Winter can be rough, especially if you live in an area that gets a lot of snow. Using a manual shovel is hard work and can even lead to injuries. However, the right snow blower can make light work of snow, saving you time and effort.
If you are in the market for a snowblower, you have probably considered the power of a gas snow blower and are looking to add one to your winter arsenal.
Below, we will review the 10 best gas snow blowers from 2020, comparing removal speed, traction, special features, reliability, performance, and warranty.
We have also included a buyer’s guide so that you have the knowledge needed to buy a great gas snow blower, even if you end up not going with a gas blower on our list.
Comparison of our Favorite Products in 2021
|Best Overall||PowerSmart DB7624E 24 inch||
|Best Value||Yardmax YB5765||
|Premium Choice||Husqvarna ST227P||
|Honda Power Equipment HSS724AAW||
|Husqvarna ST224 24-Inch 208cc||
The 10 Best Gas Snow Blowers
1. PowerSmart 2-Stage Gas Snow Blower – Best Overall
The PowerSmart DB7624E 24 inch 212 cc 2-stage gas snow blower has a powerful 212-cc engine which allows it to clear a width of 24 inches and a depth of 21 inches, throwing snow up to 40 feet away. It has an electric start which makes for an easy time starting. Its flexible drive system offers 4 forward and 2 reverse speed variations, and the 13-inch tires with deep treads will dig into the snow.
2. YARDMAX Two-Stage Snow Blower – Best Value
The Yardmax YB5765 provides you with a powerful 196-cc engine and a quality snow blowing experience at an affordable price. This unit doesn’t come with an electric starter and you will have a standard recoil start but that’s to be expected at this price point. It’s capable of clearing an area 22 inches wide by 16 inches deep and it has an adjustable chute for controlling where snow is directed. It can shoot snow up to 30 feet away.
The Yardmax YB5765 is easy to operate. It is equipped with a dashboard and LED headlight. The dashboard provides easy access to all of the controls. It even has a cup holder and heated handles for comfort on those extremely cold days.
Assembly is fairly easy and takes less than an hour. It runs well and can tackle heavy snow easily. Adjusting the chute can be a little finicky however so this is something to be aware of.
Although the YARDMAX YB5765 doesn’t come with electric start, it’s powerful, has easily accessible controls and can handle lots of snow. Moreover, it comes with a two-year limited warranty for residential use and a 90-day limited warranty for commercial use. For these reasons, we have chosen this as our Best for The Money pick.
3. Husqvarna Two-Stage Gas Snow Blower – Premium Choice
Winter chores like clearing snow can be grueling, but if you have a powerhouse like the Husqvarna you will have a much easier time. This snow blower is built tough and can blast through hard-packed snow with its powerful 254-cc engine. It’s equipped with an electric start and can clear an area 27 inches wide by 23 inches deep. Its heavy-duty auger can cut through both frozen and extremely wet snow. It throws snow up to 35 feet away.
The chute is adjustable and can be rotated side to side and up and down remotely via a lever on the handlebar of the blower. The Husqvarna ST227P is comfortable to use and is equipped with adjustable, heated handles. It also has power steering and a friction-disc transmission, so it’s very easy to maneuver. There is an included LED light that allows you to use the blower in low light conditions. Assembly is quick and can be done in less than 30 minutes. You just have to attach the chute, attach the knobs to the handle, fill it up with gas, and then it will be ready to go.
This gas blower has a 254-cc engine that sets it apart from the Yardmax YB5765 and the PowerSmart DB7624E reviewed above. The power steering and friction-disc transmission allow for smooth operation, and the heated handles also add to the premium feel of this blower.
This is generally a great unit, but the reverse gear is quite slow and there seems to be a problem with auger belts popping on some units. For a unit as expensive as this one, these are issues that you wouldn’t expect to see.
4. Honda Power Equipment Two-Stage Snow Blower
This Honda Power Equipment HSS724AAW snow blower is a powerful unit that can deal with a snow area 24 inches wide by 21 inches deep. However, the unit doesn’t have an electric starter.
It can throw snow up to 49 feet and has an adjustable chute that can be controlled directly from a joystick on the handlebars. The unit is easy to control with intuitive lever controls also on the handlebar. Sometimes assembling snow blowers can be a pain, but that isn’t the case with the Honda Power Equipment HSS724AAW. It comes fully assembled and all you have to do is add oil and gas when it arrives. It’s also easy to control thanks to Honda’s hydrostatic transmission which allows for great traction.
This is a solidly performing unit. An electric starter would be nice, especially on a more expensive snow blower like this one.
5. Husqvarna ST224 24-Inch 208cc
The Husqvarna ST224 gas snow blower has a sturdy build and is equipped with a powerful engine for tackling snow in all conditions. It can handle large driveways and paths. The Husqvarna ST224 comes equipped with an electric starter and can clear an area 24 inches wide by 23 inches deep.
The handles on this unit are adjustable and heated which makes for a comfortable experience while working in the cold. The Husqvarna ST224 is equipped with dual LED lights as well which makes working in the dark easier. It also uses a friction-disc transmission for smooth operation.
Controls are mounted on the handle for ease of use. This includes controls for the chute which can be adjusted from side to side and up and down. This blower is very straightforward to assemble. You will need to raise the handle to its operating position and adjust the height to your preference, and then, install the chute.
This is generally a solid unit; however, it’s been reported that some plastic components break easily.
6. Craftsman Two Stage Gas Snow Blower
This Craftsman 208 cc snow blower comes with an electric starter for easy starts even on cold days. It can clear an area of 26 inches wide and 21 inches deep. The chute is adjustable via handle controls.
7. Briggs & Stratton 1696619
This snow blower has a powerful 250 cc engine that makes clearing medium to heavy snow less of a chore for owners. It is equipped with electric start for quick starting even on cold days and can clear snow areas 27 inches wide by 12 inches deep. It throws snow up to 40 feet and has an adjustable chute. The chute orientation can be controlled directly from the handlebar-mounted controls.
There is an LED headlight mounted on the unit which is great for short winter days. This unit has Free Hand Control which means that you can operate it with just one hand for convenience. Also, assembly was straightforward. You will just have to install the handle, cables, and the chute.
You should note that some users have reported having issues maneuvering the unit. It seems that these issues cause owners to struggle to even push the blower. There have also been several reports of the engine not running properly and dying after a few minutes.
8. Troy-Bilt Storm Gas Snow Thrower
The Troy-Bilt Storm Tracker 2890 277cc snow blower is a wide unit, capable of clearing a snow area 28 inches wide by 21 inches deep. It has an electric start, which is a plus for starting in cold conditions. The unit can throw snow up to 30 feet.
This blower is equipped with a chute that is adjustable from the hand controls and can be operated with just one hand. It also has heated handles for the comfort of the user. This is a unit with tracks, which makes it great for sloped and/or uneven terrain. It also has a headlight which is great for use in low light situations. The unit is simple to assemble. You’ll just need to straighten and secure the handles, attach the chute, and check the tire pressure.
The handles do feel a bit flimsy and some users have reported issues with their auger belts blowing out prematurely.
9. Poulan Pro PR100
The Poulan Pro PR100 is a single-stage snow blower, suitable only for clearing smaller areas of snow. It has a 136-cc engine and can clear areas of snow 21 inches wide by 6 inches deep. It is also equipped with an electric starter. Although the unit isn’t self-propelled, it is cleverly designed. Instead of the wheels being driven, the auger helps to propel the blower forward while it is gathering snow. Sometimes the heavy gloves usually worn when operating a snow blower in cold conditions can hinder operating the machine, but he controls on this blower are large and easy to grip while wearing gloves.
10. Remington Single-Stage Gas Snow Thrower
The Remington RM2120 is a smaller unit capable of clearing an area of 21 inches wide by 13 inches deep. It’s suitable for medium snowfall and is suited for clearing small driveways, sidewalks, and patios.
If you’re planning on picking up a snow blower then you should consider the characteristics discussed below. We’ve covered our top 10 picks, but you should know the following information so that you are well educated on what makes a good snow blower.
Number of Snow Blower Stages
You will see snow blowers advertised as having one, two or three stages. Single-stage snow blowers suck up snow using an auger and push it through a chute.
Two-stage snow blowers use both an auger and an impeller. The auger sucks up the snow, and the impeller is a fan that helps move snow through the auger and the chute. This is a more powerful blower. It is faster at collecting snow and can shoot snow farther.
Three-stage models take this a step further and use a device called an accelerator to help funnel snow from the auger to the impeller. This is the most powerful type of snow blowers. If you are only dealing with light snow, then a single-stage blower will do the job. However, if there is heavy snow involved then you will want to look at investing in a two-stage or three-stage blower.
Traction: Wheels or Tracks
Most snow blowers will be equipped with wheels. All single-stage gas snow blowers have wheels, as do most two-stage and three-stage snow blowers. Some two and three-stage snow blowers have tracks as well. Let’s start our discussion by talking about wheels, then move onto tracks.
Single-stage blowers are equipped with wheels and the user pushes the blower to move it. This can get tiring when working in larger areas. Two and three-stage blowers are self-propelled. The wheels are powered by the blower’s engine, allowing for easier coverage of larger areas. Wheels work well on flat terrain but could pose challenges when dealing with sloped areas.
Some two-stage and three-stage gas snow blowers are equipped with tracks. These are great for working on sloped areas. However, they can be difficult to turn on flat areas. These blowers are also self-propelled.
The PowerSmart DB7624E 24 in. is the winner of the number 1 spot in our review, while the YARDMAX YB5765 Two-Stage Snow Blower is the best snow blower for your money. Choosing a snow blower can be difficult given the number of choices of snow blowers and their many features that are available. We hope that we have been able to give you some clarity on which model will perform the best for your needs.
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Pete has been working in the trades since high school, where he first developed a passion for woodworking. Over the years, he has developed a keen interest in a wide variety of DIY projects around the home. Fascinated by all sort of tools, Pete loves reading and writing about all the latest gadgets and accessories that hit the market. His other interests include astronomy, hiking, and fishing.
As the founder of House Grail, David’s primary goal is to help consumers make educated decisions about DIY projects at home, in the garage, and in the garden.
- 1 Comparison of our Favorite Products in 2021
- 2 The 10 Best Gas Snow Blowers
- 2.1 1. PowerSmart 2-Stage Gas Snow Blower – Best Overall
- 2.2 2. YARDMAX Two-Stage Snow Blower – Best Value
- 2.3 3. Husqvarna Two-Stage Gas Snow Blower – Premium Choice
- 2.4 4. Honda Power Equipment Two-Stage Snow Blower
- 2.5 5. Husqvarna ST224 24-Inch 208cc
- 2.6 6. Craftsman Two Stage Gas Snow Blower
- 2.7 7. Briggs & Stratton 1696619
- 2.8 8. Troy-Bilt Storm Gas Snow Thrower
- 2.9 9. Poulan Pro PR100
- 2.10 10. Remington Single-Stage Gas Snow Thrower
- 3 Buyer’s Guide
- 4 Conclusion