Best Snow Blowers at Home Depot

Find out which models at this retailer are tops in CR’s tests

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If your winter prep this year includes buying a snow blower, you’re in luck: A lack of early snowstorms across the U.S. means there are plenty of models in stock, no matter where you shop, says Courtney Pennicooke, a Consumer Reports market analyst. 

Home Depot is a popular retailer for those shopping for a snow blower. According to CR’s most recent member survey on the topic, about 25 percent of members who own a snow blower bought it at Home Depot. That’s a bigger percentage than for any other retailer in our survey. Part of the reason could be Home Depot’s wide selection, both in stores and online.

Below, we’ve rounded up the best-performing gas and electric snow blowers from CR’s tests that you’ll find at Home Depot, including those from major brands such as Ariens, Cub Cadet, and Troy-Bilt, as well as Ryobi, Home Depot’s house brand. You’ll also find a model from Ego, which Home Depot has exclusive rights to sell. It’s the most popular brand of cordless electric snow blowers, and accounts for more than half of cordless electric models purchased by CR members.

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To test snow blowers, we turn the scene outside our Yonkers, N.Y., headquarters into a virtual blizzard. Most years, our testers throw more than 1 million cubic inches of saturated sawdust—CR’s proprietary blend of fake snow—on the ground and use it to identify the best new models that can clear a driveway as well as a plow pile. Our sawdust blend gives us a consistent substance to plow in order to judge each snow blower. 

Home Depot carries both the very best and very worst snow blowers, based on our test results, and many models in between. Below are the best, but what’s the worst? That’s the GreenWorks 26022. It has an abysmal Overall Score of 20, and ratings of Poor in our most crucial performance tests. CR members can check our complete snow blower ratings, which include more than 60 models in five configurations, to see how different models perform in our tests. For more information on all types of snow blowers, see our snow blower buying guide


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