Battery-Powered Snow Blowers That Actually Work
Check out these impressive cordless electric models from CR’s tests
Consumer Reports has been testing battery-powered snow blowers for more than five years, and in that time, it has been almost impossible to find models worth recommending.
But that’s changing. These tools, which are sometimes called cordless or cordless electric snow blowers, or snow throwers, are improving by leaps and bounds.
“Battery snow blowers are really nipping at the heels of comparably sized gas models, and they offer advantages that gas snow blowers can’t match,” says Dave Trezza, who oversees CR’s snow blower tests.
Chief among them is that battery snow blowers need neither gasoline nor oil, not to mention engine maintenance. They also start instantly with the push of a button and tend to run much quieter than gas models. They’re lighter and easier to handle, too.
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Snow Blowers 101
Not sure what the difference between a single-stage snow blower and a two- or three-stage model is? On the “Consumer 101” TV show, CR expert Dave Trezza explains to show host Jack Rico everything you need to know about these snow-clearing machines.