When you’re a kid, snow is one of the most magical things in the world. That white powder often brought with it seemingly endless days of cold-weather play time, snowball fights, the building of snowmen and countless other activities. Snow when you’re an adult? Well . . . it’s decidedly less fun. And it typically involves a whole lot of work. But it doesn’t have to!
Enter: snow blowers. For those parts of the country that receive feet of snow, a snow blower is just as essential as a lawn mower or a leaf blower. Saving not only time (but in most cases your back too) snow blowers make quick work of the slush and allow your kids (or even your inner kid) to run wild without worry. To help blow through winter’s worst, we’ve rounded up seven of our favorite snow blowers below.
1. Toro Power Max 824 OE Snow Blower
With a 24-inch clearing width and a 20-inch intake height, the Toro Power Max 824 OE snow blower is no match for winter’s worst. That height and width makes it easy to cut right through piles of snow with ease, while the Quick Stick control allows control of both the chute direction and deflector with a single motion for optimal control. Most importantly, the anti-clogging system actively looks at snow intake to prevent clogging so you can keep on plowing along. Ideal for larger amounts of snow (anywhere from 8″ to 14″) the Toro Power Max is our best overall snow blower for the sheer power and cleaning ability, making all the snow in your way, well, snow problem.
2. Ryobi Electric Snow Blower
While not as feature rich as other offerings on this list, the Ryobi Electric Snow Blower is still powerful enough to tackle the major of your snow-related issues. If you don’t mind the fact it’s a corded blower, the 13-amp motor will shuffle that powder right out of the way with ease, while the adjustable discharge spout allows for quick and full control over the directional output of the snow for up to 25 feet worth of throwing distance. With a one-touch start and handles that fold down, it’s easy to start and easy to tuck away once you’re done.
3. Troy-Bilt Storm Tracker 2890 Snow Blower
If you’re in an area that’s going to require a dedicated snow blower, it’s more than likely the case that you’ll be outside for a long while. For this reason, a feature like a built-in hand warmer can be such a difference when working with your hands (even if it is only to push something around). Plus with an included in-dash headlight, specialized “Touch N Turn” power steering, and a ton of power in the motor, you get a snow blower that can hit the snow just as hard as it hit you.
4. Greenworks Cordless Snow Blower
BEST HANDHELD OPTION
This handheld snow blower from Greenworks makes for a great solution for those that don’t want to do the manual labor of shoveling snow, but don’t want to fully invest in a real snow blower, either. With a 12-inch shoveling width, it’ll help you power through sidewalks and smaller driveways with ease. Additionally, the lightweight design makes it easy and comfortable to use over extended periods of use, helping you to move a lot in no time.
5. Husqvarna ST131 Snow Blower
Husqvarna’s ST131 Snow Blower is all about ease of use. Despite being a big and powerful blower, its main focus is to make snow cleaning as simple and efficient as possible. The heavy-duty auger system helps to cut through both hard and wet snow with ease, the electric start gets you off and running in the press of a button, the two-stage system helps by breaking down and crushing the snow before it even goes out of the thrower and the cleated track-drive system gives your feet better traction as you carve a path through. The ST131 won’t clean up snow entirely on its lonesome, but it comes pretty darn close, making its feature-rich offering well worth the price.
6. Briggs & Stratton 1022 Single Stage Snow Blower
With its 22-inch clearing width, this snow blower from Briggs & Stratton is well equipped for brutal snowfalls. Compact for not only easy storage, but ease of use, its 208cc engine is built specifically for snow, allowing for the most power even in the worst conditions. That small size allows it to be easily pivoted around corners without feeling too heavy or bulky. With a throwing distance of up to 30 feet, the pavement and sidewalks of your home will be clean in no time.
7. Snapper XD Single-Stage Snow Blower
In need of a new snow blower in anticipation of this season? Snapper’s XD Single-Stage Snow Blower is a great upgrade if you’re in need of replacing an older model for any reason. What we love about this model (in addition to its 20-inch width and 10-inch depth clearing power) is the dual lights on the front housing to provide a higher visibility when cleaning. With 20 feet of throwing distance, it’s not quite as powerful as other selections on this list, but for the price, it can’t be beaten.