Snow season is almost upon us. If you live in the higher elevations or more northern regions of the United States, you can count on Old Man Winter sending several inches, if not feet, of snow your way.
Having the right snow blower is important to ensure that you and your family can get in and out of your home safely and with ease.
Choosing a snow blower that is lightweight and easy to use is important, especially if the job of snow removal is performed by someone who is of a smaller stature. An electric snow blower fits the bill.
They are perfect if you’re eco-minded since they run more quietly and efficiently, and don’t require oil or gasoline. To help with your buying decision, determine what type of snow you get in your region, and how much of it typically falls each season. Is the snow mostly wet and heavy, or dry and powdery?
Also determine your budget. Prices can range from just a few hundred dollars to well over $1,000. Lastly, how reliable are the parts and services networks? All things mechanical will break or wear out eventually. You want to know that fast and customer-friendly support is available when you need it.
Most Reliable Lightweight Snow Blower
This blower – Toro 38381 18-Inch 15 Amp Electric 1800 Power Curve Snow Blower is designed to move snow quickly and easily. It has an 18-inch wide clearing path and can blow snow as much as 12-inches deep.
Ready-made for residential use, this blower is small yet powerful and easy to maneuver. Weighing only 25 pounds, it can clear down to the pavement, eliminating the need to go over the same area twice.
Reviewers love that the Toro 1800 Power Curve is lightweight and can be easily assembled by just one person. Users also appreciate that there is no mess from mixing oil and gasoline, or from lubricating parts and that the instant-on electric motor means it reliably starts up when you go out in the cold. The Toro has a two-year warranty.
Top Small Snow Thrower for the Money
The WEN 5662 Snow Blaster 13 Amp Electric Snow Thrower, 18-Inch picks up snow in a path up to 18-inches wide and 10-inches deep.
The pivoting snow chute has a hand crank to enable rotating the chute a full 180 degrees. Weighing just 40 pounds, it’s lightweight enough to maneuver up and down long driveways and around small yards and decks. It is backed by a one-year warranty.
Users love that the WEN 5662 Snow Blaster works on wet, slushy snow, which normally is very difficult to clear with a snow thrower. They also love the online video which demonstrates how to assemble the blower in about 20 minutes.
Best Electric SnowBlower for $100
Weighing just 32 pounds, this 13 amp snowblower is great for small to medium sized yards. The GreenWorks 2600202 13 Amp 20″ Corded Snow Thrower has a 20-inch clearing width and a 10-inch clearing depth. It has dual LED lights, making it easy to use in the dark.
The adjustable 180-degree directional chute can effortlessly send the blown snow where you want it, up to 20-feet away from your path. It is backed by a four-year warranty.
Customers love the large rubber wheels on the GreenWorks 2600202 which make it simple to maneuver. They also love the adjustable handle that accommodates people of varying heights.
Best Compact Snow Thrower for the Money
The Toro 38361 Power Shovel 7.5 Amp Electric Snow Thrower is the smallest of the snow throwers reviewed here. It weighs just 12.5 pounds and comes with an adjustable metal telescoping handle to easily accommodate customers of different heights.
Designed for smaller jobs like clearing walkways and decks, it can clear 4-inches of snow off of a 50 by 20-foot driveway in little more than 20 minutes. It has a 12-inch wide and 6-inch deep clearing. It comes with a two-year warranty.
Users love that it comes pre-assembled and that it is fast, quiet and very user-friendly. Reviewers with back problems report that the Toro Power Shovel limits the strain on the back.
Best Cordless Snowblower for Women
This blower – Snow Joe iON21SB-PRO Cordless Snow Blower, 21-Inch has all the benefits of the other electric snow blowers, with the added advantage of being cordless. It is perfect for blowing long driveways or when you don’t have access to an outdoor outlet.
The rechargeable lithium-ion battery runs for up to 65 minutes on a single charge, and will completely charge when plugged in overnight. It is quiet enough that you can get an early start on moving the snow without waking your kids or the neighbors in the morning.
It weighs only 32-pounds and has a 21-inch wide clearing path. It can dig down to as much as to 8-inches deep. In addition, it has a scraper bar at the base that lets you clear a path right to the ground without damaging your pavement or deck.
The best snow blowers efficiently blow away snow with the least amount of physical exertion from you. Finding a powerful machine that can handle your typical snowfall while remaining easy to maneuver will be one of the best wintertime purchases you ever make.