Whether your garden is small and perfectly-manicured or substantial and unruly, finding the right equipment to maintain it can be the difference between garden clearance being a dreaded chore or a piece of cake. Faster and more effective than sweeping and raking, leaf blowers save you time and energy, and enable you to enjoy your garden more.
Handheld blowers and vacuums are popular choices in domestic environments because of their easy handling and versatility. Choose from petrol powered or electric options that best suit your requirements, whether you have a large garden and need the freedom to walk without an extension cord or a smaller garden where neighbours will thank you for the reduced noise of a plug-in electric model. If you’re unsure where to start, have a look at this selection of some of the most efficient options.
Best for small gardens
Bosch ALS 2500 Electric Leaf Blower & Garden Vacuum
With a 45 litre collecting bag that saves you from having to empty regularly as you work, the Bosch ALS 2500 is also cleverly designed to be as comfortable to manoeuvre as possible. The careful weight distribution and padded strap team up with an ergonomically-designed handle, giving an easy-use edge to this powerful piece of equipment.
Blow leaves into neat piles with air speeds of up to 300km/h before gathering them up with the vacuum, which shreds leaves into a compost-ready state as it goes. Weighing only 3.2kg as a blower and 4.4kg in vacuum mode, tidying your garden is made easy and effortless with this affordable offering.
Another two-in-one option for both blowing and vacuuming garden debris, the Flymo GardenVac is as powerful as it is versatile. Flymo produce some of the most popular domestic leaf blowers around, and you won’t struggle to see why as you navigate your way around loose leaves and litter with this middleweight 5.1kg machine.
Perfectly quiet, and without the need to stop and refuel, the GardenVac 2700 uses a ‘clean fan’ shredding system that prevents blockages from forming during the vacuuming process, as well as boasting enough blowing power to easily clear stubborn rubbish from your land.
Best for large gardens
If you have a larger garden that requires you to work out of reach of an electrical point, the petrol-powered Echo ES-250ES will give you the freedom to roam as far as you need to in order to tidy the edges of even the biggest plots. Asymmetric cutters work hard during the vacuuming process to produce perfect mulch for composting, and a powerful 25.4CC engine pumps out 522m³/h of airflow that’s sure to turn even the biggest leaf or grass-clipping clearance into an easy feat.
Boosted by an EasyStart system to make sure that getting going is never a hassle, and a cleverly designed handle that places all your controls within easy reach, this machine also comes with a five-year domestic warranty for absolute peace of mind.
Proving that Sweden isn’t all about IKEA and cruise control isn’t just for cars, the Husqvarna 125BVx is a user-friendly garden wonder that really packs a punch. The 28CC engine will allow you to turn even substantial tasks into effortless quick-fixes, and a built-in SmartStart system will get you going quickly on even the coldest mornings.
Set a steady fan speed and the cruise control setting will allow you to keep moving without the need to hold the trigger throttle throughout, manoeuvring this remarkably efficient machine with the utmost ease.