Winter has finally come… at least that’s what’s happening right now in Game of Thrones. But as much fun as it is to watch all that Snow, it’s not as fun in real life. At least, not when you need to shovel it. Fortunately for those of us who are on shovel duty, there’s a new tool in town – the electric snow shovel. Not only does it make the work so much faster to do, it eliminates some of the health risks caused by doing it manually such as serious back damage and heart attacks. The question now is, which electric snow shovel should you buy? Not to worry, we’ve got that covered. We compiled a list of the best ones in the market for you to choose from.
Top 7 Electric Snow Shovel of 2017
- Top 7 Electric Snow Shovel of 2017
- How to Choose the Best Electric Snow Shovel
1. Snow Joe iON13SS-HYB
If you’re planning on buying an electric shovel, you might as well get one that can go corded or cordless as the situation warrants. And the Snow Joe iON13SS-HYB is the only one that has this hybrid technology. You get a 40 v 4.0 Ah Eco Sharp rechargeable lithium-ion battery that can help you throw snow up to 25 feet for up to 52 minutes. The 500 W brushless motor allows you to run through 300 pounds of snow per minute. And the adjustable handle allows saves you from breaking your back.
- clears a path 13 inches wide, 6 inches deep
- heavy duty blades
- less than 1 hour battery runtime
- using the battery adds to the weight of the shovel, making it heavy
- difficult to assemble
2. Toro 38361 Power Shovel Electric Snow Thrower
TORO is the leading brand of electric snow throwers in the US. It has a 7.5 amp motor that can blast through 300 lbs of snow per minute. It’s perfect for sidewalks, walkways, steps, and decks. The snow gets blown as far as 20 feet away. It cuts a path 12 inches wide, 6 inches deep – just 1 inch narrower than our number 1 pick. It’s also much lighter at 12 1/2 lbs. And it also has a cord lock system so you won’t have to worry about unplugging the Toro unintentionally. However, it doesn’t come with the cord and you need to keep pressing the trigger to operate the shovel continuously.
- 300 lbs of snow per minute
- trigger needs to be pressed to operate; can get tiring
- does not come with the cord
- not good for heavy snowfall
3. GreenWorks 26022
This electric snow shovel from Greenworks is perfect for heavy duty jobs. It has a powerful 10 Amp motor, a clearing width of 16 inches, a discharge distance of up to 25 feet, and blasts through 600 lbs of snow per minute. The rubber grip handle bar is adjustable so individuals of various heights can use it without having to hunch over. And it also features a cord lock to keep your extension cord in place. As an added bonus, Greenworks offers a 4-year warranty for this baby.
- 4-year warranty (double the industry standard)
- powerful 10 Amp motor
- heavy (26 lbs)
- some users have reported that the small plastic parts (washers and nuts) fall off
- doesn’t work well on lawn paths
4. Snow Joe 324E 11-Inch 10 AMP Electric Snow Shovel
Snow Joe is also a trusted brand in the world of snow shoveling so it’s no surprise another model made it on our list. Similar to the GreenWorks 26022, it also has a 10 Amp motor though its two-blade paddle auger is only capable of clearing 300 lbs of snow per minute. The shovel can clear a path 11 inches wide and 6 inches deep, definitely narrower than our other picks. But what makes this stand out is the 2-watt LED lights that allow you to see what you’re shoveling in the predawn hours or during the darkness of night.
- LED lights
- 10 Amp motor
- features a safety switch to prevent accidental starting
- tosses the snow right in front of you
- too heavy to maneuver for some users
- not for stone driveways
5. Ryobi 12 in. 8-Amp Electric Snow Blower Shovel
The Ryobi Electric Snow Shovel comes with an 8 Amp motor that can clear a 12-inch wide path that’s 4 inches deep. It has an adjustable front handle and telescoping shaft so you can customize the length and angle for ease of use. The snow is thrown a distance of 20 feet. Unfortunately, there’s no direction control. The snow is blown directly in front of you.
- easy to use
- small and lightweight
- 3-year limited warranty
- no directional control for the ejected snow
- requires depressing the trigger to continuously operate
- a bit more expensive than other models with similar specs
6. Earthwise Snow Thrower Snow Shovel
Earthwise is a small company that is slowly making waves in this industry. One of their bestselling models to date is this 9 Amp Corded Electric Shovel. It cuts a path that’s 10 inches wide and 5 inches deep, blowing snow as far as 25 feet away. It can clear 300 lbs of snow per minute. And at 11 lbs, this is one of the most lightweight shovels on our list.
- incredibly lightweight
- clears a 10-inch wide path efficiently
- not for big snow jobs
- more expensive than some models that have stronger motors and cut wider paths
7. GreenWorks 2600702 G-MAX
We added this GreenWorks model to our list because it offers a cordless alternative for those who are scared of running over their cord. It comes with a 40v lithium ion battery that has a runtime of 30 minutes. The shovel can clear a 12-inch wide path. While it is a bit heavier to lug around (15 lbs) compared to most of our other picks, a lot of users didn’t have any difficult in pushing it around. It can kick snow as far as 20 feet in front of you. This is perfect for fans of GreenWorks products because it utilizes the same batteries as that of the lawn mower, blower, and other tools.
- works with the same batteries found in other GreenWorks products
- perfect for small jobs like your sidewalk
- instruction sheet is very informative and helpful
- battery runtime is only 30 minutes
- no direction control for the thrown snow
- heavy (15 lbs)
How to Choose the Best Electric Snow Shovel
Electric snow shovels are perfect for clearing snow from small to moderately-sized spaces. And while the pickings are a bit slim, the industry has been growing enough that there are several that you can choose from to get the job done. But how does one know which one is perfect for his/her needs? That’s where our guide comes in.
What’s your preferred clearance width and depth?
These two specs are two of the most important things you’ll need to look at when choosing an electric snow shovel. It will tell you how quickly and efficiently you’ll be able ot shovel all the snow out of the area you’re eyeing – deck, patio, sidewalk, driveway, etc. The clearance width lets you know how wide the path of snow will be when the shovel passes through it once while the depth lets you know the maximum depth of snow the shovel can efficiently clear. The GreenWorks 26022 can clear a 16-inch wide path while the Earthwise Snow Thrower Snow Shovel can only clear a 10-inch path. The first model is perfect for clearing larger areas while the second model may easily clear snow from your steps or small patio.
How much weight can you comfortable carry?
Electric snow shovels tend to weigh, more or less, around 11 to 15 pounds. Though there are some heavy duty ones that are incredibly heavy. Some individuals will have no problem dealing with a 15-pound shovel while others, particularly seniors, may have difficulty using it on stairs or transporting it from the garage and back.
Does it have an adjustable height?
One of the reasons you’re buying an electric snow shovel is to prevent you from breaking your back. So, it totally defeats the purpose if you can’t customize the length of the shovel’s handle to ensure you’re comfortable. Most of our picks such as the Snow Joe iON13SS-HYB and the Ryobi 12 in. 8-Amp Electric Snow Blower Shovel have this feature.
Do you want to go cordless?
Some people dislike the idea of using an electric snow shovel because they’re afraid of running over the cord. While this is highly improbable (unless you’re incredibly clumsy, stupid, or both), they can then opt for models that allow them to lock the cord in place or get models that are battery-operated. The Snow Joe iON13SS-HYB is a hybrid – able to run on battery and use a cord, whichever you feel like using at the moment. If you own GreenWorks products, you might be better off with the GreenWorks 2600702 G-MAX which uses the same batteries in its other products.
After all these considerations, you’re ready to go look for your very own electric snow shovel. But what about price? Well, prices for this kind of product tend to vary from really cheap to incredibly expensive. But that doesn’t mean the cheapest is the worst of the lot or that the most expensive one is the best there is. Some of our favorite picks are one of the lowest-priced options in the market today. So how does one choose? Base it on your budget. Don’t go overboard if you don’t have to. Find a trusted brand that has the specifications you need and go from there. Your wallet (and your credit) will thank you for it.