Best Snow Blowers

Review & Comparison, Last Update September 11, 2017
When there's a lot of snow, you have to start your day from picking up a shovel and cleaning the sidewalks near your home. Is it the time to find a modern and effective way to do that? Of course, it is and you need a snow blower! We will tell you how to choose the right equipment. ...Read more ...Read less
BEST 2017
PROS
CONS
OUR VERDICT
Clearing path dimensions
Engine type
Blade material
Operating principle
Travel type
Warranty
 
PROS
The handles are heated, so your hands won't get cold. The ribbon auger mixes snow with air, ensuring easier blowing-out. The clearing stick helps clean the chute from stuck snow.
CONS
The engine is a bit loud.
OUR VERDICT
Husqvarna snow blower is a high-performing machine capable of removing all types of snow in no time. Based on 2-stage system and large wheels it will travel over any terrain with ease.
detailed parameters
Clearing path dimensions
Width - 24", Height - 23"
Engine type
Gasoline engine with electric start
Blade material
Metal ribbon auger
Operating principle
2-stage, Snow throwing distance ~ 35 ft
Travel type
Self-propelled (6 forward speeds, 1 reverse speed)
Warranty
3-year limited warranty 5-year engine warranty
PROS
The built-in accumulator allows you to work without power supply. LED lighting will help work at night.
CONS
The blower can't remove ice.
OUR VERDICT
The blower is highly mobile and it is convenient to store due to the structure.
detailed parameters
Clearing path dimensions
Width - 18", Height - 8"
Engine type
Electric wireless engine for 50 minutes of work
Blade material
Rubberized metal
Operating principle
1-stage, Snow throwing distance - 20 ft
Travel type
Non-self-propelled
Warranty
Full 2-year warranty
PROS
The rubberized blades allow protecting your floor from damage. The electric engine is powerful enough to compete with the gasoline engines.
CONS
Plastic chute is the only disadvantage of this model.
OUR VERDICT
A low price and a powerful engine is the excellent choice for the owners of summer cottages and villas. You won't find a better aid to help with cleaning small areas and walkways.
detailed parameters
Clearing path dimensions
Width - 18", Height - 9"
Engine type
Electric wired 13 amp engine
Blade material
Rubberized metal
Operating principle
1-stage, Snow throwing distance - 30 ft
Travel type
Non-self-propelled
Warranty
3-year limited waranty
PROS
The big bucket allows customers to cope with large snow areas and high snowdrifts. The large 14-inch wheels provide an easy rolling through the snow.
CONS
The size of this lawn mower is quite big.
OUR VERDICT
Thanks to the high-power engine, this gas snow blower will cope with high-load jobs and will be perfect for cleaning parking areas and driveways.
detailed parameters
Clearing path dimensions
Width - 27", Height - 20"
Engine type
Gasoline engine with electric start
Blade material
Metal
Operating principle
2-stage, Snow throwing distance - 40 ft
Travel type
Self-propelled (5 forward speeds, 2 reverse speeds)
Warranty
3-year limited warranty
PROS
The electric engine operates quietly and doesn't produce annoying noises. Its compact size ensures convenient storage and transportation. LED lighting will help work at night.
CONS
The operation range is limited by the cord length.
OUR VERDICT
This electric snow blower will be an excellent choice for those who take care about their backyards and lawns.
detailed parameters
Clearing path dimensions
Width - 20", Height - 10"
Engine type
Electric corded 13 amp engine
Blade material
Plastic
Operating principle
1-stage, Snow throwing distance - 20 ft
Travel type
Non-self-propelled
Warranty
4-year limited warranty

What is a Snow Blower

A lot of people wait for the first snow when winter comes. This is a joy but, on the other hand, the snow covers the pavements, roads and yards. You may use a shovel to cope with a snow in the old way. You can also save your time and effort and go with a snow blower. Here we will review 5 best and popular models of the snow blowers available on sale.

Snow blower is a powerful machine, designed to automatically remove ice and snow for you. The device has got a screw to slew round and move the snow inside the chute and then, throw it away with the airflow.

Also, read our reviews of gas snow blowers and electric snow blowers.

What Features to Compare

When you choose a snow blower, you need to know the size of the area you're going to use it for.

Clearing path dimensions

The width of the clearing paths is essential in view of the passages the snow bowler will do in any particular territory. The wider the clearing paths is the more snow you'll be able to remove for one pass. Snow blowers with the clearing paths of 10-12" wide will be perfect for home walkways and small areas, while the clearing paths of 17-21" wide and 22-24" will work best for larger territories such as parkings, summer cottages and highways. The height of the clearing paths also matters. It is the height that determines how deeply the blower will dig into the snow and how much snow it will remove.

Engine type

Pay attention to the type of engine the snow blower has got. The electric snow blowers are powered by electricity and thus, are bound to the place within the cable reach. Usually they have rather low capacity measured up around 5 horsepower, but they are definitely more compact and easy-to-use. If you own a small place, you can easily consider buying an electric snow blower. Gasoline powered snow blowers are normally bulky in size, yet more maneuverable compared to electric equipment. They have 3-13 horsepower and they can be used in larger territories.

Blade material

Material of blades should be considered as well. The common materials most blades are made of are metal and rubberized metal. If you've got to clean out heavily snowbound place, you definitely need to buy a device with metal blades. However, if the sidewalks you need to clean from the snow are trimmed with some decor, the rubberized blades would do a better job. Some cheaper snow blowers have the blades made of plastic. They are not as effective as metal blades, still good for certain areas.  

Operating principle

of a snow blower is also important. When buying a device for the home use, look for 1-stage models that collect, discharge the snow and throw it for at least 3-5 m away. Two-stage snow blowers will throw the snow on a bigger distance up to 15 m. 

Travel type

The snow blowers are also classified by the travel type. Non-self-propelled models must be run by an operator. This is a good option for the owners of small houses who don't need to clean off heavily snowbound sidewalks. The self-propelled snow blowers are more independent. The operator can choose a travel trajectory and use it for larger areas and denser snow.

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Husqvarna ST224P

Severe Winter? No Problems!

When the snow lays on the ground, it is a joy not only for children but also for their parents. However, winter also brings a lot of work. Cleaning snow is a tough task, but with Husqvarna ST224P, you can make it easy. This gas-powered snow thrower is equipped with a 4-stroke engine of 6.3 hp for efficient work. The blower comes with a large bucket which is 24" wide and 2" high. The unit works upon a 2-stage operating principle, so the snow is grabbed by the auger first and then thrown through the chute. The blower is powerful enough to throw the snow to 30-35 ft distance. The blower can cope even with a hard-packed snow and, what is notable, it mixes snow with the air for easier throwing and more productive performance. If you deal with snowbound or slippery iced surfaces, don't worry because the blower has the deep-treaded wheels that grip the ground and force the machine ahead. This snow blower shows an amazing cleaning performance even in big areas and, thus, will be great for householders, shopkeepers, and owners of cafes with large territories. So, get ready for a winter!

Review of Husqvarna ST224P Power Steering

Easy Control in Any Conditions

Despite a considerable blower's weight, it is pretty easy to control. The big 15" X-track tires ensure an excellent passing ability, the levers and controls are located in such a way that you can easily reach them. As we know, a low temperature can complicate starting gas engines, but you should not worry about this issue having this fantastic blower. Its engine is fitted with an electric starter that allows you to run the machine with a single press of a button. Husqvarna ST224P is a self-propelled blower, so you won't put much effort while guiding the machine over your yard. The gearbox features 6 forward speeds and 1 reverse speed that ensure adjusting the blower's travel rate to your needs. The chute can be turned with a special remote rotator situated on the control panel, so you can easily set the direction where you want snow to be flung. We should also draw your attention to the heated handgrips that can keep your hands warm even in a chilling frost. The LED headlights make snow cleaning comfortable at night as well. To sum up, we can say that this high-performance snow blower will be able to work in any weather conditions!

Husqvarna ST224P Power Steering in the use

More Products to Consider

We recommend considering snow shovels for cleaning in hard-to-get places and narrow, confined areas.

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Husqvarna ST224P
 

Snow Joe ION18SB

Clearing path dimensions

Snow Joe iON18SB comes with a small, narrow clearing paths measured at 18" wide and 8" high. That's not the biggest clearing paths comparing to other models in our review, but it will surely cope with small jobs. If you want to buy a machine to clean the tracks near your house, you're going to be satisfied no doubts. With this electric snow blower, you'll set aside your shovel and turn a long-time work in the yard into fun.

Review of Snow Joe ION18SB Cordless Single Stage Brushless

Engine type

This snow blower features a built-in 40 V lithium-ion accumulator, working for up to 50 minutes uninterruptedly on a single charge. You won't be bound to any particular place within a power outlet reach. The machine is great for remote usage. In comparison to gas snow blowers, this one requires no oil replacement and it's easier to maintain.

Snow Joe ION18SB Cordless Single Stage Brushless in the use

Blade material

The blades of Snow Joe iON18SB are made of steel with rubberized surface so they will be an excellent choice for the owners of yards with the walkways made of decorative material. The rubberized blades will clean the walkways without any damage and they will save the coating of footways in your yard.

Operating principle

The present model is a 1 stage snow blower which operating blades perform two functions - they collect and throw the snow. With the help of this snow blower you will be able to throw the snow for the 20 ft distance. The throwing direction of the snow can be set and changed by altering the chute position. The rubber blades are able to process up to 495 lbs of snow per minute. The area of snow you can remove is 18” wide and 8” deep without damaging the surface.

Snow Joe ION18SB Cordless Single Stage Brushless application

Travel type

This electric snow blower is not self-propelled, so an operator has to apply a physical force to move it. However, it's not that bulky and it can easily be moved by women and elderly people. If you've got used to cleaning the snow with a shovel, it's time to consider buying a proper device. Snow Joe iON18SB is safe and easy-to-use. The whole process will easily remind you of walking the dog.

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Snow Joe ION18SB Cordless Snow Blower with Rechargeable Battery
Snow Joe ION18SB
Snow Joe ION18SB
 

WORX WG650

Clearing path dimensions

The clearing paths of this model is average-sized with the height of 18" wide and the deep of 9". This model will help you to clean sidewalks and small areas such as walkways and driveways. Snow Joe ION18SB has proved its worthiness in practice. It is capable of lifting wet, heavy snow as well as the snow fallen on the land a few hours ago.

Review of WORX WG650 Electric

Engine type

Similar to powerful gasoline engines, Worx WG650 perfectly copes with big amounts of snow, shows great productivity and ensures efficiency. Despite the powerful 13-amperes engine, it doesn't cause harm to the environment, so you run no risk to pollute the area you live in. The only minor drawback of the model is the necessity to be near the power outlet.

Blade material

These blades feature stainless steel interior and rubber exterior, a perfect option for use in the yards. The tiled pathways often require more careful cleaning, this is where rubberized blades will work the best. The only issue you may face is cleaning the blades from the wet snow - you may need to use a shovel or a crowbar to remove the particles frozen to the surface.

Detailed review of WORX WG650 Electric

Operating principle

Worx WG650 is a 1-stage snow blower with the blades collecting and throwing the snow through the chute in a set direction. Due to the powerful engine, it's possible to throw the snow at the distance of 30 ft. The blades work in the short distance to the land so it's easy to clean the sideways and pathaways for a single pass at a higher pace.

Travel type

This is a non-self propelled electric start snow blower that has got to be pushed . The model has got a convenient, adjustable handle so it's easy to use the machine by both, short and tall people. Pull the handle up or down to fix the optimal position and get started. Worx WG650 is a great solution to clean off heavily snowbound territories.

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WORX WG650
WORX WG650
 

Briggs and Stratton 1696619

Clearing path dimensions

Briggs and Stratton 1696619 Dual-Stage Snow Thrower is equipped with a pretty big bucket that is 27 inches wide and 20 inches heigh. This bucket is the biggest among the reviewed models and it will allow you to grab a big amount of snow in one fell swoop. As a result, you'll be able to clean your yard with minimum physical effort at the shortest time. Thanks to such impressive capacity of the bucket, Briggs and Stratton snow thrower can be used for cleaning parking areas and driveways. If you own a mini-hotel, don't look any further because this model is the best choice for you.

 

Review of Briggs and Stratton 1696619 Dual-Stage

Engine type

Briggs and Stratton 1696619 Dual-Stage Snow Thrower is powered by a gasoline engine which capacity is 250 cc. This forceful engine is able to propel the blower forward at the speed up to 5 miles per hour. In addition, this snow blower can move backwards at the speed of up to 2 miles per hour. Availability of electric starter provides the easy engine actuation. The capacity of the fuel tank is 0.8 gallons, so this snow blower will work long and you won't have to add fuel frequently.

Briggs and Stratton 1696619 Dual-Stage in the use

Blade material

The blades of this gas snow blower are made of steel. Consequently, this machine will readily cope with any snow no matter whether it is wet or settled. Moreover, you'll have no problems during removal of snow crust or ice from your walkways. The blades will not be damaged, that's for sure. Finally, the 12-inch notched auger made of durable steel will ensure fast and efficient snow clearing. Great!

Operating principle

Briggs and Stratton 1696619 Dual-Stage Snow Thrower works on 2-stage operating principle, regarded as the most common for the given series of models. The metal auger grabs the snow and delivers it to the rotor. In its turn, the rotor throws the snow away at the high speed to the distance up to 40 feet. The on-panel chute deflector will allow you to rotate the chute and thereby change the snow throwing direction.

Briggs and Stratton 1696619 Dual-Stage application

Travel type

Briggs and Stratton 1696619 is the self-propelled gas snow thrower. You don't need to push it by hands but just set the travel direction. Thus, the snow clearing will be easy as a pie. The gearbox made of durable aluminum provides 5 forward speeds and 2 reverse speeds. So, you have an opportunity to select the necessary speed for the snow blower in accordance with the working conditions. Thanks to the foregoing features, this snow blower can be used virtually in any place.

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Briggs and Stratton 1696619
Briggs and Stratton 1696619
 

GreenWorks 2600202

Clearing path dimensions

GreenWorks 2600202 13 Amp Corded Snow Thrower is fitted with the bucket which is 20 inches wide and 10 inches high. This bucket is not the biggest ever, but it will allow you to remove a considerable amount of snow in one fell swoop. Thus, this snow blower will give you the opportunity to easily remove the bothering snow from walkways in your yard or clear the driveway to your garage after heavy snowfalls.

Review of GreenWorks 2600202 With Light Kit

Engine type

GreenWorks 2600202 13 Amp Corded Snow Thrower comes with the electric 13 Amp engine. The engine is powered by electricity, therefore, this snow blower can be used only with a power source nearby. The engine is really simple to maintain as it needs no fuel. Moreover, this engine is highly efficient and is considered to be environmentally friendly as it generates no exhaust gases compared to most other gasoline engines.

 

Blade material

The blades of this electric snow blower are made of plastic so the whole structure of the snow blower is lightweight and easily maneuvering. Pushing forward and carrying GreenWorks is a breeze, even ladies can roll it around the yard. The plastic blades are also perfect for use on decorative covering and paths, they won't scratch or peel their surface. Yet, it's not recommended to use this blower for cleaning of heavy snow, ice or crust, otherwise, the blades may get damaged or even broken.

Detailed review of GreenWorks 2600202 With Light Kit

Operating principle

GreenWorks 2600202 13 Amp Corded Snow Thrower works on the 1-stage operating principle. Simply stated, the blades perform two functions at the same time: they grab the snow and immediately throw it away through the plastic chute. This electric snow thrower is able to hurl the snow over a distance about 20 feet. Thanks to the 180-degree rotatable chute, you can easily set the appropriate direction for throwing the snow.

GreenWorks 2600202 With Light Kit application

Travel type

GreenWorks 2600202 is a non-self-propelled snow blower. So, you will have to put an effort to move it back and forth around your yard. Yet, compared to most other models in our review, this snow blower is not too heavy (only 30 pounds) and, thus, it can be easily used by elderly people. The height adjustable handle is another little bonus most customers love about this snow blower. If you don't work in the nighttime, you may want to consider buying GreenWorks 2600502 (available from the manufacturer).

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Greenworks 20" 13 Amp AC Snow Thrower
GreenWorks 2600202
GreenWorks 2600202
 

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