Best Budget Snow Blowers
Clear your driveway—not your bank account—with these impressive models
Many of the best snow blowers (or snow throwers) in Consumer Reports’ snow blower ratings cost a pretty penny. Some approach $3,000, which can feel like a lot to invest, particularly for a tool you may need only a few times per season.
But hidden among those more expensive models are a few standouts that’ll clear a path in even the deepest snow and without draining your savings. Sure, you might have to give up some snazzy features or select a slightly smaller model, but that’s still a lot better than clearing your driveway the old-fashioned way, with a shovel.
“While we do generally see pricier snow blowers score better, you don’t need to break the bank to get a top performer,” says Misha Kollontai, CR’s test engineer in charge of snow blower testing. “At a certain point, what you get for the added cost is often more features rather than improved performance.”
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