The best snow shovels for tackling any storm

Prepare for the season with the right tools to get you out of the deepest snowdrifts.
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If you’ve ever grabbed a snow shovel so heavy or poorly designed that even the fluffiest storm screamed “backache,” you know how important a decision on the right shovel can be. Depending on the type of snow, and the type of home or property you are maintaining, you may need a variety of shovels to get the job done right. We’ve found shovels with ergonomic features to help reduce strain and fatigue, as well as options in various sizes (including small shovels to keep in your vehicle in case snow catches you outside the home) for preparation for any storm. Also in the mix, we found an electric option which combines a few features of a snow blower without all the bulk and cost.

Here are the few of the best snow shovels with smart ergonomic designs currently on the market.

Snow Joe 24V-SS13 24-Volt iON+ 13-Inch 4-Ah Cordless Snow Shovel, Kit (w/4-Ah Battery + Quick Charger)

Caption: Big benefits in a small package.

Badge: Best for extra power

Markdown: This electric battery-charged cordless snow shovel is a unique cross between a shovel and a snow blower. The shovel uses battery power to thrust snow up and forward up to 20 feet ahead of you, making your shovel job much quicker and easier. It’s less expensive and bulky than a snow blower, too. Limitations include only throwing the snow in one direction, and of course the fact that you’ll need to stay on top of charging the battery. Still, this is a good option for smaller areas that need extra power to plow through.

BIRDROCK HOME 34″ Folding Emergency Snow Shovel – Rugged Compact Tool for Car, Snowmobiles, or ATV – Compact Winter Survival Gear for Camping Mud – Collapsible Multifunctional – Red

Caption: Lightweight, foldable, impressive.

Badge: Best for easy transportation and storage

Markdown: This shovel is a great choice when you need a shovel in a vehicle, or possibly to carry in a backpack. The shovel collapses for easy storage, and is 9″ x 34.25″ x 2.4″ when fully extended and 22″ x 2″ when in it’s compact position. Lightweight aluminum construction provides durability without weight, since the whole thing only weighs 2 pounds.

True Temper 1603400 Poly Snow Shovel/Pusher with Ergonomic D-Grip Steel Handle 18 Inch

Caption: No more backache.

Badge: Best for being user friendly

Markdown: This snow shovel is designed with an ergonomic d-grip handle for added comfort and ease of use. The shovel weighs about 3 pounds and has a nylon wear strip to extend the life of the blade and to help protect surfaces (like decks). An 18″ blade is a good size for most basic snow shoveling.

Snowcaster 48UPH Snow Shovel Pusher and Barn Shovel with 48-Inch Heavy Duty Plastic Blade, Blue

Caption: A time saver!

Badge: Best for covering a lot of ground

Markdown: This large blade snow shovel is a great option when you have to clear a larger surface quickly, like, say, a large driveway. This shovel is made of Ultra High Molecular Weight Polyethylene material and can even handle thin layers of ice on top of snow. Designed to push snow rather than lift, it’s best for lighter, more powdery snow falls than heavy ice storms.

Snow Joe SJ-SHLV01-RED Shovelution Strain-Reducing Snow Shovel | 18-Inch | Spring Assisted Handle (Red)

Caption: Innovative two hand design.

Badge: Best for those with chronic pain

Markdown: This unique design offers a second lower handle to offset strain of back, and to help reduce the body’s tendency to hunch down. In addition, the spring assist handle acts as a fulcrum to reduce the weight of shoveling. The blade is a comfortable 18″ and is constructed with polypropylene with an aluminum wear strip to protect impact.