Read Our Leaf Vacuum Reviews Before Making a Purchase
Fall and spring usher in weather changes, but they also leave behind a pile of leaves that makes your yard work three times more exhausting – unless you have a leaf vacuum. Rather than wasting hours of your weekend raking the front yard, you can use a garden vacuum to get the job done in half the time.
Toro 51619 Ultra Blower/Vac
Our favorite for 2017
Black & Decker BV5600 High Performance Blower/Vac/Mulcher
A very close runner-up
GreenWorks 24322 DigiProBlower/Vac
Handles both wet and dry leaves
If you’ve never purchased a leaf vacuum, you may not know what to look for when buying one. There are a few general things that you want to keep in mind when comparing different models:
- Type: Like other lawn equipment, you have the option of choosing a corded or cordless vacuum. Corded vacuums typically have more power, but your movement is limited. Cord-free models are a bit heavier, but allow for more freedom. The only drawback is that your vacuum time is limited by the battery life of the vacuum.
- Quality: It should go without saying that you want to buy a quality leaf vacuum. While it may be tempting to just buy the cheapest option, especially if this is your first one, cheap vacuums will only last you one season (if you’re lucky). Choose a model from a reputable brand with excellent customer ratings. These are models that will provide you with years of use.
These are two things to keep in mind when you’re comparing different vacuums, and should help you narrow down your choices. The good news is that you don’t have to spend hours researching to find the right vacuum. We’ve selected five of the best models on the market to help you find a leaf vacuum that meets your needs and budget.
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Toro 51619 Ultra Blower/Vac – Powerful, efficient and affordable. The Toro 51619 is versatile and easy to use, with the option of using it as a blower or vacuum.
This heavy duty leaf vacuum features a durable metal impeller and variable air speed control for the utmost in versatility and efficiency. With the ability to produce an air stream of up to 250-mph, this blower can clear debris, large and heavy leaves and sticks with ease.
In just seconds, you can convert this blower into a vacuum without the need for tools. The 51619 has the power to reduce up to 88% of mulched debris.
And to add to its versatility, this tool can also be used as a leaf shredder to keep your yard looking its best all year long.
WORX WA4054.1 Leaf Pro – Want a more efficient way to clean up the leaves from your yard? The Worx Leaf Pro isn’t technically a vacuum – but it is compatible with most vacuum/blower brands.
The Leaf Pro features a mesh hood cover with a cinch-tight drawstring that wraps around large garbage cans, so you can remove more leaves without having to constantly empty the bag. The flexible hose and attachments make it easy to connect to any major leaf vacuum/blower brands – electric or gas.
The hose extends a full 8 feet from the center of the garbage can, so you can cover more ground quickly. Four factory-fit tubes are included as well as the flexible hose, hood and a single universal-fit tube.
Black & Decker BV5600 – The BV5600 is a three-in-one machine that acts as a blower, mulcher and vacuum, so you can get all of your yard work done with a single tool.
The 250-mph blower has two speeds to suit your needs, and it’s powerful enough to grind 16 bags of mulch into one.
No tools are needed to switch to the vacuum function, and the 12-amp motor ensures that you have enough power to clear your yard with ease.
As an electric model, the BV5600 releases zero emissions and comes with a cord retainer to keep extension cords in place during use. The ultra-quiet operation makes this vacuum/blower a pleasure to use.
Black and Decker BV3600 – The BV3600 is similar to the previous model, but comes at a more affordable price and isn’t quite as powerful. The 12-amp motor is capable of pushing out an airstream of up to 230 mph.
This outdoor vacuum also acts as a blower and mulcher to keep your lawn looking pristine all year long. The built-in anti-clog vortex prevents clogging when using the mulcher, and can grind down 10 bags of mulch into one.
To add to the versatility of this machine, there are two speed options: one for flower beds and a more powerful speed to remove matted leaves.
Like other Black and Decker machines, you can switch between the blower and vacuum without the need for any tools.
GreenWorks 24322 DigiPro G-MAX – The 24322 from GreenWorks features a brushless motor and Li-Ion battery system for longer sessions, less noise and more efficiency.
With variable speed, this blower/vacuum delivers up to 185 mph, clearing debris quickly and efficiently. And it’s powerful enough to handle both dry and wet leaves.
Because this model is powered by battery, you never have to worry about tripping over extension cords or having to refill a gas can. Just charge up the battery, and you’re free to move wherever you choose. Depending on the battery you choose, you’ll get either 60 minutes or 120 minutes of use on a single charge.
Buyer’s Guide – How to Choose the Best Leaf Vacuum Mulcher for You
When it comes to yard work, you want to invest in tools that help you get the job done quicker and more efficiently. To help you reach this goal, there are a few things you want to keep in mind when looking for a leaf vacuum:
- Versatility: Ideally, you want to choose vacuum that, in the very least, also acts as a leaf blower. You’ll find that most will also act as a mulcher or leaf stripper on top of these two functions. The more versatile the machine, the better. No one wants to have to lug out three or four different pieces of equipment just to tidy up their yard.
- Power: Consider the motor’s power, as this will have a direct effect on how efficient the vacuum is and the air speed. A powerful motor is best if you have a large and/or heavily-treed yard.
- Ease of use: Is the vacuum easy to use? Corded and battery-operated models don’t usually have pull strings, which makes them easier to start up. Ideally, you want a model that’s easy to use from start to finish.
- Price: Finally, you’ll need to think about your budget. Most blowers/vacuums are very affordable, but the more versatile the machine, the higher the price usually is. If you need a powerful machine, be prepared to spend a little more. The extra cost is worth it simply because higher-end models are more durable and offer more power to get the job done as quickly and efficiently as possible.