Best Value Gas Snow Thrower
$599 from Home Depot
– Generous 12.5-inch intake height and enough power to capably manage heavier snowfalls, including icy deposits.
– Top-grade performance in expert tests for handling, plow pile removal, and surface cleaning.
– 212cc engine, among the most powerful in this class.
– Convenience features including self-propulsion and push-button start.
– Fold-down handle and chute for easier storage.
– 4-cycle engine with separate tanks for fuel and oil; no premixing required.
– 2-year guaranteed-to-start (in one or two pulls) warranty along with Toro’s full 2-year warranty.
– Some say the manual-adjust chute can be a hassle to manage.
– In tests, Toro snow blowers are relatively noisy compared with other brands.
– Single-stage snow blower; not designed for use on gravel or rough surfaces.
Takeaway: Experts at Wirecutter have called this Toro electric-start gas snow blower "the gold standard" in its class, and users have been equally keen in their praise of its capable performance. With a 21-inch clearing width and plenty of power to clean snow down to the pavement, the Toro Power Clear 721 E is a solid choice for homeowners looking to make short work of medium-size driveways, sidewalks, and other flat surfaces. Users say it can easily handle 6 inches or more of the wet and heavy stuff, and even a foot of snowfall is no match for this machine. Although we saw a handful of complaints that the chute can be difficult to attach and doesn’t always remain in place, most owners are more than satisfied with this simple-to-use, easy-to-maneuver, and quick-to-start Toro snow thrower.
If you're willing to pay about $150 more, you can get the latest and greatest model, the 252cc Toro Power Clear 821 QZE. But if you feel affordability is worth a little extra effort and elbow grease, our value pick should fill the bill. There's a reason it's a bestseller.