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 about five years, and in that time, it’s been nearly impossible to find models worth recommending.
But that’s changing. These tools, which are sometimes sold as "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, CR’s test engineer in charge of snow blowers.
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.