What Size Snow Blower Do You Need?

Winter's here, and if you're like most folks, you're probably dreading the thought of shoveling snow. But hey, there's a solution – a snow blower! These machines can make your life a whole lot easier, but with so many options out there, it can be tough to know which size is right for you. Don't worry, though; we've got your back!

Factors to Consider

Before you start shopping for your new snow-conquering buddy, there are a few things you'll want to keep in mind:

  1. Property Size: How much ground do you need to cover? A bigger property means you'll need a more powerful machine.
  2. Snowfall Amount: If you live in an area that gets dumped on regularly, you'll want a snow blower that can handle the heavy stuff.
  3. Surface Type: Are you clearing a paved driveway, a gravel path, or a mix of both? Some models work better on certain surfaces.
  4. Storage Space: Make sure you've got a place to keep your snow blower when it's not in use.

Snow Blower Sizes

Alright, let's break down the three main sizes of snow blowers:

Single Stage Snow BlowerSnow Joe SJ625E Review

Best for: Small to medium-sized driveways, sidewalks, and walkways.

Clearing Width: 18-22 inches

Snowfall Amount: Up to 8 inches

Pros: Lightweight, easy to maneuver, and won't break the bank.

Cons: Not great for gravel or heavy snowfall.

If you've got a smaller property and don't get buried in snow too often, a single-stage snow blower could be just what you need. These compact machines are perfect for clearing light to moderate snowfall from paved surfaces.

Our Top 3 Single-Stage Snow Blowers

Recommended
Briggs & Stratton 1697116 Snow Thrower, Single Stage

Briggs & Stratton 1697116

Single StageSnow Thrower

Overall Rating: 4.5/5

For those with a small or medium lot that don't need a two-stage snow blower, then the B&S 1697116 is a great choice & my #1 recommend single-stage blower!

Briggs & Stratton 1022E 22-Inch Single-Stage Snow Blower with Push Button Electric Start

Briggs & Stratton 1022E Single-Stage Snow Blower

Overall Rating: 4.2/5

The Briggs & Stratton 1022e has a 22-inch wide clearing path with a 12.5-inch intake height.  It's powered by 208cc engine with 9.50-foot pounds of torque

Snow Joe SJ625E Electric Single Stage Snow Thrower | 21-Inch | 15 Amp Motor

Snow Joe SJ625E Electric Single Stage Snow Thrower

Overall Rating: 4.3/5

The Snow Joe SJ625e features the same powerful 15 amp motor as it's bigger brother the SJ627e and can give you 21" wide and 12" deep paths in one pass!

two stage snow blower

Best for: Medium to large-sized driveways and properties.

Clearing Width: 24-30 inches

Snowfall Amount: Up to 16 inches

Pros: Powerful, can handle heavy snowfall and wet snow, works on most surfaces.

Cons: Heavier and pricier than single-stage models.

For those with larger driveways or more serious snowfall, a two-stage snow blower is the way to go. These machines have a powerful auger that chops up snow and ice, and an impeller that launches it out of the chute. They can take on just about anything winter throws your way!

Our Top 3 Two-Stage Snow Blower Recommendations

Recommended
Husqvarna ST224 24-Inch 208cc Two Stage Electric Start Snow Blower

Husqvarna ST224 24-Inch 208cc Two Stage Snow Blower

Overall Rating: 4.5/5

Husqvarna ST224 is our #1 choice due to it's self-propelled 208 cc 4-stroke engine, power steering, and it's ability to clear out just about all types of snow, quickly.

PowerSmart Snow Blower, 212cc 2-Stage Gas Snow Blower Thrower

PowerSmart PSSAM24 Snow Blower, 212cc 2-Stage Gas Snow Blower

Overall Rating: 4.3/5

The PSSAM24 is a 2-stage gas snow blower, featuring a self-propelled (6-forward and 2-backwards speed) engine


Ariens ST28DLE Deluxe SHO 28 in. Two-Stage Electric Start Gas Snow Blower

Ariens Deluxe 28 SHO 28 in. Two-Stage Electric Start Gas Snow Blower

Overall Rating: 4.3/5

Ariens Deluxe is a snowblower to get when you're waging a fierce war with the elements of winter, not when you need a little shoveling done.

Triple-Stage Snowblower

three stage snow blower

Best for: Large properties, commercial use, and areas with extreme snowfall.

Clearing Width: 30+ inches

Snowfall Amount: Over 16 inches

Pros: The most powerful option, can clear large areas quickly, handles deep and heavy snow like a champ.

Cons: Most expensive, might be too much machine for the average homeowner.

If you've got a massive property or live in an area that gets hammered with snow, a three-stage snow blower could be worth the investment. These beasts have an extra accelerator that helps move snow through the machine even faster, making quick work of even the deepest drifts.

Our Top 3 Snow Blowers, Any Stage & Style

Recommended
Husqvarna ST224 24-Inch 208cc Two Stage Electric Start Snow Blower

Husqvarna ST224 24-Inch 208cc Two Stage Electric Start Snow Blower

Overall Rating: 4.3/5

The Briggs & Stratton 1022e Single-Stage Snow Blower features a Push Button Electric Start, a 950 snow series 208cc engine with 9.50-foot-pounds of torque.

PowerSmart Snow Blower, 212cc 2-Stage Gas Snow Blower Thrower

PowerSmart Snow Blower, 212cc 2-Stage Gas Snow Blower Thrower

Overall Rating: 4.2/5

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Briggs & Stratton Single-Stage Snow Blower, Push Button Start

Overall Rating: 4.3/5

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Making Your Decision

So, which size is right for you? Think about your specific needs and budget. If you've got a small driveway and only get a few inches of snow at a time, a single-stage model will probably do the trick. But if you've got a bigger property or live in an area with heavy snowfall, it's worth upgrading to a two-stage or even three-stage machine.

No matter which size you choose, a snow blower is sure to make your winters a whole lot easier. So go ahead and invest in one – your back (and your neighbors) will thank you!

Additional Tips:

  • Consider electric vs. gas-powered models
  • Look for features like heated handles, headlights, and self-propulsion
  • Don't forget about maintenance and storage requirements

Armed with this knowledge, you're ready to find the perfect snow blower for your needs. Happy shopping, and bring on the snow!

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About the Author Madison Meyers

Madison Meyers is a Minneapolis native who knows what it takes to survive in the land of 10,000 lakes.

She’s made it her mission to make sure people never have to shovel again by combining her love for snow with the entrepreneurial skills she picked up at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities.

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