Gear Up for Winter: Choosing a Snow Blower Electric vs. Gas

They are calling for our first measurable snowfall tomorrow, about 3-6 inches of the white stuff is predicted to fall and it’s not even Thanksgiving!

With the El Nino they’ve predicted that we’re supposed to get less snow than usual but I cannot remember a time when we got a measurable snowfall before the Thanksgiving holiday.

Thankfully, we’re prepared for the snowfall! We received our Snow Joe iON Hybrid Snow Blower and it’s waiting with bells on to throw its first pile of snow.


We’ve had an electric snow blower but what is cool about the Snow Joe iON Hybrid is that it can be used plugged in but also has a battery so you can go cord free. With our electric when a lot of snow falls sometimes the cord gets buried in the snow as you go so it’ll be nice to have the cord free option.

If you’re shopping for a snow blower this winter season here some great information to help you compare a gas vs a electric snow blower.

Electric Snow Blowers

We’ve had an electric snow blower for 2 years now. I like them because they are easy to start and

Electric snow blowers have some great benefits:

You don’t need to buy expensive gas
They’re much lighter than gas snow blowers.
They don’t require any engine oil.
They’re quieter than traditional snow blowers.
Most offer push button starts (I hate pull cords!).
Typically they are more affordable than gas snow blowers.

They’re limited by the length of the cord.
May overheat quickly.
The cord may get in the way, which could be dangerous.
Water and electricity don’t mix, so you have to be cautious.
Some can’t handle large amounts of snow.
Most run about 12 – 14 inches in length ­­­­­– limiting size options.

Gas Snow Blowers

Nothing says winter quiet like the sound of gas snow blowers breaking the silence after a blizzard. Although they have some drawbacks, which I’ll go over in a second, traditional gas snow blowers are also another option you have.

Gas-powered snow blowers benefits:

More durable than electric snow blowers.
They can handle heavier snow more efficiently.
No electrical cord to get in the way.
They come in a variety of sizes – from 12 inches to over four feet in length.
Most models are self-propelled.

The cons of a gas-powered snow blower:

They’re bulky and heavy.
The engine needs regular maintenance, like oil changes and cleaning the fuel and air filters.
They’re loud – very loud.
Pull-start cords are a pain – at least if you’re a weakling like me.

Hybrid Snow Blowers

A hybrid snowblower is a mix of electric and a battery. Meaning you get all the benefits of the electric snow blower without the risk of running over the cord if you choose to use it in battery mode.

The Snow Joe iON Hybrid has a 40V lithium ion battery that lasts for more than 50 minutes, while the cord provides extended clearing time or back up for when the battery has not been charged. The Hybrid can plow 500 pounds of light and fluffy snow per minute, but it is not meant to compete with a gas-powered unit and is not intended for the same kind of heavy use.

Stay tuned for my review of the Snow Joe iON Hybrid and see how it handles the Michigan winters!

Are you prepared for winter? Do you own a snow blower? If so, what kind – gas, electric or hybrid?

I’m participating in a Snow Joe review program and received product in exchange for my thoughts. All thoughts are 100% my own.

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