Worx WG509 TriVac Review

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This electric unit scores points with users for its easy flip-lever conversion from leaf blower to lawn vacuum. It lacks some of the power of our top pick, however.

Pros: The ease with which the Worx WG509 TriVac (starting at $97; available on Amazon) can switch between leaf blowing and vacuuming earns ample praise from Amazon reviewers, who say being able to flip a simple lever makes yard cleanup much more convenient. Vacuuming and mulching get equally strong marks, with users claiming that the mulcher shreds leaves quickly and reliably -- though many are skeptical that they get anything close to the stated 18:1 mulching ratio. Owners like the metal impeller, as well, which can suck up twigs or small rocks without jamming. Experts also say the Worx WG509 is reasonably quiet for a leaf blower, though some users still complain about noise, particularly in vacuum mode.

Cons: Among the complaints against the Worx WG509, some consumers say the blower feels a little underpowered, especially compared with gas-powered units, and they recommend sticking to lighter use on hard or smooth surfaces. This is borne out in expert tests that give the Worx WG509 higher marks for vacuuming than moving leaves. Some users say the angled blower tube is too short to effectively direct the air. The bag also fills too quickly and splits too easily, according to several reviews.

Features: The Worx WG509 weighs 9.3 pounds, has a 210 mph maximum air speed and a maximum velocity of 350 cubic feet per minute. The claimed mulching ratio of 18:1 is impressive for a model so inexpensive. The much-admired metal impeller has a shredder blade and variable speed control. A 1.2-bushel vacuum bag is included. While the noise level is listed on HomeDepot.com as 50 decibels, and some consumer product testers found that the Worx WG509 did not exceed a 65-decibel threshold from 50 feet away, representatives at the company say 71 decibels is a more accurate measure. Consumers expecting a relatively quiet machine might be in for a surprise -- don't scrimp on the earplugs. This blower comes with a three-year warranty.

Takeaway: The Worx WG509 TriVac should satisfy those who need an easy-to-use, inexpensive all-in-one blower, vacuum, and mulcher, although some reviewers are underwhelmed by its power. For that reason, it falls short of being our pick for best electric leaf blower.