A quietest gas-powered blower is the Echo Leaf Blower, which generates only 65 decibels. This blower is also free of the high-pitched whine that most leaf blowers produce.
Tips For Buying A Quiet Leaf Blower
Most leaf blower produce between 70-90 decibels of noise, which is above comfort levels. Also, blowers often have a high-pitch whine which is what bothers most people.
Below is a guide to outdoor noise — 65 decibels is the suggested maximum level for leaf blowers:
More Details on Echo Leaf Blowers
Echo is a company that specializes in developing quieter leaf blowers. According to the Echo, the biggest problem with most leaf blowers is the high pitch whining sound that they produce.
It’s not so much the loudness of the sound, but the whine that irritates people. Their goal was eliminate the high pitch whine by adjusting the fan design of their blowers. They baffled the muffler and made many other adjustments to reduce rattling. This video demonstrates the noise level differences of the ECHO blowers:
You can see a more in-depth presentation here.
When you purchase a leaf blower, you can check the ANSI noise rating which will be printed on the box in comes in. If the blower doesn’t have an ANSI rating you can assume it will be quite loud.
The Echo Leaf Blower is available from Amazon for about $170.