First of all, you have to think about the snow volume that you will want to clear in the shortest time possible. If we are just talking about clearing the alley and other access paths to our private property, then you can choose one of the snow blowers that are not so powerful, but are nonetheless capable of doing their job good and fast. If this is not the case, then you should take into account purchasing a bigger snow thrower.
Furthermore, you also have to take into account when you are going to clean the snow: immediately after it has settled or after some time, when the ice has already formed a thin crust. In such a situation, you can find special snow blowers that not only eliminate snow but also the thin crust of ice that has already formed. This is a very special system that processes solid materials a lot faster. If you have a large area to clear, then you also have to think about the size of the machine. There is a single person model, and a bigger one which has to be used by a whole team of qualified workers. This is a very important aspect and you have to take it into account before you decide to invest in a snow blower.
The power supply and the noise level is another factor which is worth taking into consideration. Electrical snow blowers are silent but they are also less efficient as opposed to those that are powered by gas. Furthermore, an electrical machine does not have the work autonomy that gas snow throwers have. The electrical models do have their own benefits: they are easier to maneuver and they are efficient in cleaning sidewalks and smaller areas.
You can find excellent products in every hardware store in town. There are all kinds of special discounts nowadays since the winter season is just around the corner. If you are still unsure of what blower you should buy, you can always ask the assistance of one of the hardware store's consultant. You will see that they are going to show you what they have on sale and they will give you specifications about these machines. Be careful to get a warranty for the product that you are buying. Some stores forget to give you the warranty and if you have trouble with your model, they might not accept to help you.
All in all, if you want the best results and in shorter period of time, you have to choose the snow blower that is ideal for the kind of space that you have. Buying something too small or too big would be a bad investment.