Looking to clear snow? Lot’s of it? Tired of shoveling for hours on end? Then you will love a gas powered snow blower.
In this carefully curated collection, our editor has found the best gas powered snow blowers on the market in 2021.
#1: Briggs & Stratton 1222EE Snow Blower with 250CC Engine
First in this collection we have chosen the Briggs & Stratton 1222EE. It is a powerful 250cc engine gas powered snow blower with a 22” x 12.5” clearing width / height. It comes equipped with the patented SnowShredder Auger – a technology with efficient surfaces for hard icechopping and snow clearing. The chute will allow you to quickly adjust the deflection angle. This is done with an ergonomic handle.
Reviews: In reviews the 1222EE is known for being rock solid, cutting through ice and snow with ease. Buyers have kept this durable baby for years.
#2: AAVIX 87cc Snow Thrower
For a small and compact snow blower, the AAVIX 87cc is a different, but good and affordable option. It has a small 4-stroke 87cc engine and can be used for sidewalks, decks and driveways, clearing 20 inches wide. It has plastic wheels and a manual start. The AAVIX also comes in a 26 inch clearing version with pneumatic tires.
Reviews: It is an affordable snow blower, that will clear your driveway if needed in moderate snow conditions and normal home use.
#3: Honda 187cc Snow Blower with Electric Starter
For a compact snow blower, you could also consider the Honda 659760 187cc Snow Blower. This blower will clear 20 inches of snow width, throwing it up to 33 feet away. It comes equipped with a practical electric start and smaller plastic wheels, making it quite compact.
Reviews: This Honda gets quite good reviews for a compact blower. Honda is a reliable brand in Home & Garden, and it is loved for being effective yet compact.
#4: Briggs & Stratton 1022ER 22-Inch
Another favorite compact snow blower is the Briggs & Stratton 1022ER 22-Inch snow blower. The 208cc engine is equipped with easy-to-use button start and a convenient chute rotation crank that can be operated remotely. The electric start is specified to work down to -20°F, and the blower has an assisted drive system.
Reviews: It is known for being very effective, handling both wet heavy snow and lighter snow. “It’s an awesome little snow blower“.
#5: PowerSmart 212 cc Snow Blower
Our next choice is PowerSmart 212cc Snow Blower. This gas powered snow blower will yield a clearing width of 24 inches and a snow depth of 20 inches. It is equipped with a drive system that has 6 forward and 2 backwards speed. The chute can be rotated for optimal control. It has both a manual and en electric start, and the inflatable tires will make it bite into frosty surfaces.
Reviews: The PowerSmart is known for being an affordable, yet reliable and effective blower, and it starts on the first pull. Most buyers prefer the electric start.
#6: PowerSmart DB7622H 22”
Another PowerSmart blower is the DB7622H. Compared to the previous PowerSmart, this one is a two-stage blower with less bells and whistles (for instance, it only has manual start), but then again – it is probably slightly more effective being a two-stage.
Reviews: It is recommended by most buyers as being effective, plowing through driveway snow again and again.
Choosing gas powered snow blowers – what to look for
Effectiveness: Naturally, a snow blower should be effective and work out of the box. Make sure to read buyer reviews about the effectiveness of the blower. Effectiveness is a combination of power, ergonomics, durability and clearing width.
One-stage or two-stage: On a single-stage snow blower, an auger (the blades in front of the blower) will throw the snow straight through a discharge chute. … On two-stage snow throwers the blades will collects the snow and a separate fan will then discharge the snow through a chute. This process throws the snow faster and farther away. Two-stage blowers are more effective and more expensive, but they are also less compact.
Clearing width / depth: Look for product specs in terms of width. The effectiveness of the snow blower makes the clearing dimensions important. In general, the bigger, the better. But a smaller clearing width design is also more compact. Make sure you need the clearing width the blower is designed for.
Electric start / Manual start: Most gas powered snow blowers have both an electric and manual start option, allowing you to choose one over the other, or have one in terms of backup. Read reviews to learn about what works best for you.
Wheels and tire size / pneumatic: Depending on your terrain, you might need a snow blower with pneumatic tires of a good size. Plastic wheels will work for some driveway and most home uses, but if the blower is to be driven around and used frequently, pneumatic tires are preferred by most buyers.
Drive system: For frequent use, you will appreciate a blower with multiple different gears for moving backwards and forwards. Most snow blowers have an assisted drive system that propels the snow blower forward. Make sure it pulls sufficiently (read reviews).
Chute: All snow blowers have a chute that throws away the cleared snow. Depending on the blower, the throw angle and operation of the angle differs. Read reviews to learn about how the chute operates, and whether it works like you would prefer. Make sure that the neighbors won’t mind when most blowers throw the snow 30 feet away!
Ergonomics: Design features such as the drive handle and chute operation will greatly effect the comfort of using the blower. Blowing snow for hours can be quite a daunting task, so look for negative user reviews that could reveal poor ergonomics.
Build quality: A snow blower will endure many adverse, cold conditions and a frequent use over the years. A heavy frame construction and high quality build will matter in the long run. Look at negative user reviews for comments on build quality and if anything tends to break on the blower.
Safety features: Check for important safety features like auto-stop.
Warranty: Check manufacturer warranty before you buy. Snow blowers have many moving parts (mechanics!) that can break. Some blowers offer a 2 year warranty