Buying windshield wipers may seem straight forward as there are only but a few competing contenders. Rain-X, Michelin, Goodyear, etc. will have you think that your options come down to the make of your car whether each wiper can provide the blades that’ll just fit.
But the game has changed. With wipers coming with components that fit almost all types – by all, we mean three – you’re not limited towards your make and have the reassurance to search for different quality brands.
Each wiper consists of features that involved arcing technologies or enhanced flexibility. Whatever wiper you’ll choose you’ll be guaranteed to the fit, but with additional perks, you’ll want start the search for brands.
It’s always a safe option to buy wipers that come with your specific vehicle. With all the options available, you’ll see that quality exists outside the expected manufacturer brands. There’s plenty of quality options, but with the addition of enhanced technologies and features.
The wiper blades that we’ll be reviewing are:
- Bosch 26A ICON
- Rain-X Latitude
- ANCO 31 Series
- Valeo 900 Series
- Aero OEM Premium
- Valeo 600 Series
- Trico Force
- PIAA Super Silicone
- ACDelco Metal
- Michelin Stealth Hybrid
Other than the obvious of double-checking whether each wiper will fit, you’ll want to focus on the needs of the environment on your car. Heavy rains will have you leaning towards Rain-X wiper’s, or if you’re in grittier type weather, you’ll want to the attention of Scubblade wipers. Each option has it’s quality picks, but first, your considerations must be what your vehicle requires.
Here we take the brands with reputations and take into consideration the subtleties in each product. Each given its a high degree of quality, we take the approach of focusing on the features and how it applies to each environment.
We’ve broken down the key details of each wiper blade into a convenient feature list for those in a rush.
Bosch 26A ICON
Bosch is a german company that pumps out several quality products, including cutting edge automotive technologies. Without a doubt, Bosch is at the cusp of what an automotive company can be. You’ll find that their wiper blade has that same quality of care too.
This specific blade runs in at 26 inches. You’ll find multiple sizes coming in at 13″ to 24″ and 26″. Bosch ICON blades have enough differing sizes that’ll fit your vehicle.
These engineered blades take you as far as a blade can. Intricate systems, dual steel springs, bracket less design and blades built out of FX dual rubber contribute towards a reliable blade that lasts.
Surprisingly, these blades give additional attentions towards the noise. A great feature for anyone driving long distances.
Blades that “bounce” off the windshield will give that chattering noise that’ll easily annoy you after the thousandth clean. These blades will provide you with that smooth swipe without any jittering. You’ll find that this jittering familiar with most blades, but the Bosch ICON has you covered, quietly.
These blades are a bit more expensive than most, but the additional cost isn’t for the name. You’ll find that these blades stand at the top of what a quality blade can be. German engineered product is known for the high resilience and the well put together design.
A great option for those wanting to spend a little more with quality that will justify the cost and a longer life spanned blade.
- Upper quality
- More expensive
When you stumble into that local car store, you’ll see the wiper blade aisle saturated with Rain-X brands. It isn’t to say that these blades are conventional because they are mass-produced. These blades remain on those aisles because people buy them for their superior quality.
You’ll never want blades that fail when you need them most. Faults from design could end up costing you your vehicle or even your life. Having the reassurance of a blade that has exceptional ratings and a reputation you can’t scoff at; you’ll want to give Rain-X blades there a consideration.
Rain-X Latitude blades use durable synthetic rubber. It’s counterpart natural rubber. Natural rubber quickly erodes under the pressure of UV’s varying heat and cold cycles. Synthetic rubber isn’t immune to those conditions, but they’ll be more resilient towards the more daily harmful conditions.
Another added benefit of these blades is that there aren’t any exposed metals. Ice and snow build-up will have those exposed metal materials stuck, compromising the flexibility of the wiper blade. Frigid weather could also cause cracks within the ll be blade, causing all sorts of other problems.
Rain-X Latitude blades come with a standard j-hook, but if that doesn’t fit your vehicle initially, there are also extra attachments. The installation is straight forward. You won’t run into any complications with this blade.
If you’re looking for a blade that’s time tested, convenient and has quality materials, you couldn’t be happier with the Rain-X Latitude blades.
- Full synthetic plastic
- Popular brand
- Corrosion and UV resistant
- All seasons
ANCO 31 Series
There’s no shortage of supply of quality blades. The ANCO 31 is going to be one of the options available for you that reliable blade. These don’t fall short in any category.
Having the same quality make as the other blades, these blades come with a DuraKlear rubber that guarantees optimal performance. You’ll find no streak on the wipes of this blade. Not all blades can ensure the same standard and streaks regardless of how apparent they may be obstructing your vision. The fewer streaks mean, the safer drive you’ll have.
Some wiper blades can involve a whole intricate operation, but ANCO takes all the difficulty out of it. You’ll find that these blades are as easy to install as you can make it.
These blades have the added benefit of being easy to install, but also easy to remove. They’ll mostly snap out of the socket by a simple nudge. Some other more common blades will have you unscrewing or screwing in screws to fasten them into place Manufacturer blades being the common culprit.
The ANCO 31 series is a fantastic option for those looking for quality windshield wiper blades. There are plenty of these blades available in nearly all major automotive stores and they also come at a meager price. Don’t think that a lower rate means lower you’ll be getting lower quality. That’s a fast track towards wasting a lot of money.
- Synthetic plastic
- Easy install
Valeo 900 Series
Don’t fall into the trap of thinking that the less there are of a product means that they are any less quality. Valeo is known for producing some of the highest qualities blades. They may not be as popular as the Rain-X brands, but you’ll want the blades that go beyond cleaning your windshield.
For those of you who are confused about all the different types of sizing for the same vehicle, you’ll want to double-check what wipers are compatible with your vehicle. Each sizing may increase the span that it’ll wipe, but length isn’t always better. Going for an overly long wiper blade could destroy the mechanics of your wipers. Bigger isn’t still better.
Valeo 900 series blades are another synthetic blade, but with the addition of Tech3 rubber. Similarly, these blades will have a longer life span, but Tech3 rubbers will give you nearly zero streaks or streams.
Like the Rain-X Latitude blades, these blades don’t have any exposed metals that comprise your blades during the colder weathers. A bonus on top of superior rubber gives this the quality that you can see with each swipe.
If you’re looking for a straight forward installation, these blades will make the whole process a snap. No screws, no hassles of unscrewing either.
If you want a simple blade that gives you that clean wipe without the annoying installation, this blade will be a more straightforward step towards safer drives.
Valeo 900 series do come in several different sizes, be wary of what sizes work on your vehicle. Don’t try to be clever; get the blades that fit your vehicle.
- High quality
- Several sizes available
- Full synthetic plastic (Tech3 rubber)
- Easy install
Aero OEM Premium
These blades are brand that’s trusted by its customers. You’ll come across several other blades within the piles of Rain-X’s.
This is a great contender for those who can’t find a specific blade for their car, as these blades come in several different sizes. Aero OEM blades also have the benefit of being an equipment manufacturer. The blade that your car manufacturer makes most likely come from OEM.
Aero OEM Premium blades have a specialized rubber that’s as durable and sturdy as any other quality blade. With consideration for aerodynamics, these will also be a bit quieter than comparable brands.
Having no exposed metal, you guessed it, won’t have any snow or frost build-up, lasting through the more demanding winter seasons.
A nice feature of the rubber available on these blades clean your windshield with each wipe. There’s nothing worse than a trail of grimy water drying over the driver’s side.
If you want a blade that checks all the marks and has a size that fits nearly all vehicles, you’ll want to go with the reliable Aero OEM Premium blades.
- Specialized rubber
- Full plastic blade
- Several size options
- Cleaning technology
Valeo 600 Series
Similar to the Valeo 900’s these blades feature the same Tec3 advanced rubber that perfect for it’s protective coating and streak-free wipes. Remember, you are sacrificing safety when you obstruct your view from a windshield.
The Valeo 900 series had a full synthetic material build, but these 600 series blades have galvanized steel. Steel is a great way to fight corrosion again and improves the durability of the blade. There’s also the concern of the blades being prone to cracks during the winter season, but the price justifies the tradeoff. You won’t be getting any less quality with these blades.
Featuring the same simple installation system, you’ll have a quick time snapping these into place without any intricate tools.
This blade may seem like a down-grade from the 900 series, but it’s far from it. Each car has its unique requirement and using your best judgment will be the best bet. If you’ve had better experience with metal wipers and they have specifications that fit your vehicle, then there won’t be a hard sacrifice of any kind. Plastic can be prone to some corrosion or UV and metal is less prone to corrosion but could suffer from more frigid weathers. The preference is yours.
With this purchase, you want to keep in mind that some blades are sold in a pack of one’s or twos. In most cases, you’ll find that they are sold in one. Keep a careful eye. These aren’t scams by any means. There just isn’t any clear guideline for each wiper company.
If you’re looking for a blade that has the same materials and quality as the 900 series, but you prefer metal or want to save more on a blade purchase, then the Valeo 600 series is what you’ll want.
- Hybrid material(Metal and plastic)
- Tec3 rubber technology
- Potential to crack during winter
With all the features said, there aren’t too many more options that don’t involve the classic elements. Trico Force is another competitor that gets all the features right that lasts all seasons and coming in at different varying sizes.
These blades could fit the most vehicle with all the available size options. These blades come with a HighGlide Treated rubber that works well with streak freeing wiping. They don’t pull a lot of drag, which means you won’t get any of that wiper bumping noise while it operates. If you are driving for long periods, sound can be an annoying factor, especially if it’s during the more rainy seasons.
Non-exposed parts mean that it’ll last through the winter without any snow or frost build-ups. The high-quality material ensures that the blade will last several seasons without sacrificing any qualities.
Featuring similar attachment setting these wipers are a breeze to install and remove.
Why are these up for consideration if they offer no additional perks or features? Well, each given manufacturer will have sales or different sizing depending on your specific vehicle. Having more option means that you’ll have the choice between several quality brands. Nobody want’s to be pigeon-holed into a particular wiper even if the wiper has proven ratings.
If you’re putting the research in, make sure to get blades that will match the specifications of your vehicle, but also consider the price. Wipers do expire, which means there are opportunities for sales.
- Several size options
- Full plastic blade
- All season blade
- Quick Install
- Rumor of faulty blades(Keep an eye out)
PIAA Super Silicone
The name may sound a bit lame, but there is ‘super’ quality to these blades. These blades feature the specially made silicone rubber that’ll give you that necessary streak-free wipe.
These become a contender as this company is a dark horse in terms of quality. Offering the same durability and quality standards, this option won’t disappoint.
Coming in varying sizes, you’ll find the perfect fit and the whole experience of finding wiper blades much more manageable.
PIAA Super Silicone blades are straight forward. They provide the quality that will ensure that there’s no unnecessary noise or streaks. These blades will last the more dangerous seasons due to the critical consideration of materials and to top it all off, it has the same straight forward approach to installation.
If you’re looking for a blade without the fuss, PIAA Super Silicone blades will do the job.
- Silicone rubber
- All seasons
- Lesser-known name
AcDelco blades are an all-metal wiper blade. We’ve mentioned before that non exposed metal blades means that they’ll be abler and ready for the more wintery seasons. But what happens when we take a step in the other direction?
The safety of a wiper blade comes into question when there’s a mix of materials. Plastic will expand or shrink given the temperatures and metals will too — the most critical factor being that both materials will change at different temperatures. If plastic is shrinking and the metals aren’t then at this moment is where most cracks on blades happen.
If the wiper is made entirely metal, each component of the blade will change at the same time, and thus the safety won’t be affected during the winter seasons.
Having an all-metal blade means that you’ll have a more structurally sound blade and it’ll last much longer. With the universal adapter, this blade will snap into place and be ready to use right away.
If you have a preference for materials, then there’s no sacrifice by going all metal. All metal blades can be much more resilient to weathers and last significantly longer as they are less prone to UV damage. Don’t knock the daily toll of keeping your car outdoors. If you live in an area that has persistent daylight, the sun will quickly erode your blades, making them brittle and more vulnerable to cracks. These cracks will cause drips or even missed areas on your wipers clean.
- Full-metal for anti-corrosion and UV resistance
- Feels a bit frail
Michelin Stealth Hybrid
Michelin is comparable in company size to the Rain-X blades. Michelin contributes to several pieces of an automobile. They are even in charge of the Michelin stars that restaurants compete on.
Michelin makes the whole process of getting your wiper blades online as simple as possible. In a convenient format, Michelin brings you through the compatible wipers that are available for your car.
With other quality brands like the Aero, Michelin offers one of the highest quality rubbers for wiper blades. This means you’ll have no troubles with streaks or noise. Also, as the name suggests, these blades are notably noiseless. There’s also the consideration for the composition of the wiper blade.
Faulty pieces or poorly designed blades will have you blades only last a few months at a time. Each mechanism not only has to contribute to the integrity of the wiper blades but work fluidly enough to last several years. They’ve brought all the practicality with these wiper blades.
Of course, this gets brought together by the convenient installations. The lock mechanism that installs to your windshield wipers makes the step for installing these blades into just one single step.
- Exceptionally high rubber quality blade
- Easy install
- Hybrid blade
- Feels a bit clunky
Additional Safety Tips
Your windshield is the only thing that stands between you and the debris that come hurling at you on the outside. If you want to have the same experience of dodging these same debris like a motor cyclist, we’d suggest that you go for the long stretch and find as many ways to prolong the safety of your windshield. Bugs, rocks, dangerous weather are all ways that a windshield could be damaged and without it, you’ll be taking the immediate damage.
The importance of safety that a windshield can provide is so important that having any dings or cracks within your windshield could cause you to get a ticket. Some damage is debatable, but if your windshield is damaged without any obvious signs of repair, you’ll be walking on thin ice.
If your car is an older model, your windshield will be made of non-safety glass. If there’s a crack or an object penetrates the actual windshield, you’ll have extremely sharp shards of glass blasted straight towards your face.
Now, where does this leave with our windshield wipers?
Windshield wipers primary purpose is to allow you enough vision to safely drive. Other than the nice perks of noiseless wipes or non-eroding material, the windshield wipers is a tool that allows you the sight to anticipate any dangerous debris. Hopefully, this may never happen, but there are several instances of an object falling from semi-trucks, over-loaded cars, and boats. There are roughly 25000 accidents that are caused by items falling of vehicles alone.
If you combine a broken windshield with improper windshield wipers, you’ll have a dangerous combo that could ultimately lead to death. Fortunately, there are several ways to improve the quality of vision that your vehicle may have. The top four safety additives are:
- Windshield Washer Fluid
- Windshield Rain repellant
- Windshield Interior Anti-fog treatment
- Windshield Repair Kit
Windshield Washer Fluid
There plenty of adding chemicals that go into the mysterious liquid that ends up cleaning your windshield. Having the occasional spray will relieve your windshield of dusty debris or the occasional bug splatter, but there are surprisingly much more going on.
Washer fluid could also contribute to the streak-free cleans that your wiper can provide.
No matter how dirty your windshield, no matter how much ice that builds up on the windshield itself, your wipers will have its limits on what it can swipe off. Wipers use the same mechanics as a squeegee, meaning that it’s only a piece of flexible rubber that brings the grime off your windshield. If you have ice, it’ll not only damage the wiper blades, but it won’t a single thing as the rubber just glides on top of the slippery ice. Here’s where wiper fluid comes in.
There are several varying wiper fluids. There are fluids that help de-ice, removes bug, and also contribute to a cleaner windshield clean.
With a few sprays of the cleaner you provide you can give your wipers an additional chance to clean the more persistent environmental effects on your car. And like we’ve said; vision is the most important element of driving. If you can’t see, you can’t anticipate, if you can’t anticipate, you’ll be in danger of random debris or even oncoming traffic.
The last added benefit of investing in a decent washer fluid is having the ability to create streak-free wipes every time. Washer fluids use a water beading technology that will clump up dirt or grime into focus water bead that’s easier to pick up on your wipers. A wonderful addition that will guarantee that much needed vision.
Washer fluids are only a few dollars and only being upwards of $10 for a quality brand. These bottles come in gigantic proportions that will last you several months. Do yourself a favor and stock pile a bottle in the back of your trunk just to give your windshield a good dousing if there any ice buildup.
Rain-X Glass Treatment
Rain-X provides a wonderful additive that works as a rain repellent to your windshield. There’s nothing more satisfying than seeing the drops of rain run straight through your windshield without even having to use your wipers.
Using the same beading technology mentioned earlier this windshield additive will clump up rain so that the rain will be heavy enough to slide down without persistently sticking. This additive works differently than washer fluid. Washer fluid you simply fill within the same compartments of your engine, whereas this Rain-X additive needs to applied like a wax to your car. You’ll simply smear this liquid until it coats the outside of your windshield.
Of course, each application will build up several layers and cause an even better effect for those dedicated enough to smear this liquid for several minutes to an hour.
This is a great way to reduce the amount of stress on wipers and make the whole process of cleaning more effective.
Rain-X Interior Glass Anti-Fog Treatment
An almost hidden danger of the maintenance of your windshield is the considerations for temperature. If you’ve got a older model car that doesn’t have a defrost setting on your heater or ac you’ll find that your windshield will quickly fog up due to the differences in temperature. As a living person you’ll produce heat that’s bottled up within your car. This mixture of heat and cold will cause condensation on the interior of windshield causing the most dreadful of problems, a foggy windshield.
No matter how amazing your windshield wipers may be, your vision will be easily comprised with the fog blocking the way. You may wipe it off, to have it persistently returning until the temperature equalizes or you can invest in an anti-fog treatment.
Much like the Rain-X glass treatment, you’ll be applying this directly towards your windshield, but within the interior of it. This is one of very few treatments you can apply towards the commonly forgotten inside of your windshield.
By applying a few sprays of this you’ll find that fog almost entirely vanishes.
How it works is by lowering the water’s surface tension that’s located on your windshield. Water is naturally sticky and the fog that shows up on your windshield is tiny particles or water. Without anything to stick to, fog or the tiny particles of water will find other surfaces to stick to.
Now, you won’t have to apply this as a semi-waxy application like the glass treatment. This treatment just gets sprayed directly on the windshield and you’ll only have to spread the application with a paper towel.
There are only a few environmental effects that will apply towards your windshield. Fog, rain and snow will generally be all you’ll encounter. By protecting your windshield from these effects, will ensure that you’ll have vision when most others won’t.
You don’t want to be fixing any problems, especially if they have to do with your windshield as they happen. All of tips we provide are prevented measures that protect you from the occurrences of these effects. By simply having any of these treatments you’ll be much more prepared than most.
Also, an additional tip for the anti-fog treatment can be applied to nearly any surface, including your bathroom mirrors. If you find that the ventilation in your bathroom is sub-par just give your mirror a few applications of this spray and you’ll have a much easier and quicker time in your bathroom. Say goodbye to the annoying fog.
Good Ol’ Manual Labor
There’s a reason why there’s squeegees readily available to you at most if not all gas stations. When a bug splatters on your windshield you’ll quickly find that trying to clean the unfortunate guts of that bug will only smear it across your windshield. Being an oilier substance, you can persistently blast your washer fluid onto your windshield for several minute. Even then, it may not fully work.
Gas station will supply the squeegees, but what’s more important is the ammonia solution. Admittedly, this might not be the cleanest when you use it. But, for the cases that you do find a clean cleaning solution available, absolutely use it.
Those bug guts aren’t going to clean by simply scrubbing it with water. Ammonia evaporates quickly which allows a clearer clean when apply it. If you happen to clean your car in the scolding sun, you’ll notice that your car will have blotches of soap that’s dried up on the surface.
First, don’t clean your car in heat, it makes your job difficult. Second, use an ammonia solution that will quickly evaporate without the residue of soup. Clear vision is what we are striving for and having oily surfaces that obscure your vision causes more harm than good.
Another consideration to make is cleaning all the windows of your car. The windshield is the forward vision, but seeing behind or even the side mirrors is imperative for merging or lane switches. Don’t forget that you’re in a vehicle that takes up more space than you do. Which means you have a responsibility to know where your vehicle is moving at all angles.
Windshield Repair Kit
Last but not least, the much-dreaded need of repairing your windshield. Replacing a windshield could cost you a pretty penny, being upwards of $1000. If there’s a crack or indent on your windshield, it will only take an additional bump or jolt to cause that crack to go fully through your windshield. By that point, the need to replace your windshield is almost unavoidable.
To prevent damages from getting worse than that already are, you’ll want to fix up these problems before that damaging bump comes along. Some insurance companies provide free windshield repair which involves a simple application of a resin formula which hardens within the cracks of your windshield. These kits could potentially be used on full fledged cracks, but that job has to be done by a professional.
If the damage is minor, you can get by with a windshield repair kit available in most automotive shops. Why spend a couple hundred dollars when a simple google search and a $10 repair kit could do the same job. Sometimes, it could be easier to do the job yourself.
Save yourself the money and quickly fix up these cracks or you’ll literally pay the price.
Buyer’s Guide: What to Look for in a Windshield Wiper
Do not follow the ratings and reputation of windshield wipers alone as you’ll quickly end up with wipers that simply don’t fit onto your car. There a few types of blades that all range between entirely different function with their own purposes. One isn’t inherently better than another, but merely have a different function. The four types of blades we’ll mention are:
- Traditional Frame-style Wipers
- Winter Wiper Blades
- Beam-Style Wipers
- Scrub Blades
The majority of blades that we’ll encounter will be either traditional or beam style blades. Those are the one that cover most types of weather almost always being all season blades. There are more specialized blades that can shave off ice or snow from your windshield or blades that will scrub your windshield clean while it swipes.
To start, traditional frame wipers are simply wiper blades that are straight. There’s no curve to them like a beam-style wiper. Traditional blades are easier to manufacture and are generally more affordable. These are by far these are the most common types among all windshield blade types.
Winter Wiper Blades
These blades come with an additional protective layer that’s designed for scraping off ice and snow from your windshield. With blades that have the more common rubber to squeegee rain off will be completely destroyed if you run them over ice. These winter blades as you would expect, helps against those more persist storms.
Along with the traditional blades, beam-style wipers are own par with the popularity of traditional blades. The beam style features a curved edge that natural molds with the naturally curve surface of a windshield. These blades come as a one-piece design with minimal parts. These blades are often made entirely of plastic or double-rubber to reduce the mixing of material and vulnerabilities to varying weather. These blades are commonly known for their increased price, but also the resilience. These blades will last you twice the amount of time a more traditional blade would.
There two upcoming blades are the lesser known version of wiper blades, but feature incredible technology that’s worth looking into.
Everblades are wipers that feature heated frames. Yeah, you heard it, they heat it. These blades are produced be Eveblade, but not many cars can feature these frames, thus the reason why they are less mentioned.
These blades feature tiny scrubber that help with those more persistent forms of grime and dirt. The sun may necessary for your happiness and producing vitamin-D, but it’s the bane of windshields. Dried up gunk on your windshield will require your manual labor or wipers like these.
SilBlades have a weird selection of colors that can be more of the uncommon colors: white, silver, blue, green, yellow and red. These blades are unique not in their color, but in the mixture of materials, being a silicone/graphite blend.
There’s no concrete verdict with the strength of this blade and thus hasn’t caught the attention of popular brands just yet.
We don’t need to go over every mounting type as they are easy to look up, but it’s a consideration for each wiper. The mount is the connecter to your wiper, this will be the mechanism that your wiper connects to on your car.
Depending on the mounting type that you have on your car, you’ll be limited to a few types of wipers. Wiper blades comes in three different mounting styles: conventional, flat and hybrid.
All of these mounting types differ in only slight ways. Conventional wipers are simply articulated metal frames with a blade attached, whereas a flat wiper has a thick rubber blade with a connection block in the middle. Whatever your mounting type may be, most popular brands of wipers will come with a variation of each one of the mounts.
If you find that you have the common hook mount type and you bought a Rain-X latitude blade that’s meant for a bayonet mounting type, it wouldn’t be uncommon to find an attention that allows connecting to both.
Simply compare images of your windshield wipers connecter without the wiper blades to images on google and you’ll quickly discern which type you have. From then, simply find wiper blades that attach to that type mount.
Longer is not always better. Do not make the mistake of thinking that. Each blade comes at varying lengths and these lengths are simply not universal to each company. Rain-X may have blades at 24” or 26” whereas blades at Michelin won’t. If you see that your manufacturer only provides blades that are 28” on your specific vehicle, then that will be blade length you’ll want to search for.
Keep in mind that there are different designs for your windshield wiper to work.
There’s only a handful of cleaning types. Tandem, opposing, single arm(controlled), single arm(non-controlled) are the available options for wiping design.
Other than the mesmerizing patterns that your blade can clean this will determine what kind of blade package you can buy.
If you look closely at the packaging of each wiper, you’ll see that there are packages with differing lengths. Why would you want a shorter wiper on one side, but longer on the other? That’s where the wiper designs come in.
A Tandem system combines a long arm to reach the passenger side, but keep the shorter wiper for the driver’s side. Whether these different wiper designs are better or not, all we know is that whatever wiper design you have, that’s the type of blades you’ll get.
It’s common for blades to be sold a singular item for this very reason.
The type of design your car will most likely fall under is the tandem system, which simply involves two blades of equal length. You’ll need to buy two packages of wipers, especially if your purchasing online. If a wiper seems like a incredibly low bargain and you’re familiar with the brand, double check the number of wipers in the package, because in most cases it will just be one.
The last consideration after we’ve chosen a correct blade type with proper mounting and correct length, we’ve got the final consideration of materials.
There’s not much room for selection in this area. Windshield wipers fall under one of two categories: plastic or metal. Like we’ve mentioned earlier, mixing materials is usually considered a bad idea as it will causes cracking during the winter seasons.
Plastic will be great for the more treacherous seasons and great against corrosion, but the trade off being that plastic is less sturdy and vulnerable to UV rays.
Metal is, of course, sturdier than plastic. The metal you’ll usually find is steel which makes it fairly corrosive resistant and resistance to UV rays, but the trade off is that it’s more expensive.
Materials only becomes a consideration when your options are limited between a full metal wiper or a full plastic one depending on the mounting types.
Of course, the standard features of quiet, streak less wipes will be available on this blade as well. These blades come with the convenient install that we find in other blades. Coming with
There’s a blade that’ll fulfill every environmental need. If you’re driving through tornados or hurricanes for your job, quality wiper blades will have you covered.
If you are looking for a reliable blade that will get the job done through each season, Rain-X blades will be just as safe.
Thankfully, wiper blades have an established quality bar that’s been set exceptionally high. Each wiper blade will get you through all the milder weathers, but there are the exceptional few dedicated towards the ones who have specific needs. And with that, we’ll have the who stand out above the rest.
Don’t think that a wiper blade is a luxury item as visibility is the difference between you and another car. If your wipers are dated or expired, you are driving dangerously. Wipers can spell the difference between you being stationary in a storm or you driving clearly through the almost blinding weathers.
If you haven’t exchanged your wipers within the past five years, you need an upgrade, because a wiper blade isn’t for the times you need to spray the occasional car cleaner. It’s an investment in safety for when weather spells the worst, and you need to see.
There’s all sorts of methods and ways to increase visibility beyond just buying wipers. Wipers will perform the basic function of removing rain from your windshield, but when it comes to bugs or snow, we’ve got to take other measures.
Thankfully, there’s plenty of resources between washer fluids or windshield additives that will make the job easier on your wipers. Wipers may seem like a luxury item for those who live in less inclement weathers, but wipers and the additives that are available are preventatives. Visibility is essential when you need it, and the bright sunny weather won’t always be available to you.
If you plan on leaving the state or location, you are usually in, then consider all the safety elements for when the potential for danger arrives. Driving cross-country means being prepared for storms, tornados, and snow. If you find that your wipers aren’t ready for these dire weathers, you’ll not only be at a gigantic risk of danger, but you’ll be stuck within a storm with nowhere to go.
I hope that this guide will ensure the needed safety with wipers, but the importance of having visibility in general.
There’s a vast selection of wiper blades that will have you testing between different material or even design, but there will no shortage of options for those who think they have a more uncommon car.
Good luck finding your wipers and enjoy the safety of visibility.