Blower vacs - Buyer's Guide

Choose the best blower vac for your garden, with the help of our video guide.

Fallen leaves accumulate quickly in beds and borders, and on lawns, paths and patios. Buying a blower vacuum to clear them up can save you a lot of hard work, particularly in autumn.

Domestic models of leaf blower vacs typically range from £50 to £150 for an electric model or £100-£300 for a petrol-driven machine. The amount you spend will be determined by the size of your garden and how much material you need to clear.

In this video guide to buying a blower vac we look at both types and the advantages of each.

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We consider the different operation mechanisms and the quality and comfort of accessories such as shoulder straps, backpacks and collections bags. Then, we examine the pros and cons of models with both blower and vacuum tubes permanently attached and those with separate tubes.

Other topics include accessibility of shredding blades, ease of cleaning, safe use and storage.

Choose the right blower vac for your garden, with the help of our Buyer’s Guide video.

Brands featured in this video: Bosch, Cobra, Draper, Flymo, Hyundai, Qualcast, McCulloch, Ryobi, Stiga, Stihl, The Handy.

Many thanks to Rosie Yeomans and Sparsholt College for their help in making this video.

Find out which of the models featured came out top in our On Test feature, in the October 2017 issue of BBC Gardeners’ World Magazine, on sale Tuesday 26 September.

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