Selecting the proper snow shovel depends on the needs of the buyer. When purchasing a shovel, it is best to wear winter gloves and try it by pretending to shovel.
The SnoBoss can be used for scooping or pushing and is more comfortable than a traditional shovel shaft. The ManPlow is a pusher and comes in 22- or 30-inch models. In general, a lighter shovel is easier to lift, and a rigid shovel is best. Metal is heavier than plastic but more rigid. Steel on the edge may scratch a deck but extends the shovel's life. More than one shovel should be considered for different jobs; for example, one to deal with built-up ice and another to deal with regular snow. Scooped sides on a shovel keep the snow from falling out.