Top 5 Best Snow Shovels for Jan. 2017
A snow shovel is a snow shovel, right? You go to the hardware store or drug store just before winter begins, and you buy a shovel. What else is there to know? Hold on there a minute, Frosty! There’s actually a lot to know about snow shovels, and doing a bit of research can help you get your shoveling done quicker and easier, without the back strain which often accompanies this tedious winter task – and without another trip to the hardware or drug store to buy a replacement shovel after the first one breaks.
Here is GroomNStyle’s review of the top 5 best snow shovels to look for this winter.
1. True Temper SnoBoss 26-Inch Snow Shovel
You probably don’t want to try shoveling with this rather-odd looking tool if you’re 5-1 and 105 pounds, since the SnoBoss might be a bit much to pick up when fully loaded – but even if you’re on the small side, it will do the job pushing snow around. This monster is designed to perform both functions – shoveling and pushing – while getting the job done in record time thanks to its large capacity.
It’s not just the look of the SnoBoss that’s odd; it’s also the way you use it. Instead of having the traditional, small handle usually found on a “sleigh shovel,” this tool has a U-shaped aluminum one-piece handle like the one you’d find on a snowblower. That lets you grip it at the ends if you’re pushing the snow, and it has grips further down if you’re picking up heavy loads and tossing them; this shovel was ergonomically– and smartly-designed to minimize back pain when used in either mode.
This is a wide shovel, with a 26-inch blade that has a steel wear strip at the edge of the blade to increase the shovel’s ability to scrape or break through icy areas and also extend the tool’s lifespan. There are other cool features on the SnoBoss as well, including a footstep on the back of the shovel to let you get extra leverage, and a reversible design which lets you clean stairs and tight areas easily.
The SnoBoss is 50% lighter than a traditional shovel, it’s comfortable to use, it doesn’t have any screws, nuts or rivets which can rust – and it will clean a ton of snow in record time. It may cost more than a shovel you pick up at the local store, but it’s really an eye opener.
Key facts about the True Temper SnoBoss 26-Inch Snow Shovel:
2. Suncast SC3950 Double Grip Ergonomic Snow Shovel/Pusher Combo
Those in search of a snow shovel with ergonomics as their number one criterion should focus their attention on this double-grip Suncast model. “Double grip” means that there are two ribbed, steel-core handles on the shovel, one in the usual spot and another further down. This way, you don’t have to bend over to grab the wooden or aluminum shaft of the shovel; your back can stay in a more comfortable and ergonomically-desirable position as you clear away the snow. The carefully-designed bend in the shaft makes the work even easier and lessens the strain on your back even more.
The Suncast’s 18-inch blade is made from no-stick graphite, with a galvanized steel wear strip at the bottom to protect the integrity of the blade and extend its life, particularly when shoveling snow from asphalt or concrete.
It can take a few tries to get used to the ergonomic design of this shovel/pusher, but once you’ve experienced the comfort of using it and the rewards of relaxing without a post-shoveling backache, you’ll never go back.
A look at the specifications of the Suncast SC3950 Double Grip Ergonomic Snow Shovel/Pusher Combo:
3. Garant Yukon 26 Inch Ergonomic Sleigh Shovel
When you picture someone in a parka and colorful scarf and hat, cheerfully shoveling snow while surrounded by a picturesque winter wonderland – you usually visualize them using an old-fashioned shovel, rather than a bulky sleigh shovel which looks like a toboggan with a handle attached. However, the latter may be just what Santa ordered, because it can move a lot more snow a lot more quickly than a traditional shovel.
The Garant Yukon is the sleigh shovel to consider if you’ve got a lot of snow to remove and you don’t want to spend all day doing it. It’s 26 inches wide with an ergonomically-designed metal handle, which is simple to use and can save your back for a snowball fight or skiing expedition later in the day. All you have to do push the polypropylene scoop into the accumulated snow to fill the sled up, and then push it to a spot where it can be dumped; the shovel glides easily along the ground so it almost doesn’t feel like work at all, since there’s no lifting or throwing involved.
You can use this as a more traditional shovel if you prefer, but that will definitely take some muscle. The price is relatively high, but your back will thank you.
The specs for the Garant Yukon 26 Inch Ergonomic Sleigh Shovel:
4. Snow Wolf SW0310 Wheeled Snow Shovel
This option is for people who won’t mind the neighbors pointing and laughing, as you clear away your snow in one-third of the time they’ll spend struggling with their traditional shovels. The Snow Wolf Shovel (or Snow Wovel) looks like something that came out of an inventor’s basement, since it’s a shovel mounted on a wheel, with an extended handle which apparently was taken off of a push lawnmower. But it can do quite a job, wheeling easily along the driveway or pavement and scooping up enormous amounts of the white stuff, and then letting you throw double the amount of snow you’d normally get into a shovel with virtually no effort.
The engineers who designed the Wovel considered the best way to use mechanical force and leverage at the fulcrum of the wheel, and created a machine (the best way to describe this shovel) which can snap up two feet of heavy snow and easily deposit it off to the side without straining the user’s back or heart (verified by studies at a major university) – no twisting or lifting is involved. The Snow Wolf is made from heavy gauge steel and polypropylene but even a child can use it, and it folds flat for storage.
The Snow Wovel is pricey, at around $140. But it’s an amazing piece of machinery, and since it’s silent and requires no power, you may even prefer it over a snowblower.
Checking out the details of the Snow Wolf SW0310 Wheeled Snow Shovel:
5. True Temper 18-Inch Mountain Mover Snow Shovel
Yes, it’s unusual to have two products from the same manufacturer on a top 5 list, but True Temper is a company which really understands the requirements for an effective and comfortable snow shovel. The scoop on the Mountain Mover is plastic instead of metal which makes this shovel quite lightweight, greatly improving the user’s ability to finish a job without needing a few rest breaks. But the plastic is protected by a galvanized steel wear strip at the end of the blade, so there’s little chance the shovel will crack or wear down quickly.
This True Temper model is durable but also comfortable to use, with a VersaGrip handle covering a steel base; the handle lets you easily choose your optimal hand positioning while minimizing any cramping or fatigue. And the 18-inch blade is curved instead of straight, making it easier to pick up a full shovel of snow with each scoop.
The GroomNStyle review team believe this is the best traditional snow shovel on the market. You should note that there’s no particular ergonomic benefit to the design of the Mountain Mover, but you’d be well-served to look into a Stout Backsaver Handle to be used with this or any other traditional shovel. It will make your life – and your back’s recovery after your driveway is cleared – a lot easier.
Checking the details of the True Temper 18-Inch Mountain Mover Snow Shovel:
If all this seems like to much hard work then feel free to indulge a bit and buy a top of the range snowblower.