Winter driving brings on a whole new set of challenges for the average motorist, and the last thing you need is to be struggling with a dirty windshield, especially when the light is low. Sometimes, regular wiper blades just can’t cut it, and that’s why you need to try a set of the best winter wiper blades.
Wiper blades that have been designed for winter use are made from slightly different compounds, which means they have a greater resistance to hardening in the cold weather, which leads to better wiping and no juddering or screeching – cleaning the windshield 100% every time.
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Most windshield wipers come with a range of fittings, although to be honest, they’re pretty much standardized now. Fitting new winter wiper blades is easy – they literally just unclip from the wiper arm and slide off – it takes less than two minutes to fit a pair, so why wouldn’t you?
All car manufacturers specify a particular size for your car. The latest design usually means that the driver’s side is longer than the passenger side, and that’s really the only thing you need to know. Of course, you can find the wiper blade sizes online, or from your local dealer, or the most simplest … go outside and measure what’s currently fitted to your vehicle!
Buying a set of winter wiper blades that are too large will result in damage – the blades will hit the bodywork and possibly each other, and buying them too small will mean that your field of vision is reduced.
5 Best Winter Wiper Blades for 2018
1. Bosch ICON 26A Wiper Blade
Bosch make a whole range of quality automotive parts, from sensors right through to full fuel injection systems, and the quality doesn’t stop with the high end components – these Icon winter wiper blades are top-notch.
They use an exclusive ‘FX’ dual rubber compound, which resists ozone deterioration, heat and cold – so much so that they say it lasts up to 40% longer than other wiper blades.
Of course there is a lot of marketing jargon – ‘tension arcing technology’ and such, but the fact of the matter is that the Bosch wiper blades give a consistent ‘chatter’ free wipe, regardless of the weather, and it’s mainly down to their tension spring and asymmetric spoiler which places an even downward force on the wiper blade.
They’re the most expensive here, but I’d say they’re definitely in contention for the best winter wiper blade. Period.
2. AERO Premium All-Season Windshield Wiper Blades
The only twin pack in the list. Aero manufacture parts that meet or exceed OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) standards. And as such, their winter wiper blades all go through rigorous quality control assessments. Aero even include a 6 month warranty on all blades.
The Premium winter wiper blade uses a specially blended rubber compound which delivers a smooth, streak-free wipe guaranteed. With an aerodynamic design, it helps to reduce lift and wind noise at higher speeds, so you should always get that smooth wipe, regardless of speed.
Aero say that this winter windshield wiper will work consistently between temperatures of +158F right down to -40F. That’s a pretty hardcore winter blade for snow and ice.
3. ANCO Winter Wiper Blade
Anco are specialists in wiper blades, so despite being the cheapest here, you’re still getting a quality product.
The Anco blade uses an extra thick ‘DuraKlear’ rubber compound, which is exclusive to them, to give a streak-free and clear wipe of your windshield every time. No matter how cold the weather; the DuraKlear compound remains flexible at all temperatures.
There is a rubber cover over the heavy duty frame of the wiper to ensure that slush, snow and ice can’t enter the movement and clog it up, which stops it from moving and flexing.
Available in sizes from 11” right through to 24”, the Anco is a cost-effective winter wiper blade.
4. Rain-X Weatherbeater Wiper Blade
I love Rain-X products. The original rain repellant does such a fantastic job at clearing the windshield. Couple that up to a proven #1 for fifteen years, and you should never have another problem seeing through your windshield, even in the midst of a hurricane!
Unlike the other products, the Weatherbeater uses a natural rubber (rather than a proprietary blend) for their wiper. They say it is this that resists the cracking, tearing and splitting that’s caused by extreme weather.
Thanks to their design that incorporates multiple pressure points, the wiper will always remain firmly in contact with the windshield, giving a uniform wipe each and every time.
5. Michelin Ultra Windshield Wiper Blade
As you may expect from a manufacturer that’s best known for their high performance tires, the Michelin wiper blades are packed full of design and technology – independent suspension at either end, a patented ‘Smart Hinge’ joint and EZ-Lok connector, making changing the wipers a simple and quick task.
Independent testing has proven that even after 300,000 wipe cycles, the blades are still out-performing the competition.
The Smart Hinge and suspension mean that the wiper remains firmly in contact with the windshield, regardless of speed or weather.
Replacing Your Wipers
For some people, replacing a wiper blade only happens when theirs is beyond usable, either through wear and tear (and is falling apart or not clearing the weather properly), or because it’s noisy. I can’t live with a noisy wiper – even if it’s still clearing the rain properly, I’ll replace it.
Wiper blades breakdown as a result of a combination of factors – harsh weather, ozone, road grime, salt … they all have their effect, and wiper blade manufacturers will ‘advise’ you to replace them every 6 months.
If your wiper is working fine, leave it where it is. A minor word of caution … if you do notice any signs of wear, no matter how small, you should think about replacement. The last thing you need is to be stuck in a downpour with a faulty wiper, or worse still, a missing wiper that will scratch your windshield.