Valeo offers a full range of windshield wipers -- including a basic budget wiper blade that absolutely wows experts. The Valeo 600 (Est. $13) out-wipes every other blade in a leading professional test, surpassing wiper blades that cost nearly twice as much.
"These are the best wiper blades I have ever used and they are super cheap," comments one owner at Amazon.com. Another says, "These blades are definitely worth the money; actually, I've had more expensive ones that weren't even close."
There's nothing fancy about these wiper blades: The Valeo 600 has a traditional metal bracket, holding a synthetic-rubber blade with a natural-rubber wiping edge. A special coating protects the Valeo 600 from UV rays, dirt, ozone and fluids that can deteriorate windshield wipers.
All pretty standard stuff, but Valeo puts it together in a package that simply wipes better than other blades in tests. Owners say it's whisper-quiet, too. Experts say you can expect a good six months out of these Valeo wiper blades -- same as most other wiper blades -- and they carry a six-month warranty, a rarity in the wiper business. Plenty of owners say the Valeo 600 lasts longer than that.
"These have been performing great for about a year," says one Amazon.com customer, who notices "very little dip in performance from when I first installed them." Several others say they got a full year of service out of this Valeo wiper blade model. One Amazon.com user from Denver says, "I hate paying a lot for wipers since they tend to wear out fast where I live with constantly changing temperatures and conditions … Don't waste money on fancy wiper blades, just get ones that are cheaper and highly rated like these."
However, some owners say ice can build up in traditional bracket-style wiper blades like the Valeo 600, freezing or even breaking them. Experts confirm that this can happen, although most users report no such issues. If you've had problems with bracket blades in the ice, consider a top-performing bracket-free wiper blade (called a beam blade) such as the Bosch Icon (Est. $23) ; it's discussed in more depth in the section on best Bosch wiper blades.