Model to try: Craftsman 88396
Approximate retail price: $1,200
Consumer Report score: 88 out of 100
Details:This is a 30-inch, two-stage snow blower. Consumer Reports said its pluses include electric start, free-wheel steering, single-hand controls, and LED headlights. For drawbacks, the snow blower does not have heated handgrips and Consumer Reports recommends you use hearing protection.
Consumer Reports also gives the same score to the Craftsman 98539 and the Troy-Bilt Storm 3090XP 31AH55R.
The score is based on Consumer Reports’ test of the Craftsman 88396, which it describes as enough alike in its performance, features, and specs that its tests apply to the other models.
The Craftsman 98539 is also 30 inches and retails for about $1,000, Consumer Reports said. The Troy-Bilt Storm 3090XP 31AH55R is also 30 inches and retails for about $1,200.