Since their introduction, electric leaf blowers have improved and are now as powerful as their gas counterparts. You can now tackle your autumn cleaning chores with ease using electric leaf blowers from top brands like Craftsman, Kobalt, and smaller brands like Worx.

Extension cords and batteries are the power sources for electric leaf blowers. I prefer battery powered models, as they are more maneuverable and safer in wet conditions. Electric leaf blowers are also easier to use, and you won’t have to worry about engine maintenance. 

To help you choose which one is right for your needs, I’ve compiled a list highlighting the top electric leaf blowers on the market. ZDNET experts have analyzed each model’s features and prices to help you select the best one for your needs. We explain the workings of leaf blowers to help you make your decision.

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pros

  • 40-minute run-time
  • Lightweight design
  • Turbo button and cruise control
cons

  • Battery and charger not included

Battery size: 40V | Run time: 40 minutes | Weight: 5.5lbs | Wind speed: 110mph | Air volume: 480cfm | Charger and battery included: No 

The Kobalt 40V Max electric leaf blower is the latest version of the model I personally use, and I have nothing but good things to say about it. The unit is lightweight, easy to use, and features a variable speed trigger and trigger lock for continuous usage. There’s also a turbo button that can blast away stubborn, wet debris. I use my leaf-blower to remove grass clippings after I mow the yard. Even without turbo mode, this leaf blower does a great job of handling heavy, wet material.

The Kobalt 40V Max lasts40 minuteson a single charge. This is approximately a month of clearing leaves off your driveway, sidewalk, or patio. The leaf blower is compatible with other Kobalt-branded outdoor equipment using the same 40V Max batteries, so you don’t need to purchase additional batteries. 

The Kobalt 40V Max can move 480 cubic feet per minute (cfm) and has a top speed of 110 mph. This means that you can remove everything, from wet leaves and grass clippings to small sticks and fallen acorns. The result? The result? Your driveway, sidewalks and outdoor entertaining areas will look like new. 

Partial view of a man in khakis using a Kobalt 40V Max leaf blower to clear his patio.
Kobalt
pros

  • 90-minute run-time
  • Battery and charger included
  • 200mph/765cfm
cons

  • Expensive
  • Slightly Heavy
  • 15-minute run-time in Turbo Mode

Battery size: 56V | Run time: 90 minutes | Weight: 12.25lbs | Wind speed: 200mph | Air volume: 765cfm | Charger and battery included: Yes 

Battery-powered lawn equipment can get a bad reputation for limited run-time, but the Ego Power+ 56V cordless leaf blower features the most impressive battery life on the market. When used on the lowest setting, this leaf blower runs for up to 150 minutes, so you can clear an entire lawn of dried leaves and grass clippings. On high power settings, you’ll still get an average run-time of 90 minutes, which is plenty of time to clear your sidewalks, driveway, and outdoor entertainment areas.

This Ego Power+ model reaches a wind speed of 200mph and air volume of 765 cubic feet per minute (cfm), so you can handle wet and stubborn debris. The handle and trigger have an ergonomic design for comfortable use. While the tool weighs just over 12 pounds, making it one of the heavier models on the market, it’s still easy to use. This leaf blower also includes a battery and charger so you can work on your outdoor chores right away.

pros

  • Under $100
  • Battery and charger included
  • Integrated scraper
cons

  • Not great for wet and stuck-on debris
  • No turbo power mode

Battery size: 20V | Run time: 20 minutes | Weight: 5lbs | Wind speed: 90mph | Air volume: 200cfm | Charger and battery included: Yes 

A great electric leaf blower doesn’t have to break the bank. The Craftsman 20V Max cordless leaf blower sells for under $100 and comes with a battery and charger, so you can start your yard work right away. Plus, the entire unit weighs just 5 pounds, making it one of the lightest on the market. 

The included battery offers up to 20 minutes of run-time on a full charge, so you can quickly clear walkways, patios, and driveways. With a 90mph wind speed and 200cfm air volume, you’ll make fast work of dried leaves and grass clippings. The end of the nozzle also features an integrated scraper for loosening stubborn and wet debris. The rear of the unit also has an integrated hanging hook for convenient storage in your crowded garage or shed.

Partial view of a man in jeans using a Craftsman 20V Max leaf blower to clear his sidewalk.
Craftsman
pros

  • Lightweight and ergonomic design
  • Great air speed and volume
  • Battery included
cons

  • No charger included
  • Short run-time

Battery size: 18V | Run time: 20 minutes | Weight: 5lbs | Wind speed: 120mph | Air volume: 450cfm | Charger and battery included: Battery only 

Milwaukee is a big name in power tools, offering high-end products for both DIYers and trade professionals. The M18 Fuel 18V cordless leaf blower uses the same M18 battery as other Milwaukee products, so loyalists can easily add this yardwork tool to the rotation. The motor and fan provide up to 120mph air speed and 450cfm air volume, allowing you to quickly clear leaves, grass clippings, and other debris from your walkways and yard.

The ergonomic handle, variable speed trigger, and trigger lock make the leaf blower comfortable and easy to use. Plus, the entire unit weighs just 5 pounds, so you won’t get exhausted when clearing stubborn debris from a larger yard. The brushless motor has been upgraded from previous versions, reaching full throttle in under a second. You can spend less time fighting with your leaf blower and more time getting work done. 

It also comes with a battery so you can get started immediately, or maintain it as a backup for other Milwaukee M18 system tools. On a full charge using low to medium settings, you’ll get about 20 minutes of run-time out of this leaf blower — you’ll clear away fallen leaves in no time.

Partial view of a woman using a Milwaukee M18 FUEL leaf blower to clear her driveway
Milwaukee
pros

  • Extremely quiet
  • Excellent air speed and volume
  • Turbo mode button
  • Two batteries and charger included
cons

  • Expensive
  • Heavy
  • Limited run-time

Battery size: 40V | Run time: 20 minutes | Weight: 10lbs | Wind speed: 190mph | Air volume: 730cfm | Charger and battery included:  Yes

The Ryobi 40V Whisper cordless electric leaf blower is an excellent option if you have endless leaves to blow or live in a wet climate that makes debris more difficult to clear. It reaches a top air speed of 190 mph and air volume of 730cfm, allowing you to blast away wet and stuck-on debris from your driveway, walkways, and outdoor entertaining areas. If you need even more power, the turbo mode button boosts air speed and volume. However, you will get significantly less turbo run-time than the 20 minutes Ryobi advertises. 

The Ryobi 40V Whisper also features an ergonomic handle, variable speed trigger, and trigger lock, which makes operating the 10-pound leaf blower easy and comfortable. This model comes with two batteries and a charger, so you can get to work right away, keeping the backup battery handy if you need to blow leaves for an extended period of time. It also uses the same 40V batteries as other Ryobi Whisper products, so you can integrate the leaf blower into your tool rotation if you’re a Ryobi brand loyalist. The brushless motor has been updated for the Whisper Series as well, making the leaf blower 7x quieter than previous Ryobi models.

Partial view of a man in jeans and a grey sweatshirt using a Ryobi 40V Whisper leaf blower to clear his lawn
Ryobi