Windshield wiper blades are used to clean debris off your windshield, commonly snow, ice or rain. Without them, you would have no way of removing these things, putting yourself and other motorists in danger. There are a few main types of wiper blades and a few types of connectors for attaching the wiper to your car. With our wiper reviews, you will find the right wiper blade for everyday use on your automobile.
The Bosch ICON wiper blades are the first item in our list of the best windshield wipers. These are actually a really excellent wiper blade for the money. There is only one in the pack, and at the time of this review, it was priced at just over $20.
The wiper blade is designed with dual rubber which will increase its lifespan and resistance to the elements like snow and ice. Bosch claims that these windshield wipers should last up to 40 percent longer than other premium blades. This wiper blade is designed around a single tension spring, meaning even distribution of pressure on your windshield. Some wiper blades are designed with as many as eight pressure points resulting in an uneven distribution of weight.
One of the most unique features on this windshield wiper blade is the asymmetrical spoiler. It is designed to force the airflow to work with the blade to keep constant contact with your car’s windshield. Finally, the ICON wiper blade can be installed on nearly any vehicle because of its original equipment-quality adapter.
Why It Made The List: Its asymmetrical spoiler maintains constant contact.
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Rain-X is the boss when it comes to removing water from cars. Whether it is with windshield wiper blades or water repellent glass sealant, Rain-X products keep the rain off your car. These windshield wipers are actually coated with the unique Rain-X formula to help repel the water. The coating will even last for months.
There is a universal adapter on these wiper blades that will make sure they fit your car. In fact, Rain-X claims that these windshield wipers will fit on 96 percent of vehicles. You really can't go wrong with these blades since they install in minutes.
The water repellency wiper blades from Rain-X are built around an aerodynamic spoiler that helps the blade maintain contact on your windscreen. They are constructed with a single synthetic blend rubber squeegee which will withstand the most extreme weather conditions. These windshield wiper replacement blades come in at just over $15 for a single, at the time of this review. A killer deal if you ask us.
Why It Made The List: It has Rain-X built into the blade to help repel water.
The Michelin Stealth Hybrid windshield wipers are a great deal. You would have a hard time finding similar quality for the money when it comes to premium wiper blades. For almost half of the cost of the competitor’s wiper blades, this model will surely have you wanting to upgrade all your windshield wipers. It prices at just over $10 for one blade at the time of this review.
One of the main benefits to the Michelin wiper blades is the independent suspension throughout the length of the blade. Our wiper blade reviews show that a single substantial point of contact along the whole blade is much better than multiple pressure points. This one will hold steady until its end of life.
Michelin had independent tests conducted on these, and they found that after 300,000 wipe cycles, they outperformed the rest. This is a big deal and one of the main reasons that these blades made it onto our list of blades. You can even use these as winter wiper blades because of their aerodynamic cover that helps prevent the buildup of ice and snow.
Why It Made The List: The lifespan is among the best in the industry.
The AutoTex Premium Beam windshield wiper ranks in on our reviews of the best wiper blades because of its superior single beam technology, excellent price point, and extreme durability. It is constructed with all 100 percent natural rubber in its DuraTex rubber compound. The massive benefit of the all rubber frame is that it has no issues in ice and snow. It is one of the best winter wiper blades.
Coming in at just over $15 for one wiper blade at the time of this review, it is at the perfect price for anyone in any driving condition to replace their blades. We say this also because the AutoTex windshield wipers come with a pre-installed connector that will fit pin, hook and bayonet arms. They also include adapters to fit other connectors on nearly any model car.
AutoTex installed a symmetrical spoiler on this wiper blade. This helps the blade maintain contact on your windshield while cruising at high speeds. Users of this blade were very impressed at how quickly they installed and how well they have performed. Make sure you get the right size for your car, and you won't have any issues.
Why It Made The List: The symmetrical spoiler helps the blade connect with the window while it is moving both forward and backward.
Silblade Silicone windshield wiper blades are manufactured tough. They are designed to rigorous standards ensuring they will perform in all weather conditions. Silblades even make fantastic winter wiper blades because of the patented formula that can withstand the most extreme temperatures. Silblade claims they will withstand -80 degrees Fahrenheit all the way to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. If temperatures ever get that low or that high, we’re sure your wiper blades will be the last thing on your mind, but they should still work just fine. So that's good.
Another great feature of these windshield wipers is that they have a silicone formulation that will leave a water repellent on your windscreen. This invisible hydrophobic barrier typically forms any time from first use to about 90 days after first use. This will add another level of clarity to your windshield because some of the water or snow will just roll right off. At the time of this review, a pack of one wiper blade costs just over $20.
Silblade windshield wipers have one drawback in our opinion. The disadvantage is that they are not built with a solid core like most of the blades on our list. The frame is constructed with high gauge steel and a powder coating. This is nice, but because of the multiple points of contact on your windshield, we wonder if over time they will end up streaking more than the solid core designs. Users had some mixed reviews that were positive overall.
Why It Made The List: They are able to withstand the most extreme temperatures.
The Valeo windshield wiper replacement all-season blade finalizes our reviews of the best windshield wipers 2017. It is built like most of the top wiper blades, with a single core design that will make sure it maintains even distribution of pressure across the entire blade. This is due to the integrated flexors, something Valeo calls the more than 1,500 pressure points along the blade. A lot of cheap windshield wipers use a metal superstructure that allows for only eight pressure points that tend to collect snow and ice, often impairing the driver's vision. You don't have to worry about that with Valeo blades.
Another reason you don't need to worry about impaired vision with these wiper blades is the aerodynamic integrated spoiler. Valeo claims that it is “best-in-class.” The spoiler helps the blade to maintain contact on the windshield and cut through ice and snow. Because the windshield wiper goes right through the snow, it doesn't get caught up and packed in. It is one of the best winter wiper blades.
The Valeo windshield wiper blades are easy to install and don’t require any adapter. This is important if you want a blade that “just works.” The primary reason this blade made our review list is because of the cost. The single pack ranks in at roughly half the price of the other top brands. At just over $10 at the time of this review, you can replace both blades for the cost of replacing one with other brands. For these reasons, we believe the Valeo Ultimate is one of the best windshield wipers.
Why It Made The List: These are world-class all-season blades that are built to last.
There are some things you need to have on your car because they are a legal requirement. Arguably, some of the most important things are windshield wipers.
Around 1903, there were three individual patents filed for a technology that would clean a windscreen. John Apjohn, Robert Douglass and Mary Anderson were the original three.
The earliest was coined as a “window cleaning device” that was designed for electric vehicles and cars.
The next was only a few months later and was designed as a “locomotive-cab-window cleaner.”
Finally, the third device, the "Apparatus for Cleaning Carriage, Motor Car and other Windows,” was patented. So while there isn't solely one person credited to its origination, the windshield wiper was a device that couldn't help but being created.
Changing your windshield wipers is a relatively easy task. However, there can be some differences that could cause someone to be unsure or intimidated by the process. The main differences lie in the type of clip that connects the wiper blade to the wiper blade arm on your car.
If you are unsure about your car’s connectors, merely take a look at your old wiper blades and check the connector type. Most of the time there is a simple connection that will release when pressing the disengage button on the clip.
One thing that can be done is taking your new windshield wipers with you when you get your car serviced by a mechanic or when having your car’s oil changed. Both places will be glad to pop your new blades on your car and maybe even show you how it’s done so you can do it yourself next time.
Your car services will often try and sell you wiper blades when performing other maintenance on your car. If your car really needs new windshield wipers, we recommend taking them up on their offer. Keep in mind though, that these blades will often not be the best windshield wipers and can cost a lot more than the blades in our reviews.
If you’re wondering how to change windshield wipers, and if you want to give it a go yourself and try the DIY windshield wiper replacement, then look no further.