If you have a large driveway, you may want a great snow blower that’s strong enough and big enough to get the job done quickly. So how do you avoid the disappointment of a subpar model and make sure you’re getting a great machine?
To help you shop for a high-quality snow blower, we’ve put together this list of this year’s six best snow blowers for large driveways. Based on our testing, we’ve written detailed reviews of each model, comparing price, durability, features, size, power source, and warranty, so you can find the snow blower that suits you best.
Read on for our ranking of the six best models, and stick around for our guide to their most important features.
|Briggs & Stratton 1696614|
|Snow Joe SJ623E||2 Years||4.3/5|
|Greenworks Snow Thrower||4 Years||4.2/5|
Our favorite snow blower for a large driveway is the Briggs & Stratton 1696614 24” 2-Stage 208cc Snowthrower, a powerful machine that justifies its higher price with quite a few useful features.
At 184 pounds, the 1696614 is a very heavy, sturdy machine, complete with a 208 cc engine with 9.5-foot pounds of torque. It offers a convenient choice of push-button or pull start and clears a large 24-inch-wide, 20-inch-tall path, so you’ll be able to quickly clear even the biggest driveway. With a friction disc transmission, LED headlights, and a one-handed driving feature, plus the ability to start at as low as -20° F, this gas-powered machine is feature-heavy and winter-ready.
Because the reversible steel skid shoes can be adjusted for different surfaces, this model is one of the best snow blowers for gravel driveways. In testing, it successfully cleared snow without throwing any stones.
With seven speeds and a generous three-year warranty, this machine may be a great choice. We did find that the assembly instructions were difficult to follow and Briggs & Stratton’s tech support is not great.
If you’re looking for a lower-cost option, the Earthwise SN74018 Cordless Electric 40-Volt 4Ah Brushless Motor, 18-Inch Snow Thrower could be your pick. Weighing a lightweight 35 pounds, this battery-operated model offers great value.
The SN74018 has a strong 40-volt engine, can clear an 18-inch wide, 12-inch tall path, and can throw snow up to 30 feet. With a smaller intake, you’ll have to spend a little longer clearing your large driveway, but the dual blade auger, 180-degree rotating chute, and LED headlights will make your job easier. The package includes the battery and charger, and with a battery-operated model, you’ll spend less time on maintenance.
Though it’s fairly easy to assemble, this model does not feel as durable as the higher-end models we tested. Earthwise offers a shorter one-year warranty.
If you regularly clear a lot of heavy snow and have room in your budget, the Husqvarna ST227P could be your best option. This heavy-duty two-stage machine is gas-powered and works well for large quantities of snow, ideal for a very large driveway. Able to clear paths 27 inches wide, it also comes at a much higher cost.
With maneuverable trigger-control power steering, comfortable heated handlegrips, and adjustable skid shoes, this heavy 240-pound machine works well and includes quite a few nice-to-haves. The instructions are easy to follow and the machine requires only minor assembly.
In testing, we found that the auger belt falls apart quickly and is difficult to replace. The machine’s inner plastic parts are less durable, and the reverse speed is very slow. Husqvarna backs up this model with a good three-year warranty for residential use. If you buy the ST227P for a commercial property, the warranty only covers 90 days.
This 33.7-pound electric model has a push-to-start 15-amp motor, a four-blade steel auger, and a halogen headlight. Its clearing path is on the smaller side, at 18 inches wide and 10 inches, though it can throw snow up to 20 feet. The package includes a chute cleanout tool.
Because it’s electric, the SJ623E must be plugged in at all times, so you’ll have to purchase a good outdoor-certified extension cord and be careful not to run it over. In testing, we found that this model didn’t work well with wet, heavy snow, so it may be better suited to lighter climates. Snow Joe offers a solid two-year warranty.
The Greenworks 20-Inch 13-Amp Corded Snow Thrower is another option, as a less expensive and lighter-weight electric model that clears a wide path. However, it’s not as well-suited to a large driveway because it feels less durable and doesn’t have as strong of a motor.
This light 32-pound machine has a 13-amp motor, dual LED headlights, and a 180-degree rotating chute. It can clear a 20-inch wide, 10-inch high path and throw snow up to 20 feet. Unfortunately, the auger is made of plastic and doesn’t feel durable, and the adjustable skids make pushing the snow blower difficult.
As an electric model, the Greenworks snow thrower must be plugged in, so you’ll have to purchase a good, outdoor-friendly extension cord. The motor isn’t as powerful as a gas model, and the single-stage design doesn’t work as well with large amounts of snow. Greenworks offers a generous four-year warranty.
Our least favorite model, the YARDMAX YB5765 Two-Stage Snow Blower, is a gas-powered two-stage machine with a strong engine and several useful features. Unfortunately, it feels surprisingly cheap, given its higher price and heavier weight.
This heavy 125-pound snow blower boasts a 6.5-HP, 196cc engine with recoil and push-button start options. Our favorite feature was the choice of seven self-propelled speeds, five forward and two reverse, that make pushing the machine easy. This model has heated handgrips, a control crank to adjust the chute, and a durable serrated steel auger. It can clear a 22-inch wide path.
In testing, we found that this model had clear instructions but required quite a bit of assembly. The machine feels unexpectedly cheap for its heavy weight and doesn’t seem as durable as it should be. YARDMAX offers a two-year warranty for residential use and a 90-day warranty for commercial use.
You’ve seen our list of the best models, but how do you narrow it down and find the best model for you? Keep reading to learn about the differences between the models and decide which will suit your needs.
Snow blowers typically come in two designs: one- and two-stage. This refers to the way the machine moves snow from your driveway through the auger and up the chute and will determine how effective the machine is at blowing snow. A one-stage snow blower uses its auger, the corkscrew-shaped component, to pull snow in and to push it up the chute. A two-stage snow blower uses its auger to pull snow in but has a separate high-speed impeller that pushes snow up the chute.
Single-stage snow blowers have less power and aren’t recommended for heavy-duty snow clearing, particularly deep, wet snowdrifts. All electric snow blowers are single-stage, but if you choose a gas model, you’ll have a choice of stages. If you have lighter snow, a simpler one-stage machine may be for you.
You have three major options for your snow blower’s power source: gas, electric, and battery. The strongest models, capable of clearing the most snow, work with gas. These models will require you to add gas and oil and are often heavier and more expensive. They may also require more maintenance.
If you don’t need to clear massive amounts of snow or would prefer a smaller machine, electric and battery-operated models may be for you. These models are typically cheaper, lighter weight, and easier to operate. Electric models must be plugged in to work, so you’ll have to purchase and maintain a good extension cord. Battery models will require you to charge and insert a battery and typically have push-button starts.
A major consideration when you’re looking to clear a big driveway is how wide a path the snow blower can clear. If the path is too narrow, you’ll have to make more trips back and forth, prolonging the chore. If you have a large driveway, you may want to look for a model that can clear at least a 20-inch-wide path.
The auger is probably the most important component of your snow blower. This is the corkscrew-shaped piece that pulls snow into the machine. Since it’s doing most of the work, you’ll want it to be both durable and well-designed. The strongest augers are made of steel, and you may want to avoid less-sturdy plastic augers.
If your driveway is made of gravel or any other loose material, you may want to look for models with skid shoes. These adjustable components will allow the snow blower to move over different surfaces without disturbing them, picking up snow without throwing underlying stones. Our favorite snow blower for gravel driveways is also our number one pick, the Briggs & Stratton 1696614.
Our favorite model is the Briggs & Stratton 1696614 24” 2-Stage 208cc Snowthrower, a powerful and sturdy two-stage machine with quite a few useful features. If your budget is a little tighter, you may be interested in the Earthwise SN74018 Cordless Electric 40-Volt 4Ah Brushless Motor, 18-Inch Snow Thrower, a lightweight, battery-operated snow blower that offers good value for your money. If you’re looking for a very powerful machine and have room in your budget, you may want to look at the Husqvarna ST227P, a high-end two-stage model that will make quick work of your large driveway.
Finding a great snow blower that will quickly clear snow off of your large driveway doesn’t have to be difficult. We hope that our ranking of the six best machines on the market, including battery, electric, and gas-powered options, along with our detailed reviews of each model, helps you start clearing your driveway much faster.
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