Should you buy a leaf blower or a rake?

Leaf blowing or raking is a debate that people have. Some people say to use a rake, others say to use a leaf blower. There is no right answer, but some devices work better than others. Consumer Reports tested more than 30 leaf blowers and rakes to see which works best.

If you want to clean up your yard quickly, a leaf blower is the way to go. In our man-versus-machine rake-off, a handheld blower was twice as fast as a rake. Backpack or wheeled blowers can clear a yard even faster, thanks to their added blowing power.

Regardless of the type of blower, the models that do best in our Ratings are equally adept at sweeping leaves and loosening debris that's embedded in the lawn. You can spend as little as $50 on a recommended electric blower and up to $700 for a gasoline-powered wheeled blower. Gasoline handheld blowers average between $100 and $200, while gasoline backpack blowers are in the $200 to $300 range.

It can be tough to figure out the best blower for your needs. If you're just looking for a convenient way to clear leaves and other yard debris from hard surfaces, we recommend checking out our discussion of leaf and lawn sweepers. They may not have as much blowing power as a blower, but since they generally weigh less than 5 pounds, most people find them easier to use.

If you need greater blowing power – to clear snow or remove wet leaves after raking your lawn, for instance – a handheld or wheeled blower may be just what you need. We'll provide some tips on how to choose one in this report.

For backpack blowers, we'll analyze several of the most highly-rated backpack blowers on the market today.

Chances are that you have never thought about buying a leaf blower before today. That being said, it is not very surprising that there are many people who become overwhelmed thinking about what to look for in a backpack leaf blower. That's why we want to recommend backpack leaf blower review on to make it easier for you to choose your perfect backpack leaf blower.

The sound of leaf blowers can be really loud. Some states have made them illegal. But there are electric leaf blowers that are quieter than gas ones. They can also do a good job of cleaning up the leaves around your yard, even if they aren't as quiet as rakes.

There are many reasons to choose a rake over a backpack leaf blower. For one, rakes are better for your personal fitness. You also don't use any fossil fuels, unlike backpack leaf blowers. However, if you use a rake the wrong way, you could pull your back. So it is important to choose the right rake for you. Make sure to try out the rake before buying it to see if it is comfortable for your height and strength.

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