The 25 Safest Snow Blowers and Snow Removal Products

by Caitlin McCormack | Last Updated Mar. 4th, 2016

Snow blowers are fantastic for clearing large amounts of snow in a hurry, but they can be particularly dangerous when not operated correctly.

Possible injuries that can be caused by a snow blower include bumps and bruises, cuts, pinches, electrical injuries including electrocution and fires, burns, fractures and breaks, severing of digits and limbs, back and shoulder strain, and even crush injuries.

The Consumer Product Safety Commission’s (CPSC) National Electronic Injury Surveillance System (NEISS) estimates that there were only about 4 reported incidents of injuries to children under the age of 18 caused by snow blowers and snow throwers that were treated in hospital in the United States in 2014, while the overall injury rate was more than 9,000. Of those injuries about half are injuries (including amputation) to the fingers and hands.

The number of actual injuries caused by snow blowers is likely quite higher than this, as the data from the CPSC only looked at those injuries treated at a hospital, and minor injuries were likely treated at home or another medical treatment facility not included in the reporting data.

Here are some things to keep in mind when purchasing and using your snow blower:

When purchasing

  • For the most part, safety standards for snow blowers have been created by a mix of consumer groups, government agencies, producers, retailers, and suppliers and are completely voluntary for manufacturers. There are standards in place put forward by the Outdoor Power Equipment Institute (OPEI) as well as the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) that all snow blowers manufactured in the United States must follow.
  • Look for a sticker on your snow blower that tells you it’s been approved by OPEI, ANSI, CSA, ASTM, ANSI, UL, CPSC or some other such safety association. Be cautious of purchasing a product that was made in China, as regulatory standards are much different there than in the United States.
  • There are several types of snow blowers including gas and electric, single stage and two stage. How hard you need the machine to work and the size of the area you need to clear will determine the style you’re likely to purchase.
  • Some safety features to look for include lights for better visibility in low light conditions; a handlebar dead-man control which will stop the impeller and/or auger when released, much like a lawn mower; and a tool for clearing clogs from the chute.
  • If your snow blower came with a warranty or registration card, be sure to complete the form and mail it in to the manufacturer. This way, you’ll be notified of any recalls or other safety information in the event of a problem with your model. Surveys done by Consumer Reports National Research Center show most people seldom or never take this essential safety step.

When operating

  • Never allow children under the age of 14 to operate a snow blower. Given their size and strength, a snow blower can easily overpower a small child and cause them to lose control of the machine. Be sure to explain that they must never put fingers or hands inside the chute or auger to clear any snow or ice blocks.
  • If using an electric model, ensure the extension cord you’re using is rated for outdoor use and that it’s plugged into an outlet with a GFCI to prevent electrical injuries. Keep cord away from the auger. If using a gas model, ensure the engine has cooled completely before refuelling.
  • Do not wear loose clothing or long scarves when operating your snow blower as these can easily become trapped in the machine, causing injury.
  • Start and run your gas-powered snow blower outside and not in your garage in order to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning.
  • You should wear eye and hearing protection when operating your snow blower, especially gas models which can be very loud. You should also check your local laws regarding noise ordinances in order to avoid a fine for operation of your snow blower.
  • Always read and follow the manufacturer’s instructions for setup, use and cleaning of your snow blower, and don’t hesitate to contact them if you should have a question about something specific that isn’t covered in your user manual.

When cleaning

  • Ensure there is adequate ventilation before you begin cleaning your snow blower. The fumes from many household cleaners can be toxic and make you ill.
  • Ensure the snow blower is turned off or unplugged before attempting to clear a clog from the chute or auger. Always use a clearing tool, even if it’s just a stick or broom handle, to clear clogs and not your hands.
  • Ensure the snow blower is turned off before you clean any electrical component. Periodically tighten all nuts and bolts, as the blower’s vibrations can cause them to loosen over time.

In case of accident

  • In case of a cut, pinch or mild bump, immediately remove yourself from the area and seek first aid treatment when necessary.
  • If a more serious accident should occur, do not hesitate to contact 9-1-1.

With the above tips in mind, in no particular order, here are 25 of the snow blowers and snow removal products that we consider to be the safest, based on available features and average customer reviews and ratings:

Snow Blowers

1. Snow Joe SJ621 18-Inch 13.5-Amp Electric Snow Thrower With Headlight

This electric snow blower is easy enough to use that even beginners have no trouble. Thanks to its 13.5 amp motor it has the power to clear up to 650 pounds of snow per minute and can cut up to 18-inches wide and 10-inches deep in just one pass.

Key features:

  • Built-in headlight
  • Chute is adjustable 180 degrees
  • ETL inspected and approved

Cost: *Est. $192.97

This electric power shovel packs enough punch to clear up to 300 pounds of snow per minute, and it is ready to go with just a quick plug into your home’s electrical. Plus, it’s designed to reduce clogging so you don’t have to worry about stopping to clear it as often.

Key features:

  • Lightweight design is easy to maneuver
  • Throws snow up to 20 feet
  • Cord lock systems minimizes accidental unplugging

Cost: *Est. $99.99

3. Snow Joe SJ622E 15-Ampere Ultra Electric Snow Thrower

This electric snow blower features a 15 amp motor that can clear up to 720 pounds of snow per minute while cutting a swath 18-inches wide and 10-inches deep with every pass. The scraper blade allows the machine to effectively clear snow down to the pavement with less strain on the operator.

Key features:

  • Comfortable ergonomic grip
  • Instant start
  • ETL inspected and approved

Cost: *Est. $236.87

Ideal for sidewalks and smaller driveways, this electric snow blower can easily clear a 20-inch wide path at a depth of up to 10-inches. Because it’s electric, you don’t have to worry about gas or harmful emissions and its ergonomic design is comfortable to operate.

Key features:

  • Cord lock systems minimizes accidental unplugging
  • Throws snow up to 20 feet
  • Chute is adjustable 180 degrees

Cost: *Est. $179.99

5. Ryobi ZRRY40811 40V Brushless Cordless 20 in. Snow Blower

Like all other tools in the Ryobi lineup, this electric snow blower is compatible with the brand’s batteries which fit all its machines. It features load sensing technology that automatically adjusts the machine’s power to provide optimal performance and efficiency.

Key features:

  • Hassle-free push button start
  • Built-in headlights
  • Charger included

Cost: *Est. $391.93

6. Ariens 921024 Deluxe 24 254cc 24 in. Two-Stage Snow Thrower with Electric Start

This deluxe two-stage snow blower has the necessary power to tackle even the toughest of jobs and comes with an electric start for ease of powering up. Serrated steel augers provide great clearing power and the machine is self-propelled with multiple speeds for ease of operation.

Key features:

  • Clears paths up to 24-inches wide
  • Chute rotation is remote controlled
  • Consumer Report’s highest-rated snow blower brand

Cost: *Est. $928.64

7. WORX WG650 18-Inch 13 Amp Electric Snow Thrower

This powerful 13 amp electric snow blower can throw snow up to 30 feet and features a handlebar-mounted chute control that makes it easy to direct where you want to throw the snow.

Key features:

  • Chute is adjustable 180 degrees
  • Handlebar adjustment with quick clamps
  • Compact, lightweight design

Cost: *Est. $229.99

8. Troy-Bilt Squall 2100 208cc 4-cycle Electric Start Single-Stage Snow Thrower

This gas-powered snow blower can easily clear walkways and driveways up to 21-inches wide and 13-inches deep in just a single pass. The push button electric start means you can start clearing snow in less time.

Key features:

  • Lightweight, easy to maneuver
  • Chute is adjustable 190 degrees
  • 2 year warranty

Cost: *Est. $571.73

9. Ariens 921030 Deluxe 28 254cc 28 in. Two-Stage Snow Thrower with Electric Start

This deluxe two-stage snow blower has the necessary power to tackle even the toughest of jobs and comes with an electric start for ease of powering up. Serrated steel augers provide great clearing power and the machine is self-propelled with multiple speeds for ease of operation.

Key features:

  • Clears paths up to 24-inches wide
  • Built-in headlight
  • Consumer Report’s highest-rated snow blower brand

Cost: *Est. $1,031.22

This electric snow blower’s powerful 15 amp motor can throw up to 800 pounds of snow per minute and can clear a path up to 21-inches wide and 12-inches deep with just a single pass.

Key features:

  • Chute is adjustable 180 degrees
  • ETL inspected and approved
  • 2 year warranty

Cost: *Est. $271.72

11. Troy-Bilt Storm 2625 243cc 4-cycle Electric Start Two-Stage Snow Thrower

This powerful gas snow blower can can clear a path up to 26-inches wide and 21-inches deep with just a single pass and features an electric start for quick and easy operation.

Key features:

  • Clog-resistant discharge chute
  • Chute is adjustable 200 degrees
  • One-handed operation

Cost: *Est. $799.99

12. Ariens 938034 Path-Pro 136E 136cc 21 in. Single-Stage Snow Thrower with Electric Start

This powerful snow blower can clear a path up to 21-inches wide with just a single pass, making it ideal for clearing sidewalks and small- to mid-sized driveways. The backup recoil cord means you can always start your machine even when the power is out.

Key features:

  • Reinforced rubber augers
  • Electric start for ease of use
  • Consumer Report’s highest-rated snow blower brand

Cost: *Est. $599

13. All Power America AP-SB1810E Electric Snow Blower, 18-Inch

This electric-powered snow blower can clear up to 7,750 square feet of snow in an hour while clearing a path up to 18-inches wide and 8-inches deep in just a single pass.

Key features:

  • Lightweight, compact design
  • Throws snow 9.8-feet to 19.6-feet
  • Powerful enough for clearing ice

Cost: *Est. $174.37

This electric-powered snow blower can clear a path up to 18-inches wide and 11-inches deep in just a single pass, making quick work of storm cleanup. It’s easy to assemble and operate thanks to its lightweight design.

Key features:

  • Folds for compact storage
  • Double safety switch
  • Chute is adjustable 180 degrees

Cost: *Est. $139.99

15. Yard Machines 31A-63BD700 208cc Gas 22 in. Two Stage Snow Thrower

This gas-powered snow blower can clear a path up to 21-inches wide and 21-inches deep in just a single pass, making it ideal for both sidewalks and driveways. With 6 forward speeds and 2 reverse, it provides all the control you need.

Key features:

  • Chute is adjustable 180 degrees
  • Easy-to-use gas start
  • Pneumatic tires provide superior traction

Cost: *Est. $626.39

This gas snow blower is a real powerhouse and can clear a path up to 34-inches wide and 20-inches deep in just a single pass, making it ideal for both sidewalks and mid- to large-sized driveways.

Key features:

  • Throws snow up to 40 feet
  • Choose from 6 forward and 2 reverse speeds
  • Built-in LED headlight

Cost: *Est. $1,249.99

Accessories and Other Snow Removal Products

This heavy duty snow pusher makes light work of heavy snow by allowing you to easily clear away a snowfall up to 5-inches deep in just a single pass without having to bend or strain to push and lift like with a traditional shovel.

Key features:

  • Easy to assemble
  • Adjustable handle height
  • Ergonomic design

Cost: *Est. $59.99

This snow pusher is incredibly lightweight and easy to maneuver and is specifically designed for clearing wider paths of snow. It features a practically indestructible design that is also rust-proof and impact-resistant.

Key features:

  • Reinforced fiberglass handle
  • Durable UHMW polyethylene blade
  • Safe for use on wood decks, steps, sidewalks, and patios

Cost: *Est. $69.99

19. Garant GPRR24U Yukon 24-Inch Poly Blade Aluminum Handle Snow Roof Rake With 16-Foot Reach

This snow roof rake is ideal for clearing snow from those hard-to-reach, high up spots like on your roof, shed, or awnings. The aluminum handle extends up to 16 feet to reach nearly anywhere and its lightweight design won’t fatigue the user.

Key features:

  • Poly blade to prevent roof damage
  • Can purchase replacements blades
  • Moisture-resistant handle

Cost: *Est. $45.85

20. Easy Heat ADKS-1000 200-Foot Roof Snow De-Icing Kit

This roof de-icing kit comes in a variety of lengths to suit nearly any home and is ideal for helping prevent damage to your roof, downspouts, and gutters caused by snow and ice buildup, providing a clear path for water to run off.

Key features:

  • Compatible with most home designs
  • Easy to install
  • Package of 6 clips included

Cost: *Est. $99.99

21. MTD Genuine Parts Drift Cutters

This optional drift cutter attachment is compatible with most two stage snow blowers and is ideal for use in heavy snowfalls. It helps reduce drifts caused when clearing snow, cutting down on your cleanup time.

Key features:

  • Works in snow 24-inches+ deep
  • Easily mounts on sides of auger
  • Made in the USA

Cost: *Est. $29.15

22. Raider 02-1402 Snow Thrower Cab

This snow blower add-on offers the operator a spacious and protected area from which to do their snow cleanup. It helps to protect against blowing snow, freezing rain, and blowback caused by the machine itself. Quickly and easily attaches and detaches for cleanup and storage.

Key features:

  • Made from water-repellent fabric
  • Clear vinyl windows are freeze-resistant
  • Compatible with all two stage snow blowers

Cost: *Est. $93.45

23. Craftsman Snow Thrower/Mower Light

In case your snow blower didn’t come with a light, this unit allows you to increase your visibility in low-light or dark conditions. It can easily be installed on any snow blower in one of two positions for a versatile lighting solution.

Key features:

  • Directional beam pattern
  • Batteries included
  • Over 3 hours runtime

Cost: *Est. $18.99

24. Bully Tools 92200 Heavy Duty Sidewalk and Ice Chopper with Long Steel Handle

This heavy duty ice chopper is perfect for breaking up and clearing away frozen chunks of snow and ice and is made of durable 11 gauge steel for years of use.

Key features:

  • Made in the USA
  • Carbon steel blade can easily be resharpened
  • Limited lifetime warranty

Cost: *Est. $26.46

This snow brush features a sturdy design to help clear even the thickest of snow off your vehicle and has a comfortable foam grip with integrated unbreakable ice scraper blade on one end.

Key features:

  • 4 rows of bristles clear more snow
  • Colors may vary
  • Comfortable, lightweight design

Cost: *Est. $7.98

 
 
   
 
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