Best Snow Blower
Snowblowers come in two types. There are the single stage models that collect and then throw the snow with one blade, or auger as it is sometimes called. Then there are the two stage models that use a dedicated auger to funnel snow back into an impeller that throws the snow out of the machine.
Single stage units are best used for lighter snow falls and smaller areas where the snowfall doesn't exceed 6 to 10 inches. They don't work well clearing snow drifts or very deep snow. Two stage units, on the other hand, are made for clearing deep snow deposits and high drifts. These types are the big high-horsepower self-propelled blowers that will clear huge swaths down driveways or sidewalks.
Gas powered units come in either single stage types or two stage types, while electrics generally only come as single stage or electrically powered snow shovels. Even though electric single stage blowers rival their gas powered brethren for power, always having to be attached by a cord limits their effectiveness over longer or larger areas. The upside is that an electric type has virtually zero maintenance and always starts with the push of a button. Conversely, having to start a gas powered snow blower in the dead of winter can be a serious chore. For many city or suburban homesteads, the hassle free aspect of using an electric is a winner every time, but for those with long driveways or walkways, a gas powered blower is the way to go.
Best Gas Snow Blower:
Gas snow blowers come in two basic types: single stage or two-stage units. Depending on your needs, which will include the area size you are going to snow blow, one of these snowblower types will do the job.
Single stage units are generally best suited to lighter fluffy snow in smaller areas. They both go and blow with one rotating blade and generally less complicated and easier to use. Two-stage units are the big dogs with a set of rotating blades that pick up the snow which then send it into a chute where an impeller rotor blows it out. They are self-propelled and able to tackle heavy deep snow in any condition, as long as the gas doesn't run out.
However, since snowfall can never be predicted as to how much snow is really going to accumulate, the best snow blowers selected for this list offer a combination between light and heavy-duty capability. We also considered their ease of use which includes factors as lightweight maneuverability, electric or manual starting, and overall performance. We’ve also included a best bang for the buck model offering you the best combination of features for the money.
The Craftsman 21" 179cc Single-Stage Snowblower w/ Electric Start puts out about 4 horsepower and comes with a two year warranty. The electric start makes it easy to fire up and go, and it will cut a 21-inch swath through 13-inch deep snow. Read Full Review
The Ariens Hydro Pro Track (28") 420cc Two-Stage Snow Blower comes with actual tracks instead of wheels, features an electric starter, and comes with a 3 year warranty. It will cut a 28-inch swath and tackles snow almost 24 inches high making it the best 2 stage snow blower here. Read Full Review
The MTD 22" Compact Two-Stage Snow Thrower is one of the lowest price 2 stage units on the market. It comes with a two year warranty, and one forward speed. It uses a pull rope to start and will clear a path 23-inches wide by 16-inches deep. Read Full Review
The Simplicity SS7522E (22") 163cc Single Stage Snow Blower w/ Electric Start is the best bang for the buck unit featured on this list. An electric starter, three year warranty, and a nearly 4 horsepower engine gives it some serious snow blowing mojo. It will clear a 22-inch path through snow at up to 12 inches deep and throw it 30 feet away. Read Full Review
The least expensive blower here, the Poulan Pro PR100 21 in. Single-Stage Gas Snow Blower comes with a two year warranty, a manual pull start and one self-propelled speed. This blower works best on lighter to medium snow falls. Read Full Review
Best Electric Snow Blower:
For the utmost convenience in snow blowers, an electric model may be all you need. In most cases, Just plug them in, switch them on and go. Depending on the length of the cord, they’re capable of blowing snow off of sidewalks and driveways, but the reality is they’re best suited for smaller lengths of areas to be cleared; every corded model only recommends 100 feet maximum.
It’s not that some of these picks can’t handle the load, but always having to be tethered with a cord makes long distance runs impractical. However, a new kid on the block this year is battery powered and capable of snow throwing with the big boys. With the newest Lithium-Ion battery technology, it tops our list for the ease of use, convenience and maneuverability which can't be touched by any other corded electric model.
For most snowfalls, an electric snow blower will do the trick with the selections on this list chosen because they combine of ease of use with light weight, making them easy to maneuver around. They’re also practical since there’s no gas or oil maintenance to worry about. Each blowers price will also be taken into consideration and their individual amperage will be noted, if applicable. Generally, more amps mean more power, and for the heaviest snowfalls, the more power you have the better.
The Snow Joe iON (18") 40-Volt Lithium-Ion Cordless Electric Snow Blower changes the game with battery power that works as well as electricity. It throws snow to 20 feet out, weighs 32 pounds, runs for 50 minutes on a 3 hour charge, and has a two year warranty. Read Full Review
The Toro 1800 Power Curve Electric (18") 15 Amp Snow Blower has the largest motor on this list, throwing snow up to 30 feet yet lightweight and easy to maneuver. It will tackle a full 10-inches of deep snow, and comes with a two year warranty. Plug it in, turn it on, and blow. Read Full Review
The Power Smart DB5023 18" 13 amp Corded Snow Blower comes with a two year warranty, and will throw snow up to 30 feet away. It folds for easy storage and features an ergonomic handle for a more comfy grip. Read Full Review
The Snow Joe iON 40-Volt Cordless 13-Inch Brushless Snow Shovel w/ Rechargeable Ecosharp Lithium-Ion Battery is the easiest to use blower on this list. It’s perfect for smaller blowing jobs, like decks and porches, lightweight at only 12 pounds, and runs up to minutes on a charge. If absolute convenience is top priority, this snow blower can't be beat. Read Full Review
Protected by a four year warranty, Greenworks 8 Amp 12 Inch Corded Snow Thrower is made for lighter jobs and will clear up to 4-inches of snow, perfect for walkways, patios, decks and porches. It's lightweight and since it weighs only 10 pounds, virtually anyone can use this blower Read Full Review