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Best Leaf Mulcher Reviews 2019

Urgh, I love autumn but having to deal with masses of fallen leaves can be pain.

Wouldn’t it be amazing to have a device that not only collects those fallen leaves, but also converts them into delicious nutrients for your yard?

Look no further than a leaf mulcher – and the best thing is I am going to help you get the best leaf mulcher of 2019!

>> I know all about leaf mulchers already, jump me straight to the reviews <<

Best Leaf Mulchers 2019 – At A Glance List

Below is a quick view of my favorite leaf mulchers of 2019. To find out more about them click on the link to take you to the full review.

Best Leaf Mulchers 2019

Name

Max CFM

Best For

Rating

#1 – Black & Decker BV6600 (Read Review)

400

♦ Best Buy ♦

  • Your Title Goes Here 94% 94%

#2 – Black & Decker BV5600 (Read Review)

400

Value For Money

  • Your Title Goes Here 93% 93%

#3 – WORX WG518 (Read Review)

400

Switching Functions

  • Your Title Goes Here 91% 91%

#4 – Sun Joe SBJ605E (Read Review)

440

Carrying

  • Your Title Goes Here 90% 90%

#5 – Toro 51621 UltraPlus (Read Review)

350

All Round

  • Your Title Goes Here 90% 90%

#6 – WORX WG509 Trivac (Read Review)

350

Switching Functions

  • Your Title Goes Here 89% 89%

#7 – WORX WG430 (Read Review)

350

Mulching

  • Your Title Goes Here 88% 88%

#8 – Black & Decker BV3100 (Read Review)

300

Price

  • Your Title Goes Here 86% 86%

#9 – Black & Decker BV6000 (Read Review)

400

Mulch Quality

  • Your Title Goes Here 85% 85%

#10 – Toro 51617 Rake And Vac (Read Review)

350

Weight

  • Your Title Goes Here 83% 83%

#11 – WORX WG507 (Read Review)

350

All Round

  • Your Title Goes Here 82% 82%

#12 – Sun Joe SBJ603E (Read Review)

421

Comfort

  • Your Title Goes Here 81% 81%

The Details

How to Choose a Leaf Mulcher

As is the case with any piece of electrical equipment these days, there are so many options, features and variables that it is easy to get confused over what you actually want and need and end up going round in circles.

So stick with me here as…

I’ve tried my best to summarise below what you should think about if you are looking at buying a leaf mulcher:

The Blower Function

There are a handful of specialist leaf mulchers that do nothing else aside from mulch leaves, but the vast majority of leaf mulchers these days are leaf blowers with a vacuum and mulching functionality.

Think about it this way:

It is important to consider what you want out of the blower.

Look at the maximum blowing speed that can be achieved. Many blowers can reach speeds of up to 250mph or more.

The higher the speed the easier it should be to dislodge stubborn leaves or debris.

It is simple:

Machines with narrow nozzles often make it easier to direct the air flow and arrange leaves into piles for easier access for vacuuming and mulching.

A variable speed control is always important as well as it means you have more control over the leaves and don’t run the risk of your carefully arrange piles of leaves getting blown everywhere as your leaf blower only has one speed!

Weight

Depending upon the size of your yard you will probably be carrying your blower/mulcher for a sizeable amount of time.

Put it this way:

A couple of pounds of difference in weight can make a lot of difference to the strain on your arms/shoulders/back over a period of say 30 minutes to an hour working with it in your yard.

If you are older this is something you might want to give more weight to (no pun intended!) when making a decision.

Handle and Shoulder Straps

However, I am going to slightly contradict what I have just said above now! Sometimes a heavier leaf mulcher/blower, if well made, can feel a lot lighter.

What is the magic formula?

Well designed carrying handles and the use of a shoulder strap to support the machine, can make a lot of difference.

Mulching Ratio

The mulching ratio is the rate the leaves and debris are reduced at. So a 10:1 ratio means ten bags of leaves are reduced to one bag of mulch.

A higher mulch ratio means a finer and better quality of mulch, that will be better for your garden correct?

You are dead right.

Plastic or Metal Blade

When looking at the leaf mulcher part, the main part is the impeller, which is the part that actually cuts and shreds the leaves. The impeller will either be metal or plastic.

So here it is:

Metal impellers are more durable, less easily damaged and more capable of cutting and shredding leaves well.

Plastic impellers are more likely to break and need replacement, but often will be found in leaf mulchers that cost slightly less.

Easy Access

Inevitably, no matter which leaf mulcher you choose, due to the nature of the job and the fact you will be vacuuming and mulching lots of leaves that at times will be damp there will be occasions when the machine will become clogged.

In short:

To be able to get to the impeller easily and safely is important.

Changing Functions

Some leaf blower mulchers can change from blower to mulcher more easily than others. In fact for some it can be done at the flip of a switch. Make sure you investigate how easy it is to change functionality.

The moral of the story?

There is no point have a device that is a fantastic leaf blower and an excellent leaf mulcher if switching between the functions takes half an hour and causes you lots of stress!

Editor’s Note

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Clicking on my CHECK EXACT PRICE button DOES NOT affect the price you pay for the item and it takes you to exactly the same page you would get to if you had gone to the Amazon/Walmart/Home Depot website yourself and typed in the product name. The only difference is a tiny percentage of the sale (typically around 4%) goes to this site.

At the end of the day the most important thing to me is you get the best possible item for your needs at the best price – so I hope you do!

The Best Leaf Mulchers 2019

#1 Black & Decker BV6600

Price Guide: $$$

BEST FOR…
Those looking for an exceptional mulcher.

Best Leaf Mulcher Reviews - Black & Decker BV6600I actually think the Black & Decker BV6600 might be the best mulcher on the list.

It has a metal mulching blade which is always a good start as it is less likely to be broken.

Here’s the kicker:

It mulches to a 16:1 ratio and the mulcher has no problem dealing with pretty much any type of leaf and small twigs as well.

The 16:1 mulch ratio mean it shreds the debris into a very fine powder and produces a really top quality mulch.

Moreover:

Whereas some mulchers need to be cleaned a few times before tackling a significant amount of mulching this one doesn’t.

You obviously need to take care of it, but it has no problems mulching a lot of material over a short period of time. It is an exceptional mulcher.

Changing functions from vacuum to blower/mulcher is easy as well – a simple snap on and snap off and you are done.

In truth:

The vacuum function doesn’t quite match the standards of the mulching function, but it is still very good.

The unit has a concentrator nozzle which makes it easier to move those leaves which are stuck to the ground and overall it is durable, well designed and as a result feels fairly light.

You can also get the Black & Decker BV-006 Leaf Collection System and connect it to this so all leaves are collected into a bin – meaning less trips to and fro emptying the collection bag.

Be warned:

There are a couple of minor faults – my main one is around how the bag detaches to empty the mulch.

It can’t be done gradually and has no zips – so you have to be very careful as it is easy to spill the mulch everywhere.

The bag also shreds a little and catches leaves on it, it could do with a better finished edge to prevent that happening.

In short:

These are minor bugbears though – this is small, powerful and very high performing mulcher indeed.

Max Blowing Speed – 250 mph

Speeds – two

Mulching Ratio – 16:1

Air volume – 400 cfm

Power – 12 amp

Voltage – 120V

Weight – 8.1lbs

Warranty – two year

Bag Size – 1.5 bushels (14 gallons)

  • My Rating 94% 94%

Pros

Top class mulcher

Able to mulch lots without a problem

Easy to change functions

Metal mulching blades

Good leaf blower too

Cons

Have to be careful detaching mulching bag

Mulching bag shreds a little

#2 Black & Decker BV5600

Price Guide: $$$

BEST FOR…
Those looking for a great value blower/vac/mulcher that is impressive in everything it does.

Best Leaf Mulcher Reviews - Black and Decker BV5600I think the Black & Decker BV5600 is a really fantastic piece of kit that has a lot going for it at a bargain price.

Focusing first on the mulcher – it has a thick metal mulching blade which mulches really well down to a 16:1 ratio which is great.

Beyond that:

This is very inexpensive and if you spend a little more you can buy the BV-006 Leaf Collection System which allows you to connect the unit to a hose which connects to the top of a garbage can for more efficient mulching.

It is simple to go from blower to vacuum/mulcher.

Attach the mulcher bag to the nozzle where the blower tube was and then simply put the vacuum tube where the cover was and you are good to go. It takes about 30 seconds.

Stick with me here, as this isn’t all:

It has also been built well and is easy to set up, if there is a blockage you can easily take it apart, unblock it and get going again.

It has been well designed, with the handles in the right place, so you don’t really feel any strain on your back, shoulders or arms when you use this and the cord can be hooked in so it doesn’t fall out.

In terms of a leaf blower it works well and I put a lot of that down to nozzle, which is on a swizzle and makes it easier to get at those leaves that you wouldn’t normally be able to.

A warning:

Of course like any unit it has faults – it is quite loud and due to the suction tube being wider at the bottom than the middle it does clog up occasionally.

In all:

For the price you get more than you could wish for – it is a fabulous tool for any garden to have.

Max Blowing Speed – 250 mph

Speeds – two

Mulching Ratio – 16:1

Air volume – 385 cfm or 400 cfm

Power – 12 amps

Voltage – 120 volts

Weight – 8.1lbs

Warranty –  Two year

Bag Size – 1.5 bushels (14 gallons)

  • My Rating 93% 93%

Pros

Fantastic price

Easy to switch functions

Well designed

Good mulcher

Good blower

Cons

Noisy

Occasionally clogs up

#3 WORX WG518

Price Guide: $$$

BEST FOR…
Those who want an excellent and very easily interchangeable blower and mulcher.

Best Leaf Mulcher Reviews - Worx WG518Sometimes combination leaf blowers/mulchers/vacuums can perform adequately in all three functions without excelling in one in particular, that isn’t the case with the Worx WG518.

The mulching function is excellent and works really well – it pulverizes twigs, acorns, leaves and even wetlands and its 16:1 mulch ratio means the mulch that comes out is very fine and of a great quality.

This is important:

What is more the mulching blade is metal, not plastic – this ensures it will last longer and you won’t need to replace it and the conversion from leaf blower to vacuum/mulcher is literally as simple as it gets.

You just change nozzles and clip on the bag – it’ll take you no more than five seconds once you have done it a couple of times.

To top it all off:

The mulch bag, which is included and can hold nine gallons, has a shoulder strap attached that will also help support the unit and the whole thing has been well designed and has a nice, ergonomic handle that makes it easy to hold.

The blower function is great, it has two speeds and the top speed is 250 mph, so it has some power. It is fairly light and easy to maneuver as well.

But first a warning:

There isn’t too much to complain about, but the vacuum tube decreases in size and can tend to clog, almost as if it is too wide at the end for the air flow.

Also when you are vacuuming wet leaves mud does tend to get stuck around the chamber where the mulching blades which can be a pain.

All in all:

For the price, which is very reasonable, the power of the blower and the quality of the mulching function is very hard to beat and the fact you can switch between blower and vacuum/mulcher so easily is great!

Max Blowing Speed – 250 mph

Speeds – Two

Mulching Ratio – 16:1

Air volume – 400 CFM

Power – 12 amps

Voltage – 120v

Weight – 7.5lb

Warranty – 3 years

Bag size – 1.2 bushels (9 gallons)

  • My Rating 91% 91%

Pros

Mulching feature is excellent

Switching from blower to vac/mulcher is so simple

Well designed

Solidly made

Great price

Cons

Vacuum tube can clog

Mulching chamber can get mud stuck around it

#4 Sun Joe SBJ605E

Price Guide: $$$

BEST FOR…
Those who want a mulcher with a large capacity bag and less strain on the body!

Best Leaf Mulcher Reviews - Sun Joe SBJ605EThe Sun Joe SBJ605E is a good mulcher. One of its big advantages is the 18.5 gallon bag it comes with to collect the mulched material.

This is bigger than all of its competitors and means less trips back and forth for you to deposit the mulched material.

Boom!

The mulching bag itself attaches directly to the unit – it is attached to the end of the blower and kept in place with a clip that fixes round the tube of the mulcher. This means you don’t have to carry it over your shoulder.

I think it depends on personal preference whether this is a good thing or a bad thing but I think the design of the bag makes vacuuming leaves much easier.

And this is another mulcher that has a metal mulching blade rather than plastic – which I always prefer.

But you know what else?

Ergonomically it is well designed – the blower assembles in seconds, you just clip the blower tube to the main unit and plug it in and everything is done.

The process of switching from blower to vacuum is really simple too and it has six speed settings.

It mulches well and handily has wheels on the end of the vacuum tube when helps stabilize it, ensures there is less stress on your back and means you can just push and pull it using minimal effort.

Sounds good?

It is also powerful, with a 14 amp motor and pumping out 440 CFM of air per minute. The manufacturing is sound and despite it being on the slightly heavier side it doesn’t feel so.

And good thinking, Sun Joe have included a wall hanger – so it is really easy to store!

A word of caution:

The only issues are that the stitching around the leaf bag looks a little flaky and might come undone after prolonged use.

It could really do with being double stitched. Also possible the power cord could be slightly longer.

In truth:

A great blower and a fantastic mulcher with some really good design points and a solid build.

Max Blowing Speed – 250 mph

Speeds – Six

Mulching Ratio – 16:1

Air volume – 440 CFM

Power – 14 amps

Voltage – 120v

Weight – 8.6lb

Warranty – 2 years

Bag size – 18.5 gallons

  • My Rating 90% 90%

Pros

High capacity bag to collect mulch

Metal mulching blade

Design makes it easy to use

Easy to switch functions

Wheels on vacuum stabilize machine

Cons

Stitching around mulching bag could be better

Power cord could be a bit longer

#5 Toro 51621 UltraPlus

Price Guide: $$$

BEST FOR…
Those looking for a solid, well designed product that blows and mulches equally well

Best Leaf Mulcher Reviews - Toro Ultra Plus 51621Despite mulching at a meagre (in comparison to some) 10:1 ratio the Toro 51621 Ultra Plus is actually a really good mulcher that outperforms most other mulchers. And the mulch created seems smaller than 10:1.

Let’s take a closer look:

It has been really well designed and is very comfortable, the strap that holds the bag has plenty of space for adjustment depending on your height, which a few other manufacturers could learn from.

It also has a cord retainer that works well and keeps the cord untangled and out of the way and despite being relatively weighty, you don’t notice it.

To top it off:

This comes with three blower tubes – the main tube to move leaves as normal, a power insert to move debris into rows and piles and a concentrator nozzle to move more stubborn debris out of cracks, etc.

This means you should really be able to do any job you want it to. It also has an oscillating nozzle which works really well and makes cleaning your yard easier and faster.

It has a completely variable speed control that you can adjust to up to 250 mph and the blower is powerful and will shift most debris.

But beware:

This could really do with an on/off switch though, in addition to the speed dial, so it could be shut off quickly on case of an emergency and it is a little cumbersome to switch between blower and vacuum/mulcher.

In essence:

You certainly won’t be disappointed if you purchase this, it does an excellent job mulching and has plenty of flexibility as a blower.

Max Blowing Speed – 250 mph

Speeds – Fully variable

Mulching Ratio – 10:1

Air volume – 350VFM

Power – 12 amps

Voltage – 120 V

Weight – 8.9lbs

Warranty – Two years

Bag size – 15 gallon

  • My Rating 90% 90%

Pros

Produces nice mulch

Great design

Comfortable

Blower to deal with all situations

Completely variable speed control

Cons

Needs an on/off switch

Blower to deal with all situations

#6 WORX WG509 Trivac

Price Guide: $$$

BEST FOR…
Those who want the minimal of fuss when switching from blower to mulcher (and great mulch)!

Best Leaf Mulcher Reviews - Worx WG509The WORK WG509 Trivac has two major things going for it – it has a fantastic 18:1 mulch ratio, so the mulch you get is really fine and of a really good quality so it is great for your garden.

Secondly the functionality in switching from blower to vac/mulcher is beyond simple!

Think I am exaggerating?

It is literally a flick of a switch. No wasting time changing parts of the unit or fiddling around, in a split second you go from blowing leaves to vacuuming and mulching them, saving you a lot of time and hassle.

The fact it mulches down the leaves and stems so small means less trips for you to empty the (provided) mulching bag as well.

It also has a metal mulching blade, which I prefer to the plastic blades as I think it mulches better and will last longer.

The silver lining is:

It actually has seven different speeds, which exceeds almost every other unit in this list and the blower itself works really well with a lot of power.

Furthermore it is easy to disassemble and easy to clean out and then put back together again.

But you need to know this:

However the design of the Trivac could be better. It is not that easy to hold the Trivac and deal with the over the shoulder strap.

The bag needs a longer strap as you find yourself having to stoop down whilst you use it so you can get the mulching/blowing tube to the ground.

On top of this the on/off switch is black, which is the same color as the panel it is located on so it makes it difficult to see.

But the bottom line is:

As a mulcher this is great and really shreds down the leaves to give you lovely mulch for your garden.

>>> READ MY FULL REVIEW <<<

Max Blowing Speed – 210mph

Speeds – seven

Mulching Ratio – 18:1

Air volume – 350 cfm

Power – 12 amps

Voltage – 120v

Weight – 9.3lbs

Warranty – three year

Bag Size – 1.2bushels (9 gallons)

  • My Rating 89% 89%

Pros

Great mulching ratio

So simple to change modes

Metal mulching blade

Seven speeds

Easy to clean and care for

Cons

Shoulder strap is annoying

Could be better designed

#7 WORX WG430

Price Guide: $$$

BEST FOR…
Those who don’t need a blower and just want a dedicated mulcher that does a good job.

Best Leaf Mulcher Reviews - Worx WG430The Worx WG430 is not a blower with a mulcher function. It is designed purely for mulching leaves and nothing else.

But if you are looking for a dedicated leaf mulcher and already have a leaf blower or are not worried about getting one it could be just what you are after.

Most importantly:

It produces a really lovely mulch, the mulch ratio is said to be 11:1 but it actually feels more than that such is the fine, powdery consistency of the mulch.

Unlike handheld blowers/mulchers this deals with large, thick and wet leaves with minimal fuss and you don’t have the hassle of lugging around the device whilst it does its mulching.

What is more:

It is easy to set up and made up of a number of small parts so it is easy to store in the off season.

It is also pretty light and uses heavy duty grass trimmer lines that make it very safe.

It isn’t all positives though:

On the downside these trimmer lines do break every now and then, but you get 24 replacement lines supplied and they are very easy to replace. It is also reasonably loud for an electric mulcher.

So it all adds up to this:

There is a reason it is the most popular dedicated leaf mulcher on the market and that is because it does the job it is designed for very well. 

>>> READ MY FULL REVIEW <<<

Max Blowing Speed – n/a

 

Speeds – n/a

Mulching Ratio – 11:1

Air volume – 350 CFM

Power – 13 amps

Voltage – 120v

Weight – 20lbs

Warranty – 2 years

Bag size – n/a

  • My Rating 88% 88%

Pros

Produces great mulch

Deal easily with all kinds of debris

Easy to set up

Takes up no storage space

Safe

Cons

Trimmer lines break

Loud

#8 Black & Decker BV3100

Price Guide: $$$

BEST FOR…
Those who want a really low cost unit that does all the basics really well.

Best Leaf Mulcher Reviews - Black and Decker BV3100Even by budget blower/vacuum/mulcher standards the Black & Decker BV3100 is cheap! But that should not make you think it can’t do a good job – in fact quite the opposite.

How?

It mulches perfectly adequate, producing a fine mulch you can spread on your garden, some whole leaves make it to the collection bag but the majority get shredded.

The collection bag also has a zipper at the end which makes emptying it really easy – you don’t even have to take it off your shoulder.

Even better:

It is easy to assemble, and although it is made of durable plastic, it is well designed and intuitive to use.

It is also really light, so easy for you to carry around, and the carrying handles are well positioned.

The blower is surprisingly powerful as well and will shift even the hardiest of debris. It works really well on dry material.

Note:

Where it does struggle is on wet leaves which tend to clog it up and the power cord connection to the extension cord you will need is flimsy – they pull apart too easily.

The simple truth is:

This thing isn’t going to change your world, it might not even perform as well as most of blowers/mulchers on this list, but if you remember how much you are paying for it you will not be disappointed – it does what it needs to do well all for an extremely cheap price.

Max Blowing Speed – 210mph

Speeds – two

Mulching Ratio – 10:1

Air volume – 300 cfm

Power – 12 amps

Voltage – 120 V

Weight – 7 lbs

Warranty – two year

Bag Size – 9 gallons

  • My Rating 86% 86%

Pros

Incredible price

Collection bag is well designed

Light

You get a lot for the price

Blower is powerful

Cons

Struggles with wet leaves

Connection with extension cord is flimsy

#9 Black & Decker BV6000

Price Guide: $$$

BEST FOR…
Those looking for a bargain blower/mulcher that produces very fine mulch.

Best Leaf Mulcher Reviews - Black and Decker BV6000The Black & Decker BV6000 is a fine mulcher. By that I mean it really mulches down the leaves until they are literally mere dust – its 16:1 mulch ratio is incredibly efficient.

Want to see what makes it worth a place on the list right?

The collection bag slides on and off very easily and is surprisingly durable.

It also works well on wet leaves which sometimes can be troublesome so that is a real bonus and it even picks up and deals with small twigs.

The collection bag has been well designed, it unzips on two of its four sides, which means when you empty the mulched material it will be really straight forward.

And another thing (or two):

The vacuum tube is quite square, so it is more level to the ground when you use it, making it easier to suck up leaves.

Finally you can also access the mulching blades (which are metal) really easily by removing the safety guard so you can sharpen them.

Talking of safety, this won’t work if any part isn’t on properly, which is a nifty feature too.

The blower function is good and powerful and the whole device seems well made for the price it comes in at.

But:

This does come with a detachable shoulder strap, but it is difficult to find a comfortable way of wearing it between the strap and the power cord – so some tinkering with the design is needed there.

Also switching between blower and vac/mulcher isn’t as easy as some other models on the market.

Here’s the deal:

But it is really well priced and does things many others in the same price bracket don’t – ie works well on wet leaves and grass clippings and mulches down material to a very fine consistency. It is a bargain!

Max Blowing Speed – 250 mph

Speeds – Two

Mulching Ratio – 16:1

Air volume – 400 CFM

Power – 12 amps

Voltage – 120v

Weight – 8.1lb

Warranty – 2 years

Bag size – 1.5 bushels (14 gallons)

  • My Rating 85% 85%

Pros

Mulches to very fine consistency

Collection bag excellently designed

Very well priced

Good on wet leaves and grass clippings

Metal mulching blades

Cons

Shoulder strap and power cord get in the way of each other

Slightly more time consuming to switch functions.

#10 Toro 51617 Rake and Vac  

Price Guide: $$$

BEST FOR…
Those looking for a lightweight and small blower/mulcher.

Best Leaf Mulcher Reviews - Toro Rake and Vac 51617

The Toro 51617 Rake and Vac has actually been superseded by the Toro Super Blower, Ultra Blower and Ultra Blower Plus but it earns its place in this list for me as it is actually one of the lightest and smallest blower mulchers on the market and still does a good job.

So let’s find out more:

It weighs just 6.5lbs, which means you can do more mulching and leaf blowing without feeling the strain in your arms and it is so small it will take up virtually no space in your garage.

Even better:

The nozzle is quite narrow, which means when it comes to leaf blowing it pushes leaves easily along the ground and it works equally well on wet or dry leaves.

It is pretty much ready to use when you get it, you just clip the nozzle on the motor and it is ready to go. The bag attachment holds a good amount – 14 gallons – and is easy to attach ready for you to start mulching.

Of course it isn’t perfect:

Being at the cheaper end of the spectrum it has its faults – it uses plastic blades rather than metal and most annoyingly the power cable is difficult to secure and can get pulled out rather easily whilst you are mulching/blowing.

To cut a long story short:

If you remember the limitations that often come with a slightly cheaper price tag – this does a fantastic job.

>>> READ MY FULL REVIEW HERE <<<

Max Blowing Speed – 210mph

Speeds – Two

Mulching Ratio – 8:1

Air volume – 350 CFM

Power – 10.5 amps

Voltage – 120v

Weight – 6.5lb

Warranty – 2 years

Bag size – 1.5 bushels (14 gallons)

  • My Rating 83% 83%

Pros

Very light

Very small

Great price

No hassle to set up

Collection bag has good capacity

Cons

Plastic mulching blades

Cord can easily come unplugged

#11 WORX WG507

Price Guide: $$$

BEST FOR…
Those looking for a reliable mulcher that works well on everything.

Best Leaf Mulcher Reviews - Worx WG507The WORX WG507 is one of their older models but a very reliable one indeed if you are looking for a good mulcher.

Here’s the deal:

It is is particularly good at sucking up and mulching dry leaves and will do a great job on smaller twigs and acorns as well.

It struggles slightly more on wet leaves if you try and collect and mulch too many at once – but as long as you are sensible, or let them dry out you will be fine.

The mulch that is produced is nice as well. The mulching ratio is 10:1.

Want to know a sneaky tip?

You can also get the LeafPro Universal Leaf Collection System which allows you to mulch directly into a waste can that can hold up to 96 gallons.

The collection bag you get with the WG507 can hold up to 9 gallons of mulch, so this is a significant increase!

It also means less work for you, as obviously you can mulch everything into one can rather than multiply trips to the can to empty the mulch bag.

Makes thing easier? You bet!

Note that it is recommended you fill the mulching bag that is included to only three quarters full to avoid pulling.

Aside from the mulching capabilities, it is simple to set up and although it is slightly heavier than other blowers/mulchers, weighing in at 8.8lbs, it is well balanced and is easier to carry.

It has two speeds – the higher speed is 220 mph and packs quite a punch, also switching from blower to vacuum and back again is very easy.

My gripes are:

My main issue with this is the mulching blade is made of plastic not metal.

This means it is more likely to break somewhere down the line and it is interesting that the replacement blade you can get is metal. So this could be a deal breaker for some.

Basically:

The bottom line is this is a well designed, powerful tool, that will be really good for the average homeowner with the average yard.

Max Blowing Speed – 220 mph

Speeds – Two

Mulching Ratio – 10:1

Air volume – 350 cfm

Power – 12 Amps

Voltage – 120V

Weight – 8.8lbs

Warranty – 3 years

Bag size – 1.2 bushels (9 gallons)

  • My Rating 82% 82%

Pros

Mulches dry leaves, twigs and acorns very well

Simple to set up

Easy to switch from blower to vacuum/mulcher

Well balanced so feels light

Can get LeafPro add on to make big mulching jobs simple

Cons

Too many wet leaves can clog it

Mulching blade is plastic

#12 Sun Joe SBJ603E

Price Guide: $$$

BEST FOR…
Those looking for a reliable and comfortable blower/mulcher.

Best Leaf Mulcher Reviews - SBJ603EThe Sun Joe SBJ603E is a nice lightweight and comfortable mulcher, that puts minimal strain on your back/shoulders/arms whilst you go about your gardening duties, all the time still packing a fair bit of power.

The best part?

It has a good mulching ratio of 17:1 – so your debris will be mulched down to minimal size and be better for your garden and it has a one touch conversion from vacuum to blower/mulcher, that literally takes seconds. The mulching bag is well designed too and easy to empty.

In addition to that:

It has wheels on the front which make it much easier to clear flat surfaces and the blower has six speeds.

The handle has been well designed and has two grips that make it comfortable to hold and easy to grab.

The blower has good velocity and the tip funnels the air nicely. There is also a cord holder that is a nice touch as well.

But first a word of warning:

One thing to note, you may see that the CFM for this is advertised as 421 – however this is actually for the vacuum airflow, the blower airflow is 300 CFM – which is misleading.

And the blower nozzle that fits onto the vacuum tube is an incredibly snug fit, almost too much as it makes it very hard to disassemble.

Also the mulching blades are plastic rather than metal.

In short:

This is a reliable blower/vacuum/mulcher that performs soundly.

Max Blowing Speed – 240 mph

Speeds – 6

Mulching Ratio – 17:1

Air volume – 421

Power – 13 Amps

Voltage – 120 V

Weight – 7.9lbs

Warranty – Two year

Bag Size – 12 gallon

  • My Rating 81% 81%

Pros

Lightweight

Well designed

Comfortable

Good mulching ratio

Mulching bag easy to empty

Cons

Blower Nozzle very difficult to remove

Plastic blades

In Summary

Best Leaf Mulcher Shredder

The WORX WG509 Trivac has a fantastic 18:1 mulching ratio and really shreds leaves down to incredibly small mulch.

Best Leaf Mulcher Vacuum

In terms of design and power I think the Sun Joe SBJ605E just comes out on top. The vacuum has six speeds and is nice and powerful – it also has wheels that stabilise it and the bag is well designed and makes vacuuming easier.

Best Leaf Shredder For Compost

The Black & Decker BV6000 produces lovely mulch that has a fine and dust like quality and works well on wet leaves and grass clippings as well.

Best Leaf Mulcher With Metal Blades

No doubt it is the Black & Decker BV6600 – not only is it the best leaf mulcher with metal blades it is also the best leaf mulcher full stop. Small, powerful and a delight to use.

I hope you have found this rundown of some of the best leaf mulchers of use.

There is no doubt about it that using good quality mulch is a fantastic way to improve your garden soil.

If you do have any questions or are uncertain about anything please feel free to drop me an email and I will do my best to help you.

Enjoy!

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About The Author

Steve Mann

Steve is a one time gardening hater turned into gardening obsessive. This was all thanks to going to University where a two year stint spent transforming the previously horrific garden of the student house he lived in left him addicted to all things horticultural! Now with a new house in tow and due to some fortunate circumstances he is free to test out a whole host of gardening equipment. Find out more about Steve or drop him an email at steve@suaveyards.com.

4 Comments

  1. Brendon

    Great review of the best leaf mulches out there. I have the Black & Decker BV6600, which I see is your number 1 pick. Glad i made the right call.
    I used it this past fall for the first time and i loved it. It is a great way to begin a compost for my spring garden.
    I would have to back up what you say as I would recommend this mulcher to anyone in the market!

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    • Steve Mann

      Thanks Brendon – I love the Black & Decker BV6600, it is a great blower and mulcher, thanks for backing me up there! And Spring is just around the corner now…

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  2. John Rico

    Hello there! My dad’s leaf mulcher just broke and I’m looking for one that I could give him for his birthday. I read your list of best leaf mulcher and I found it very informative and helpful. The Black & Decker BV6600 is the best one I think because this is your top pick. I will surely buy one of this soon and hope that my dad will love it.

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    • Steve Mann

      Hi John, glad you found my list handy. There are some great mulchers out there but in my opinion the BV6600 is the best! Hope your dad likes it as much as I do.

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