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This snow blower works 'like a charm' — and it's under $300 on Amazon

Tackle snow like a pro this winter with help from these affordable snow blowers and throwers.

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Tackle snow removal like a pro this winter with help from a snow blower or thrower (Getty Images). (Getty Images/iStockphoto)

Snow removal is one of our fortes here in Canada. Whether your weapon of choice is a shovel, snow blower or thrower, snow removal tools are essential to any and every winter arsenal.

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Do I need a snow blower or a snow thrower?

While they essentially perform the same task, there are a couple of key differences between snow blowers and snow throwers.

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.

For those interested in adding a snow thrower to their snow removal lineup, Amazon Canada shoppers say this Greenworks electric snow thrower "works like a charm."

Under $300: GreenWorks 13 Amp 20" Corded Snow Thrower

This "Amazon's Choice" snow thrower discharges snow up to 20 feet.

$299 at Amazon

What it offers

Take the pain out of snow removal with this reviewer-loved snow thrower from Greenworks. The snow thrower boasts a 13-amp motor, a 10-inch clearing depth and a 20-inch clearing path, making walkway, driveway and sidewalk clean-up a breeze.

The snow thrower has a 180-degree directional chute that can throw snow up to 20 feet. Its electric start makes for hassle-free operation and at 30 pounds, the snow thrower can be easily tucked away when not in use.

Why it's worth it

Racking up nearly 4,500 reviews, the GreenWorks 2600502 13 Amp 20-Inch Corded Snow Thrower has earned an average rating of 4.1 stars and an "Amazon's Choice" title. Why do people love it? This is what shoppers have to say:

  • The snow thrower works "like a charm" and is "well worth saving your back when a storm hits," writes one shopper.

  • "No more backaches" and "no more coming [inside] all sweaty," says another. It "completely eliminates the hard part of the job" — "no more lifting and straining!"

  • The snow thrower "works great with heavy snow," writes a third reviewer. It's "powerful and efficient" and makes "short work" of even the "heaviest snowfalls."

Despite thousands of five-star reviews, shoppers say the "only negative" is the power cord can "keep getting in the way if you're not careful."

The "only thing" is keeping the extension cord "behind you" and making sure it doesn't go underneath the blade, agrees another.

Best affordable snow blowers on Amazon Canada

This winter, tackle snow like a pro with one of these wallet-friendly snow throwers and blowers.

This best-selling snow blower from Snow Joe has racked up more than 4,300 reviews.

$398 at Amazon

This SuperHandy snow thrower has a powerful 120VAC 15-amp electric brushless motor.

$230 at Amazon

This powerful battery-operated snow shovel throws snow up to 15 ft away and 4 ft high.

$250 at Amazon

This thrower eats snow up to 20" wide and 12" deep.

$480 at Amazon

This electrical snow thrower is capable of delivering a 13" wide x 6" deep clearing path.

$290 at Amazon

Snow Joe's powerful 13-amp motor moves up to 550 lbs of snow per minute.

$219 at Amazon

The reviews quoted above reflect the most recent versions at the time of publication.

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