The Best Windshield Wipers for Your Car

Windshield wipers need replacing about once each year, which means you either need new ones right now or you will shortly. The best windshield wipers to buy are Rain-X Latitude wipers. At roughly $18 per wiper, they’ll do the job of keeping your windshield clear of rain and snow, and they’ll perform well throughout their life cycle (which can vary from nine to 18 months, depending on driving conditions).

Last Updated: May 5, 2014
After using the Rain-X and Valeo wipers for over a year, we recorded our long-term test notes. (See section below). In short, neither proved to be particularly better or worse than the other over that stretch and each eventually had to be replaced during the manufacturer's recommended window.
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February 24, 2014: Added a few long-term test notes based on more extensive use of our picks, including how they fared in snow and very cold conditions.

Testing Wipers Isn’t Easy

There’s a problem with comparing different brands and models of windshield wipers—it’s almost impossible to test them accurately. And after 25 hours of research, I have found out that almost no one knows anything about them.

To really gauge a wiper’s performance, you’d need to test it over many months, or have the specialized testing equipment needed to simulate that kind of long-term wear. Multiply that by, say, two dozen models of wipers and it’s a very daunting test, even before you consider the numerous variables to take into account. It takes lot of resources and expertise to conduct a test like that.

Which is probably why only one organization has done it. In 2008, Consumer Reports tested 13 different models of wiper, putting them on 185 cars driven daily by Consumer Reports staff. The Rain-X Latitude wipers were ranked second in that test. I’ll explain why we picked the second-best wipers in a moment, but first I want to talk about how thorough and reliable Consumer Reports’ windshield wiper test was, and why no one else has even come close to replicating it.

I spoke with John Galeotafiore, associate director of Home Improvement, Auto Aftermarket, & Family at Consumer Reports. He explained in detail how their test was conducted: “The wiper blades were tested on 185 staffers’ cars over a 9 month period. Our statistical department set up a plan that allowed us to put a different wiper on each side of the car and conduct side-by-side comparisons. In coming up with a scoring system, such variables as miles driven, age of the car, where the car was parked, and the slope of the windshield were all taken into account.

A lab was set up that could produce repeatable levels of mist and heavy rain conditions. At the start of the test, the car would be brought into the lab, the blades put on the car and initial baseline measures of how well they removed the water without leaving lines, smears, missed areas, and chatter/squeaks. Each car was brought back into the lab after three months, six months, and nine months.” 

That is what a thorough test and nearly unimpeachable data look like.

That is what a thorough test and nearly unimpeachable data look like. The bottom line here is that without Consumer Reports’ wiper test, we’d be adrift on the rain-spattered windshield of life with absolutely no idea which wipers were better or worse.

Why Second-Best is Actually Best

There are two minor issues with the Consumer Reports test, however. The first is that it was conducted in 2008, and due to the difficulty, Galeotafiore told me he’s not even sure if they’ll be tackling it again any time soon. Windshield wiper manufacturers change their designs and rubber formulations frequently—certainly more frequently than every five years. So things may have changed since 2008. That doesn’t change the fact that, again, no one else has done this test. It’s still the best information on windshield wiper performance available.

The other problem stems from Consumer Reports‘ assertion that bracket style wiper blades and beam style wiper blades perform equally well. We’ve found out that theoretically, beam blades do better in winter conditions. Bracket blades are the old kind, where a bracket of branching arms connects the wiper. Newer beam blades do away with the bracket, instead using a curved metal bar built into the wiper to spread tension and force across the entire blade.

The metal framework of a bracket wiper allows snow and ice to collect during winter driving. That buildup binds the wiper and causes smearing, streaking, or a complete failure to clear the windshield. If you drove cars before beam blades became popular, you probably remember opening your window while driving, reaching out to “snap” the wiper against the windshield to clear away that ice buildup. That’s why winter wipers exist—they’re basically a bracket blade with a big rubber boot covering the bracket to keep the ice out.

Beam blades avoid this problem because there’s nowhere for snow and ice to collect on the blade. In fact, there are only a few winter wiper models still on the market, because beam blades have pretty much solved that problem. (Winter wipers may also use a different rubber compound that works well in low temperatures, but we didn’t see enough evidence of effectiveness to suggest changing your beam blades out for special winter blades.)

I asked Galeotafiore if Consumer Reports‘ test would have shown the beam vs. bracket winter difference. “While the testing did happen in winter conditions, we didn’t have enough data in snow conditions to make any judgments on a particular model’s ability to perform in snow. We are aware of the claims that beam blades perform better in the snow and it makes sense since they don’t have the articulating points that could freeze, but our tests couldn’t confirm that.”

How much better are beam blades than bracket blades in winter conditions? Here’s some anecdotal evidence: I live in Buffalo, NY, and have had beam blades on my car for years. They definitely reduce snow and ice buildup—I don’t even remember the last time I’ve had to reach out the window the clean the blade off while driving.

 That’s why winter wipers exist—they’re basically a bracket blade with a big rubber boot covering the bracket to keep the ice out.
Brian Lam, editor of The Wirecutter, spent four years straight in Tahoe using beam wipers and noticed they don’t clump up as much either, although in some epic sloppy, soggy snow storms he had to clear his blades manually.

Some of the manufacturers and experts we spoke to also indicated that the design of beam blades resulted in greater performance and durability over bracket blades because they spread force evenly along the length of the blade instead of the at the contact points where the brackets attach. I spoke with Luke Perkowski, product manager with windshield wiper manufacturer Bosch. He told me, “The pressure distribution is also better on a beam blade. With a bracket, the load path travels through the frame to the claws that connect to the blade. There’s more pressure at the claws, which accelerates wear. We can also engineer beams more precisely, to create the best curvature for the radius of the windshield, which allows for consistent wear and even pressure.”

Other experts we spoke to, like Popular Mechanics automotive editor Mike Austin and consumer advice editor Ron Montoya, had heard good things about beam blades, but hadn’t tried them out or conducted testing on them.

Before we made our final decision, we contacted a lab that does third party testing of windshield wipers for various manufacturers. They couldn’t tell us which wipers were better than others, both because they don’t keep comparative data sets, and because it’s proprietary data owned by the manufacturers. Then we thought, “Maybe we could have the lab run a test for us.” They sent over a price quote. While their testing is very thorough, it’s broken down into separate tests, and each test costs between $700 and $900. Any single test by itself doesn’t give you valuable data, because many factors affect a windshield wiper’s performance and durability. For instance, a durability test running a set of wipers through 500,000 cycles (roughly five years of use) costs $900. Testing under extreme cold conditions costs $750; so does the heat test. Ozone and UV resistance are separate tests, too. That’s per model of blade we want tested. So a comprehensive, meaningful test of several models would run the price into five figures. So for now, we’re going to trust Consumer Reports’ test, which, other than being slightly dated, is as thorough a test as we could hope for.

In the meantime, we’ve started our own test comparing a few different windshield wiper models. It’s a long-term test to determine durability, so we won’t have final results for several months. Our testers are reporting very little loss of quality in either the Rain-X or Valeo wipers three months into the test, which is what we expected. The differences may become more apparent at the six and nine month marks.

That leaves us with two main data points: 1. Consumer Reports’ test results are rock solid, except, 2. We know that beam blades are going to be better in winter conditions. As it happens, Consumer Reports’ top ranked wiper, the Valeo 600, is a bracket blade. That’s why we’re passing it over as our top pick, in favor of the Rain-X Latitude wipers. The Latitudes are the top ranked beam blades on the list, and our top pick.

Our Pick

Rain-X’s Latitude wipers have a beam design: a curved steel beam encased in rubber provides the tension that holds the blade to your windshield. It’s made of synthetic rubber, not natural rubber, and coated in a graphite layer that Rain-X claims reduces chatter (virtually every wiper manufacturer claims some kind of special formulation like this—Trico uses Teflon, for instance). The body of the blade has a spoiler on it intended to reduce wind lift and noise at high speeds, another feature common to most modern wipers.

What really sets the Rain-X wipers apart is their durability.
What really sets the Rain-X wipers apart is their durability. In the Consumer Reports test, the Rain-X Latitude wipers were the only wipers to achieve a “Very Good” rating after six months of use. The next highest ranked beam blade, Anco’s Contour, suffered a drop-off to “Good” after six months.

Reinforcing that pick is a solid Amazon user rating of 3.6 stars out of five, based on 965 customer reviews. User Larry Cleaver wrote, “I was experiencing streaking with previous wiper blades, so I chose Rain-X to replace them. This wiper blade contours to your windshield and maintains consistent contact across the entire blade and is very easy to install. The packaging includes various brackets to fit any wiper blade arm. I would definitely recommend these wiper blades.” E. Bridges reported on their winter effectiveness: “I live in New Hampshire, but the cold and snow doesn’t seem to bother these bad boys.” Some buyers found the Rain-X Latitude wipers offered extra durability, like JB, who said, “These are the only wiper blades I will buy. The last set almost lasted 2 years. Streak free, great product.”

Rain-X doesn’t currently offer a warranty on their wipers. Some manufacturers do, but user reviews indicate that the cost of shipping blades to the manufacturer ends up costing as much or more than just buying new blades.

Budget picks for a snow-less environment: Valeo 600

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These are bracket style blades, which tend to clump up in the snow. If that's not an issue for you, then the Valeo 600 wipers are a cheaper alternative.

*At the time of publishing, the price was $12.

 The Valeo 600s do have one edge over the Latitudes—they cost about $6 less per wiper. If you live somewhere where winter driving is never an issue, you can save yourself a few bucks and use the Valeo 600s. They’re a cost-effective downgrade under those circumstances.

It’s possible to save a bit of money by replacing only the wiping element of the windshield wipers (known as a wiper refill), not the wiper itself. There are several problems with this, and they’re big enough problems that we don’t recommend it. First, it’s a huge pain because you need to remember the exact type of wiper you own so you can get the correct replacement element. But more importantly, it isn’t just the wiping element that wears out. The wiper’s framework and connections are also subject to wear, and can get bound up or loose, causing the wipers to rattle, skip, or not maintain contact with the windshield. Mike Allen wrote about wipers for Popular Mechanics in 2005, saying, “By the time you need [wiper refills], the articulated arm itself is probably in bad shape, too. If it’s sticking, the blade won’t conform to the shape of the glass, leaving you with streaks or unwiped areas. Spring for a complete wiper blade. Most are replaced with no more trouble than depressing a catch—or perhaps removing a pin—and pulling them off the wiper arm. There will be instructions in the package with the wiper blade.”

For dirty, muddy, wet environments — PIAA’s Silicone Wipers

If you want to step up and try a higher-end wiper blade, you might consider wipers made with a silicone formulation. Only a few specialty manufacturers offer silicone blades, and Consumer Reports tested one of them, PIAA’s Super Silicone. It was not one of the top ranked wipers, and it’s also a bracket blade, so we can’t recommend it.

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*At the time of publishing, the price was $31.

At $31 per blade, it's hard to imagine these silicone blades being worth it for anything but the most extreme conditions. For example, Subaru's rally team uses them. You probably shouldn't spend this much unless you drive on backroads all the time.
In my search for information on wiper blades, I tried to find someone who uses windshield wipers in critical situations under the most extreme conditions. That lead me to Subaru’s Rally Team USA, and Chris Yandell, marketing manager at Vermont SportsCar (the company that manages the team). He told me that the wiper of choice for the rally cars is PIAA’s Forza Hybrid. “The PIAA Forza Hybrid uses what’s called a ‘side-spring’ frame design, which helps put more pressure on the blade and helps it make more even contact. According to PIAA this is an industry-first. They work great for us. These are silicone blades, and they…apply a silicone coating to the windshield which helps water bead up, like an application of Rain-X would do. We have used rubber blades in the past, years ago, but have switched to the silicone blades and are happy with the results.”

The conditions the rally team subjects their wipers to are pretty intense. “All conditions. Snow, ice, sleet, rain, mist, mud, dust, big splashes from water crossings, etc. All at high speeds, day and night,” Yandell said.

I also spoke with Justin MacLauchlan, brand manager/R&D with PIAA. “Our…standard rubber to silicone testing data does show the advantages of silicone rubber over standard rubber. The chemical resistance and compounds added to make them far more durable than standard rubber make them a perfect wiper blade for winter conditions. The silicone is impregnated in the rubber, not coated on the wiper re-fill so the silicone rubber outlasts normal rubber two to three times longer. It will not dry out and get frail as the silicone protects the rubber from heat, ozone, extreme cold, etc.”

Manufacturer claims have to be taken with a grain of salt, of course, but the fact that the Subaru rally team relies on PIAA’s blades speaks pretty loudly. Still, the Forza Hybrids are expensive, more than $30 per blade. So our recommended upgrade is the middle ground, PIAA’S SI-Tech. The SI-Tech is a silicone beam blade that runs about $25 per wiper. That gets you the benefits of the hydrophobic coating and possibly some extra durability and UV resistance (according to PIAA). Since Rain-X Latitude wipers are better supported by testing and user reviews, I’d probably just get those and a bottle of Rain-X hydrophobic windshield treatment for $5.

Competition that we passed over

In making our pick, we looked at more than two dozen models of wiper blade. We didn’t find many blades that were terrible; for the most part, wipers were passed over because they failed to distinguish themselves in the Consumer Reports test (Trico’s Teflon Blade, Rain-X Weatherbeater, Bosch Icon), had limited user reviews (Michelin RainForce), or were too expensive relative to their performance (PIAA Super Silicone).

Get the most out of the wipers you buy

Here are a few additional tips gleaned from all my windshield wiper research:

  • Before you buy, scan the Amazon reviews for mentions of your particular vehicle. A lot of negative wiper reviews stem from wipers that don’t seem to fit the curvature of the windshields on some models of car. There seem to be certain wiper/windshield combinations that just don’t work well together. You can actually get wiper pairs specially made for your specific vehicle from PIAA. They’ll set you back $100 for the set.

  • If your wipers start streaking after a few months, try cleaning the blades with alcohol.

  • Many users report good results from using Rain-X or another form of hydrophobic coating on the windshield. For example, Amazon user R. Fang said in a review of Bosch Evolution wipers, “In combination with applying Rain-X to the windshield, the result is very similar [to] a brand new car off the dealer’s lot. Rain-X helps the wiping during low speed, and it also has the added benefit of not needing the wipers much at high speeds.”

  • According to Consumer Reports, “Wiper blades have a finite service life, as they perform a hazardous duty in harsh conditions. Dirt, debris, and road grime abrade wipers, and sunlight breaks down their rubber edges. Beyond visibility, it is important not to wait too long to replace a blade, as a torn wiper blade can allow the wiper arm to rub against the glass, possibly ruining the windshield.”

  • Mike Austin at Popular Mechanics told me, “The other well-known wisdom I can corroborate is that scraping your wipers over a frozen windshield is definitely bad for the rubber and will result in streaking.” Clear the ice from your windshield with a scraper before you activate the wipers.

  • The windshield wiper industry has tried to co-opt Groundhog Day as national “replace your wipers day.” I’m not sure if that’s caught on. I usually replace mine when I take my car in for the annual state inspection.

  • Replace both wipers. Once one blade wears out, the other won’t be far behind.

  • Amazon has a little “Make Sure it Fits!” box on all windshield wiper pages. It ostensibly lets you determine if a given set of wipers are right for your car, but quite a few Amazon users have reported that it’s inaccurate. Check your owner’s manual for the correct size wipers and order based on that.

Long-term Test Notes

After a full year of testing, neither the Valeo nor the Rain-X wipers have stood out as clear winners. More importantly, neither has suffered severe defects or poor durability. All of our testers, using cars located from sunnier regions like Hawaii to rainier and more temperate regions such as the northeast, report the wipers lasting between nine and 12 months. Those ranges are in line with manufacturer recommendations for replacing worn wipers. A few testers reported the Rain-X blades suffering streaking problems before the Valeos–one tester in Portland, who parked his car under trees that dropped debris on his car’s windshield, reported problems with streaking after only a few months, due to dirtier-than-average wipers. Another tester’s wipers made it nine months before being replaced for reasons unrelated to the wipers themselves–he accidentally damaged them when attempting to free them from massive ice that formed while the car was parked.

Overall, our sample size is too small to draw any broad conclusions, but these long-term results do not outweigh the Rain-X’s advantages in snowy conditions due to its beam construction. Several testers found that cleaning their wiper blades and windshields resolved streaking issues, at least temporarily (in some cases, the wipers were simply worn out, and no amount of cleaning helped).

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  1. Valeo 600.
  2. Wiper blade buying guide, Consumer Reports, March 2012.
    "Wiper blades have a finite service life, as they perform a hazardous duty in harsh conditions. Dirt, debris, and road grime abrade wipers, and sunlight breaks down their rubber edges. Beyond visibility, it is important not to wait too long to replace a blade, as a torn wiper blade can allow the wiper arm to rub against the glass, possibly ruining the windshield. The good news is, based on our testing, that you don't have to spend a lot of money to get good performing windshield wipers, but you might need to replace them every six months or so. To get the most from your existing wipers, inspect them periodically. Lift each wiper arm off the glass and run your finger along its rubber edge. If the rubber is rigid or chipped, or produces nonstop streaking, you need new wipers."
  3. Allen, Mike, Keeping Your Windshield Clean, Popular Mechanics, Sept. 14, 2005.
    "Rubber windshield wiper blades sit on a hot surface in UV-rich sunlight for most of their lives, and that's tough on the rubber. The useful life span of a wiper blade is only two or three years. Minor streaking can sometimes be reduced by wiping the edge of the blade with rubbing alcohol or mineral spirits (use a clean rag for this). But every other year or so you'll need to replace the blade itself."
  4. Galeotafiore, John, email interview,, April 11, 2013.
    "Our model selection did include the PIAA that was silicon and a Trico that claimed to contain “Teflon” but our tests only took into account their performance. As a general note, our scoring designations cover a discrete range of performance so all “goods” are not equal. The PIAA’s “good” for cleaning isn’t as high as the “good” for the top-rated wiper. "
  5. MacLauchlan, Justin, email interview, April 8, 2013.
    "Silicone rubber have the best long term resistance to the weather elements, and can withstand temperature changes better than standard rubber inserts. Silicone rubber also resists chemical (such as road de-ice’er), oil, and water better than standard rubber, so it is the best choice for keeping an automotive windshield clean. Our Silicone blades leave behind a patented microscopic layer of activated silicone, which makes the water bead up and wipes away completely. As a result you get a clearer, wider field of vision even when the wipers aren’t wiping. Silicone coating also eliminates squeaks and reduces drag."
  6. Montoya, Ron, email interview, April 8, 2013.
    "Beam wipers are easier to install and I've read that they do a better job of hugging the windshield, but we have not done any formal testing of these two blade styles. We don't get snow or Ice in L.A. so I can't comment on how they'd perform in the harsh winter."
  7. Perkowski, Luke, phone inerview, April 11, 2013.
    "The big thing with Bosch is, when we design a wiper, we try to use our OE experience. Before any product is released, is goes through a very intense validation. We test for durability, such as the number of cycles the blades can go through before they show streaking. We also do corrosion resistance, testing with salt sprays, as well as climate testing for UV resistance, freezing, and ozone resistance. Then we test the physical durability -- some people when they change their blades will let them slam back onto the windshield, so we test the durability of the connectors. After that, we do local validation, where we use a 3rd party lab to conduct tests and remove potential bias. We feel that's one of our strongest value statements, and those independent tests have shown, for example, that the Bosch Icons have a 40 percent longer life than competitor's blades. The lab tests also replicate OE style testing, so it matches what the manufacturers are looking for."
  8. Yandell, Chris, email interview, March 25, 2013.
    "Another feature to these blades is they have an aerodynamic design that helps keep the blade planted to windshield at high speeds. It creates a bit of downforce on the blade. Our cars travel at high speeds often, so this is important for us."

Originally published: June 15, 2013

  • Jimmy Pautz

    I’m not willing to spend more than $6 or $7 on windshield wipers since I’ve had the best luck with Anco low-end Winter blades. I’ve even had them last me an entire year (in Wisconsin, so snow and rain are both prevalent). I get the regular Anco’s if the winter ones aren’t available, but they aren’t as good.

  • beejreit

    I’ve owned the Rain-X lattitude wipers and was unhappy with the performance. I went back to the OEM blades (also the beam type wiper blade) which I found from an OEM parts retailer online. Luckily, they were $30 shipped for the pair. It may be worth it if you have a late model with the beam type blades to take a look at the OEM replacement parts. Keep in mind the issues I had with Rain-X may be specific to my car based on the curvature of the glass and slope of the windshield.

    • R.J. C

      same, they work great for about 3 rains/snows but now they are garbage…

  • rcousine

    I didn’t see it mentioned in your article, but I believe the CR test also noted that virtually any new blade works better than any 6-month-old blade. In other words, changing your blades regularly makes more difference than which blade you pick.

  • Justin Wakefield

    I live in the northeast and have used both the recommended Rain-X Latitude and the Anco Contours over the last four years. Personally I’m a fan of the beam style blades over the course of Winters so I support that idea presented in the article. However I have been disappointed with the two pairs of Latitude wipers I have owned compared to the two pairs of Contours. In my experience the Latitudes began streaking and eventually failed in half to two-thirds the time of the Anco Contours.

  • Graydon Webster

    I’ve had mine for 5 years. I’m sure I should change them but the damn things just kind of keep doing a decent job so I never do.. I literally have a new pair of bosch sitting in my backseat for over a year…

  • Randy

    Scrubblade Wipers are the ones that do the best job and have a scrubbing feature that no one else has. Those should have been on this list for sure.

  • JohnWhitling

    In my experience beam type blades are terrible at high speeds, despite the claim that they have built in a spoiler to add downforce. What BS is that? They blow all over the place on my F-150 and even on my Volvo they move around and do not clean well at speed.

    For my money I like the Rain-X weatherbeaters, which are the the older metal bracket type. These though, have relieves cut into them for aero and are lower profile to boot, along with more pressure points than older designs.

    • PatrickTulskie

      Really? When I put metal frame wipers on my Subaru STI, over 80mph they would vibrate all over the place, which is pretty distracting at the track. I replaced them with the flat beam style and haven’t had a problem.

      • JohnWhitling

        To each his own I guess but the metal baldes I’m talking about have aero slots to prevent lift, and so stick better IMO at higher speeds. You have to consider that when parked they are perpendicular to the airflow but when functioning the direction of airflow changes with every swipe. But the proof is in the pudding .. if you think they are better then great.

      • Tim Harb

        Like everything it will act differently to the type of Windshield you have. I think if you have a more steep angle the ones john is using is bad. If it has less of a slope then the spoiler would work a little. I have used the metal ones that are super cheap at walmart and have not had the rattle issue but I also make sure the clip fits on right and doesn’t allow wobble. Sometimes the new clips are too small and you have to use the old one.

  • Tim Harb

    if your every day driving a cheap blade for the spring and summer months with Rain X treatment ( done right- read the directions-) works well and a decent winter blade for winter. With the clips used on 99% of vehicles it only takes a few seconds to switch out during the season. I also do not mind having to change a set out. If you do not know how to change a wiper blade just have someone show you. it is way too easy to not do it.

  • Donovan Moore

    WAY too expensive. I use the Michelin for half the price that work awesome.

    • tony kaye

      Just checked on the Rainforce models and on Amazon they run about $12. Not that much cheaper?

  • jvanrees

    Denso Designer blades are the BEST that I’ve ever tried. I’ve been through all the blades on the list here, and they either wear out too soon or leave streaks right in my line of sight. The Denso cost about $20 per blade, but they are the absolute best (here in the rainy Pacific Northwest) and have a long life. If you drive in the rain, I wouldn’t even bother with the others. If the blade doesn’t clear the windscreen clearly, the other attributes don’t even matter. When your talking about visibility while your traveling in a multi-ton speeding hunk of metal, $40 every year or so seems like a small price to pay.

  • critofur

    I see all kinds of products which are more complicated than wiper blades, at the Dollar Store, for $1 – it seems like we should be able to find GREAT wiper blades for $5 or less. Why are these prices so hyper-inflated? The materials are not expensive, the part count is not that high. Frankly, I find it absurd to pay more than $10 even for a “premium” blade.

  • Steven
    • tony kaye

      We haven’t, maybe during the next refresh!

  • I__AM__GOD

    Dont believe this crap….this is paid advertising by Rain X. Not even a mention of Bosch Icons? Which have been shown to blow Rain X away…..

    • tony kaye

      If you’re going to be rude and accuse us of paid advertising, at least do us a favor and READ the guide before accusing. Otherwise you look silly.

      Per our lead researcher – that wasn’t paid a penny by Rain-X-

      “I spoke with Luke Perkowski, product manager with windshield wiper manufacturer Bosch. He told me, “The pressure distribution is also better on a beam blade. With a bracket, the load path travels through the frame to the claws that connect to the blade. There’s more pressure at the claws, which accelerates wear. We can also engineer beams more precisely, to create the best curvature for the radius of the windshield, which allows for consistent wear and even pressure.”

      “Competition that we passed over

      In making our pick, we looked at more than two dozen models of wiper blade. We didn’t find many blades that were terrible; for the most part, wipers were passed over because they failed to distinguish themselves in the Consumer Reports test (Trico’s Teflon Blade, Rain-X Weatherbeater, Bosch Icon), had limited user reviews (Michelin RainForce), or were too expensive relative to their performance (PIAA Super Silicone).”

      Just because we didn’t pick the windshield wipers you think are the best doesn’t mean we were paid by anyone for anything. If you want to educate yourself on how we operate here at The Sweethome, please see the following pages. Thank you.

    • Dan Welton

      ABSOLUTELY. Bosch Icons are a tad pricy. But blow away everything else.

  • Eugene Kim

    I’ve had no problems at all with these wipers on my Camry, even after the horrible winter last year in Michigan where I didn’t see my lawn for at least 5 months. Unfortunately, Amazon decided they didn’t want to offer these as subscribe and save any more, so my orders sit unfulfilled claiming out of stock, even when there is plenty of stock when going to the actual item. Not sure why, as these kinds of things are perfect for subscribe and save where I would never remember to buy them precisely every six months if left to my own accord (no not that Accord). Finally got a new pair thanks to the deal today that reminded me (I think I’m saving around 3 bucks).

  • Jerry Murray

    I have used both PIAA and Silblade. Piaa have held up in Washington State west side weather for 5+ years. Silblade is similar but the silicon is a bit harder. I would recommend silicon over rubber anytime. Silicon is spendier but lasts far longer; therefore, one’s dollars goes farther. To make any blade last longer, clean the edge ocassionally with a damp cloth using a mild detergent.

  • crawdad62

    Interesting article. I’ve always been pleased with Rain-X window treatment but I just can’t get past the so so reviews I’ve seen. I bought a used 2010 Dodge Ram that had Bosch Icon wipers on it. After one of the worst winters I’ve even driven through I have to give them the nod. Rain, freezing rain, ice, snow, salt and sand. Handled those conditions perfectly. I will admit they need replaced a year later (although I have no idea how long they were on the truck before I purchased it). Enjoyed the review but I’m sticking with Icons.

  • jameskatt

    Won’t the silicon blades last for years in temperate weather – i.e. California – not just for 18 months as the manufacturer recommends? If so, then the silicon blades are worth it in the long run.

    My own rubber blades have lasted over 7 years in California.

    I think the recommendations for replacement schedules are an attempt to make more money just like shaving manufacturers do.

  • Robert

    I highly recommend Rain-X 2-in-1 windshield washer fluid (rated to at least -20F but -25F if you can find it) to go with your blades!

  • Bill Kuhl

    I prefer the SilBlades. I’ve had them on my truck now for just over a year going through AZ and So-Cal summers and monsoons. These things are awesome. I recommend checking them out. The original design though, not the frameless.

  • Gord

    I purchased 2 pair of A-22-M Anco Profile wiper blades (22″) and in less than 4 months they chatter. They were highly recommended by CR.
    I contacted Federal Mogul and explained the problem and gave them the UPC code so mfg. date could be determined. I believe they are old stock.
    I got back a robot reply blaming everything but the wiper blade.
    I do not recommend them from places like Pro Oil quickie lube.

  • Alvin Brinson

    I realize that wiper manufacturers change formulations and designs…. but I still can’t get over the set of RainX wipers I bought almost ten years ago that were the noisest and most “talkative” wipers I’ve ever experienced. After less than a month of use in normal conditions (no winter, etc) they would just chatter, squeak, thump and bump all over the windshield.

  • Randolph32

    Maybe it’s because they’re both German, but Bosch Icon blades have worked best on my VW’s for the past couple of years, and I’ve tried many cheaper alternatives….the Rain-X were ill-fillting, Good Years from Costco streaked after a month and no amount of alcohol would help…..FWIW the Amazon ‘make sure it fits box’ was incorrect for my Jetta….