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When it comes to winter weather, Canadians know how to deal with everything from snow and ice to frigid temperatures. Part of being prepared for the season means staying well-stocked with all of the essentials that you’ll need to tackle the elements.
Take snowy driveways for example. Of course a shovel is a winter must-have, but if you’re looking to cut the amount of time spent toiling at your driveway and paths, then a snow thrower is the upgrade you’ve been looking for. One top-rated pick from Amazon Canada is even on sale, so there’s never been a better time to gear up for winter.
SHOP IT: Amazon, $198 (originally $219)
What is it
The Snow Joe SJ625E Electric Snow Thrower is the affordable alternative to pricey models — and thanks to its current sale price, it now rings in at under $200. The snow thrower features a compact size that makes it ideal for mid-sized driveways and walkways, and delivers the power of a gas machine with the convenience of an electric unit.
A powerful 15-amp motor helps the Snow Joe Ultra moves up to 800 lbs of snow per minute while two rubber blades carve a clear pathway through heavy snow.
An adjustable chute lets you control just where to direct excess snow, making this tool a must-have if you’re looking to avoid the strain of shovelling. As an added bonus, the Snow Joe Ultra also comes equipped with a built-in LED light for safe nighttime clearing.
What shoppers are saying
With a 4.1-star rating from more than 1,800 customer reviews, the Snow Joe Ultra appears to be a solid addition to your collection of winter gear.
“I live in Quebec and this was the first winter that I decided to finally stop clearing my 40 foot driveway by hand. This superb machine never let me down,” one reviewer wrote. “It starts like an electric lawnmower, it's lightweight and easy to guide along, gets right down to the pavement and is easy to store. With a little pushing it takes care of the mound that the city plow leaves at the end of the driveway. No gas, no oil, little noise and the job gets done quickly.”
“I absolutely love this snowblower. It works super fast and it's easy to manoeuvre,” shared another. “Obviously, it's not meant to blow ice chunks and the end of driveway snow from the plow but it works really quickly and handles almost any other snow. It did my double car driveway and S0-curve walkway within 15 minutes. It's lightweight and runs like a dream.”
For the price, this affordable snow thrower is a great choice if you’re looking to trade in your snow shovel for something a little more powerful. While not quite as strong as a gas-powered machine, it’s still a great choice for smaller driveways and walkways, and for tackling heavy snowfalls with ease.
The reviews quoted above reflect the most recent versions at the time of publication.