Best Snow Blowers for $1,000 or Less

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There’s no substitute for a snow blower after a serious snowstorm. While your neighbors are breaking their backs shoveling out from the latest snowmageddon, your driveway and walks could be cleared and you could be inside, enjoying a cup of hot chocolate and Instagramming shots of your impressive work.

But how much snow blower do you really need? Unless you live in a place with lots of heavy snowfall each winter, you might not want to shell out upward of $2,500 on a machine you’ll use only a few times during snow season.

More on Snow Blowers

Good news: A handful of snow blowers from Consumer Reports’ tests cost $1,000 or less. And many of these machines, often called snow throwers, clear snow almost as well as the pricier top picks in our ratings, including dozens of models from such brands as Ariens, Craftsman, Cub Cadet, John Deere, and Troy-Bilt.

In this roundup of the best snow blowers for $1,000 or less, we looked at single-stage and two-stage gas snow blowers (“stages” refers to the number of ways the machine moves snow), as well as single-stage battery-powered snow blowers. We also looked at power snow shovels, which work like a single-stage snow blower but are much smaller and lighter.

For a deep dive on the differences between types—and to learn why we use water-saturated sawdust to test snow blowers—check out our free snow blower buying guide.

Best Snow Blowers for $1,000 or Less

CR members can read on for ratings and reviews of the top-performing gas- and battery-powered models that cost less than $1,000, starting with those models capable of clearing a heavy snow load, all the way down to blowers made for dealing with a light dusting. They’re grouped by type and sorted by Overall Score.

Best Two-Stage Gas Snow Blowers for $1,000 or Less

Best Single-Stage Gas Snow Blowers for $1,000 or Less

Best Single-Stage Battery Snow Blower for $1,000 or Less

Best Power Snow Shovel

Snow Blowers 101

Not sure what the difference is between a single-stage snow blower and a three-stage model? On the “Consumer 101” TV show, CR expert Dave Trezza explains to show host Jack Rico everything you need to know about these snow-tossing machines.


Paul Hope

As a classically trained chef and an enthusiastic DIYer, I've always valued having the best tool for a job—whether the task at hand is dicing onions for mirepoix or hanging drywall. When I'm not writing about home products, I can be found putting them to the test, often with help from my two young children, in the 1860s townhouse I'm restoring in my free time.