The Best Cordless Snow Blower – 2019

With winter on the way, if you live in an area that receives a lot of snow, you might be dreading the upcoming task of clearing your driveway and sidewalks. Having lived for a while in an area with frequent & heavy snowfalls, for me the novelty of getting up at 6am on a cold morning, to clear snow from the driveway and sidewalks before work, wore off quickly! Worrying about whether or not the snow blower would start, and waking the neighbors with the roar of a gasoline engine didn't help...

Cordless Snow Blower

​Traditionally, if you received more than a light dusting of powdery snow on a regular basis, or you had a large area to cover, your only option was a heavy, noisy, polluting gasoline snow blower. You just had to put up with the cost, storage requirements, and maintenance.

Today, the better cordless snow blowers are becoming so good that they may be a workable alternative to a gasoline blower for many people, without all the problems that come with gasoline blowers.

Our pick of the best cordless snow blowers available is the Snow Joe iON8024. This is the only two stage cordless snow blower on the market, and we believe Snow Joe ​has made a credible alternative to a gas snow blower. For heavy snow, ideally a gas snow blower ​would be the correct choice. But nonetheless, if you are looking a cordless option, this model is the best cordless snow blower for heavy snow.

Our runner-up is the EGO SNT2102, a single stage snow blower, slightly smaller, lighter and less powerful than our #1 pick, though in some cases it may have more snow-clearing power than our winner.

If you're on a budget, the Snow Joe iON18SB will give you enough snow-clearing power for a small deck or patio. For a more powerful budget snow blower, have a look at the Greenworks 2600402.

The Best Cordless Snowblower ​in Comparison

#1 - Snow Joe iON8024 - Best Cordless Two Stage Snow Blower

The best cordless snow blower, even for heavy snow

Snow Joe ION8024-XRP iON Series Snow Blower


  • Power: 2500 watt brushless motor
  • Stages: Two-stage
  • Snow moving capacity: 1000 lb/min
  • Inlet width: 24 inches
  • Inlet height: 12 inches
  • Maximum throw distance: 32 feet
  • Voltage: 80V (2 x 40V batteries)
  • Weight: 106lb

The Snow Joe iON8024 is, overall, the best cordless snowblower we have seen on the market. ​While it's not without flaws, it represents the best attempt we have seen to produce a cordless blower which can genuinely compete with some of the mid-range gasoline blowers.

This model is a replacement for 2016's iON24SB. This was similar to the new model, and may still be available from some outlets. However, the new model addresses some of the criticisms of the older model, like slow self-propelled speeds, particularly the XPORT return-to-base gear, and poor ergonomics.

Can a Cordless Blower Compete With Gasoline?

First things first - can a cordless blower be powerful enough?

We think the answer is a resounding "yes". This blower has a 2500-watt motor, which converts to 3.4 horsepower (1 kilowatt = 1.36 hp). Mid-range gasoline snowblowers such as the Husqvarna ST224P have gasoline engines in the 200cc - 250cc range, with around 6 horsepower.

On the face of it, this looks like a huge victory for the gasoline blowers. However, this is not the whole story. Electric motors have very different characteristics to gasoline, one of which concerns the power delivery - electric motors deliver all of their twisting force ("torque") from very low speeds, where as gasoline engines only work efficiently over a very narrow range of speeds. This is the reason your car has a gearbox, while electric cars don't need one.

What Does All This Mean?

In the real world, the performance of a 2500-watt electric motor is very similar to that of a 5-6 horsepower gasoline engine. Incidentally, the latest generation of cordless power tools are now more powerful than corded electric tools can ever be - because of the design of the electrical system in your house, the most powerful electrical tool that can be plugged into a 120V, 15A outlet is 1800 watts.

The Snow Joe iON8024 is the most powerful electric snow blower, corded or cordless, we are aware of​. Although intended for light snow, it is the best cordless option to tackle heavy snow.

What About The Snow Blower?

This is, by far, the most convincing electric snow blower ever made, cordless or corded. It's the only two-stage cordless snow blower on the market - if you need performance close to that of a gasoline blower, without actually buying a gasoline blower, this is really your only option.

The iON8024 is the most powerful electric snowblower available, with a 2500-watt motor. It's also the only self-propelled electric snowblower we're aware of. It arrives almost completely assembled, with only the handle and chute requiring attachment. No tools or handyman skills are required, and you should be on your way within 15 minutes of opening the box (assuming you have fully-charged batteries).

The Snow Joe blower is available with 2x 40V 5 amp-hour batteries, or 2x 40V 6 amp-hour batteries. It's also available as a bare tool, with no batteries or charger, for a lower price - ideal if you own other Snow Joe or Sun Joe iON tools, as the batteries are interchangeable. The built-in LED headlights let you get to work even in the dark, so you can take full advantage of the quiet running electric motor in the early or late hours, when using a gasoline snow blower would be anti-social. The iON8024 has twin 3-watt LED headlights, replacing the 0.3-watt headlights of last year's model with 10x the power.

One criticism of the previous model was the slow speed, particularly when returning the blower a long distance to the garage, after completing a job. Snow Joe have added a faster 4th speed, to make returning to base less time-consuming. The chute design has also been improved over last year's model - the more open design should be less prone to blockage.

What Are Others Saying?

The 8024 is too new to have many user reviews online, here are a selection of comments from users of the previous model though:

"Easy to use, Good size & weight, Powerful"

"This machine is a beast!"

"The triggers are hard to hold in position"

"The user interface is nicely laid out"

We'll update this section as user reviews of the new model become available.

Minor Issues

No snow blower is perfect, but minor flaws don't have to be show-stoppers

The ergonomics have come in for some criticism. While Snow Joe have changed the trigger design from the previous model, moving the triggers to the top of the handles, there is still no lock function on the drive trigger, unlike some gasoline models, so you have to keep both triggers engaged during operation. Also, the handle / control panel assembly is now height-adjustable, which makes using the snowblower more comfortable for people of different heights.

The chute direction can now be changed without stopping either the auger or the drive wheels (unlike the previous model, where you had to either stop one or the other), as the direction control has been moved beside the drive trigger.​ However, if you wish to adjust the chute deflector, to change the height of the discharged snow, you will still need to stop either the drive or auger triggers, as the deflector is controlled by a separate trigger on the chute. At least you don't have to loosen nuts, adjust the deflector, then tighten nuts again, like you had to with the older model!

30 minutes' real-world battery life (or 40 minutes with the higher capacity 6.0 amp-hour batteries) may not be long enough for everyone. The larger capacity batteries may allow you to wring a few more minutes between charges, but if you regularly have much more than half an hour's clearing to do, you may want to look elsewhere, or at least buy an extra pair of batteries. It's worth noting that many users of the older model iON24SB suggested their snow blowers were best for up to 8 inches of snow, despite the 12 inch inlet height.​

The manufacturer states this blower is designed for light, fluffy snow. The auger design and motor rating of the 8024 appear identical to the older model, so expect the performance of the new model to be similar (though the chute should be less likely to become clogged).

Who Are Snow Joe?

Snow Joe was formed in 2004, with a single powered snow shovel in its range. Since then the company has grown into one of the largest power tool manufacturers in the country, specialising in electrical tools (they don't manufacture any gasoline tools).


Snow Joe back this snow blower with a 2 year warranty.


Click here to download the user manual.


The video below demonstrates the previous model iON24SB:


  • Powerful
  • Self-propelled convenience
  • Quiet


  • 30-40 minute real-world battery life
  • Costs more than some gas blowers
  • No trigger lock

#2 - EGO SNT2102 - Best Cordless Single Stage Snow Blower

The best single stage cordless blower, almost as good as our first choice in some cases


  • Power: 2000 watt brushless motor
  • Stages: Single-stage
  • Snow moving capacity: 750 lb/min
  • Inlet width: 21 inches
  • Inlet height: 13 inches
  • Inlet material: Powder-coated steel
  • Maximum throw distance: 35 feet
  • Voltage: 56V (2x 56V batteries)
  • Weight: 70lb

EGO Power+ SNT2102 21-Inch 56-Volt Cordless Snow Blower with Peak Power Two 5.0Ah Batteries and Charger Included

The EGO SNT2012 is another extremely capable cordless snow blower. This model is single-stage, and it's not self-propelled, so it can struggle on inclines and through thick, heavy snow. However, with a 2000-watt motor, it's almost as powerful as our #1 pick. It does have the advantage of being significantly lighter than the Snow Joe iON8024.

Since the power is all used to drive the auger (as there's no impeller or drive motor), the actual snow-clearing performance is probably superior to our #1 choice in some situations (typically dry, powdery snow and level surfaces). Like all single-stage snow blowers, it will clear snow all the way down to your driveway or sidewalk (unlike two-stage blowers, which always leave a thin layer of snow, as their augers sit higher than those of single-stage blowers).

A Gas Blower Replacement?

First things first, this blower will not be a replacement for a large, two-stage gas snowblower. If you have less than about 45 minutes' worth of clearing to do, if most of your snowfall is dry, powdery snow, and you don't have a gravel driveway, it may be a good alternative though.

Fast Charging

The 2x 5.0 amp-hour batteries supplied with this snow blower take around 45 minutes to recharge, so if you did what we suggested with our no.1 pick and had 2 sets of batteries, you could pretty much clear snow indefinitely, stopping only to change flat batteries out for freshly charged ones. The SNT2102 will take accept all EGO power tool batteries, and you can even mix and match capacities (e.g. you could run a 5.0 amp-hour and 7.5 amp-hour battery together).

You can also run it with a single battery if you have to; you'll lose either run time or performance with this option though. EGO recommend that at least one of the batteries be 4.0 amp-hour or larger though. In our opinion the EGO batteries are likely to last for many more charge / discharge cycles than any other cordless snow blower. EGO simply use a much more advanced design, and pay more attention to detail with their batteries, than any other manufacturer. We expect this to change over the next few years, as other manufacturers catch up. Battery technology is currently changing at a rapid pace. However, that is the current state of play as we see it.

Gas-Like Performance

The real-world performance is very competitive with similar-priced gas blowers - see this video from Workshop Addicts, who were very impressed with this blower:


EGO back this snow blower with a 5 year warranty on the machine, and 3 years on the batteries.


Click here to download the user manual.


The video below demonstrates the EGO snow blower:

Ego vs. Snow Joe Snow Blowers


The Snow Joe iON8024 has a 2500-watt motor, more powerful than the 2000-watt motor in the Ego SNT2102. However, the Snow Joe’s motor has to power the drive wheels, the auger, and the impeller (since it’s a self-propelled 2-stage blower), whereas the full 2000 watts of the Ego’s motor are used to turn the auger.


The Ego snow blower is significantly lighter than the Snow Joe iON8024 – 70lb vs 106lb. The Ego’s weight falls in between the Snow Joe flagship model, and some of Snow Joe’s smaller models, which weigh in the 30-40lb range.

Snow Moving Capacity

The iON8024 can throw up to 1000lb/min of snow, up to 32 feet, according to the manufacturer. The Ego blower has a smaller capacity of 750lb/min, but can throw snow slightly farther at 35 feet, according to Ego’s figures.

Inlet Width

The iON8024 has a wider inlet at 24 inches, compared to the 21 inches of the Ego SNT2102.


  • Powerful
  • Best battery design of any cordless tool
  • Compact size for storage


  • Single-stage design, can get clogged
  • Not self propelled
  • Blower and batteries can be pricey

#3 - Snow Joe iON18SB - Best Budget Cordless Snow Blower

Great value and available with a hybrid corded / cordless option

Snow Joe ION18SB 18-Inch 40 Volt Cordless Single Stage Brushless Snow Blower, 7' x 1.5'


  • Power: 500 watt brushless motor
  • Stages: Single-stage
  • Snow moving capacity: 500 lb/min
  • Inlet width: 18 inches
  • Inlet height: 8 inches
  • Maximum throw distance: 20 feet
  • Voltage: 40V (1x 40V battery)
  • Weight: 32lb

The Snow Joe iON18SB is a smaller, single-stage cordless snow blower. While this model is less powerful than our first two choices, and couldn't really be considered as an alternative to a gas blower, it still has its place for smaller driveways, decks and patios etc. One novel feature of this blower, not available anywhere else, is the hybrid option (actually a slightly different model number iON18SB-HYB, usually a few dollars more expensive).

The hybrid option allows the blower to be used as a cordless model, then when the battery power runs out, you can plug it into the mains and finish the job off using mains power. However, the extra flexibility of the hybrid does add significant size and weight (39.5lb vs 32lb for the cordless-only version).


While adequate for light use, the iON18SB doesn't have anything like the performance of our first two picks - hardly surprising, as it only has 1/5 to 1/4 of their power. The hybrid model does seem to perform better on A/C power than it does on battery - you could use this blower on A/C for the toughest areas you need to clear, and run it on battery for the rest, though in our opinion this negates the purpose of having a cordless blower at all - you can buy more capable corded blowers for less money, if you don't mind having a power cord. Really, the target market for this blower is people with smaller areas to clear, smaller snow depths, or perhaps less physically capable. It's definitely better than using a shovel!


Snow Joe back this snow blower with a 2 year warranty.


Click here to download the user manual.


  • Hybrid design
  • Value for money
  • Reasonable performance


  • Single-stage only
  • Will struggle with deep snow
  • Limited throw distance

#4 - Greenworks 2600402 - Most Power For The $$

The 2600402's 1040-watt motor gives you tremendous power for the money


  • Power: 1040 watt brushless motor
  • Stages: Single-stage
  • Snow moving capacity: 850 lb/min
  • Inlet width: 20 inches
  • Inlet height: 10 inches
  • Maximum throw distance: 20 feet
  • Voltage: 80V (1x 80V battery)
  • Weight: 33lb

Greenworks Pro 80V 20 inch Snow Thrower with 2Ah Battery and Charger

The Greenworks 2600402 is usually priced around the same as our no.3 pick, and provides an interesting comparison. We feel it's a more capable cordless blower; hardly surprising given it's slightly bigger, twice as powerful, and weighs around the same.

However, the Snow Joe's hybrid feature saw it just pip the Greenworks model in our opinion. If the hybrid option doesn't interest you, this model may be superior to our #3 pick for you needs. Just take extra care with the battery and charger, as 80V DC is possibly a bit too high for safety in a consumer machine that will be exposed to moisture.


This snow blower fits in between our top two picks, and the iON18SB. One advantage of the Greenworks blower is the rapid charger supplied with the machine - batteries can be recharged in 30 minutes, and the blower itself only needs a single battery to provide 30-45 minutes of run time, so it's possible to operate almost continuously with only 2 batteries (1 in the blower, 1 on the charger).


Greenworks back the 2600402 with a 4 year warranty on the machine, and 2 years on the battery and charger.


Click here to download the user manual.


  • Value for money
  • Good performance for cordless
  • Rapid charger


  • Outclassed by newer, more powerful models
  • Rapid charging not great for battery longevity
  • 80V is potentially unsafe in moist environments

#5 - PowerSmart DB2401

Cordless Single Stage Snow Blower

PowerSmart Snow Blower, 18-INCH Cordless Snow Blower, 40V 4.0 Ah Lithium-Ion Battery Powered Snow Blower, Electric Snow Thrower 180°Chute Rotation Up to 30-Feet, DB2401


  • Stages: Single-stage
  • Inlet width: 18 inches
  • Inlet height: 8 inches
  • Maximum throw distance: 30 feet
  • Voltage: 40V
  • Weight: 35lb

The PowerSmart DB2401 is a less-expensive option, again more suited to small driveways, decks, patios etc. The battery takes 70 minutes to charge, and runs for around 25 minutes.


This snow blower might be suitable if you're on a smaller budget, but would still prefer a snow blower to manual shoveling, and you don't want the hassle of a power cord - or perhaps you need to do some clearing too far away from a power outlet.


The DB2401 comes with a 2-year manufacturer's warranty.


Click here to download the user manual.

What Makes A Good Cordless Snow Blower?

These factors are the most important, when deciding which blower to buy

Single-Stage or Two-Stage?

Almost all cordless snow blowers are single-stage, meaning the whole effort of gathering snow at the front of the blower, and pushing it out through the chute, is done by a single auger. The problem with the single-stage concept is, the power and rotating speed required to efficiently pick the snow up from the front of the blower can be different from what's required to push the snow through the chute. With a single-stage blower you're stuck with one speed for both tasks.

There is only one two-stage cordless snow blower available at the time of writing (January 2019), the Snow Joe iON8024 reviewed above. For more information, have a look at our article comparing the different types of snow blower.


Historically, cordless snow blowers were not powerful enough to be considered serious rivals to traditional gasoline blowers. Recent advances in battery technology mean this is no longer true - the iON8024 has a 2500-watt motor, with performance similar to a 5-6 horsepower gasoline engine, and the EGO SNT2012 has a 2000-watt motor, which in the real world would feel similar to a 4 horsepower gas engine.

Battery Life & Charge Time

It's important to consider whether your blower will last long enough on a single charge, to complete the whole job. Typically, recharging time is at least a couple of hours. For example, the iON8024 will last around 30 minutes, and recharging the batteries takes around 4 hours. If you have a larger area than you can clear in the run-time of your blower, you can get around this problem by having 2 sets of batteries (the #1 and #2 blowers in this article both take 2 batteries each, so you'd need a total of 4 batteries). One set can be on charge while you're using the other set. This can get expensive though - batteries are often $200+ each.

It's worth noting here that, of all the cordless outdoor tool makers, EGO has the most up-to-date technology when it comes to ensuring the batteries will last for as many uses as possible - the EGO battery chargers use active cooling while the batteries are on charge, and they use a special cooling gel around the battery cells themselves. This allows EGO to back their batteries with a class-leading 3 year warranty, with the expectation that the batteries will last at least this long.


None of the single-stage cordless blowers reviewed here are self-propelled, so pushing them through the snow is entirely down to human power. Fortunately, they are all much lighter than gasoline blowers, so it's not the massive task you might think. Still, the heavier the machine is, the more effort it will take to push and turn it. We think self-propulsion is a must if you have a steep or twisty driveway. If that's your case and you still want a cordless blower, the Snow Joe iON8024 is your only option.


If you have a small area to clear, and / or limited storage space, the physical size of the snow blower will be an important factor to consider. From a storage point of view, features like the quick-folding handle of the EGO SNT2102 can save on storage space.

Other Features

Make sure the discharge chute can be rotated through at least 180 degrees. Modern snow blowers often have electrical chute direction, rather than the old-fashioned hand cranks. Almost all modern electric snowblowers (corded or cordless) use brushless motors - make sure yours does too. Brushless motors are more reliable, have longer expected lives, and are more efficient than brushed motors.

Headlights are an advantage for working in the darkness, as you will often have to do when clearing snow. To be honest, most cordless blowers' headlights are not especially powerful, and you may need a torch or head-mounted light as well.


As with all power tools, it's important to be safety conscious. As well as the usual guidance about wearing hearing protection, gloves and sturdy boots, there are additional risks caused by the auger and chute. Don't wear any loose clothing that could get caught in the auger.

Be aware of where you aim the chute - blowers can pick up gravel and other small items and throw them a surprisingly long way, so you need to be aware of people, pets, windows and other items in the area.

Don't allow children to operate the blower, and make sure the snowblower is turned off at the control panel before trying to clear a blockage in the auger or chute. Never use your hands to clear a blockage - always use the clear-out tool supplied with the blower.

Make sure you read and follow all the manufacturer's instructions before you operate the blower. Consumer Reports have more information here.

Maintenance / Cleaning

Much less maintenance than a gas snow blower

1) One of the big advantages a cordless snow blower has over a traditional gas model is the lack of maintenance. Almost all the maintenance requirements of a gas snow blower are related to the engine.

2) You should check the blower for loose or worn parts before every use. Pay particular attention to the scraper blade, slide shoes and auger.

​3) Cordless blowers do have one disadvantage compared to corded electric models - you will need to pay attention to the battery if you want it to last. Take care of the following points:

  • Try not to store the battery fully charged - if possible store it slightly discharged and give it a quick top-up before use.
  • Don't leave the battery completely uncharged for any length of time - while Li-ion batteries don't self-discharge very quickly, once your battery voltage drops below it's lowest safe limit (about 30V for a 40V battery), it will not charge again, and you'll be out $200+ for a replacement.
  • Don't store the battery in a hot place - one of the biggest enemies of Li-ion batteries is heat, particularly being stored fully-charged in a hot place.
  • Li-ion batteries also don't like extreme cold, so try to find somewhere indoors to store & charge the batteries. Battery University suggests between 50°F - 85°F is the optimum temperature range for storage and charging.
  • If you really want to go the extra mile, work out how long it takes to both fully charge your battery, and to drain it using the snowblower. Once you've worked this out, use a timer when you're using the blower and charging the battery. Try to stop using the blower when the battery still has 20%+ left, and take it off the charger when it's about 80% charged (if this still allows you to get all the snow cleared). It seems like a lot of hassle, but the potential improvements the useful life of your battery are spectacular.

Don't let this put you off getting a cordless snow blower - if you just follow the manufacturer's instructions you should get a few years' life from the battery, however a bit of extra care does pay dividends in this case (in the region of 2x the battery life just for the 80% charge / 20% charge tip alone).

4) One final tip, some electric snow blower owners recommend spraying silicone lubricant on the blower's body and deck - this makes it much easier for the blower to slide and cut through the snow pack.


Occasionally faults are discovered after a product has gone on sale, usually requiring the product to be recalled by the manufacturer.

There were no recalls listed for any of the snow blowers mentioned here at the time of writing (January 2019). However, it's always a good idea to check the latest information at the Consumer Product Safety Commission website before buying any large, expensive or potentially dangerous product.

Do you own any of the snow blowers mentioned here? Did you choose a different one? Let us know in the comments!

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William von Rentzell - November 1, 2018

I disagree with your ranking. 1st, your #1. I believe that if they were making an 80 volt machine they should have come up with an 80 volt battery pack instead of requiring user to insert 2 40 volt packs for it to run at all. Then your ranking of #3 and #4 is completely backwards. You even halfway admit it. I have a Snow Joe 18″ 40 volt snow blower and have ever since that first winter with it (2014-2015) realized I made a mistake. Your # 4 became available December 2014 and I bought my Snow Joe in late Oct of 2014. Then there’s your #5. Close examination reveals it to be a clone of the 40 v Snow Joe except for manual chute rotation vs power rotation of the snow Snow Joe’s. Your # 2 is by far my #1 of all of them for the basic reasons you enumerate. Maybe I should have waited and endured the 100′ 12 ga cord for my Toro Powercurve 1800 18″ electric a year or 2 longer and bought an Ego check out the comments to my Oct 2014 blog post about them. Read the comments for reference to my lamenting my Snow Joe purchase. https://willyvon1-willyswill.blogspot.com/2014/10/small-snow-blowers-be-happy-go-cordless.html

    Arnab - November 1, 2018

    Hi William

    Of course, everyone is free to disagree, and these type of articles always have an element of subjectivity, no matter how objective we try to be.

    The Greenworks 2600402 is more powerful than the iON18SB, as we mention in the article. However, it’s not just about power (otherwise the article would be The Most Powerful Cordless Snow Blower and we would just list them in order of power). We felt that the hybrid option was enough to promote the Snow Joe blower up above the Greenworks model.

    Regarding your comment about the 80V vs 40V batteries, I strongly disagree, and here’s why. 80V DC is not a safe voltage level for consumers, some of whom will inevitably break things in interesting ways. This is especially true for devices that will be used in wet conditions, such as snow blowers (you are far more likely to be electrocuted if your skin is wet). This is why I am not enthusiastic about Kobalt selling 80V cordless tools to the public.

    Standards vary around the world, but most countries set a safe level for DC voltage somewhere between 40V to 60V. While it’s extremely unlikely, it is possible in some situations to receive a fatal electric shock from a 40V source, however it becomes much more likely as voltage increases beyond this point. Therefore, 2x 40V batteries are safer than 1x 80V battery. We have an article coming soon comparing cordless tool & battery systems from different manufacturers, that explores this subject in a bit more depth.

    It seems like you put a lot of thought into your snow blower purchase, and were perhaps a bit unfortunate that you bought one in 2014, as the capabilities of these machines has improved a lot in the last few years.

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