Don’t unpack your swimsuit and flip flops quite yet; Christmas may be over and the new year has arrived, but winter is far from over. More snow, frost and ice are sure to hit the country at least a few more times before spring comes along and saves us all from misery, so we’ve got to hold out at least a couple more months.
If you’re sick of shoveling your walk and driveway but can’t justify the price of an expensive snow blower, an electric snow shovel might be what you’re looking for. Cheaper than a traditional snow blower, an electric snow shovel is essentially a narrow snow thrower, making it perfect for sidewalks and walkways. Here are five great ones you can get right now.
1. Toro 38361 Power Shovel 7.5 Amp Electric Snow Thrower
Toro snow throwers are lauded as the number one brand of electric snow throwers in the United States. This 7.5 amp electric snow shovel in particular is the perfect size for city or country residents who have sidewalks, walkways, steps or decks to clear of snow. In just 20 minutes, this electric snow shovel can clear four inches of snow from a driveway 50 feet long by 20 feet wide. The little guy can move 300 pounds of snow a minute, blowing it up to 20 feet away. In other words, this thing is quite capable if you don’t want to purchase a full-sized snow blower.
Price: $99 (34 percent off MSRP)
- Moves 300 pounds of snow per minute
- Cuts 12 inches wide and six inches deep
- Plastic blade could scratch surfaces
- Not ideal for heavy snowfall
- Cord not included
2. GreenWorks 26022 10 Amp 16″ Corded Snow Thrower
A bit more powerful than the Toro, the GreenWorks 26022 10 Amp 16″ corded snow thrower is great for those that live in areas with heavy snowfall. With a 10-amp motor, 16-inch clearing width and six-inch clearing depth, the GreenWorks electric snow shovel will get the work done efficiently and economically. The snow shovel moves double what the Toro is capable of: 600 pounds per minute. It’s a bit heavy at 26 pounds, but that’s a small price to pay for its power.
Price: $125.36 (16 percent off MSRP)
- Four year warrant
- Moves 600 pounds of snow a minute
- 16- by six-inch clearing path
- Only slightly faster than regular shovel
- Blades can break
- No cord included
- On the heavy side
3. Snow Joe 324E 10 Amp Electric Snow Shovel
Snow Joe is a trusted brand when it comes to shovels and snow blowers, so it should come as no surprise a few made it onto our list. This Snow Joe 324E features a 10-amp motor, which is great for moderate jobs. The two-blade paddle auger clears 300 pounds of snow per minute in a path 11 inches wide and six inches deep. Two included LED lights make it easy to shovel late at night or in the predawn hours. The shovel itself features an “ergonomic design with adjustable handle to minimize user strain,” which makes it perfect for those of you breaking your backs with traditional shovels.
Price: $119.99 (8 percent off MSRP)
- 10-amp motor
- Moves 300 pounds of snow a minute
- Two-blade paddle auger
- Includes lights
- Can’t control direction of thrown snow
- Not ideal for driveways
- No cord
4. Snow Joe 322P 12-Inch 7.5 Amp Electric Snow Thrower
At 7.5 amps, 16 pounds and only $85, the Snow Joe 322P electric snow shovel is the weakest (and cheapest) on our list, but that doesn’t make it a poor choice by any means. In fact, this guy is probably the best when it comes to very small jobs. An elderly person might find it useful to clear a path down the driveway to their mailbox, for instance. Or maybe they can use it to make a walkway for a pet who has to do its business outdoors. If the job is small, the Snow Joe 322P can handle it.
Price: $85 (6 percent off MSRP)
- Design alleviates back strain
- Three rotor blades
- Blade can chip/break
- No thrown snow directional control
- Not as powerful as other models
- Cord not included
5. Snow Joe iON13SS 40-volt Cordless Snow Shovel
The most expensive electric snow shovel to make our list isn’t really an electric snow shovel at all. That’s because it’s cordless. It runs on a 40-volt battery, which means you can use the whisper-quiet snow shovel for up to 52 minutes without an annoying extension cord getting in the way. The two-blade paddle auger, powered by a 500-watt motor, clears 300 pounds of snow, throwing it up to 25 feet by clearing a path 13 inches wide and six inches deep, making it great for sidewalks, patios, decks, walkways and even small driveways.
- No pull cords, gas, oil or tune-ups
- Some cheap parts
- Only one battery included