Waking up on a cold morning is tough enough. Having to clear the driveway and sidewalk, so you can actually get out of the house just makes it tougher. Much as we love the sight of freshly-fallen snow, having to shovel it out of the way just isn’t fun. That’s why it’s so important to have a good snow shovel that can somewhat ease the job.
Of course, if you want to clear that driveway as quickly as possible without investing in a large machine, an electric snow shovel is your best bet. These motorized snow shovels can do a lot of the heavy lifting, resulting not just in faster results, but a lot less physical strain on your part, too. Yeah, you don’t have to worry about your back when shoveling snow in the morning (fingers crossed).
These are the best electric snow shovels for your driveway-clearing chores this winter.
Snow Joe 323E
With a 10-amp motor, this electric snow shovel is rated to clear up to 400 pounds of snow per minute, allowing you to make quick work of all that icy powder that fall on your driveway every morning. It has a two-blade system that can toss snow up to 20 feet away, all while digging six inches deep and 13 inches wide in every pass. We love the curved shaft and dual adjustable grips, which allow for a really ergonomic posture while clearing, as well as the 14-pound weight, which keeps it light enough for handling. The blades in this thing do a great job of digging even in thicker piles and it’s even able to break up some chunks of ice. Do note, this thing is corded and comes with a 40-foot outdoor extension cord.
This power tool is rated to clear 430 pounds of snow per minute, with an impeller that can plow through an area measuring 16 x 8 inches (width x depth) with each pass. A pair of six-inch rear wheels make it easier to move along the snow just like a miniature blower, while the dual-curved auger blade can dispatch the snow at distances of up to 30 feet away. It’s pretty powerful, with the blades able to dig through patches of snow with ease, although you’ll need to fiddle with the tilt angle when using with thicker piles of powder. Luckily, it’s not that hard to manage even when tilting, thanks to the curved shaft and height-adjustable handle. Do note, this is corded, so you’ll need to run a long extension cord in order to use this outdoors.
The most affordable cordless option in our list, this model gets you a lightweight powered shovel that tips the scales at just over 13 pounds, allowing you to operate it with ease. The dual-blade paddle auger can clear an area measuring 13 x 6 inches (width x depth) with each pass and throws it up to 20 feet away, putting it on par with more expensive models, while a scraper blade at the base lets you come in contact with the ground without damaging the surface. The bundled 4Ah battery allows it to run for up to 22 minutes between charges, which, we’ll be honest, is far shorter than the best cordless options out there, although you can always use a compatible 5Ah module if you want longer operating times. It comes with an ice dozer accessory and a cover.
This power shovel’s brushless motor and impeller combo can clear patches of snow in an area measuring 12 x 6 inches (width x depth) in each pass, which it throws at distances of up to 25 feet away, so performance is on par with most electric snow shovels in the market. What makes it special, though, is the foldable design that allows it to collapse into a much smaller pile that can comfortably stash in a cabinet or slip in under furniture. The battery is rated for up to 45 minutes of runtime, although you’ll need to make sure you keep it indoors to keep the battery from freezing during winter (it won’t start if it’s too cold). Features include a lock-out button to prevent accidental starts, an adjustable handle for good ergonomics regardless of your height, and a size that makes it suitable for clearing decks, steps, and patios.
Equipped with the outfit’s Flex-Force battery system, this electric shovel allows you to clear snow for up to 45 minutes between charges, which should be more than enough to let you clear the driveway, so you can actually leave the house in the morning. It can clear an area of 12 x 6 inches (width x depth) at a time, then chuck the snow at distances of up to 25 feet away, so it’s quite the powerful machine. Two speed settings let you manage the power more efficiently, while the angled orientation of the shaft allows for a comfortable working posture. The only downside here is the handle, which is non-adjustable, making it a little difficult for taller users who will need to lean in quite a bit during operation.
If you already own any items in Ryobi’s line of 40V power tools, you might want to check out their cordless snow shovel, which runs using the same battery powering those tools. Equipped with a brushless motor, it can clear areas snow piles measuring 12 x 6 inches (width x depth), all while throwing the snow up to 25 feet out of the way. There’s a variable trigger that lets you adjust speed on the fly for better control during clearing, although the handle is not adjustable, so taller individuals may have to bend over a bit during clearing. It’s equipped with a 180-degree lock/unlock coupler that lets you connect the shaft to the outfit’s other Expand-It attachments, allowing you to hook it up to compatible Ryobi tools in your stash, such as their edger, pole saw, and more.