It isn’t uncommon for people to get injured while manually shoveling snow, so it’s logical to use a snow blower to assist with this mostly-grueling job.
If you’ve decided to purchase an electric snow blower but need some help deciding on the best one, we have carefully reviewed the best available models to take the hard work out of this task for you. We have created a list of in-depth reviews that covers areas like how fast the reviewed blowers work, their ease of movement, and reliability.
These reviews should help you narrow down your choices and hopefully result in you finding a snowblower that fits your needs.
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The Toro 38381 is made with several features that make it suitable for quickly clearing snow in several areas such as driveways, patios, and decks.
This corded, electric snow blower is powerful enough to move snow at a rate of 700 pounds per minute, yet it only weighs 25 pounds, making it easy to lug around. You can adjust the chute to change the direction snow is flung out of for convenience as well. It is also capable of throwing snow up to 30 feet away. In addition, the Toro 3831 has an 18-inch wide mouth and can handle snow piled up to 12 inches deep.
It is ergonomically designed which means that you won’t be uncomfortable while using it, and it has a cord-lock system that prevents the power from being disconnected while in use. In order to start the motor, you need to press both a trigger and a safety button at the same time. This can be a little awkward, but it works out.
This unit is equipped with large, 6-inch wheels which are great for maintaining traction in tricky winter conditions. Although it uses a lot of plastic parts it is still quite durable and can stand up to some abuse.
Overall, this machine is durable, and it feels great to be able to easily move it around since it’s so light. It’s also easy to store away until the next time you need it. Although electric snow blowers typically aren’t great for clearing away wetter snow or snow with a layer of ice beneath it, this snow blower can manage these conditions at a slower rate.
The Earthwise SN74018 isn’t as powerful as the Toro 3831 snow blower. It clears snow at a rate of 500 pounds per minute. However, considering that this unit is cordless, this is quite good. This rate of snow clearance alone makes this unit one of the best battery-operated snow blowers out there. Considering that this unit is battery powered, it also offers great value for money. Batteries can add expense, but this is close in price to the Toro 3831 which is great. This blower works well for sidewalks, alleys, and smaller driveways. Even with the added weight of the battery the SN74918 is still quite light, weighing in at 34 pounds.
The battery of the Earthwise SN74018 lasts for 45 minutes and it can clear a width of 18 inches of snow at 12 inches deep. It will also throw snow 30 feet. Its rotating chute gives you control over where exactly the snow is thrown.
The handle is comfortable and ergonomic, and this unit includes a safety button that ensures safe starting. This is also a smaller unit, making it maneuverable and easy to store. Two LED lights are mounted on the unit—great for use in low visibility situations. This is important for the short winter days.
This unit isn’t limited by a cord and can fit into some tight spaces. Battery life is also decent, being rated at 45 minutes. You’ll have plenty of time to clean up smaller areas. One thing to look out for is the possibility of the battery popping out when ploughing through heavy snow. This could lead to you constantly having to restart the machine.
Although the EGO Power+ 21” snow blower is electric and battery powered, it is still quite powerful. It is capable of handling both wet and dry snow and comes equipped with two powerful LED flashlights for operation in lowlight scenarios. It uses two proprietary batteries to provide the impressive power this unit is known for. The batteries are compatible with all other EGO Power+ products. Additionally, this blower is made with heavy-duty steel and composites, which makes it durable and able to stand up to challenging conditions.
This unit is capable of clearing snow at a rate of 1500 pounds per minute, and its battery is rated to last for 45 minutes. Also, it can clear an area of snow which is 21 inches wide and 13 inches deep, throwing it up to 35 feet away. The EGO Power+ has an adjustable auger that allows for adjustments to the snow throwing distance. The direction the snow is thrown can also be changed.
While a little heavier than corded electric snow blowers, weighing in at 60.6 pounds, it is still relatively light and can easily be moved around.
While this unit is powerful, the ergonomics could be a little better. The handle isn’t adjustable which makes operating it uncomfortable for some people. It also doesn’t handle uneven pavements very well. Although it is a powerful unit which can tackle jobs usually you would expect to have to do with a more powerful gas blower, you will still be limited by the batteries which will last around 45 minutes. Some jobs won’t be finished in just 45 minutes, especially if there is a lot of snowfall. Finally, the EGO Power+ is pricier than the number 1 and number 2 options which can be a deterrent for some. However, if you require a high-powered battery electric unit which can reach into places that can’t be reached by a corded electric blower.
The Toro 38361 is effective at clearing areas like doorsteps, sidewalks, walkways, steps, and decks. It can throw snow at a rate of up to 300 pounds per minute and thrusts the snow directly forward up to 20 feet away. This is a corded unit and will need to be plugged in. It can handle areas of snow up to 12 inches wide and 6 inches deep. It is super portable and lightweight, weighing just 13 pounds.
This power shovel is quite compact and can easily be packed away. It has a telescoping handle which lets users easily adjust the height for their comfort. This unit won’t be clearing any big snow piles, but it is a useful secondary unit to have for clearing things like steps.
The Snow Joe SJ625E electric single stage snow thrower, weighing in at 35.7 pounds, that is great for clearing mid-sized driveways and walkways.
This unit can clear snow at a rate of 800 pounds per minute. It’s corded so you will have to bear that in mind while manipulating the machine. It can clear an area of snow 21 inches wide by 12 inches deep. It will throw snow up to 20 feet away and has an adjustable chute for controlling the direction of snow discharge.
The Snow Joe comes with all terrain wheels and is easy to maneuver. It can also be stored easily which is great for conserving garage space. Note that this unit can struggle with snow piles approaching 12 inches.
The Wen 5662 is a compact unit which throws snow at a rate of 490 pounds per minute. It’s light, weighing just 32 pounds and it’s well suited for using in areas such as small driveways, and decks. This is a corded unit and can clear areas of snow up to 18 inches wide and 7 inches deep. It can throw snow up to 20 feet away and has an adjustable chute for controlling the direction of snow output. The vertical angle of the snow discharge can also be adjusted. The Wen 5662 is designed with the user in mind and has an extension cord wrangler which prevents extension cords from being unplugged while the unit is in use.
The Snow Joe SJ615E corded electric snow blower is ideal for smaller jobs such as clearing snow from mid-sized driveways, and walkways. It is also easy to maneuver and carry, weighing just 24.3 pounds.
It can remove snow at a rate of 441 pounds per minute and can clear areas 15 inches wide by 8 inches deep. This unit can throw snow up to 20 feet away. In addition, the chute can be rotated to control the direction snow is thrown out.
This Snow Joe machine is lightweight so it can be easily maneuvered by most and easily stored. It appears that this blower doesn’t quite achieve its rating of clearing snow that’s 8 inches deep.
This corded electric snow thrower is great for clearing patios, driveways, and walkways. Weighing in at 37 pounds, it’s light enough to be handled and stored easily.
This unit can cut through snow up to 18 inches wide and 9 inches deep. It’s comfortable to operate; the hand grip is coated with foam and it has an oversized carrying handle which simplifies transport.
This is a great companion to have for lighter snow fall. It will have difficulty with wetter snow and doesn’t provide an extension cord routing mechanism to prevent it from getting it in the way.
This unit will work like a charm with drier snow and won’t cause discomfort during use. Watch out for the extension cord getting in your way.
This corded snow blower weighs in at 39.68 pounds and is well suited for mid-sized driveways, and walkways. It can handle areas of snow 18 inches wide and 10 inches deep, and throws snow up to 30 feet away. Its 180 degree adjustable chute allows users to set the direction snow is blown in.
The Xtreme PowerUS snow blower is easy to maneuver since its wheels which can glide over different types of snowy terrain. This machine is better suited for light snow and doesn’t do well with uneven pavement.
This lightweight, corded snow thrower is easy to store and maneuver. Its handles are designed with comfort in mind. It weighs in at 32.41 pounds which means that it’s simple to hoist around and store.
It can clear snow areas up to 18 inches wide and 9 inches deep and has an adjustable chute for controlling the direction of snow discharge. It can throw snow up to 30 feet away.
The handle bars of the WORX WG650 are equipped with “quick-clamps” which makes the handlebar quickly and easily adjustable for the user’s comfort.
It can be tough to manage extension cords with this unit since it doesn’t have a great cord management system. This snow blower will get the job done for light snow.
We have examined some of the best electric snow blowers available on the market above but it’s still useful to have an idea of what makes a good electric snow blower. You may need this information if you decide to go for a different model. Having this knowledge will also help you understand more about your potential snow blower and even provide you with details that could give you the information you needed to educate others about choosing a snowblower.
The point of an electric snow blower is the fact that it saves effort. You should therefore look for a blower that is lightweight, and/or has wheels that allow it to be pushed across all different types of terrain recently.
If you choose to buy a corded electric snow blower, be advised that you will be limited by the length of the extension cord. Longer distances will also require thicker extension cords.
A cordless electric snowblower is more convenient in the sense that it isn’t tethered. However, if you require a blower than needs to work for an extended period (1 hour or more) then you should opt for a corded blower.
Corded electric snow blowers are a little more powerful in general than their cordless counterparts on the other hand. If you have some tougher areas to work on then consider a corded blower.
There will be some limitations whether you choose a corded or a cordless model in terms of range.
With a corded model you will have to be mindful of the length of extension cord you’re using. The longer the cord needed, the larger gauge it should be. There will be a noticeable voltage drop over longer lengths, which puts your extension cord under heavier load. To compensate, you will need to bump up the thickness of extension cord used.
In some cases, a cordless electric snow blower is more desirable. It could be that there aren’t any electrical outlets near to where you need to work or you might not want to deal with the hassle of an extension cord. Whatever, the case the capacity of the battery in your blower will limit you. You’ll have to take into consideration the amount of snow you usually have to deal with in your area and the rate at which your blower is rated to work at. If it can clear the snow fast enough in one outing then you’re golden. If not, then you may want to consider a corded electric blower or a gas electric blower.
Wider blowers will be able to suck up a bigger area of snow on one pass. This is something to bear in mind when making your purchase. If you have a smaller driveway this may not be as big of a deal to you.
The maximum depth of snow that a unit can handle is also critical. If you tackle a pile of snow deeper than the machine is rated for, you could run into trouble and possibly clog your machine. This means that tackling deeper piles of snow than your machine is rated for will require either another snow blower or some manual labor with a shovel.
The rate at which a snow blower clears snow is also important to consider. This rate is usually quoted in pounds of snow per minute. The rate dictates how fast you can keep your blower moving forward through an area with snow.
If you’re in the market for an electric snow blower, check out the Toro 3831 which we think is the best snow blower overall. The Earthwise SN74018 offers the best value for money, while the EGO Power+ 21” is our premium choice. It’s a little simpler but the Toro 38361 is our favorite shovel.
These are all great choices but please also take note of what makes an electric snow blower good. A good electric snow blower should be maneuverable, it should allow you to reach the areas you want to work in, and it should clear snow at a reasonably fast pace to justify not just using a shovel.
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