Best Backpack Leaf Blower Reviews 2022 (2022)

What does it feel like to have a hurricane strapped to your shoulders? Donning any of the best backpack leaf blowers will give you a close representation. With air velocity exceeding 200 MPH and CFMs reaching for four digits, these monster air movers make short work of leaves and mower shrapnel.

Lots of manufacturers make leaf blowers. Those include handheld, backpack, 2-stroke, 4-stroke, gas, and battery-powered (AKA electric or cordless). However, when it comes to the backpack blowing beasts, this list narrows pretty quickly. We’ve spent plenty of trigger time with some of the top performers from high-end Pro to homeowner levels and our recommendations are the ones we’re confident will do the job for you.

Best Gas Backpack Leaf Blower Overall

Stihl BR 800 C-E Magnum

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A few years back we ranked the Stihl BR 700 at or near the top of our best backpack leaf blower list. The Stihl BR 800 C-E Magnum backpack blower improves upon that model in two very important ways. First, it blows about 20% harder. In fact, it nets around 41 Newtons of force and blows an impressive 239 MPH of average air velocity with 912 CFM.

You might find the second improvement even more impressive. Stihl integrated the Easy2Start system. Rather than having to take the blower off your back to pull the cord, a quick pull of the side handle overcomes the engine’s compression and starts up the blower. Yes, you heard that correctly—you can start the blower while wearing it. Take my money!

And that might be the only downside to this blower. While it starts easy, blows hard, and runs forever on the 2000cc (over 1/2-gallon) fuel tank, it retails for around $659. Even so, we still think this is the best commercial backpack leaf blower around and it has a large dealer network for service after the sale.

Price: $659.99

Most Powerful Backpack Leaf Blower

Echo PB-9010T Backpack Blower

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Echo’s X-Series equipment boasts tremendous power and the Echo PB9010T is the most powerful backpack blower available. Its max airspeed is 220 MPH with airflow that can hit 1110 CFM using its 79.9cc engine. Echo rates the blower at 48 Newtons, but we actually saw higher numbers in our testing—52 Newtons. No other blower we’ve tested comes close.

In addition to the “T” model with its tube throttle, there’s also an “H” model with a hip-mounted throttle if you prefer.

Price: $629.99

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Best 4-Stroke Backpack Leaf Blower

Makita EB7660TH Backpack Blower

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The best 4-stroke backpack blower is the EB7660TH from Makita’s MM4 series. In a very small field of competitors, it gets the work done and sounds quieter than your typical leaf blower.

The sound coming from this 75.6cc Makita 4-stroke backpack blower has a much more mellow tone. It differs greatly from the high-RPM screaming 2-strokes. In addition to demonstrating excellent blowing performance, Makita has the best active cooling we experienced—by far. At wide-open throttle (WOT), you can feel a strong wind moving between your back and the blower body.

We also appreciate that Makita claimed real numbers that the blower actually hit. Not only could we hit their claimed CFM and MPH with the same nozzle/tip, but we actually beat one of their metrics. We measured a respectable 33.9 Newtons of force off this beast.

While we have enjoyed Makita’s MM4 lawn care equipment, get it while you can. They plan to pull gas from their lineup and be a completely gas-free brand in April 2022. We can’t wait to see what they have in store for Pro-grade battery-powered equipment, though.

Price: $599.00

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Best Lightweight Backpack Leaf Blower

RedMax EBZ6500RH Backpack Leaf Blower

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In finding the best lightweight backpack leaf blower, we didn’t want to completely sacrifice performance. Most professional brands have a sub-23-pound dry weight blower that balances the weight and blowing force but drops the blowing force down in the low to mid-20s. Our top pick is the Redmax EBZ6500RH. With 232 MPH and 631 CFM, it’s capable of producing an impressive 30 Newtons.

A big reason RedMax outperforms its competition for the weight class is its engine selection. Most other Pro brands have something closer to 50cc to drop the weight down, but Redmax’s is 65.6cc.

Price: $489.99

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Best Backpack Leaf Blower for the Money

Echo PB-580T Backpack Leaf Blower

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When you’re shopping on a budget, the 50cc class is a great place to look. You can typically find a professional-grade blower for less than $400 and get more than 20 Newtons of blowing force from it.

After considering what professional brands offer, we picked the Echo PB-580T as the best backpack leaf blower for the money. Value doesn’t always equate to “cheapest”, however the Echo PB-580T ends up giving you a lot of bang for your buck.

Its 58.2cc engine is capable of 216 MPH and 517 CFM, combining for blowing force up to 22 Newtons. The dry weight is still reasonable at 22.7 pounds.

With a price tag of $329.99, it’s well under the $400 mark. In order to bump the blowing force in the mid-20s, expect to pay more than $400. That’s a big jump in price for just a few more Newtons of force.

Price: $329.99

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Best Battery Backpack Leaf Blower

Stihl BGA 200 Battery-Powered Blower

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Choosing the best battery backpack blower isn’t quite as concrete as other categories. By shifting the weight of the battery to your back or making a high-capacity battery on a backpack harness, you essentially create one from a handheld blower. Of course, there are also more traditional backpack blower form factors that swap a gas engine for battery ports and a brushless motor.

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Considering both ways of getting the backpack, our top pick is Stihl’s BGA 200—a handheld blower that tethers to a backpack battery. The choice comes for a couple of key reasons. The first is performance. Rated for 21 Newtons, it hit 21.3 N in our tests, making it one of the strongest we’ve tested to date. Then there’s capacity. With 1148 Wh of lithium-ion cells, it’s like having five of Stihl’s 6.3Ah AP300 batteries on your back.

The best isn’t cheap, and the total price tag is something you need to consider.

Price: $409 (blower), $1219 (AP3000 battery), $99.99 (battery harness), $89.99 –$129.99 (charger)

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Best Backpack Leaf Blower for Homeowners

Troy-Bilt TB15BP Backpack Leaf Blower

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Most professional brands also make homeowner-level gas backpack blowers with the full backing of their dealer networks. They’re excellent tools, but you can get higher performance for a similar price by shopping around.

When you only need to take care of your own property, consider Troy-Bilt’s TB15BP as the best backpack leaf blower for homeowners. While other brands are using sub-30cc engines, Troy-Bilt’s is 51cc with 220 MPH and 600 CFM performance. The result is a much higher blowing force than some brands provide.

Price: $279.00

Best Backpack Leaf Blower Brand

If you ask a group of professional lawn crew teams who the best backpack leaf blower brand is, prepare yourself for a fistfight between Echo and Stihl loyalists. Both make excellent backpack blowers and they’re by far the top two brands we see on professional trailers. Echo tends to lead in performance while Stihl tends to lead in feature development.

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Best Backpack Leaf Blower Buying Guide | What We Look For

Performance

Most people turn to backpack blowers for higher performance and that’s the highest priority for us as well. Large MPH and CFM numbers are great, but it’s Newton Force that tells a more complete story. Check out this article for a discussion on airspeed, air volume, and blowing force.

Weight and Padding

When you have a blower strapped to your back, padded straps make difference, but let’s face it, it’s mainly about weight. The longer you have to wear the blower, the more the weight comes into play. It’s not just the weight of the blower, though. High-volume gas tanks offer longer runtime, but more fuel weight.


Noise Levels

When using a backpack blower—cover your ears! All this great power found in our backpack leaf blower reviews comes at a price. No matter how you slice it, gas-powered leaf blowers are loud! ANSI testing requires measurements from 50 feet, but you’re not a bystander and the noise at your ear level is much higher—more than 100 decibels in most cases. In other words, you need hearing protection.

The exception is battery-powered models. Some are able to keep the noise level below OSHA’s threshold for hearing protection. In addition to the lower overall noise, it also lets you hear more of what’s going on around you.

Note on OSHA Exposure Limits for Sound Levels

OSHA allows a permissible exposure limit (PEL) of 90 dB (A-weighted) for an 8-hour workday. After that, the OSHA standard has a 5 dB “exchange rate”. What that means is that when thenoise levels increase by 5 dB, the amount of time a person OSHA allows for exposure divides by two. Using this calculation, at 100 dB SPL you could only work for two hours without hearing protection. Thus, the goal of hearing protection for an 8-hour workday is to reduce the volume to your ears by at least 20 dB SPL.

One interesting thing to note, the Makita 4-stroke blower sounds a lot quieter than its SPL measurement. The tone seems to be much lower, giving it the illusion of less noise output. More information can be found in our Makita MM4 4-Stroke Technology article.

Value

Value is all about getting the best backpack leaf blower that fits your budget, not just the cheapest you can get your hands on. When you consider a blower’s value, weigh what you get against the price with your highest priorities as the most important.

Got $400 to spend and value performance? Look for the highest Newton force that fits your budget. More concerned about weight? Start there.

Work Efficiency, Not Just Fuel Efficiency or Tank Size

Fuel efficiency directly affects your bottom line and it’s an important part of the equation. But so is work efficiency. Look for the best balance between fuel efficiency and runtime. The more often your crew has to stop and fill and tank, the more time you’re spending on your properties. A larger fuel tank combined with an efficient engine keeps your team more productive.

Features to Look For

What we’ve talked about so far takes care of the meat and potatoes. Now let’s shift gears to what makes for a better operator experience. Here are some of the key features we look for:

  • Harness design that actively pulls air across your back to cool you down
  • Hip straps that shift the weight of the blower away from your shoulders
  • Chest strap
  • Effective padding
  • Reduced emission engine design
  • Reduced vibration design
  • Throttle lock on
  • Side recoil start (the Stihl BR 800 Magnum C-E is the only blower we’ve tested with this feature)
  • Hip and tube throttle options

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FAQs

What is the most powerful backpack leaf blower? ›

Echo PB-9010T Backpack Blower

Echo's X-Series equipment boasts tremendous power and the Echo PB9010T is the most powerful backpack blower available. Its max airspeed is 220 MPH with airflow that can hit 1110 CFM using its 79.9cc engine.

What is Steel's most powerful backpack blower? ›

Stihl BR 800 C-E Magnum Review | Stihl's Most Powerful Backpack Blower.

Are backpack leaf blowers worth it? ›

So is a backpack leaf blower right for you? If you have a large area to cover or thick piles of leaves every fall, it's worth considering. They cost $100 to $200 more than handhelds, so they're probably overkill if you have a small yard or if you don't have a lot of fallen leaves to deal with.

What is more important on a leaf blower cfm or mph? ›

They are both important and distinct metrics. A higher CFM will help you clear a larger area and push leaves further. A higher MPH will help you better lift wet leaves and debris.

What should I look for in a backpack leaf blower? ›

Leaf Blower Features

A high CFM will let you blow many leaves at once, while a high mph will move heavier debris or wet leaves. If in doubt, opt for a model with a higher CFM. Look for a leaf blower that feels balanced in your hand and moves and adjusts easily.

What kind of leaf blower is best? ›

Wheeled Leaf Blowers

They clear faster than any other type of blower but lack the control of smaller machines, so they're best for people looking to blow leaves off their lawn and into woods surrounding their property rather than into a tidy pile.

What is a good cfm for leaf blower? ›

A good electric leaf blower usually has a CFM between 200 and 400. However, if you have a large property, (one acre or more), a leaf blower with a CFM between 400 and 700 is best.

What is the hardest blowing leaf blower? ›

EGO Power+ LB6504 650 CFM Variable-Speed Leaf Blower

This was the most powerful blower we tested but also the heaviest at 10.2 pounds. Most of the extra weight is in the huge battery that also gave this blower the longest runtime.

What is the price of a STIHL BR 800? ›

$929. How will I receive my order? To tackle large properties and heavy debris, there is nothing like the clean-up power of the BR 800 C-E MAGNUM®. Built in America*, the most powerful backpack blower in the STIHL line offers maximum blowing force as well as optimal comfort.

Is the STIHL BR 800 A 4 stroke? ›

All told, it weighs 23 lbs — the Stihl BR 800 X MAGNUM® is neither the lightest nor the heaviest gas-powered backpack blower on the market. Engine: This blower's 4-Mix engine has a displacement specification of 79.9 cc. Stihl's 4-Mix engine is a 4-stroke engine that runs with a mixture of oil and gas (50:1 ratio).

Is the STIHL BR 800 2 stroke? ›

You can always rely on STIHL to keep setting new benchmarks this time with 4-stroke mixed lubrication technology. The STIHL 4-MIX engine, which runs on a fuel-oil mix just like a 2-stroke, offers the benefits without the compromises of 4-stroke power.
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STIHL 4-MIX Engine.
Displacement cm³79.9
Tank volume ml2.000
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Is RedMax owned by Husqvarna? ›

RedMax was one of the world's first outdoor power equipment manufacturers to take steps toward improving the environment.
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Company History.
August1910Tokyo Gas Kogyo Company was formed
April2007Acquired by Husqvarna AB-Sweden Group
May2009RedMax operations in North America are relocated to Charlotte, North Carolina
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Where are Stihl backpack blowers made? ›

Built in America*, the most powerful backpack blower in the STIHL line offers maximum blowing force as well as optimal comfort.

What is the lightest backpack blower? ›

The Badger WBBPBL43 Backpack Leaf Blower was also in the running for several other categories. With a retail price of about $200, it's a great deal. It's also the lightest gas-powered model on this list at only 17.4 pounds.

How many mph is a good leaf blower? ›

Many customers wonder what a suitable range for leaf blower CFM/MPH? On a consumer level, CFMs: 450-500 / MPH: 150-190 is recommended.

Is 500 CFM enough for leaf blower? ›

Depending on its intended use, a cordless leaf blower with a CFM between 400-700 should be powerful enough to greatly ease your fall yard chores. If you have a small yard with little debris, choose one with 200-400 CFM.

Is higher CFM better for leaf blower? ›

The higher the CFM value, the more air your leaf blower will produce. You'll be able to clear a wider area in a shorter time.

Which is better a 2 cycle or 4 cycle leaf blower? ›

2-cycle engines can also produce twice the power as a 4-cycle engine, giving them a greater power-to-weight ratio compared to 4-cycle engines. This makes a 2-cycle engine an ideal solution for powering a handheld leaf blower.

How strong should a leaf blower be? ›

The best CFM is midrange between 350 to 600 CFM, blowing north of 190 MPH. Too low will not do the job, too high and you lose control of the leaves, making the job take longer.

What does CC mean in leaf blowers? ›

Two statistics, cubic feet per minute (CFM) and miles per hour (mph) ratings, are listed on the side of every leaf blower box and in every product description. These numbers are more important than horsepower or cubic centimeters (cc), because they represent the efficacy of the blower.

Which leaf blowers are made in the USA? ›

STIHL: Built in the USA Chainsaws, Leaf Blowers, Trimmers

STIHL has been building outdoor power equipment in its Virginia Beach, Virginia manufacturing facility since the 1970s. More than 80 models of STIHL equipment are still made in the USA today.

How long do battery powered leaf blowers last? ›

Battery Life

Some cordless leaf blowers last for 15–20 minutes, while others can last over an hour. If you have a large yard, choose a cordless leaf blower with a long life to its battery to eliminate the need for a recharge midway through your session.

Where is Husqvarna blower made? ›

A major manufacturer of gas-powered outdoor power equipment, Husqvarna—from Sweden—makes leaf blowers, chainsaws, and string trimmers, among other tools. Its products are sold at local dealers as well as Lowe's stores.

How much CFM do I need? ›

To calculate the CFM for a gas stove, add the BTU ratings for all burners. Typically, 5,000 to 15,000 per burner is common, and a standard size four-burner stove will be about 40,000 BTU total. Divide your total by 100 to figure the CFM you need.

How do I make my leaf blower harder? ›

6 Easy Fixes for Leaf Blower Not Blowing Hard
  1. Unclog the Carburetor. One quick fix for leaf blowers that aren't blowing hard is to unclog the carburetor. ...
  2. Drain the Engine. ...
  3. Clean or Replace the Air Filter. ...
  4. Remove Old Fuel Before Storing the Blower. ...
  5. Replace the Spark Plug. ...
  6. Clean or Replace the Fuel Filter.

What should I look for in a battery leaf blower? ›

When shopping for a cordless leaf blower, be sure to check the weight of the machine both with and without the battery in place. Even if a blower weighs 10 pounds with a battery, it still will provide you with the untethered freedom to roam your property and keep it clean and debris-free all year around.

What backpack blower has the most cfm? ›

1. Echo PB 8010 Backpack Blower
  • The PB 8010 comes with a powerful 79.9 cc engine.
  • This blower can produce air speed up to 211 MPH and an air volume of 1,071 CFM, which results in a total air force of 44.4 Newtons.

Does Honda make a leaf blower? ›

We've refined our leaf blowers to make them the best at, well, blowing. High performing, efficient and with choices between petrol or battery power, Honda blowers are the ideal choice for keeping gardens, parks, stadiums and streets neat and tidy all year round.

What does CFM mean for leaf blowers? ›

Cubic feet per minute (CFM) is a measurement of the volume of air a leaf blower can produce at wide-open throttle (WOT). The measurement tells us how much space in cubic feet you can fill with air in one minute. The higher the CFM, the larger the area your blower effects and the better you can keep objects moving.

What is the most powerful blower? ›

Known as The Beast! With its 79.9 cm3 engine the PB-8010 translates to an incredible maximum airflow of up to 1819 m3 /h at a force of 44.4N, making it the most powerful blower on the market.

What is the most powerful RedMax blower? ›

Get ready to blow away the competition with the green industry's most trusted blowers. Ask any landscaper: RedMax's commercial-grade leaf blowers are powerful workhorses.
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EBZ8560.
Cylinder displacementAir flow in pipeWeight
75.6 cm³1000 cfm25.5 lbs

How strong should a leaf blower be? ›

The best CFM is midrange between 350 to 600 CFM, blowing north of 190 MPH. Too low will not do the job, too high and you lose control of the leaves, making the job take longer.

What does CFM mean on a leaf blower? ›

Cubic feet per minute (CFM) is a measurement of the volume of air a leaf blower can produce at wide-open throttle (WOT). The measurement tells us how much space in cubic feet you can fill with air in one minute. The higher the CFM, the larger the area your blower effects and the better you can keep objects moving.

What is a good cfm for leaf blower? ›

A good electric leaf blower usually has a CFM between 200 and 400. However, if you have a large property, (one acre or more), a leaf blower with a CFM between 400 and 700 is best.

What is the lightest backpack blower? ›

The Badger WBBPBL43 Backpack Leaf Blower was also in the running for several other categories. With a retail price of about $200, it's a great deal. It's also the lightest gas-powered model on this list at only 17.4 pounds.

How long do battery powered leaf blowers last? ›

Battery Life

Some cordless leaf blowers last for 15–20 minutes, while others can last over an hour. If you have a large yard, choose a cordless leaf blower with a long life to its battery to eliminate the need for a recharge midway through your session.

Is RedMax made by Husqvarna? ›

The patented Strato-Charged engine is an advanced design that was an incredible leap forward and made RedMax the leader in 2-stroke, clean air technology.
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Company History.
August1910Tokyo Gas Kogyo Company was formed
April2007Acquired by Husqvarna AB-Sweden Group
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Who makes RedMax leaf blowers? ›

RedMax Blowers

They are now owned by Husqvarna from Sweden. They began with aircraft engines and they still have the ability to move a ton of air. RedMax has four backpack models that each have an option for tube mounted throttle and all pack a punch.

How much does a RedMax backpack blower weigh? ›

This backpack power blower is extremely comfortable for the user as it only weighs 23.37 lbs. For those hot summer days, the cooled max pad will keep the user comfortable as the back pad uses air from the fan housing onto the operator, along with the contoured back pad and extra-wide straps for added comfort.

How many MPH is a good leaf blower? ›

Many customers wonder what a suitable range for leaf blower CFM/MPH? On a consumer level, CFMs: 450-500 / MPH: 150-190 is recommended.

What is considered a powerful leaf blower? ›

The most powerful electric leaf blower that consumers can buy blows wind at 600 CFM (cubic feet per minute). The most powerful gas-powered leaf blowers put out around 900 CFM.

Can you use a leaf blower on wet leaves? ›

Wait until the leaves are dry before using a leaf blower. Wet leaves are hard to move unless you are using a high-powered blower. Blow leaves into smaller piles rather than blowing them across the yard.

Is a higher CFM better? ›

Cubic Feet per Minute - or CFM - determines the amount of air that a fan can move through a room while operating at the highest speed. The larger the space, the higher the fan CFM must be in order to efficiently cool a room. CFM for fans is a critical measurement for determining if a room can be cooled.

Is higher CFM better for leaf blower? ›

The higher the CFM value, the more air your leaf blower will produce. You'll be able to clear a wider area in a shorter time.

Is 700 CFM good for a blower? ›

Depending on its intended use, a cordless leaf blower with a CFM between 400-700 should be powerful enough to greatly ease your fall yard chores. If you have a small yard with little debris, choose one with 200-400 CFM.

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