It's time to retire that noisy, gas-guzzling beast. These models will clean your driveway with clean(er) energy. Plus: Put Baby Yoda atop your tree for $25.
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Rick Broida is the author of numerous books and thousands of reviews, features and blog posts. He writes CNET's popular Cheapskate blog and co-hosts Protocol 1: A Travelers Podcast (about the TV show Travelers). He lives in Michigan, where he previously owned two escape rooms (chronicled in the ebook "I Was a Middle-Aged Zombie").
I live in Michigan and have a long driveway. Needless to say, I own a snow-blower -- and I hate it. It's incredibly loud and heavy. It takes up a ton of space. Dealing with gas is a huge pain. And starting it is always a challenge. Today I'm thinking very seriously about selling it and buying a battery-powered electric model.
Why today? Because Amazon currently has several models on sale, one of them for just $209. I realize I'll be giving up a bit of horsepower, but I think it'll be worth it to eliminate nearly all the aforementioned hassles. (If you already own an electric, hit the comments and let me know the pros and cons.)
Like most, these deals are available for a limited time, and while supplies last.
This 32-pound model can clear an 18-inch-wide path in snow up to eight inches high. That makes it a good choice for sidewalks, decks and short driveways. The blower comes with a battery charger and single battery; the latter is good for up to 50 minutes of operation, according to Snow Joe. The company backs the iON with a 2-year warranty.
This 33-pound green machine stretches to 20 inches wide and 10 inches deep, so it's better able to deal with heavy snows and longer driveways. Greenworks promises up to 45 minutes of runtime on a charge; the machine includes a single battery and a charger to go with it. What's especially impressive here is the 4-year warranty on both the blower and battery.
I have a few nitpicks with the Disney series The Mandalorian, but, hey, I'm not a monster: I have mad love for The Child, aka Baby Yoda, aka Grogu. And I'm not the only one: The little guy is replacing angels and stars atop Christmas trees.