What every best Snow Blowers has:
- Sufficient power.
- Easy pushing and steering.
- Accessible controls.
Consumer Reports conducts the most comprehensive tests of snow blowers we found. Reviews are hands on, and while there's not a ton of discussion, ratings are provided and recommendations are made. The biggest downside is that you need to be a paid subscriber to see the full findings.
If you don't have a subscription to Consumer Reports, but would like to learn which snow blowers their testers liked best, this free for anyone article names the top finishers among each class of machines covered in its report. While detailed test results are missing, the article provides an overall score, where each ranks among similar snow throwers, and a capsule review.
Paul Sikkema shares his expertise and hands-on experience with snow blowers at Moving Snow. The site, and most of the articles, are a bit rambling, so you need to do some work to get to the bottom of things, but it's worth the effort. Sikkema knows his stuff, and isn't afraid to praise or criticize where warranted. The only thing keeping this review out of the very top spot is that some of the feedback is based on showroom and tradeshow floor demonstrations rather than the rigorous testing done by some other sites.
Wirecutter conducts a total of 100 hours of research along with some hands-on testing to find the top snow blower. Only a handful of models are actually tested, however, two gas blowers, and two cordless models.
There are tons of snow blowers listed at Home Depot's web site, many of which have a significant number of user reviews. Most are gas-powered snow blowers, though a few electric models have enough feedback to be helpful. Some listings include reviews from manufacturer web sites.
Robert Valenzano, the in-house snow blower expert at Snow Blowers Direct provides brief reviews on models this site recommends. However, how the snow blowers recommended make the grade is not well explained, and testing, if any, is not detailed. The site is still worth a look-see, however, as many snow blowers also include owner reviews, ratings on a 5-star scale and the occasional video demonstration.
Pro Tool Reviews has detailed reviews of two snow throwers, both cordless models. Testing is hands on, though not as rigorous as you might find at a site like Consumer Reports, and discussion is detailed. if you are considering a cordless show blower, it's worth a read.
Amazon lists lots of snow blowers, and many have enough owner reviews to be helpful. That said, feedback is notably more plentiful for electric snow throwers than for gas models, with some garnering hundreds of reviews. All reviews are unique to the site.
You'll find fewer snow blowers here than at Home Depot, and many have fewer reviews. Still, there's a fair amount of feedback here, so it's worth a stop. Keep in mind however, that like Home Depot, Lowe's draws some of its feedback from manufacturer sites, so some feedback will be identical.
The Sears web site is the best place to get user feedback about Craftsman snow blowers. A few Craftsman models get 100 or more reviews and a rating of roughly 4 stars or better. Other brands of snow blowers are carried as well, but there are generally better places to get feedback on those.
Walmart lists a variety of snow throwers on its site, though a number are sold by other retailers or the makers themselves rather than Walmart itself. We see less feedback than at some other user review sites, though some models garner enough reviews to provide some insight.
Wirecutter talks to experts, looks at user reviews and tests snow shovels using a panel of four to clear driveways, long walkways, decks and more. One shovel emerges as a crowd favorite -- and has remained so for four winters in a row. For clearing off cars at home or after a long day of accumulating snow on a parking lot, a roof rake and small shovel are also recommended.
SnowBlowerForums.com is a user-to-user forum where members can discuss anything snow blower related. In addition to sub-forums dedicated to specific brands, you can find a sub-forum with snow blower reviews. This is also a good destination for general snow blower information, troubleshooting and more.
We can't recommend relying on this site for quality feedback on snow blowers. Ratings are provided to imply testing, but reading through the write-ups, there's no indication that any were actually tested -- or that the reviewers had even seen them at all. There's also no discussion of methodology, nor is the criteria used for qualifying for the site's lists of best single-stage and dual-stage snow blowers explained. The only plus is a side-by-side comparison of specs for some models.