Gardeners' World review of Flymo GardenVac 2700

Flymo GardenVac 2700 review

A powerful and easy-to-use blower vac.

Our rating 
3.8 out of 5 star rating 3.8

In a nutshell

A powerful corded electric blower vac that swaps easily between functions and has a large collection bag. It has good features but it quite heavy and bulky. Comes with a one-year warranty, but this can be extended to two if registered on purchase.
Preparation
4.0 out of 5 rating 4.0
Handling
4.0 out of 5 rating 4.0
Performance
3.0 out of 5 rating 3.0
Value for money
4.0 out of 5 rating 4.0
Pros: Fast assembly

Easy to operate

Powerful and Fast
Cons: Thin strap

Shreddings variable
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What is the Flymo GardenVac 2700?

This mains powered electric blower vac blows leaves, grass and light hedge clippings, vacuums them up and shreds them into a large holding bag. Alternatively, remove the shredding blades and it will simply vacuum debris up – so it can be used to suck up larger debris than just leaves. which would otherwise jam the blades. It comes with a handy holding strap.

What is the Flymo GardenVac 2700 like to use?

This came with pictorial instructions for assembly and they were easy to follow, although with this model there isn’t much to put together.

It’s easy to use, with a quick-change slide switch to flick from blowing to vacuuming. The machine feels robust and powerful, with a large nozzle and a blow speed of 212km/h. However this speed can’t be adjusted, so it can be quite difficult to blow leaves into a neat pile. Also, the ‘jet vacuum function’ for blasting wet leaves and loosening them before sucking them up does sometimes just blast them away  before you can vacuum them into the bag.

The holding bag has a collection capacity of 40 litres and attaches underneath the GardenVac, but it needs some dexterity to clip it on – if it’s not done correctly the vac won’t work. It comes with a holding strap, but this is quite thin and digs into the shoulder after a while. The machine also has a cover around it to stop you getting damp legs from wet leaves in the bag. It’s easy to empty.

The shredding ratio of 3:1 makes light work of most of the leaves once they’ve been sucked up but the shreddings were variable, so great for the compost but not so reliable for use as a mulch on beds and borders.

The GardenVac can be used in either the left or right hand, so it’s useful for all gardeners. Plus, it’s easy to swap if one arm gets tired but is still quite heavy and bulky to carry around the garden. A wheel is available to buy at extra cost, which would help take the weight when vacuuming for less able gardeners.

The machine is also quite big and bulky in storage but the strap can be used to hang it up, which is helpful.

Who is the Flymo GardenVac 2700 most useful for?

This model is easy to use but can feel quite weighty and unwieldy, so may not be ideal for less able or strong gardeners. Useful in small to medium gardens with lots of leaves and a range of debris to collect for the compost heap.

Is the Flymo GardenVac 2700 good value for money?

At £79.99, the Flymo GardenVac 2700 is reasonably priced. It’s powerful and robust and comes with a one-year warranty, extended to two if registered on purchase. We think it’s good value for money.

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Product Specifications

Product

Flymo
Name Flymo GardenVac 2700
Model GardenVac 2700
Price £69.99
Leaf blower type Blower & Vac

Features

Powered by Electric - corded
Power 2,700W
Cable reach 12m
Collection bag 40l
Harness yes
Noise 87.9dB
Weight 5.1kg
Warranty 1YEAR
Feature notes

Warranty one year, two if registered