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Snow shovel test: the best snow shovel

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02/08/2021, 11:30 am | by Daniel Nusser, Peter Baruschke

Content based on the test results of Self is the man *

A good snow shovel is easy on your nerves - your own and those of your neighbors. With the best models, you not only remove the snow quickly and effortlessly, but also quietly. Our partner Selbst.de tested 19 snow shovels and snow shovels for their efficiency and ergonomics in a detailed test with several participants. The price range extends from luxury sliders for 90 euros to the 10-euro cheap model. The test winner was the Freund 97060 snow shovel for around 50 euros. However, you can get good quality for as little as 15 euros. There are special models for thin layers of snow.

The test was carried out by the magazine itself ist der Mann and its portal Selbst.de and published in the December 2019 issue.

15 of the 19 test devices had to pass pushing, pulling and shoving. In addition, four pure sliding models were also included in the test - they are intended for thin layers of snow. Among those snow shovels that can also be used to shovel, two models received the grade “very good”. Ten test devices were basically usable and were rated “good”. Only three models failed because of a lack of stability in the evaluation, one snow shovel achieved the grade "sufficient", the two last placed were rated by the testers as "unsatisfactory".
Since the snowfall is subsiding in many places in Germany, the testers also examined four models that are not suitable for shoveling snow. They are designed to push thin layers of snow aside as comfortably as possible. The testers rated three of the only sliders as “good”, the test winner here was the friend Snow Pusher 97304 for around 66 euros. The last test device, on the other hand, was even rated “unsatisfactory”: the experts advise against buying it because of its pollution.
You can read that in our article: In the overview we present the best models from the test in a table and then in detail. Then we will give you a price-performance assessment and explain the test procedure from Selbst.de. Finally, in the general purchase advice you can read what you should generally consider when buying snow shovels and further information.

Snow shovel test: the best snow shovels in comparison (Selbst.de / 12/2019)

Test winnerPrice tipBest plastic snow shovelXL slider

Freund Victoria 97060 aluminum snow shovel

Master 9990510

Freund Victoria 97377 plastic snow shovel

Friend Victoria 97304 Snow pusher

Overall rating

Overall rating

Very good (1.2)

Good (2.0)

Very good (1.3)

Good (1.6)

material

material

Aluminum

Aluminum

plastic

plastic

Weight

Weight

1.6 kg

1.96 kg

1.53 kg

2.05 kg

Size shield

Size shield

49.5 x 35 cm

50 x 34.5 cm

54.5 x 36 cm

61 x 21 cm

function

function

Shovel & push

Shovel & push

Shovel & push

Just push

price

price

around 50 euros

around 15 euros

around 25 euros

around 70 euros

Most popular shop

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1. Freund Victoria 97060 aluminum snow shovel (test winner)

  • Freund Victoria 97060 aluminum snow shovel

    Overall grade: Very good (1.2) The aluminum snow shovel Freund Victoria 97060 is extremely effective, stable and quiet - but a bit more expensive.

advantages
High stability, good workmanship
Very effective in the practical test
Quiet to use
disadvantage
Stem not quite perfect
Small buildup of snow
A little more expensive to buy
The snow shovel friend Victoria 97060 remains unbeaten: the model was the test winner in the last test. This has not changed in the most recent round. With its price of around 49 euros, the snow shovel is on the more expensive side, but the quality is worth it.
The stability of the snow shovel shows almost perfect results. The aluminum shield has good rigidity and the plastic edge is both well made and quiet when working. Only for the ergonomics and grip of the aluminum handle with plastic coating, oval shape and D-handle did the testers not give full marks. As a result, however, the handling is excellent.
The testers did not find any weaknesses in the practical criteria of shoving, pulling and shoveling snow. The sharp plastic edge is thorough and robust in the wear test, the snow only sticks to the aluminum shield a little more than to the plastic variant. There is nothing to complain about during the technical test and the marking is sufficiently resistant.
At 1.6 kilograms, the aluminum snow shovel is pleasantly light. The stem is 153 centimeters long, which should normally be sufficient. You can get the friend Victoria 97060 for around 40 euros, with a view to the rating of 1.2 (very good) in the test, this represents a good price-performance ratio.

Price tip: Meister 9990510

  • Master 9990510

    Overall grade: Good (2.0) The snow shovel Meister 9990510 offers solid quality and good effectiveness for little money, only the ergonomics are a bit unfavorable.

advantages
High stability, good workmanship
Very effective in the practical test
Great value for money
disadvantage
Unfavorable wooden handle
Loud in use
Small buildup of snow
Cheap snow shovel models often show stability problems, but this is not the case with the robust aluminum-wood model Meister 9990510. You get good performance at a great price.
The inexpensive snow shovel from Meister consists of an aluminum shield with a steel edge and a simple wooden handle. The torsion resistance of the shield is accordingly great and the edge can withstand a lot. On the other hand, the snow shovel is also quite loud. In addition, the round, smooth wooden handle is very simple and has little grip, and there is also no practical spade handle.
With the sharp steel edge, the snow can be pushed and pulled extremely thoroughly. The round wooden handle is a bit unfavorable for shoveling snow, because the snow shovel tips over quite easily. There is very little wear and tear on the hard steel edge, but snow can stick to the aluminum shield. The marking makes masters excellent, technically everything fits.
Due to the mix of materials, the Meister 9990510 is quite heavy, namely almost two kilograms. You only pay around 15 euros for the consistently solid work device, which is an excellent price-performance ratio. Unfortunately, the cheap snow shovel is temporarily sold out.

Best plastic snow shovel: Freund Victoria 97377

  • Freund Victoria 97377 plastic snow shovel

    Overall grade: Very good (1.3) The friend Victoria 97377 also proves to be an effective snow shovel with a plastic shield, and it is particularly easy to use.

advantages
Good workmanship and handling
Very effective in the practical test
Quiet to use
disadvantage
Shield not completely stable
Round edge not quite as thorough
A little more expensive to buy
Compared to the test winner, the friend Victoria 97377 is hardly worse, but has a different mix of materials: The sign is made of plastic instead of aluminum, which has advantages and disadvantages. In terms of price, the models are the same and the plastic snow shovel also has the rating “very good” (grade 1.3).
The plastic shield of the snow shovel does not have the same excellent torsional rigidity as the aluminum alternative, but it is still satisfactory. There are no differences in the nicely processed plastic edge and the resulting pleasant volume. On the other hand, the 97377 model has a curved ergonomic handle with a D-handle for better ergonomics - a plus point.
Pulling snow is not that easy with the round plastic edge, but when pushing and shoveling it is on a par with the sharp edge of the test winner. In addition, the 97377 model has the advantage that less snow sticks to the plastic sign. Even the runner-up did not show any abnormalities during the examination of the required labeling and the technical examination.
The friend Victoria 97377 is not significantly cheaper than the test winner: You can get the plastic snow shovel for around 48 euros. Due to the mix of materials, it weighs a little less, only 1.53 kilograms, although the sign is larger. The stem measures around 159 centimeters.

4th friend Victoria 97304 Snow pusher (only slider tip)