New Cheapism Research Finds Quality, Affordable Snow Blowers for Winter Weather

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Top choices under $500 include the Toro Power Shovel, good for narrow paths, as well as the GreenWorks Snow Thrower and the Toro Power Clear, both powerful and durable.

According to experts, electric models are best for areas less than 150 feet from a power source, while gas models can clear much larger areas.

A new buying guide by, a review site dedicated to finding quality low-cost products, has identified the best cheap snow blowers under $500. The list comprises three electric models and two gas-powered models. The electric Toro Power Shovel (38361), the only power shovel among Cheapism’s picks, is best for light snow and hard-to-reach areas, while the eco-friendly, electric GreenWorks Snow Thrower (26032) is a bit more powerful and performs well in light to moderate snow. The WORX Snow Thrower (WG650), another top electric snow blower, is easy to handle in powdery white stuff up to eight inches deep. For deeper, heavier snow, consumers may want to opt for the gas-powered Toro Power Clear (418ZE) or the Craftsman Snow Thrower (88780).

Experts note that electric models are best suited for smaller areas less than 150 feet from a power source. More powerful gas models are heavier and louder and require more maintenance but can clear much larger areas.

Cheapism’s picks contain must-have features and reflect feedback from snow thrower reviews. Consumers appreciate models that can tackle deep snow and cut wide clearing paths. The Worx Snow Thrower and GreenWorks Snow Thrower feature 10-inch intakes and 18- and 20-inch clearing paths, respectively. The Craftsman Snow Thrower outdoes the rest with 13-inch intake and a 21-inch clearing path. The Toro Power Shovel has a smaller 6-inch intake and 12-inch clearing path but scores points with users for being lightweight and easy to handle. By making quick work of cleaning up after winter weather, the best snow throwers in the budget price range help users save not only money but their back muscles as well.

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Max Levitte

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