Toro Power Clear 721 E 38742 Review

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Toro Power Clear 721 E 38742 Review
Bottom Line

The Toro Power Clear 721 E 38742 is one of the best performing single-stage gas snow blowers you can buy, and a compelling value as well. Thanks to its electric start feature, this snow blower starts reliably, cleans right down to the hard surface, and makes short work of getting rid of snow piles. The Power Propel Drive System makes contact with the ground, helping to pull the machine through accumulated snow, but makes the 721 E inappropriate for clearing gravel driveways or walkways.

ProsPowerful, efficient four-stroke engine, Easy to maneuver, Starts quickly and reliablyConsNot the best choice for heavy snow, Not for gravel surfaces

Breaking it down

Ease of use

Self-propel drive. The Toro 721 E gets excellent ratings on handling from experts. The Power Propel system drives the snow blower so you don't have to push it. The electric start helps make starting easy in cold weather, and is covered under a separate warranty that guarantees fast starts. Throw distance is rated at 35 feet, but it doesn't test out well -- a concern only if you have an especially wide driveway to contend with. There are few other features however, and the lack of a headlight is inconvenient if you want to clear your property before dawn or after dusk.

Performance

Fast and powerful. According to expert testing, Toro Power Clear 721 E is one of the better performing single-stage gas snow blowers available. The Power Propel drive scrapes right down to the hard concrete or asphalt surface, but don't use it on gravel as that can be sent flying. It can handle moderate snow accumulations of 9 inches or so, and move piles of snow dumped on your driveway by road plows with ease. It's reasonably fast as well.

Durability

Dependable brand reputation. Experts say Toro is one of the top-rated manufacturers for snow blowers, known for quality construction and a long life span. User feedback is stellar thus far -- a 96 percent satisfaction rating in reviews that can be seen at HomeDepot.com. Many owners attest that they have used Toro-brand snow blowers for decades. In addition to the fast-start warranty, the entire machine is covered under a full two-year full warranty.

Our Sources

1. ConsumerReports.org

Toro Power Clear 721E, Editors of ConsumerReports.org, Not Dated

ConsumerReport.org has tested and rated the Toro Power Clear 721 E 38742. The snow blower is evaluated on its performance under typical tasks, handling, noise and more. An overall score is assigned that can be compared to other snow blowers.

2. HomeDepot.com

Toro Power Clear 721 E 21 in. Single-Stage Gas Snow Blower , Contributors to HomeDepot.com, As of December 2015

The Toro 721 E has garnered an impressive track record in the reviews that can be seen here, although they also include reviews originally posted at HomeDepot.com's Canadian site as well as the manufacturer's web site. Be that as it may, we see more than 280 reviews in total, and a 4.5-star rating. Roughly 96 percent of users say that they would recommend this Toro single-stage snow blower to a friend.

3. TheSweetHome.com

The Best Snow Blowers, Doug Mahoney, Dec. 3, 2015

Though it does not appear that the Toro 721 E has been subjected to testing, Doug Mahoney names it as the best single-stage snow blower. It can't handle the types of heavy snow that more powerful snow throwers can, and it's not suitable for gravel, but he says that it's "a good choice for flat, small driveways and paved surfaces that get snows of 6 inches or less."

4. MovingSnow.com

The Best Single Stage Snow Blowers For 2015-2016, Paul Sikkema, August 9, 2015

This list names Paul Sikkema's top picks among single stage snow throwers. The Toro 721 E is included, but it doesn't appear that Sikkema has tested the machine as of yet.