Winter driving brings on a whole new set of challenges for the average motorist. The last thing you need is to be struggling with a dirty windshield, especially when the light is low. Sometimes, regular wiper blades just don’t cut it. That’s when you need a set of the best winter wiper blades.
Wiper blades that have been designed for winter use are made from slightly different compounds. They have a greater resistance to hardening in the cold weather. This leads to better wiping and no juddering or screeching – cleaning the windshield 100% every time.
Most windshield wipers come with a range of fittings. However, 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. That’s really the only thing you need to know. You can find the wiper blade sizes online or from your local dealer. You can even 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. If you buy them too small, your field of vision will be reduced.
5 Best Winter Wiper Blades for 2019
Bosch makes a whole range of quality automotive parts, from sensors to full fuel injection systems. 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. They resist ozone deterioration, heat, and cold. So much so that they say it lasts up to 40% longer than other wiper blades.
Bosch wiper blades give a consistent ‘chatter’ free wipe, regardless of the weather. It mainly comes 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 they’re definitely in contention for the best winter wiper blade. Period.
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 includes a 6-month warranty on all blades.
The Premium winter wiper blade uses a specially blended rubber compound that delivers a smooth, streak-free wipe guaranteed. With an aerodynamic design, it helps to reduce lift and wind noise at higher speeds. You should always get that smooth wipe, regardless of speed.
Aero says 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.
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″ to 24″, the Anco is a cost-effective winter wiper blade.
I love Rain-X products. The original rain repellant does such a fantastic job of 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.
Their design incorporates multiple pressure points. The wiper will always remain firmly in contact with the windshield, giving a uniform wipe each and every time.
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. They’re built with independent suspension at both ends, a patented ‘Smart Hinge’ joint, and EZ-Lok connector which make 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 are beyond usable. Either through wear and tear (and falling apart or not clearing the weather properly) or because it’s noisy. I can’t live with noisy wipers. 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, and 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. However, 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.