What most people use at home is a snow blower. These simple machines work the same way as a large commercial snow blower. They pull the snow from the front and blows it to the side. Most of them allow the user to rotate the exhaust which means it enables the control over how the snow is pushed aside.
What Type To Choose?
Like with anything else, there are a lot of different types of snow blowers. There are cordless models and there are corded ones. Corded models usually have a limited mobility but there are ways around it by using cord extenders. The advantage is that they can be used continuously which is something that many would appreciate. Cordless models can be electric or powered by a small petrol engine. Petrol engines tend to be more reliable as the electric ones are reliant on batteries. Once the batteries run out it will take a time to get them charged. Petrol ones can have their tank refilled quickly which means much smaller breaks if refilling the gas tank can even be considered a break.
Best Snow Blowers in 2017
In the end, what matters the most is to get something of value without exceeding the available budget. To make things as simple as possible we went ahead and selected 10 different snow blowers from all categories and price ranges. Without any further ado here are the top 10 best snow blowers in 2017.
10. GreenWorks 2600502 13 Amp 20-Inch Corded Snow Thrower
As not everyone can afford to pay hundreds of dollars on a snow thrower, GreenWorks made several budget models. The 2600502 corded snow thrower is a compact and affordable machine that will prove to be well worth the spend. It can get the job done and has a resilient construction despite being so cheap. GreenWorks managed to make a cost effective machine that will prove to be appealing to every homeowner.
The model makes use of a powerful 13 amp motor. It is a corded version which means it can be used continuously. The only limit is the length of the power cord but an extender should get the problem solved. According to the manufacturers the model can discharge snow up to 20 feet and can have the direction and the angle adjusted.
- Plastic construction
- Short power cable
9. WEN 5662 Snow Blaster 13 Amp Electric Snow Thrower
WEN is a smaller brand but that does not mean it should be disregarded. They have a lot of great products including the 5662 snow thrower. It is a very cheap model which makes it a great budget option for the ones that do not own one and do not want to be caught unprepared this winter.
Being a corded model means that it runs on an electric motor. The 13.5 Amp electric motor is powerful enough to throw the snow 20 feet away. Its chute can be rotated 180 degrees and can even have the angle adjusted. The model comes with durable 6-inch wheels and it is 18 inches wide. For the money, it is difficult to find a better deal but there are better models out there for the ones that are willing to spend a bit extra.
- Very cheap
- Powerful motor
- Short power cable
- Feels like it has a cheap construction
8. Power Smart DB7651 24 inch 208cc LCT Two-Stage Snow Thrower with Electric Start
Looking at more powerful premium models we get to the Power Smart DB7651 snow throwers. It is a larger model that was made for both regular home owners and commercial use. It has a solid construction with a body made modestly out of aluminum and steel. It has plenty of features that simply makes it a better machine that the most affordable models and it will prove to be a good choice for the ones that can afford it.
The model has a clearing width of 24 inches. Powering it we have a 6.5 HP petrol engine with an electric start. This means it will be ready to go with the push of a button. Being powered by a petrol engine also means that it is cordless. As expected the chute is adjustable and can be rotated or have its throwing angle moved up or down.
- Wide clearing
- Powerful petrol engine
- Electric start
7. WORX WG650 18-Inch 13 Amp Electric Snow Thrower
WORX has been quite popular when it comes to snow throwers. Their WG650 model has been selling well mainly due to its low price and performance. It offers great value for money and a decent construction. It is a corded model meaning that it uses an electric engine which is quite powerful. According to the product specifications, the motor is powerful enough to throw the snow at a 30-foot distance which is quite a lot.
The model comes with a collapsible handlebar which means it takes less storage space. It has a short power cord which means an extender will be mandatory. The model has a plastic chute that can have its angle adjusted or it can be rotated 180 degrees.
6. Power Smart DB5023 18-Inch 13 Amp Electric Snow Thrower
Power Smart DB5023 is a great pick for the ones that are struggling with a tight budget and do not want to feel unprepared this winter. It is a cheap model that should be more than capable to get the job done. It is not made for commercial use but it will be able to handle tasks for a regular home owner.
The model is powered by a 13-amp motor. It is quite powerful and compact at the same time. It can push the snow at a distance of 30 feet which is more than what other models can achieve. The model has a clearing path of 18 inches and can go 9 inches deep in a single pass. The chute can be adjusted as it can be rotated or it can be raised or lowered. In terms of construction, the model is decent enough and quite lightweight.
- Folding handlebar
- Construction is not that impressive
5. Snow Joe Ultra SJ623E 18-Inch 15-Amp Electric Snow Thrower with Light
The Snow Joe Ultra SJ623E is a great pick for the ones that need a snow thrower. It has several interesting features that simply make it a superior machine when compared with models from the same price range. The very first thing that stands out is the construction. It is made almost entirely out of steel and aluminum. This makes it quite heavy but very sturdy.
As far as performance goes the model is a corded electric one. This means it will need to be plugged in to work which limits its movement. On the other hand, the motor used is quite powerful. The 15 amp electric motor can throw the snow at 25 feet away. As expected the chute can be rotated 180 degrees and can have its angle adjusted.
- Very few plastic parts
4. GreenWorks 26022 10 Amp 16-Inch Corded Snow Shovel
For the ones that are concerned about the size of a snow thrower then GreenWorks has the answer. Their 26022 corded snow shovel is basically a smaller show throwers. It is very compact, easy to store and works quite well. On top of all this, the model is one of the most affordable in our list. This makes it very appealing to the ones that have a limited budget to spend on a snow thrower.
The model uses a small 10 amp motor that should be powerful enough. It can reach a discharge distance of up to 25 feet which is quite decent. Handling it is quite simple and it offers a clearing width of 16 inches. It can go 6 inches in depth and due to its size, it is very mobile.
- Very cheap
- Good construction
- Clearing path of just 16 inches
3. Snow Joe iON18SB Ion Cordless Single Stage Brushless Snow Blower
The ones that do not like petrol snow throwers or corded ones might want to look at battery-powered ones. There are not that many models available which is why the Snow Joe iON18SB is one of the few that managed to get into our list. This does not mean it is not a reliable model. The only problem with it is the fact that it needs to be charged which implies longer down times.
Powering the model is a small electric motor that can throw snow at 20 feet away. Its chute is adjustable while the handlebar can be folded. It takes very little storage space and comes with convenient rubber wheels. The model is quite heavy as it includes a 40-volt battery but it is quite convenient to use. A full charge should provide enough power for the snow thrower to run for 50 minutes.
- Well built
- Works only for 50 minutes before needing to be charged
2. Toro 38381 18-Inch 15 Amp Electric 1800 Power Curve Snow Blower
Toro 38381 is a great model that offers an excellent value for the money. It is a compact device that can handle large volumes of snow per hour. According to the manufacturers, the model can move up to 700 pounds of snow per minute which is quite a lot for its size. The model is also surprisingly affordable which is a great plus.
For the model, the manufacturers used a 15 amp electric motor. It is a corded version which means it can be used continuously for as long as it is needed. The clear width measures 18 inches and the depth are about 12 inches. The chute is adjustable while the low weight makes it easy to maneuver.
- 12-inch depth
1. GreenWorks 26032 12 Amp 20-Inch Corded Snow Thrower
GreenWorks 26032 12 is by far the most popular model in our list. It is a simple snow thrower that was made to be affordable and easy to use. It has been selling extremely well and it is easy to see why. The model works well and it can compete with much more expensive models despite being smaller.
What makes it such a great compact snow thrower is the powerful motor used. It has a 12 amp motor that can throw the snow at a 20-foot distance. Its clear width measures 20 inches while the depth is about 10 inches. The model is corded and can have its handlebars folded almost completely which means it takes very little storage space.
- Wide 20-inch clearing path
- Takes very little storage space
Things To Keep In Mind
While the clearing width matters a bit it is more important to look at the depth. A model that supports a larger depth means that the snow is easier to clear in one go. Throwing distance is not that important despite what some might believe. Width does help to get the job done faster but depth can also count when living in an area with heavy snows during the winter.
Another important aspect is to carefully consider what model to buy. Battery powered models tend to be more sensitive when using at temperatures below freezing point. Regardless, it is best to keep the snow blower inside a garage or at least somewhere away from the cold in order to avoid malfunctions. Another thing to think about is corrosion. Snow or water can cause some parts to be damaged by corrosion which means that it is important to properly store the snow blower and avoid having it soaking wet for long periods of time.