What every best Snow Blowers has:
- Sufficient power.
- Easy pushing and steering.
- Accessible controls.
No gas, no cord, no worries. The big advantage that cordless snow blowers like the Ego SNT2102 have over gas models is that they require much less maintenance. This blower is powered by twin lithium-ion batteries that provide enough run time to clear a typical suburban property following a moderately heavy snowfall. There's no power steering, so the Ego is a little harder to turn than some snow blowers, but it's judged to be easy to handle in expert testing. Owners who have used corded electric models appreciate not having to wrangle a power cord. As it's an electric model, there's no worries when it comes time to start it up on a cold day. For those who want to clear their walks and driveways at night, the SNT2102 has a headlight.
Competitive with single-stage gas models. If you live on a large tract of land in an area where two-foot snowfalls are common, look elsewhere. For everyone else, the Ego SNT2102 is the first electric snow blower of any kind that's judged by experts to be competitive performance-wise with a single-stage gas snow blower. The throw distance is shorter than some -- but with a chute that swivels 180 degrees, and the ability to hurl snow up to 35 feet, it's sufficient to deal with even wide driveways. Though the intake height is 13 inches, the Ego is best at clearing away accumulations of up to 10 inches deep per pass, so it may take a few passes to clear away snow piles left by plows at the end of your driveway.
Short track record, long warranty. As the Ego SNT2102 is a fairly new model, there's not a ton of feedback regarding reliability (and no negative feedback as yet regarding this snow blower. The company does get generally positive feedback for standing behind its other offerings, however. The five year warranty (three years on the batteries) is fairly long for a snow blower, so that provides a little added peace of mind, too.
The Ego SNT2102 cordless snow blower is included among the electric and gas powered snow throwers that ConsumerReports.org tests. Electric models tend to fair very poorly here, but the SNT2102 rises above the pack to earn a recommendation.
Snow blower expert Paul Sikkema maintains this running list of the twenty snow blowers he thinks are best for most people. Though he's yet to personally test it, Sikkema is so impressed by what he's seen so far to name the Ego SNT2102 as the second best snow blower overall for most people.
Kenny Koehler provides a preliminary review of the Ego snow blower based on some limited hands on testing at the manufacturer's factory. Though the test was based on clearing saw dust used to simulate snow rather than real snow itself, the Ego outperformed the two other snow blowers (one gas, the other also cordless) that were used for comparison.
While feedback is still limited for the Ego SNT2102, there are more than 50 reviews at HomeDepot.com, and most owners seem very satisfied. The blower earns a 4.7 star rating, and recommendations from 98 percent that weigh in.