If you live in an area with regular snowy periods in the wintertime and you don’t want to spend all your time shoveling your driveway, you need to have a proper equipment to deal with the situation in a fast and effective way. If the depth of the snow doesn’t regularly exceed 5-6″, an electric snow shovel would be a good option. Nevertheless when it comes to thicker snow, you simply do need a snow blower. In this article we are reviewing the best electric snow blowers of the 2016/17 winter season.
The WEN 5662 Snowblaster is probably a good option if price matters and you don’t need to deal with very heavy snow. It clears an area in a 18″ wide path and can be used up to 7.8″ snow depth. This depth is only a little more than the usage limit of the electric snow shovels, nevertheless if you have a slightly bigger storage space, this model could be a good alternative due to the followings:
- Due to the wider path you can finish the work faster
- It has a chute that can be rotated 180 degrees, while the power shovels only throw the snow in one direction
- It comes in the same price range
Due to the above the WEN 5662 is constantly among the Amazon bestseller list of its category. It weights 39 lbs and is very easy to maneuver.
This electric snow blower comes with a 13.5 Amp motor which can move 490 pounds of snow per minute, throwing it up to 10 feet high and 20 feet away. The augers are made of thick rubber which can be perfectly used on the driveway and other paved surfaces.
Please note that you will need to buy a separate outdoor extension cord to operate this equipment.
The WEN 5662 is a good entry model, nevertheless just for a slightly higher price tag we would definitely recommend the GreenWorks 2600502 in this category. Why?
- It can be used up to 10″ deep snow
- It has a 20″ clearing path (2″ wider)
- It is 9 lbs lighter, weights only 30 lbs
The augers are made of polyethylene and the chute is of course 180 degrees adjustable. If you are looking for a corded electric snow blower, the 2600502 model could be a great choice in the category. The GreenWorks quality guarantees that this can be a useful equipment during many winters.
If you don’t want to mess with the electric wires but you like the light weight, easy maintenance and quiet sound of the electric snow blowers, you should consider buying a cordless electric model. In this category the Snow Joe iON18SB is a great choice.
The product is very light (32 lbs) and easy to maneuver. Needless to say that the chute is 180 degrees adjustable. It has a steel auger with two rubber blades which can cut a 18″ path in a maximum 8″ deep snow.
In the package besides of the snow blower itself you can find a 40V lithium-ion battery and a charger. How long you can use it with a fully charged battery really depends on the type of snow you are facing with. When it comes to wet and heavy snow, the operating time is around 20-25 minutes which can go up to 50 minutes with light, fluffy snow.
Please note that just like other products in this review, the Snow Joe iON18SB is also not the equipment you might want to chose if you live in Minnesota or other states with tough winters. Nevertheless it could be a perfect choice in case you don’t need to deal with more than 6-8″ snow at a time. It definitely has its place among the best electric snow blowers of the 2016/17 winter season.
Are you sure that the electric snow blowers are the best choice for you? Please also check out our buying guide on snow removal machines.