Best Snow Throwers: Our 2017 Consumer Guide
Last Updated October 2017
Are you prepared for the snowfall this year? Get yourself equipped and ready for the snow before it makes an appearance. Depending on the area you live in, and how much snow you get, depends on what type of snow thrower you will need. Our best snow thrower buyer’s guide will help you choose the snow blower for you.
Picking The Right Snow Thrower For You
Do you need an electric or gas powered? Do you need a single, stage two or stage three snow thrower? To find the best snow thrower for your needs, you need to consider the size of the area you are going to be clearing the snow from. What is the typical snowfall and what are the benefits to each type of snow thrower.
These are our top picks, so if you know what type of snow thrower you need then use our quick look chart. If you would like more in depth info on different types of snow throwers then read on…
The Best Snow Thrower On The Market Right Now in 2017
Lets take a look at the differences and help you decide which one will best suit you.
Single Stage Snow Thrower
Single stage snow throwers are best used on driveways and walkways with snowfall less than 6 inches deep. This type of snow thrower varies in size from a vacuum cleaner to a walk behind lawnmower. They are compact and lightweight which makes them ideal if you only get light snowfall and want to keep a small driveway and walkways clear.
If you have heavy snowfall these can become ineffective though. They don’t have a separate impeller to throw the snow, they use an auger, which scoops and throws the snow through a chute. You must be careful if you have a gravel driveway, as this type of snow blower will throw the gravel if the auger comes in contact with it.
A single stage snow thrower can take all the effort away from shovelling the snow, and is the smallest type of snow thrower, using the least amount of storage.
Stage Two Snow Thrower
The stage two snow thrower models can move up to 16 inches of snow. These are better used on long or wide driveways. They are driven by motor powered wheels, which can make your task a lot easier, especially if you have a driveway with a slope. They work in the same way as the stage one snow thrower but they have a impeller behind the auger to help throw the snow out of the chute. They can be used on gravel, as the auger does not come in contact with the ground. These models are bigger than the stage one model and will take up more storage.
Stage Three Snow Thrower
Stage three snow throwers can move over 18 inches of wet and heavy snow. It operates the same way as a stage two snow thrower but it has an accelerator. The accelerator moves faster than an auger and therefore moves the snow a lot quicker.
Electric or Gas Powered Snow Thrower
The difference between gas-powered snow thrower and electric snow thrower are quite significant. Electric snow throwers are virtually maintenance free, do not require oil changes or tune ups, and do not require any special care before long periods of storage. Electric models are much quieter than the quietest gas-powered snow throwers, and are completely pollution free, as they do not put out any fumes. Electric snow throwers are much lighter.
However, electric snow throwers are limited in their power. Most electric snow throwers draw between 10 and 15 amps and therefore generate 1.5 to 2 HP at the motor. If the US had 220V or 240V power supply like in many other countries, you could get much more powerful electric snow throwers but as it stands, the power of the snow thrower is limited by the power supply.
All electric snow throwers require a cord to operate them. Their range is therefore limited to the length of the cord.
The cord not only limits the range of electric snow throwers, but can also cause other problems. The operator has to be conscious of where the cord is and make sure that the snow thrower does not run over the cord at any time.
Electric snow throwers are never self-propelled. They rely on the operator to push them across the area to be cleared of snow. The auger helps at times by pulling the machine forward.
Click on the features below and this could help you decide which model to choose when buying a snow blower
Table of contents
- Electric Start
- Single Hand Interlock
- Remote Chute and Deflector Rotation
- Power Steering
- Track Drive
- Skid Shoes
- Hand Warmers
Now you can read a little more into each snow thrower and decide which one will be best for you
GreenWorks Pro 2600602 80V 12-Inch Cordless Snow Shovel, 2Ah Battery and Charger Included
GreenWorks PRO 80Volt lithium ion battery powered snow shovels help you move a lot of snow in a short period of time. it has a charge time of just 30 minutes and can last up to 45 minutes. it is very light at just 15lbs. this snow thrower is ideal if you want to clear your pathways and decks around the home and you there is no cord to hold you back.
Snow Joe Ultra SJ623E 18-Inch 15-Amp Electric Snow Thrower with Light
Make quick work out of the heavy white stuff nature throws your way with this offering from Snow Joe. The Snow Joe Ultra SJ623E Boast a 15-amp motor, this snow-throwing dynamo can move up to 720 pounds of snow per minute! Its durable, 4-blade rotor, constructed of heavy-grade steel, cuts a full 18-inch wide by 10-inch deep path of snow with each pass. Easy-glide wheels make the Snow Joe Ultra super easy to turn and manoeuvre. The scraper blade at the base of the unit efficiently scrapes the snow clear to the ground without damaging your deck or pavement. Equipped with a 180º adjustable discharge chute, it can throw snow up to 25 feet away in the direction you want it to go. An on-board chute clean-out tool is included to help you free up a clogged chute in the event of a snow jam. This fully loaded unit also features an on-board halogen headlight so you can clear paths day or night.
Snow Joe iON18SB Ion Cordless Single Stage Brushless Snow Thrower with Rechargeable Eco sharp 40-volt Lithium-Ion Battery
Ideal for clearing snow from sidewalks, driveways and decks, this Snow Joe is the newest addition to the Snow Joe line up and the first single stage snow blower to provide easy and convenient CORD-FREE operation. Powered by eco sharp technology, rechargeable 40-volt lithium-ion battery system, the iON delivers up to 50 minutes run time with zero carbon emissions for cleaner air. No pull-cords, gas, oil, tune-ups or tangled extension cords to cause unnecessary frustration. The iON starts instantly with a simple push of a button and its adjustable handle maximizes user comfort during use. Equipped with a heavy duty, steel auger with 2 rubber blades, clearing a path 18-inches wide by 8-inches deep with each pass. Plus, the rubber scraper bar at the base of the unit lets you clear right to the ground without damaging your deck or pavement. It has a 180° auto-rotate chute that rotates instantly with the push of a switch, throw snow up to 20 feet in the direction you want it to go. The iON weighs only 32 lbs., the iON has an integrated LED headlight that quickly switches on to increase visibility.
Green Works AC corded snow shovels help you move a lot of snow in a short period of time with the powerful 8 amp motor and 12 inch shovelling width. This little lightweight electric machine comes in at 14lbs. it is ideal for removing snow from the sidewalks and your driveways. It can also be used to clear the snow of your roofs as well. The clearing depth is 4 inches.
The dependable design of this Green works 20-inch 13 amp electric snow
thrower will not let you down. With a clearing path of 20 inches. The snow thrower provides all the power you need to get the job done quickly and more efficiently. The thrower’s adjustable chute and 7-inch rear wheels provide easier mobility for better control while the plastic auger breaks through hard snow and discharges up to 20 feet away. It also weighs in at a reasonable 30lbs.
WORX WG650 18-Inch 13 Amp Electric Snow Thrower
The WORX 18 inch snow thrower will help you get through winter with ease. Powered by a high performance 13 amp electric mower capable of slicing a path 18 inches wide by 9 inches deep and throwing snow up to 30 feet, clearing snow from your walkway and driveway will be a breeze.
This WORX snow thrower is ergonomically designed to reduce fatigue and increase user comfort. Its 3-position adjustable handle lets you choose the appropriate height and the collapsible/foldable handle makes the unit ultra compact for off-season storage. For added convenience, the 180-degree rotating chute comes with oversized chute adjusters for easy use with winter gloves and the handlebar mounted chute directional control is easily accessible. It is equipped with compact wheels for improved manoeuvrability and the rubber-tipped steel auger makes throwing large amounts of snow easy.
The dual stage snow thrower uses a two-step process to clear snow. The powerful ribbon augers break through snow and ice and propel it back into the impeller blades which then push the snow up and out the chute.The Poulan Pro engine is powerful, durable and designed to withstand harsh winter conditions. Convenient features make starting and operation simple. The Poulan Pro PR241ES two stage snow thrower features a 208cc engine, electric start, 24-inch clearing path, 23-inch in-take height, improved performance ribbon augers, 180 degree remote chute rotation with remote deflector, 12-inch auger diameter, 13-inch tires, comfort grip loop handles with single hand control, and adjustable handle height. Speeds are 6 Forward and 1 Reverse. Weighs in at 240lbs.
Looking for a way to ease your snow removal needs? The Storm 2625 two-stage snow thrower provides ample snow removal capabilities in a comfortable way. The Storm 2625 is able to clear up to 26-inches wide and 21-inches deep in one single pass. This two-stage snow thrower comes equipped with a reliable 243cc overhead valve (OHV) engine and all-wheel drive. The Storm 2625 has 15-inch X-Track tires and an extended, clog resistant polymer discharge chute that propels snow farther away from you. Just One Hand operation allows you to adjust the 200-degree chute direction control without stopping.
The Husqvarna ST224P two stage snow thrower is exactly the same as the ST224 but with power steering and 40lbs lighter. works great for snow accumulations of 2-12 inches. Features include a 208cc Husqvarna engine, Power Steering, electric start, LED headlight, 24-inch clearing path, 180 degree remote chute rotation with remote deflector, heated grip handles, 12-inch improved performance ribbon augers, friction disc transmission, aluminium gearbox, 15-inch tires, and 2.7 litre fuel tank. It is on the heavy side at 199lbs but this machine is built to last.
Briggs and Stratton 1696619 Dual-Stage Snow Thrower with 250cc Engine and Electric Start
The Briggs & Stratton Medium-Duty, Dual-Stage Snow Thrower features a 27-inch wide clearing path with a 20-inch intake height for clearing snow from sidewalks and other outdoor surfaces. This model has a 250 cc Engine with 11.50 foot-pounds of torque to power through heavier snowfalls. This model comes equipped with electric start so when it’s time to start your thrower it’s as easy as pushing a button.
It features a friction disc drive system with 5 forward and 2 reverse speeds and a 12-inch steel scroll auger. This snow thrower comes equipped with free hand control and on panel deflector control. Other features include synthetic oil for easy starting, a dash mounted chute control and steel reversible skid shoes.
The Briggs & Stratton 1696619 Medium-Duty Dual-Stage Snow Thrower are Known for hard-working, dependable, efficient products.
Features to think about before you buy a snow blower
This feature can save you a lot of time and effort to get the snow blower working. All you have to do is press the button and the snow blower will start, saving your energy from pulling the pull cord numerous times to get it going. The only down side to an electric start is that you have to plug it in to start the snow blower. But once it has started you are free to go.
Single Hand Interlock
Snow blowers with single or one-handed interlock can make clearing your drive or sidewalk much easier. The interlock feature allows you to control the snow thrower with one hand, you can then use the other hand to operate the chute/ defector without stopping to adjust.
Remote Chute and Deflector Rotation
If you have this feature you can adjust the angle, which the chute operates at without having to stop. It uses on dash controls to allow you to choose what direction you want the snow to go.
The power steering feature on some snow throwers can make manoeuvring them a lot easier, the power steering works by slowing one wheel down while you turn.
Snow blowers with tracks instead of wheels are better for grip. if you want to eliminate slipping then the track driven snow throwers are the best, they do tend to be more pricey though.
Skid shoes are used on stage two snow blowers because the auger does not come in contact with the ground. They will glide across icy surfaces and make it easier to manoeuvre.
I think this is most peoples favourite feature, nobody likes having cold hands. Stage two snow blowers that come with hand warmers help the circulation of blood around your hands. you could be out there a long time so think how cold your hands could get.