Damaged or worn windshield wipers can cause poor visibility in extreme weather which is a significant factor in many accidents. That is why most most experts recommend changing them about every 6-9 months. The good news is you don’t have to spend a lot of money to get good performance, generally a new wiper blade will cost between $7 and $15 each for a 18″ model and slightly more for a longer version. We recommend shopping on Amazon because not only do they have the best prices we could find, but you can also see if the item will fit on your car by just selecting the year, make, and model.
There are two main styles of wipers – conventional models with brackets and the newer beam blades, or bracketless, which use spring steel in the rubber to apply more even pressure and have no external frame. The newer beam blades are preferred for winter conditions since there is no bracket for ice and snow to build up around. If winter weather is not a factor for you, then models with or without a bracket will work just fine. You can also use a windshield treatment like Rain-X to get more life out of windshield wipers.
You may find that certain models work really well with one car and not with another. This is usually due to the curvature of the windshield. Sometimes you may have to buy a few different models before you find one that works really good on your particular vehicle.
We reviewed the best windshield wiper blades to come up with our top 5 below.
It is the most expensive wiper blade on our list, but the Bosch Icon is longer lasting and performs better than any other model listed no matter the weather conditions.
While not quite as long lasting as the Bosch ICON, the Bosch Clear Advantage Beam Blade will provide better performance than many other manufacturer’s wipers at an affordable price.
We would recommend the ANCO AeroVantage model for users who do a lot of freeway travel at high speeds in areas without a lot of winter weather.
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