While they’re certainly convenient when it comes to making yard maintenance easier, there are several safety concerns that parents should be aware of if they’re considering purchasing and using a mulcher and shredder when there are young children in the house.

Possible injuries that can be caused by mulchers and shredders include cuts, bruises, pinches, electrical injuries including electrocution and fires, eye injuries caused by projectile debris, hearing loss or damage due to excessive noise exposure, and breathing problems associated with inhaled debris and air pollution.

When operating, ensure you wear closed-toed shoes, eye and ear protection, and gloves. Loose hair and clothing should be tied back, and be mindful of cords when using so as to prevent trips. Allow gas-powered models to cool completely before refuelling and never leave a child unattended around a mulcher or shredder. Young children should not operate these machines, and older kids should only help with supervision and an understanding of safe operation.

Never put your hand in the machine while it is running. If there is a clog or debris that needs removed, turn off the unit and remove its power source first. Always disable the unit before cleaning or performing any maintenance.

You’ll also want to check your municipality’s bylaws for usings mulchers and shredders, especially gas-powered units, which are prohibited in some areas. You can check the Noise Pollution Clearinghouse website for a nationwide list of noise bylaw regulations.

They are available in a choice of full-sized units – whose only job is to mulch and shred, and those that are handheld – often featuring blowing and vacuuming capabilities. Yard size and cleanup needs will likely determine which model you invest in. Materials, size, engine and reduction capabilities as well as included features and accessories will all impact the pricing.

With the above information in mind, in no particular order here are 45 of the mulchers and shredders that we consider best, based on available features and average customer ratings and reviews.

Full-Size Mulchers & Shredders

1. LawnMaster FD1501 Electric Chipper Shredder

This electric-powered chipper, shredder, and mulcher offers an environmentally-friendly way to clean up your yard waste. It boasts a powerful 15-amp motor that offers a 10:1 mulch ratio and 1 ½-inch cutting diameter for branches.

Key features:

  • Collection bag included
  • Integrated wheels for ease of portability
  • Push stick included

Cost: *Est. $99.95

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2. Flowtron LE-900 The Ultimate Mulcher Electric Leaf Shredder

This electric-powered chipper, shredder, and mulcher boasts a powerful 5.9-amp motor with integrated overload protection that provides an impressive 30:1 mulch ratio. You can adjust the settings from fine to coarse, and the shredder can be positioned at any angle for ease of loading.

Key features:

  • Lightweight, portable design
  • Made in the USA
  • 1 year warranty

Cost: *Est. $169.99

3. WORX WG430 13 amp Electric Leaf Mulcher/Shredder

This electric-powered leaf shredder and mulcher boasts a powerful 13-amp motor that provides an 11:1 mulch ratio. This high efficiency unit can handle up to 53 gallons of leaves per minute and boasts a quick, tool-free assembly.

Key features:

  • Compact design for convenient storage
  • Dust-reducing, clean-air motor cooling system
  • 2 year warranty

Cost: *Est. $111.53

4. Eco-Shredder ES1600 14 amp Electric Chipper / Shredder / Mulcher

This electric-powered leaf chipper, shredder, and mulcher boasts a powerful 14-amp motor that provides an 10:1 mulch ratio. The side chute can handle branches up to 1 ⅜-inch thick and the three cycle system ensures consistent results for a nutrient-rich compost.

Key features:

  • Replacement blades included
  • Overload protection switch
  • Integrated wheels for ease of portability

Cost: *Est. $219

5. Patriot Products CVB-2455H Walk Behind 3-In-1 Leaf Vacuum/Chipper/Blower

This gas-powered walk behind unit boasts a space-saving three-in-one design that vacuums, chips, and blows leaves and other yard waste debris for quick and easy cleanup. It provides a 24-inch wide clearing path and features a fuel-efficient engine.

Key features:

  • CARB compliant
  • Collection bag included
  • Chips branches up to 2-inches in diameter

Cost: *Est. $1199

6. Sun Joe Chipper Joe CJ601E 14-Amp Electric Wood Chipper/Shredder

This electric-powered chipper and shredder offers an environmentally-friendly way to clean up your yard waste. It boasts a powerful 14-amp motor and 1 ½-inch cutting diameter for branches. It features an integrated safety hopper lock that stops the motor from operating when opened.

Key features:

  • ETL listed
  • Integrated wheels for ease of portability
  • 2 year warranty

Cost: *Est. $104.97

7. Earthquake 9010400 Chipper Shredder

This gas-powered chipper and shredder boasts a powerful and long lasting Briggs & Stratton engine and features heavy-duty chipping knives and hammers that can handle waste up to 3-inches in diameter. It provides an impressive 20:1 mulch ratio for faster cleanup.

Key features:

  • Collection bag included
  • Replacement blades available
  • Integrated wheels for ease of portability

Cost: *Est. $999.99

8. Earthwise GS70015 Electric 15 Amp Garden Chipper Shredder

This electric-powered chipper and shredder offers an environmentally-friendly way to clean up your yard waste and boasts a powerful 15-amp motor. It features a 10:1 mulch ratio and can handle branches up to 1 ¾-inches in diameter.

Key features:

  • Includes 12-bushel collection bin
  • Integrated wheels for ease of portability
  • Overload protection

Cost: *Est. $143.99

9. Patriot Products CVB-2465B Walk Behind 3-In-1 Leaf Vacuum/Chipper/Blower

This gas-powered walk behind unit boasts a space-saving three-in-one design that vacuums, chips, and blows leaves and other yard waste debris for quick and easy cleanup. It provides a 24-inch wide clearing path and features a fuel-efficient engine.

Key features:

  • CARB compliant
  • Collection bag included
  • 2 year warranty

Cost: *Est. $949

10. GreenWorks 24052 15 Amp Corded Shredder/Chipper

This corded electric-powered shredder and chipper boasts a reliable 15-amp motor and can handle branches up to 1 ⅜-inch in diameter. The integrated wheels and lightweight design make it easily portable for use all over your property. It comes complete with electric start and a set of replacement blades.

Key features:

  • Integrated collection bag
  • Push paddle included
  • 4 year warranty

Cost: *Est. $103.70

11. Merry Mac Walk-Behind Chipper/Vacuum – Model# VCB1100M

This gas-powered walk behind unit boasts a space-saving 3-in-1 design that vacuums, chips, and blows leaves and other yard waste debris for quick and easy cleanup. It comes complete with a long lasting 249cc Briggs & Stratton engine for years of reliable use.

Key features:

  • Collection bag included
  • Self-propelled, choice of three speeds plus reverse
  • Made in the USA

Cost: *Est. $1499.99

12. Earthquake 14267 Chipper Shredder

This gas-powered chipper and shredder comes complete with a with 212cc 4-cycle Viper engine and can handle sticks up to 3-inches in diameter. It boasts an impressive 20:1 mulch ratio and comes complete with a 2-bushel collection bag.

Key features:

  • Heavy duty knives and hammers
  • Integrated wheels for ease of portability
  • CARB compliant

Cost: *Est. $619.99

13. Sun Joe SDJ616 Shredder Joe Electric Leaf Mulcher/Shredder, 13-Amp

This electric-powered chipper and shredder offers an environmentally-friendly way to clean up your yard waste and boasts a powerful 13-amp motor that offers a 16:1 reduction ratio. It can handle up to 12 gallons of leaves per minute and boasts a clean-air motor cooling system to help reduce dust levels.

Key features:

  • Hopper fits over most standard trash cans
  • Lightweight, compact design
  • Replacement lines included

Cost: *Est. $109.86

14. Champion Power Equipment 100137 Chipper/Shredder with BIG 338cc OHV Gas Engine

This gas-powered chipper and shredder comes complete with a with 338cc OHV engine and can handle sticks up to 3-inches in diameter. It features an integrated low oil shutdown and comes complete with a 2-bushel collection bag.

Key features:

  • Integrated handle and wheels for ease of portability
  • CARB compliant
  • 1 year warranty

Cost: *Est. $903.18

15. Troy-Bilt CSV60 159cc Push Chipper Shredder Vac

This gas-powered walk behind chipper and shredder vacuums, chips, and blows leaves and other yard waste debris for quick and easy cleanup. It comes complete with a long lasting 159cc OHV engine for years of reliable use.

Key features:

  • 8:1 waste reduction ratio
  • 2-bushel collection bag included
  • Ideal for tight spaces thanks to 7-foot on-board vacuum hose

Cost: *Est. $545.76

16. Patriot Products CSV-3100B 10 HP Wood Chipper/Leaf Shredder

This gas-powered chipper and shredder comes complete with a with powerful 10hp Briggs & Stratton engine and can handle sticks up to 3-inches in diameter. It features a side discharge chute and is suitable for use even on large properties.

Key features:

  • CARB compliant
  • Integrated wheels for ease of portability
  • Integrated low oil sensor

Cost: *Est. $1449

17. Flowtron LE-800 Leaf-Eater Electric Leaf Shredder

This electric-powered mulcher and shredder offers an environmentally-friendly way to clean up your yard waste and boasts a powerful motor with integrated overload protection that offers an impressive 30:1 reduction ratio. You can even adjust the settings from fine to coarse.

Key features:

  • Cutting lines included
  • Lightweight, compact design
  • 1 year warranty

Cost: *Est. $149.26

18. NorTrac PTO Chipper – 5 1/2in. Capacity

This heavy duty chipper makes fast work of even large branches up to 5 ½-inches in diameter and features a large hopper opening that requires less pruning before feeding. Brush is self-fed for increased safety and the unit is powerful enough for even the toughest woods.

Key features:

  • Requires 20hp tractor
  • Raised discharge chute
  • 2 year warranty

Cost: *Est. $1899.99

19. Patriot Products CSV-3065B 6.5 HP Wood Chipper/Leaf Shredder

This gas-powered chipper and shredder comes complete with a with long lasting 6.5hp Briggs & Stratton engine and can handle sticks up to 3-inches in diameter. The knives and hammer designs shreds leaves in less time and boasts a 20:1 reduction ratio.

Key features:

  • CARB compliant
  • Integrated wheels for ease of portability
  • 3 year warranty

Cost: *Est. $1229

20. EcoPro SD-AX6000 Garden Shredder

This electric-powered shredder and mulcher offers an environmentally-friendly way to clean up your yard waste. It boasts a powerful 14-amp motor that is quiet and can handle branches up to 1 ½-inches in diameter.

Key features:

  • Integrated overcurrent safety switch
  • 50L collection box included
  • Integrated wheels for ease of portability

Cost: *Est. $123.98

21. Troy-Bilt CS4325 250cc Chipper Shredder

This gas-powered chipper and shredder comes complete with a with powerful 208cc OHV engine and can handle sticks up to 2-inches in diameter. It boasts a 10:1 reduction ratio and comes complete with an extra-large 5-bushel felt-lined collection bag.

Key features:

  • Replaceable cast steel flails
  • Made in the USA
  • 2 year warranty

Cost: *Est. $890.03

22. Brush Master 15 HP, 420cc Commercial Duty Chipper Shredder

This gas-powered chipper and shredder comes complete with a with 15hp 420cc engine that is powerful enough for even commercial use. It makes light work of sticks up to 4-inches in diameter. It features a 2-way feed and comes complete with an extra cutting blade.

Key features:

  • Trailer hitch, chip bag, and spare belt included
  • Self-feeding
  • Automatic low oil level shutdown

Cost: *Est. $1428

23. Troy-Bilt CSV202 205cc Self-Propelled 1F Chipper Shredder Vac

This gas-powered walk behind unit boasts a space-saving three-in-one design that vacuums, chips, and blows leaves and other yard waste debris for quick and easy cleanup. It comes complete with a self-propelled 205cc Briggs & Stratton OHV engine for years of reliable use.

Key features:

  • 2 year warranty
  • 3-bushel capacity collection bag included
  • Chips branches up to 3-inches in diameter

Cost: *Est. $1099

24. Patriot Products CSV-2540H 4 HP OHV Honda GX Wood Chipper/Leaf Shredder

This gas-powered chipper and shredder comes complete with a with long lasting 4hp Honda engine and can handle sticks up to 2 ½-inches in diameter. The lightweight design is easy to maneuver and is ideally-suited for properties up to ¾ acre in size.

Key features:

  • CARB compliant
  • Integrated wheels for ease of portability
  • Optional accessories available

Cost: *Est. $1169

25. Patriot Products CSV-3090H 9 HP OHV Honda GX Wood Chipper/Leaf Shredder

This gas-powered chipper and shredder comes complete with a with long lasting and easy-to-start 9hp Honda engine and can handle sticks up to 3-inches in diameter. The lightweight design is easy to maneuver and is suitable for use with pinecones and other tough debris.

Key features:

  • CARB compliant
  • Integrated wheels for ease of portability
  • Integrated low oil shutdown

Cost: *Est. $1899

Handheld Mulchers & Shredders

26. Black & Decker BV5600 High Performance Blower/Vac/Mulcher

Priced affordably, this three-in one electric-powered unit blows, vacuums and mulches yard waste quickly and effortlessly. Choose from two speeds for small or large jobs, and quickly change from suction to blower without any tools.

Key features:

  • Mulches 16 bags into one
  • 50% quieter than other B&D models
  • Built-in cord retainer

Cost: *Est. $59.98

27. Black & Decker BV6600 High Performance Blower/Vac/Mulcher

This electric-powered unit tackles three jobs in one thanks to its blowing, vacuuming and mulching capabilities. Compact up to 16 bags of leaves down to one with an available disposable bag system.

Key features:

  • Change from vacuum to blower without any tools
  • Built-in cord retainer
  • 50% quieter than other B&D models

Cost: *Est. $79.99

28. Toro 51617 Rake and Vac 3-in-1 Machine, Includes Blower/Vacuum/Leaf Shredder

Now you can quickly and easily reduce up to eight bags of leaves into one with this three-in-one blower, vacuum and shredding unit. Choose from two variable speeds in order to tackle big and small jobs with ease.

Key features:

  • Powerful, lightweight design
  • Electric-powered, no harmful emissions
  • Cord wrap can easily accommodate up to 50 feet

Cost: *Est. $56.37

29. Tanaka Commercial Grade 25cc 1.3 HP Handheld Blower THB-260PF

This gas-powered unit is a three-in-one leaf blower, mulcher and vacuum that can help make light work of your yard cleanup. Easy to start even in cold weather, this is one reliable unit that also comes in at under 10 pounds.

Key features:

  • Built-in cruise control
  • Comfortable soft grip handle
  • Three year warranty for home use

Cost: *Est. $239.99

30. WORX WG518 Electric Blower/Mulcher/Vac, 12 Amp

This corded electric-powered unit provides three-in-one blowing, mulching, and vacuuming capabilities and comes complete with a metal impeller that provides a 16:1 reduction ratio.

Key features:

  • Lightweight design
  • Mulching bag included
  • Dual speed adjustment

Cost: *Est. $59.99

31. WORX WG509 Electric TriVac Blower/Mulcher/Vacuum

This powerful all-in-one yard cleanup solution boasts blowing, vacuuming, and mulching capabilities and features a metal impeller that provides an 18:1 reduction ratio. It comes complete with a collection bag and shoulder strap for ease of use.

Key features:

  • Variable speeds
  • Suitable for hard-to-reach places
  • 2 year warranty

Cost: *Est. $94.06

32. Southland SHB25170 Handheld Gas Blower

This handheld gas-powered blower and mulcher boasts a powerful 25cc 2-cycle engine that is both EPA certified and CARB compliant. It features an ergonomic, balanced design for increased operator comfort.

Key features:

  • Easy to start
  • Chrome-plated piston-ported engine
  • 1 year warranty

Cost: *Est. $109.99

33. Toro 51619 Ultra Blower/Vac

Now you can quickly and easily clean up your yard with this corded electric-powered three-in-one blower, vacuum and shredding unit. It comes complete with an integrated cord lock, cord storage hook, and zippered collection bag.

Key features:

  • Powerful, lightweight design
  • Electric-powered, no harmful emissions
  • 2 year warranty

Cost: *Est. $72.14

34. WORX WG505 Electric TriVac Blower/Mulcher/Vacuum

This powerful all-in-one yard cleanup solution boasts blowing, vacuuming, and mulching capabilities and features a metal impeller that provides a 16:1 reduction ratio. It comes complete with a collection bag and shoulder strap for ease of use.

Key features:

  • Variable speeds
  • Suitable for hard-to-reach places
  • 2 year warranty

Cost: *Est. $75.83

35. Toro 51621 UltraPlus Blower/Vac

This corded electric-powered unit provides a space-saving three-in-one blower, vacuum and shredding design that provides superior performance. Variable speed controls help you tackle big and small jobs with ease.

Key features:

  • Powerful, lightweight design
  • Vacuum tube, bottom-zip bag, cord storage hook included
  • 97% debris reduction

Cost: *Est. $93.87

36. 3-In-1 Electric Blower Vacuum Mulcher Special

This all-in-one yard cleanup solution boasts blowing, vacuuming, and mulching capabilities and features a metal impeller that provides a 12:1 reduction ratio. It comes complete with blower and mulcher tubes, plus a concentration nozzle and collection bag, along with a 90 day warranty.

Key features:

  • Choice of two speeds
  • Lightweight, comfortable design
  • Quiet (84-97 dB) operation

Cost: *Est. $89.68

37. Black and Decker BV3600 12 Amp Blower Vac

This electric-powered unit tackles three jobs in one thanks to its blowing, vacuuming and mulching capabilities. Compact up to 10 bags of leaves down to one with a choice of two speeds for tackling both big and small jobs with ease.

Key features:

  • Change from vacuum to blower without any tools
  • Anti-clog vortex impeller
  • Built-in cord retainer

Cost: *Est. $53.99

38. Husqvarna 125BVx 28cc 2-Cycle Gas Powered 170 MPH Blower/Vac

This heavy duty gas-powered unit is suitable for use by professionals and homeowners alike and features a 28cc 2-cycle easy start engine that provides a 16:1 reduction ratio. It boasts a lightweight, ergonomic design for increased operator comfort and has been named a “best buy” by Consumer’s Digest.

Key features:

  • CARB compliant
  • 2 year warranty
  • Made in the USA

Cost: *Est. $195.99

39. Sun Joe SBJ603E Blower Joe Electric 3-In-1 Blower Vacuum/Mulcher

This corded electric-powered all-in-one yard cleanup solution boasts blowing, vacuuming, and mulching capabilities and features a high-impact resistant impeller that provides a 17:1 reduction ratio. It features variable speed selection and comes complete with a collection bag for easy cleanup.

Key features:

  • ETL listed
  • Lightweight design
  • 2 year warranty

Cost: *Est. $73.48

40. GreenWorks 24322 DigiPro G-MAX 40V Cordless 185MPH Blower/Vac

Available in a choice of configurations to suit any homeowner’s yard cleanup needs, this cordless, battery-powered unit boasts a three-in-one blowing, vacuuming, and mulching design and comes complete with a battery and charger.

Key features:

  • Suitable for use with wet and dry leaves
  • Integrated safety switch
  • Lightweight, ergonomic design

Cost: *Est. $211.62

41. Earthwise BVM22012 Electric 12 Amp 3-in-1 Blower Vacuum Mulcher

This corded electric-powered unit tackles three jobs in one thanks to its blowing, vacuuming and mulching capabilities. It provides a reduction ratio of 16:1 and features variable speed selection that ideal for tackling small and large jobs with ease.

Key features:

  • Built-in cord retention hook
  • Collection bag included
  • No tools required

Cost: *Est. $58.41

42. Toro 51988 150 MPH 460 CFM 2-Cycle 3-In-1 Gas Handheld Blower Vacuum

This gas-powered unit provides a space-saving three-in-one blower, vacuum and shredding design that provides superior performance. Variable speed controls help you tackle big and small jobs with ease and the metal blade provides a 10:1 reduction ratio.

Key features:

  • Commercial-grade engine
  • Collection bag included
  • 4 year warranty

Cost: *Est. $193.10

43. WORX WG507 12 Amp 2-Speed Electric Blower/Vac/Mulcher

This corded electric-powered unit provides three-in-one blowing, mulching, and vacuuming capabilities and comes complete with a metal impeller that provides a 10:1 reduction ratio. It offers a choice of two speeds for tackling small and large jobs with ease and boasts an ergonomic grip handle for increased operator comfort.

Key features:

  • Collection bag included
  • UL listed
  • 3 year warranty

Cost: *Est. $54.33

44. Black Max ZRBM254BV 25cc 3-in-1 Gas Blower/Vac and Mulcher

This gas-powered three-in-one blower, vacuum, and mulcher boasts a powerful 25cc full-crank commercial grade engine and comes complete with an impeller that provides a 10:1 reduction ratio.

Key features:

  • Variable speed control
  • Suitable for use with wet and dry leaves
  • Collection bag included

Cost: *Est. $109.99

45. Remington RM1300 Mulchinator 12 Amp Electric Vacuum, Mulcher/ Blower Combo

This corded electric-powered unit tackles three jobs in one eco-friendly package thanks to its blowing, vacuuming and mulching capabilities. It provides a reduction ratio of 10:1 and features variable speed selection with cruise control option that ideal for tackling small and large jobs with ease.

Key features:

  • Change from vacuum to blower without any tools
  • Collection bag included
  • 2 year warranty

Cost: *Est. $84.29

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