Bosch ALB 36 LI Cordless Leaf Blower
This neat, wireless piece of autumnal artillery is powered by a 36V Lithium-ion battery, which provides up to 35 minutes of variably powered foliage blasting, provided you give it a full charge of 1.5 hours before you hit the shrubs. It weighs in at just 1.9kg, so very easy to lug about, and has an airflow speed of up to 170-250km/h (105-155mph). The battery is easy to change and compatible with Bosch's wide range of 36V garden tools.
£230 | Bosch
Flymo Garden Blower/Vac
From trusty Flymo, this is a budget option for fair-weather blowers. It may look like it weighs as much as a lawnmower (and at 4.3kg, it's one of the heaviest tools here) but it’s surprisingly light in the hand. You can convert from blow to vac with a switch and a powerful Jet Vac mode handles stubborn leaves. There's a 40L sack, internal shredding line, 2,700W electric motor and it will suck up large items - such as cones - whole.
£59.95 | Flymo
For those on a budget who don't want to compromise on power or capacity, the Hecht 2800 can be snapped up for under £40 on design55online.co.uk or Amazon (RRP £89). It weighs 3kg and comes with a strap to save tired arms. It features a 2,800W motor - electrically powered via a short cable - which will blow and suck dry and wet leaves into a 45L bag. It even has wheels if you just want to roll it around your front porch.
£38 | Design55
Honda Versatool UMC435E
If you have a lot of unruly trees and shrubs that are tricky to manoeuvre beneath, the Honda Versatool is ideal as it's long and works parallel to the ground. It's the heaviest machine here at 8.6kg, but it comes with a harness and really is very powerful, due to either 25cc or 35cc Honda 4-stroke petrol engine. It's called the Versatool because of its numerous attachments, including line cutter, edger, pruner and hedge trimmer.
£450 | Honda
Husqvarna makes some heavy duty commercial leaf blowers, priced up to £665 for pros, but the Swiss tool stalwart also caters for regular homeowners with power fetishes, with the 8,000rpm, 170mph 125BVx. It blows, vacs (64L bag capacity), mulches like mad and weighs 4.35kg (or 9.6lbs - about the weight of a hefty baby or Christmas ham). It also has an adjustable tube, one-push start and cruise control - meaning you can fix the fan speed for easier handling.
£310 | Husqvarna
If you want to look a bit like Fireball from 1987 film The Running Man - and why wouldn't you? - strap on the Ryobi RBL42BP 42cc Backpack and thrash around the garden blowing those leaves back to hell. Or into a corner. With a series 2-stroke engine and 2.2hp, and an air speed of 300km/h, this is capable of blowing down small trees. It weighs 8.2kg, so if you do buy it from Argos take a van with you.
£280 | Argos
Stihl BG 86 C-E
If you want to blow like a pro, the petrol-powered Stihl BG 86 C-E is for you. It's easy to start, fitted with a unique four-spring anti-vibration system and an adaptor kit is available to turn it into a shredder. It weighs 4.5kg and is very power efficient. This is a heavy duty machine, but Stihl also caters for more casual leaf blowers - if this is you, maybe try the battery powered BGA 85 (£235) or the electric BGE 71 (£99) for size.
£300 | Stihl
TIMBERPRO 26cc 3 in 1
The extended title of this backyard beast is the "3 in 1 Mulcher/Shredder/Blower/Vacuum". In other words, it does the lot. With 7,500rpm of power, fuelled by petrol, it's designed for both pro and home users. That means it's easy to use but noisy, heavy (4.5kg) and hardcore. Boasting a 45L collection bag and a 0.5L fuel tank, this blower is available on Amazon for £109, or direct for £99 (currently down from £199); a steal.
£99 | Timberpro