It would be strange to use an arduous $20 snow shovel in front of a $200k+ home, right?
No reason to hurt your back and make snowy mornings a chore. Let it be easy and have some fun! On this page, we review the best snow blowers for 2019, including products from Craftsman, Toro, Husqvarna, and other manufacturers that have stepped up their game and create some of the finest snow removal machines on the market.
There are many options to get the job done, so you need to consider price point and performance when choosing the ideal blower for you. Today, most products of this type are very effective and there are more possibilities now than just a few years ago. Imagine using a blower that runs on electricity rather than fuel, providing a much quieter and cleaner experience.
Let’s get right into an overview of our top rated snow blowers
Now that we have all that out of the way, let’s focus on more details. Whenever my brothers and I look around in winter, we see a lot of people using the wrong snow clearance tools. Snow shovels, in particular, are hard to use and not the best choice for your back: especially as you’re getting older.
We have made this list, because we originally had 5 different snow blowers in our large family, living in the same town. One day we helped a friend decide on the right machine for them, and we soon decided to help you, dear reader, by making this website. Snow blowers are an investment and you need to pick a good one, not one of the cheap wannabes. They are phenomenal tools for clearing driveways, sidewalks, and even footpaths on a farm, so let’s get into it!
1. Briggs & Stratton 1696619 – Great in a Blizzard
It shouldn’t come to a surprise to anyone to see Briggs and Stratton on our list. No list of the best snow blowers would be complete without at least one of their machines.
The B&S is a tank with its 250cc engine and 27-inch clearing width. A few years ago, our uncle Tom got through a nasty blizzard in the northwest because of this machine. He told us the 20 inches of intake height are not an exaggeration, as he had multiple occasions to push this thrower to its limits during the blizzard. Plus, its dark color not only looks good, but it also makes it stand out during heavy snowfall or in fog.
While there is a slightly more affordable version of the B&S, featuring only a 208cc engine, we recommend the stronger one given what it is meant to do. No point in having a snow clearing powerhouse with a lesser engine.
A friend from ours lives in Utah and sees a lot of snowfall every year. He used to have one of those $200 budget machines whose existence we can’t quite comprehend. From what he has told my brother Greg, those inexpensive blowers hardly manage to get the driveway cleared and they completely go on strike the moment you reach the edge of the road. Why? Because the city snow plow leaves a lot of ice chunks in its wake and what could a cheap machine can do with that?
Anyhow, our friend got the S&M by our recommendation and has not looked back since. For this occasion, we asked him what the assembly was like: it took just about 1 hour. All the large parts are already in place, so you only need out the smaller bits into place (such as the chute and deflector cable).
All in all this snow blower has been used in our family for many years and has never failed us.
27” wide clearing path, 20” snow intake height
Dual stage electric start and generous fuel tank
A lifesaver during heavy snowfall and blizzards
Assembly takes about 1 hour
3-year warranty, limited to equipment and engine, which is shorter than the warranty of the Husqvarna in our list.
2. Husqvarna ST224P – The “Handles-All” Snow Blower
The first snow blower in our list has been used in our family since it came out. It is the big bear, the “I’ll handle this” machine, and clears a path wherever you want (unless you live in Antarctica). For this reason, it is a popular snow blower and among the best you can get.
Assembly is easy and straightforward, but make sure you read the instructions and know everything you need to. When a friend of ours recently got one of these for himself, we helped him assemble it and discovered that it had shipped with barely any oil in it. So make sure you check the 16 oz oil reservoir and fill it if need be.
Speaking of details to check, the ST224P has a special version of the CT Stormforce 208cc engine that was privately branded by Husqvarna. With the dual stage electric start function, the motors start is easy and just makes you want to get out there and clear some paths. Just give it a little while to run smooth, because these machines need some time to warm up. For our machine, we use a heavy gauge extension cord and to be safe, it is best to buy an appropriate cord together with whichever snow blower you end up getting.
Officially it can clear up to 23 inches of snow, but we have tested it to up to 25 inches last Thanksgiving and it worked its magic even then. As for width, you can expect to clear a 24 inch (2 feet) path, blowing the snow in any direction you want with a 180-degree chute rotation. One thing we’ve always found helpful is the dimensions, because, despite its beastly power and ability, the ST224P will fit through normal doors without a hitch.
Our only issue with the ST224P is the price point, which is entirely justified for its power, but still a little on the higher end. It is the ideal snow blower if you have the money to spend.
Easy to assemble, start, and use
Dependable engine with 5 year warranty
Limited 3 year warranty (not engine)
15 x 5 inch tires
24 inch clearing width
Your neighbors will be jealous
Higher end price point
Some people on Amazon report the machine broke within 2 years, but that is what the 3-5 year warranty is for. The unhappy few will always be loud in reviews. We’ve had no such issues and we got this blower on day 1!
3. Yardmax YB6270 – Best for a Medium Budget
The next snow blower review on our list is a little miracle worker at a smaller price point than our recommended machines above. The Yardmax boasts with its LCT 208cc engine and has dual stage start. When we bought the YB6270, we asked our least mechanically minded family member to assemble it. Begrudgingly, they did and needed only about 40 minutes do complete the task, proving that it is easy and can be done by anyone.
Generally, we don’t trust low priced snow clearing machines, so we wanted to push it and see how it fared. So we waited for heavy snowfall to get a better idea of what it is capable of. During our most recent snowstorm, we had about 16 inches of wet snow to clear. In about 25 minutes, the YB6270 cut a path that would have taken 2-3 hours of manual shovel work to do by hand, throwing the snow about 25 feet. As we observed the snow chute, we noticed that in order to turn the chute, the plastic flange at its end needs to be aligned very well with the crank handle. It is a bit of a pain since the blow directions need to be changed depending on how you turn.
The lower price does come at drawbacks in overall material quality and a much shorter warranty of only 2 years. Also, it does not come with oil, so make sure you buy that with the machine. Apart from the chute turning issue, which is not too bad, we ran into another issue that would’ve been problematic for less technical people: When we first used the machine, the engine ran roughly and did not start well. After some tinkering, it turned out the paper of the air cleaner was soaked with oil from the factory and caused a poor air intake. After taking out the filter and cleaning it, the machine ran fine.
While this snow blower cuts paths at a width of 24 inches, a different model at 22 inches width is also available. However, the 22 inch version only comes with a Lichen engine, not the LCT brand that is widely known and used for its quality. If you are looking for a model in the medium price zone, this is the product and version we recommend. But if the price tag is not much of an issue to you, look at the two machines above this one, as they are the best snow blowers in our list.
Solid snow cleaning at a medium price
Quality LCT engine with 208cc and dual stage electric start
Chute turning issues with our machine
Only 2 year warranty
Air cleaner issues
4. Poulan Pro PR241 – Best for a Medium-High Budget
This black and gold beauty by Poulan tends to attract the eyes of people walking by. So much so that we notice the difference. Positioned in the medium-high price range, the PR241 is a 24 inch snow clearing beast that features a 208cc Poulan Pro engine that mastered its first snow storm (12 inches of wet snow) with ease.
My brother’s father in law has one of these and another friend in Aspen got one recently. We were able to use and test both. One thing we noticed was that their performance is about equal, which gives us confidence in the manufacturing process. At low temperatures of around 10 F (or -12°C), however, there can be problems starting the engine.
Interestingly, we had the opportunity to put the PR241 through a serious stress test, as we got 29 inches of snowfall in one day back in 2017. Normally, you’d not be excited to see so much snow, but we were just starting to with a new snow blower review at that time, so we jumped at the change and dug out the PR241 to see it fail (muahaha!). It succeeded. Not once did it complain or get stuck, putting its performance into the realm of family legend that day. After all, its official intake height is only 23 inches.
When our friend in Aspen got his machine, we asked him to stop his time assembling it. The result was 38 minutes, which is fair and on par with many other snow blowers on the market today. Some reports online suggest the material to be cheap, but have no such experience with this model. At a medium-high price point, I would expect nothing less. By the way, snow blowers are not for removing icy conditions, so use ice melt for that.
The only real downside we see is the 2 year warranty for the equipment, but that is normal if you don’t go for the high priced machines. Luckily, it is being accompanied by a fair 4 year warranty for the engine.
Easy assembly, around 40 minutes
Great 29” snow intake test result
High quality at a medium-high price
Only a 2 year equipment warranty (but 4 years for the engine)
May not start at low temperatures around 10 F
Only 23” wide, slightly less than normal
5. Snow Joe ION8024-XRP – Best Electric Blower
Blue and black makes a very good looking color combination, and like all black snow blowers, it is easy to spot in a situation of heavy snowfall or fog. Of course, the LED headlights do help, but every decent blower has that today. The Snow Joe is truly unique in our list and needs to have its place. Why? It is not gas powered but electrical and runs on a 2 x 6 Amp battery packs.
Imagine being stuck in a blizzard and you have run out of gas for your snow blower. Ooops! Luckily, you have a fully loaded battery (or just charge it). Moreover, the absence of a gasoline motor makes this machine quiet (think electric car) and enables an almost relaxing experience as you clear your driveway, or perhaps half a city block. Your neighbors will also be glad not to hear any noise and may even take a curious peek since battery powered snow blowers are not yet common.
Since we have owned this machine from the moment of its release, we have a good understanding of its performance. Yes, the price is inflated due to the batteries and puts it at the high price elite products, but that is where it belongs anyway. It is easily on par with the snow blowers at the top of our list, and note that electricity is 3-4 times cheaper than gas. Over time, the running cost reduces the overall cost as well, and if you use green energy sources, you even get to feel good about yourself.
We find the ION plows through snow almost like a knife through butter and is equally whisper quiet. The chute swivels at the usual 180 degrees and throws snow a distance of 32 feet. There is only one drawback, which all battery powered machines have in common: The power only lasts for 40 minutes, which is enough to clear a path where manual shoveling would take you 3 hours. It is not enough, however, to clear the neighborhood, or if you have a very large driveway. This is why we advise you to go with the 6 Amp version instead of the 5 Amp version, which provides only 30 minutes of power.
Whisper quiet and no fumes
No motor, no oil, fewer parts to damage
Cheaper to run due to low electricity costs
Better for the environment
Not dependent on gas
Higher price point due to batteries
Only 40 minutes of power (which is normal)
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