Canstar Blue’s 2021 Leaf Blower review has seen Ozito, Ryobi and Bosch rated on value for money, ease of use, design, maintenance, reliability, noise and customer satisfaction.
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Huffing and puffing over a messy backyard or shed? Then maybe it’s time clear out all the grass clippings, wood dust, sticks, bark and other bits and pieces with a new leaf blower. When it comes to curating the perfect Aussie backyard, there’s plenty to consider. There’s the mowing, the trimming, the fertilising, the irrigating, and then the natural elements which can wreak havoc on your hard work! But, while you can’t do anything about when the weather turns, you can deal with the aftermath with the right tools.
To help you find a leaf blower that doesn’t suck (or does, depending on what you need), we asked nearly 400 Aussies about the leaf blower they purchased and used in the last five years. Respondents rated brands on reliability & performance, fuel economy & battery life, maintenance & servicing, ease of use, noise, design, value for money and overall satisfaction. Manufacturers which received the minimum sample size of 30 responses are featured in our report.
Ozito cleaned up best in our latest ratings, after it earned five-star reviews across most categories. Read on to find out more about the best-rated leaf blowers in Australia.
Here are the best leaf blowers in Australia, as rated by consumers in Canstar Blue’s 2021 review:
Ozito was back on top after losing out to Ryobi last year, earning five stars for overall satisfaction, while Ryobi was rated four stars with Bosch rated three. All three brands were rated five stars in at least one category, with Ozito earning five stars in most categories, including ease of use, design, maintenance & servicing, noise while operating, value for money, fuel economy & battery life, as well as overall satisfaction. Ryobi was rated five stars for design, maintenance & servicing, reliability and fuel economy & battery life, while Bosch also joined Ryobi with five stars for reliability. Read on to find out what each brand has to offer for all your leaf blower needs.
Australian brand Ozito offers a wide variety of different power and garden tools, ranging from cordless drills to sanders, from chainsaws to lawn mowers and of course, leaf blowers. Sold exclusively through Bunnings, Ozito’s range features electric models, provides a wide variety of models to choose from.
One of the models you can find is the PXC Cordless Blower, which comes equipped with an 18V battery, capable of producing 210km/hr air speed. It also has a lightweight 1.35kg design, ideal for carrying around. If you’re after something with a bit more grunt to it, the Ozito PXC Cordless Jet Blower includes two 18V batteries and a Turbo Boost function to make short work of those pesky leaves, in addition to being equipped with a soft-grip handle and variable speed dial for comfort and ease of use.
In addition to traditional leaf blower models, Ozito also offers a number of blower-vacuum options. This includes the 3-in-1 Electric Blower Vacuum-Mulcher, which contains a 45L vacuum bag and a 10:1 mulching ratio, in addition to some wheels so that you don’t have to carry it around for all of your yard work. Ozito models can be purchased for around $50 to $300, depending on the model and whether you opt for a kit as well.
Japanese brand Ryobi is one of the leading brands when it comes to gardening and landscaping, as well as power tools and different types of outdoor equipment. It offers a wide variety of products, such as pressure washers, generators, shredders, drain augers, measuring tools, batteries & chargers and leaf blowers. Ryobi is exclusively available through Bunnings, with the range mostly consisting of electric models, both as individual units and kit options.
Ryobi’s One+ series is the brand’s largest leaf blower range, and includes a variety of models, from the traditional blower model through to the Jet Blower and Blower Vacuum to help you get the job done. Most of the One+ range is powered by an 18V battery, with other Ryobi models powered by a 36V battery for when you have a larger space to clear, with 2stroke petrol models additionally available. And if you’re really looking to spruce the place up, Ryobi also offer a Roof & Gutter Leaf 18V blower, which is extended on a longer pole to help you reach those tricky areas from the safety of the ground. Ryobi leaf blowers generally cost between $100 and $500, depending on whether you purchase just the blower or a whole kit.
Operating in a number of industries, Bosch’s consumer goods range features power tools and gardening equipment, including lawn mowers, hedge trimmers and leaf blowers. While it may not offer the range as some competitors, Bosch may be suitable for those who aren’t looking for all the bells and whistles.
Bosch’s leaf blower range includes an 18V and 36V cordless model, both of which weigh under 2kg and have an airflow speed of over 200km/hr, meaning it still packs a punch despite the lightweight design. The 18V model has a run time of up to 17 minutes, while the 36V operates for just under half an hour, ideal for all but the largest lawns. Bosch additionally offers a number of charging stations and batteries as optional extras if you need a bit of extra juice to tackle a big project. Alternatively you can opt for the Universal GardenTidy 3000 model, which features a 3-in-1 blowing, vacuuming and shredding function to tidy up the garden, in addition to a quick-release mechanism to unclip the vacuum bag. Bosch products are available to purchase at a number of retailers, and directly through Bosch itself, with its leaf blower range costing between $200 and $400.
While only three brands qualified for our ratings, there are a number of other brands available on the market for you to choose from. Here are a few of the major brands you’d likely find at your local retailer.
Known for its range of power tools, Black & Decker also produces a number of garden tools to help you tackle any DIY or lawncare job you have around the house. Primarily available in electric models, a Black & Decker leaf blower can be picked up from hardware and power tool retailers.
The 18V Cordless Leaf Blower is Black & Decker’s introductory model, and features a soft grip handle for comfort and control, along with a 209km/hr power output to help you clear a path. Weighing in at only 1.7kg, it also features a Power Boost function to help you tackle those bigger jobs. You can also opt for the 1850 Axial Blower, which features a lightweight design and a blowing speed of up 225km/hr, or the 36V 3-in-1 Blower Vac, which features eight adjustable power settings and a 3-in-1 blowing, vacuuming and mulching function to help tackle multiple parts of the garden.
Another familiar face in the power tool and yard equipment market, Japanese brand Makita offers a number of tools and models for Aussies to choose from. Its leaf blower range includes both petrol and electric models, with some suited for smaller backyards, while others are better suited for those looking to clean every corner and crevice.
Makita’s range 18V, 36V and 40V models, with the introductory 18V model including a three-stage air selection to help you breeze through your chores list, as well as an optional vacuum kit available if you’re looking to step up your mulching game. Makita’s petrol models range between 25CC and 75CC engines, with the more powerful models coming as the backpack variety, making them easier to carry around the yard. With the 75CC leaf blower weighing almost 12kg and providing a 1.9L fuel tank, it’s not for the faint of heart, but may be just the ticket if you’ve got plenty of lawn to tidy.
While a big name in the lawn mowing scene, Victa also offers a number of lawncare options, including leaf blowers. While not the largest range available, Victa offers a few 18V models to choose from, with a few accessories also available. The entry level Victa leaf blower features five variable speeds and a top speed of 245km/hr to help you get the job done, as well as cruise control and a soft grip handle to take the pain out of the yard work.
While at first glance all leaf blowers look to do the same thing, there are a few differences that you should be aware of before you head on down to your local store. In addition to how they’re powered, leaf blowers are also categorised differently, with each suiting different workloads. Types of leaf blowers include:
Handheld models will likely be what you picture when you think of leaf blowers, and what you’d likely see when your over-enthusiastic neighbour gets stuck into their yard-work early on Sunday mornings. Handheld models are just that – handheld – and are generally the lightest option available, but can still pack a punch to help clear any debris.
Backpack models are larger leaf blowers that sit on your back – just like a backpack. These will generally have larger engines, and therefore weigh heavier than handheld models. That’s why wearing this type of leaf blower on your back is likely to be a bit safer and more comfortable experience, instead of holding it in your hands. You’ll generally see these in the arsenal of lawn care businesses, or for those who have plenty of work to do.
As the same suggests, a walk behind leaf blower is a leaf blower that you… walk behind. While not a common variety of leaf blower, these models may be worth looking into if you’re not keen on carrying anything, although you may have to pay more if you’re after a leaf blower on wheels.
An offshoot of the handheld leaf blower, instead of blowing the leaves and debris away, the blower vacuum sucks up any leaves or grass clippings into an attached bag, similarly to how a vacuum cleaner works. The benefit of this is that you can then dispose of the leaves, grass clippings or other debris as you like, instead of simply blowing it away, only for it to potentially blow back with any gust of wind. Most models will also include a mulching function, allowing you to mulch leaves into compost to help freshen up your garden.
Leaf blowers can cost anywhere from under $50 to over $1,000 depending on the model, brand, blower type and retailer you purchase from, with electric handheld blowers generally the cheapest. On average, those surveyed in Canstar Blue’s latest research spent $165 on their new leaf blower, indicating that most aren’t looking for all of the bells and whistles.
Leaf blowers are generally available for sale at lawncare or power tool retailers, in addition to hardware stores such as Bunnings. Alternatively, you can generally purchase through the brand directly, or other third-party retailers.
As with any purchase, which leaf blower you decide to take to the checkout will be dependent on a number of factors, including how big (and messy) your yard is, how often you’ll be using the leaf blower, whether or not you’d like a mulching feature, and how much money you’re willing to spend.
According to our latest survey, 62% of Australians opted for a battery-powered leaf blower, with 86% also choosing a handheld model to help clear the yard of debris. One in four (26%) purchased the same brand of leaf blower as their other yard tools, while 16% opted for a leaf blower that came in a packaged deal.
Our research also found that most Australians use their leaf blower weekly (31%), with 22% opting for fortnightly clean up, while 24% get on the tools on a monthly basis. Regardless of how often (or not often) you plan on using your leaf blower, looking into all of your options before purchasing can ensure you don’t blow your money unnecessarily, as you may find a model that helps with the mulching as well, or opt for just the bare bones to get rid of those stray leaves that ruin your lawn aesthetic. And if you’re really looking to get your lawn to the next level, check out our ratings on the best-rated line trimmers in Australia.
This report was written by Canstar Blue’s Content Projects Lead, Dean Heckscher. He’s our resident expert on all things automotive, health & fitness, streaming and more. Dean is also one of Canstar Blue’s customer research report producers, helping to turn complicated subjects into easily-digestible information for our readers. He’s passionate about helping consumers make better-informed purchase decisions on all manner of consumer goods and services.
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Canstar Blue surveyed more than 3,000 Australian adults across a range of categories to measure and track customer satisfaction, via ISO 26362 accredited research panels managed by Qualtrics. The outcomes reported are the results from customers within the survey group who have purchased and used a new leaf blower in the last 5 years – in this case, 398 people.
Brands must have received at least 30 responses to be included. Results are comparative and it should be noted that brands receiving three stars have still achieved a satisfaction measure of at least six out of 10. Not all brands available in the market have been compared in this survey. The ratings table is first sorted by star ratings and then by mean overall satisfaction. A rated brand may receive a ‘N/A’ (Not Applicable) rating if it does not receive the minimum number of responses for that criteria.
Below are the previous winners of Canstar Blue’s Leaf Blower reviews: