A snow blower is an expensive investment that can be a huge timesaver, especially if you live in an area that gets heavy accumulations of snow, or you have a long sidewalk or large driveway. If your city doesn't get heaps of snow each winter, or you just enjoy the exercise in snow removal, we also have some snow-shovel, -sleigh, and -pusher recommendations, too.

If you're like us, though, you'd probably rather spend more time inside where it's warm. The last thing you want to do is become one of the 11,000-plus emergency room visitors with shoveling-related injuries that reportedly occur each year. Stay safe with these top picks that provide rapid and efficient snow removal.

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Best Overall

Toro SnowMaster 824 QXE 24 in. 252cc Single-Stage Gas Snow Blower
homedepot.com $899.00

Pro: Impressive throwing distance, easy handling, and extremely fast at removing snow

Con: Other blowers' chutes have wider turn radiuses — this one goes about 95 degrees

Bottom Line: This lightweight but powerful snow blower removes snow just as effectively as more expensive models, despite its smaller size and more affordable price point.

The Toro SnowMaster is a workhorse that’s powerful enough to cut through deep snow and clear snow down to the pavement, but it’s still easy to maneuver and won’t scuff or scratch your patio. We think it's the best snow blower money can buy. Wirecutter recommends its sibling, the Toro SnowMaster 724 QXE, but we think spending the extra money for more horsepower is worth it.

Even though its 24-inch clearing width is smaller than more expensive blowers, this one removes snow quicker and easier, thanks in part to Toro’s Personal Pace drive system, which keeps the wheels spinning just as fast as you can walk, and its internal automatic steering lets it turn on a dime. The chute control is quick and easy to adjust, and the wheels offer plenty of traction, but we wouldn’t recommend using the SnowMaster on gravel, because it easily picks up and launches loose rocks.

Best Budget Buy

Toro Power Clear 721 E 21 in. Single-Stage Gas Snow Blower
homedepot.com $569.00

Pro: Has an electric start and folds up for easy storage

Con: Lacks a headlight, and can't be used on gravel

Bottom Line: This single-stage blower is powerful, affordable, and easy to control.

Single-stage blowers, like this one from Toro, are equipped with an auger that breaks up snow, lifts it up, then tosses it aside. They're lighter and easier to handle than two- or three-stage models, and they're best for cleaning smaller sections, with snowfall accumulations under 8 inches. So, if you just need to clear a short sidewalk or a small driveway, a single-stage will save you money and time.

The Power Clear 721 E from Toro is the best and most powerful single-stage blower you can buy. During Consumer Reports' test with the blower, it offered good throwing distance and was capable of removing a plow pile at the end of a driveway. The blower has an electric start and a powerful engine that helps project snow over 20 feet. Like our top pick, this one isn't ideal for gravel driveways. Regardless, it's a speedy and compact blower that's easy to store.

Best for Large Properties

Cub Cadet 3X 30 in. TRAC Snow Blower
Cub Cadet homedepot.com $1,999.00

Pro: Has three LED headlights for removing snow before the sun rises

Con: Louder and more expensive than other blowers

Bottom Line: Cub Cadet blowers have larger tires and are much more powerful than the competition. If you have to remove massive amounts of snow, there's no better blower.

If you want the best of the best, and you're willing to pay a premium for it, Cub Cadet's 3X line of snow blowers has some of the best you can buy. The "3X" stands for a three-stage system that includes a collection auger that gathers the snow, ice, or slush, an accelerator that cuts and chops the mixture to direct it into a discharge impeller, and a chute where everything is thrown up and out of the way.

Cub Cadet

The commercial-grade stainless steel components make it an absolute beast at removing snow. The Cub Cadet has a large 30-inch clearing width, so you can remove large amounts of snow quickly. Despite its large size, the blower is easy to maneuver. It has power-steering, three headlights for early-morning or late-night plow sessions, and six speed settings. Our biggest complaint is that it's loud, so definitely make sure you have hearing protection!

Best for Blizzards

Troy-Bilt Storm 3090 XP Snow Blower
homedepot.com $1,144.00

Pro: Has heated hand grips

Con: Its motor is very loud

Bottom Line: The 30-inch Troy-Bilt Storm is a powerhouse that can tackle the longest of driveways covered with massive amounts of snow.

If you live in an area that gets heavy snowfall, or you have an extremely wide or long driveway, you can’t go wrong with this snow blower from Troy-Bilt. It’s one of the most reliable and well-built blowers you can get. In fact, it shares a lot of similar qualities as the more expensive Cub Cadet blower we previously mentioned.

Troy-Bilt

The blower may be too large for some people (it needs at least a 36-inch-wide doorframe to fit through). But, if you need to clear deep drifts, have a gravel driveway, and want a snow blower with a premium engine, this one has your back.

Most Quiet

Craftsman Quiet 26 in. W 208 cc Two Stage Electric Start Snow Blower
acehardware.com $849.99

Pro: Quiet enough to not require ear protection

Con: Lacks a headlight

Bottom Line: In terms of overall value, this Craftsman snow blower is one of the best you can buy.

This 26-inch snow blower has plenty of bells and whistles, like an electric start and power steering — features typically found in much more expensive models. It's a two-stage model that's incredibly versatile. It works well both on paved surfaces or gravel driveways. It features thick steel components, including a discharge chute, 14-inch impellers, and an auger.

Craftsman

We're most impressed by its quiet motor. With this one, you won't have to feel guilty about waking the neighbors in the wee hours of the morning. We would have liked to see an integrated headlight, but in terms of overall performance, this one does fantastically.


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These next few snow blowers are more affordable, electric options. Because they're powered by electricity, they're quieter and don't come with noise and fumes like smelly gas-powered blowers. Some are powered by rechargeable batteries, while others need to be tethered to an outlet, so you'll need plenty of long extension cords.

Only the EGO POWER+ blower provides the power and performance of a gas model. The rest of our picks have short throwing shoots, small wheels that don't offer good traction, and no reverse gear, so you may want to consider the extra expense of our other top picks. If you live in a city with little-to-no snowfall, want to be green, or just need to clear off a short sidewalk or patio, these electric blowers may be sufficient enough for your needs.

Best Electric Snow Blower

EGO POWER+ Snow Blower (SNT2102)
homedepot.com $599.00

Pro: Folds up for easy storage

Con: Mostly made of plastic, so isn't the most durable

Bottom Line: This is hands-down the best electric snow blower money can buy.

Battery technology has come a long way over the years, and this cordless snow blower is a testament to that. This beast of a blower runs on 56 volts of lithium-ion battery power, it's backed by a 5-year warranty, and it folds up for easy storage.

The EGO POWER+, which is Consumer Reports' top electric snowblower pick, is capable of throwing snow up to 35 feet, and it can even handle wet snow. This electric snow blower features a 21-inch-wide intake, a high-speed auger, and a handle-mounted chute that's easily adjustable. If you want to use the blower at night or before the sun rises, it's equipped with dual LED lights. You can expect 45 minutes of battery life, but if you need more juice, you have the option to buy more batteries.

Best for Light Snowfall

Toro 1800 Power Curve Snow Blower
Toro amazon.com $249.00

Pro: The chute is adjustable

Con: Its 18-inch clearing width isn't great for heavy or wet snow

Bottom Line: This small and affordable electric snow blower is great for clearing light snow off of patios, decks, and sidewalks.

We're always impressed when manufacturers can build a decently powerful snow blower that's no bigger than a lawnmower. Unfortunately, this unit isn't cordless like our top electric snow blower pick, so you'll have to remember to pick up a good-length extension cord to go along with it. It provides enough throw to clear off a sidewalk, patio, or small driveway, but just don't expect to tackle blizzard-level snowfall with this little guy. Consumer Reports said the snow blower performed better on every task from speed to plow pile removal compared to other single-stage models, so you can definitely count on this one when winter strikes.

Best Budget Electric Snow Blower

Greenworks 20-Inch 13 Amp Corded Snow Thrower
amazon.com $147.00

Pro: Cheap and easy to assemble

Con: Throwing power is weak, and it has poor traction

Bottom Line: If you don't have a lot of money to spare, this bare-bones electric snow blower can help save you time and effort over shoveling.

This no-frills electric snow blower's compact, 32-pound build makes it easy to maneuver and put away, but it won't do so well at clearing several inches of snow. The GreenWorks is significantly less powerful than other models — including the Toro Power Curve, which has a 15-amp motor compared to this one's 13 amps. Its body is entirely plastic, and at times its tires can struggle at getting good traction, too.

GreenWorks

We're fans of its affordable price and push-button start. The snow blower will do just fine for those who only occasionally deal with mild flurries or powdery snow. Don't go in expecting it to throw snow like a gas-powered model, though.

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