Electric leaf blowers weigh less and are cheaper but gas blowers are more powerful and can get the job done faster. Some electric leaf blowers use a battery and are cordless but most use a long power cord, which can make it a little difficult to use. Gas blowers release smoke, a negative that leaf blowers do not have. They also differ in their cost and warranty period.

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Electric Leaf Blower versus Gas Leaf Blower comparison chart
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What is it? A gardening tool that propels air out of a nozzle to move yard debris such as leaves that works on electricity. A gardening tool that propels air out of a nozzle to move yard debris such as leaves that works on gasoline.
Style Hand held, corded, cordless Hand held , backpack
Highlights Less mobility in the case of corded electric blower, light weight, no emission, less noise. More powerful, weighs more, noise and air pollution.
Costs $35 to $150 $60 to $500
Wind Speed 50-100 MPH 150+ MPH
Pros Light, cheap, no pollution, less noisy. Runs well. Great for everything from patios to garages, to large driveways and yards.
Cons May sometimes overheat and stop blowing. Noisy, heavy, more expensive, needs gasoline, messy, air pollution.


Electric leaf blowers are mostly hand held. There are two varieties of it, corded and cordless. Corded leaf blowers need to be attached to a power outlet while the cordless ones work on rechargeable batteries. Batteries like 18-volt Lithium-Ion or 18-volt Ni-Cad rechargeables are used.

Gas leaf blowers come in two models, hand held or backpack. They may use a two-stroke or a four-stroke engine. Generally oil and fuel need to be mixed but some newer models do not require this mixing.

Ease of use

Mobility is restricted for corded electric leaf blowers due the length of the cord; also, it may get a little cumbersome dragging the cord around. Battery-operated electric leaf blowers are restricted by the battery strength and life. Several users report battery life of only 10 to 15 minutes and invest in separate, higher-quality batteries rather than rely on the stock battery that is bundled with their leaf blower by the manufacturer.

Gas leaf blowers are powerful and can get the job done faster. But they are heavier than electrical leaf blowers. Moreover, they require filling in gas periodically and some also need engine oil. Gas blowers also release smoke, a negative that electric leaf blowers do not have.


An electric leaf blower may come with attachments like vacuum attachment or a mulcher. Some models of gas leaf blowers have attachments like a vacuum attachment or a mulcher.


Electric leaf blowers ranges from $35 to $150. Gas leaf blowers range from $60 to $400. You can find the current prices on various models at Amazon.com:

Noise, Pollution and Regulation

Leaf blowers tend to be noisy, and gas blowers especially so. Several cities and counties have regulations barring the use of gas leaf blowers or restricting their use to certain times of the day. Electric blowers are also loud but tend to have fewer restrictions compared with gas leaf blowers.[1][2]

How to Choose

When trying to choose a leaf blower to buy, gas vs. electric is only one of the choices. There are three kinds of leaf blowers:

Handheld blowers tend to have more options for power type. Gas-powered blowers have been popular historically but today electric blowers are far more popular in the handheld category because gas blowers need fueling and regular maintenance.

Electric handheld blowers are of two types:

Given these pros and cons, your decision should be based on:


Although warranty varies by manufacturer, the warranty for gas blower is usually 5 years whereas for an electric it is usually between 60 to 90 days of purchase.


Makita, Black and Decker or Toro are some of the manufacturers of electric leaf blowers. Troy-Bilt, Poulan Pro, Weed Eater, Makita are some manufacturers of gas leaf blowers.


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