Best Budget Snow Blowers 2020 – Reviews & Buying Guide
If you live in an area that experiences high-density snowfall, there is truly no getting around the need for a good, reliable snow blower.
The problem is finding one. There are lots of different options out there, and while they may seem similar, you’re smart enough to realize that different snowblowers deliver significantly different results.
Buying any product the right way takes time and, unfortunately, that is a resource most of us are short on.
That is exactly why we have done your homework for you. Here we’ve identified a list of the best affordable snowblowers on the market. We studied the market, tested the products, and assembled everything that we learned into this guide.
Our 2020 Favorites Compared
|Best Overall||YARDMAX YB5765||
|Snow Joe Ultra SJ625E 21"||
|Best Value||WEN 5662||
|Poulan Pro 961840001||
|Snow Joe iON18SB||
The 5 Best Cheap Snow Blowers
1. YARDMAX YB5765 Snow Blower – Best Overall
In first place, we have the Yardmax YB5765. This unit earned itself a place in our top slot by providing buyers with the perfect combination of value and performance.
If you want a powerful snow blower than can smoothly change speeds, then the YARDMAX YB5765 is going to be something to consider. It boasts multiple speed settings that will empower you to take a more precise approach to the specific requirements of each unique snow situation.
The Yardmax also features an easy-to-start-engine, which will save you a lot of time and frustration in cold weather. Serrated steel augers will help you work through ice and tight snow
Perhaps most importantly, this unit is also engineered for optimal snow throwing distance with minimal snow blowback.
Of course, that’s not to say that the Yardmax is perfect. Like any product out there, there are several flaws that you, as a potential buyer, may want to take note of.
The biggest downside to this snowblower that we were able to identify is that it does require more assembly than the others listed.
If you’re experienced with tools, and with high-maintenance assembly, this may not be such a big deal. But it certainly does make the Yardmax a little bit less user-friendly than some of the other options that we’ll see today.
Aside from this issue, it’s still one of the best affordable snow blowers out there right now.
2. Snow Joe Ultra SJ625E 21-Inch Snowblower
Coming in at number two, we have the Snow Joe Ultra.
There’s a lot to like here. This machine has been optimized for maneuverability, with an easy to turn frame that will make it easy to give your property a comprehensive sweep.
The Snow Joe is also extremely efficient. The 15 amp motor that’s attached to this unit can move an impressive 800 pounds of snow per minute, which should enable you to quickly clear your driveway off.
All of this said, there’s a reason that the Snow Joe did not claim the number one slot. The biggest issue that we detected was that the machine seems to struggle with deep snowfall.
For regular situations, this product is going to hold up just fine. But if the snow builds up to over a foot, you may encounter some issues.
This aside, it’s a great alternative for people who aren’t as enthralled with the Yardmax as we were.
3. WEN 5662 Snow Blower – Best Value
In third place, and claiming our “best for the money” slot, we have the WEN 5662. Shoppers who are looking to get the best combination of value and performance that they can find are going to want to look long and hard at this unit.
Of course, there’s more to the WEN than just an attractive price tag. It’s also just a good snow blower. With a 13.5 amp motor, this unit is not quite as powerful as some of the other options we’ve seen today, but it’s still more than enough to handle most moderate-sized jobs.
The adjustable snow chute offers 180 degrees of movement, improving the machine’s overall utility.
The biggest issue that we identified with this snow blower is power. It’s just not as powerful as the top two options on our list.
Unfortunately, if the region that you live in is prone to heavy snowfall, this may not be a suitable choice for you.
Otherwise, it is a good snow blower that’s available at a great price.
4. Poulan Pro 961840001 Budget Snow-Blower
In fourth place, we have the Poulan Pro. Unfortunately, this unit is not quite as impressive as the last three that we looked at.
Reliability and consistency are critical when it comes to snow blowers (after all, these are sometimes used in emergencies) and unfortunately, both are departments in which the Poulan does not excel.
First, the good. This is actually one of the most affordable snow blowers that we’re going to be looking at today. If price is the main factor driving your buying decision then you may think about going with this option.
However, performance issues make the Poulan much less appealing. Its motor is just not up to snuff. A weaker motor means that it’s going to take a lot longer to do simple tasks, and that you’re going to be out of luck if you have a really deep snow.
The unit is also prone to stalling or dying in particularly cold conditions, which means that it may not be able to help you out much in an emergency situation.
While the price of the Poulan may make it seem appealing, most shoppers are probably going to be better off paying a little bit more to go with our “best for the money” pick.
5. Snow Joe iON18SB Snowthrower
Last, we have another Snow Joe product to look at. While the Snow Joe Ultra was impressive enough to claim our runner-up slot, it looks like there’s still some work to be done on the Snow Joe iON18SB before it can start topping the charts.
First, the good. Like the last unit that we looked at, this option is on the lower end of the price spectrum. Naturally, this makes it an appealing option for buyers on a budget.
It would even be fair to say that it benefits from some of the qualities that we liked about the other Snow Joe. For example, the build is pretty good, which means that it should stand up to typical wear and tear.
The problem is that the cons outweigh the pros with this unit. It’s hard to assemble, challenging to use, and it lacks the power that our better blowers have.
Battery life is also a problem. You’re going to be able to use this blower for around 30-40 minutes max, which may be fine for typical situations, but probably won’t be sufficient for severe weather.
Essentially, this blower is all right for very light use. But then again, light use isn’t what most people buy snow blowers for.
By now you’ve looked at five (mostly) top-notch snow blowers. Hopefully, after going over our reviews you have a pretty decent idea of what you’re trying to get out of this purchase. But if you don’t, that’s okay.
Even getting a budget snow blower can be a pretty big purchase, so you want to be as prepared as possible before making your final decision. If you still feel like you don’t have all the information necessary to make your selection, read on for a buyer’s guide that should help clear some things up. You definitely want to keep these things in mind if you’re looking to buy one of the best cheap snow blowers out there:
The Learning Curve
Snow blowers come with a learning curve. It’s not just about pushing the unit forward and watching the snow blow to the side or behind you: there is definitely a need to understand the ins and outs of the machine.
It’s for these reasons that it’s so important to make sure the snow blower that you choose is easy to use.
In other words, sometimes basic is better. Commercial grade snow blowers may have the appeal of being able to handle the most amount of snow the fastest, but they’re also designed to be used by the experienced hands of a professional.
Just like you don’t need a NASA computer to surf the web, you also don’t need a commercial-grade snowblower to accommodate the needs of your modest driveway.
If you’re new to snow blowing, get something that’s made for people who are new to snow blowing. Accounting for the learning curve before you make your purchase is going to save you a lot of frustration when the big snows come.
Needs of the Region
If the most snow you will ever get is going to be a light dusting, then you’re probably not going to need an expensive, high-powered snow blower.
On the other hand, if you’re expecting a decent volume of snow, you’ll want to invest in a snow blower that has a little bit more juice behind it.
Perhaps even more important than the learning curve is your location. If you live in an area that doesn’t get a lot of snow, you can save a bundle getting a simple option.
On the other hand, if you typically experience heavier snowfall then getting something that can handle it is a must.
Knowing your regional snowfall rates is critical to understanding what sort of performance you’re going to need your snowblower to be able to deliver.
Hey, we all have budgets. Even on a budget blower buying guide, some options are going to be more affordable than others. (You probably already noticed this.)
There are a couple of things that you need to think about when you’re considering the price of any product. The first is the actual sticker cost, i.e., what you’ll be paying when you make the purchase.
Obviously, this figure is going to have the biggest immediate impact on your wallet.
However, you also want to account for the value of the product. Value is a little bit harder to determine because it requires research. (Lucky for you, we already did the research on the five snow blowers listed above.)
Does the product perform well? Does it require a lot of repairs? Does it enjoy a long life expectancy?
When a product does the things that it’s supposed to do, and does them well, it can sometimes be worthwhile to spend more to get more.
A low price tag may at first seem appealing, but it’s a lot less valuable if you have to replace the machine within a year of buying it.
Remember, the trick to budget shopping is not to find the best price, but the best value.
Warranty seems almost too self-explanatory to even list here, right? You know why you need a warranty, but perhaps you aren’t so clear on what a warranty can tell you about a product.
There are a couple of reasons why you’ll want to get a product that has a strong warranty.
For one thing, longer warranties are obviously going to keep you covered if your product needs unexpected repairs or maintenance.
This is the aspect of warranties that everyone understands and appreciates.
But there’s a little bit more to it than that. Not only does a long warranty keep you covered in the event of unforeseen circumstances, but it also hints at how confident the manufacturer is in their product.
Companies that feel they have made a good tool are usually very willing to provide a solid warranty to back it up.
Why? Because they feel the tool is good enough that they won’t have a lot of customers needing to redeem the warranty.
On the other hand, when manufacturers haven’t made a great product, they’re usually a little bit less inclined to provide a strong warranty.
While the length of a product warranty should not be the main consideration you make as you set out to buy a snow blower, it is a good way to tell how confident a company is feeling about what they’ve made.
The main feature of a snow blower is, of course, to blow snow. However, there are some plushier features out there that can make the experience a little bit more comfortable—if you’re willing to pay for them.
Quick start buttons are a good way to ensure that you won’t get frustrated trying to start your snow blower in the freezing cold.
Heated handles are another feature to look out for. Though certainly not necessary to the overall function of the machine, they’ll keep you a little bit more comfortable during the harsh winter months.
Then there are LED headlights—also not necessary, but also very helpful. Keep in mind that you’re probably going to be using this product in the early hours of the morning.
The LED headlights are going to make it much easier to do a good, thorough job even before the sun comes out.
Well, there you have it. You’ve read our buyer’s guide, but now you have one final decision on your hands. Which of these snowblowers are you going to be taking home?
While it’s not our place to tell you how to spend your money, we do have a couple of recommendations that might help you out a little bit.
If you’re looking for the very best of the best (and you don’t mind paying for it), then you may want to try the YARDMAX—our top choice on today’s list.
On the other hand, if saving money is your top priority, then look no further than the WEN, our “best for the money” choice.
We hope that this guide helps you find the best inexpensive snow blower that will live up to your needs.
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