Best snow blowers: 6 of the best snow throwers for the winter ahead

Our pick of the best snow blowers will help to keep your driveway, backyard and walkways snow-free this winter

Best snow blowers
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The best snow blowers  – or snow throwers – provide fast and efficient snow removal when you need it. Snow can quickly build up within a few minutes, let alone a few hours, so getting one (or two) of these to help clear the driveways and pathways which surround your home will save a whole lot of time and effort than getting out the shovel.

Choosing a snow blower, on the other hand, isn't as easy as it is finding one in the first place. There's single-stage, two-stage and – in some areas  – three-stage snow blower types, plus the cordless, corded and gas snow blower models to consider, too. With so many to research it can be a whirlwind honing in on the best snow blower for you.

This is where we come in. We've conducted our very own snow blower reviews to showcase the top-rated and top-selling models in this guide. Keep scrolling to see our top six picks, then make sure you check out our guide to the best chainsaws for all the top buys that will keep your garden in shape over the winter months. 

The best snow blowers

Toro Power Clear 721 E 21 in. 212 cc Single-Stage Self Propelled Electric Start Gas Snow Blower

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1. Toro Power Clear 721 Gas Snow Blower

The best snow blower: it ticks all the right boxes for us

Specifications
Suitability : Medium-sized driveways
Type: Single-stage
Gas, corded or cordless?: Gas
Reasons to buy
+Super powerful+Lightweight (for what it is!)+Easy to use
Reasons to avoid
-None that we can think of

This Toro snow blower gets our vote for the best snow blower you can buy because it does everything you need it to with minimal effort.

Powered by gas
As with all gas snow blowers, you're not tethered to a plug anywhere near by so you have the freedom to go where you need to clear the snow.

It's also self-propelled so it uses the engine to power the wheels, making the machine super easy to move around. It will easily clear a driveway that can park up to nine cars, no sweat.

Mounted chute lever
With this it means that you can aim exactly where you want to throw snow and put it just where you need it with a touch of the hand, the locking deflector allows you to  aim exactly where you want to throw snow from the chute.

Anything else?
It's recommended that for the best starting results you use fresh, non-ethanol fuel with an octane rating of 87 or higher. The design is also sleek and compact which means that you can easily store it for quick use.

Cub Cadet 2X 26 in. 243 cc Two-Stage Gas Snow Blower

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2. Cub Cadet 2X 26 in. 243 cc Gas Snow Blower

Best snow blower runner-up: another top choice for larger driveways

Specifications
Suitability : Medium / large driveaways
Type: Two-stage
Gas, corded or cordless?: Gas
Reasons to buy
+Easy turning+A good thrower+Works well in heavy, wet snow
Reasons to avoid
-Gear levers may need some adjustment (and patience!)

This Cub Cadet snowblower is our runner up BUT it would have claimed our top spot if it wasn't due to the hefty price tag. If you have a larger budget to spend on clearing the snow, then this model is one which we can highly recommend.

Easy clearing
Powered by gas, the Cub Cadet will is capable of clearing 26 inch width with a 21 inch intake height. It has a full range of clearing width options – including one perfect for your needs. Plus with trigger-control power steering, you can engage the power steering to give you unmatched control, effortless maneuverability and single-hand operation.

Point and chute
Featuring an impressive chute, the single-hand 4-way control allows you to quickly change the direction and pitch of the snow you throw with one hand. It'll easily throw snow up to 40 feet so it will free your driveway and pathways of any snow banks.

Anything else?
The new LED dual headlights mean that you'll be in a position to work in the dark, should you need to. And the cool blue no rust, non-marking, reversible skid shoes will glide along surfaces for better maneuverability.

Kobalt 40-Volt Max 12-in Single-Stage Cordless Electric Snow Blower

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3. Kobalt Single-Stage Cordless Electric Snow Blower

Best cordless snowblower for value: it's a Lowe's exclusive, too

Specifications
Suitability : Small, two car driveway
Type: Single-stage
Gas, corded or cordless?: Cordless
Reasons to buy
+Relatively lightweight+Throws snow a good distance+Battery lasts for a decent amount of charge, and recharges quickly
Reasons to avoid
-No wheels so tricky to move it around

This snowblower from Kobalt offers fantastic value for money if you're looking to clear a small space, quickly.

Easy start and finish
The 40V battery delivers fade-free power with no memory loss. It will easily clear up to a two-car driveway, plus sidewalks and patios. Weighing in at just 15-lbs and boasting a 12-in clearing width, it's light to push and pull along. However, with no, wheels maneuverability will need a bit of elbow grease to get it moving in the right direction.

Anything else?
You'll need to buy the 40V 2.5 Ah battery and charger sold separately.

Greenworks 12-Inch 8 Amp Corded Snow Shovel

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4. Greenworks 12-Inch 8 Amp Corded Snow Shovel

Best snow shovel on a budget: it's ideal for clearing small amounts of snow, and beats the manual shovelling

Specifications
Suitability : Small, compact spaces
Type: N/A
Gas, corded or cordless?: Corded
Reasons to buy
+Quick and easy clearing+Easy to start+Lightweight
Reasons to avoid
-Blows snow towards the front so some careful angling is required

Where budget is tight and the snow is falling heavily, the Greenworks snow shovel will work a treat.

Small yet mighty
Weighing just 14 pounds, it will easily clear small amounts of snow with a clearing width of 12-inch which makes it easy to manuever. The adjustable auxiliary handle adds comfort and control during use, too.

Anything else?
There's no chute with this model so you'll need to have a few dry runs to try to direct the snow where you want it to.

Another thing to note is that the snow shovel is corded so you won't be able to travel too far away from the home because you'll be tethered to a plug.

EGO Power+ SNT2100 21-Inch 56-Volt Cordless Snow Blower

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5. EGO Power+ SNT2100 Cordless Snow Blower

Best cordless snow blower: a top choice for ditching the cord whilst you blow the snow away

Specifications
Suitability : Large driveways
Type: NA
Gas, corded or cordless?: Cordless
Reasons to buy
+Large intake+Good throwing distance+Easy to manoeuvre 
Reasons to avoid
-Can tend to 'plough' snow rather than clear so ensure angle is suitably adjusted

A solid cordless snowblower which will do a very good job of clearing and throwing the snow a decent distance.

Robust snow clearing
Comparable to the gas snow blowers, this model is built with a high-efficiency brushless motor and a 21-inch wide intake for clearing large driveways. And being cordless, you'll have the freedom to move snow away from any distance away from the house.

Snow chute
Capable of throwing snow to 35-feet and with a variable-speed auger to control how far the snow is thrown, the EGO Power+ SNT2100, will make light-work of clearing the driveway, walkways and sidewalks.

Anything else?
It features LED headlights and quick-fold handle for compact storage so if you need to go out into the dark to clear snow you can, and quickly.

Snow Joe SJ623E Electric Single Stage Snow Thrower

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6. Snow Joe SJ623E Electric Single Stage Snow Thrower

Best Snow Joe snowthrower: a popular choice from a popular brand

Specifications
Suitability : Mid-to-large sized driveways and walkways
Type: Single-stage
Gas, corded or cordless?: Corded
Reasons to buy
+Really good on dry snow+Throws a good distance+Easy to set up
Reasons to avoid
-Need to buy a cord separately 

This snow thrower from Snow Joe gets some top votes on Amazon and we think it offers everything you need to clear a drift for a reasonable price, too.

Impressive performance
The Snow Joe SJ623E is packed with a 15-amp motor which can move up to 720 pounds of snow per minute. With no gas, no oil or no tune-ups required, it makes clearing snow effortless as it cuts and clears areas up to 18 inches (45.7 centimeters) wide and 10 inches (25.4 centimeters) deep in one pass. 

Easy to move and start
At the push of a button, the SJ623E is ready to go and the easy-glide wheels make it super easy to turn and manoeuvre.

Anything else?
This model is corded, yep, but you'll need to buy the cord separately. Look out for one which can handle a 15-amp motor. Reviewers recommended finding one which is bright in color so you can see it in the dark.


How to choose the best snow blowers

When you come to choosing a snow blower it can be mighty overwhelming but you'll soon find that, essentially, you'll need to just think about the size of area you want to clean. The types of snow blower (and your budget) will then dictate which brand and model you could end up with. 

The snow blower types are single-stage, two-stage and – in some areas – three-stage. Single-stage and two-stage snow blowers can be bought as an electric or gas-powered models, but all come in various widths.

For small jobs such as a walkway or patio, a single-stage snow blower will do the trick and for the larger driveways choose a two- or three-stage option. All would be effective on any minimum amount of snow but the three-stage units will generally handle a lot more snow of up to 16 inches, and then some.

If you tend to get heavy wet snow then look out for an impeller and serrated augers on two-three stage throwers. These will slice through compacted snow with ease and be less prone to clogging.

Gas or electric snowblowers?

Amongst the vast choice of snow blowers you'll need to consider which fuel type you prefer. 

Gas snow blowers, for example, have been around the block a bit longer but do often tend to chuck out a fair amount of fumes when in use and can be heavy to push around. That said, these guys do have a greater clearing width and intake than most comparable models.

The electric corded snow blower on the other hand will require a cable running to an electrical socket, which you'll often have to buy separately. Most corded models are available in single-stage, only, so are only suitable for clearing sidewalks, patios or steps.

And then for the ultimate in snow blowing freedom there's the cordless snow throwers. Thee are available in single-stage and two-stage models which can often be compared to the gas models because they have the mobility to move around more freely. There are self-propelled cordless snow blowers out there which would be worth keeping a look out for as they will reduce the amount of effort you'll need to put in to clear the way, since the machine will do it for you.

What is the best snowblower?

To recap... the best snow blower (in our opinion) is the Toro Power Clear 721 Gas Snow Blower. It's powered by gas so it's super powerful, and powerful enough to cut through snow up to 9 inches deep and throw it up to 35 feet in no time. It's designed to clear a driveway that can park up to nine cars with just the push of a button, and then can be neatly stowed away once it's mission complete.

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