Consumer Reports' guide to snow blowers
Toro Power Clear 210 38587
Smaller, single-stage machines are good for level driveways with less snow, and rely solely on a rubber-tipped auger to pick up and throw snow while providing some pulling power. They take up less space, and they're light enough to lift onto a porch or deck. The Toro Power Clear 210 38587 was impressive in the plow-pile test. Single-stage machines are limited to snowfall of about 8 inches on pavement. All demand more pushing and pulling than two-stage models.