Snow Joe SJ627E Review

A rundown of all the good, the bad, and the ugly of the Snow Joe SJ627E electric snow thrower.

Electric snow blowers are a mixed bag of blowers, to be honest.

You just never know what you're gonna get:

  • In some cases, you get a pretty decent snow blower that is perfect for dealing with small spaces.
  • In other cases, you get a pretty weak, inefficient machine that's likely to electrocute more than it is to get rid of the snow on your driveway.

Yes, it is once again time to talk about another snowblower. And this time, you might be able to infer that we are indeed about to review an electric snowblower this time. The Snow Joe SJ627E to be more specific.

Rated 4.3/5 stars on Amazon, this snow blower has a good share of fans (while also a notably opinionated small share of detractors).

In this post we'll discuss the following:

  • Is the Snow Joe SJ627E worth the money? 
  • Is it an efficient snowblower that does its job well and can last you many winters?
  • Or, is it just like the other affordable but low-quality electric blowers that end up causing much more trouble than they're worth?

All that and more will be answered in the following write up:

Important Features:

Steel augers. The steel augers sported by this piece of machinery are impressively imposing to look at. When I first laid eyes on them, I couldn't help but think about the large farm tractors you see on TV or in movies. Perhaps this equipment has applications in agriculture too? Who knows!?

When it comes to snow, the steel augers can cut 22 inches in and leave a path behind them that's 13 inches wide. That might not be as good as the gas-powered alternatives but it's pretty decent you're dealing with a small to medium-sized property.

Snow Joe SJ627E Electric Snow Thrower In Use

15-amp electric motor. The motor of the Snow Joe SJ627E is also quite decent as far as electric snowblowers go.

Usually, you can't expect much from electric snow blowers in terms of power. You're just buying them to move snow a little quicker than a snow shovel.

But with the Snow Joe SJ627E, you're getting a motor that's strong enough to power steel augers and throw snow as far a 25 feet away. That's perfect for hurling the snow over your fence and into your annoying neighbor's yard! 🤣
Dual LED headlamps.

Snow Joe SJ627E Electric Snow Thrower

Let's get one thing clear though, I would not recommend operating heavy, dangerous pieces of machinery during nighttime. You never know what little animals might have been living it's happy little life out there in the snow before you cut it short with your nocturnal snow blowing. And don't even get me started on the mess!

That grim thought being said, if you need to get the snow out of your driveway before morning, the Snow Joe SJ627E comes with a pair of lovely headlamps that'll light the way for you. In terms of luminosity, they can make sure you see right what's in front of you.

Chute clean-out tool for snow build-up. For me, this serves as a nice little touch. The little chimney-cleaner-like brush effectively dislodges snow and small debris that might have gotten suck on the chute -- which is manually rotatable by the way. It wasn't necessary to include a tool like that, but for me, it came greatly appreciated.

Other Features

  • Overall, the unit is significantly quieter than a gas-powered snowblower. That doesn't mean it's not still very noisy. Using it a night will cause some angry residences to complain.
  • The unit also has a 3-year warranty feature. This means that if you're unit breaks within the warranty period, they will send you a new unit and provide a pre-paid label for you to return the broken unit to them.
  • Finally, one notable feature of the product is that it only weighs around 35 pounds. This allows it to be much more maneuverable and makes it easier to store. It's also light enough for you to carry to different elevations on your property.

Pros & Cons

Pros

Here are the features that stood out for me, making it appear to be a worthy purchase:

  • Good, strong motor. As stated, as far as electric snow blowers go, the Snow Joe SJ627E offers a pretty decent motor. If you're looking for something that's not as strong as a gas-powered snowblower but will definitely shovel way snow faster than a snow shovel, then the Snow Joe SJ627E is a great bet.
  • Wide clearing path. Though the Snow Joe SJ627E can't compete with the clearing capabilities of gas-powered snowblowers or even other electric-powered blowers, the clearing path offered by this unit is commendable for the price it is being sold at. When used on a small-sized property, Snow Joe SJ627E is more than enough to get that driveway cleared in a matter of minutes.
  • You're able to use it at night. The addition of the headlamps makes operating the machine at night much safer.
  • It's built to last. Of course with a little TLC now and again, you have a snowblower that can last you many, many winters. BUTTT, we'd still recommend you get the PowerSmart PSSAM24 if you're one of those people who doesn't want to keep buying snowblowers every wintertime.
  • No gas is required. If you're one of those people who don't really wanna be burned with having to get gas every now and again or deal with maintenance and care that goes into owning a gas-powered snowblower, then the electric snowblower might be the kind of blower for you. Just don't expect it to be able to clear snow off an entire ranch!  Just make sure to follow our electric snow blower maintenance tips, to keep it in tip-top shape for many seasons to come!

Cons

There are the features that, in my opinion, holds the unit back and possibly might put some people off from buying it:

  • Not as strong as a gas-powered snowblower. This one is kind of obvious. An electric snowblower, Snow Joe SJ627E or otherwise, can't really compare to the snow eating and hurling power of a gas-powered snow blower. The engines used on machines like that are things not to be trifled with. And while electric snowblowers are great, gas-powered snowblowers are investments that, with the right care, will last you for all the winters of your lifetime. That and they look cool!
  • Might have a harder time dealing with blizzard-level snows. Even on small-sized properties, an electric snowblower might not be able to keep up with the kind of snowfall we've been getting these past few years. Blizzards can get worse and leave behind the kind of levels of snow that's higher than the length of your legs. I'm not saying that an electric snowblower can't deal with this, I'm just going to set expectations that it's probably gonna take longer to deal with than the gas-powered counterparts.
  • Needs to be attached to a power source. To me, this is the most pressing problem I have with the Snow Joe SJ627E or any other electric snowblower. Wherever you take them, they need to be plugged into a socket in your house or your car. And the farther you go, the longer an extension cord you're gonna need. Personally, this just gets annoying, and always looking back to check if I have enough cordage to move forward really kills the momentum.
  • Steel augers can rust and break. Steel is great and cuts through the snow like butter. But even stainless steel augers can rust and tarnish with enough exposure to moisture and humidity. And one also has to be careful when using them on certain types of terrain. Stones and some types of pavement for instance might class with the auger blades, dulling them over time. Conversely, the steel blades of the snowblower might cause scratch marks or damage to the pavement of your driveway.
  • It's not self-propelled. Another issue I have with electric snowblowers is that they are not propelled forward by the engine or their augers. When dealing with large amounts of snow, having no propulsion means you're gonna have to push harder at the snowblower to get it to the areas you wanna remove snow from. With (most) gas-powered snow blowers, they move forward on their own and all you have to do is guide them along.

Review & Final Verdict

Our Score

Though it is by no means the top-of-the-line, the Snow Joe SJ627E is still a pretty decent snowblower all things considered. In the right property, I'm sure it can perform its job well enough and offer many years of service.

Overall, The Snow Joe SJ627E is a great option for anyone in need of an electric snow blower. This model has an electric start, which makes it incredibly convenient to use. It also includes headlights that make navigating through the night much easier when you're done with your work and want to go home! 

On the other hand, if you find yourself in need of a snowblower then can deal with a larger area, or need something that can manage greater volumes of snow, then you might be better off getting a gas-powered snow blower.

They're cheaper in the long run and operate on their own power -- eliminating the need to carry around super long cables or finding the right electrical outlet.

For other Amazing Electric Snow Blowers, check out our other top recommendations, the EGO Power+ SNT2102, as well as the Snow Joe SJ625E.

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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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