How to choose the right snowblower for your family

You might prefer gas or battery operated if you have a long driveway

HAMDEN, Conn. (WTNH) — It may feel like spring this week but in New England, we know it will be snowing before long. If you’re in the market for a new snowblower, we are helping you stretch your dollar with how to pick out the right one for you and your family.

The stores are ready for the snow, they are fully stocked with snowblowers but before you get wrapped up in the high price tags and the bells and whistles, there are a few questions you should ask yourself so you don’t pay for more than you really need.

They’re battery operated, electric, hybrid, gas, single and double stage. There are so many different snow blowers and at that price you want to know you’re getting the right one for you.

“Make sure you ask yourself the question first. How much square footage do you have?” said Hamden Home Depot’s Shawn Quinn.

Quinn helped us understand how to narrow down the choices.

“Single stage is good for anything up to a foot. So nice easy snow for a few months. Two stage is up to 36 inches which we don’t get often but when we do it’s great to have,” Quinn added.

You might prefer gas or battery operated if you have a long driveway so you’re not dragging a long extension cord. It’s also important he says to consider where you live. Are you in a spot where you’re getting a lot of snow heavily in the northern part of Connecticut or are you by the coastline where you get a lot of those freezing temperatures? Where while you’re out there shoveling, within two hours it’ll start to freeze over. Frozen snow means heavier and harder to shovel. You also need to think about if plows tend to kick up snow where you live.

“So if there’s a 6 inch snowfall, is that going to turn into 18 by the end of the day from the pileup,” Quinn said.

Bottom line, the most expensive is not necessarily better, it’s important you think about what your realistic needs are before getting talked into something you don’t really need. Before you put any money down at all, it’s most important to consider your health. If there’s any question, you should talk to your doctor about how much snow you can safely shovel on your own and what kind of machinery you can safely operate.