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Top 10 Best Leaf Vacuums and Mulchers

Top 10 Best Leaf Vacuums and Mulchers

Cleaning up leaves from the yard is always such a tedious and arduous task that not many enjoy. Raking is quite the labor, and it is not always the best action for those with bad backs. Meanwhile, using a standard wet or industrial vacuum to suck up those leafy nuisances often results in clogged tubes and more problems. That is why it is time to upgrade to a leaf blower, vacuum or leaf mulcher (or combination of the three).

Think of leaf blowers, vacuums and mulchers as superior quality dust busters that do almost all the dirty work for you. From patios, sidewalks, garages, gardens, and lawns, a trusted leaf blower/vacuum/mulcher is a combination tool that is worth every penny. When it comes time to start raking nonstop, you are going to be grateful you made the investment. Your yard will also thank you.

Product

Our Rating

Price

1. Toro UltraPlus Leaf Blower Vacuum

2. GreenWorks G-MAX 40-V Cordless Blower/Vac

3. WORX WG518 Electric Blower/Mulcher/Vac

4. Black & Decker BV5600 Blower/Vac/Mulcher

5. WORX Trivac Blower/Mulcher/Vacuum

6. Sun Joe Cordless Blower/Vacuum/Mulcher

7. Black & Decker BV3600 Blower Vac

8. Sun Joe SBJ605E Electric Blower/Vacuum/Mulcher

9. WORX WG507 2-Speed Electric Blower/Vac/Mulcher

10. WORX Trivac Blower & Mulcher with Leaf Pro

The Benefits of a Leaf Vacuum and Mulcher

No Angry Neighbors:

Sometimes when you live in areas where houses are on top of one another, you need to stay on top of the leaf situation. If you try blowing them, the leaves may escape into a next door neighbor’s yard. This is frustrating for the both of you, so save everyone the trouble and mulch!

Of course, if you do have neighbors that live right on top of you, you are going to want to choose a quieter model--but more on that later!

No Raking:

Who would not jump on that opportunity. When you vacuum your leaves, this reduces the need to, first, rake them into a pike, and two, push that said pile into a flimsy trash bag. This reduces the time needed to complete your entire yard.

Great for Small Yards

For those with a decent-sized yard or even just a front lawn, leaf vacuums and mulchers are the ideal way to handle drifts of leaves. Large yards may require heavier gear, however.

Mulching is Good for the Garden

Using what your trees, bushes, and other plants are dropping on the ground is smart. Mulch forms a protective barrier around plants and over bare soil. The wood chips, leaves, and other debris that is added in also controls weed growth in flower beds, retains moisture, prevents soil erosion, and controls pests. If you have trees that like to make a mess, why not use it for your benefit?

Reviews of Leaf Vacuums and Mulchers on the Market

You will find that these are all plug-in electric models or battery-powered. That is because gas-powered blowers and vacuums tend to be both loud and unwieldy. Plus, a gas-powered model is bound to be twice or three times as much money as any one of the models listed here.

1. Toro UltraPlus Leaf Blower Vacuum

Pros

  • Laboratory tested, achieves up to 250 mph and top-rated Air Horsepower;
  • 3-in-1 – you receive the vacuum tube, bottom-zip bag, cord storage hook, and other tubing;
  • Shredz-All Shred Ring really does mulch leaves up well;
  • Oscillating Nozzle Kit helps reduce the time needed to complete the task at hand;Variable Speed Control;
  • The quick-release latch helps convert the blower and vacuum within seconds;
  • Small-size, easy to carry and to store in garages. You will not have to worry about your arms getting tired;
  • Super inexpensive

Cons

  • Securing the extension cord to the blower takes some creativity (and yes, the cord is short so an extension cord is necessary.

The UltraPlus Blower/Vac is Toro’s best performing leaf blower/vacuum. You also get the added efficiency of the leaf shredder. The Toro has a patented Shredz-All Shred Ring working inside. The metal impeller reduces up to 97% of mulched debris to less than ½ inch. The Toro UltraPlus Leaf Blower comes as a kit that includes a main blower tube for the dry leaves, a power insert for wet leaves, and a concentrator for corners and crevices, and bottom-zip vacuum bag that can also be used as storage for the blower and vacuum components.

2. GreenWorks G-MAX 40-V  Cordless Blower/Vac

Pros

  • Variable speed dial
  • No gas, no pull cords, no maintenance – instant electric start
  • Extremely lightweight
  • Low noise and vibration
  • Zero emissions
  • Innovative brushless motor technology has up to 80% longer battery life and up to 30% more torque
  • Ergonomic design
  • Can get up to 4.5 bags of debris during one charge
  • 1 charge gets 60 minutes of run-time on a 2AH battery, and 120 minutes on a 4AH battery
  • On the handle, there are 4 lights that glow to show how much energy remains
  • You do not have to drag a cord everywhere because this is cordless.

Cons

  • There are reports of the battery not lasting as long as promised;
  • Difficult to tell how full the bag is once it is attached, so you have to guesstimate.

This leaf blower and vacuum has the GreenWorks DigiPro Brushless Motor with a G-MAX 40V Li-Ion System (which is compatible with over 25 GreenWorks tools) that has a super long run time, great efficiency, low decibel noise rating, and efficient performance. There are variable speeds up to 185 mph. The blower/vacuum combination is very versatile and can handle wet and dry leaves. For those who are concerned about the environment, you will love that this leaf blower and vacuum has zero emissions.

3. WORX WG518 Electric Blower/Mulcher/Vac

Pros

  • A powerful 12-amp, 2-speed blower/vacuum/mulcher
  • The metal impeller has a 16:1 mulching ratio – leaves and small twigs are ground up with ease
  • Air speed 16-250 mph
  • One-touch Blower/Vac conversion
  • Very lightweight and easy to use
  • Works great in the winter with wet leaves
  • Great for blowing leaves from any surface—asphalt, patio, driveway, stone, lawn, and more
  • Easy to use
  • Lightweight

Cons

  • Vacuum tubing may clog depending on what you are trying to suck up

This model features a 3-in-1 set up. There is a 2-speed blower with a blowing speed up to 250 mph, a easy vacuum setup with 400cfm, and a mulcher with a 16-to-1 leaf mulch ratio. Included in the package is the mulching bag which holds 1 bushel of mulched leaves. The tube can be easily attaching to the bag, and you can work the tool either single-handedly or two-handed operation. No gas, no fumes.

4. Black & Decker BV5600 Blower/Vac/Mulcher

Pros

  • 12-amp motor
  • 3-in-1 leaf vacuum, leaf blower, and mulcher
  • 250 mph with 2-speed selection
  • Grinds 16 bags of mulch down to one; plus the mulching blade is very durable, heavy, and is capable of cutting up even branches
  • Easy change between vacuum and blower
  • Low decibel rating: 68 dBA
  • Built-in cord retainer
  • Pivoting action nozzle

Cons

  • Leaves occasionally get clogged in the vacuum tube
  • A bit heavy and cumbersome
  • Cord is short

A trusted name in home improvement and maintenance is Black & Decker. This high-powered leaf blower, vacuum, and leaf mulcher comes with great features like a 250 mph blower that cuts through piles of leaves easily. There is also the fact that this model is 50% quieter than earlier models. A metal fan prevents clogging during the mulching process. The system is made for quick interchanges between various nozzles to make vacuuming and blowing any part of the driveway, deck, garage or sidewalk a breeze.

5. WORX Trivac Yard-in-One Blower/Mulcher/Vacuum

Pros

  • Super convenient: All-in-one design with flip-of-a-switch conversion
  • 12-amp motor that can suck 14 gallons of dry leaves in under a minute
  • Airspeed during leaf blowing up to 210 mph
  • Single-handed operation (very lightweight)
  • Angled nose
  • Metal impeller has a 10:1 mulching ratio.
  • Speed controls that help control the strength works very responsively
  • Low decibel rating: 70 dBA

Cons

  • The collection bag is very small. You will wind up changing it several times, so it is best to buy your own
  • Originally comes with a plastic impeller, which is a bad idea, so consider upgrading to the metal impeller
  • Bulkier than you may anticipate
  • 2-hand operation

Does a lightweight, all-in-one device make you happy? Then the WORX Trivac could be an option worth checking out. The angled nose makes blowing even hard to reach places a snap, and the 10:1 mulching ratio is fantastic. This mulching ratio means that 100 gallons of dry leaves can fit into the 10-gallon collector bag. Pair that with the 2-step mulching system, you receive high grade mulch to use in your flower beds, which saves you both time and money. The other thing that makes the Trivac a winner is that you do not have to switch tubing--just flip a switch.

6. Sun Joe iONBV Cordless Blower/Vacuum/Mulcher

Pros

  • 3-in-1 design
  • Easily interchangeable
  • 6 variable speed settings
  • Great for sweeping porches, patios, walkways, garages, or removing light snow from sidewalks
  • 16 gallon collection bag
  • Included accessories are the blower tube, blower concentrator nozzle, front vacuum/mulcher tube, rear leaf vacuum/mulcher tube, collection bag, and wheel assembly
  • Weighs 12 pounds
  • Cordless

Cons

  • 200 mph max blowing speed may be too weak for larger tasks
  • 20-45 minute charge time is not long (especially when keeping the unit on setting 6 for a long time)
  • Vacuum suction is reportedly weaker than anticipated for most users

Brought to you by Snow Joe + Sun Joe, this cordless unit is a decent little machine that will do the job well for small yards. The iONBV is lightweight and reasonably powerful. The maximum airspeed is around 200 mph, but you can easily switch through 6 variable speeds. The 40v Lithium-ion battery lasts up to 45 minutes. After interchanging to tube, you can easily suck up to 16 gallons of debris or use the mulcher that has a 17:1 reduction ratio.

7. Black & Decker BV3600 Blower Vac

Pros

  • 12 amp motor
  • 3-in-1 blower, leaf mulcher, and vacuum
  • 230 mph blowing power
  • Anti-clog vortex impeller is a state-of-the-art way to prevent clogging when mulching
  • 10:1 mulching ratio
  • 2-speed selection
  • Tool-free switching
  • Bag included
  • Good price for what you get
  • Very lightweight (only weighs 8.1lbs)

Cons

  • Some design flaws keep the blower from being excellent, like the ON-OFF rotary switch being located inside the handgrip
  • Collection bag must be rested on the ground, meaning you either have to repeatedly pick it up or drag it along
  • Durability of this product is questioned

A decent budget choice that is lightweight and tolerable for even those with bad backs. However, because it has both a powerful blower and decent suction, it gets more done than one would assume. You can easily clean a small or medium yard with the Black & Decker BV3600 Blower Vac. If you are looking for a purchase that is not going to break the bank and will do the job it is intended for, then you will find this 3-in-1 leaf blower/vacuum/mulcher to be a good choice.

8. Sun Joe SBJ605E Electric Blower/Vacuum/Mulcher

Pros

  • 3-in-1 design of leaf blower/vacuum/mulcher
  • 14-amp motor
  • Instant start
  • Up to 250 mph of blowing speed
  • 6 adjustable wind speeds
  • Impeller is made of durable, aluminum alloy
  • High-impact impeller using “smart shred technology”
  • 16:1 reduction ratio
  • ETL approved and comes with a full 2-year warranty
  • Wheels in the front help stabilize the nozzle when vacuuming
  • Weighs about 12 pounds
  • Comes with a 12 gallon vacuum bag

Cons

  • Small Collector Bag

The second Sun Joe model on this list is as fairly priced as the last but also more powerful! For those searching for a dynamic model that is both strong and easy to handle and operate, check out the SBJ605E. Unlike other models shown on this list, the SBJ605E has a 14 amp motor, making it more powerful than the standard. Everything about this is a step above what we have come to expect. And if you are not satisfied, you can get your money back thanks to the full 2-year warranty. The 6 wind speeds make blowing or vacuuming various areas around the yard a snap, and the change between this two modes is so easy, it is absurd.

9. WORX WG507 2-Speed Electric Blower/Vac/Mulcher

Pros

  • A powerful 12 amp motor
  • 2-speed control for 160-220 mph
  • 3-in-1 design
  • One touch leaf blower to vacuum conversion
  • Lightweight
  • Features an ergonomic grip
  • Easy to assemble
  • 10:1 mulching ratio
  • Included bag will hold 1 bushel of mulched leaves

Cons

  • The impeller is plastic

Simple and effective--that is one way to describe the WORX WG507 2-speed. This corded model is the best choice for those on a budget, since it does not sacrifice quality for the lower price tag. The 2-speed blower has a top speed of 220 mph and a vacuum set-up with up to 350 cfm. It is also easy to switch between single-handed or double-handed operation, since the weight of this blower/vacuum/mulcher is around 11 pounds. Another plus is that this WORX model is compatible with the WORX leaf collection system hose attachment.

10. WORX Trivac Blower & Mulcher with Leaf Pro

Pros

  • 18:1 mulching ratio
  • Loads of containment space
  • Lightweight
  • Fantastic for large loads
  • Metal impeller will hack through acorns, small branches, wet leaves and much more
  • Super convenient: All-in-one design with flip-of-a-switch conversion
  • 12-amp motor that can suck 14 gallons of dry leaves in under a minute
  • Airspeed during leaf blowing up to 210 mph
  • Single-handed operation (very lightweight)
  • Speed controls that help control the strength works very responsively
  • The flexible cover for the bin can be interchanged with any garbage bin you have, so you can increase or decrease the size of the container

Cons

  • Handling a full can may be a bit problematic for smaller individuals or those with bad backs
  • Leaves will often clog up the bendable vacuum tubing

Out of all the models on this list, the WORX Trivac Blower and Mulcher has the largest container capacity. This is for when you have more leaves than you think you can handle, or you have quite a bit of acreage. The handheld blower is relatively lightweight (and is actually basically identical to the WORX Trivac 12 amp 3-in-1 mentioned earlier. The only difference is that instead of a bag, you can a humongous container the simultaneously vacuums and mulches. This cuts down time, as well as deposits them into a large reciprocal. From blowing to gardening in one shot.

Choosing the Best Leaf Vacuum and Mulcher

Now that you have seen some of the better (or the best) models on the market, how do you choose? Here are some tips to help you decide which leaf vacuum, blower and mulcher is right for you:

Weight:

Most leaf blowers and vacuums are handheld and will be carried with you. Because of this, you need to know if the weight will be bearable prior to purchasing it. If you are not that strong in the upper body, then consider that when hoisting up a vacuum or mulcher and carrying it around for a couple of hours. If you are looking to reduce weight, a corded electric vacuum is best. Heavier models will be those that run on gas instead of battery. However, batteries can be quite heavy as well.​

Power Source & Charge Time:

You are going to find a lot of battery-powered and corded leaf blower/vacuum/mulchers on the market. Battery-powered will be the most mobile, but there is a time constraint. Some can last up to an hour from full charge; however, that is not recommended for extended yard work that includes stopping and starting. If you opt for a battery-powered tool, remember that larger batteries will take longer to reach a full charge, sometimes slowing you down or making you lose a day of productivity.​

Corded vacuum/blower/mulchers weight less, so the portability is a plus. That said, dragging the cord around your yard, depending on the size of it, can become a hassle.​

Versatility:

Depending on the model’s grade (low to high), the appliance may only blow or vacuum leaves but not adequately mulch them. Opt for a tool that has a variety of tools to fit your needs best. Since many vacuums double as blowers, you never have to worry about that.​

Noise and Vibration:

If the noisiness of yard tools drive you nuts, then seek out a blower/mulcher/vacuum with a low decibel rating. Battery-powered models usually are the quietest. Corded electric tools are the second. Gas-powered is the loudest. In terms of vibration, the ranking is the same.​

Nozzle Shape:

There are some models on the market that have various nozzle attachments. Some may be curved to help you suck out leaves from gutters or other hard to reach places. If you are looking for an all-in-one cleaning tool that can even help maintain your gutters, look for models with curved nozzles​

Tips for Getting Maximum Efficiency

Sometimes, even when converting between the blower and vacuum is as easy as pressing a button, you still want to be as productive as possible. To get the most out of your leaf blower/vacuum/mulcher, you need to start by blowing the bulk of your yard’s leaves into a gigantic pile. From there, you can then switch to vacuum. Once you have dealt with the large pile, continue using the vacuum to apprehend any loiterers still out in the yard. Also, use the vacuum for sections that could be damaged by the blower, like flower beds with blossoms or in places where mulch can go flying.

After you are done vacuuming and mulching, be sure to clean out the bag right away. Any wet leaves that remain will begin to decay and will smell funky.​

Conclusion

Choosing the right device for you does not have to be a challenge. With this resource, you should be able to find the correct blower/vacuum/mulcher for you and your yard. Keep in mind the noise, vibration, power source and weight when deciding. All of these things can affect how productive you are when cleaning your yard! Whichever you choose, the best leaf blower/vacuum/mulcher will bring an efficiency to your life that is well worth the investment.

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    A large factor should be repair-ability down the road… Although it may be shiny and new for several years, we have to consider the fact that repairs will need to be done and access to parts / service is crucial!

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