricky to remove.
The tip is narrow to push a more concentrate line of air through the shaft, an easy way to exchange spread for power without creating any extra weight in the design. Two speeds allow you to shift between conserving battery power and higher blow speed to tackle heavier twigs and debris.
The entire electric blower is so comfortable and easy to manage despite the long shaft, with rubber moulded grips to reduce tension in your hand in the long term. The comfort and compactness of design give handling this blower the feel of wielding a dust-blasting magic wand over your verandah, without risking your pot plants on the lower setting.
Considering the Baumr-AG E-Force 200 HB2 comes with lithium battery and charger kit, the cost is extremely inexpensive, making it a value choice.
8. Black+Decker 18V Lithium-ion Cordless POWERCOMMAND Boost
Light cordless blower with good battery and moderate power
This light cordless leaf blower is a versatile tool for year-round work around the garden, featuring an in-built scraper and a power boost button for extra-stubborn spots.
Considering the reasonable power that this electric model produces without a cord, its design is remarkably light and portable, weighing in at only 1.7kg. This lightweight design is great for manoeuvrability without impacting your arms, shoulders or back, but still powerful enough for light work, to clear away lawn clippings and leaves.
For wet leaves and debris, like bits of unwanted gravel and twigs, the Black+Decker 18V features a power boost button that delivers a maximum air speed of 209km per hour, a 20% increase to the blower’s standard mode, but still nothing to write home about.
The included battery is just right for a top-tier leaf blower, an 18V lithium-ion unit that charges fast and will run for half an hour without charge, meaning you can keep it somewhere more practical than attached to the wall between uses.