Best Electric Snow Blowers

Electric snow blowers have really taken off over the past few years. They’ve found a nice niche as an affordable alternative to the more expensive gas-powered models. Prices have dropped and online shopping has made it easy for people to order and have a new machine at their doorstep in a couple days.

But choosing the best electric snow blower can be tougher. You’re not dealing with the traditional companies in the home improvement space. Imports from China have flooded the market with names we haven’t heard before. Below you will find a list of our favorite machines. This is the opinion of one man and you should seek out customer reviews and consumer guides before making your decision. We’ve also put together a buyers guide.

Snow Joe SJ623E
An affordable electric snow blower that performs admirably in the right conditions. Good power, easy handling, and perfect for those dealing with light snowfalls or help clearing a deck. Read full review
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Snow Joe SJ625E
Another great electric snow thrower from Snow Joe gives a wide 21-inch clearance with 12-inch depth. The powerful motor can handle fluffy snow with ease but runs into some clogging issues when it gets too heavy.Read full review
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Ryobi 20-inch 13 Amp
This Ryobi has a higher quality build than most competitor models in this class. 13 amps is sufficient enough for areas with light snow totals and it has some nice chute controls too.Read full review
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Greenworks 2600502
One of the cheapest snow blowers available, this corded Greenworks has enough juice to clear areas of light snow with ease. Lightweigh and simple for anyone to handle. Even comes with two LED headlights.Read full review
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Toro Power Curve 1800
Toro boasts the highest quality electric model on the market. Plenty of steel and power that can even handle some heavier snow. But you get what you pay for sometimes and this high performance thrower is priced at a premium.Read full review
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*It’s important to note that each of these machines requires a properly rated cold-weather extension cord.

Mini Reviews

Snow Joe Ultra SJ623E

The Snow Joe Ultra SJ623E is a nice choice for small to medium size driveways in areas that get light to moderate snow. The 15 amp engine has more oomph than I expected. As one of the only electric options with steel auger blades, it can cut through thicker snow than most. It’s still an electric, so keep your expectations in check. It works best in the 3-8 inch range but I’ve seen it slowly handle almost a foot of the lighter snow.

The discharge chute is easy to control from behind the handlebars. 15-20 foot throwing distance can be expected with light snow, but that is cut down dramatically with wetter stuff. Probably not strong enough for a wide driveway. Its lightweight and easy to handle. Plus it comes with a 20W halogen headlight which is a rarity on electric models.

I’m not a fan of spending a lot on electric snowblowers. The Snow Joe Ultra SJ623E falls into a sweet spot for me. It’s cheap but a step up from the lower end models in durability and performance. If you later end up deciding to upgrade to a single stage or two stage gas snowblower, you wouldn’t have dropped too much money.

Snow Joe Ultra SJ625E

This is the big brother to the Snow Joe SJ623E. 21 inches wide and 12 inch clearing depth with the same 15 amp motor inside. Should be able to handle up to 8 inches of light snow in a pass. You’ll only get around 15 feet of throwing distance. It does struggle with end of driveway piles.

This 21-inch thrower is lightweight and handles well. Has a steel auger with rubber paddles to protect wood surfaces. The discharge chute can be rotated with a crank underneath the handlebar. Unfortunately, the crank can stiffen up in the cold.

This machine gets compared a lot to the Power Curve 1800 by Toro. They’re both really nice products. I prefer the Snow Joe model. It’s not necessarily a better quality snow blower, just considerably less in price. The same reason I put this behind the SJ623E too.

Toro Power Curve 1800

In terms of performance, this is the best electric snow blower available today. With 15 amps of power, it cuts through under 8 inches of light snow efficiently. The thick plastic auger does an excellent job of clearing the surface and it can throw snow over 15-20 feet. That’s the best out of any of these picks.

The Toro Power Curve 1800 is lightweight and easy to maneuver (especially turns) for smaller individuals. The adjustable quick chute lever is in a handy spot which is helpful when you’re navigating around an extension cord. While the Power Curve performs great, it’s not built with the same quality materials you find in Toro’s gas-powered line. The auger and many other parts of the machine are plastic. The machine does have a better build quality than their competitors, but you’re going to have to treat it with care.

So why isn’t this at the top of the list? Price. This is expensive for an electric model. Especially when you tack on the $40 for a quality cold weather extension cord. For a bit more you can get a nice single stage gas snowblower like the Troy-Bilt Squall 2100 or Toro Power Clear 721 E. If you don’t need anything that powerful and just looking for something cheap, I’d take a shot with GreenWorks or Snow Joe which are half the price.

Ryobi 20-inch 13 Amp

Ryobi isn’t the first name you think of when it comes to snow blowers, but this electric is a gem. On paper, the 13 amp motor doesn’t sound impressive, but it really performs well. It’s plastic auger can handle almost 8 inches of light snow and 3-4 inches of the wet variety. Clears right down to the pavement. You can get up to 15 feet throwing distance at times which is great.

Chute controls are easy to use despite a rod that’s a bit low. Taller people might knock knees with it from time to time. With a little WD40 on the chute, there is no sticking. This model is about 15 pounds heavier than its competitors due to it’s higher quality build.

This Ryobi cord 13-amp should be priced about $50 more. One of the better performing electric options and a nice step up from budget choices by Snow Joe and Greenworks.

Greenworks 20-Inch 2600502

This is one of the most affordable options available and perfect for those on a tight budget. A 13-amp engine will give you only around 5 feet in throwing distance. But it can handle up to 6 inches of light snow. It maneuvers well and you can control both the chute and body at the same time. Folding handlebars gives this a small footprint in the garage. It will even store well up in the rafters over the Summer.

With its limited throwing ability, the 2600502 is best suited for single car driveways. It works great on decks and walkways too. Climates that get less than 30 inches of snow is ideal. At around $130, it’s tough to complain about its limitations. Just a nice, cheap thrower to help you get through Winter.