8 Best Electric Snow Blowers | Battery Cordless, Corded

As the saying goes: Winter is coming… as summer months fade into fall, the dread of winter snowfall is just around the corner. 

Blocking your driveway, making paths slippery, and generally being a hindrance unless you’re geared up to handle snow clearing.

In this article, I’ll explore the advantages of using an electric snow blower, over gas, and shortlist the best product on the market. I will also share my experience in what to look for when selecting the best electric snow blower to suit your own circumstances.

Best Electric Snow Blowers Verdict

If you are short of time and wish to jump straight to the best-performing snowblowers, then check out the two category winners below.


Electric Snow Blower Vs. Gas

Before we dig into the features and performance to find what makes a great

electric snow blower, first we need to understand the main differences between electric and gas machines. 

As with any piece of heavy machinery, there are benefits and drawbacks to going electric. Since electric snow blowers were released several decades ago, many people have this preconceived notion that they’re somehow less powerful than gas.

While this may have been true ten years ago, don’t count out electric snow blowers just yet. They have come a long way with new technologic development, resulting in some exceptional machines.

Because electric snow blowers run on electrical current, you can say goodbye to the days of storing jugs of gasoline in your garage. So no need to worry about passing out from carbon monoxide fumes.

Zero Emission & Low Noise

The most significant differences between electricity and gas are noise, power, clean-up, and emissions. Overall, electric snow blowers produce far less noise and emissions and are far better for the environment, and are much safer to use. 

Of course, this isn’t terribly surprising; from cars, leaf blowers, and generators, if your machine is powered by batteries or electricity, the motor tends to be much quieter than engines that run on gasoline.

Another great advantage is that electric blowers are much better for the environment. If you think that gas-powered snow blowers aren’t that bad for the environment, think again.

According to the Department of Environmental Quality, gasoline-powered snow blowers emit equal pollution in one hour than a car driving 339 miles. Times that by how many hours you use your machine each season, and it’s no wonder that gasoline-powered snow blowers make up one of the most significant emissions contributors.

Maintenance & Servicing

When it comes to maintenance, electric snow blowers are the clear winner. Because electric blowers are powered by a motor, they don’t need oil changes, tuning or replacement spark plugs.  

Although it’s worth recognizing that, battery-powered electric snow blowers will need to have their lithium-ion batteries replaced every few years for the best charge capacity. They should also be stored in a clean, dry, sheltered area to protect the parts from water ingress or corrosion.

As electric snow blowers become more popular, servicing them when they need maintenance is becoming much easier, as companies are equipped to handle the needs of your electric machine. 

Electric Snow Blower Power

When people talk about electric snow blowers, there are two main types of electric snow blowers that you can purchase: you can choose between a corded electric blower or a cordless battery-operated machine.

Both options have their benefits as well as drawbacks. Let’s break it down…

Corded Electric Snow Blower

A while back it was true that a corded electric snow blower could generate a lot more power than a battery-powered blower. But technology has moved on and both corded and cordless technologies can move significant amounts of snow, with their output being equal.

So nowadays the two main considerations are continuous run time and travel distance. Clearly, a snowblower that is plugged into an infinite supply of mains-powered electricity can run for as long as you choose.

On the downside…you are limited to how far you can travel with a corded model due to the length of the power cord limiting the distance you can operate the machine from the power source.

If you have a larger yard or driveway, this lack of mobility could prove to be a problem. Many homeowners opt for purchasing an extension cord. However, you must be careful that you purchase an extension cord that is waterproof and can handle low temperatures and a high-power load.

Cordless Electric Snow Blower

As you might imagine, a cordless, battery-operated electric snowblower is far more mobile than a corded snowblower. With battery-powered, you are no longer limited to cord length and have the range to go wherever you want.

But… when you gain in one area, you often lose in another. This manifests itself in with cordless snow blowers being limited by their battery run time…

Battery Run Time (Ah)

Battery run time varies based on the amp per hour consumed by the lithium-ion battery cell.

Amp Hour (Ah) is a measure of how many Amps a lithium battery will consume per hour.

For example, if a snow blower consumes 12 Amps per hour, and is fitted with a 6 Amp-hour battery, we can expect this blower to have a 30-minute run time.

toro snow blower battery 1

As a rule, most batteries run between 20 and 45 minutes. It’s better to find a high Amp Hour battery or better still a snowblower that has two batteries, so one can charge whilst the other is running.

Augur

An augur is a long horizontal spiral drill that spins whilst making contact with the snow or ice. In this process is breaks up and collects the snow and moves it along toward the expulsion chute.

Single-stage snowblowers rely on a high-speed augur to collect snow and throw it out. This means the auger may come into contact with the ground, so they usually have a metal augur with a plastic or rubber cap or coating as not to damage the blade or the ground surface.

snow blower augur
Snow Blower Augur
snow blower impeller
Snow Blower Impeller

Impeller

A two-stage snowblower includes an impeller. The impeller acts as a method of throwing the snow out of the clearance chute. I guess you could say the impeller super-charges the ‘blowing’ of the snow.

Single Vs. Two-Stage Snow Blower 

A single blower operates with the auger pulling and discharging the snow in a single movement. Due to this single movement, the expulsion of the snow tends to have less force and therefore is blown (travels) shorter distances.

A two-stage blower refers to two separate movements performed by the machine. The auger draws in the snow and moves it to an impeller to drive the snow out through the clearance chute. Two-stage blowers are great if you frequently deal with heavy snow loads.

Single-stage machines are usually larger and heavier than single-stage snow blowers. So, when deciding between purchasing a single-stage blower or a two-stage blower depends on how much snow you get and how large your yard or driveway is.

Make sure to think carefully about your needs for a snowblower before you decide between single versus two-stage.

Snow Blower Vs. Snow Thrower

A snow thrower is just another term used for single-stage snow blowers. If you hear this term thrown around, it usually refers to an electric single-stage thrower that is more lightweight and easier to move than a larger two-stage snowblower.

How Far Can an Electric Snow Blower Throw?

The top-performing electric snow blowers can blow snow up to 25 feet, which is a good distance for clearing driveways and pathways.

Look out for a machine that allows you to direct the chute at 180 degrees rotation. This will give you the flexibility to throw snow into a single pile no matter what direction you are traveling.

Can You Use an Electric Snow Blower On Gravel?

No, you should not use a snowblower on the gravel. You risk having your machine pick up the pebbles and damage the machine’s inner workings as well as presenting a significant safety risk as stones fly out of the snow chute. 

If you must use your snowblower on gravel, adjust your settings to an inch or so above the ground to minimize the amount of gravel sucked up into your device. 

Snow Blower Features and Controls

Every snow blower has features and controls that aim to provide a more enjoyable and efficient user experience. So let’s take a look through some of the essentials and a few ‘nice to haves’!

Chute Control

When shopping around for your snowblower, you will notice many different types of chutes available to choose from. An essential mechanism to your snowblower, the chute controls which way you blow your snow too.

There are three basic types to choose from:

  • Manual
  • Crank
  • Lever

Manual is undoubtedly the most cost-effective, and it is exactly what it sounds like: to turn the chute, you must walk around the snowblower and manually turn the chute to the direction you would like it to face. While this isn’t the most convenient, manual chutes are much cheaper.

Crank chutes are the next step up. You can turn the chute without manually turning it as you can direct it with a crank at the front of your control set. However, you do have to stop the snow blower still to move the crank.

The most luxurious option of them all, the lever chute, can be adjusted with a simple pull of a lever and can adjust the chute while the snowblower is still on. 

Self-Propulsion

Some snow blowers have the neat feature of self-propulsion. This is not exactly a self-drive feature, but it will remove any leg work in ushing the machine forwards during operations. This is usually a standard feature with heavier machines (two stages) because their increased weight makes gripping the pavement easier. If you have a lighter snowblower (one stage), you may have difficulty getting the machine to self-propel.

Track Snow Blowers vs. Wheel 

Track wheels are great for when you live on a very steep or hilly property. Navigating your snowblower is much more difficult on hills because there’s not as much traction, so if you live on a property with steep inclines, you may want to consider purchasing a snow blower with track wheels.

On the other hand, getting track wheels may be unnecessary if you live on flat ground. This is especially the case because track wheels often have difficulty starting and moving on flat ground. Track wheels also are hard to move without starting the actual machine. 

LED Lighting

Most snow blowers will come equipped with powerful LED lights so that you can see where you’re going even during the night. While some models may charge more, this is an excellent feature that you should not compromise on during long dark winter nights. 

Handle & Controls

Each snow blower comes with a variety of functions and controls. Here’s some essentials and a few optional…’ nice to haves’.

Essential:

  • 180 Degree Chute
  • Variable Speed Controls
  • Headlights 

Optional Extras:

  • Heated Handles 
  • Folding Handlebars 
  • Integrated USB Ports

Best Electric Snow Blowers: Reviews

This is the point where I share my take on some of the best electric snow blowers on the market. These machines are tried and tested, and in my opinion the best options out there.

The shortlist below has been selected on performance versus specification, durability, product features, and overall value for money.

I have also accounted for other user reviews to provide a broader scope of experience as to how the machines have performed over extended time periods and in different situations.


Toro 60-Volt Power Max E26 2-Stage Electric Snow Blower 26 Inch

Best 2 Stage Electric Snow Blower

Toro 60-Volt Power Max E26 2-Stage Electric Snow Blower 26 Inch

Specification:

  • Type: 2-Stage
  • Motor Power (V): 60V
  • Battery (Ah): 2x 7.5 Ah batteries
  • Run-Time: Up to 3,000 sq ft or 30 Car Spaces
  • Clearing Width: 26 Inch
  • Throwing Distance: Up to 45 feet

Mighty, powerful, and mean, the Toro 60-Volt Power 2-stage snow blower has everything you will need to get the big jobs under control.

Equipped with two 7.5 Ah lithium-ion batteries plus a spare port to add an optional third battery unit for those large demanding jobs. The standard two battery power pack lasted long enough to clear an area of the driveway of around 3,000 square feet, which is the equivalent of around 30 car parking spaces.

The 26-inch clearing width is partnered with a 20” height intake, which was perfect for handling snow up to 10 inches in my case, and I have no doubt it would munch its way through much deeper snowfall optimizing the 20” intake.

But just because it’s big and is manufactured with heavy-duty steel, doesn’t mean Toro compromises on maneuverability. It is designed with an innovative, intuitive Quick Stick control so you can move in and out of tight spaces and flip the chute’s direction without stopping. 

This powerful snowblower comfortably put snow 30-40 feet away in my direction of choice.

The Toro E26 comes with a self-propelled option to give your back and legs a break for those long, arduous jobs. The Toro boasts many other useful features including:

  • Ports for up to 3 battery cells for extended run-time
  • Anti-Clogging Chute
  • Quick-Stick Control
  • Built-in Hand Warmers 
  • LED Lights 
  • 3-year Limited Warranty 

Suitable for use on asphalt, tarmac, concrete, and gravel surfaces, this is a versatile electric snow blower that is built to last.

I highly recommend this machine, at around $1,800 this is a high-end piece of kit, and its performance matches its price…premium.

Check the Toro 60-Volt Power Max E26 price here.


Snow Joe 100-Volt iONPRO Cordless Dual-Stage Snow Blower 24 Inch

Snow Joe 100-Volt iONPRO Cordless Dual-Stage Snow Blower 24 Inch

Specification:

  • Type: 2-Stage
  • Motor Power (V): 100V
  • Battery (Ah): 2x 5.0 Ah batteries
  • Run-Time: Up to 3,200 sq ft or 30 Car Spaces
  • Clearing Width: 24 Inch
  • Throwing Distance: Up to 30 feet

The Snow Joe 100V Cordless Electric SnowBlower offers a good lower-cost alternative to the Toro PowerMax. The Snow Joe comes in around $500 cheaper.

Featuring a 24-inch clearing path capable of handling snow up to 17” deep this is a heavy-duty machine. The manufacturer claims this self-propelled snow blower will clear 3,200 ft of snow on a single charge, but in my tests, the battery lasted around 26 minutes and I estimate around 2,500 sq ft.

A 4000W brushless motor can be operated at variable speed to power the hefty augur’s dual blades, which are robust and capable of breaking iced-up snow and throwing it 30 feet.

The chute is auto-control, meaning you steer it from the control panel through 180 degrees. You also get LED lights, reverse gear, and USB ports.

Other features include: 

  • 2 x 100 Volt 5.0 Ah batteries
  • LED Headlights
  • Reverse Gear
  • Integrated USB ports 

The chute controls are not the easiest to use and as the weather gets colder, this only makes it a little more challenging for those little fingers to use. Overall a very nice dual stage snowblower, but for the additional $500 I would shoot for the Toro every time.

Check SnowJoe’s 100V SnowBlower’s latest price here at Home Depot.


PowerSmart 80-Volt Cordless 2 Stage Snow Blower 24 Inch

PowerSmart 80-Volt Cordless 2 Stage Snow Blower 24 Inch

Specification:

  • Type: 2-Stage
  • Motor Power (V): 80V
  • Battery (Ah): 6.0 Ah batteries
  • Run-Time: Up to 2,500 sq ft or 30 Car Spaces
  • Clearing Width: 24 Inch
  • Throwing Distance: Up to 35 feet

PowerSmart’s 80V Electric 2 Stage Snow Blower is my final recommendation for electric 2 stage snow blowers. It’s reliable and at a fantastic price, you will expect to pay around $999 for this machine making it nearly half the price of the Toro.

It is capable of removing snow up to 20 inches deep across a 24-inch clearing path, so it will guzzle ice that’s for sure. The motor is powered with a single 6.0 Ah battery which lasted around 20 minutes…which is fine for small to medium clearing, but it is some way short of the Toro Power Max. In fact, it is half the run-time, which may suit you, and make sense at this entry-level price.

Other features include: 

  • Electronic 180 Degree Chute
  • Variable Speed and Reverse
  • LED headlights

Check the latest price of the PowerSmart 80V Cordless Snowblower here.

This is a good machine if you’re on a budget, however, if I had less than $1,000 to spend on an electric snowblower I seriously consider a step down to the Toro Power Clear 60V Single Stage Snow Blower below, which is fantastic…but it will not be up to handling ultra-deep snowfall due to the smaller intake.


Toro Power Clear 60V Cordless Single Stage Electric Snow Blower 21 Inch

Best Single Stage Electric Snow Blower

Toro Power Clear 60V Cordless Single Stage Electric Snow Blower

Specification:

  • Type: Single Stage
  • Motor Power (V): 60V
  • Battery (Ah): 7.5 Ah batteries
  • Run-Time: Up to 1,400 sq ft or 12 Car Spaces
  • Clearing Width: 21 Inch
  • Throwing Distance: Up to 40 feet

I have no specific bias towards Toro, but I have to put their 60V single-stage electric snow blower as my top pick. These guys have really hit the nail on the head when it comes to leading the market with battery-powered snow blowers. I truly am blown away with both of their machines on this list.

Snow gets cleared with ease by the steel-crafted, powerful augur, which is claimed to be 33% more effective than traditional augurs. It’s strong and was capable of throwing snow further than any of the other single-stage blowers at around 35 ft, and in fact further than the two of the 2 stage blowers on my list.

It will clear up to twelve-parked car lengths on a single charge and can tackle jobs ranging between 2 to 9 inches of snow. This 60-volt, 7.5 Amp-hour, 405 Watt per hour machine is the electric tool you need to tackle any snowstorm headed your way.

Other features include:

  • LED Lights
  • 2-year warranty on the snow blower
  • 3-year warranty on the battery
  • Locking Deflector 
  • Quick-Turn Chute Lever

I’ve become a big fan of this machine and wouldn’t hesitate to recommend it as the best single-stage electric snowblower on the market right now. You can find them for around $750 and in my view, they are worth every dollar of that.

Check the Toro Power Clear latest price here at Home Depot


Snow Joe SJ625E Electric Single Stage Snow Blower 21-Inch   

Snow Joe SJ625E Electric Single Stage Snow Blower 21-Inch

Specification:

  • Type: Single Stage
  • Motor Power (V): 15 Amp
  • Battery (Ah): None – Corded
  • Run-Time: Infinite
  • Clearing Width: 21 Inch
  • Throwing Distance: Up to 20 feet

The Snow Joe SJ626E really does offer excellent power, design, and value for money in the single-stage snowblower class. Featuring a 21-inch clearing path capable to handling snow up to 12 inches deep it caters for all but the most extreme snowfall situations.

A powerful 15 Amp motor is charged by way of a power code meaning you get infinite run-time albeit limited to the cord length. I would wholly recommend you pick up a 50-meter 12-gauge power cord extension to give you plenty of range to clear with.

The manufacturer claims snow will be thrown around 20 feet. In my experience with slightly wet snow, the steel augur was chucking snow around 16 feet. This was enough distance to clear the driveway and pile the snow out of harm’s reach using the 180-degree rotating chute.

The SJ626E can move up to 800lbs of snow per minute which is the best performance I have seen in this class of electric single-stage snow throwers.

It also comes with a set of LED lights for safe nighttime work. Plus, the tires are 8inches by 2.5 inches, so you can move the machine around with confidence in poor weather conditions.

Other features include:  

  • Steel auger with rubber blades
  • 3W LED Headlights
  • 2 Year Warranty

This is a great single stage snow blower for under $200, that I would highly recommend for anyone looking to keep costs under control, but get their hands on a great machine

Check Snow Joe SJ625E here on Amazon


EGO Power+ 56-Volt Cordless Snow Blower 21 Inch  

EGO Power+ 56-Volt Cordless Snow Blower 21 Inch

Specification:

  • Type: Single Stage
  • Motor Power (V): 56V
  • Battery (Ah): 2 x 5.0 Ah batteries
  • Run-Time: Up to 1,000 sq ft or 10 Car Spaces
  • Clearing Width: 21 Inch
  • Throwing Distance: Up to 35 feet

The Ego Power+ 56V blower is a great single-stage snowblower for anyone with a moderate area to clear. The powerful, but compact nature of this tool really appeals to me. You get a 21-inch clearing path with an auger capable of throwing wet snow over 20 feet.

The pivoting fold-away handles allow this blower to fold down into a neat compact unit ideal for storage in a medium-sized garage.

Powered by dual 5.0 Ah Lithium-ion batteries which charged in around 30 minutes and were ready to drive this machine hard for around 35 minutes flat out whilst clearing snow. I managed an area of approximately 1,000 square feet or 10 car park spaces of 6-inch snow.

Other features include: 

  • Good Battery Life
  • 21-inch clearing width 
  • LED Headlights
  • Variable Speed Control
  • On Board Chute Control

This machine is not self-propelling but is equipped with a few nice features, such as variable speed control, LED headlights.

Overall, this is a nice modern single electric stage snowblower that I am happy to recommend for moderate-light snowfall, where 35 minutes of battery time will be enough.

Check the latest price for EGO Power+ here at Amazon


WORX 40V Power Share 20″ Cordless Snow Blower

worx 20 inch Cordless Snow Blower

Specification:

  • Type: Single Stage
  • Motor Power (V): 40V
  • Battery (Ah): 2 x 4.0 Ah batteries
  • Run-Time: Up to 1,000 sq ft or 10 Car Spaces
  • Clearing Width: 20 Inch
  • Throwing Distance: Up to 20 feet

The Worx 40 Volt Power Share is a single-stage snowblower. But don’t let that fool you. It’s still packed with enough power to clear your driveway and walkways of heavy, compacted snow. 

A 20-inch clearing path was capable of dealing with compacted snow up to 10-inches deep. The maximum throwing distance was about 20 feet, pushing snow out through the 180-degree rotating chute for easy cleaning. 

One of the reasons I included this machine on my list is the Worx Power Share platform, which allows owners of multiple 40V Power Tools to share the batteries and battery charges across all of your machines. This can be a good way to get into a single Power Tools platform and save money.

Other features include:

  • Led Lights
  • Lightweight

This machine did have a limited snow throwing capability…what I mean by that is the distance it can throw snow. When I say it moved the snow a maximum of 20 feet, I mean that truly was the best I got out of it.

It’s a good machine but by comparison to others on this list, your hard-earned dollars are best spent on the other options above.

Check Worx 40V Snow Blower prices here on Amazon


PowerSmart 15 Amp Single-Stage Corded Electric Snow Blower 21 Inch

PowerSmart 15 Amp Single-Stage Corded Electric Snow Blower 21 Inch

Specification:

  • Type: Single Stage
  • Motor Power (V): 15 Amp
  • Battery (Ah): None – Power Cord
  • Run-Time: Infinite
  • Clearing Width: 21 Inch
  • Throwing Distance: Up to 30 feet

Another single-stage snowblower with a strong brushless motor, the Powersmart 80-Volt blower has a 21-inch clearing path capable of eating snow up to 12 inches deep.

This is a corded electric snow blower with the possibility of operating with a 12-gauge power cord extension 50 meters in length. I would recommend you invest the extra $20 or so, to buy a high-quality long power cord to get the best out of this machine.

The single-stage augur comfortably threw snow 20-30 feet away in the right direction thanks to the 80-degree rotating chute.

Other features include:

  • 180 Degree Chute
  • Clears 750lb of snow per minute
  • Lightweight 49lbs
  • 2 Year Limited Warranty

This is a very good single-stage corded electric snow blower, perfect for light use in up to 8 inches of snow.

Check the PowerSmart 15 Amp Snow Blower price here online


How to Use A Snow Blower?

If you’ve never used a snow blower, cracking open your snowblower for the first time can be intimidating. Below are some helpful tips for those first-timers to help you navigate your new shiny snowblower.

Preparing the Site and Snow Blower

To prep the site, you must first pick up all items that could clog or break your machine. For the more oversized items, mark out any large objects like bushes so you know to avoid them.

Prepping your electric snow blower is much easier than preparing a gas machine. Simply plug in your cord, and always keep your cord behind you. For battery models just power up the motor and you’re away.

If you have to reach into the machine to scoop out snow or a foreign object, always do this with a large stick or brush. Never insert your hand into the machine. 

Operating the Snow Blower Safely

Make sure to protect your ears with ear defenders and avoid wearing loose clothing to prevent garments from becoming entrapped within the machine.

If you use an electric snow blower, chances are you will need an extension cord. Make sure to properly size and gauge your electrical cord so that you don’t run into any electrical hazards like overheating. 

How To Make Your Snow Blower Throw Snow Farther 

Sometimes it helps to clear the chutes of any blockages as this will help throw snow farther. Also, tune-up your blower if you notice it beginning to underperform. You can also install an impeller kit add-on if need be. 

Using dish soap or a lubricant in the chute can also assist in gaining a few extra feet in throwing distance

Verdict: Best Electric Snow Blower

While there are a lot of excellent snow blowers on this list, there can only be one winner. Well, there are two actually…a single-stage and 2-stage electric snow blower, as after all, they are completely different animals.

For a single-stage machine, I recommend the Toro Power Clear. It is durable, robust, and has one of the best augurs around. 

If you need the extra grunt of a two-stage electric snow blower then you cannot look past the outstanding Toro 60-Volt Power Max E26…a real domesticated beast of a snowblower.

Of course, the best snow blower really depends on what your specific yard and driveway look like (how big it is, how hilly, and so forth). All of the snow blowers featured on my list have great benefits for various yard types.