What every best Snow Blowers has:
- Sufficient power.
- Easy pushing and steering.
- Accessible controls.
If the muss and fuss with dealing with a gas snow blower is turning into a pain in the tank, the Ego SNT2102 is the first electric snow blower -- corded or cordless -- that experts say can measure up performance-wise with a gas model -- albeit with some limitations. The big one is that it lacks self-propulsion, which means that unless you have He-Man muscles, its best for smaller, somewhat level city and suburban properties. Still, this single stage blower can easily clear a 50 foot two-car driveway of six to 10 inches of snow before needing a recharge. See our full review »
Experts tend to sniff at corded snow blowers, and so do some snow thrower snobs. But forget them. If you live where snowfalls are light, and you understand what a corded snow blower can and can't do, the Toro 1800 Power Curve 38381 is a pretty terrific choice. There's more than enough power for moderate accumulations of 8 inches of powder snow, without the nuisance that the care and feeding of a gas-powered snow blower entails. It's terrific at clearing walkways and driveways almost to the bare surface, and its light weight makes it easy to handle. See our full review »
If you live where a corded or cordless electric snow blower just won't cut the mustard, but don't need a parking-lot-clearing behemoth, the Toro Power Clear 721 E 38742 is a pretty terrific choice. This snow thrower is powerful and efficient, using a four-stroke engine to tear through packed and wet snow without bogging down. Exceptional handling features include a self-propelling drive to pull the blower effortlessly, a variable-speed transmission to precisely control the pace, and user-friendly chute adjustments. Toro has a solid brand reputation and includes a better-than-average warranty. See our full review »
If the Craftsman 88173 cost as much as many other two-stage gas mowers, we might classify it as nice, but nothing special. One look at the price, however, changes that assessment in a hurry -- this snow blower's combination of power and value is one that few others can match. Though it's small in stature compared to some two-stage snow blowers, it makes short work of even heavy snow falls, clearing a 24-inch-wide path and snow up to 21 inches deep in one pass. Its 12-inch serrated steel auger and high-speed impeller tear through packed snow piles without bogging down. See our full review »
While compact two-stage snow blowers are fine for most homeowners, if you have lots of snow to clear, and lots of property to clear it from, the beefy Ariens Deluxe 28 921046 snow blower should be at the top of your list. Its 28-inch wide intake makes fast work of even the largest driveways. It excels in most snow moving tasks, though it doesn't scrape down as close to the surface as some snow blowers. Handling is first rate thanks to an assisted steering system that lets users effortlessly change directions on a dime. It's overkill for smaller properties, however.
If a snow blower is overkill for your snowfall, property or budget, or if you need a snow shovel to finish off spots where your snow blower won't go, the 18-inch True Temper Ergonomic Mountain Mover is a terrific choice. It hits most of the design points that experts say make for a good all-purpose snow shovel, including an ergonomic shaft with just the right amount of bend -- not the ridiculous bend that actually increases back strain with some competing shovels. Durability is good too, with one expert saying that he's used his for eight straight New England winters.