Sun Joe SBJ604E Review

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This electric blower vac impresses with its power, but vibrations numb users' hands and the large, heavy body is too cumbersome for many.

Pros: This lesser-known brand comes from a company that makes a variety of outdoor products, from snow throwers to lawn mowers. Consumers who like this sibling of the Snow Joe say the Sun Joe SBJ604E (starting at $70; available on Amazon) is powerful and not terribly loud. This electric leaf blower also switches between blowing and vacuuming with the easy flip of a switch. For added convenience, it comes with two small wheels on the front of the large nozzle to help support it without straining the user's back and arms. This is a concept that's embraced by some reviewers, but many simply find the machine too heavy and bulky to be effective.

Cons: Weighing in at 11.7 pounds, the Sun Joe SBJ604E is a large machine, and complaints about size and weight are prevalent in reviews. According to users, there's a flip side to the vacuuming and blowing power: massive turbulence. One consumer posting on Amazon, who initially thought all the shaking was a defect, tried replacing the machine with a new one, but the vibrations produced at top speeds were so troublesome that the reviewer returned the second leaf blower, too. Another user says she had to stop periodically because her hands would fall asleep. There are six speeds to choose from, and the lower power levels are useful around fragile flowerbeds, but the top speeds, which produce the vibration, are the ones that get used most often.

Features: The 12-amp motor shoots out air at up to 200 mph and a velocity of 450 cubic feet per minute -- the highest volume of any leaf blower we reviewed. At the same time, it keeps the noise level down to 68 decibels -- on the louder end compared with the other electric leaf blowers we compared but not as loud as most gas-powered leaf blowers. It has a 10:1 mulching ratio, much lower than the best cheap electric leaf blowers. Although there are some complaints regarding the durability of the bag, that's common among inexpensive blower vacs.

Takeaway: Sun Joe SBJ604E reviews aren't especially negative, but a middling price and specs, along with a few pounds of extra weight, don't make a strong case for this electric leaf blower/vacuum/shredder. Some consumers may be pleased, but too many reviewers for our liking consider it cumbersome and uncomfortable.