This winter has been a weird one. Canadians in the prairies were struck with a historical cold snap, while the country's eastern provinces have enjoyed El Niño's fall-like temperatures. While the season's future snowfall is anyone's guess, keeping a snow thrower on hand is never a bad idea. If you're looking for a budget-friendly option, Amazon shoppers say the Snow Joe 18" 13-Amp Electric Snow Thrower "moves snow amazingly well," and right now, it's on sale.
Under $200: Snow Joe 18-Inch 13-Amp Electric Snow Thrower
What is a snow thrower and how is it different from a snow blower?
While you may have heard of a snow blower more frequently, a snow thrower is a similar and often more affordable option. A snow thrower is a single-stage machine, meaning it uses a rotating auger to pick up snow and cast it out of the shoot in one continuous motion.
A snow blower, on the other hand, works in two stages. Similar to a snow thrower, it uses a rotating auger to scoop up snow, but rather than immediately shooting it out, it feeds the snow into an impeller (a powerful fan) which blows it out of the chute.
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❄️ 13-amp motor moves up to 550 lbs of snow per minute
This Snow Joe snow thrower makes it easy to clear snow from your your driveway, sidewalk or patio. It's able to clear an 18-inch path in snow up to eight inches deep and can remove up to 550 lbs. of snow per minute.
It features a 13 amp electric motor as an alternative to gas-powered snow throwers and has 180-degree directional throwing capabilities to ensure that snow falls exactly where you want it to.
'Moves snow amazingly well'
Amazon shoppers have been impressed by this affordable snow thrower, which they say is "lightweight and moves snow amazingly well."
One reviewer found this snow thrower "works perfectly for Canada snowfalls" — and even tackles "heavy, wet" snow.
"Maneuverability on this machine is such a piece of cake," added another.
If you're looking to take the work out of shovelling this winter, shoppers agree this Snow Joe snow thrower "does the job for small driveways."
However, some reviewers found that it's "not powerful enough" for bigger driveways. Plus, this electric model does require a cord while in use — something to consider if you have a large area to plow through.
"Cable management makes it more awkward to use," shared one reviewer.
This powerful snow thrower is an affordable choice that may be a great option to tackle this year's snowfall, especially for those who want a break from shovelling. Just note that while this "awesome" snow thrower is effective, even the most powerful of machines may still need a few tries before taking on the heaviest snowfall.
The reviews quoted above reflect the most recent versions at the time of publication.