CNET logo Why You Can Trust CNET

Our expert deal-hunting staff showcases the best price drops and discounts from reputable sellers daily. If you make a purchase using our links, CNET may earn a commission.

Get a cordless snow blower starting at $209

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.

Rick Broida Senior Editor
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").
Rick Broida
3 min read
See at Amazon
Snow Joe iON18SB
$209 (save $191)
See at Amazon
Greenworks 2600402
$239 (save $210)

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.

Another option worth considering: The slightly-less-powerful 24V-X2-SB18 model, which includes two batteries for $270

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.

Your thoughts?

Put Baby Yoda on your Christmas tree for $25


It's not too late to put a Baby Yoda on your tree.

Nick Taylor/Twitter

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.

With that kind of popularity, you might think Baby Yodas are as hard to come by as the latest Xboxes and PlayStations. Nope: Kohl's has the Baby Yoda plush toy in stock right now for $25, plus shipping.

Unfortunately, it doesn't look like in-store pickup is available at most locations (though you can certainly try your luck), and shipping will cost you extra unless your total purchase exceeds $75.

But if you really want one of these, whether for the tree or just to cuddle with, at least you can get one. (Amazon, for its part, sells it for $18, but it's out of stock until late January.)

CNET's Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on tech products and much more. For the latest deals and updates, follow him on Facebook and Twitter. You can also sign up for deal texts delivered right to your phone. Find more great buys on the CNET Deals page and check out our CNET Coupons page for the latest Walmart discount codeseBay couponsSamsung promo codes and even more from hundreds of other online stores. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Answers live on our FAQ page.

Get the best price with CNET Shopping.
Love shopping online but don't have time to compare prices or search for promo codes? Our CNET Shopping extension does that for you, so you always get the best price.
Add CNET Shopping
Shopping laptop image