Consider this scenario, you’re in autumn and are heading into the early days of winter. You love your yard, but it has become a huge mess since your trees are shedding leaves. For most people, the answer would be leaf blower. Just grab one of those bad boys and go to town. But, we’re here to tell you that it is an answer, just not the right now. Leaf blowers are a solution to the leaf problem, but it adds more work to your to-do list than it takes away. So, we’re here to propose a solution. And that solution is leaf blower vacuum mulchers. It doesn’t just suck up all the leaves, it also shreds them into tiny pieces, so the waste bag takes a lot longer to fill as opposed to a typical leaf vacuum.
If that was enough to convince you and you do want to try out leaf blowers vacuum mulchers, this is just the article for you. We’re going to go over three of the very best leaf blower vacuum mulchers out there to help you find the perfect product that suits your needs. Let’s get right into it.
Toro 51621 UltraPlus Leaf Blower Vacuum Mulcher
Coming up at number one on our list would be the Toro 51621 UltraPlus which is like the Michael Jordan of the mulcher world. And, not just the mulcher world, it’s a 3-in-1 handy dandy device that serves as your mulcher, vacuum as well as the blower.
When it comes to the design, you’re getting a pretty unorthodox red and black build. The frame is pretty durable and feels rigid to the touch. However, it does weigh about 8.9 lbs. which is a small problem. Although Toro has countered this problem really well as the weight is evenly distributed throughout the entire frame of the mulcher. This way, it doesn’t feel heavier on a certain end.
Another huge plus point would be the variable speed settings on the mulcher. When you’re out in your yard sucking up leaves, there will be times when you’ll need more of a powerful punch, while at other times, slow speed will do the job. To make sure your machine isn’t running at 100% all the time, Toro installed a speed control to ensure you’re using your motor just right.
If we take a peek inside the frame of the mulcher, the one major thing worth talking about would be the impeller that chops down the leaves. Usually, most manufacturers just do a simple plastic impeller that isn’t durable and is susceptible to breaking, forcing you down the whole lane of getting new parts and repairing your mulcher. But, Toro has gone the full mile and handed you a much more convenient steel impeller that isn’t just a beast at its job, it stays in one piece for longer too.
Black + Decker BV6000 Blower Vacuum Mulcher
It’s no surprise that a vendor like Black + Decker was able to put one of the best vacuum mulchers out there. Their BV6000 is one of the best-selling mulchers in the world. It’s another one of those 3-in-1 vacuum, blower, mulcher combo that we so dearly love. And, with the power that this product packs, it won’t just suck up leaves, it can do a lot more.
Talking about the power, let’s first go over what it has to offer in terms of the motor. It is a 12-amp motor that is way too powerful to just sweep up some leaves. It also works brilliantly to clean up twigs, debris, and pine needle without any issue. The motor puts out a max speed of 250 MPH which can be adjusted to a lower setting by dropping it down to 180 MPH. The best part is that even though the BV6000 uses such a powerful motor, its still a product that’s fairly quiet; keeping the noise just below 68 decibels.
Another plus point is again, the impeller. As we said, its rare to see a metallic impeller, but not as rare as a metallic impeller at this price range. This mulcher from Black + Decker leans towards the more budget-friendly category and with all the stuff included in this mulcher, it makes this product well worth the purchase.
Worx WG518 Corded Blower Vacuum Mulcher
Diving deeper into the 3-in-1 bonanzas, we have the WG518 which is an absolute workhorse when it comes to mulching, blowing as well as vacuuming leaves effectively. This is another product that uses a 12-amp motor making it one of the most powerful ones out there. It has two variable speeds, you can either opt for the smaller and more subtle 160 MPH or go full out with the 250 MPH speed.
In terms of weight, it is indeed the lightest product on our list by a decent margin. It weighs only 7.5-pounds, a great weight for 3-in-1 mulchers. It’s also the most affordable one too and also comes with a metal impeller that we’re already talked about being rare and a huge luxury. But, if it’s so good, why is it so down on our list?
There are two reasons. First would be the sound. The WG518 leans a bit too much towards being borderline noisy; working at 82 decibels. Secondly, even though the weight is just 7.5 pounds, it’s not evenly distributed throughout the body of the mulcher, taking away some serious points off the list for Worx.
So, even though it has two pretty big flaws, the WG518 is still a personal favorite. It’s giving you premium specs at such a great price that you might even be willing to overlook the two faults with the products and still go out and purchase the 3-in-1 marvel made by Worx.