What every best Snow Blowers has:
- Sufficient power.
- Easy pushing and steering.
- Accessible controls.
The Ego SNT2102 is the first electric snow blower -- corded or cordless -- that experts say can measure up performance-wise with a gas model. It's still best for suburban properties in areas where snowfall is moderate rather than severe most seasons, but this single stage blower can easily clear a 50 foot two-car driveway before needing a recharge. Maintenance requirements are minimal, storage is easy, and the warranty is long (5 years). See our full review »
The Toro 1800 Power Curve 38381 is a terrific choice for those who live where snowfall tends to be light. There's more than enough power for moderate accumulations of 8 inches of powder snow, without the muss and fuss that a gas-powered snow blower entails. It's terrific at clearing walkways and driveways almost to the bare surface, and its light weight -- just 25 pounds -- makes it easy to handle. See our full review »
The Toro Power Clear 721 E 38742 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 »
The Craftsman 88173 offers a compelling combination of power and value. Though this snow thrower is 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 residential properties, if you have more to clear, 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.
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. It lacks a lower handle, but add an accessory one, such as the Trentco ProHandle (Est. $20), and you have a snow shovel that blew away the competition in one expert hands-on test.