Best Electric Snow Blower | Reviews and Buyers Guide

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An electric snow blower is one of the best investments for saving time and energy during the freezing, snowy months. Using a shovel is a back-breaking chore and all too time-consuming, whereas a snowblower can get the job done in a fraction of the time whatever the area size, and no backache at the end of it. 

It is important to protect you and your family from the elements, the weather can be very unpredictable and at times extreme so it is just as important to choose the right snowblower. 

With so many different snow blowers to choose from, all offering different features it can become confusing, so I have compiled a comprehensive, easy to read, buyers guide to help you decide which snowblower is right for you.

Further reading:9 Different Types of Shovels & Their Uses

Here are our 5 favorite electric snow blowers:

 

 

5 Best Electric Snow Blowers 2020 – Reviews

 

Snow Joe SJ6723E Single-stage Snow Blower (Best Value)

 

Earthwise SN70016 Electric Corded 12Amp Snow Shovel

 

Snow Joe iON 18SB 40 Volt Battery Single Stage Snow Blower

 

Greenworks 20 inch 13 Amp Corded Snow Thrower 2600502

 

Honda Power Equipment HS720ASA (Best Overall)

Further reading: Best Shovel for the Money – Top 10 Reviews

Electric Snow Blower Buyers Guide:

There are three types of Snow Blowers to choose from:

  • Electric
  • Gas
  • and Battery operated machines.

 

Four out of the five of the electric snow blowers reviewed are corded electric but the cords are not included.  When buying a cord ensure it is either 15 or 20 amp and is waterproof. The correct cord for your machine will enable it to work to its full potential but more importantly ensures your safety.

The Battery snowblower reviewed comes with a charger and takes initially 2 – 3 hours to charge fully and has up to 50 minutes quiet run-time. If you have more than the average-sized area to clear then the purchase of a spare battery would be advantageous.  

Do not leave the battery outside or in freezing conditions.

How noisy are electric snow blowers?

In comparison to the older gas snow blowers, the electric ones are very quiet.  This has enormous advantages for you, especially for domestic use.

Imagine waking up early to go to work and discovering your driveway completely blocked by overnight snowfall.  How would your neighbors feel about you waking them up with a noisy gas-powered snow blower?!

There are many pros to using an electric snowblower.  They are lighter and easier to move around, are cleaner, and more environmentally friendly, and of course much quieter. They are also safer in that you do not have to store flammable liquids. The cons are you are limited by either cord length or the life of the battery.  For prolonged use, they may overheat, and depending on the model you buy they may not be up to the job, especially in heavy snow.

Gas-powered snow blowers tend to be very durable, there’s more choice and you’re not limited by the length of your extension lead. However, you will have to consider the ongoing cost of maintaining them and the purchase of the fuel.  Let’s be realistic, most snow blowers are stored for months at a time and only brought out when needed.

Gas snow blowers will need to be maintained, just like your car does, because if not they will not start. With the electric snowblowers starting up the first time, motor maintenance is never an issue.  With the gas-powered machines, they can be temperamental, especially in freezing and damp conditions. This is a big disadvantage given the job they are made to do!

Which one is suitable for you?

If you have small areas that are harder to get into, and for light snowfall of under 6 inches, then a cordless battery operated snow blower will be ideal.   For heavier snowfall of more than 7 inches, you will need a more heavy-duty and powerful unit.

Also, consider where your power source is as the heavier duty ones will need plugging in.  Will your cord extend to the area you need to clear? The five snow blowers reviewed are all easy to assemble and each has its qualities. 

The Snow Joe SJ623E is reasonably priced and has a lot of good features, clears mid to large areas, is reliable, lightweight, and has the Snow Joe warranty. This machine comes out as Best Value.

The Snow Joe iOn Battery operated snow blower is a good contender with many quality features good for small to medium-sized areas.  It is an ideal product if you don’t want the fuss with cords or gas. Has a Snow Joe warranty.

The Earthwise electric snow blower is a good machine for smaller areas and light snowfall. It has many good features, is lightweight, easy to assemble, and with a 2-year warranty.

Greenworks Corded Snow Thrower is ideal for small yards and built-up residential areas.  It is less noisy and with hardly any vibration anyone can use it.  The folding handle makes storage easier.

The Honda Power Equipment snowblower has great features and is very reliable, as you would expect from a Honda. It would be ideal for small to medium-sized areas and medium snowfall. It has a 2-year warranty and we have rated it Best Overall.

To conclude

Each of the snow blowers reviewed have their good features, are high quality for their price, and reliable making them suitable for whatever your requirements. Technology has come a long way in the past few years and these electric snow blowers are just as, if not more, powerful than their gas counterparts.  There certainly more pros than cons to purchasing an electrical machine.

They are reliable, economical, environmentally friendly, easy to assemble and use, and very low maintenance.

We hope you have found the information contained in this guide to be of value and has helped you make an informed decision on which electric snow blower is best suited for your needs, before buying.

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