Using a snow shovel to clear out the driveway can be quite a tiresome task, especially when you’re in a hurry to get the job done. By using a snow blower, however, you reduce the time required to clear the snow by more than ten times. Snow blowers are perfect for homeowners with small or average driveways but can be used to clear off decks and patios just as well. Now, there are a variety of snow blowers on the market for you to choose from, some of which are quite pricey.
Given the fact that you only use snow blowers a couple of months a year, there is really no point in spending an awful lot of money on such a tool, no matter how useful it is. To help you make the best decision possible, we’ve put together a list of the ten best snowblowers money can buy. Choose wisely, the one that fits your needs best.
This is a two stage snow thrower that works great with snow accumulations between 2 and 12 inches. It is powered by a strong 208cc Husqvarna engine with an electric start for shorter startup times. It also features an LED headlight to help you clear out snow in almost any conditions at any times of day and a variety of other useful features. For instance, it has a 180-degree remote chute rotation with a remote deflector, heated grip handles for greater comfort, and 12-inch improved performance ribbon augers.
9Snow Joe 324E 10 Amp Electric Snow Shovel
The interesting thing about the 324E Snow Shovel is that it costs almost half as much as any snow blower on the market, while doing roughly the same job. It is a lightweight tool designed to quickly clear out snow from patios, decks, steps, and sidewalks. Powered by a 10-amp motor, this electric snow shovel requires no gasoline or any other type of liquid fuel whatsoever. This doesn’t make it any less potent, however, as its 2-blade paddle auger will throw snow up to 20 feet away.
Toro’s 38371 has the highest power rating of any electric snow thrower, along with the best cleaning power per inch of cutting width. It cuts up to 15 inches in width and 12 inches deep in one pass, throwing snow up to 25 feet away. It is quite a powerful snow blower, able to move up to 500 lbs of snow per minute. Its 2 Amp electric motor may not seem as the strongest engine for such a snow blower, but its 180-degree direction control and zip deflector certainly make up for it.
7Snow Joe iON18SB
This lightweight snow blower only weights about 32 lbs, which enables you to quickly clear out large deposits of snow. It uses no pull-cords, gas, oil, tune-ups, or tangled extension cords to operate, which gives it quite a bit of maneuverability. It can be started with just the push of a button and used to clear out 18×8 inches of snow per pass. It also features a 180 degree auto-rotate chute for flexibility.
6Power Smart DB7651
The DB7651 from Power Smart is one of the most powerful electric snow blowers out there. It is a two stage snow thrower that features a 208cc electric start engine with drive speed and direction control panel, remove chute direction control, and a 24×20-inch clearing width and depth. For maximum efficiency in bad weather conditions, it features 12-inch serrated, all-steel augers to pull the snow in.
5Snow Joe SJ621
Equipped with a powerful 13.5 Amp motor, the Snow Joe 621 can move up to 650 pounds of snow per minute. It has a durable 4 blade rotor constructed of heavy grade steel that enables it to cut 18×10-inches of snow per pass, clearing about 2150 square feet per hour. It also comes equipped with a strong 20-watt halogen light for clearing out snow in rough weather conditions and a fully adjustable discharge chute that rotates a complete 180 degrees for better control.
This highly-capable snow thrower will help you clear a path 18 inches wide and 9 inches deep while throwing snow up to 30 feet away. It does so thanks to its powerful 13 Amp electric engine and rubber-tipped steel auger. Equipped with fully adjustable, collapsible handlebars with three height settings, this snow blower can be used by people of any height. It also has a 180 degree rotating snow chute with oversized handles for added maneuverability.
Toro snow blowers are some of the most popular in the United States and we see why. The 38381 for instance, can move up to 700 lbs of snow per minute on path of 18×12 inches large. It features a power curve technology that allows you to clean down to the pavement while preventing clogging at the same time. It also has a 160-degree adjustable chute for optimal snow-blowing control, along with a full-bail ergonomic handle with quick level and a zip deflector.
2Snow Joe SJ620
Designed to clear big driveways and deep snowfalls, the SJ Ultra 620 will move 650 lbs of snow per minute with ease. It cuts a swath 18 inches wide x 10 inches deep through snow of any hardness thanks to its sharp scraper blade powered by a powerful 13.5 Amp motor. We should also point out that it features a fully adjustable chute deflector and easy-glide pivot wheels that make the SJ620 extremely easy to maneuver on each pass.
The 38361 from Toro is the more affordable version of the 38381, while doing roughly the same job. Equipped with a slightly smaller 7.5 Amp electric motor, the 38361 doesn’t have the same snow-clearing strength of the 38381, but then again, it’s not supposed to. You see, the 38361 was designed for people with small to average driveways, which explains its lightweight, compact build. Even so, it can clear out up to 300 lbs of snow per minute while blowing it 20 feet away. It only has a cutting power of 12×6 inches, yet this is more than enough considering its compact profile.