Ariens Deluxe Two-Stage Snow Blower

Last updated date: April 19, 2019

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Ariens Deluxe Two-Stage Snow Blower

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We looked at the top Snow Blowers and dug through the reviews from some of the most popular review sites. Through this analysis, we've determined the best Snow Blower you should buy.

Update as August 5, 2019:
Checkout The Best Snow Blower for a detailed review of all the top snow blowers.

Overall Take

In our analysis of 46 expert reviews, the Ariens Deluxe Two-Stage Snow Blower placed 5th when we looked at the top 10 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

From The Manufacturer

Expert Reviews

Expert Summarized Score

12 expert reviews

User Summarized Score

483 user reviews

What experts liked

The 357cc three-stage gas-powered snow blower has a 28-inch-by-21-inch clearance and an accelerator that spins much faster than the auger to cut through heavy snow and ice. It can work well in snow that’s 18 inches deep.
- The Spruce
You’ll be able to push the snow out to areas up to 50 ft away in distance. You’ll also be able to easily guide this snow to any area of your yard that you’d like with the dispensing chute thanks to the 205 degree rotating remote chute control.
- Best of Machinery
Features Power Curve system which greatly reduces clogging.
- BestReviews
This forceful engine is able to propel the blower forward at the speed up to 5 miles per hour. In addition, this snow blower can move backwards at the speed of up to 2 miles per hour.
- Best Advisor
The 1150 Snow Series engine on the Briggs and Stratton 1696619 snow blower has a massive 250cc of power with 11.5 ft-lbs of gross torque under its hood. It’s enough to plow through the snow with ease in any conditions.
- Chainsaw Journal
September 15, 2017 | Full review
The tires will help you cover any terrain easily. The Husqvarna ST224 can tackle up to 24 inches of width of snow, so you won’t need too many runs to have your driveway cleared
- Taber's Best Reviews
Ease of using the various controls--such as speed, chute, and auger--was very good.
- Consumer Reports
It has a durable metal chute, heated handles, a massive 357 cc engine, and a handy thumb-operated four-way chute control.
- New York Times Wirecutter
The snow blower's 18-inch clearing path and 12-inch cut depth should easily handle daily snowfall.
- Top Ten Reviews
The Toro 1800 is build using very tough high impact composite plastic which makes it extremely durable and requires practically no maintenance.
- ratingle
This snowblower has an EFI engine, which was the first ever in the industry. The EZ Launch EFI system makes it much easier to start the snowblower in cold conditions, too.
- The backyard Gnome

What experts didn't like

Lacks powered drive to the wheels.
- BestReviews
The size of this lawn mowes is quite big.
- Best Advisor
It does weigh a whopping 189 pounds, so you’d naturally assume it would be hard to move from A to B when you’re not being assisted by the machine.
- Chainsaw Journal
September 15, 2017 | Full review
Weight seems slightly more than comparable models
- Taber's Best Reviews
The Craftsman CMXGBAM1054540 scored fair for removal speed and was excellent at removing the plow pile at the end of the driveway, which can be a challenge for some machines.
- Consumer Reports
at only one speed.
- New York Times Wirecutter
The discharge chute can become clogged when clearing wet snow, which means you need to consider lowering the cut depth to discharge less snow.
- Top Ten Reviews
It can be awkward especially when wearing gloves to activate both the start and the safety button simultaneously.
- ratingle
the "speed selector cable" the Z end broke off the cable (see pic) leaving the wheels stuck moving
- Backyard Boss

An Overview On Snow Blowers

The winter months can be tough for a large portion of the U.S., with 16 of the 51 largest cities seeing about two feet of snow on average each year. If you live in one of those states, keeping your walkways, driveway and vehicles clear is essential in order to get out of the house.

Snow blowers have come a long way in recent years, doing more of the work with less effort from you. Conveniences like heated hand grips and remotely operated chutes make the process of eliminating snow from your yard easier, and an increasing number of snow blowers offer these features.

No matter which snow blower you choose, you’re likely going to find it’s more than a little noisy. You’ll need to plan to wear earmuffs, earplugs or both at all times to protect your hearing. If you wear earplugs, make sure you roll them tightly so they’ll fully cover the eardrum before you insert them. Also, wear boots that feature plenty of traction on the undersides to avoid slipping while you’re clearing snow away.

Speaking of safety, it’s important to remember that in the chute of every snow blower is a dangerous blade. If your snow blower becomes clogged, do not attempt to unclog it with your hand, even if you’ve turned the unit off. You can prevent clogging by spraying the chute and blades with cooking spray before getting started. Another way to keep clogging at a minimum is to manage snow levels by clearing it away in stages, as it accumulates.

If you must unclog your snow blower, make sure you practice safety precautions in doing so. Turn the machine off, disengage the clutch and wait at least five seconds after you’ve cut power. The blades will continue to turn for a short time afterward, which is why so many injuries occur each year. Use an object like a stick or broom handle to clear away the clog, avoiding putting your hands near the blades even if you’re sure they’re no longer turning.

It can be tempting to look for the snow blower with the most power and farthest reach. However, if you’re in a tight residential area with neighbors all around, you likely won’t benefit from having a blower that can toss snow 50 feet and cut an extremely wide path. By keeping that in mind, you may be able to save a little money on a unit that’s better suited to your environment.

The Snow Blower Buying Guide

  • A powerful snow blower can be a huge relief, as you’ve probably learned if you’ve ever tried to shovel piled-up snow. The higher the capacity of your blower, the quicker you can get out of the cold. Capacity is especially important if you live in an area that gets large amounts of snow in a short timeframe. The Husqvarna Two-Stage Snow Blower clears away an area of snow of up to 24 inches wide, while the Snow Jow Ultra Electric Snow Blower can tackle up to 18 inches and depths of up to 10.
  • Distance is also an important factor. While you can adjust the direction and distance your snow blower can pitch snow, having a wider range of options gives you more flexibility. The Ariens Deluxe Two-Stage Snow Blower can shoot snow as far as 50 feet away. In comparison, the Snow Jow Ultra Electric Snow Blower can only toss snow up to 20 feet away.
  • Although with distance, it may initially sound like the further, the better, if you live in a tight residential area, having such a wide distance can be a problem. The Ariens Deluxe Two-Stage Snow Blower’s range is so wide, it’s more suited for larger yards.
  • For smaller yards, it may be worth considering an electric snow blower, which operates using a cord, requiring no gas or oil changes. The Snow Jow Ultra Electric Snow Blower is electric powered, meaning you can just plug it in and start blowing. However, with this model, you may want to invest in an outdoor use-designed power cord to give you the reach you’ll need.
  • Snow blowers use blades to cut through denser ice and snow, which helps prevent clogs. The Snow Jow Ultra Electric Snow Blower has steel blades, which can slice through ice more efficiently than a plastic blade ever could.
  • If you deal with persistent snow throughout the winter months where you live, you’ll likely find you’ll spend way too much money on fuel for your snow blower. The Ariens Deluxe Two-Stage Snow Blower is built with a fuel-injected engine to help cut down on the gas you’ll use every time you get a new snowfall. However, you may find this fuel efficiency comes at a cost since the engine doesn’t have as much power as other snow blowers in its category.
  • One thing worth considering in a snow blower is how it will affect your driveway, yard and walkways. The Snow Jow Ultra Electric Snow Blower has rubber covering its blades to avoid damaging the ground surrounding your house. That means when spring comes, you’ll be able to enjoy the beautiful green grass buried beneath all that snow.
  • Self-propulsion is one feature that can really come in handy, particularly if the area you’re clearing is hilly. The Husqvarna Two-Stage Snow Blower is heavier than usual, but it makes up for it by building in self-propulsion. The Ariens Deluxe Two-Stage Snow Blower is also self-propelled and uses belt drives that keep the unit moving forward.
  • Steering can also play an important role in a snow blower’s ease of use, helping you maneuver around your yard. The Cub Cadet 3X Snow Blower has power steering, which means you can even move it around using one hand if necessary. The Snow Jow Ultra Electric Snow Blower, on the other hand, has no built-in steering assistance. However, it is lightweight and has easy-to-turn wheels, which makes up for that somewhat.
  • The chute plays an important role in your snow blower’s operation. It tosses the collected snow, so it’s important to be able to easily control the direction and distance. The Husqvarna Two-Stage Snow Blower’s control panel has a remote rotator near the control panel that lets you easily manage the chute’s actions. The Ariens Deluxe Two-Stage Snow Blower’s chute control comes as a crank near the handle, which gives you the ability to change the direction of your chute up to 200 degrees.
  • Although the Snow Jow Ultra Electric Snow Blower has useful built-in controls, you won’t be able to adjust the handle to your own height, which can be an inconvenience, especially if multiple family members will be using the same blower.
  • You’ll often see a snow blower advertised as “electric start,” which is listed as a benefit. Electric start simply means you can push a button to start it up. The Husqvarna Two-Stage Snow Blower, Cub Cadet 3X Snow Blower and Ariens Deluxe Two-Stage Snow Blower are all gas-powered snow blowers with electric start.
  • Traction can be tough when you’re dealing with snow and ice. For that reason, you’ll need a snow blower with good tires. The Husqvarna Two-Stage Snow Blower comes with 15-inch tires designed to cover any terrain. The 16-inch tires on the Cub Cadet 3X Snow Blower also give you great grip. No matter what tires your snow blower has, though, you can always benefit from having some chains around for those extra-slippery snowfalls.
  • Both the Husqvarna Two-Stage Snow Blower and Cub Cadet 3X Snow Blower have heated hand grips, which helps keep you a little warmer while you work.
  • Snow blowers can be on the pricy side. Plan to spend in the $1,000 range, with some blowers coming in a little cheaper and some going over.
  • It’s important to prepare for noise with any snow blower you choose. You can never go wrong by protecting your ears against this noise, no matter how loud your snow blower is. However, you may cut down on some of the noise by going with an electric blower like the Snow Jow Ultra Electric Snow Blower, rather than a gas-powered one.
  • Before you start shopping, consider where you’ll store your snow blower during the warm months. The Husqvarna Two-Stage Snow Blower is 58.5 inches long x 40.5 inches high x 24 inches wide, compared to the Snow Jow Ultra Electric Snow Blower, which is 45 x 19 x 38 inches. The Cub Cadet 3X Snow Blower is 36 ½ inches from its bottom to the top of the handles.