Snow sure is pretty to look at but the fun ends when you have to go outside and you quickly realize that snow only makes everything harder. It has to do and the most efficient way to do it is with a snow blower. Snow blowers are the best for cleaning driveways, patios and open spaces in general as opposed to the old-school shovel which is better for clearing the snow from stairs and small spaces. There are a few major things to look for in a snow blower such as power, drive system, size and price plus of course any particular requirements you might have. We hope the following examples will help you find the best snow blower for your needs.
Cordless snow blowers offer the advantage of more flexibility and freedom of movement plus they’re also very easy to use. They’re only limited by their battery power and this model uses a 40V 4.0 Ah iONMAX rechargeable lithium-ion battery which provides up to 50 minutes of runtime. It should be more than enough for regular use. Another big advantage is the fact that like most cordless snow blowers it’s very quiet. You can safely use it to clear the driveway early in the morning without worrying you’ll wake up everyone in the house. Furthermore, it’s lightweight and easy to operate and to store, weighing only 32 lbs (14.5 kg). This snow blower features a 180 degree auto-rotate directional chute that throws snow up to 20 feet and clears a path of up to 18” wide and 8” deep in one pass.
40V 4.0 Ah iONMAX rechargeable lithium-ion battery provides up to 50 minutes of whisper-quiet runtimeView Deal
This snow blower is fairly similar to the previously mentioned one, with a few identifiable differences between them. The battery in this case is an 80V, 2.0 Ah Li-ion one. It delivers up to 45 minutes of runtime which makes it practical and suitable for most households. It’s also quiet which is one of the big advantages of battery-powered snow blowers in general. There’s a 180 degree rotating chute which lets you easily clear driveways, sidewalks and patios creating 20” wide and up to 10” deep paths.
Keep in mind that it's best to store the snow blower (or at least the battery) at room temperature in order to reach peak performance.View Deal
This model has a 40V battery that provides you with 45 minutes of runtime, like most snow blowers in the same category. It also has an adjustable 180 degree directional chute and can discharge snow up to 20 feet. It has folding handles and a built-in LED light. It’s fairly compact and weighs 49.5 lbs (22.5 kg). It has 7” wheels which give it greater mobility compared to tracks which are more stable and better suited for slopes but not as flexible.
This thing can throw up to 490 pounds (222 kg) of snow per minute which is quite impressive. You can definitely keep a clean driveway with this tool, even if you’re living in an area with heavy snow. It has a 13.5 Amp motor that shoots snow up to 20 feet away. Like on most other models, the chute rotates 180 degrees, letting you adjust the path as desired. Using this you can clear snow that’s 7.8” deep and create 18” wide paths. The solid design and sturdy construction ensure that you’ll get to use this for years to come.
Also, the snow blower has 6'' wheels which give it increased mobility and maintains a simple and lightweight design overall.View Deal
We continue the list with another electric snow blower, this time from Toro. This one is compact which makes storage easy and also means it’s very convenient and easier to use than other more robust models. The small size of course doesn’t interfere with its efficiency and power. With this you can clear up to 700 pounds (317 kg) of snow per minute which means you’ll be able to clean your driveway in no time and with minimal effort. You can use it for walkways, patios, decks and all sorts of other spaces. This snow blower has a 15 Amp motor and a 160 degree adjustable chute for added control and flexibility.
Also, it has an ergonomic handle and a lightweight design overall.View Deal
If you want something small, lightweight and suitable for use around the house, this model should be just right. It’s easy to use and definitely does the job even if it’s not as powerful as other types. It’s ideal for mid-sized driveways and walkways and can clear up to 440 lbs (200 kg) of snow per minute. It has an 11 Amp motor and a 180 degree adjustable chute for added directional control. The wheels offer lots of mobility and are easy to maneuver while remaining out of the way. The 2-blade plastic auger creates 15” wide and 8” deep pathways and is resistant to cold temperatures and abrasions.
Ideal for quick snow pickups on mid-sized driveways and walkwaysView Deal
This is the pro version of the Greenworks snow blower which was mentioned a bit earlier. The two models share many similarities and the design differences between them are quite minimal. In this case, the 80V battery will offer you up to 45 minutes of runtime for 2 Ah. It has a 360 degree rotating chute which gives you total freedom when it comes to snow displacement. The whole thing weighs 33 lbs (15 kg) and is easy to store and super easy to operate. It’s also very quiet and requires very little maintenance. Use it to clear the driveway, sidewalk and patio without any issues and enjoy the attractive design in the process.
If you really want a compact package, consider an electric snow shovel. The biggest advantage is definitely the size. Take this one for example. You can easily store it vertically similarly to your other tools and keep it in the garage or the garden shed. Of course, it wouldn’t be as powerful as a full-size snow blower so keep that in mind. If you have a small driveway and there’s not that much snow in your area anyway then this shouldn’t be an issue. With this electric snow shovel you get a 40 Volt 4Ah battery and a powerful and efficient brushless motor that allows you to clear up to 300 lbs (136 kg) of snow per minute…not too bad for such a small tool.
This Snow Joe electric shovel is exactly what you need for clearing the snow from your sidewalk, patio or the steps quickly and efficiently, without having to worry about storage or the fact that it’s heavy and difficult to use. In a lot of ways this is more convenient than using a regular snow blower precisely because of how small and easy to use it is. Despite the compact size it has a powerful 10 amp motor and can clear up to 400 lbs (180 kg) of snow per minute. It also has a 2-blade paddle auger which cuts 13” wide and 6” deep.
This is also a very convenient and very powerful electric show shovel which is actually very similar to a regular snow thrower but in a more compact size. It has a 60 V Li-ion brushless motor which should be more than enough for efficiently and easily cleaning the snow from around the house and the driveway as well the patio, sidewalk and even the stairs. This tool is basically maintenance-free and extremely easy to use. Simply push a button to start without having to worry about anything else.
In conclusion, it’s difficult to say with precision which type of snow blower is the best. In each case the decision has to be made based on environment factors and personal preference. If you live in an area with heavy snow power and efficiency are definitely a priority but other times a compact size or a small price can be very compelling arguments. One thing is certain though: a snow blower is always superior to the old-school shovel when it comes to clearing driveways and large spaces.