Prices are accurate at the time of publication.
A good snowblower should efficiently clear snow, be easy to operate, and last through many winters.
Our top choice is Toro's 37798 because of its quality construction and 24-inch clearing width.
If you're not quite ready to buy a snowblower, check out our guide to the best snow shovels.
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When winter is in full swing and snowstorms are frequent, it's time to pull out the right tool for the job: the snowblower. This type of snow-removal equipment clears snow quickly with minimal effort, making it a must-have for anyone who lives in a place where snowfalls are common.
To find the best snowblowers, we reached out to an expert on the topic, Derek Palma, Midwest regional parts and service manager of Northern Tool + Equipment. If you're not sure what to look for when buying a snowblower, you can read his advice here.
Here are the best snowblowers in 2021Best snowblower overall: Toro 37798 Power Max 824 OE 24-Inch Two-Stage Gas SnowblowerBest snowblower on a budget: Snow Joe SJ627E 22-Inch SnowblowerBest single-stage snowblower: Toro Power Clear 38753 721 E 21-Inch Gas SnowblowerBest cordless electric snowblower: Ego SNT2102 21-Inch Cordless Electric SnowblowerBest electric snow shovel: Greenworks 2600802 12-Inch Electric Snow ShovelBest snowblower overall
The Toro 37798 Power Max 824 OE 24-Inch Two-Stage Gas Snowblower and its powerful 252cc engine will allow you to clear large driveways with minimal effort.
Power source: GasWeight: 184 poundsWidth: 24 inchesThrow distance: 45 feetWarranty: 3-year limited
Pros: Far throw distance, variable speed, remote chute control
An impressive 24-inch width gives this Toro 37798 Power Max blower the ability to carve a wide swath. Combined with the 20-inch depth, it allows you to clear a huge amount of snow with every pass. This productivity means that not only will you do less work, you'll also get finished much faster than you would with a smaller blower.
As Palma recommended, we made sure that our top pick included an easy chute-control system. The straightforward chute controller of the Toro Power Max 824 OE allows you to easily and quickly adjust the direction of the expelled snow. You move the joystick-style controller wherever you want the chute to go, and since it's mounted on the main control panel, you can always stay safely behind the machine at all times.
The heavy-duty rubber tires are 4 inches wide, allowing you to use this blower on relatively steep slopes, and it will maintain traction without sliding and slipping around.
If you know you'll be tackling large amounts of snow and want to be prepared to move it safely and effectively, we're confident that this model is a great choice. However, it is very expensive, and if you have a smaller area to work with or don't get a lot of snow, you might want to consider a more compact option.
$1199.00 FROM HOME DEPOTBest snowblower on a budget
The length of your power cord will limit you, but the low price and 22-inch width of the Snow Joe SJ627E Snowblower still make it a great choice for some users.
Power source: Electric, cordedWeight: 34.6 poundsWidth: 22 inchesThrow distance: 25 feetWarranty: 2 years
Pros: Low price, instant start, LED headlights, includes a chute cleaning tool
Cons: Limited to length of power cord, not practical for clearing large areas
This Snow Joe unit costs significantly less than our other blower options but should still be a valuable alternative to using a snow shovel. It's not as portable as cordless options; you'll need to plug it into your home's power outlet. Since it's better suited for walkways and decks, this limitation should be less of an issue.
The Snow Joe SJ627E has a relatively easy chute adjustment system and a convenient electric quick start. Our expert recommends both features when you're looking for a snowblower. A rotating handle on the primary handle allows you to swivel the chute up to 180 degrees, and twin LED headlights also increase visibility and safety in low-light conditions.
Another valuable feature of this blower is its lightweight design, which makes it much more comfortable to push and steer than heavier models. If you don't have a lot of space to clear, it's much more practical to move a 35-pound machine than one weighing twice as much, especially considering it's not self-propelled. You'll appreciate this light weight if you plan on carrying it up a set of stairs to clear off a deck.
$169.00 FROM THE HOME DEPOTOriginally $224.86 | Save 25%Best single-stage snowblower
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The Toro Power Clear 38753 721 E 21-Inch Gas Snowblower is lightweight and self-propelled, perfect for light jobs.
Power source: GasWeight: 84 poundsWidth: 21 inchesThrow distance: 35 feetWarranty: 2 years
Pros: Compact, lightweight, easy to maneuver, self-propelled
Cons: Not meant for heavy snowfalls, no headlight
If you need a light-duty blower to handle sidewalks, pathways, decks, or small driveways, this single-stage blower from Toro is a great choice. It's small enough to be easy to maneuver and operate but still has a wide, 21-inch width to make it productive. Its self-propelled mechanism is another convenient perk, allowing you to finish the job with minimal effort.
Although the chute adjustment handle isn't as convenient as others — it uses a long handle attached to the chute instead of a controller mechanism up by the handle — it's still straightforward to use and allows you to stay completely behind the machine while you work. The electric start mechanism also makes this model a good choice for those who lack sufficient upper body strength or dexterity or who just want the option of opting out of a pull-start.
Even though this single-stage machine doesn't have the power of a two-stage blower, it can still power through snow up to 9 inches deep and launch it 35 feet away. Palma recommended Toro as one of his most trusted blower brands, citing its machines' ability to perform when you need them to.
$649.00 FROM ACE HARDWARE$699.00 FROM THE HOME DEPOTBest cordless electric snowblower
If you don't want to bother with gas and snow in your area is measured in inches instead of feet, then the Ego SNT2102 21-Inch Cordless Electric Snowblower is a great choice.
Power source: Lithium batteriesWeight: 51 poundsWidth: 21 inchesThrow distance: 35 feet Warranty: 5-year tool, 3-year battery
Pros: Twin headlights, relatively quiet operation
Cons: 45-minute run time might be too short for some
Even though it might lack the raw power of a gas model, Ego's battery-powered blower is still packed with a nice amount of useful features. A pair of LED headlights make it ideal for use in low-light conditions.
Your neighbors will thank you since it's significantly quieter than its gas-powered counterparts. It's powerful enough to handle depths of up to 10 inches and launch snow a nice medium distance away.
We're also big fans of the fact that this blower includes two 5.0Ah batteries, allowing you to keep one on the charger while you're working. These two batteries, combined with the 40-minute charging time on the rapid charger, mean that you won't need to worry about running out of juice while you work. The convenient LED charging indicator makes it easy to know how much time is left before they're fully charged. This blower is also a convenient option for those short on storage space, thanks to a foldable handle that collapses down.
The main drawback is that the Ego SNT2102 is not self-propelled, so you'll have to use a bit more elbow grease when using this blower. We consider this blower a great choice for areas with relatively light snowfalls and homeowners who don't want to deal with messy fuel.
$649.00 FROM LOWES$649.99 FROM ACE HARDWAREBest electric snow shovel
A low-cost alternative to a snowblower, the Greenworks 2600802 12-Inch Electric Snow Shovel will take up significantly less room in the garage.
Power source: Electric, cordedWidth: 12 inchesWeight: 14 poundsThrow distance: 20 feet Warranty: 4-year limited
Pros: Lightweight, low price, easy to use
Cons: Only for light-duty use
Although it's technically not a snowblower, this power shovel from Greenworks could be a great choice for those who lack the space for a larger machine. Its 12-inch width isn't practical for large areas, but this compact size does make it a versatile option for tasks that bulkier blowers wouldn't be able to handle, like, clearing narrow pathways. It's also easier to carry up and down the stairs to clear off an elevated deck.
A secondary, weed whacker-style handle makes it comfortable to use and should help maintain control and reduce arm fatigue as you go. Best of all, it will take up about the same amount of space as a shovel.
The Greenworks Electric Snow Shovel will require a bit more effort to use than a self-propelled snowblower but should still be much more comfortable than a standard snow shovel. Plus, it launches snow further than you could on your own.
We've used a variety of Greenworks power tools in our time, including leaf blowers and lawn mowers, and have always been impressed with how well they perform. If you're looking for a reliable, light-duty tool for clearing snow, this should get the job done.
$99.00 FROM AMAZONSnow blower shopping considerations and tips
Honda HSS928AT 28-Inch Hydrostatic Track Drive 2-Stage Gas Snowblower: This Honda blower was our top pick until supply issues made it unavailable. Its tank-style treads make it ideal for heavy-duty blowing projects, and the impressive 28-inch width makes it perfect for extra-large jobs. Its electric start and remote chute control make it comfortable and convenient to use as well.
Wen 5662 Snow Blaster Electric Snow Thrower: Our previous budget pick, this corded Wen blower is still a great option, but supply issues have made it harder to find. The chute can be easily adjusted with a convenient handle, and its 18-inch width should be sufficient for most light-duty blowing tasks.
Toro 39909 Power Shovel: This shovel-style model is powered by a 60V battery pack, making it extremely convenient for carrying up and down exterior stairs or out to the sidewalk. It's fairly expensive, but its two-speed operation and 12-inch width could make it worth the investment to the right customer. This is another blower that's currently unavailable and should hopefully be back on our list soon.
Ryobi RY40890VNM Brushless Single-Stage Snowblower: This popular Ryobi model could be a great choice for those looking for a relatively affordable battery-powered model, although its lack of a second battery did keep it out of our top five. We'd especially recommend this blower if you already have other Ryobi power tools and already have a supply of extra batteries on hand.
Our snowblower research methodology
Although I've used my share of snowblowers, I reached out to a certified expert in the field to ensure I had a good grasp of the current market and user needs. After reviewing and collecting a number of popular blower models on my own, I contacted Derek Palma, Midwest regional parts and service manager of Northern Tool + Equipment, to help point me in the right direction.
Palma walked me through what to look for when considering a blower, the pros and cons of battery versus gas, and his specific brand recommendations based on his extensive experience. Using all of this information and recommendations, I assembled the list of options listed above.
Snowblower FAQsWhat are the best snowblower brands?
When I reached out to Palma regarding the best snowblower brands, Honda was his top pick. "Honda only makes high-quality blowers," he said. "Their two-stage blowers are usually the most expensive, but I feel they are the best." He added that the service techs at Northern Tool think Honda machines are the best as well. Palma added that Toro is also high quality.
Due to supply issues, we weren't able to include any Honda models on our list. As soon as an appropriate model is in stock, we'll be sure to add it to our list.
What is the difference between a single- or two-stage blower?
All snowblowers use some type of rotating auger to capture snow. Single-stage blowers use a rotating, fast-moving auger that, when moved over packed snow, both captures the snow and launches it out of a chute in a single step.
Two-stage snowblowers are similar, but after using the auger to capture the snow, they use a separate propeller to launch the snow through the chute. There are also three-stage blowers, which add another auger to chop and break up compacted snow.
Which is better: gas or electric snowblowers?
"Gas is still the king," said Palma. "If you're buying one blower, make it a two-stage gas." Those are the best all-around blowers for all conditions, he said. If you prefer to avoid buying and dealing with fuel and oil, you might want to consider an electric model, though, especially if you don't have a ton of area to cover.
Although corded models are convenient for their hassle-free startup — just plug them in, and you're good to go — you're also limited to the length of your power cord. Battery-powered machines allow you more portability, but you'll still have to keep an eye on the battery run time, which is usually shorter than a gas-powered option. Electric blowers are typically less powerful than gas-powered machines and are better suited for light-duty work.
What size snowblower is best?
Palma recommends snowblowers between 18 to 28 inches for most homeowners. If you have especially small areas to tackle, a power shovel like the 12-Inch Greenworks Electric Snow Shovel could still be a good choice.
What are some important features to look for when considering a snowblower?
Palma explained that the first thing to consider is what exactly you need the blower to do. If you'll be tackling an entire driveway, he recommends a two-stage blower.
But if you'll be sticking to sidewalks, garage aprons, and decks, a single-stage blower would be a better choice. Palma also recommended choosing a blower with an easy chute-control system, saying "simpler is better here." He also added that an electric start is a valuable feature as well.
When is the best time to buy a snowblower?
The best time to buy a snowblower is before it actually snows. Prices for snowblowers generally go down in early spring through the fall, but you can still score major discounts during Black Friday and Cyber Monday.
What is the best snowblower for a gravel driveway?
Since single-stage blowers maintain contact with the ground while they work, they're not suited for gravel driveways. Two- or three-stage blowers feature augers that you can adjust and raise off the ground, making them ideal for use on gravel.
Should I buy a snowblower?
Deciding whether or not to purchase a snowblower depends on a few factors, including the frequency and average amount of snowfall in your location. If you live in an area that has a few snowstorms a year with 6 inches of snow each, a snowblower could be a helpful investment.
The size of your property is also important, especially if you have a large driveway, sidewalks, or stairs. Consider that it takes time to prep, use, and store the snowblower every time, and you'll still have to shovel tight spaces like stairs or around cars.
You'll get the most use out of a snowblower if it regularly takes your household more than half an hour to fully shovel your property.
The best deals on snow blowers from this guide
A snow blower can save you time and labor in the winter months, especially if you live in a place where it snows frequently. Before choosing a snow blower, it is important to consider factors such as price, whether you want it to be gas or electric-powered, and the size of your property.
The best time to buy a snow blower is before it actually snows. Prices for snow blowers generally go down in early spring through the fall, but you can still score major discounts during Black Friday and Cyber Monday.
Here are the best deals on our favorite snowblowers.
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