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Drop the shovel and prepare to have your mind (and snow) blown. Electric snow shovels and snow throwers exist, and you're going to ask yourself why you haven't been using one all these years. These electric snow removal tools are perfect for anyone who has been working hard shoveling snow for years. Well, it's time to work smarter and not harder.
Electric snow throwers can shovel deep snow. Gone are the days of having to nearly bend over backward to shovel snow out of your driveway. Here are six electric snow throwers that will save you lots of time (and probably pain).
Snowblower vs. Electric Snow Shovel
If you're trying to figure out if you should buy an electric snow shovel or snow thrower, start with a few questions.
- Are you clearing pavement?
- How much snow are you moving?
- How much money are you willing to spend?
A snow shovel is a great option for light to medium amounts of snow on the pavement. (Think decks and walkways to front doors.) For thick snow, consider a snowblower. If your driveway is pretty spacious, you'll definitely prefer a snowblower.
It'll be a lot less work, and snow will be thrown very far, however, snow blowers are quite pricey. Some are even over $700. You'd be neighbor of the year if you cleared the whole sidewalk for your neighborhood. Although, we're sure your neighbors would understand if you cleared your walkway with an electric snow shovel and called it a day.
Best Electric Snow Shovels
Snow Joe's electric snow shovel is Amazon's Choice for electric snow shovels. Customers love this option for many reasons. It's under $80, lightweight, and can throw snow up 20 feet away. It's ideal for quick snow clearing on decks, steps, patios, and sidewalks. It isn't cordless, so have your extension cord ready.
It's definitely the best pick for pricing, and it comes with a 2-year warranty.
Earthwise's electric snow shovel can move up to 430 pounds of snow in just one minute! It's ideal for clearing eight inches of snow. It has a 12-amp motor, making it a heavy-duty option. Keep in mind that this electric power shovel uses a power cord as well. The pricing is also excellent. $115 isn't bad at all!
Kota gave it five stars and said, "The first snowfall with really heavy wet snow and this machine was great."
Greenworks' 40-volt snow shovel is cordless! If you're willing to pay extra money for a battery, consider this rechargeable shovel. The battery and charger combo will cost you around $250, but it could be worth it if you don't want to deal with extension cords (or have a big driveway). Since it's cordless, the maneuverability is top-notch.
It has a clearing width of 12 inches and can shovel snowfall depth up to six inches. Watch this customer clear snow!
This lightweight thrower is worth every penny. No gas, oil, or tune-ups are needed. Plus, the low-noise motor is perfect for large neighborhoods. It has a maximum throw distance of 30 feet!
Many customers are leaving rave reviews and mention that assembly is straightforward.
It is extremely pricey, but you can change the height and distance snow is thrown with the chute-mounted handle. This machine is supposed to stay strong in -20 weather, but some customers disagree. Check in with the seller for questions.
However, Sabrina gave it five stars and said, "Came in right after a snow storm so of course stuff was already shoveled but looks nice. Decent size, dad likes it."
Homegear's thrower has a clearing width of 12 inches and can cut through six inches of snow. It boasts a revolution speed of 4000r/min and has a button start system. It also has a maximum throw distance of 20 feet. This is another great thrower to consider for budgets under $90.
Using the blower is easy since it weighs 11 lbs. (Time to put the kids to work over the holiday break.)
"Living in the northeast with all the storms this winter this was great for me. My association clears only front walk but not the back decks, or around furnace exhaust vents. While it's a little heavier than I expected, I was able to master using it and it did the job I needed."
This post was originally published on January 21, 2021.