If you are in the market for a snow blower, you’re probably quickly learning that there’s more to consider than you ever would have guessed.
Every homeowner (or professional, for that matter) has their own unique set of needs which can make it a challenge to find the snow blower that’s just right.
Finding the right product takes time and that, unfortunately, is a precious resource that many people don’t have. You don’t want to spend what precious little free time that you have researching the “best 24-inch snow blowers,” do you?
Of course not! That’s why we’ve done your homework for you. We’ve studied the markets, tested the products, and assembled a guide filled with information that will help make your decision simple.
|YARDMAX YB6270 24″|
|Husqvarna ST224 24-Inch||199 lbs||4.7/5|
|Briggs & Stratton 1696610 208cc 24″|
(Best for the Money)
|Snow Joe ION8024-XR 24-Inch||106 lbs||4.3/5|
|PowerSmart DB72024PA||187 lbs||4.1/5|
In first place, we have the Yardmax. This unit claimed the top spot on our list by offering an impressive combination of high performance and good value.
One of the first things that we noticed about this machine is the plethora of speed settings that it provides. With 6 different options, users should have no trouble at all optimizing the Yardmax’s performance to suit the needs of their present situation.
The unit also features serrated augers that are optimized for working through deeply packed snow and ice—a feature that will be much appreciated by users who have previously tried to clear snow by hand.
Last but not least, it excels in the performance department. This machine ensures two things: one, that you aren’t blowing the same snow over and over again, and two, that you aren’t getting covered in snow as you work.
Of course, the machine is not without flaws. One thing that we noticed is that it’s prone to clogging, which is naturally frustrating.
That aside, it is a good, high performing snow blower that most owners will be happy to own.
If you are at all aware of Husqvarna, you may be a little bit surprised that they didn’t manage to land our top spot.
The company does have a reputation for making great yard maintenance products, and this blower is certainly no exception.
There’s a lot to like here. The unit features LED headlights so that you can work with a relatively good field of vision if you have to clear your driveway in the early hours of the morning. Also, an electric start component ensures that you’ll be able to turn on the blower even in very cold conditions.
The unit also features 6-speed settings and heated handle grips to keep you (relatively) comfortable while you work.
There is indeed plenty to like here, though it’s worth mentioning that there are a couple of reasons that the Husqvarna didn’t make it into our top slot.
For one thing: price. This unit is more expensive than the Yardmax but performs similarly. We’ve also heard from users who claim that the impeller function is vulnerable to yard/driveway debris. Several people have even mentioned that small rocks or twigs have temporarily taken out their Husqvarna.
These things aside, it is a good snowblower for buyers not infatuated with the Yardmax.
In third place, and claiming our “best for the money” slot, we have the Briggs and Stratton. This is a great option for budget shoppers (who still want good results) to consider.
One of the first things that we noticed about the Briggs and Stratton is that it’s well-built. The entire frame, as well as the augers (for wiping out ice and deeply compacted snow), are made out of durable stainless steel.
Because of this, users should be able to use the unit for a long time without worrying about external damage from typical wear and tear.
Like the Husqvarna, the Briggs and Stratton also features an electric start component, which comes in handy for extremely low temperatures.
Last but not least, it even comes with 2-speed settings. Though this isn’t quite as comprehensive as the 6 that we saw with the last two, it’ll still give users the opportunity to customize their work.
All of this said, there are reasons that this blower didn’t make it into the top two.
One thing that users have reported (almost across the boards) is that this tool is hard to put together.
Another thing that we noticed is that the Briggs and Stratton struggles a little bit with wet, slushy snow.
These things aside, it’s a good buying opportunity for budget shoppers.
In our second to last slot, we have the Snow Joe. On the surface, this blower actually looks pretty decent. The motor seems all right, and it even benefits from some of the features that we appreciated in the higher-end units.
The Snow Joe features 4 different speed settings, and it even includes headlights for when you have to clear a path in the dark.
Unfortunately, there are a few serious cons that keep this unit near the bottom of our list.
The unit is hard to start and difficult to keep running in the cold. The battery life is short (30 minutes maximum) and the chute seems to get stuck with regularity.
In short, the Snow Joe succeeds in concept but has a few bugs to work out.
In last (and unfortunately, we do mean last) place, we have the PowerSmart. Like the Snow Joe, this unit looks all right at a glance, but it suffers from debilitating shortcomings in the performance department.
First, the good. The Powersmart does have an impressive 6-speed settings.
Unfortunately, a variety of cons outweigh this feature. The unit is hard to start, prone to leaking gas, and it stalls regularly in cold weather.
In short, like the Snow Joe, the PowerSmart has a lot of bugs to work out.
You’ve read the reviews, but you still aren’t quite sure which snow blower is right for you. If that describes your situation, read on for a guide detailing some important buying considerations to keep in mind.
When it’s cold (which is most of the time when you’re using a snow blower) it can sometimes be hard to get the motor started.
An electric start feature is going to mitigate this problem, making it considerably easier to get the machine up and running.
Plushy features aren’t necessary, but they are nice, especially when you take into consideration the fact that blowing snow is often uncomfortable work.
Features like headlights will make it easy to work in the dark (which, let’s face it, will probably happen a lot), while hand worming handles like we saw in the Husqvarna will keep you relatively comfortable as you clear out the driveway.
Having a few different speed settings on hand is going to be a great way to address the individual needs of each unique job.
Since no two snow situations are exactly the same, it can be immensely beneficial to have settings that are optimized for heavier snowfalls, fluffier snowfalls, and so on and so forth.
And that’s that! You’ve read your reviews of 24-inch snow blowers, but now you’re still left with the hard part: deciding which of the units that we looked at today is going to be right for your needs.
If, after reading our guide, you still aren’t quite sure which snowblower you would like, you may find it helpful to remember that we do have a couple of recommendations.
If quality is king at your house, you’re likely to appreciate our top pick, the YARDMAX YB6270.
On the other hand, if saving money on a quality product is your primary objective, then you’re probably going to gravitate more toward the Briggs & Stratton 1696610 208cc, which won our “best for the money” slot since it produces good results at a great price.
Of course, our goal is to inform, not instruct. Now that you have the information provided in this guide, you can make your own educated decisions.
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