Best Garden Vacuum

Best Garden Vacuum – People have the idea that using a leaf vacuum is a lot like vacuuming indoors, as if you just move smoothly along leaving a clean path behind you. It’s not that simple. If that’s what you want, a lawn mower with a bag works better. Leaf vacuums do have their place in cleaning up yard debris in the great outdoors, but it’s up to you to find their optimal use.

Our test results show they are more effective at removing leaves from hard surfaces than a lawn. For example, they work well at removing leaves from concrete, pavers, flag stone, brick, and asphalt.


1.Sun Joe MJ401E-RM

Pros & Cons

The Sun Joe MJ401E is one of the most affordable lawn mowers on the market at the moment, and today we are going to have a close up look at it.

This is basically your bog standard, no frills, “does what it says on the tin” electric lawn mower. Nothing amazing in terms of what you get, but gets on with the job. We will start by having a look at the design, then we will talk you through assembly and most importantly how it performs.

2.WORX WG512

Pros & Cons

This Worx is, hands down, the easiest machine to switch from blower to vacuum. Its tube stays put. You simply turn a dial on the machine’s side to rotate the motor 90 degrees. Easily slip the vacuum collection bag into place over the impeller; just press on the bag’s small spring-loaded collar and release when it’s seated. We timed it as taking less than 20 seconds.

It’s a brilliant piece of engineering. And this Worx is no slouch when it comes to scooping up dried leaves. Its 12-amp motor is up to the job. Still, it won’t compete with the gas-engine machines, particularly with damp debris or when loads of twigs are mixed.

3.ECHO PB-9010H

Pros & Cons

The Echo is an outstanding machine and nearly as clog-resistant as the Stihl. It handled dry and uniform debris easily, gobbling it up at full throttle, quickly filling its bag. It fell behind the Stihl only in the mixed- and damp-debris tests. But, frankly, the difference in power between the two is small.

Conversion from blower to vacuum is fast and easy. In this respect, it was the best of the three gas-engine machines. To remove the vacuum tube, grip the large plastic lugs molded into tube and twist it off. The debris bag, held with a large Velcro strap, is easy to mount and empty.

4.Husqvarna HV-PA-952711913

Pros & Cons

The Husqvarna is very well built, starts extremely easily (with one pull), and handles dry leaves with a vengeance. It did clog, however, when gathering damp mixed debris, such as oak leaves and pine needles. We were mystified by that, since it has more than enough airflow.

We suspect that its vacuum tubes, which are slightly narrower and longer than others, may be the culprits. A deal breaker? No. We did have a beef, however, with its bag attachment, which is by means of a heavy-duty spring sewn into the bag’s collar. Its grip on the discharge tube is so tenacious that once attached, the bag cannot be easily removed.

5.Bosch GAA12V-21N

Pros & Cons

This corded model doubles up as a vacuum and a leaf-blower, converting between the two when you attach a slimline nozzle for leaf-blowing duties or a larger pipe and bag for vacuuming. The downside of this is that the conversion process takes a few minutes and involves attaching a handle and removing and replacing a release screw, but the hassle’s worth it.

Rather than a blower that makes a poor vacuum or a vacuum that’s a huge and heavy blower, you get something that works well in either format, doing an impressive job of shifting leaves or sucking up a range of garden debris.

6.Greenworks 40V

Pros & Cons

The Greenworks proves how far 40 volts will take you today.  A long way, as it turns out. We ran out of leaves before its battery ran out of juice. We see this machine as filling a role in conjunction with the trimmer and mower—the mower handles the grass and some leaf bagging, the trimmer cleans up the edges.

You blow the remaining leaves into a pile and quickly switch to vacuum mode by flipping down the impeller hatch, detaching the blower tube with a simple press on the detent. Then click the oval-shaped vacuum tube into place over the impeller. The debris bag has a stubby collar on it that clicks into place where the blower tube was located.

7.Karcher SC3

Pros & Cons

The Karcher S650 is completely different to the others on this list. In fact, it’s not a garden vacuum at all – it’s a garden sweeper – and you certainly wouldn’t use it on damp leaves or large debris.

But where the S650 does excel is at cleaning dirt and other small debris from pathways, driveways and other hard surfaces.

It’s a push garden sweeper that has a cleaning width of 65cm and side brushes to help with cleaning edges. As it moves, dirt is collected in a bin which means you don’t need to worry about sweeping muck into dustpans. It also doesn’t require a battery or cord, as the power comes from being pushed.


Best Garden Vacuum – To some degree, they work on decks but, you’ll find it’s easier to blow off leaves and debris rather than trying to pull out material that’s stuck between deck boards. Vacuums work pretty well on small patches of grass, but for larger areas, you’ll find it more effective to rake up a small pile and then vacuum that up. They also work well at getting leaves out of corners, removing them from between bushes, and from behind outdoor objects, such as a central air conditioning unit.

The total volume of leaves that you remove in these situations is small, and all these jobs are such that they play to the machine’s strong suit, which is a long nozzle that can be inserted into something (a bush), behind something (an air conditioning unit) or between things (two trash cans, let’s say). We also found leaf vacuums work well for removing small pieces of paper litter and debris, such as acorns and pine needles. In all cases, the vacuums work best on dry debris.