Buy the right snow shovel and conquer that snowy driveway in a hurry. We’ve researched and evaluated more than 20 different snow shovels that will help you tackle snow, ice, and slush without any strain on your back! Whether you’re shopping for an affordable snow shovel just to clear off your sidewalk or need a massive snow sleigh to tackle a long driveway, we have a pick for whatever needs and budget you have this coming winter.
Snow Joe SJ-SHLV01 SHOVELUTION
This snow shovel from Snow Joe reduces strain as well as the effort needed when it comes to clearing out your driveway. A favorite of Insider Picks, the shovel features a spring-loaded ergonomic grip that captures the energy you use throwing snow to reset the shovel, so you’re ready for the next load.
Not only is the shovel’s shape easier on your back, but it’s also equipped with a metal strip across its bottom for tackling ice.
backEZ Back Saver
This nifty tool attaches right to your existing shovel, rake, hoe, broom, or paintbrush for much-needed back relief. It prevents strain and makes it significantly easier to shovel snow. Best of all, it costs less than 10 bucks!
True Temper 18-Inch Ergonomic Mountain Mover Snow Shovel
This snow shovel from True Temper sets the Goldilocks standard of snow shovels. It’s not too heavy, not too long, and not too large — it’s just right. A Wirecutter reviewer raved at how it is built-to-last and comfortable to use.
Plus, it doesn’t leave any strain on your back, thanks to its ergonomics. It works well on uneven city sidewalks or smooth driveways, and you don’t have to worry about it scraping up your deck or patio, either.
Suncast SC3250 18-Inch Snow Shovel/Pusher Combo
Combining design elements from a snow shovel and a pusher, this versatile tool is all you need after a winter storm strikes. We love it for its incredible ergonomics and its galvanized-steel edge that does an excellent job at annihilating ice stuck to your sidewalk.
Its 18-inch scoop isn’t as wide as other options in its price range, so you may not want to use it for your driveway, but it will work fantastically for shoveling sidewalks. If you prefer to lift snow instead of push it, consider opting for the SC1350, instead.
Lifeline 4002 Aluminum Sport Utility Shovel
Here’s a great pick for those with limited storage, as well as those who only get a bit of snow each year. This portable shovel breaks down into three compact pieces when it’s not in use. Its aluminum design is much stronger than portable plastic shovels that can break easily, and it’s still lightweight — just 1.3 pounds.
It’ll easily tackle your average light- to medium-duty shoveling needs. It’s also a great shovel for storing in the trunk of your car in case of emergencies, and costs around 20 bucks.
Toro 38361 Power Shovel
We just love this genius idea of combining the portability of a shovel with the power of a snowblower. GENIUS! It’ll cost you more than your average shovel, of course, but it’s still cheaper than a snowblower. Plus, your back will certainly thank you!