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Greenworks 20-inch 12A 26032

Est. $200
Reviewed
October 2013
by ConsumerSearch
Greenworks 20" 12A

Pros
  • Four-year warranty is outstanding
  • Cleanly removes snow down to the pavement
  • Lightweight machine is easy to handle
Cons
  • Wet snow can clog the chute or freeze on the auger
  • Design flaws with power plug and handle are a minor hassle
  • Takes longer to clear large amounts of snow

Bottom line

Owners say this light-duty blower is handy in tight spaces, making it a good choice for decks, sidewalks and small driveways. The Greenworks can comfortably work through about six inches of powder, but slows and clogs in heavy snowpack.

Ease of use

Easy to drive and control. Popular Mechanics recommends the Greenworks 26032 because it "can clear away up to 10 inches of snow with less effort than it takes to mow the lawn." Though a leading consumer organization says its controls don't quite match the ease of the Toro 1800 Power Curve 38381 (Est. $320) , owners at Amazon.com and Viewpoints.com praise the 26032's superb handling and light weight, and call it "very quiet." However, they admit the trade-off for ease of use is performance; wet snow frequently clogs the chute, and removing frozen snow from the auger can be difficult.

Performance

Light-duty performance. This electric snow blower "packs a surprising amount of power into its lightweight design," says Bob Crewe, in-house guru at SnowBlowersDirect.com. He adds that "heavy, wet snow is going to be a challenge," and most owners agree. The 26032 "doesn't replace a full size snow blower when it comes to blizzards or snow drifts, but does just fine for throwing snow off our porch, deck and walk-ways," explains one user at SnowBlowersDirect.com. With the smallest capacity in our report (500 pounds per minute), the Greenworks takes more time to clear snow, throwing it about 20 feet.

Durability

Outstanding warranty. Reviews say the inexpensive price and mid-grade durability make this electric snow blower a good value. Plus, Greenworks covers the 26032 with a four-year warranty, which is twice as long as the industry standard. A few minor durability flaws affect the 26032: Owners say the handle to change the chute's direction can loosen or detach, and several note the extension cord can get unplugged, as explained by one user at SnowBlowersDirect.com, "the contraption used to keep the electrical wire in place is very poorly designed." Owners suggest tying the cord around the handle or holding it in place.

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Our Sources

1. ConsumerReports.org

Editors test the Greenworks 26032 and seven other electric snow blowers as part of the comprehensive report. More than 90 snow blowers are included on the ratings chart, which is available only to subscribers. Others can read the brief overview and a few general buying-guide pages for free.

Review: Snow Blowers Ratings, Editors of ConsumerReports.org, December 2012

2. Amazon.com

More than 340 owners review the Greenworks 26032, rating it an average of 4.1 out of 5 stars. Most say it performs well in light snow but can clog with wet snow. Loose hardware and a poor plug design are frequently mentioned as minor hassles.

Review: Greenworks 26032 12 Amp 20" Corded Snow Thrower, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of October 2013

3. Snow Blowers Direct

The Greenworks 26032 is the least expensive of the three electric snow blowers that product expert Bob Crewe recommends. He says the surprisingly powerful machine is best for lightweight clearing. About 80 owners also leave feedback on the snow blower, saying it works well with a few drawbacks that limit performance.

Review: Greenworks 26032 (20") 12-Amp Electric Snow Blower, Editors of and contributors to SnowBlowersDirect.com, As of October 2013

4. Viewpoints.com

The Greenworks 26032 is one of the top-rated snow blowers at Viewpoints.com, with about 20 reviewers that score it an average of 86 out of 100. A wide variety of users say it's easy to handle, though they note it is slow clearing wet snowfall.

Review: Greenworks 20" 12 Amp Snow Blower 26032 Reviews, Contributors to Viewpoints.com, As of October 2013

5. PopularMechanics.com

David Agrell lists seven essential items needed for clearing snow. The only snow blower included in his list is the Greenworks 20-inch 26032 snow blower, which he praises for its easy handling. No testing is mentioned here, though editors at Popular Mechanics often test in separate reports.

Review: This Year, Win the Snow Clearing Battle, David Agrell, Not dated

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