Wiper Blades: Ratings of Sources
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Wiper Blade Ratings
by Editors of ConsumerReports.org
Our AssessmentEditors here test 13 wiper blades, ranging from $7 to $19 -- both beam wiper blades and conventional types -- on 185 staffers' cars. Wipers are tested in a lab that creates various rain conditions, as well as in the real world. Each model is rated for initial cleaning, as well as performance after six months. Only one wiper blade earns a "very good" rating at the six-month mark, but editors find four that are good enough to recommend.
The Best Windshield Wipers for Your Car
by Ed Grabianowski
Our AssessmentEd Grabianowski picks the best windshield wipers, based on an older ConsumerReports.org test and interviews with car experts. He says the Rain-X Latitude is best overall; cheaper Valeo 600 wiper blades will do if you don't encounter snow; and pricey PIAA Forza Hybrid silicone blades are best for extremely dirty conditions. After nine to 10 months of testing, the Rain-X Latitude proves a little more durable and a little better in the snow than the Valeo, but in extreme cold, both wore out and had to be replaced.
by Contributors to Amazon.com
Our AssessmentAmazon.com sells dozens of brands of wiper blades, including popular brands like Bosch, Rain-X, Trico and Anco. The $10 Bosch Clear Advantage stands out, with hundreds of rave reviews (it's a beam-style wiper blade, with no external frame). The pricier Bosch Icon earns even higher marks from owners.
Windshield Wiper Blades
by Contributors to AdvanceAutoParts.com
Our AssessmentThis retail site sells a dozen popular brands of wiper blades, and it attracts lots of customer reviews. Windshield wipers from Rain-X, Kleenview, Trico and Bosch earn high marks with dozens of reviews.
Rain-X Latitude and Bosch Icon Wiper Blades
by Chris Longhurst
Our AssessmentIn the rain, these beam-style wiper blades from Rain-X and Bosch annoy car enthusiast Chris Longhurst. They don't lay flat to the windshield at the edges, leaving little streaks and missed areas (on five different models of cars and trucks, both at speed and at rest). But they're so spectacular in snow and ice that he heartily recommends them anyway.
by Contributors to TireRack.com
Our AssessmentTireRack.com sells about half a dozen wiper blades from just two brands: PIAA and Valeo. The PIAA Super Silicone wiper blades earn the most consistently high marks. Cheaper Valeo wiper blades attract more buyers (and more owner feedback), but reviews are mixed.
by Contributors to AutoAnything.com
Our AssessmentThis aftermarket-parts site sells mostly expensive PIAA wiper blades, and the PIAA Super Silicone is customers' favorite. With nearly 200 reviews posted, owners say these wiper blades' performance makes them worth the price.