Let’s admit: tossing a 15” thick snow layer around can mess up our lower backs. Even so, if you’re not anymore in your 30’s.

But to be honest, the same can apply to you regardless age and if you’ve had a severe back dysfunction in your whole life.

Ergonomic snow shovels designed for bad backs address the issue of straining your back whilst shoveling snow in those freeze mornings. With them you’ll not only finish quicker with this messy duty, but also spare your lower back from awful strains.

If you’re in a hurry, and looking for the best value for the price, I recommend:

Although I can definitely name these two the best snow shovel for bad back in 2017, I do embolden you to skim through our list of four contestants to make the absolute best decision.

A quick comparison table down below summarizes the main advantages and drawbacks of each participant:

Ivation Pusher

✔️ Even taller people can use it without strains

✔️ Can plough 10″ snow layer away

✔️ Wide, 26″ blade

❌ Effective at mild to medium snow falls

Ohuhu Snow Plow

✔️  Highly adjustable height/angle

✔️  Adjustable blade angle

✔️  Great maneuverability

❌  Taller people can find it short

Snow Joe SHOVELUTION

✔️  Featherweight at 2 lbs

✔️  Improved usability

✔️  Fights strains effectively

❌  Can be a bit wobbly

Garant Yukon

✔️  Can cover up large areas pretty fast

✔️  Ergonomic handle

✔️  Easy emptying

❌  Handle can detach from the blade

The 5 Best Snow Shovel for Bad Back in 2017

1. Best Overall Ergonomic Snow Shovel for Back Pain:

Ivation Heavy Duty Pusher

best snow shovel for bad back

Our chosen one on the list is more like a snow pusher, than a shovel. The reason why the Ivation Heavy Duty Snow Pusher made to the top though, is simple: it can handle even a thicker 10” layer of snow while enabling you to painlessly plow around.

Coming in a heavy duty yet lightweight (10 lbs at all) structure, the Ivation will surely be a helpful companion to any back pain sufferer in the winter.

Out of the box, it doesn’t come pre-assembled, however putting it together won’t take more than 5 minutes. Just be prepared that you’ll need your own allen wrench and Philips screwdriver.

Adding extra durability, the 26” wide plastic blade is strengthened by a metal scraper on the bottom. This comes useful when cleaning snow from rubbly areas, where otherwise the plastic blade would wear down easily.  

Featuring a tilt-back handle, it’s painless to adjust for the proper snow amount to put away.

Speaking of height: the maximum height of this snow pusher is adjustable from 45” to 50”. Good news is that it allows for even a 6’1” tall guy like me to stand almost straight up while plowing. I bet, you as a fellow back painist already know what that means, right? Obviously, it’s less tension on your lower back if you can stand up straight.

Compared to a generic snow shovel, the Ivation makes you to easily push away significant amounts of snow even in one round, without putting stress on your lower back.

Two main drawbacks to mention here. First, don’t think about this fellow as a snow tractor. Does its job, but will be effective only in mild to medium snow falls. If you manage to immediately plow away fallen snow, then the Ivation can manage almost in any situation.

Second, the instructions are a chore to comprehend. Although it’s straightforward how to assemble, Ivation could really put some effort to improve the quality of the booklet.

Anyways: if you stick with the Ivation Heavy Duty Snow Pusher, you can say goodbye to back breaking job through the winter.

2. Best Adjustable Ergonomic Snow Shovel for Bad Back:

Ohuhu Snow Plow

snow shovel for back pain

If we speak about customizable snow plows, the Ohuhu Snow Plow stands out indeed.

Pushing ergonomic design to an extreme level, the Ohuhu comes in a two-way adjustable construction.

First, you can precisely adjust the height and the angle of the handle to fit your back pain needs.

Secondly, the variable concave blade can be set 45 degrees bi-laterally, which results in a  four times more efficient plowing action compared to regular snow pushers. Being said that, there’s no need to rotate the plow when it’s full of snow, since it pushes it to the sides automatically. From a back pain sufferer’s point of view, this can be remarkably advantageous.

Fully built of iron, the Ohuhu would undoubtedly win the durability prize as well. However, this comes with the price of bulkiness. Instead of maneuvering a lighter plastic blade, with the Ohuhu, you’ll need to manage the 25 lbs of the sturdy metal structure. This is more than the double of the Ivation’s weight.

In contrary, maneuverability isn’t that bad at all, since wheels are quite close to each other to do edgy turns with the plow. Speaking of the wheels, they’re more like tires and also proved to do unquestionably well on uneven surfaces too, like gravel or rubble.

The 30” wide blade of the Ohuhu is somewhat larger compared to the Ivation’s, and it’s capable of pushing even a 10” deep snow layer to the sides.

Now, there are two things you need to know about the Ohuhu: The first is that the tiny size of the adjustor pin makes replacing it complicated, especially with gloves. So it’s advised to go with one set-up from the beginning till the end.

Although height settings allow for extreme adjustability, taller people might find the Ohuhu a bit short. I heard the above 6’, you won’t be able to stand straight up while plowing, which can definitely strain your lower back. If you’re 6’ or above, I’d rather recommend the Ivation.

3. Best Lightweight Snow Shovel for Bad Back

Snow Joe SHOVELUTION

ergonomic snow shovel for back ache

When it comes to innovation, Snow Joe’s SHOVELUTION is the ultimate flag carrier in the industry.

Slim and lightweight design makes this fellow snow plowing much easier for you compared to regular, 8 lbs shovels. Weighing only 2 pounds it’s the most featherweight on our top list and is certainly among the most buoyant ones on the market.

An extra sturdy 18” wide shovel blade allows you to grab plenty of snow, yet not being too bulky to maneuver around.

However SHOVELUTION’s true power lies within its innovative construction. A secondary ‘spring handle’ makes your job easier by leveraging less stress on your lower back. The spring handle is basically a handle applied to a very thin stripe of metal long enough to allow you work with a straight lower back thus reducing the risk of strains.

The proper way of using the shovel is bending your knees enough to reach the snow with the blade and hold straight low back posture.

Usability is also improved in contrary to ordinary snow shovels. There’s a height adjuster on the handle allowing you to extend the full length to 49.8”, which will be a decent one even if you’re taller.

Although SHOVELUTION outshines its competitors in this aspect, it comes with a price. Some will find the  SHOVELUTION snow shovel a bit wobbly for true.

As you can see, the whole concept of Snow Jack’s SHOVELUTION is to allow you to do the tough job without bending your back that causes injuries. However, this weight is most of the time will be leveraged naturally to your upper body, namely the arms. Being said that, don’t be surprised if your shoulders wear off sooner throughout the shoveling.

If you can live with these drawbacks, I can heartily recommend this innovative tool to save your lower back from strains in the winter. Not to mention that its price tag is surprisingly inviting.

Pro tip: You can think of the SHOVELUTION as your general shovel, however I advise you to accompany it with a more productive fellow, like the Ivation for wider spaces.

4. Best Efficient Snow Shovel for Bad Back

Garant Yukon

best snow shovel for back ache

The name Garant is well-known in snow cleaning. From ice cracking to heavy duty shoveling Garant have nailed the art of snow removal around your yard.

So, another back-saver jumps into the ring with a peculiar approach to snow shoveling.

Not being a regular shovel, but more like a snow sleigh, the Garant Yukon’s power lies within covering up a lot of space when a snowstorm is on the border.

The Yukon is the best bet for you if you have long and wide driveways and don’t want to strain your back whilst shoveling it. In fact, it’s said to be the next best bet to a snowblower.

Built of study plastic, the snow blade can handle significant amounts of snow with a single push. As usual, the blade features a steel edge to maximize life time.

The magic though lies in the ergonomic steel handle. It’s lawn-mower-like construction allows you to easily tilt snow out from the blade at the end of every round.

Weighing 15.6 pounds, I wouldn’t say it’s a featherweight tool, but it’ still among the lighter ones on the market.

There’s a letdown of the Garant Yukon though. I’ve heard a couple of users note that the handle can easily detach from the blade. You could ask for replacement parts, though unfortunately Garant does not provide replacement parts in the U.S., just in Canada.

Nonetheless, the Garant Yukon has proved to be the most effective on our best snow shovel for bad back list, and for a real good reason. Definitely a recommend for those suffering of back pain and having larger areas to clean up.

Ivation Pusher

✔️ Even taller people can use it without strains

✔️ Can plough 10″ snow layer away

✔️ Wide, 26″ blade

❌ Effective at mild to medium snow falls

Ohuhu Snow Plow

✔️  Highly adjustable height/angle

✔️  Adjustable blade angle

✔️  Great maneuverability

❌  Taller people can find it short

Snow Joe SHOVELUTION

✔️  Featherweight at 2 lbs

✔️  Improved usability

✔️  Fights strains effectively

❌  Can be a bit wobbly

Garant Yukon

✔️  Can cover up large areas pretty fast

✔️  Ergonomic handle

✔️  Easy emptying

❌  Handle can detach from the blade