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 $8 and $20 each for an 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. We also have a comparison chart at the bottom of this article to easily compare one model versus another.
It is the most expensive wiper blade on our list, but the Bosch Icon Wiper Blade is longer lasting and performs better than any other model listed no matter the weather conditions.
Buyers should be aware that for each size Bosch may also have an A or B designation. The type A is for driver or passenger side, while the type B has a slight extra curve for the passenger side only. You can combine them in A/A or A/B combos.
What makes this windshield wiper blade stand out is the Rain-X water repelling coating that transfers from the wiper squeegee to the windshield during initial use. To transfer the water repellency you must install the blades and turn them on and wipe dry at the medium speed for 2 to 3 minutes. Then spray washer fluid briefly and the water repellency is activated.
We prefer the Bosch Icon slightly over this Rain-X product mainly because it lasts longer, but the performance difference is very slight and you can save a bit of money by buying the Rain-X Latitude 2-in-1 Water Repellent Wiper Blade.
This AERO model uses a hybrid design of a more conventional blade with an outer covering which makes them work better in winter since there is no exposed bracket for ice or snow to accumulate around.
Overall the AERO Hybrid Premium Quality All-Season Windshield Wiper Blades will work in any weather, but it does not quite perform as well as the premium pure beam blades.
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.
These windshield wiper blades tend to work really well when first installed, but the performance degrades with age. So don’t expect to get a long lifespan out of them.
Overall we recommend the Rain-X Weatherbeater Wiper Blade for anyone looking for a solid, cheap wiper blade. However, if you live in an area with a lot of snow or ice you should probably consider a beam blade instead.
Best Windshield Wiper Blade Comparison Chart
|Wiper Blade||Rating|| Best Price
|ICON Wiper Blade||9.5||$18.68||Beam Blade||FX dual rubber|
|Latitude 2-in-1 Water Repellent Wiper Blade||9.3||$14.51||Beam Blade||Premium Graphite-Coated, Blended Synthetic Rubber||Rain-X Water Repelling Coating|
|Hybrid Premium Quality All-Season Windshield Wiper Blades||9.1||$18.99 (for 2 blades)||Hybrid Blade||Premium rubber with DuPont Teflon coating|
|91 Series AeroVantage Wiper Blade||9.1||$10.14||Conventional Blade||DuraKlear Plus exclusive, advanced rubber compound|
|Weatherbeater Wiper Blade||9||$9.78||Conventional Blade||All Natural Rubber|