The Best Snow Blowers and Snow Throwers For 2013-2014
Welcome to MovingSnow! This page covers Snow Blower reviews after August 1, 2013 and my picks for the best for this year!
There are new snow blowers this year but no 2014 snow blowers…
Don’t be fooled by the hype. The “snowblowers-R-Us” sites want you to think they have the 2014 snowblowers that are better than snow blowers at other sites. I will keep the current model snow blowers on this page. If a snow blower is discontinued you will still be able to read the review but the review will be in the searchable archives here: MovingSnow.com. For example, John Deere no longer makes snow blowers but there may still be a few left a some dealers. You can read my reviews of them by using the search box in the upper right hand corner of the page you are on.
The Current Brands of Two Stage Snow Blowers:
Ariens, Craftsman, CubCadet, Honda, Husqvarna, Poulan Pro, PowerSmart, Simplicity, Snapper, Sno-Tek (Ariens Economy), Stanley, Toro, Troy Bilt, Yard Machines.
There are around 125 two-stage snow blowers currently for sale from these brands. I am going to write reviews of the best and most popular first. Then as I have time I’ll write reviews of the rest. I will not write reviews of the 10,000 or so Far East Snow Blowers that are trying to get into the U.S. market. If you have questions though please leave a comment below and my readers and I will answer it.
Canadian Eligible Snow Blowers & Accessories:
New Items! I’ll add them as they are announced.
Ariens: New: Auto Turn . Zero turn without levers or triggers. I am giving it the Best Value, Easiest To Use, The Best Overall 28 inch Snow Blower award. My Review: Ariens Deluxe 28 Snow Blower with Auto-Turn Model Ariens AX254 921030
New: Ariens is back in the Single Stage business! Ariens Path-Pro
Cub Cadet: New: Three Stage Snow Thrower . Promises 50% more capacity. Toro: Came out with their Power Max Compact Line last year. Craftsman: Three new models last year. TroyBilt, Husqvarna, no word yet.
Shear Pins Replacement Shear Pins
Ignition Keys Replacement Ignition Keys
Last Years Reviews Are Here: 2012 – 2013 Snow Blower Reviews
Single-Stage Gas Snow Blower Reviews
Single Stage snow throwers are easy to maneuver, transport and store. They only work on hard surfaces like cement, blacktop and patios. Because they clean right down to the surface they will not work on gravel and may scratch your wood decks. These gas powered snow throwers will easily move up to 6 inches of snow and throw it 15 feet or so. A few will clear up to 9 inches.
Go here for single-stage commercial snow throwers: Professional Commercial Business Single Stage Snow Blowers/
Review: Ariens Path Pro 21 in 208 cc
Two-Stage Snow Blower Reviews
Depending on the model, two-stage snow blowers will move up to 22 inches of snow and throw it up to 50 feet. They will not only work on hard surfaces but you can adjust them to clear your gravel driveway or the spot on your lawn for your dogs without throwing rocks and grass. Wider models clear large areas faster. Larger impellers and motors throw the snow farther. Power steering and Auto-Turn make larger snow blowers easy to use.
I am giving ALL Power Smart and Snow Devil snow blowers a “don’t buy” rating again this year. The short warranty and lack of repair centers are the main reason I can’t yet recommend these units. Go here to read my review: Power Smart – Snow Devil Snow Blowers – Great Deal or Great Ripoff?
Go here for two-stage commercial snow throwers: Professional Commercial Business Two Stage Snow Blowers
20 to 23 inches Residential
Light to heavy snow. A good size for single car driveways. (10 X 40 feet)
Review: Sno-Tek 20 in Model 939401 Review This snow blower is not for your spouse.
Review: Ariens Compact 22 in 205 cc Model 920013 Snow Blower Review Best overall residential 22 inch snow blower
Review: Craftsman 22 in Model 88170 Review If you live in the city this may have a place in your garage.
Review: Amerisun – PowerSmart DB7659 Don’t Buy This 22 inch Snow Blower
24 to 25 inches Residential
Light to heavy snow. This size is the most common because it works well for 2 car wide by 3 car long driveways. (16 X 60 feet)
Review: Craftsman 24 inch 208cc Model 88173 Best Value 24 inch Snow Blower. Good for Heavy Snow!
Review: Cub Cadet 24 in 524 SWE Easiest To Use 24 inch Snow Blower
Review: Ariens Compact 24 in. 205 cc Model 920014 My Second choice for Best Value 24 inch Snow Blower
Review: Toro Power Max 724OE Another Great 24 inch snow blower!
Buy: Ariens Compact Track 24 in Best Traction Track Drive King Of The Hill!
Buy: Husqvarna 924 HV (208cc Two Stage) Best Traction Wheeled 24 inch Snow Blower
Review: Craftsman 24 inch 179cc Model 88172 Least Expensive 24 inch Snow Blower I recommend. Before you buy, please check out the Craftsman 88173
Review: Ariens Sno-Tek 24 in 208cc Model 920402 Another Inexpensive 24 in Snow Blower. A good choice if you don’t like Craftsman.
Review: Power Smart DB7651 Don’t Buy This 24 inch Snow Blower
Review: YardMan 24 in Model-31as63ee701 Another Don’t Buy The snow blower is ok, it the price they want for it that’s the problem.
Buy: Ariens 916003 Consumer AMP Amp 24 inch Electric Two Stage Snow Blower All electric snow blower
26 to 27 inches Residential
A larger snow blower that will still get through the side door on your garage. Works well for 2 car by 4 car drives. (16X80 feet)
Ariens does not make a 26 inch.
Review: Craftsman 26 inch Model 88970 Good Value 26 inch No Power Steering (Craftsman 98537)
Review: Craftsman 26 inch Model 88691 The Best Overall 26 inch Snow Blower, Easiest To Use 26 inch Snow Blower
Review: Toro 726OE 26 inch 205 cc Easy to use chute control (Toro Power Max 726OE 38614 )
Review: Toro 826OE 26 inch 250 cc A Toro if you live in a snow belt (Toro Power Max 826 OE 37772)
Review: Husqvarna 1827 EXLT Best Traction 27 inch Snow Blower
Review: Cub Cadet 26 in 357cc 3 Stage! Model Cub Cadet 31AH55T, Cub Cadet # 3X 26, Cub Cadet 31AH55S Highest Capacity 26 King Of The Hill!
(Review Coming Soon!) Least Expensive 26 inch Snow Blower
Review: Power Smart Snow Devil Don’t Buy This 26 inch Snow Blower
Review: Craftsman 27 inch Model 88618 A Craftsman With a Briggs & Stratton! (Similar To Snapper 1695964 and Simplicity L1226E)
Cub Cadet 526 SWE 31BH54TS
28 to 29 inches Residential
Most of these have larger motors to handle heavy, wet snow well. For 2 to 3 cars wide, 5 cars long and larger. (24 X 100 feet)
Review: Craftsman 28 inch Model 88395 with Power Steering Good Value 28 inch Snow Blower with all the extras! My No.2 Choice for best 28 inch. (Craftsman 98538)
Review: Ariens Deluxe 28 Snow Blower with Auto-Turn Model Ariens AX254 921030 Best Value, Easiest To Use, The Best Overall 28 inch Snow Blower
Buy: Ariens Snow Blowers. Deluxe Track 28 in. Two-Stage Electric Start Gas Snow Blower (Review Coming Soon!) Best Traction 28 inch Snow Blower
Review: Cub Cadet 28 in 357cc 3 Stage! Highest Capacity 28 inch!
Review: Ariens Sno-Tek 28 in. Least Expensive 28 Snow Blower
(Review Coming Soon!) Don’t Buy 28 Snow Blower
Commercial 28 inch Snow Blowers
30 inches Residential
One of these will cut your snow blowing time in half over a 24 inch. Most have large motors, power steering, remote chute controls and heavy duty gears.
Review: Ariens Deluxe 30 Snow Blower with Auto-Turn Model Ariens 921032 My Second choice for Best Value 30 inch Snow Blower
Review: Craftsman 30 inch Model 99396 Best Value For 2014! Easiest To Use 30 inch Snow Blower in 2013. Best Chute Control (Craftsman 98539?)
Review: Cub Cadet 31AH57S 3 Stage!
Review: Husqvarna 1830EXLT 30 inch Track Drive Biggest Motor!
Review: Cub Cadet 930SWE 31AH95SU Note: This review is for the 933. Everything in the review applies to this model
(Review Coming Soon!) Least Expensive 30 inch Snow Blower
Review: Beast Snow Blowers. Don’t Buy 30 inch Snow Blower
31 and over inches Residential
These snow blowers in general are heavy-duty machines capable of handling any type of snow. Most have heated hand-grips and remote chutes. There are hydro versions that will last for years.
Review: Craftsman High Capacity 33 in Model 88397 Best Value 31 to 36 inch Snow Blower. This puppy moves snow!
Review: Snow Beast Blowers. 36 in. Don’t Buy 31 to 36 inch Snow Blower
Review: Craftsman High Capacity 45 in Model 88398 This snow blower is too big for you! These are great for large, flat areas like parking lots and miles of sidewalks. Commercial operators love them, but most homeowners say they wish they would have bought a smaller machine.
Review: Snow Beast Blowers Don’t Buy Over 36 inch Snow Blower
Commercial 30 inch and Over Snow Blowers
Home Depot: Cub Cadet 31AH57S 3 Stage!