If you live somewhere that gets cold enough to have snow this time of year, then you are likely to be worried about what you will do when the snow begins. Snow is a problem whether you’re a pedestrian, a driver, a passenger, or a homeowner.  If you ignore it, the snow will melt and likely turn into ice.

If you go out to move it by hand, you’re going to spend hours upon hours shoveling, and that is just an immense hassle.  And if you pay someone to do something about it, you can find that (especially in snowier parts of the country) that gets expensive quickly; the best prices in my area were 25 dollars for driveway and sidewalk cleaning per snowfall, minimum.

So what can you do?  Take charge, forego the low-tech option of the shovel or push shovel, and get a snow blower.  Sure, it requires some initial investment, but getting the best snow blower that you can is a great way to keep your driveway clear.

4 Of The Best Snow Blowers For 2018

Before we begin to talk about which snowblower is right for you, or about what you may want in a snow blower and whatnot, let’s first take a look at a brief overview of the best snow blowers for 2018.

Now, this is just here to help you to understand the things that we are going to be looking at, and nothing more.  Now, let us take a more in-depth look at the snow blowers on this list.

Toro 38361 – The Mobile Choice

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This thing looks a little bit like a weed whacker, doesn’t it?  That’s probably a good thing because when I think weed whackers, I think comfort and light (well, relatively comfortable and light, anyway).

Anyhow, this thing is a lot of fun to use, and the brand Toro is well known for a lot of things, including making lawnmowers that, with some proper maintenance, will last forever.

It is light enough that you can essentially use this without any worry, and at 12 and a half pounds, it is easy to move around.

If you’ve got a lot of yard area or driveway space, it will take some time using this thing, but if you’re looking for consumer reports on snow blowers that do well and are actually portable with ease, this is the one for you, and it’s great if you have just a small driveway or walkway that needs to be cleared.

What We Liked

  • The lightest weight option we reviewed, and one of the most sturdy
  • Shockingly powerful for the size
  • Doesn’t require petrol

What We Didn’t Like

  • Doesn’t cover a lot of space, not suggested for use on a larger driveway or walkway

Toro 38381 – The Trusted Name

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Most people who own snow blowers fall into one of two categories; they are either people who own a decent-sized piece of property, or they are people who own a restaurant or other business and want to make sure that their sidewalk and their parking area are all cleared.

That being said, let’s talk about this offering from Toro.

Of course, right off the bat, you know that you are getting a quality product because it has the Toro name on it, and to be honest, Toro is known for making a great machine that will last a long time.

I realize that this has been said before, but Toro is one of those brands that can be kept for generations.

This Toro is all-electric, which means that you don’t have to deal with keeping it filled with gasoline.

It is 18 inches wide, and that means that you can get about a foot and three inch passes done with each go ‘round while you are snow blowing.  It weighs in at a shockingly svelte 26 pounds, which is great for those who are looking to do some snow blowing without blowing out their back.

All in all, I would definitely recommend this snow blower and it might even be the best snow blower out there today.

What We Liked

  • Still a very light machine
  • Completely electric, which saves on gasoline (electricity is generally cheaper)
  • Toro quality that you can trust

What We Didn’t Like

  • Honestly, there isn’t anything I can find about this model that I don’t like.

Biggs And Stratton 1696619 – The Beast

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There’s no two ways about it; this thing is a beast of a snow blowing machine and the kind of thing that you would see professionals who do yard work using.  It’s also a great option if you have a large driveway (as many that I know do) or a lot of sidewalks to cover.

Now, there is a drawback to having all that snow blowing power at your disposal, and in this case, the drawback is that this thing weighs in at almost two hundred pounds, which is the average weight of a full-grown adult.  You have to understand, though, that this thing is a beast with the most powerful engine than the others on this list.

Who is this right for?

It’s right for people who live in areas that get a lot of snow, people who may live at a high altitude who can’t just make due with even the best electric snow blower available on the market today.

All told, this is one of the best snow blowers on the market, and if you have the money and the need for it, I would definitely recommend splurging on it. It’s certainly one of the top picks for the best snow blower.

What We Liked

  • Huge width
  • A very powerful engine to help move this behemoth, as well as to throw the snow up to 50 feet away (and onto your annoying neighbor’s yard)
  • Briggs and Stratton is a very well-known name

What We Didn’t Like

  • It weighs nearly 200 pounds. Can’t stress that enough, folks

Snow Joe iON18SB – The Contender

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Snow Joe is a company that is not yet well established, but they are growing quickly, and that is a good thing.  They have presented us with a quality piece of machinery here, and one that many people would be happy to spend their money on.

With this model not being that tall, you can go through 18 inches in width of snow, and it can be up to eight inches high before you begin to have a problem.

Then, of course, there’s the fact that it weighs 32 pounds.

Something cool about this model is the fact that it has a battery in it.  You can walk around and run it without having to be married to the wall or having to deal with a cable (and worrying that you’ll cut up the cable).

It is the best single stage snow blower I’ve ever seen when it comes to running off electricity.

What We Liked

  • Cordless and runs off a powerful battery
  • Not nearly as heavy as some competition
  • Quality and innovative design

What We Didn’t Like

  • In general, extreme cold shortens battery life, and that can be a problem in extended use

Best Snow Blower – Buyer’s Guide

Now that you’ve come far enough in life that you need to buy a snow blower, here are just a few things to consider and the answers to a few questions that you may have about the whole thing.

How Much Snow Blower Do I Need?

The first thing to think about is how much snow you need to blow.  If you have a few square feet of sidewalk that you need to clean off, you probably don’t want to waste money on that giant Briggs and Stratton model.

On the other hand, if you have a huge driveway that extends for a quarter mile down to the road, you don’t want to be using that tiny hand-held Toro that looks like a weed whacker on the whole thing.

It’s best that you consider your needs before making any purchase.

In general, if you want a good mid-range option, I would suggest that you get the Snow Joe.

Electric Or Gas?

This is one of those questions that is a ‘more to your taste’ kind of issue.

Let’s put it this way; if you don’t want to be married to a power cable, and you don’t want to have to worry about running over that cable and chewing it up (which your snow blower will absolutely do), then you are going to need to either go with a gas engine or you will need to find an electric cordless motor that runs off a high-powered battery, and those come with their own problems.

For most people, using an electric engine is not going to be too big of a deal, and honestly, it is something that you will find will be amenable to your needs.

You will also probably find out that you are not going to need to spend too much time fighting the cord, really.

If you don’t know whether you should go for gasoline or electric snow blower, here’s a short article telling you about the pros and cons.


We’ve had a lot of fun today and looked at some great lawn- and driveway care equipment, but now it’s time to take a look at the products we’ve reviewed and name a few winners.

The first award is for the mobile solution, and that award goes to the Toro 38361 Power Shovel.  This thing is designed to be moved and manipulated without a lot of work, and the best thing about it is that it barely weighs more than the average chainsaw or weed whacker.

Truly a great device for clearing away the snow.

The second and final award will go to the Snow Joe, for being the ‘best in show’ so to speak.  I like that it’s a good snow blower for any use, but I also like that when you use this thing, you don’t have to be married to the wall and to a power cable.

These are great choices for your snow blower needs, and any of them would do great in clearing the snow off of your driveway.

If you found the perfect snow blower for your needs then let us know, leave a comment!