What every best Wiper Blades has:
- Outstanding performance when new.
- Contact with your full field of view.
Ed Grabianowski and Rik Paul pick the best windshield wipers based on a combination of reviews from owners on Amazon.com and interviews with car experts across the country. Two of the wiper blades covered in this report were included long-term durability test they conducted in 2013 and 2014, in which drivers living in a variety of climates used the blades for a full year.
Amazon.com sells dozens of brands of wiper blades, including well-known brands like Bosch, Rain-X, Trico, and Valeo. Some popular models have upwards of 1,000 user reviews. We found several windshield wipers here with overall ratings of 4 stars or better from more than 2,000 users. There are even a few models with 4.5-star ratings from more than 750 users.
This retail site sells nine popular models of wiper blades, and it attracts lots of customer reviews. Finding the best-rated wipers is a bit tricky, however, as you have to click on each brand to see its reviews, and each individual blade in a line is rated separately. However, we eventually found several models that earn at least 4 stars overall from 100 users or more.
Walmart.com lists over 38,000 products in its windshield wiper department – but that's because each individual size for each model is listed separately. This makes it somewhat difficult to figure out which models are the best rated overall. After a little creative searching, we managed to identify three models with ratings of at least 4 stars from 25 users or more.
This aftermarket-parts site sells only a handful of windshield wiper models, but some -- primarily PIAA wiper blades -- get enough feedback to be helpful. Along with the overall star rating for each model, the site provides separate scores for appearance, quality, ease of installation, and price/value.
This retail site is for "everything automotive," including over 50 models of windshield wipers. However, most of them receive few or no reviews from users. We found only one model that had a high overall rating (4 stars or better) from at least 25 owners. The site shows not only the overall star rating for each model, but also its scores for appearance, quality, ease of installation, and performance.
ConsumerReports.org no longer tests windshield wipers, having found that "most blades should provide adequate performance" for a period of about six months, after which they require replacement. However, this buying guide provides some useful general information about types of wiper blades, when to replace them, and how to install them. On the plus side, the article is free.
In this video review, "Parris" of EpicReviewGuys tests Rain-X Latitude wiper blades to see whether these beam-style blades really perform better than traditional windshield wipers. After demonstrating how the Rain-X blade flexes and showing how to install it on his Honda Odyssey, he takes the car out in drizzly weather with one beam blade and one traditional blade to see how they compare. Both blades clean fairly well, but the Rain-X smears less.