As snowstorms come and go, there are some tools that can really save the day when you’re trying to get to work in the morning. Whether you’re clearing the snowy sidewalk in front of your house or scraping your windshield pre-commute, being without the right tools is the difference between showing up to work and arriving late (and freezing). For this reason, we always keep a collapsible snow shovel in our cars.
As the name implies, collapsible snow shovels are wide-blade shovels designed to help you quickly and efficiently move snow from your path. We love them for their functionality, but their portability makes them a truly worthwhile buy. These shovels can fold down to the size of a small bag, making it easy to store them in your glove or trunk. And even better, many of the shovels we’ve listed come with additional tools (like scrapers and brushes), to help you get on the road in a snap. Check them out and save yourself the trouble the next time your car gets buried overnight!
1. FiveJoy Military Folding Shovel Multitool
Made entirely from high-quality materials including solid carbon steel and aerospace-grade aluminum, this lightweight tool only weighs 1.2 pounds, despite it’s amazing functionality. We also like that this shovel works just as well during the colder months as it does the warmer months, as it can serve well when camping or traveling outdoors. Throw it in your trunk for an unexpected snow pile-up or ice-build up.
Pros: Multi-use, lightweight and ergonomic design.
Cons: This shovel is on the shorter end, providing less leverage.
2. Lifeline 4004 Sport Utility Shovel
This shovel breaks apart into three separate pieces so storing it is easy no matter the size of your car. It’s adjustable between 26” and 32”, giving you the ideal leverage for digging out your car after a particularly brutal dump of snow. The shovel comes in six different colors so you can pick a tool to match your style.
Pros: Solid handle length for leverage, lightweight. Shovel is ISO certified.
Cons: Uncomfortable handle.
3. CARTMAN Sport Utility Scalable Snow Shovel
It weighs in at 1.3 pounds, can extend to 32″ and the slim design makes it easy to get underneath cars and behind tires to break apart stubborn snow build-up. CARTMAN’s shovel breaks down into three compact pieces for storage, and you can rest assured there’s no sacrifice of quality even though it comes in at an affordable price compared to other shovels on our list. The CARTMAN shovel is also available in three different colors.
Pros: Made from high-quality aluminum which allows it to be lightweight and durable.
Cons: Only comes in three colors, does not come with carrying pouch.
4. Rhino Folding Survival Shovel
The Rhino Folding Survival Shovel is 2 pounds of carbon steel and has a pickax built into the front to help break apart troublesome blocks of ice. What’s more, this handy shovel even packs saw teeth on one side to help you chew through any icy snow in your way. You get a lifetime guarantee with this one too, as well as a 100% satisfaction guarantee.
Pros: Made from durable carbon steel and packs a pickax as well as a saw blade to help break apart ice.
Cons: Max length only goes up to 23″.
5. NASUM Car Snow Shovel
This shovel comes with a scraper for your windshield and windows that you can swap out. The shovel itself extends out to 33” with three adjustable length options. We love that this shovel breaks apart easily and comes with a stellar 24-month warranty.
Pros: two-year warranty, 9.8″ scraper to help clear off windshields.
Cons: Plastic material is not as tough as the metal materials used in other shovels on our list.
6. multifun Snow Shovel Kit
Those blustery mornings after a snowstorm will be a breeze thanks to this triple-threat kit with everything you need to dig your car out and get your day started. Plus, every tool comes with an ergonomic D-shaped handle and soft foam grip making the work a little easier and significantly more comfortable. This kit comes with an ice scraper, a shovel and a snow brush.
Pros: Ergonomic handle and soft grip makes for easier work, three tools gives you a variety of options to choose from when battling snow.
Cons: Separate heads are easy to misplace.
7. Overmont Aluminum Snow Shovel
Our final shovel comes with its own ice scraper head for clearing your windshield after shoveling, and is easily assembled and disassembled in three parts. Made from anodized aluminum for supreme quality and durability. Comes in a compact carrying case to keep car clean when not in use.
Pros: Comes with a carrying case. Includes an ice scraper attachment.
Cons: Head is narrower than others on our list.