Reviewer tested: 13 best snow blowers & snow throwers under $500, $1,000 and $1,500

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man using red snow blower to shovel snow off driveway in front of house
Best snow blowers and snow throwers, according to reviewers (Photo via Getty)

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Canadians are no strangers to dealing with harsh winter weather conditions and sky-high snowfalls. This winter, cities across the country have been hit with record-breaking winter storms, including in parts of Ontario, Vancouver Island and the Yukon. This heavy snowfall has inspired many to swap out their shovels for a snow blower or thrower. 

Snow Blower vs. Snow Thrower: What's the difference?

While they essentially perform the same task, snow blowers and snow throwers are, in fact, two different things. 

A snow thrower is a single-stage machine, meaning it uses a rotating auger to pick up snow and cast it out of the shoot in one continuous motion. 

A snow blower, on the other hand, works in two stages. Similar to a snow thrower, it uses a rotating auger to scoop up snow, but rather than immediately shooting it out, it feeds the snow into an impeller (a powerful fan) which blows it out of the chute. 

snow blower, woman using snow blower on driveway to remove snow
Snow blowers versus snow throwers: What's the difference? (Photo via Getty)

Do I need a Snow Blower or a Snow Thrower?

There are a few factors to consider to determine whether you need a snow blower or a snow thrower.

  • Snow conditions: If you don't typically get a lot of snow, a snow thrower may be a better option as they're smaller and less powerful than a snow blower, which means they tend to be less expensive. If you're used to seeing heavy snow conditions, you'll be better off with a snow blower as they're larger, more powerful, and equipped to handle heavy snowfall. 

  • Gas-powered vs. electric: Many snow throwers are corded, meaning you can rely on your home's electricity for power. However, that also means you have limitations on how long the cord is and where you can take your machine. On the other hand, snow blowers tend to be fuel-powered, so you have flexibility on where you can take them, but in turn, they require gasoline and more maintenance than their electrical counterparts. 

If you're interested in investing in a snow blower or snow thrower this winter season, scroll down to shop 13 reviewer loved-and-tested snow blowers and throwers under $500, $1,000 and $1,500. 

Best Snow Blowers & Snow Throwers under $500

Snow Joe Ultra 15 A 21-in Corded Electric Snow Blower Push

Snow Joe Ultra 15 A 21-in Corded Electric Snow Blower Push in black and blue (Photo via Lowe's)
Snow Joe Ultra 15 A 21-in Corded Electric Snow Blower Push (Photo via Lowe's)

This large electric snow blower delivers the power of a gas machine with the convenience of an electric unit. Earning an average rating of 4.5 stars out of more than 220 reviews, Lowe's shoppers say this budget snow blower is "better than expected" and say it handles "over one foot of snow without a problem."

$259 at Lowe's Canada

Mastercraft 2 x 20V Cordless Snow Blower

Mastercraft 2 x 20V Cordless Snowblower, 20-in in blue and black (Photo via Canadian Tire)
Mastercraft 2 x 20V Cordless Snowblower, 20-in (Photo via Canadian Tire)

This cordless snowblower features compact wheels for easy maneuverability in winter-weather conditions and is ideal for quick and painless snow removal on mid-sized driveways and walkways. It's a "mighty snowblower for the size," writes one Canadian Tire reviewer. "I love this little guy. It's so light and easy to move around. [...] I've had a chance to use it in -45 C, and it still lasted over an hour with those cold temperatures."

$450 $500 at Canadian Tire

GreenWorks 2600502 13 Amp 20-Inch Corded Snow Thrower

GreenWorks 2600502 13 Amp 20-Inch Corded Snow Thrower in green and grey (Photo via Amazon)
GreenWorks 2600502 13 Amp 20-Inch Corded Snow Thrower (Photo via Amazon)

This user-loved snow thrower features a 180-degree directional chute for manageable snow throwing and an electric start for a hassle-free operation. It has earned an average rating of 4.2 stars from Amazon shoppers who call the design "very lightweight," which is "good for general maneuverability."

$249 at Amazon

Snow Joe SJ623E 18-Inch 15-Amp Electric Snow Thrower

Snow Joe SJ623E 18-Inch 15-Amp Electric Snow Thrower in black and blue (Photo via Amazon)
Snow Joe SJ623E 18-Inch 15-Amp Electric Snow Thrower (Photo via Amazon)

With more than 4,000 reviews and an average rating of 4.2 stars, Amazon shoppers say this electric snow thrower is a "time saver" and "much lighter than you realize." The snow thrower boasts a 15-amp motor and can move up to 720 pounds of snow per minute. I "can't believe how good it is," raves one reviewer.

$250 at Amazon

Snow Joe SJ615E 15" 11 Amp Electric Snow Blower

Snow Joe SJ615E 15
Snow Joe SJ615E 15" 11 Amp Electric Snow Blower (Photo via Amazon)

An "Amazon's Choice" pick for electric shovels, this four-star-rated snow blower is a wallet-friendly solution for mid-sized driveways and walkways. It's "more powerful than expected," writes one shopper. "Nice and light" and "easy to move around."

$188 at Amazon

Best Snow Blowers & Snow Throwers under $1,000

Briggs & Stratton 2-Stage 208cc Gas Snow Blower with Power Steering

Briggs & Stratton 2-Stage 208cc Gas Snow Blower with Power Steering (Photo via Canadian Tire)
Briggs & Stratton 2-Stage 208cc Gas Snow Blower with Power Steering (Photo via Canadian Tire)

This best-selling Briggs & Stratton snow blower is perfect for moderate to heavy snow on medium driveways and pathways. It has a wide 24-inch clearing width and features six forward speeds and two reverse speeds. "Excellent snowblower. Works well and gets the job done quickly," writes one reviewer. "It's even easy to use at night because of its bright LED light."

$900 $1,300 at Canadian Tire

Ariens 18-Inch Single Stage Gas Snow Blower

Ariens 18-Inch Single Stage Gas Snow Blower in orange and black (Photo via Lowe's)
Ariens 18-Inch Single Stage Gas Snow Blower (Photo via Lowe's)

This top-rated snow blower comes with an 18-inch clearing width and 12-inch intake height, making it ideal for snow with depths of one to eight inches. The Ariens snow blower has an average rating of 4.6 stars from Lowe's shoppers who call it a "snowstorm champ" and "all I hoped for and more."

$639 at Lowe's Canada

Toro 18-Inch Power Clear 518 ZE Snow Blower

Toro 18-Inch Power Clear 518 ZE Snowblower in red and black (Photo via The Home Depot)
Toro 18-Inch Power Clear 518 ZE Snowblower (Photo via The Home Depot)

This reviewer-loved gas snowblower comes with a push-of-a-button electric start and quickly and easily clears up to 18-inches by 12-inches deep snow. With more than 2,300 reviews, Home Depot shoppers say it's a "fantastic" machine. "I love this little guy. It's light enough to muscle around but still has plenty of power to handle the biggest snowfalls."

$770 at The Home Depot

Ego Power+ 56-Volt Lithium-Ion 21-Inch Cordless Electric Snow Blower

EGO POWER+ 56-Volt Lithium-Ion 21-In Cordless Electric Snow Blower  in green, grey, and black (Photo via Lowe's)
EGO POWER+ 56-Volt Lithium-Ion 21-In Cordless Electric Snow Blower (Photo via Lowe's)

With an average rating of 4.4 stars out of 2,300 reviews, Lowe's shoppers say this Ego Power unit is a "great snow blower" with a "great battery life." The cordless snow blower is as powerful as gas and combines the power of any two Lithium-ion batteries to clear heavy, wet snow with ease. "It did our entire driveway, walks, neighbours walks, 50 metres of sidewalk across the street to the mailboxes, and parts of neighbours driveways too — and still showed about 25% charge remaining. WOW!"

$949 at Lowe's Canada

Snow Joe 21-in 100-Volt Max Lithium-ION Cordless Electric Snow Blower

Snow Joe 21-in 100-Volt Max Lithium-ION Cordless Electric Snow Blower in blue and dark grey (Photo via Lowe's)
Snow Joe 21-in 100-Volt Max Lithium-ION Cordless Electric Snow Blower (Photo via Lowe's)

This reviewer-backed snow blower offers up to 30 minutes of continuous runtime on a single 5.0 Ah battery charge. Its maximum auger speed moves up to 16 tons per charge, delivering fast and efficient snow removal. "I bought this battery-powered snow blower this past December, and it hasn't disappointed," writes one shopper. "In fact, it has far exceeded my expectations. Dare I say it, it's better than any gas-powered snow blower I've owned."

$799 $999 at Lowe's Canada

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Best Snow Blowers & Snow Throwers under $1,500

Briggs & Stratton 1696619 Dual-Stage Snow Thrower

Briggs & Stratton 1696619 Dual-Stage Snow Thrower in red and grey (Photo via Amazon)
Briggs & Stratton 1696619 Dual-Stage Snow Thrower (Photo via Amazon)

This supersized snow thrower features a 27-inch wide clearing path with a 20-inch intake height, perfect for large driveways and heavy snowfalls. With an average rating of 4.3 stars out of 600 reviews, Amazon shoppers are "so impressed" by the Briggs & Stratton unit, saying it "cuts through chunks and icy snow easily."

$1,343 at Amazon

Ego Power+ 56-Volt ARC Lithium 24-in. Self-Propelled Cordless Electric Snow Blower

Ego Power+ 56-Volt ARC Lithium 24-in. Self-Propelled 2-Stage Cordless Electric Snow Blower  in green and black (Photo via Lowe's)
Ego Power+ 56-Volt ARC Lithium 24-in. Self-Propelled 2-Stage Cordless Electric Snow Blower (Photo via Lowe's)

This cordless two-stage snow blower delivers the power and performance of gas without the resulting noise, fuss or fumes. With an average customer rating of 4.5 stars, Lowe's shoppers say it offers a "fantastic performance." Storms are "no problem for this snow blower," writes one shopper. "I was actually shocked as my old gas blower didn't have the power to get through the plow drift at the end of the driveway. If you're hesitant or have doubts, forget about them. This snow blower is awesome. Till the next storm!"

$1,299 at Lowe's Canada

PowerSmart Dual-Stage 24-Inch Gas Snow Thrower

PowerSmart Dual-Stage 24-Inch Gas Snow Thrower in red and black (Photo via Amazon)
PowerSmart Dual-Stage 24-Inch Gas Snow Thrower (Photo via Amazon)

The PowerSmart two-stage snow blower cuts through tough snow and keeps it away from the chute to prevent clogging while blasting snow and throwing it up to 40ft. "You cannot beat this snow blower," raves one Amazon shopper, saying it's worth the money, and they "would buy it again."

$1,100 at Amazon

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