Finding a good two-stage snow blower for under $1,000 can be a real struggle. When you’re on a budget it can sometimes feel like you have to sacrifice quality in order to keep the bank account intact.
While this is sometimes true, it’s true a lot less often than you might think.
There are good budget options out there if you have the time to look for them. Unfortunately, time is something that many people are short on.
We get it. Between family and work, life can get pretty crazy, which means that it’s hard sometimes to do the research you’d like to do before making a purchase.
That’s why we’ve done your homework for you. We’ve studied the market, tested the snowblowers, and identified the 5 best options out there so that you don’t have to.
|Husqvarna ST224 24-Inch 208cc|
|Yard Machines 24-Inch 179cc||218 lbs||4.7/5|
|YARDMAX YB6270 24″|
(Best for the Money)
|Briggs & Stratton 1696610 208cc 24″||175 lbs||4.3/5|
|Powerland PDST32 32-Inch 389cc||271 lbs||4.1/5|
In the first place, we have the Husqvarna ST224. If you’re familiar with Husqvarna at all, it should be no surprise to see that they’ve topped our chart. The company is famous for making great yard maintenance equipment and this unit is no exception.
The first thing that we noticed about the Husqvarna was the machine’s overall user-friendliness. Husqvarna packs this unit tight with features that make the ST224 as comfortable and efficient to use as possible.
This is in part thanks to several plushy features that, while not necessary, will certainly be appreciated by most users. The ST224 features a quick start button that will make the machine easy to get going during even the coldest mornings, headlights for when your snow blowing sessions start before the sun rises, and heated handle grips that will help mitigate the cold during winter’s harshest days.
Of course, there’s also performance to consider. This unit features 6-speed settings for a customized approach to a variety of weather conditions, a ribbon auger that moves air through the snow to make it more manageable, and a high throwing capacity so that you can complete the job faster.
The biggest downside that we were able to identify here was the price. This is one of the more expensive options on our list, which means that shoppers hoping for a snowblower on the more affordable side will want to keep looking.
This aside, it’s a great snow blower!
In second place, we have the Yard Machines—a unit that will serve as a good option for buyers who weren’t entirely enthralled with the Husqvarna.
One of the first things that we noticed about this unit was that it boasts both value and solid features. Like the Husqvarna, the Yard Machines features an impressive throwing capacity, 6-speed settings, and impressive steel augers for making the snow more manageable.
It even features an electric start button that will make it easier to get the machine going during cold days. And you get all of these features at a price significantly less than that of the Husqvarna.
In terms of flaws, there’s not much to complain about. One thing that may affect some users significantly is the fact that you can’t legally use it in California because of its emissions.
We also found that repairs tend to be abnormally expensive on this unit, which does cut against the value a little bit.
These things aside, it’s a good snow blower that makes for an affordable alternative to the Husqvarna.
Third, and in our “best for the money” slot, we have the Yardmax YB6270. This unit found its place on our list by providing users with a combination of value and performance.
Of course, there’s more to the Yardmax than just an attractive price tag. Affordability aside, the first thing that we noticed about this unit was the sheer performance capacity it boasts.
The Yardmax features an impressive 7 horsepower motor that should do well handling most snow conditions, 6 speed settings for greater versatility, and serrated augers that are specifically designed to cut through ice and deeply compacted snow.
Of course, that’s not to say that the Yardmax is a perfect machine. One thing that we noticed about this snow blower that we weren’t so crazy about is that it’s difficult to assemble, which may be a hurdle for tool novices.
We also noticed that the Yardmax seems prone to stalling in particularly cold conditions, which will be a significant challenge for users who experience harsh climates.
These things aside, the Yardmax is a good snow blower that’s available at a great price.
In second to last place, we have the Briggs and Stratton. While there are some things that we like quite a bit about this snow blower, there are also aspects of the machine that make it very clear as to why it’s near the bottom of the list.
First, the good. The Briggs and Stratton features an electric start component to get it going easily, a decent motor for mild snow conditions, and a solid 3-year warranty that will keep you covered if unforeseen circumstances arise.
The problem with this unit is simply that it’s limited in what it will be able to do.
It’s hard to maneuver, difficult to put together, and it’s going to struggle a little bit in extreme conditions.
In short, if you’re looking for a snow blower that will be good for basic use, this one is something to consider. Otherwise, you may be better off with some of the other options on our list.
In our last slot, we have the Powerland. Like the previous unit we looked at, there are some things that the Powerland does right, but there are also plenty of departments where it struggles.
In terms of pros, it’s worth noting that this machine does have some attractive features. In fact, with a 13 horsepower motor, this is actually one of the most powerful snow blowers on today’s list.
It also features self-propelled wheels and a light frame, two qualities that will make it easy for users to maneuver it.
Unfortunately, there are several key issues that will need to be resolved before the Powerland tops any charts.
This machine just isn’t built well. The handlebars are flimsy, the motor seems to fail often in stormy conditions, and the one-year warranty provides very little relief from these issues.
To make matters worse, this is also one of the most expensive options on today’s list.
Though there are things to like here, ultimately most shoppers will probably be better off with a different option.
You’ve read the reviews, but perhaps you still aren’t quite sure which of these two-stage snow blowers are for you. Or, perhaps you still aren’t even sure of what you should be looking for in a snow blower.
If either of these things describes your situation, then read on for our buyer’s guide, where we’ll go over a few considerations that should make your decision simpler.
The type of snow blower that you’re going to be getting should be contingent on two factors: the needs of your home and the needs of your region.
Do you have a large property, or a smaller one? Is this for light personal use, heavier use, or perhaps even commercial use?
If you’re using the snow blower only for yourself and your property is moderately sized, you may be able to get away with selecting a more basic snow blower. If your property is bigger, you’ll probably want to think about getting something with more juice.
Even more important than the needs of your property are the needs of your region.
Do you live in an area that gets a lot of snowfall? If so, you need a blower that can take on heavier storms, regardless of how big your property is.
You probably noticed that some of the blowers on this list had plushy features that, while nice, weren’t exactly necessary.
While you don’t need features like hand warmers, or LED headlights, you may want to think twice before dismissing them as unnecessary.
Snow blowing can be hard and (usually) uncomfortable work. Extra features can make the process go a little bit quicker and a little bit smoother.
If you have it in your budget to buy a snow blower that has bonus features, you may want to think about doing it.
Obviously, this article already factors price into the buying equation, but still, “under $1000” can be a somewhat broad category that fits a wide range of budgets.
You can still find snow blowers out there that are affordable and effective even if you hope to spend well under $1000.
It just comes down to identifying what you need your snow blower to be able to do, and what features you can live without.
Remember, if your budget restricts you from getting all the features you might want (like some of the ones we mentioned in the last section), you can still find a good snow blower by focusing on the performance of the unit you’re looking at.
Our “best for the money” selection is a good example of a more basic snowblower that packs tons of value.
So, there it is. You’ve read the reviews and now you have a decision to make. Which of these products are you going to want to think about purchasing?
While we wouldn’t presume to tell you what to buy, it may help to keep in mind that we do actually have a couple of suggestions.
If you’re looking for the very best of the best, then you’re going to want to think about going with our top choice, the Husqvarna ST224 24-Inch 208cc.
On the other hand, if saving money is your primary concern, then you should appreciate the combination of value and performance that our “best for the money” pick, the YARDMAX YB6270, provides.
Of course, these are just our suggestions. Now that you’ve read this guide you can make your own informed decision.
To finish this post, I’d like to recommend reading this guide on how to make your outdoor deck look awesome this winter. It’s a good read. Which brings me to my question to you guys in the comments. Do you have any unique tips & tricks for preparing for the winter and the snow without wasting a bunch of hours and burning a ton of calories? I would love to hear them!
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Hi there! My name is Adam and I write for HealthyHandyman. I have a great passion for writing about everything related to tools, home improvement, and DIY. In my spare time, I'm either fishing, playing the guitar, or spending quality time with my beloved wife. You'll also often find me in my workshop working on some new project!