Model to try: Ariens 921022
Approximate retail price: $1,000
Consumer Report score: 85 out of 100
Details: This is a two-stage, gas-powered snow blower equipped with an electric start and a 28-inch clearing width. It also has a headlight.
Consumer Reports calls the machine a “great choice” if you want a large machine without paying top dollar.
The lower price means settling for a traditional crank adjustment and forgoing heated hand grips. Consumer Reports also said it found the mechanism for turning to be more awkward to use than individual trigger-type turning clutches that some models have.