Cordless snow blowers have made technological leaps over the past decade. With lithium batteries, they can now produce sufficient power for a longer duration.
There are a number of reasons why someone would choose a battery-powered snow blower over traditional options. Gas snow blowers require regular maintenance and are not environmentally friendly. Electric snow blowers force you to deal with a long extension cord. A cordless snow blower gives you the best of both worlds. Its environmentally friendly, maintenance free, and can be easily operated due to their lightweight nature. Just understand that they all have limitations.
Below is a list of what I feel are the best cordless snow blowers on the market. This is the opinion of one man and you should thoroughly research your options before purchase. This list will be updated when new models or information comes out.
The PowerSmart DB2401 is an 18-inch cordless snow blower that performs as well as any on the market. It tore through 5 inches of light snow and am certain it could handle a few more. The machine struggles some with wet snow over 3-4 inches which can limit the battery time. Despite that, it had the most impressive throwing distance of any cordless I’ve used. You could probably get away with using this on a 2-car driveway.
For a lightweight machine, it’s easy to handle. My only issue is the tires don’t grip well on ice. The chute crank works smoothly and doesn’t stiffen up in extreme cold. There is some sticking to the discharge chute in wet conditions, but some non-stick spray should cure that. This is a solid no-frills cordless machine at a great price.
The PowerSmart motor is powered by a 40V 4.0 Ah rechargeable battery. You should get 25 good minutes of use in a charge. I felt the battery worked better than the Snow Joe besides having the same specs.
Snow Joe iON18SB
Snow Joe topped our list of best electric snow blowers and the iON18SB comes in high on our list too. It’s a nice mix of price, features, and performance. The 18-inch machine uses a steel auger with 2 rubber blades to clean down to the surface. It can move close to 500 pounds of snow per minute and has throwing distance of around 15 feet. Should be able to handle 6-8 inches of light snow in a pass.
For a cordless model, the Snow Joe iON18SB is packed with features. Mechanical chute control can be controlled without stopping and is unique in this class. You’ll get a 3W LED headlight which is not that powerful. The motor is incredibly quiet and will work great on paved surfaces, decks, and patios.
Powering the Snow Joe iON18SB is a 40V 4.0Ah rechargeable lithium-ion battery. It has enough juice for 25-30 minutes of light use. Heavier snow can knock that down to 15-20 minutes.
The only thing we did not like about this model was the motor operated chute control. It could use a beefier motor, or a manual crank.
Ryobi 20-inch Brushless (RY40850)
This is a high quality cordless snow blower that comes equipped with one of the strongest batteries in its class. The 5.0 Ah battery gives it power to handle 6-8 inches of light snow . It can clear a good amount of wet snow if you’re willing to go slow. In the best conditions, it can move up to 500 feet of snow per minute and has some impressive throwing distance. The engine is quiet and doesn’t burn up when pushed hard.
Despite it being mostly plastic, the Ryobi 20-inch cordless snow blower feels well-built. Certainly better than some of its competitors. It’s lightweight and compact enough to fit in the back of an SUV. The chute is easy to control but tends to get clogged up when you rotate it while moving. 8-inch tires are a plus and it has solid traction despite weighing only 35 pounds.
One of the best cordless snow blowers on the market. If you’ve got a Ryobi lawnmower or power tools, purchasing this is a no-brainer. Their batteries are compatible. And Ryobi has great customer service.
I have heard people rave about this cordless unit and finally got around to trying it. This is a powerful unit that can handle 5-6 inches of light snow. Was able to plow through 3 inches of wet snow going slowly. Power didn’t drop either after 15 minutes. An 18-inch width and 12-inch intake can move up to 500 pounds of snow per minute.
The plastic auger is heavy-duty and should hold up if you avoid rocks. The chute is controlled through a crank and can be done with one hand. There is some clogging issues in wet snow, so I’d advise coating the chute with a good non-stick spray. The two LED headlights are powerful and the 6-inch tires have decent traction.
The Earthwise SN74018 is powered 40V 4Ah lithium battery. You get around 20-25 minutes per charge, although it does recharge quickly. Earthwise sells other yard tools that the battery can be used in.
Greenworks 20-inch Cordless
The Greenworks name has become synonymous with battery-powered tools and their snow blower is a nice addition to that line. Featuring a 20-inch clearing width and 12-inch intake, it works best in the 5-7 inch range. Adequately clears to the surface and throws light snow almost 20 feet (8 feet for wet snow).
While mostly comprised of plastic, Greenworks has added some metal to their design in areas that were wearing out quickly. It is lightweight and easy to maneuver in tight spaces. The handlebar height is short and requires hunching over for anyone over 6 feet. The two LED headlights are the best out of any other battery-powered snow blower.
This model is held back because of its price. It’s around $100 more despite having a similar 40V 4.0 Ah lithium-ion battery. Greenworks offers a cheaper model that comes with a 2.0 Ah battery. That just isn’t enough power to handle more than a few inches.
Greenworks batteries will work in their power tool line. So if you already have their batteries, purchasing this model without the battery is almost $200 cheaper. That suddenly makes this a great deal.