Best Electric Snow Shovels & Blowers Reviewed & Rated for Quality

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Well winter is coming, it’s always coming, but now it’s right around the corner and on some mornings there’s a distinct chill in the air. And with that chill comes the certainty that soon enough, the rains of Spring will turn into the snows of Winter and that means doing your due diligence as a neighbor and keeping your sidewalks and driveways clean when the white stuff makes an appearance. And for those of us who have to work no matter the weather well then, it’s not just the right thing to do it’s a necessity for staying employed. But snow is heavy, and our back hurts so we’ve decided to help you out with a great new list of electric snow shovels that will have you laughing at the weather and also enjoying the cleanest sidewalks in town.

Standout Picks

Snow Joe iON13SS-HYB
The best on the list by far, and also the best Snow Joe model you can purchase. This is the model that people buy when they don’t want to worry about having to purchase another in a few years.
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GreenWorks
It may not have nabbed the top spot, but the 26022 model from GreenWorks is a heavy-duty snow shovel that can clear a lot of snow. Large and corded, this is what users turn to when they want pure power.
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$99.99
Snow Joe 323E
Snow Joe makes it on the list again, this time with the reliable 323E. This is arguably their best corded model and has been used to clear out snow worldwide.
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$83.89
WORX WG650
The aptly named Worx simply put gets the job done. It’s got a 180-degree adjustable chute that’s going to toss that snow at least 30 feet into your neighbor’s yard (kidding! We’re kidding) and it’s built to be easy to use and adjust with toolless adjustment of the chute and handlebar length. All said and done this is an nice little electric workhorse.
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Earthwise
Earthwise is one of the smaller companies in the industry, but one that offers pretty good products. This model has received a lot of attention for reliability and ample power where necessary.
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 Ryobi
Ryobi is another one of those companies that put out quality products year-round. Their smaller electric shovel may seem underpowered, but when the time comes to work it has proven to be a consistent piece of equipment.
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$176.95
Troy-Bilt Squall
The Troy Bilt Squall is the one you know you want. We put it in the electric category because it has an amazing electric starter, and once that gets the blower going it has the power assist of a gas engine that will give you the power to really move an amazing amount of snow and get you in out of the cold in no time. It also has the added comfort of a warranty in case things go South.
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Homegear ZESB-2000
Homegear decides to be the jack of all trades with this high powered model and trounces a good amount of the competition in the process. This may not be the best in the industry but it definitely has some very original ideas.
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Briggs & Stratton
Another electric gas hybrid that’s going to make for easy starting but has enough power to move a lot of snow quickly. It’s pricey but this is a powerful machine.
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GreenWorks 2600702
Once again GreenWorks appears on the list, but it will be one of the few times you see a cordless model. Cordless models of high quality are a rarity, so this is a very good choice for most customers.
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$258.58

Criteria Used for Evaluation

Value

Price was the first criteria on our radar and was also difficult to process. Not only did we have to look at performance per dollar, but we also had to factor in the usefulness of more powerful options compared to smaller ones. A balance was found by combining the price of the product with accessories, batteries (if needed) and electricity usage. Some products turned out to be a better deal than others with this method and went to the top five quite easily. This also led to some early eliminations of products that were overpriced for what they offered.

Power Source

Power was next on our list, or rather ‘power draw’ for corded products and power used for recharging battery-powered products. Cord length was a partial part of our power draw criteria but only mattered when the cord length was below average. Models that used the least amount of power were the favored models in this category.

Hybrids automatically gained the top points due to their versatility and made for an easy win with some of the higher-profile choices. A key point for some of the models is that they had the same power draw even with extended usage, rather than a varying draw. For homes with weak electrical, it works much better on the outlet.

Responsiveness

The technology was a window into the inner power workings. So in short, technology was a way to grade battery-powered and hybrid models. Corded models were left out of this criteria, but they haven't deducted points.

Hybrids were the big winners (again) although there were some surprises with the battery-operated models. A few were able to last longer on a single charge, and at least one had a quicker recharge time than its hybrid competitor. Snow Joe did well with these criteria and was able to move multiple products into the top five.

Effectiveness

Throwing is something that any customer should pay attention to. It is an often overlooked feature and was one of our top deciding criteria’s. We rated on their throwing customization, which factors in directional ability and the feet the product throws snow.

A lot of them used fixed augers in one direction. This gave directional augers much better scores on our list and favorable buys for customers that have to shovel a lot of snow. There was only a few feet difference between the major players on the list when measuring how handily the auger throws snow, the latter half of the list evened out. So how easy is it for customers new to these to clear an area?

Ease of Use

Usability covered multiple things related to the first time user’s experience. Weight, instructions, and ease of use were dominant in deciding how a good portion of the list was ranked. Even well-known brands had trouble gaining ground with this criteria.

It was all about finding that sweet spot that gave users ultimate control over the product without overwhelming them with advanced options. The biggest winners with these criteria were no more complicated than using lawnmowers. Features is another category where brands like Snow Joe cleaned up. They are known for packing in a lot of user-friendly options with their products, and it worked out well for them with these criteria.

Best Electric Snow Shovels

1. Snow Joe iON13SS-HYB

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Snow Joe iON13SS-HYB
Snow Joe iON13SS-HYB
Snow Joe iON13SS-HYB
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The best on the list by far, and also the best Snow Joe model you can purchase. This is the model that people buy when they don’t want to worry about having to purchase another in a few years.

Hybrid Technology
The iON13SS-HYB can use the built-in rechargeable battery or can be used with the manual plug-in wire. Either way will give you the same amount of power, with the freedom to choose which works best for your situation.

Strong Battery
This not only has a powerful 500 watt, 15 amp motor, but it also has a solid 52-minute running time so that should be plenty to get your driveway clean.

Cost and Value
Even though the product is high priced, it does come with the choice of hybrid, core tool or battery/charger models. The value is thereby making the correct choice upfront with the purchase.

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2. GreenWorks

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$99.99
GreenWorks
GreenWorks
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It may not have nabbed the top spot, but the 26022 model from GreenWorks is a heavy-duty snow shovel that can clear a lot of snow. Large and corded, this is what users turn to when they want pure power.

Powerful
The 26022 can clear 16-inch paths and 600lbs. of snow a minute. For larger jobs that could make a huge difference in the amount of time SPENT hitting specific areas.

Gets the Snow Far Away
This blower has the masterful advantage of tossing the snow up to 25 feet away from the blower. That ensures you won't have to go back and do your work over because the snow just fell back onto the sidewalk.

Cost and Value
Surprisingly, buyers can get this in the low-mid price range. The value will come from customers that are switching over from the more expensive gas snow shovels.

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$99.99

3. Snow Joe 323E

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$83.89
Snow Joe 323E
Snow Joe 323E
Snow Joe 323E
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Snow Joe makes it on the list again, this time with the reliable 323E. This is arguably their best corded model and has been used to clear out snow worldwide.

Deceptively Strong
With the lightweight nature, no one would expect for it to be able to handle 400 pounds of snow per minute. With the Greenworks 26022 almost twice the size and handling 600 pounds per minute, that’s an honorable tradeoff.

Easy Moving
The 2 blade paddle auger moves a lot of snow quickly and then tosses it up to 20 feet making even the biggest jobs a breeze.

Cost and Value
Snow Joe priced this competitively and it just hits the midrange threshold, and by some will be considered low priced. Corded models of this caliber are hard to find at an acceptable price range, so it’s a true winner.

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$83.89

4. WORX WG650

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WORX WG650
WORX WG650
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The aptly named Worx simply put gets the job done. It’s got a 180-degree adjustable chute that’s going to toss that snow at least 30 feet into your neighbor’s yard (kidding! We’re kidding) and it’s built to be easy to use and adjust with toolless adjustment of the chute and handlebar length. All said and done this is an nice little electric workhorse.

Toolless adjustability
Do you need to adjust the handlebars? Do you need to adjust the blow chute to be able to angle your snow exactly where you need it to go. Well, then the Worx has you covered. It’s designed to be fully functional and fully adjustable without having to keep tools handy. This is a really nice and convenient feature, especially when it’s cold outside.

Wide Path
This is going to cut a path 18 inches wide and 9 inches deep. That’s a fairly solid amount of space since most U.S. sidewalks are about 48 inches wide, it should only take you about two passes to get a pathway through the latest blizzard.

Cost and Value
This comes in at a nice solid price. It’s not cheap but it’s not over the top expensive so you’re going to find that this little workhorse won’t put too much of a dent in your wallet but will put a dent in that ever-rising pile of snow that’s blocking your car in the driveway. So if you’re looking for an eco-friendly snow blower that’s got enough power to get the job done, this is a good choice.

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5. Earthwise

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Earthwise
Earthwise
Earthwise
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Earthwise is one of the smaller companies in the industry, but one that offers pretty good products. This model has received a lot of attention for reliability and ample power where necessary.

Large Clearing Width
For such a small company, clearing snow really big deal. Customers will love how easy it is to shovel know with this model, and all without having to use a bulkier alternative.

Big Mover
The 12 amp motor really gears up this model and allows you to clear about 430 pounds of snow a minute. There's almost nothing this monster can't move.

Cost and Value
If you want to try out one of the smaller companies then Earthwise should be given a fair shot, and they have priced this model competitively at the midrange price. With such a powerful 12 amp motor, that fits the bill perfectly.

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6. Ryobi

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$176.95
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Ryobi
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Ryobi is another one of those companies that put out quality products year-round. Their smaller electric shovel may seem underpowered, but when the time comes to work it has proven to be a consistent piece of equipment.

Small And Easy To Use
The low weight is one thing to consider, the other is how small it is compared to the others on the list. They still took the extra step of making the handle comfortable and putting the cord in a place that won’t get in your way.

Great Warranty
This comes with a 3-year limited warranty in case anything goes wrong. Based on how much snow you get in a year this might be an incredibly helpful little extra.

Cost and Value
As a true compact model, this is a must-have for areas with hard to reach spaces, but the price is high. The value will depend heavily on where you want to clear snow and if this model can reach it.

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$176.95

7. Troy-Bilt Squall

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Troy-Bilt Squall
Troy-Bilt Squall
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The Troy Bilt Squall is the one you know you want. We put it in the electric category because it has an amazing electric starter, and once that gets the blower going it has the power assist of a gas engine that will give you the power to really move an amazing amount of snow and get you in out of the cold in no time. It also has the added comfort of a warranty in case things go South.

Wide Blowing Path
This baby cuts a swath through snow up to 21 inches wide, and it can move through snowbanks as deep as 13 inches. Fact is this is an incredibly powerful machine and if you’ve got a lot of snow and not much time to do it, this powerful blower is going to get you what you need.

2 Year Warranty
This is a big help because we know that snow just puts the hurt on most things it comes in contact with and while this blower is built to stand up to a lot of damage eventually snow might get the better of you. But this 2-year warranty will at least cover you if something breaks down before the elements do their part.

Cost and Value
No doubt about it this is expensive. It’s one of the most expensive on our list, but it’s also one of the most powerful. Part of that is because of it’s dual, electric, gas hybrid technology but also just because it’s bigger and stronger than others here. But if you want that much power this is a great choice.

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8. Homegear ZESB-2000

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Homegear ZESB-2000
Homegear ZESB-2000
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Homegear decides to be the jack of all trades with this high powered model and trounces a good amount of the competition in the process. This may not be the best in the industry but it definitely has some very original ideas.

Deep Snow Cuts
At its best, the unit can handle up to 10 inches of snow, which is amazing and puts it in an elite clearing category. Not a lot of the others can get that deep, and many are capped at 6 inches.

Adjustable Chute
This adjustable chute can make all the difference in a reasonably nice snowblowing adventure and a mess of snow in your face kind of day.

Cost and Value
Due to it being a power product it is of course in the high price range. There are few on the list with this type of power, so the value is strong attached to how much snow you have to clear.

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9. Briggs & Stratton

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Briggs & Stratton
Briggs & Stratton
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Another electric gas hybrid that’s going to make for easy starting but has enough power to move a lot of snow quickly. It’s pricey but this is a powerful machine.

Heated Hand Grips
That’s right, heated handgrips. When the going gets cold the reasonably tough get a model with heated handgrips because keeping your extremities warm is really the only way to go.

Strong Enough to Deal with Snow and Ice
This is a powerful machine that is so strong it’s dual augur snow movers are going to be able to deal with not only snow but ice as well.

Cost and Value
You’re paying for power and It’s just about the most expensive on our list. But you’re getting near-professional power with this and so you’re going to pay for it.

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10. GreenWorks 2600702

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$258.58
GreenWorks 2600702
GreenWorks 2600702
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Once again GreenWorks appears on the list, but it will be one of the few times you see a cordless model. Cordless models of high quality are a rarity, so this is a very good choice for most customers.

Lightweight Even With The Battery
The battery doesn’t add any unnecessary bulk or weight the shovel down too much. This was an important feature since the selling point of the product is how light and easy to handle it is.

Features and Specifications
With a twelve-inch shoveling width you can create the perfect path in no time flat. Perfect for those who need something that is a little lighter in the weight department than soe of the others on the list.

Cost and Value
This is one of the most expensive cordless snow shovels you can purchase, and the highest price on this list. The value will become apparent if you already own other GreenWorks products and can mix batteries.

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$258.58

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