Our test process

Gardeners' World - - Blower Vacs On Test -

We start all of our equip­ment tests by re­search­ing the cat­e­gory to find the best mod­els de­signed for home gar­den­ers rather than pro­fes­sion­als. We ask man­u­fac­tur­ers to put for­ward mod­els for test­ing within key pa­ram­e­ters such as price, which for this test was un­der £200 for petrol and un­der £140 for elec­tric. Sup­pli­ers send their mod­els to our test cen­tre, in this case Sparsholt Col­lege, where hor­ti­cul­tural lec­turer Rosie Yeo­mans led the prod­uct tri­als. Rosie re­cruited a group of stu­dents and staff at the col­lege to put the ma­chines through the same se­ries of rig­or­ous tests to repli­cate typ­i­cal home use, in­clud­ing col­lect­ing leaves from damp grass, lawn clip­pings on paths and some larger de­bris from soft and hard sur­faces. The testers be­ing a broad mix of ages and builds en­sured that all the prod­ucts un­der re­view were given a thor­ough work­out in real-world con­di­tions. All of our testers wore ap­pro­pri­ate safety gear, in­clud­ing eye pro­tec­tion and ear de­fend­ers. Ev­ery ma­chine was rated in four key ar­eas: ease of prepa­ra­tion, han­dling, per­for­mance and value for money. Our thanks to the team at Sparsholt Col­lege, near Winch­ester, Hants, for host­ing the tri­als. Find out more about the col­lege and their cour­ses in hor­ti­cul­ture and gar­den de­sign, at www.sparsholt.ac.uk

Our test­ing put the ma­chines through their paces in dif­fer­ent gar­den si­t­u­a­tions

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