Which leaf blower is right for you?

Which leaf blower is right for you?
The leaves are starting to come down and the leaf blowers are back in action. If you need a new blower, you need to decide whether to go gasoline or electric.

"The key thing is whether you'll be able to do the work say within 100 feet of a power outlet, because for most properties a simple, inexpensive handheld electric blower is your best choice," says Consumer Reports Home and Yard Editor Bob Markovich.

Markovich says you should also consider the weight. Gasoline-powered handheld blowers are heavier.

"Instead of about 6 to 8 pounds, they're very often 10 pound pounds or more," Markovich says. "Whereas, say a backpack blower, that's the kind that straps to your back, it really takes all that weight and puts it on your shoulders and takes it off your arms."

A gasoline-powered backpack blower is the most expensive way to go -- $300 or more. Expect to pay between $100 and $190 for a good gasoline handheld.

Consumer Reports top-rated electric blowers are much cheaper: the Toro Ultra Blower Vac ($70) and the Toro Super Blower Vac ($60).

For more information

Consumer Reports Leaf Blower Buying Guide