Best Leaf Blowers Under $150

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CLEAR YOUR YARD, NOT YOUR WALLET

Crisp days, cool nights, and fabulous foliage make fall a favorite season for many, but those who want to keep their yards clear of fallen leaves might beg to differ. Although a rake suits the tiniest yard or someone who wants a workout, consumers hoping to make quick work of outdoor cleanup hanker for a leaf blower.

Cheapism.com has found that consumers don't have to spend bushels on one of these outdoor tools, especially one reserved for light use in a small to medium-size yard. Our picks for the best leaf blowers under $150 include handheld gas models, corded electric blower vacs, and cordless battery-powered blowers. Also featured here: a slightly pricier backpack blower, for someone who wants a more comfortable way to blast through a larger leaf-filled yard, and an ultra-cheap model under $50.

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BLACK & DECKER BV6600

Good Electric Leaf Blower Under $100
Price: $64 | Buy it on Amazon

Pros:

- Performs well in all modes, reviewers say.
- Included nozzle reducer helps remove leaves and other debris from tight spots with more precision.
- Well-balanced in the hand, expert testers say.
- Easy, tool-free conversion among blowing, vacuuming, and mulching modes.
- Relatively lightweight, at 8.1 pounds.
- Runner-up in testing by The Sweethome.

Cons:

- Bag can be prone to ripping or splitting, users report.
- Older models were recalled in September 2016 because of a potential fan-related laceration hazard, which is fixed on new models.

Takeaway: The Black & Decker BV6600 is equally capable in an open yard or fussy flowerbeds, and scores of fans say it produces nicely shredded mulch. This corded electric model also has variable speeds and a durable metal impeller, features that users appreciate.

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TORO 51619 ULTRA

Best Electric Leaf Blower Under $100
Price: $84 | Buy it on Amazon

Pros:

- Ample power for clearing most leaf-filled yards, especially for the money, according to owners and expert testers.
- Efficient mulcher, which some users attribute to the metal impeller -- an advantage over models with less durable plastic impellers.
- Easy, tool-free conversion among blowing, vacuuming, and mulching modes.
- Variable speed lets users choose the force to suit the job: low for light work around plantings and high for heavier targets like wet leaves.
- Cord lock and extension cord storage hook.
- 4.4 out of 5 stars from nearly 4,000 reviewers on Amazon.
- 4.3 out of 5 stars from more than 1,700 reviewers on the Home Depot website.

Cons:

- Nozzles can be tedious to switch out, experts complain.
- Vacuum bag isn't the most durable; the zipper is prone to splitting, users say.

Takeaway: All in all, users are sold on the electric Toro 51619 Ultra, a versatile, solid option for anyone who doesn't mind a corded leaf blower. They judge it an easy-to-use blower, mulcher, and lawn vacuum that performs all its functions reasonably well at a price that's very hard to beat.

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HUSQVARNA 125B

Good Gas Leaf Blower Under $150
Price: $144 | Buy it on Amazon

Pros:

- Praise from users and expert testers for focused power when loosening grass clippings, leaves, small sticks, dirt, and dust.
- Relatively lightweight for a gas leaf blower, at 9.4 pounds.
- Well-balanced and easy to maneuver; the blower tube aligns with the handle.
- Easy to start compared with some gas blowers, users say.
- Cruise control and adjustable tube length.
- 4.5 out of 5 stars and no "dislikes" in testing by Popular Mechanics.

Cons:

- Some users report durability issues such as gas lines that clog easily.
- Not as quiet as electric blowers, but about average for a gas blower.

Takeaway: With power on its side, the Husqvarna 125B is a good pick for clearing significant yard debris without spending a lot of money. An apparent sensitivity to ethanol and a slightly higher price tag than the Hitachi RB24EAP keep it from our top spot.

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HITACHI RB24EAP

Best Gas Leaf Blower Under $150
Price: $129 | Buy it on Amazon

Pros:

- Very easy start compared with many other gas blowers, users report.
- Powerful enough for most cleanup tasks, including blasting away stubborn leaves and debris on the roof.
- Lightweight for a gas blower, at 8.6 pounds.
- Seven-year warranty, among the most impressive out there.
- 4 out of 5 stars in testing by Popular Mechanics.
- 4.5 out of 5 stars and recommended by 95 percent of the 1,600 customers who have reviewed it on the Lowe's website.
- 4.4 out of 5 stars from more than 2,000 reviewers on Amazon.

Cons:

- Shorter nozzle means the airstream is a bit less effective than it could be, experts say.
- Side intake may try to suck in lightweight clothing, reviewers complain.

Takeaway: A gas leaf blower that starts without fuss, meets performance expectations, and sells at a very budget-friendly price, the Hitachi RB24EAP deserves a top spot on our list of the best cheap leaf blowers. Happy users say it packs a lot of power in a lightweight package.

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WORX WG545.1

Good Cordless Electric Leaf Blower Under $100
Price: $97 | Buy it on Amazon

Pros:

- Several attachments not usually included, such as an inflator nozzle, detail brush, and extension hose.
- Very lightweight, at 3.5 pounds, making it easy to maneuver even for users with limited strength.
- More convenient than a broom for small jobs around the house, reviewers say.
- Very quiet compared with other leaf blowers.
- More than 4 out of 5 stars in thousands of reviews by Amazon, Home Depot, and Walmart customers.

Cons:

- Underpowered for anything more than light-duty jobs such as clearing leaves or dirt from patios and garages, owners warn.
- Users say 15- to 20-minute battery life isn't long enough for some bigger jobs.

Takeaway: Buyers who want a cordless blower for clearing hard surfaces will be pleased with the quiet, feather-light Worx WG545.1. The array of attachments make it more versatile than most competing models.

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RYOBI P2180

Best Cordless Electric Leaf Blower Under $150
Price: $119 | Buy it from Home Depot

Pros:

- Battery power combines the cordless convenience of gas with the maintenance-free operation of an electric model.
- More powerful than users expect; effective for most light- or medium-duty chores.
- Lighter and quieter than many other leaf blowers.
- 4.6 out of 5 stars and recommended by 94 percent of the nearly 1,000 customers who have reviewed it on the Home Depot website.

Cons:

- Users say the 15- to 20-minute battery life is too short for some jobs.
- May lack sufficient power for tougher duties, like loosening stubborn wet leaves.

Takeaway: Although most users say budget-priced battery-powered leaf blowers just can't compare with higher-end models on power, the Ryobi P2180 comes close. Reviewers say it's a smart buy for homeowners tackling relatively quick jobs who won't have to stop for a recharge.

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HUSQVARNA 130BT

Best Backpack Leaf Blower Under $250
Price: $229 | Buy it from Lowe's

Pros:

- Lightweight for a backpack-style gas blower, at 14.5 pounds.
- Good expert feedback for harder jobs like moving wet leaves and loosening yard debris embedded in grass.
- Powerful enough to tackle yards up to roughly 2 acres, users say.
- Padded harness gets good reviews for comfort.
- Fuel-efficient engine and reduced emissions.
- Cruise control.
- Tied for best overall in testing by Popular Mechanics.

Cons:

- Can be tough to start, some users complain.
- Some reviewers consider the 29.5 cc engine underpowered, especially compared with other backpack blowers.

Takeaway: Buyers who know they aren't getting a commercial-grade backpack leaf blower should be satisfied with the Husqvarna 130BT. It's an affordable option for homeowners with big yards and mature trees who need a step up in power and comfort from a handheld blower.

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GREENWORKS 24012

Best Leaf Blower Under $50
Price: $30 | Buy it on Amazon

Pros:

- Half the weight of some other corded electric blowers, at 4.5 pounds.
- Powerful enough to clear patios, garages, sidewalks, and other hard surfaces, as well as small yards.
- Four-year warranty exceeds industry standard.
- Relatively easy to handle, users say.
- Cord lock to prevent disconnection.
- 4.5 out of 5 stars from more than 1,800 reviewers on Amazon.

Cons:

- Users must supply their own power cord.
- Some reviewers complain of too much vibration for a comfortable grip.

Takeaway: Despite its extremely low price, the Greenworks 24012 seems to be an effective leaf blower for small yards and patios. However, buyers who don't already have the proper extension cord may end up paying more for a new cord than for this blower.