Snowblower Reviews and Comparisons in all fairness are a matter of opinion and individualized requirements. For each person must consider a number of factors to ensure they have the Snowblower that is right for them.
Once you know what size range and type of snowblower will satisfy your location and snow type then it is time to compare similar models and manufacturers to get the best value for your dollar.
The following set of questions will further aid you in your Snowblower reviews and comparisons.
You already know you need either a minimum (7hp 24”), average (8.5hp 26”) or the workhorse (10hp 28”).
Within each of these sizes manufacturers offer models with additional features that may be important to your specific situation.
As with most people price has a great influence in whether or not we purchase something. The same could be said of blowers but please don’t let it be the first and only factor because with a higher price comes better quality.
After noting the price move on to investigating to see if any of the models offer all in one handles in a dashboard format. What this means you can access everything to do with controlling the blower place.
Some cheaper snowblowers have separate hand crank adjustments for aiming the snow that involve you having to stop the blower, bend over turn the hand crank until it is aiming in a different direction, then stand up and engage the drive handle and continue blowing snow.
Does the blower include a light? This is important if you live in a remote area that doesn’t offer adequate street lighting for your driveway or walkway. As you know during winter months there is very little daylight and thereby more likelihood of clearing your driveway in the dark. A light on your snowblower not only makes it easier to see what you are blowing it also helps you to be seen by any traffic in the area.
I also recommend 4 cycle engines instead of less powerful 2 cycle snowblower engines, the 2 cycle just are not as powerful and next to useless in wet heavy snow.
When it comes to name brands My first choice would be Toro followed by Ariens and in third place Cub Cadet.
At the bottom of my list are Murray snowblowers as most of their stuff is made in China and you are trading a cheaper price for little or no parts availability as well as warranty fulfilment.