Fall, for all its beauty, is a real pain if you have a yard. All those leaves are certainly gorgeous to look at but decidedly less so if they’re covering your yard and preventing grass from growing effectively. Sure, you can use a blower to push them into piles, but you still have to dispose of them one way or another. And cleaning them up by hand can take forever, which is where a leaf vacuum can be a huge time saver.
As evidenced by its name, leaf vacuums suck up all those leaves into a bag to make disposal even easier. Some leaf vacuums also include a blower and shredder functionality. You can switch between to make the entire clean-up process move much faster. All of our selections are electric, which means you don’t need to worry about getting gas to fill it up or bother with extra weight. Instead, get an extension cord or charge a battery pack, and you’ll be all set. Here are eight of our favorites to help you clean up your yard in no time and get back to enjoying the beauty of fall.
1. WORX WG512 3-in-1 Leaf Vacuum
With just a simple turn of a dial, the WORX WG512 3-in-1 Leaf Vacuum can go from a vacuum to a mulcher to a blower for you to help tackle all of your yard needs. The 600 CFM tube provides a high-capacity air volume to really grab those leaves out of your blades of grass. Furthermore, the included bag can be quickly detached for fast cleaning. There’s also the option to a more expensive option that includes a collapsible bag and topper to make cleaning even easier.
2. Black+Decker BEBL700 Power Boost Leaf Vacuum
With its easy-to-wear backpack, power-boost button for even faster retrieval, and the option to switch between blower and vacuum, the Black+Decker BEBL7000 is a powerful workhorse that will have your leaves gone in no time. A 250 mph output and 400 CFM ensures constantly powerful performance. Instead of a zipper bag, the roll-top makes the backpack attachment even easier to empty when you’re done. And priced at $80, it’s an absolutely fantastic value.
3. Toro 51618 Super Leaf Vacuum
The Toro 51618 Super Leaf Vacuum includes a leaf shredder in addition to its vacuum functionality, allowing you the ability to clean up massive yards. The shredder can help to slice and dice leaves from a massive yard into its included bag, which limits the frequency in which you’ll need to suck everything up. Plus, its strong 225 mph airspeed will make the job move nice and quick thanks to its power.
4. Greenworks Variable Speed Cordless Leaf Vacuum
Thanks to its cordless ability, the Greenworks Variable Speed Cordless Leaf Vacuum makes sucking up pesky leaves from your lawn easier than ever. The 40V Lithium-Ion battery, when fully charged, will provide about two hours of continuous use, which makes tackling most small-to-medium-sized yards a breeze. Plus, with this one tool you can both blow and vacuum leaves.
5. RYBOI Cordless Leaf Vacuum
With its impressive bag and cordless functionality, the RYBOI Cordless Leaf Vacuum provides the same amount of power you’d anticipate from a gas blower, but without the weight and the need for constant refilling. The variable speed dial lets you scale its power when the situation needs a little extra oomph, and the chute even comes with wheels to make it even easier to suck up all those leaves. Plus, the includes shredder does quick work of even the crunchiest of yard waste.
6. Sun Joe SBJ605E 3-in-1 Leaf Vacuum
Lightweight and easy to use, this leaf vacuum from Sun Joe will help get those leaves up quickly thanks to its impressive 16:1 reduction ratio to shred leaves to 1/16th of their original size. The 18.5-gallon bag means you can make it through plenty of piles without needing to empty. And the instant-start electric motor is quiet while still managing to boast an impressive output.
7. Einhell PXC Brushless Leaf Vacuum
User-friendly, easy to use, and full of power, the Einhell PXC Brushless Leaf Vacuum feels comfortable in your hands thanks to its supported grip handle and supportive (and adjustable!) secondary handle. The included collection bag has a dedicated window so you can get a glimpse of how full the bag is, while a harness helps to evenly distribute the weight on your shoulders and back. But if things do become too cumbersome to bear, the chute also has wheels to make cleanup go even faster.
8. Costway 3-in-1 Electric Leaf Vacuum
Only seven pounds, the Costway 3-in-1 Electric Leaf Vacuum is ideal for those who don’t want to lug around a huge device yet still want to take care of their yard. The high-powered motor makes quick work of any yard, and the high impact impeller has a 10:1 ratio to help further break things down. Plus, an ergonomic handle and chute wheels make cleaning simple.