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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.

Snow Joe iON18SB Ion Cordless Snow Blower

The Snow Joe iON (18") 40-Volt Lithium-Ion Cordless Electric Snow Blower is the game changer when it comes to snow blowers as it’s fully battery powered, giving you 50 minutes of run time with a three hour recharge time. Even if you purchase an extra battery to extend the run time to nearly 2 hours, the price is still comparable to a gas powered unit.

With no cord, gas, or oil involved, you just flip a switch and go. The blower will cut a swath 18-inches wide by 8-inches deep, and it will throw snow up to 20 feet away. A joystick auto rotates the discharge chute and there's even a light for blowing snow at night. At 32 pounds, this blower easy to maneuver as well as being Energy Star rated and comes with a two year warranty.

Perfect for about 85 percent of all snowfall conditions, this blower demonstrates that battery power can compete with gasoline at every level, which makes this Snow Joe the best of the best, bar none.

Toro 38381 18" 15 Amp Electric 1800 Power Curve Snow Blower

If you want a light electric snowblower with the biggest amp motor, look no farther than the Toro 1800 Power Curve Electric (18") 15 Amp Snow Blower. At 15 amps of power, it’s the most in this class, capable of taking on 10-inch deep snow with an 18-inch width, making it just about as powerful and effective as some of the larger gas powered units.

This snow blower will throw snow up to 30 feet, and all you do is plug it in, flip it on and move it out. The unit weighs about 25 pounds, and coupled with an ergonomic handle, it’s easy to maneuver in any snowy condition, and comes with a two year warranty. This is not an inexpensive corded snow blower, and you'll have to make sure you plug it into either a dedicated 15 amp circuit or a 20 amp circuit, or you'll be blowing breakers. But if you want the most powerful electric corded snowblower available, this is the beast for you.

Power Smart DB5023 18" 13 Amp Electric Snow Thrower

The Power Smart DB5023 18" 13 amp Corded Snow Blower is one of the lower-priced, full-featured snow blowers on this list. The 13 amps of power will make short work of the majority of snow fall situations as it cuts an 18-inch swath and can tackle 9-inches of deep snow. Weighing in at about 30 pounds, it will throw snow up to 30 feet away.

This snow blower comes with a foam handle for comfort, and an oversize adjustment handle on the chute to make turning it easy. There are no bells or whistles on this unit, just a good solid electric snow blower at a good price, protected by a two year warranty. Most situations won't need more snow blower than this one, and with 13 amps, there’s plenty of power to get the job done.

Snow Joe iON13SS 13" 40-volt Cordless Snow Shovel

There is no easier to use or lighter snow blower than the Snow Joe iON 40-Volt Cordless 13-Inch Brushless Snow Shovel w/Rechargeable Ecosharp Lithium-Ion Battery. This small, battery-powered blower uses the same Lithium ion battery as the top rated Snow Joe, but it comes in a much smaller package. This blower weighs only 12 pounds but has the capability of blowing 6-inch deep snow in a 13-inch swath, throwing it up to 25 feet.

Realistically, this snow blower better suited for decks, patios, porches and smaller walkways, but since there’s no cord, virtually anyone can use it. The battery will run for up to 50 minutes on a 3 hour charge, and although not inexpensive, it’s the most convenient and easiest to use as far as these lightweight blowers go. It comes with a two year warranty and is also Energy Star certified.

GreenWorks 26012 8 Amp 12" Corded Snow Shovel

For lightweight convenience on those smaller jobs, the Greenworks 8 Amp 12 Inch Corded Snow Thrower is the least expensive blower on this list. The 8 amps of power are rated to clear up to a 12-inch swath at 4-inches deep, but this machine is better suited to porches, patios, decks and walkways.

Weighing in at about 10 pounds, this may be the perfect lightweight, inexpensive electric snow blower if you live where snowfall is always light to moderate. Granted, you'll always be tethered to a cord, but you can plug it into virtually any home outlet without having to worry about this model blowing a breaker. The blowers handle is both padded for comfort and adjustable for height so that virtually anyone can employ it. It’s also protected by the best warranty in the business at four years.

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Craftsman 21" 179cc Single-stage Snow Blower w/ Electric Start

With a 4-cycle engine and electric start, the Sears Craftsman 21" 179cc Single-Stage Snowblower w/ Electric Start comes out on top. It will cut a 21-inch swath through 13-inches of snow, the 179cc engine puts out about 4 horsepower, and it comes protected by a two year warranty. For a single stage unit, it is packed with features like an electric start so you don't have to mess around with a pull cord, and it's also self-propelled to make it easier to blow snow with.

At 98 pounds, it’s one of the lighter units here, so it will be easier to maneuver as you’re blowing and drifting snow. There’s also a handle on the discharge chute allowing you to turn the blower one way or another. Although this is one of the more expensive units on this list, it’s one of the best equipped. For about 85 percent of all snowfalls, you'll never need more than this.

Ariens Hydro Pro Track 28" 420cc Two-Stage Snow Blower - 926056

The biggest and baddest snowblower to make this list is the Ariens Hydro Pro Track (28") 420cc Two-Stage Snow Blower. There are no wheels here, just tracks which will tear through virtually any size snowfall without working up a sweat. This unit blows snow like a true beast with a near 10 horsepower Briggs engine which will cut a massive 28-inch swath through snow at nearly 24-inches deep before throwing it 50 feet away.

This machine weighs nearly 400 pounds but literally no snow fall will stand in its way. It can even conquer plow mountains left at the end of your driveway without too much trouble. It comes with an electric start, a halogen headlight for late night blowing, drift cutters to make short work of high drifts, and you can even add on optional weights for more stability. There's even hand warmers for all-day blowing.

Needless to say, this thing works best for the big jobs, and it’s the most expensive unit on this list. But if you want the best big snow blower and willing to pay the price, this is the monster for you.

MTD Yard Machines 22" 179cc Two-Stage Snow Blower

If you want a 2 stage snow blower but don't want to lay out some serious cash, then this MTD 22" Compact Two-Stage Snow Thrower is tops. There are no bells and whistles here, just a 4 horsepower engine that gives this MTD enough power to get the job done. This is a pull starter snow blower that will clear a 23-inch swath through snow up to 16-inches deep. It weighs about 100 pounds so it’s relatively easy to maneuver and is also self propelled with one speed forward. Protected by a two year warranty, the reality is that this snow blower is hard to beat for the price.

Simplicity SS7522E 22" 163cc Single Stage Snow Blower

With the Simplicity SS7522E (22") 163cc Single Stage Snow Blower w/ Electric Start, you'll get the best bang for the buck snow blower right here. Offering the right combination of price, performance and features, you can't go wrong with this model. The manual chute rotation is easy to use, with a 22-inch clearing width that will take on snow 12-inches deep before throwing it up to 30 feet away while the auger helps pull it along for easier snow blowing.

This unit is single stage operation means less hassle when blowing, it’s lightweight at just 91 pounds, and features an electric start so you don't have to worry about pulling on a rope. The nearly 4 horsepower engine is a quality Briggs unit which will keep going year after year, and the whole machine is covered by a three year warranty.

PRO Snow Removal PR100 21" Single-Stage Gas Snow Blower

PRO Snow Removal PR100 21" Single-Stage Gas Snow Blower

Once again, it all comes down to practicality, and the Poulan Pro PR100 21 in. Single-Stage Gas Snow Blower is the most practical selection here. Perfect for the occasional snowfall, this blower is able to cut a 21-inch swath through 13-inch deep snow, and throw it 30 feet away.

This pull starter unit has decent engine power at 3 horsepower, the 4-cycle engine means no gas or oil to mix, and it's light and maneuverable at only 80 pounds. It has one self-propelled speed and comes with a two year warranty. Although it won't tackle the heaviest snow out there, it’s ease of use and the lowest price on our list make this an extremely worthy choice.

Dale Y
Dale Y has been writing about home improvement and Do-It-Yourself projects for more than a decade, using his own hands-on maintenance, construction and facilities management experience as a guide. He has covered the gamut by writing about news and views, home and garden ideas, home and business maintenance, and property management. As an offshoot, he had his own sewing machine and small appliance repair business, and can tell an embroidery stitch from a stretch stitch, all the while cooking the best salmon fillet ever on a countertop grill, while making a smoothie in the latest bullet blender. In this capacity, he has used a wide variety of tools and equipment for every need, worked with products ranging from adhesives to solvents, sewed shirt sleeves with a #14 needle and finished leather appliqué with a #18 needle.
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