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 moderate 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. More concerning is a lack of self-propulsion, which can be a pain in the back if you are plowing on a slope. 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. Ditto if your property is on the side of a mountain, or maybe even a mole hill. But 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.
Long warranty. As the Ego SNT2102 is a fairly new model, there's not a ton of feedback regarding long-term reliability. Initial quality looks good, but lemons are anything but unheard of. 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.