The 8 Best Snow Blowers to Save Yourself Time and Effort This Winter

No matter if you're faced with a mild dusting or a newsworthy blizzard, these snow blowers will keep you from getting snowed in.

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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 happen each year. Stay safe with these top picks that provide rapid and efficient snow removal.

Toro SnowMaster 36003 824 QXE Snow Blower

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BEST OVERALL

Bottom Line: Despite its smaller size, this snow blower is just as effective and fast at snow removal than larger, more expensive models. It's powerful, incredibly easy to handle, and a great value.

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

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.

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.

Toro Power Clear 721 E Snow Blower

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BEST BUDGET BUY

Bottom Line: This compact and lightweight snow blower is perfect for those who only have to clear small sections of light snow. It has an electric starter and a powerful motor, and it folds up for easy storage.

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

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

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. It 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.

Cub Cadet 3X 30'' Snow Thrower

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BEST FOR LARGE PROPERTIES

Bottom Line: If you're looking for a commercial-grade snow blower or just want the best of the best, you can't go wrong with this Cub Cadet. It tackles massive amounts of heavy snow, ice, and slush quickly and easily.

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

Con: Louder and more expensive than other blowers

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.

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!

Troy-Bilt Storm 3090 XP Two-stage Gas Snow Blower

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BEST FOR BLIZZARDS

Bottom Line: The Troy-Bilt Storm snow blower is a great choice for those with long driveways or people who need to tackle huge amounts of snow.

Pro: Has heated hand grips

Con: Its motor is very loud

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.

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.

Craftsman 88694 Two-Stage Snow Blower

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MOST QUIET

Bottom Line: The Crafsman 88694 lets you move snow quickly but quietly, thanks to its powerful 208cc engine. Features like an electric start, power steering, and four-way chute control make it stand out from other models in a similar price range.

Pro: Quiet enough to not require ear protection

Con: Lacks a headlight

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.

We're most impressed by its quiet motor. With this one, yon't 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.

EGO 21-Inch Single Stage Cordless 56-Volt Li-ion Snow Blower

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BEST ELECTRIC SNOW BLOWER

Bottom Line: 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, and it's backed by a five-year warranty.

Pro: Folds up for easy storage

Con: Mostly made of plastic, so is not the most durable

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 five-year warranty, and it folds up for easy storage.

The EGO POWER+ 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.

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BEST FOR LIGHT SNOWFALL

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

Pro: The chute is adjustable

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

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.

Greenworks 20-Inch Corded Electric Snow Blower

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BEST BUDGET ELECTRIC SNOW BLOWER

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.

Pro: Cheap and easy to assemble

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

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.

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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