- 1 A perfectly balanced shovel
- 2 The best way to make shoveling easier
- 3 Bigger, tougher, harder to use
- 4 An option for pavement
- 5 The shovel to keep in a car
- 6 The best snow pusher
- 7 The best snow sleigh
- 8 The best roof rake
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True Temper 18-inch Ergonomic Mountain Mover
A perfectly balanced shovel
An ideal combination of size, weight, ergonomics, and materials makes this the right shovel to clear off steps, sidewalks, patios, or decks.
The True Temper 18-Inch Ergonomic Mountain Mover has a sturdy, lightweight aluminum shaft that gloved hands can grip anywhere. Its 18-inch-wide plastic scoop is neither overly large and awkward nor too small and inefficient. The shovel has a curved shaft, an unusual design that makes moving snow easier, as it means you have to put less work into each swing. The nylon leading edge of the scoop won’t gouge your deck or catch on your brick patio. Plus, the shovel is built to last—I’ve used mine through New England winters since 2009, and it still works fine.
BackEZ EziMate Handle
The best way to make shoveling easier
Attach this second handle to any shovel’s shaft to make the work easier, safer, and less of a strain on your body.
The Ergonomic Mountain Mover is good on its own, but it’s even better with the addition of a BackEZ EziMate tool handle. This secondary handle attaches to the shaft and improves ergonomics and lessens the risk of injury. With this additional handle, the effort to shovel is more balanced between your two hands, greatly reducing the strain on your back and lowering overall exertion. Simply put, it makes shoveling easier, whether you’re scraping snow off steps or scooping it from the ground. This handle replaces our former pick, the Stout Backsaver, which has suffered durability issues (our test sample broke during the second year of testing). The EziMate appears to be made of a more durable plastic, and with the included hex wrench it’s easier to take on and off the shovel shaft (or to adjust it up and down the shovel shaft to fit different people).
Bully Tools Combination Snow Shovel
Bigger, tougher, harder to use
The Bully has a wider scoop than our pick—and is indestructible—but the lack of a curved shaft makes it a little more of a strain to shovel heavy loads.
If the Ergonomic Mountain Mover is unavailable, we recommend the Bully Tools 92814 Combination Snow Shovel. This model replaces our previous runner-up, the Suncast SCP3500 Powerblade. The two are similar, but the Bully has a longer handle, a wider scoop, and it typically costs less. Overall, the Bully has a more durable feel than our main pick, but we still prefer the ergonomic benefits of the Ergonomic Mountain Mover.
True Temper 20-inch Aluminum Combo Snow Shovel
An option for pavement
This tough metal shovel can knife through ice and scrape sidewalks and driveways clean, but it scratches delicate surfaces and catches on uneven ground.
If you’ll be shoveling snow and ice only on flat, scratch-proof surfaces like city sidewalks and paved driveways, consider the True Temper 20-Inch Aluminum Combo Snow Shovel. This shovel has the same curved handle as our main pick but pairs that handle with a metal scoop instead of a plastic one. With this design, the shovel can easily knife under compacted snow and scrape flat surfaces clear. It’s also better at busting up ice. The drawbacks? Its metal blade scratches wood, bluestone, and other soft patio and deck materials, and the leading edge is so stiff and sharp that it catches and abruptly stops on uneven ground areas such as gravel drives, brick walkways, or even blobs of asphalt patch. This model is also heavier than the poly version, which adds up over the course of a shoveling session.
Voilé Telepro Avalanche Shovel
The shovel to keep in a car
This small shovel slices through icy snow and can be disassembled for car storage. It isn’t cheap, but it’s what we’d want to have in a roadside emergency.
If you’re looking for a shovel to keep in your car for emergencies or to dig out of a snowed-in parking space, we recommend the Voilé Telepro Avalanche Shovel. Made for backpacking and mountaineering, this model has a nice strong scoop and is easily disassembled for stowing underneath a car seat or in a corner of the trunk. It’s built to slice into frozen snow, so it’s unlikely to break in an emergency. The Voilé isn’t cheap, but it was clearly the best in our tests against four other car shovels, all of which were either too flimsy or too small to be trustworthy. It’s also a good option if you live in a city apartment and have minimal shoveling needs and very little storage space.
Bully Tools 92813 Snow Pusher
The best snow pusher
For clearing light snows off a flat surface, this pusher has a longer handle than the rest and an extremely durable scoop.
True Temper Sleigh Shovel
The best snow sleigh
This sleigh holds a lot of snow and slides around like a sled. Unlike others, it has a bent handle to reduce back strain.
True Temper Telescoping Roof Rake
The best roof rake
Good for pulling snow off a roof and preventing ice dams, this 17-foot roof rake has a push-button telescoping handle that adjusts to a wide variety of lengths.
We also have recommendations for a few supplementary tools that you may want to consider in addition to your shovel. The Bully Tools 92813 Snow Pusher and True Temper Sleigh Shovel are designed to clear driveways. The True Temper Telescoping Roof Rake is, as the name suggests, good for knocking snow off a roof, which goes a long way toward preventing ice damming. We also have a separate guide to snow blowers, which offer yet another way to remove snow from a driveway.
Source: The NY Times
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