In the recent years technology has advanced a lot and finally electric snow blowers have become a viable alternative to gas powered ones. Although they still aren’t as powerful as the best gas snow blowers many of them perform well enough to satisfy most consumer needs and have multiple advantages too – they are environmentally friendly, often more reliable, less noisy, don’t emit fumes that are harmful to breath, require less maintenance (not having to do tune ups or deal with gas and oil) and start up immediately. There are three types of electric snow blowers:
- Battery Powered (Cordless): Upsides are that you don’t have to deal with cord which makes them easier to use and there’s no need to have power outlet nearby. Downsides are you usually have to spend more money to get equal performance and once you run out of battery juice you have to wait until battery recharges if you don’t have any spares.
- Cord powered: Usually more powerful that cordless snow blowers for money but dealing with cord is a bit inconvenient and you need power outlet nearby (you can also use portable generator or portable power station with outlet).
- Hybrid: although unpopular some snow blowers have both options to be powered either with a battery or through a cord.
Today we will find out which two battery powered and two corded snow blowers are worth to consider. Why only 4 snow blowers? Unfortunately there currently isn’t many models that offer good value for money but there are some.
Best Battery Powered (Cordless) Snow Blowers
#1 Snow Joe iON100V-21SB
Snow Joe iON100V-21SB is one of the most powerful battery powered snow blowers on sale today. It has 2800W brushless motor and runs on 100-volt 5.0Ah lithium-ion batteries (It comes with 1 battery but there are two slots so you can insert two batteries at the same time). With clearing width of 21 inches and depth of 12 it can move up to 1,070 lbs of snow per minute.
Snow Joe iON100V-21SB clears up to 8 inches of snow without effort. If you are clearing snow that’s 8-12 inches deep you might have to go a bit slower at it but it still does a good job. Snow that’s over 12 inches deep might require multiple runs.
It has a bit harder time with heavy snow but still does a decent job of clearing it. If it’s deep, like 8-12 inches, you might have to go at it slow to prevent motor from bogging down. Since heavy snow is dense you might not be able to physically push it fast so you might not experience the bogging down part.
It can also handle wet snow but there’s 1 caveat – wet snow tends to clog chute so you might have to clean it frequently.
Snow Joe iON100V-21SB isn’t self-propelled in a sense it doesn’t send power to the wheels however auger slightly pulls snow blower forward which helps a bit but you still have to push it yourself forward for the most part.
Snow Joe iON100V-21SB isn’t very heavy which makes it pretty easy to maneuver.
Snow Joe iON100V-21SB comes with a single 100-volt 5.0Ah lithium-ion battery but you can actually put two of them inside for longer run time. Although battery life depends on what kind and how much snow you are clearing you can generally expect it to last around 40 minutes on full charge.
It takes about 2 hours to fully recharge depleted battery.
Battery might be shipped separately from the snow blower so if it arrives without one don’t panic!
Chute is adjustable remotely from control panel and rotates 180 degrees. Deflector is adjusted manually.
Snow Joe iON100V-21SB has built-in 2.5W headlights which can be useful during dark time of the day. It also has integrated scraper bar.
Barely any assembly is required. You just have to tighten handle knobs and install chute which takes about 2 minutes to complete.
If you are looking for battery powered snow blower then Snow Joe iON100V-21SB seems to be the best option. It’s perhaps not the snow blower for heavy 20+ inch snowfalls (you will need gas snow blower for that), but it has all the clearing capability most consumers will need.
#2 EGO Power+ SNT2102
EGO Power+ SNT2102 is a battery powered snow blower has clearing width of 21 inches as well clearing depth of 13.
Clearing performance is similar to Snow Joe iON100V-21SB. EGO Power+ SNT2102 handles 8-12 inches of light snow and 6 inches of wet one without much effort. Chute often clogs when clearing slushy snow.
EGO Power+ SNT2102 weighs 53.35 lbs without batteries – 8.65 lbs lighter than Snow Joe iON100V-21SB. It’s about as easy to push and maneuver as iON100V-21SB – there isn’t a significant difference between the two.
EGO Power+ SNT2102 has built in headlights for dark time operation. Chute is electronically adjustable from control panel and rotates 180 degrees.
EGO Power+ SNT2102 comes with two 5.0Ah 56V ARC lithium-ion batteries and runs on both of them simultaneously. Battery life of course depends on the snow you clear. If you clear light snow that’s not too deep you might be lucky to get 40 minutes out of batteries, in more serious conditions obviously they will deplete a lot faster.
Cool thing about the batteries is they can show how much charge (roughly) is left. EGO Power+ SNT2102 comes with rapid charger that recharges batteries in about 30 minutes.
EGO Power+ SNT2102 is another decent battery charger snow blower. It’s actually quite similar to Snow Joe iON100V-21SB with neither having significant advantages so it’s hard to choose the winner here.
Best Corded Snow Blowers
Corded snow blowers don’t come with cord which you will have to purchase separately. You need to buy cord with appropriate gauge (AWG) rating (depends on length of a cord and amperage) and preferably one that’s cold-resistant so it doesn’t freeze.
#1 Snow Joe SJ627E
Snow Joe SJ627E is a cord powered snow blower with clearing width of 22 inches and depth of 13. It has 15-amp motor and can clear up to 840 lbs of snow a minute.
It handles light snow very well. The limiting factor here is intake height which is 13 inches – it handles equal depth of light snow without any issues.
Heavy snow might pose a bit more challenge and require you to push SJ627E slower through it.
Wet snow is not much of a problem either unless it’s slushy in which case expect chute to clog a lot.
Snow Joe SJ627E has built-in LED headlights for night time operation. They aren’t very bright but do help a bit.
Chute is remotely adjustable from control panel via lever. Deflector is adjusted with a knob.
Snow Joe SJ627E weighs just 34.6 lbs making it easy to use and even carry for many. It’s easy to maneuver too with only nuisance being having to deal with cord which can be frustrating until you get used to it.
Cord that’s up to 50 feet long should have gauge (AWG) rating of no worse than 14 (the lower the number the better) whereas cord that’s 50+ to 100 feet long – no worse than 12 AWG.
Snow Joe SJ627E is a great cord powered snow blower. It’s not expensive yet performs reasonably well.
#2 Snow Joe SJ625E
Snow Joe SJ625E is a slightly smaller version of SJ627E. It has same 15 amp motor but clearing width and depth are decreased by 1 inch each – 21 and 12 inches respectively. Another difference between the two are that SJ627 has a more advanced auger and blades.
Because of decreased clearing width and depth it clears up to 800 lbs of snow per minute – 40 lbs less than SJ627. It seemingly handles same jobs equally well as SJ627E but might take slightly longer to finish them due to decreased clearing width/depth.
Snow Joe SJ625E has built-in 3W LED light but it’s a lot smaller and less bright than the one that SJ627E has.
Auger and deflector adjustment is same as with SJ627E.
Snow Joe SJ625E is similar to SJ627E with some minor differences. It’s slightly less advanced snow blower that also usually retails at slightly lower price.