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Best Snow blowers

Consumer Reports Ratings for Best Snow blowers

Best Snow blowers

We tested 56 snow blowers to determine the best-performing models. Our expert lab technicians tested each Snow blower based on the following criteria:

  • Width (in.)
  • Removal speed
  • Plow pile removal
  • Surface cleaning
  • Controls
  • Throwing distance
  • Handling
  • Noise

Below lists the Snow blowers that rated best in each of the tests our experts looked for. Learn about how these tests were performed and find out which Snow blower is rated best when you subscribe.

Consumer Reports Ratings for Best Snow blowers

Best Snow blower for Width (in.)

The clearing width, or swath, in inches.


This Snow blower which tested best for Width (in.) has the following features: Engine size, Electric start, Multiple speeds, Single hand controls, Freewheel steering, Single lever chute adjustment, Headlight, Heated handgrips, Warranty (yrs.) and Engine type.

Best Snow blower for Removal speed

Removal speed is how quickly models could remove snow without laboring; single-stage machines were pushed as quickly as possible before the machine labored.


This Snow blower which tested best for Removal speed has the following features: Engine size, Electric start, Multiple speeds, Single hand controls, Freewheel steering, Headlight, Warranty (yrs.) and Engine type.

Best Snow blower for Plow pile removal

How fast the snow thrower can remove a simulated pile of snow left by a municipal plow at the end of a driveway.


This Snow blower which tested best for Plow pile removal has the following features: Engine size, Electric start, Multiple speeds, Single hand controls, Freewheel steering, Headlight, Warranty (yrs.) and Engine type.

Best Snow blower for Surface cleaning

Surface cleaning denotes how much snow the machines left on our blacktop surface after clearing with the skid shoes and/or scraper set for best clearing. The best in the test left a thin dusting; the worst left a relatively thick coating.


This Snow blower which tested best for Surface cleaning has the following features: Engine size, Electric start, Warranty (yrs.) and Engine type.

Best Snow blower for Controls

Controls include ease of discharge-chute adjustment, handle height and comfort, and engine controls and speed selection.


This Snow blower which tested best for Controls has the following features: Engine size, Electric start, Single lever chute adjustment, Headlight, Warranty (yrs.) and Engine type.

Best Snow blower for Throwing distance

Throwing distance is how far snow was dispersed straight ahead, left, and right with the discharge chute set for maximum distance. Measured distances ranged from roughly 10 feet to more than 30 feet.


This Snow blower which tested best for Throwing distance has the following features: Engine size, Electric start, Multiple speeds, Single hand controls, Freewheel steering, Headlight, Warranty (yrs.) and Engine type.

Best Snow blower for Handling

Handling denotes ease of pushing, pulling, and steering with the engine or motor on and off, as well as how straight machines track while clearing.


This Snow blower which tested best for Handling has the following features: Engine size, Electric start, Warranty (yrs.) and Engine type.

Best Snow blower for Noise

Sound pressure measured in dBA at the operator's ear. Used to determine the need to use hearing protection during operation. For a rating of less then "good", the use of hearing protection is strongly advised.


This Snow blower which tested best for Noise has the following features: Engine size, Electric start, Warranty (yrs.) and Engine type.