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Over the five-plus years Consumer Reports has been testing battery-powered snow blowers, models that score well enough to recommend have been few and far between. But that’s changing. These tools, which are also sometimes sold as "cordless" or "cordless electric" snow blowers, are improving by leaps and bounds.
“Battery snow blowers are really nipping at the heels of comparably sized gas models, and they offer advantages that gas snow blowers can’t match,” says Dave Trezza, CR’s test engineer in charge of snow blowers.
Chief among them is that battery snow blowers need neither gasoline nor oil, not to mention engine maintenance. They also start instantly with the push of a button and tend to run much quieter than gas models. They’re lighter and easier to handle, too.
But battery snow blowers aren’t for everyone. They come mostly in a single-stage configuration, with only one two-stage model currently in our ratings, and they can’t plow as much snow. They can move 6 to 9 inches of snow per pass, while some of the bigger gas snow blowers can handle snow that's 18 inches deep in one pass. Battery models are also considerably more expensive than single-stage gas snow blowers with comparable performance. Those we recommend cost $650 to $1,300; for $420, you can get a great single-stage gas model from our tests.
(For a deep-dive on the differences between types—and to learn why we use water-saturated sawdust to test snow blowers—check out our free snow blower buying guide.)
Below, CR members can read ratings and reviews of the three best battery-powered snow blowers from our tests. We've also included one power snow shovel for those who need to clear decks or small patios of a few inches of the white stuff. For even more options, see our complete snow blower ratings, which include more than 60 models in six configurations.
Not sure what the difference is between a single-stage snow blower and a three-stage model? On the “Consumer 101” TV show, CR expert Dave Trezza explains to show host Jack Rico everything you need to know about these snow-clearing machines.