It’s that time of the year again: time to get a snow shovel to keep your driveway, walkway, steps, patio or sidewalk nice, clean and safe. What type of shovel should you get though? There’s a surprising number of different models to choose from and each has its own set of pros and cons. Is it even possible to find the perfect shovel? Let’s find out by checking out 10 of the best snow shovels out there.
Shoveling snow isn’t easy and requires a lot of effort. That’s why it’s very important to find the right shovel for the right type of task. If you want something that lets you move and lift large loads of snow without causing you back pain, this seems like a very good option. The main advantage in this case, besides the size, is the ergonomic design of the shovel which allows you to maintain a good posture and reduces the need for you to bend in order to lift the loads.
It does that by featuring two handles so you can lift with both your hands and at a good angle.View Deal
A multipurpose shovel is great to have around because it’s good for a variety of different tasks. This one has a fairly standard design and structure. It’s lightweight but that doesn’t make it flimsy and it’s efficient at clearing snow from the driveway, around the car, the sidewalk or out in the field when you’re camping. It’s also something you might want to take with you when driving a snowmobile in case you ever get stuck. Consider this a sort of emergency tool. This shovel has an adjustable handle so you can change the length and use it comfortably. The length of the handle ranges from 34” to 46”.
This is a really great shovel to keep in your car during the cold snowy months, especially if you’re traveling or you know parking spaces can be problematic in your area. It weighs only 2 lbs (less than 1 kg) and has a heavy-duty construction which is the perfect combination no matter what you’re using this for. It’s made from aluminum alloy which is how it gets to be so lightweight and durable at the same time. You can use for more than just snow. It’s also good for shoveling dirt, mud or sand in case you ever need to. The best part however is the innovative folding design which allows this shovel to easily and quickly collapse and become small enough to keep in the car without worrying about space or even to attach to a backpack or snowmobile.
This is another extendable shovel that’s also great in case of emergencies during the snowy months. It has a 9.5” shovel head and a telescopic handle that lets you adjust the height to avoid back pain. At the same time, this design allows it to become compact enough to be stored in the back of the car without taking up a lot of space. The handle extends up to 37” and has a D-shaped soft grip for increased comfort when using it.
If what you need is a tool to push the snow with rather than to dig with, you should consider something like this. It’s a very simplified snowplow, one that you operate manually. It’s useful for clearing the driveway or the walkway and in some conditions it’s more efficient than a shovel. It’s wider than a typical shovel which allows it to be more efficient at pushing more snow out of the way with one motion.
If you like the idea of a snow pusher and you’d like to take it a step further, we recommend checking out this tool. It’s a wheeled snow pusher designed to be up to 50% more efficient than a traditional snow shovel, provided that you’re using it for the right task of course. It might be worth investing in something like this if you have to clear large snowy areas but the snow isn’t heavy enough to require the need for a snow blower or if you want to save some money without having to put in tons of effort.
When you see it in its most compact form it’s quite difficult to picture what this thing really is. As it unfolds, everything becomes clear. This is a collapsible shovel, one that becomes small enough to carry in a backpack and to store pretty much anywhere. You can easily unfold it with a twisting motion. It’s easy and and super convenient. The handle can be adjusted and set in three different positions: vertical, horizontal and folded. This allows you to use the shovel in a variety of different ways, depending on the task at hand. The D-shaped grip makes the handle very comfortable to use and also means less effort is required to operate the shovel.
In case you feel like plastic snow shovels are not durable or sturdy enough and you’d prefer something metallic instead, consider an aluminum shovel. Aluminum is a good material in this case because it gives you strength and durability but it also prevents the shovel from becoming too heavy and difficult to maneuver. The handle is long and has an ergonomic shape. Of course, this is not a compact shovel so it’s not meant as an emergency tool to keep in the car but rather as a must-have for the garage or the garden shed.
It's great for pushing snow and cleaning the driveway or the walkway and has an oversized poly D grip so you can use it even with thick gloves.View Deal
This is also an aluminum shovel but this time the handle is collapsible which allows you save valuable space and even to take this shovel with you in the car. It has a strong and sturdy construction but remains lightweight and portable. The metal build makes it better suited for ice and wet snow and superior to plastic shovels in general. It has an ergonomic design with a handle that has an adjustable length, between 21.3” and 32”. The shovel head measures 11” by 8.3”. You can break this piece down into three pieces for easy storage. It’s easy to take apart and to put back together and is also very versatile.
This is a sleigh shovel. It’s something you should consider getting if you’re dealing with heavy snowfalls because it allows you to clear the snow more easily and more quickly compared to regular shovels and even snow pushers. It’s designed to withstand intensive use and large accumulations of snow, being the best tool for the job in these cases. It has an extra larger scoop which lets you gather a maximum amount of snow with each push without making it too difficult to maneuver the tool.
As you probably deduced already, it’s important to decide what you need the tool for before you pick a type. Shovels are the most versatile and many have foldable or collapsible designs which makes them an ideal tool to keep in the car during the snowy months. Snow pushers are useful to have around the house and then there’s also the heavy-duty sleigh shovel which lets you deal with heavy snowfall. Of course, none are as efficient as a snow blower but their cost is not as high either plus they’re more portable.