The Best Windshield Wipers of 2024

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We’ve always been steadfast about three things when it comes to auto maintenance: Learn how to change a flat tire before the real thing, keep your fluids topped off, and you ought to be changing your windshield wipers regularly. Thankfully, our gearheads have cycled through just about every wiper on the market, so your next change will last longer than ever.

Hitting an unexpected downpour shouldn’t be a white-knuckle affair, and being able to clear water efficiently is a huge safety function that you shouldn’t neglect. We’ve been caught out in deluges that apparate from nothing, and a good set of wipers has been essential in keeping the rubber side down.

While wiper blades aren’t the sexiest auto accessory and aren’t very complicated, there is enough nuance to dig into to separate the worthy from the weak, and we’ve laid it all plain here. From traditional to beam, rubber to silicone, there are a few factors to consider, and a couple of wipers that really stand out to us through our testing.

We’ve collected the eight best windshield wiper blades on the market today and called out a few special ones for earning high marks in performance, pricing, and durability. If this is your first time considering wiper blades, check out our Buyer’s Guide and Comparison Chart . For all other questions, our FAQ section is prime to answer them.

  • Best Overall Windshield Wipers: Rain-X Silicone Endura 
  • Best Budget Windshield Wipers: Goodyear Assurance WeatherReady
  • Best Beam-Style Windshield Wipers: Bosch Icon
  • Best Branch-Style Windshield Wipers: SilBlade Standard
  • Best Premium Windshield Wipers: PIAA Si-Tech

Rain-X Silicone Endura

  • Wiper Style Beam
  • Blade Material Silicone
  • Available Lengths 14-28”
  • Attachment Types J-hook, pinch tab, pinch tab button, pin arm, side pin

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  • Premium silicone element with graphite coating lasts longer than rubber
  • High pivot point increases clamping force to windshield
  • Silicone blade creates a water-repellant treatment during use
  • Locking clasp
  • On the pricier side of wiper blades
  • Not a readily available as the brand's more expensive Advantedge Premium wipers

The Rain-X Silicone Endura ($26) is bar none one of the best windshield wipers available currently, and balances a sturdy beam design, silicone blade, and built-in water-repellent to produce long-lasting results that impressed in our testing. 

Silicone wiper blades are superior to natural rubber squeegees, and won’t degrade over time due to exposure to UV, ozone, and extreme temperatures. On top of that, because they gradually deposit silicone as they wear in, these blades provide a Rain-X-like water repellant to your windshield — meaning water beads off like nobody’s business.

Compared to other blades, the Silicone Enduras produced some of the least streaking and were the quietest when operated at full bore. As with many silicone blades, you’ll notice that performance over time seems to get even better, as the silicone builds up on the glass. Running the blades dry for a few cycles can help bed in this material and ensure quick beading.

The mounting attachments for the Silicone Endura blades are sturdy and elevate the pivot point a bit more than other wipers we tested, meaning a higher clamping force. While the J-hook attachment has a finicky release, it’s simple once you figure out the trick (pivot the blade to perpendicular, then depress the tab). These blades also sport a locking clasp, meaning they’ve got an extra layer of protection against coming undone.

When held up side by side with our premium wiper pick, the PIAA Si-Techs , there is no actual difference between the two that we could see. With even the serial numbers matching, we’re confident these wipers are the same — a boon for the Enduras considering they can be found for $10 cheaper per blade. For almost everyone, the Rain-X Silicone Endura wipers are the blades to get.

Goodyear Assurance WeatherReady

  • Blade Material Rubber
  • Attachment Types J-hook, pinch-tab, side-pin, push-button, side-lock, bayonet

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  • Budget pricing
  • Multiple attachment types included
  • Beam design at a cheaper price
  • Rubber wiper elements won’t last as long as silicone offerings
  • Slightly bulky design
  • Flex isn’t as consistent across the blade

Nowadays, we don’t believe it makes much sense anymore to go with a traditional branch-style wiper if you don’t have to. Beam-style blades can now be had for the same, if not cheaper, price, and the Goodyear Assurance WeatherReady ($16) is proof-positive of that.

Sporting a dual-layer steel construction, beam-style blades like the Assurance better conform with the windshield compared to traditional designs, and are more aerodynamic, meaning they won’t shutter at high speeds due to the wind. For those who drive through heavy snow, beam-style blades also won’t freeze up, as there are no spaces for ice to build on.

The trade-off for that budget price has to come somewhere, and on the Assurance blades it’s the more traditional rubber wipers. We aren’t here to say that rubber elements won’t get the job done (they certainly will), but over time you’ll likely see reduced performance as the blades degrade.

The Goodyear Assurance WeatherReady wipers come with more mounting options than pretty much any other blades we tested, attaching to almost any style out there. For those who might have an odd-ball wiper design, these blades should be turn-key. And for the price, they won’t do a half-bad job at removing water either.

SilBlade Standard

  • Wiper Style Branch
  • Available Lengths 11-28”
  • Attachment Types J-hook, pin arm

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  • Silicone wipers at a budget price
  • Wide available length selection
  • Tough powder-coated steel design is hardier than most branch wipers
  • Mounting hardware isn’t the most confident-inspiring, not many options
  • Branch-style design won’t do as well in snowy conditions

Going with a branch-style windshield wiper option typically means being stuck with a cheaper rubber wiper squeegee, but the SilBlade Standard ($26) bucks the trend. Best for those living in drier climates who might not need the performance of a beam-style wiper, these wipers are an economical option with the good stuff where it counts.

The performance of the SilBlades in our wiper testing was about the middle of the pack, with minimal streaking and noise, though a bit of shuddering at the end of the stroke. Not enough to distract, but enough to notice in our slow-speed footage. For everyday use, we wouldn’t lose sleep over it.

Available in a wide range of lengths (11-28”), the SilBlades should fit a wide range of vehicles, though you will be limited by the available attachments, which fit the most popular J-hook and pin arm wipers. We had no problem getting them onto our test truck, though some with European makes may be out of luck.

If you’re after a more modern design, SilBlade also produces their wipers in a ‘FlexBlade’ beam-style wiper, as well as a ‘UniBlade’ — a hybrid design. Best for those who don’t need the best, but also don’t want to rummage around in the bargain bin, the silicone SilBlade Standards make good sense to us.

  • Available Lengths 13-28”
  • Attachment Types J-hook, side-lock, pinch-tab, top-lock

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  • High-quality beam design with great flexibility
  • One of the easiest wipers to mount, with a locking clasp
  • Great choice for cold weather driving where silicone could tear
  • Traditional rubber wipers won’t perform as well as silicone rubber across all conditions
  • Not as broad of attachment types

The Bosch Icon ($30) wiper blades are rightfully popular, and our testing proved they deserve the reputation. These beam-style wipers are the style perfected, with a smooth flex pattern and aggressive curvature that keeps the wiper planted on your windshield.

Obviously, we believe that silicone wipers are superior in performance to rubber, though that isn’t to say that the rubber used on the Icons isn’t going to do its job. Our testing showed these wipers move water with the best of them, and even streak a little less than the Rain-X Latitudes. Long-term durability is where you’ll see these begin to slip, but it won’t be due to build quality.

These wipers also have the easiest attachment of any we tested for our guide, with a simple locking clasp that secures down the blade with one motion. Removing these wipers elicited cheers from our testing crew, as almost all other wipers had a tendency to bite our fingers with little push tabs. Not so with the Icon.

In especially cold and icy environments, silicone wiper blades can actually end up being a bit on the soft side, and can tear when run over ice build-up on an unscraped windshield. If this sounds like your daily commute, best to stick with a tough rubber wiper like the Bosch Icon .

PIAA Si-Tech

  • Attachment Types J-hook, push-button arm, side-pin, bayonet, pin & hook

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  • High-performing beam design and silicone wipers
  • Included windshield prep wipes elevate the silicone water-repellant treatment
  • Wiper refills available from PIAA increase the life of the wipers
  • 1-year limited warranty
  • No locking clasp

As we mentioned previously in this guide, the PIAA Si-Tech ($36) windshield wipers are, to the best of our ability to tell, the same as the Rain-X Silicone Enduras — with a few small differences. Whether or not those differences make up the difference in price is up to you, but they do make these the best premium wipers in our opinion.

For one, the Si-Tech wipers all ship with a windshield preparation pack, which is a mix of alcohol cleaner and liquid silicone. This takes the idea of silicone wipers to the nth degree, and we found in our testing a higher-quality water-repellant coating over simply running silicone wipers on their own. You can certainly achieve the same effect with the application of a commercial product such as Rain-X treatment, but the fact that these wipers ship with it elevates them.

Further, the Si-Tech wipers offer silicone wiper refills directly from PIAA — something the Rain-X wipers don’t. This means that when your wipers finally bite the dust, it’s a simple process to revitalize your wiper’s performance and get back on the road. 

The beam design of the PIAA was just up there with the best Rain-X and Bosch in terms of moving water in our testing scenarios, with the full blade making contact and little to no streaking occurring. Noise, too, was among the lowest we recorded, and we appreciated that even as the wipe-on treatment fades, these silicone blades will continue to lay down a treatment and keep water beading up.

While you can snag the same for less, the extra touches make the PIAA Si-Tech wipers the blades to get if you want turn-key performance.

Trico Silicone Ceramic

  • Attachment Types J-hook, push button, side-pin, pinch-tab

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  • Very ‘aero’ design
  • Silicone wiper elements have a ceramic coating to reduce friction
  • Excellent contact across the entire wipe
  • On the more expensive side
  • Broad attachment base prevents flex across entire wiper

The Trico Silicone Ceramic ($36) is among the priciest wiper blades, but it offers a lot for the money. That price tag is likely owed to the top-notch chemistry that went into brewing up these blades, with a special ceramic coating that keeps the wiper running smoothly.

Wiping performance is up there with the PIAA Si-Tech and Rain-X Silicone Endura wipers, and that ceramic coating is liable to keep these blades wiping long into the future. The biggest cause of shuttering and noise from wiper blades is actually from dirty windshields, and being able to glide over debris goes a long way in prolonging life.

This wiper blade is also certainly the most ‘aerodynamic’ in our testing, with an integrated spoiler that helps to keep the wipers planted. Whether or not this actually creates any actual down-force (we’re dubious), we can say that contact on these wipers is excellent, and there’s no shuttering at high speeds.

Choosing between these and the PIAA Si-Techs is a coin toss, with us slightly favoring the PIAA wipers due to their more aggressive curve and included water-repellant wipes. But in terms of long-term performance, it’s tough to make a call between them and the Trico Silicone Ceramic .

Rain-X Latitude Water Repellency

  • Available Lengths 14-28"
  • Attachment Types J-hooks, pinch-tab, pin-arms, pinch-tab button

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  • Silicone Rain-X coating keeps rubber wipers running smoothly
  • Nicely curved beam design
  • Quiet when running, even on high
  • Bulkier attachment mount
  • Rain-X treatment won’t last forever, can be greasy if touched

In our opinion, the Rain-X Latitude Water Repellency ($18) wipers are solidly in the middle tier of wiper blades. They have quality water removal, a robust beam design, and a slick Rain-X coating that keeps them moving without getting hung up. For a rubber wiper, it’s tough to do much better than this.

As a rubber wiper, these wipers are a bit of a ‘2-in-1’ deal, and add a silicone treatment onto the blades to be distributed across your windshield during the initial uses. While this won’t match the longevity of a true wipe-on treatment or silicone blades, it certainly does work and started beading water after a few wipes in our testing.

The beam design is quite similar to the Rain-X Silicone Enduras , and actually has a bit more of an aggressive curve to it, which helped it stick close to the windshield in our max-speed test. The attachment mount is bulky, however, and won’t cut the wind as well as some of the other wipers we tested.

Often available for around $18 a wiper, the Rain-X Latitude Water Repellency blades are a killer budget option, and if you add some Rain-X Washer Fluid Additive into the mix, you can keep that water-beading performance going all year — all without having to bump up to full-on silicone wipers.

  • Available Lengths 13”-32”

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  • Solid beam design
  • Broad available lengths
  • Slight streaking seen during testing
  • Plastic frame seems lighter-duty and isn’t as aggressively curved

A close contender for our best-budget award, the Trico Flex ($17) wiper blades bring a lot to the table for not much dough. You’ll still get a more economical rubber wiper insert, but the blade design on the Flex wipers is excellent with stellar water removal in our testing, and only a little streaking.

These wipers compare very favorably to the Bosch Icons , with really only the better attachment on the Icons raising them over the Trico Flex. Even still, we found little to complain about with the performance of these wipers. 

In hand, the Trico Flex blades feel a little cheaper in build quality than some of our higher-dollar contenders, with the plastic frame and mount leaving a little to be desired. These wipers also won’t have as broad of attachment compatibility, so those with a funky wiper attachment may have to look elsewhere.

An excellent budget choice, the Trico Flex wiper blades don’t excel in any one metric, but were fairly dependable across the different testing we put them through. If you don’t need the best of the best, or live somewhere with infrequent precip, these wipers will get the job done.

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How we tested windshield wipers.

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Living just north of the Rainy City, lead tester Nick Belcaster sees enough annual liquid precip to necessitate not only annual wiper blade replacement but has even swapped out a wiper motor or two from over-use. Stealing away across the West has put him atop some mountain passes at exactly the wrong moment, and he has both cheered and cursed his wiper blades, depending on their condition. 

We took a scientific approach to our wiper blade testing, aiming to distill out the marketing fluff and get some solid data through a reliable, replicateable test. This took the form of our trusty Toyota Tacoma, a few carefully aimed sprinklers, a slow-motion camera, and an audio recorder.

Each wiper was run at the same speed with the same amount of water, and the performance was recorded — then compared to suss out which blades moved the most amount of water, and which did this the quietest. For blades that required a wipe-on silicone treatment, we cleaned the windshield between tests to ensure a sterile test bed and accurate results.

We also paid close attention to the installation and removal process (and we got pretty dang good at both). Wipers often use a number of adapters to connect, and we challenged multiple testers to affix these wipers without reading the instructions. After a few nipped fingers and a few more curses, we had a good idea of the work it took to get each wiper set up.

Aside from our stationary testing, we also, of course, hit the road, driving through deluges on the Olympic Peninsula, snow storms in British Columbia, and more than a few mud holes on our way out to the perfect campsite. This frequent blade changing also gave us ample experience in learning which blades go on the easiest, and which should have come with an installation manual.

And finally, we are constantly testing the durability and longevity of these wiper blades, running them full-time on our rigs and using them until failure. Our review is constantly updated to reflect this data, and we also test new wipers as they become available.

Buyer’s Guide: How to Choose Windshield Wipers

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While they might more often be a last-second add-on to your oil change, wiper blades can be pretty important when you need them. We’ve tried our best to find mid-stream substitutes (note: your buddy leaning out the window furiously wiping won’t cut it), but it’s best to get dialed in before you need them. Like ensuring your headlights are clear , keeping your tires topped off , or looking into that pesky engine code , taking care of your wipers will pay dividends in keeping your ride on the road for longer.

Our testing revealed that there’s actually a good bit of tech baked into these simple accessories, and things like wiper design, blade compound, and wipe-on coatings can greatly improve performance and durability over the lifespan of your wipers. Consider the following before you replace your next set to ensure you’re getting the best wiper for the money.

Windshield Wiper Blade Design

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Windshield wiper blades haven’t changed much since their invention (credit one Mary Anderson, 1903, by the way) but there are a few key ways we’ve been able to squeeze more squeegee performance out of them. One of those is in the overall blade frame design.

Traditional Branch Frames

These are the wipers that have been used on vehicles for years. They are simple in design and accommodate the curve in modern windshields, but don’t provide much force in clinging tightly to the glass. Most often made of painted or powder-coated steel, heavy use will wear these frames and can eventually rust. 

In areas of heavy snow and ice, branch-style wipers can become inundated with ice build-up between the branch elements, causing the blades to chatter as they fail to glide across the windshield. For drivers in drier climates, branch wipers like the SilBlade Standards or PIAA Super Silicones can be an economical choice. Because they aren’t as essential, we run branch-style wipers on all of our rear window wiper blades.

Beam Frames

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Modern wiper blades use a beam frame design, which is often a one- or two-piece design with metal bands to provide even pressure across the length of the wiper beam. Because there are no pressure points, beam-style wipers are often higher quality than branch-style offerings, with less chatter and hang-ups.

Beam-style wipers also cling tighter to the windshield, making them more aerodynamic and lessening wind noise and lift. In our testing, the Bosch Icons just about have the style perfected, and exhibit great flex and contact.

Hybrid Frames

Hybrid-designed frames combine a bit of both styles of wiper blades and incorporate an aerodynamic cover to a branch frame to lessen wind-lifting and keep your wipers where they need to be. This also helps eliminate the icing issue that comes with many branch frames.

Performance

Quantifying wiper performance might seem a bit in the weeds, but we wanted to really split hairs in finding the best wipers, so we put together a quasi-scientific test. Armed with our trusted garden hose and a ladder, we simulated a classic Pacific Northwest spring day, complete with every type of rain you could imagine (sprinkles to deluge), and recorded our findings to dissect later.

The primary wipe is the one that removes most of the water from your windshield. During this stroke, we looked for a clean motion with no shuddering or streaking, and we audio recorded to compare the relative sound produced by each blade. In lesser blades, the ends of the blades are where we noticed hang-ups occurring the most, and this is also where the most streaking was introduced.

During the pause in between wipes, we could tell which blades were removing the most water by just how clear the windshield was in the brief time before more water hit it. As a broad observation, beam-style wipers had better contact across the entire surface of the windshield, removing water more evenly than branch-style frames.

Silicone wipers, too, made a noticeable difference, with only a few wipes necessary before the silicone began transferring to the glass and beading water. This aided in removing water in between wipes — meaning a lower wiper speed could be used.

Wiper Compounds

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Your wiper or squeegee element is where the rubber meets the road — er, windshield. These thin strips of rubber or silicone are shaped to end at a point and adapt to the curvature of your window, squeezing the water from beneath it and shuttling it away.

Rubber Blades

The prevailing wiper material for many years, natural rubber is still used heavily in wiper blades and provides a high-quality wipe when maintained well. Dirty windshields are the number one cause of poor-performing wiper blades and can gum up and damage rubber wipers until they no longer wipe properly.

Rubber blades do have a functional lifespan, as they are susceptible to damage from the sun’s UV rays, the ozone in the atmosphere, and high temperatures.

Silicone Blades

Silicone wipers, while often more expensive, do offer a number of advantages over rubber wipers, including better resistance to the environmental elements that degrade them. These types of wipers also offer the added benefit of depositing a thin layer of silicone with every wipe, which adds that water-repellant finish we’re big fans of.

Wipers like the Rain-X Silicone Endura or PIAA Si-Tech easily outperformed the rubber wipers in our tests, and seemingly only get better with additional use as they bed in that silicone layer.

Coated Blades

While they can be either rubber or silicone, many manufacturers add coatings to their wiper elements, such as Teflon or graphite, in order to decrease friction. Know that these treatments won’t last forever, but will increase performance and make your wipers work less, meaning they’ll last longer.

The graphite coating on the Rain-X Latitudes assuredly helps make them one of the quietest wipers in our review, and the ceramic coating on the Trico Silicone Ceramics is a high-tech layer that reduces friction for easier wiping.

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Wiper Blade Mounting

While the prevailing wiper attachment is going to be the J-hook style, there are many other styles used on vehicles today, with some of the more common being side pins, bayonets, and push button mounts. 

Because wiper blades need to be used on many different vehicles, they often integrate a number of different adapters into a single mount. Because the universe of wiper attachments can be dizzying, it’s best to consult an auto parts store or online resource to ensure the wipers you’re purchasing are compatible with your vehicle. 

It’s also important to note that there are ‘exact fit’ wiper blades available today, which are specified to meet the OE, or original equipment, requirements of your vehicle manufacturer. These blades won’t be fitted with any adapters, and instead only fit your vehicle, making the process a simpler affair.

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Durability and When to Replace

Even the best wiper blades will eventually need replacing, but investing in a set that’ll go the distance can push off that date by a long time. Replace your wipers as part of your regular vehicle maintenance checklist to ensure they are not forgotten.

Most wiper blades will begin to degrade in performance around the 6-month mark, with many needing replacement after a year. However, with more high-end wiper blades, we have successfully run the same set for upward of 2 years with little loss in ability.

The most durable wiper blades will likely be beam-style designs, which have fewer moving parts and are less likely to become inundated with debris and ice. Silicone wipers also last much longer than their natural rubber counterparts due to their more stable chemical composition. 

Using an off-the-shelf water-repellant treatment such as Rain-X can significantly improve the performance of your wiper blades. The coating causes water to bead and roll off your windshield, meaning you can avoid using your wipers altogether in light mist. Cleaning your wipers regularly will also prolong their life and keep debris from tearing the wiper elements.

Consider replacing your wipers once they begin to leave streaks on your windshield, or making any sort of chattering or squeaking sounds.

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For our money, we’d offer the Rain-X Silicone Endura wiper blades to anyone looking to replace or upgrade their wipers. Their silicone wiper elements are top-notch, and continually deposit a thin layer of water-repellant throughout the life of the wiper, meaning water beads right off your windshield.

For a bit more out-of-pocket, the PIAA Si-Tech wipers are essentially the same, but ship with an included wipe-on water-repellant treatment, which we found highly effective.

Very expensive windshield wipers might not make a huge difference, but very cheap wipers will. There isn’t a vast ocean of performance difference when it comes to wipers, so going with a solid middle-ground choice like the Bosch Icon or Rain-X Latitude is a solid choice.

Generally, the more expensive wiper blades will be beam-style and use a silicone squeegee, both design elements that provide high-quality performance for an extended lifespan.

Windshield wipers made with silicone will far out-last their rubber counterparts, as they are less susceptible to damage from UV, ozone, and high temperatures. Single-piece beam designs will also go the distance compared to branch-style wipers, as there are fewer parts to wear out. 

For our money, we’d recommend a wiper like the PIAA Si-Tech wipers. These are not only made with high-quality materials but also offer wiper refills when performance starts to wane.

An average windshield wiper lasts up to a year of regular use, often longer with frequent windshield cleaning. Some of the higher-end silicone wipers can be stretched even longer, as their wiper squeegees won’t degrade with exposure. 

Once you start to see streaking or hear your wipers making noise, it’s a good clue to consider swapping out to new blades.

For those who are looking for the best performance across all conditions, silicone is certainly the way to go, as it provides a smoother wipe, and lasts much longer than rubber wiper blades. 

For vehicles that operate in especially cold and icy climates, it can actually make sense to stick with rubber over silicone, however, as silicone is softer than natural rubber, and can tear when run over an iced-up windshield.

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Best Windshield Wipers of 2022

There are actually many kinds of windshield wiper blades to consider and here are the best ones.

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Just like the tires and brakes, you'll want to make sure you're using the best windshield wipers available for your car. After all, they're critical when it comes to helping you see and staying safe on the road. They're so important, in fact, that you should really have multiple sets on hand -- including a spare set in your  emergency kit , in case something happens if you're driving in heavy weather.

So let's talk brass tacks. While it might seem that wiper blades would be a simple purchase, there are actually many kinds of blades to consider. This includes conventional blades to choose from, such as rubber wiper blades, beam type blades or hybrid blades. There are even compounds that can offer the best performance, no matter how extreme weather conditions may be. Here are the main types of windshield wiper blades:

  • Traditional : The OG of windshield wipers features a metal frame that supports a rubber blade (or even just a rubber-coated one). Its simplicity and availability also make the conventional blade the most affordable.
  • Beam : Replacing the traditional metal frame with a hingeless rubber strip, beam blades have increased in popularity as standard equipment on premium vehicles thanks, in part, to the beam wiper's sleek upmarket look. Although the beam wiper's design applies pressure more evenly, which improves performance, a downside is substances like sand might get clogged due to the wiper assembly's solid shape.
  • Hybrid : Exactly what it sounds like. This type of blade features elements from both traditional and beam styles. An aerodynamic plastic casing conceals portions of the hinge while maintaining openings for debris to pass through. And the attached beam-style blade provides even pressure and contact distribution.

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There's a lot more to wiper blades than you think.

Outside of the different styles, there are other variables to consider when shopping for windshield wiper replacement. While most blades on the market have inserts molded from rubber, silicone examples are also available that are said to offer better durability and performance in the long run. There are also weather-specific options designed specifically to perform and operate in certain conditions such as ice and snow.

If choosing the best windshield wipers for your needs has suddenly become more complicated than you first thought, don't fret. We've compiled a list of the best windshield wipers in a variety of categories based on your budget, type, insert material and how you'll use them. We've based our recommendations on hands-on experience and customer satisfaction ratings at popular shopping sites. For the purposes of this best windshield wipers list, we've included pricing for 24-inch blades that are common applications among a wide variety of sedans, SUVs and crossovers .

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Bosch Icon Windshield Wipers

The best overall wiper blades.

Although beam wiper style blades are pretty set in terms of design (rubber blade attached to a concealed bracket frame), the Bosch Icon wiper blade line is one of the cleanest in terms of simplicity and our pick for the best overall windshield wiper blade out there. This set of Bosch rubber blade wipers is also one of the better performing ones compared to more expensive blade competitors.

According to Bosch, its Icon wiper blade with ClearMax 365 holds up against cracking up to 40% longer than competitors, which makes it even more appealing to the value-minded shopper. And thanks to a double-lock connector, the Bosch Icon beam blade is easy to install on the wiper arm. There is a catch, however: An adapter (disappointingly not included) is required to make the Bosch blade fit with hook system wipers found on most vehicles, unless they're German luxury cars for which Bosch is considered OEM equipment.

Nevertheless, if there's plenty of rain and snow where you live, this Bosch wiper blade works wonders in keeping your windshield clear. And because of the spring design, pressure is applied equally across the blades so there's no skips or smearing. The blades even stay flush at highway wiper arm speeds, which isn't always the case for other wipers.

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Anco 31-Series Windshield Wipers

The best budget wiper blades.

Specializing only in the manufacturing of wiper blades and related parts, Anco has been offering premium blades for nearly a century. Its 31-Series rubber blade line is a top performer and available at a competitively affordable price compared to other traditional-style wiper blades.

The blade is made of a proprietary rubber compound, which provides a streak-free wipe with conventional washer fluid on most windshields and is coated in a no-wax solution to prevent degradation. Affixed to a vented bridge, the Anco 31-Series blade uses the company's exclusive KwikConnect system for easy installation.

The blades offer a universal fit, but an adapter may be needed for installation on some models. Even so, replacement is simple and with the sound of a "click," you'll know that the wiper was installed correctly. Available in many sizes, the Anco 31-Series is possibly one of the most budget-friendly OEM replacement wipers on the market and comes in single- and multipack bundles.

These aren't the quietest wiper blades we've tested, but they're not obtrusively loud and are only compatible with newer models. If you have a car with a high-curvature windshield, you will also want to look elsewhere as the blades don't conform and will lead to streaking and skipping.

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Goodyear 770 Hybrid Windshield Wipers

The best budget wiper blades runner-up.

Goodyear has been in the rubber business since the 1800s and is now a global behemoth, producing tires for more than just passenger vehicles (think aviation, commercial and motorsports). Its windshield wiper business is a relatively recent off-shoot by comparison, with rubber blade products made under license by Saver Automotive. But the Goodyear name has long stood for innovation, and even the wiper blade is an example of that.

Goodyear wipers feature the industry-only round-hinge squeegee. This not only extends the life of the blade but also provides an optimal wipe angle of 45 degrees. Just be aware that they are noisy at the onset before eventually tapering off with use.

The Goodyear 770 Hybrid blade has a basic overall design, but installation is relatively easy even if a bit clumsy for the conventional J-hook. Still, unless you own a high-end luxury car (as if you would change your own wipers), the Goodyear Hybrid rubber blade fits up to 97% of the vehicles on the road thanks to its universal adapter system and it's affordably priced.

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PIAA Super Silicone Windshield Wipers

The best silicone wiper blades.

Established in 1963, PIAA is an industry-leading manufacturer of driving lights, but the company's dedication to helping you see clearly extends to windshield wiper blades as well. Offering a model for traditional, beam and hybrid blades, all PIAA wipers feature pure silicone blade inserts instead of a rubber compound. Silicone wiper blades are known for their long-lasting durability and higher level of performance, but their softer composition (compared with natural or blended rubber) might lead to some issues clearing heavy snowfall.

The PIAA Super Silicone wiper blade is a conventional frame-style wiper that isn't the sleekest in design, but makes up for its lack of fashion in durability and well-balanced pressure points along the heavy-duty metal frame. Because the silicone blade conforms easily to the windshield, wipes are smooth, quiet and streak free.

The silicone also provides a slight coating to your windshield, which adds a beading effect to make raindrops clear off on their own. After installation of the wiper blade use the included moistened prep pad on a clean windshield to further ensure it's free and clear of debris. Then you need to run the wipers for 3 minutes to let the silicone effectively coat the windshield.

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PIAA Aero Vogue Windshield Wiper

The best wiper blades for big spenders.

The PIAA Aero Vogue solves the fashion problem of its traditional-style brethren above by having one the most linear, aerodynamic windshield wiper designs. The minimalist style of this premium blade is partly due to vents built within the cover to increase air flow while minimizing chatter of the silicone wiper and wind lift at high wiper arm speeds. Basically, they work exactly like the vents, ducts and hood scoops you see on performance vehicles.

In addition to the water-beading effect of the silicone coating for the windscreen, the material is highly resistant to sun and UV exposure. The pliability of the silicone also allows the silicone rubber blade to have superior contact with the curvature of the windshield glass. However, this same flexibility might make it difficult to sweep away fast-falling flakes during a winter snowstorm.

Installation of these pricey silicone blade wipers, including blade replacement, is quick and easy. And these silicone wiper blades come with a nice one-year warranty, too.

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Rain-X Latitude Water Repellency 2-in-1 Windshield Wiper

The best wiper blades for heavy rain.

The Rain-X name is synonymous with keeping glass clear. It's no surprise that, in addition to the water repellent sprays the company is famous for, windshield wipers are also in the product catalog. Rain-X offers a selection of wipers, but its Latitude Water Repellency 2-in-1 blades take the cake in beam-style performance (if not also a gold star for longest name ever).

The 2-in-1 refers to -- no surprise -- Rain-X water-repellent coating on the blades. So, not only do you get the performance and efficiency of a beam wiper, but also the water-beading glass coating to help during heavy rain. To get the most out of the Latitude blades, you'll need to run the wiper blades on a clean and dry windshield for 2 minutes. According to Rain-X, this activates the water-repellent coating, which should last for a few months.

The Latitude Water Repellency 2-in-1 blades are designed to act like a squeegee for optimal windshield clearing and its contoured blade fits well against the glass. Also, thanks to the universal adapter, the Latitude wipers fit on 96% of the vehicles out there without requiring any special tools.

As good as they are with rain, the Rain X Latitude blades aren't great for snow and ice buildup. The casings are big, bulky, prone to clogging and can be a noisy winter weather blade. Also be careful because the blades aren't true-to-size, but actually a bit longer than indicated, so you might need a smaller size.

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Rain-X Weatherbeater

The best wiper blades for snow and ice.

What's in a name? Well, with Rain-X, there is truth in advertising and the Weatherbeater wiper blade lives up to the hype. Sure, it's a value-minded, traditional-style windshield wiper blade, but as this list has shown, performance doesn't have to come at a cost.

The Rain-X Weatherbeater winter blades hold up against weary wintry weather thanks to a galvanized steel frame that prevents rust and corrosion. And like the aforementioned Latitude Water Repellency 2-in-1, the Weatherbeater features the same squeegee material that wipes clean and clear with every swipe. The natural rubber is resistant to cracking and splitting, even in extreme conditions. For all those reasons, it's our best winter wiper blade pick.

But unlike the 2-in-1, which is a beam blade, the Weatherbeater might not conform as well to heavily contoured windshields. But it is designed with multiple pressure points and should do the job for most vehicles, providing clear visibility while battling old man winter.

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Trico Exact Fit Windshield Wiper

A top traditional wiper blade choice.

True to its name, the Trico Exact Fit is designed as an OEM replacement. Each wiper blade assembly comes with a preinstalled connector, so no additional adapters are required. Trico introduced its first mass-produced wiper blade in 1917, so it's a good bet the company knows a thing or two about fitment and quality.

But the Exact Fit line is not fancy in any way. Available in all three blade types, the Exact Fit Conventional wiper is as plain and standard as you can get when it comes to design, bordering on a look so cheap it might've been purchased at a discount dollar store. Yet as they say, looks can be deceiving. The steel frame provides the right amount of pressure to give you a streak-free wipe. Its operation is relatively quiet as well and can pretty much handle whatever nature throws at you.

The Trico Exact Fit Conventional wiper blade comes in sizes for front and rear use. Its rear-fit blades are sized from 8 to 16 inches. There isn't any vehicle Exact Fit won't be compatible with and it's readily available in stores and online.

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Aero Voyager J-Hook Windshield Wiper

A top beam wiper blade choice.

Aero is another only-makes-windshield-wipers company. It also advertises that it doesn't advertise in order to pass the savings to customers. Not that Aero premium wipers need the PR as it's also an OEM supplier.

The Aero Voyager J-Hook Wiper (sometimes referred to as "Premium All-Season") is a dependable beam-style wiper. The blades are constructed of blended rubber so they're flexible and have good contact against the car's windshield for crisp wipes. Aero Voyager wipers also are sold in pairs for a budget-friendly front wiper replacement.

Although labeled as all-season, this wiper has a shorter life span in wintery conditions. There is no question as to its performance with regards to preventing snow and ice buildup. It's simply a general observation that, overall, it just doesn't like the cold. But who does?

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Michelin Stealth Ultra Hybrid Windshield Wiper

A top hybrid wiper blade choice.

Like Goodyear, Michelin is a brand better known for its tires. But the company offers a slew of windshield wipers covering all types, and its Stealth Ultra Hybrid ranks near the top. There's also the Stealth XT Hybrid, but go Ultra or go home, right?

All Michelin hybrid wipers feature Smart-Flex technology, which, in company jargon, "hug the glass like Michelin tires hug the road." Ha. To put it simply, the bracketless casing has different pressure points that allow the Michelin Stealth blade to adjust to debris on the windshield surface. So it clears the gunk off while maintaining constant contact with the glass. Its segmented hard-cover design (the non-Ultra has a soft one) also prevents accumulation of said debris and remains durable in extreme weather like heavy rain or excessive heat.

The Stealth Ultra Hybrid blades also feature a blended graphite rubber coating that reduces friction (i.e., smearing) and minimizes noise. The Michelin blades perform well, particularly in winter, so there's little question as to its durability. But although the Michelin blades come with adapters, 22-inch and larger sizes might not be compatible with your vehicle. And even if they do fit, Michelin Stealth blade installation isn't as easy as it is with other brands.

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Tips before buying new windshield wiper blades.

Although windshield wipers are more of a one-size-fits-all product than, say, air filters, there are still key factors to consider before buying replacement windshield wipers. For starters, size matters.

Brands offer a variety of lengths to ensure their blades with a multitude of vehicles. But keep in mind that some newer cars are equipped with staggered sizes, often with a curved windshield, meaning in addition to needing a different length for the rear wiper blade (if applicable), the front wipers may differ from conventional wiper blade sizes as well.

A man unpacking new windshield wipers.

Staggered wiper blade sizes are common on newer model vehicles.

So verify that the model windshield blade you're interested in is available in all sizes for your vehicle. Otherwise, you might end up having to buy different blades for different wipers, which means varying performance and durability, among other things.

Ease of installation is an obvious consideration, but as common as the J-hook is, other mount types have proliferated: side-lock, top-lock, pinch-tab, bayonet and slim-top. These are different sizes of their own. Double, triple and quadruple check the fitment charts for your windscreen wiper of choice. Keep in mind that "universal" mounts are actually one-size-fits-most, and that any adapters (included or otherwise) may or may not be compatible with your vehicle -- especially with the high-end aftermarket styles.

Also, be honest with what kind of car wiper blade functions you need. For example, if you reside in an area where the weather is relatively mild and consistent, opt for a more affordable replacement wiper rather than splurging on more expensive beam type blade, winter blades or aerodynamic spoilers..

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If you live in an area with heavy rainfall, breaking the bank for top-shelf wipers might be worth it.

There's no need to install an all-season hybrid when a traditional rubber one will suffice, or to splash out on a contour beam blade when your older vehicle has a flatter windshield. Newer cars tend to have a curved windshield. Conversely, if your vehicle experiences actual seasons, it's worth investing in a premium windshield wiper that can provide streak-free visibility during inclement weather and other conditions.

There's no amount of glass cleaner or rain repellent products that will provide a clearer view of the road ahead (or behind) than a wiper blade and windshield washer fluid. Sure, the products on this list can last for a couple of years beyond their warranty terms and survive 1 million swipes. But it's still recommended to change your blades every six to 12 months. Visibility is paramount when operating a vehicle. After all, what you can't see, you can't avoid.

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Best Windshield Wipers: With a Clear View, You Can See Forever

By Michael Febbo

Updated on Jul 19, 2023 11:54 PM EDT

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Best Overall

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Bosch DirectConnect

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Rain-X Latitude 2-IN-1

Honorable mention.

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Michelin Cyclone

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There you are, cruising down the highway at dusk. You’re headed straight into the golden-hour rays of the setting sun. This idyllic scene could be an 80s power-ballad video or a current male pharmaceuticals advertisement. In the middle of your slow-motion drive, a light rain shower starts. You instinctively flip on the wipers, forgetting how dry and crusty they are. The tired wipers chatter and screech across the windshield, mixing the dust and pollen into the light mist leaving you with a glare-stricken mess; your slow rock anthem is about to turn into a twangy country song – cuz you can’t see the sunset, no more.

Nobody really thinks about them until they need them, you can go to the parts store and grab the cheapest thing on the shelf, but it won’t be long until you wind up in the same situation. Taking the time to make the right decision when buying new wipers will save headaches down the road.

Summary List 

  • Best Overall: Bosch Direct Connect
  • Best Value Wiper: Rain-X Latitude 2-IN-1
  • Honorable Mention: Michelin Cyclone
  • Best Beam Wiper: ANCO Contour
  • Best Beam Hybrid: Trico Sentry
  • Best Silicone Wiper: Michelin Endurance XT

Our Methodology

The recommendations you see here are based on my real world use of the wipers along with the usual homework . Depending on the conditions you regularly face, your experiences will vary, but the list of suggestions is still enough to get you in the right ballpark while hunting for windshield wipers. 

Best Windshield Wipers: Reviews & Recommendations

Bosch direct connect, best value wiper, best beam wiper, anco contour, best beam hybrid, trico sentry, our verdict on the best windshield wipers.

We found the Bosch Direct Connect performed the best of the batch and is certainly worth considering. You can’t go wrong with the Rain-X Latitude 2-IN-1 if you’re looking for something a little less costly. Again, your mileage may vary based on the climate in your area and what windshield wiper options are available for your vehicle. 

Features to Consider Before Buying Windshield Wipers

There are a few types of wipers on the market, which works best for your car largely depends on what the car was designed to use. Frame windshield wipers, also known as standard, were the most common type until recent years. They have an articulated frame with hinges to distribute pressure across the blade. Frame wipers started to be phased out in the late 1990s. Beam windshield wipers immediately stand out from the frame design because of the lack of a visible frame to offer the blade reinforcement. Instead, they have a continuous steel beam that replaces the frame and claw structure. The pre-stressed steel ribbon eliminates pressure points for even pressure across the entire length of the blade, and the low-profile design helps prevent high-speed chatter. Beam-type wipers excel on modern low-slope compound curve windshields and are standard equipment on the majority of new vehicles. Hybrid wipers bring features of frame and beam wipers together. Each manufacturer has a slightly different idea of what a hybrid wiper. Some hybrids combine a conventional steel frame wiper with a protective aerodynamic shell. Others add articulated all-weather armor to beam-style wipers to help fight off heavy snow and ice. Improved aerodynamics, all-weather performance, reduced noise, and four-season durability are some hybrid advantages.

You’ve got questions. The Drive has answers.

A: Yes. Windshield wipers are how to make sure you can see the road ahead of you. They aren’t a luxury; they’re safety devices. Premium wipers are designed to offer the best performance and longevity, which are ultimately worth the extra money. 

A: Silicone is a better material for wiper blades. It offers better wiping performance and resistance to the factors that naturally wear down wiper blades. However, rubber blades work just fine, and you can feel safe using them if they’re all that’s available to your vehicle.

A: Yes. The design implements and conditions in which a windshield wiper will perform are two very important aspects that you should look into. Otherwise, you might wind up with a set of wipers that will perform poorly and wear out quickly, putting you right back in the same situation.

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The 8 Best Windshield Wipers

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Daniel Jackson

Updated February 20, 2023

A fter a full year of testing eight top-rated windshield wipers in the rain and sun on a Toyota Corolla, we concluded that most wiper brands give you basically the same performance. The Rain-X – Latitude wins our pick for best windshield wiper. The Rain-X install bracket provides near-universal compatibility, which makes buying the right blades much easier. If you have a windshield that common wipers won’t fit well, the Bosch – Icon line features different wiper curvatures that should help prevent fit-related problems.

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Table of contents

The eight windshield wipers we tested, how we selected products to test, how we tested.

  • Top pick: Rain-X – Latitude

For a specialized fit: Bosch – Icon

The other finalists we tested, types of windshield wipers, the bottom line.

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We spent days combing the web for clear indications of what makes a superior wiper. The few reviews we found presented mostly anecdotal evidence: basically, people put new wiper blades on their cars, and they’re happy, unless the blades don’t fit.

Bad fit can lead to streaks or even gaps in wiper coverage, so finding wipers that could match the fit of factory-original wipers was at the top of our checklist.

Many enthusiasts comment that their vehicles don’t work well with universal-fit wipers bought from the auto-parts store or gas station. The more prestigious your car, the more likely enthusiasts are to recommend buying replacements from the dealership.

Consumer Reports used to run tests of different wipers across their extensive fleet of test vehicles, but they gave up trying to find “better” wipers and now simply recommend frequent replacement .

Wirecutter has picked up where Consumer Reports left off; their comparison review is the only one we found that actually attempts to rank wipers against each other. We checked out all the top picks from the Wirecutter review, as well as some alternates they mentioned but didn’t test.

Finally, we went to Amazon and other retailers to find the top-rated and most-purchased wiper blades. We specifically looked for high overall scores to test the best blades against each other.

The negative scores on popular wipers (there are always negative reviews) pointed to some consistent problems that cause frustration. Streaks and noise are the most common complaints, which could result from dirt, but they’re also signs that wipers don’t fit a windshield well.

We selected a price range from $6 to $25 in order to compare premium and budget picks across a variety of popular types.

We used each of the eight wipers on a Toyota Corolla for approximately four weeks of testing in real-world conditions in southern California. After that break-in period, we tested each wiper to see if it still held up well and wiped away water cleanly.

Wear and tear on a wiper’s thin rubber blade is caused by several factors; baking in the sun’s ultraviolet-spectrum rays is the most damaging, followed by  oxidation from the air. We left all eight sets of wipers out in the sun for an additional 20 weeks to see what would happen to the rubber.

Fit and compatibility

RainX Adapter

We tested on a car with a J-hook connector, which is fairly common, but even if you have a wiper arm that everyone makes adapters for it’s best to check with a parts catalog for the correct length before you buy your wipers. We also checked each brand specifically for wipers compatible with the VW Beetle, Land Rover, and Honda Civic.

Rain-X won points here for selling a wiper with a near-universal adapter. For most cars on the road, you’ll only have to look up the lengths you need when buying.

Most parts catalogs are fairly easy to use, but bigger manufacturers like Bosch have four or five different styles of wipers that will fit your car. They don’t tell straight up “this is for cheapskates” or “these should be as good as you can get,” you’re mostly left to infer that after looking at prices on a retailer listing.

Of note is the Aero website: Aero has a vehicle-compatibility widget, but it has been broken every time we checked. The AERO wipers for J-hook cars are easy to find, but if you have some other type of attachment system you’re in for some detective work if you want to buy these wipers. They have installation instructions for a “Multifunction” wiper, but if you want to buy it you’ll have to search for your car model on Amazon, or figure out a comparable model AERO has an Amazon listing for.

Wiper life and durability

In theory, better rubber means better wiper life. But after testing eight different models side-by-side, it seems clear that the premium-replacement market is using basically the same rubber on most models.

Sunlight and oxygen are the big aging factors, but another source of damage is ice, especially if you’re living in an area where scraping windshields is a daily chore before driving. Sand, road salt and gravel can also damage rubber wiper blades.

PIAA’s Super Silicone wiper has the only significantly different compound we tested, and buyer reports insist their lifespan is much longer. However, we saw no difference in our one year test.

After the break-in period, we looked for evidence of better or worse performance when it came to actually clearing away water. To keep your windshield streak free, you need even wiper contact.

We didn’t see any streaks when we tested with these blades. That’s not to say they’re all perfect, though: The ability of a wiper to maintain contact is partly determined by a good match between the shape of the windshield and the design of the support. Even though we didn’t get streaks or skips with a particular wiper on a particular windshield, it doesn’t mean everyone will have the same luck.

With beam-type supports, the curvature of the springy backing and the flexibility of the wiper edge have to be just right to get even pressure across the entire wiper blade. If you like beam blades, Bosch bends them in three different curve profiles to help get a better fit. You can check which blade is recommended for your vehicle on Bosch’s website .

Chatter resistance

When your wiper sticks to the windshield rather than gliding smoothly, it can start to make an unpleasant rubbing sound that’s usually called “chatter” in reviews.

Chatter is caused by blades sticking, but the underlying cause is usually uneven pressure. In our tests, beam-type wipers were all prone to some chatter when new or after we cleaned the windshield.

After the break-in period, the problem improved, and none of the wipers were loud enough to be annoying. In our tests, the minor chatter we saw did not leave streaks or gaps in wiping.

Ice and snow performance

We didn’t run tests with this group in ice and snow, but the major factor for winter driving is having wiper blades freeze from collected snow and ice. Beam-type blade supports don’t have as much structure to catch snow, so they’re always less prone to problems.

Top pick: Rain-X Latitude

Rain-X - Latitude

Of all the wipers we tested, the premium-brand Rain-X – Latitude wipers seemed the most questionable value in the beginning. But after we checked the Rain-X compatibility and saw how many different vehicles they support with this wiper, we started to warm up to the brand. An easy installation secured Rain-X’s position.

Rain-X is one of the few brands that sells a beam-support wiper with an included bracket for a full range of wiper-arm types. Basic instructions are included on an insert in the box, but the video installation guides on the Rain-X website are even more thorough in covering the different install procedures for each type of wiper arm.

This wide compatibility means that if you’re buying new blades, the only question you really need to answer when locating the right Rain-X wiper is length. In comparison, other brands present you with entirely different wiper types for various attachment systems. We love that we can recommend the Rain-X wiper blade and know people will be able to install it easily.

If you’re a big enough car nerd to remember which attachment system your cars and trucks use, there are other windshield wipers that would be a better value.

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Best Overall: Rain-X - Latitude

Rain-X makes good wipers and makes them fit nearly every type of attachment system. Instructions are easy to follow, and the cost is fairly low. The water-repellent treatment doesn't last long, but it's a perk. The only downside is if your windshield has curves that are tricky to fit.

Rain-X is best known for their liquid windshield conditioner. Applying silicone oil (dimethylpolysiloxane) as a water repellent makes a lot of sense, and many good windshield washer fluid formulas include it.

Putting that treatment on a wiper blade as a hard coating, though, is a less obvious method of application. These wipers do leave some silicone behind for a few weeks, but after that they’re pretty normal beam-style wipers. If cost were the biggest difference, we’d say spend the money on a bottle of Rain-X instead of upgraded wipers.

Possible fit issues

Some user reviews report streaking problems with the Rain-X wiper blades. In our four weeks of testing and a follow-up test after a year in the sun, we didn’t see any streaks.

It seems likely that the streaks reported by these users were caused by uneven contact between the wiper edge and the windshield.

RainX blade profile

Beam-support wipers can’t respond as well to curvature in the middle of the wiper path, but we’ve also seen reports of a bad fit with traditional support brackets. If you’re having difficulty with streaks, the Bosch – Icon wipers have a better reputation for perfect fit.

Key takeaways:

  • Rain-X – Latitude wipers performed well in all of our tests.
  • These are beam-support wipers, so they look good and won’t accumulate as much snow as traditional wipers.
  • This is one of the few beam-type brands that gives you a complete set of adapters built in to the wiper, so you won’t have to hunt for the right model to fit your car.
  • Make sure you’re picking the correct wiper lengths for your vehicle.

Bosch - Icon

If you find that other beam-type wiper blades don’t clean all of your windscreen effectively, we suggest trying the Bosch – Icon beam-type blades.

Bosch is one of the few manufacturers to make their beam-type wipers with a different bend radius for different cars. The driver’s side almost always gets an “A” curvature, since it’s a wide wiper working on the flattest part of the windshield.

For the passenger side, Bosch designates a B or sometimes an original equipment (OE) specific curve to match shorter wiper blades to a tighter curve.

Even pressure across the edge of the wiper is essential to good performance, but Bosch also sells their wipers with specific brackets to fit different wiper arms. If you’ve got a German or British automobile, there’s a good chance you’ll need the OE variant.

In a few cases, even the adapters included in the Icon package won’t fit your car. So it’s important to always check for compatibility on the wiper manufacturer’s website before you buy.

While Bosch does have a complete database of automobiles with links to each wiper that will fit your vehicle, the company doesn’t fully explain the differences between their products. The Icon line is popular and easy to find at parts stores or online; but if you have a car that Bosch doesn’t make an Icon wiper for, it’s hard to say what your next-best fit will be.

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For Fancy Windshields: Bosch - Icon

Bosch makes original equipment for many European manufacturers, and they take pride in a perfect fit. If you see streaks with other brands, Bosch is worth a try. There are three different models (A, B and OE) for each length, check the Bosch website to see which is right for your vehicle.

When buying auto parts online, remember that Amazon’s compatibility database is often inaccurate. Always check the manufacturer’s compatibility list if you’re doubtful about what length or attachment system you have.

We should note that the installation for the Bosch adapters wasn’t as intuitive as expected. If you throw away the cardboard on the back of the box, you might have difficulty finding Bosch’s installation instructions elsewhere since they have so many wiper types.

Bosch’s wiper is definitely the sleekest of all the beam-type blades we tested. If you want blades that look great, this is probably your best bet.

Bosch - Icon blade profile

In use, these Bosch wipers work very well. We didn’t have any concerns with squeaking, streaking or wear. That said, these are premium wipers that cost nearly four times more than other brands.

If you don’t need the specialized fit of Bosch wipers, their cost is  hard to justify. Had it been easier to find the right blade for particular vehicles, Bosch would probably have taken first place in our round-up. As it is, we hope we won’t have to use the clunky vehicle selection system on Bosch’s website again.

  • Bosch – Icon wipers are the best-looking blades we found.
  • If you’ve got a windshield with curves that other wipers can’t follow, Bosch probably fits better.
  • This is a premium wiper, but it’s not the most expensive we tested.
  • Performance from the Icon is very good, and this is the most-recommended brand we found.

Bosch – Excel+

Bosch - Excel

The Bosch – Excel+ is the premium version of Bosch’s traditional wiper design. At about double the price of economy designs like Anco, these wipers aren’t cheap.

Excel+ wipers are better built than budget wipers, though, and since they’re fairly easy to find, they’ll almost always be less expensive than a brand-specific original part.

If you’re lucky, these are even nicer than the wipers that came with your car for far less money than you’d pay at the dealer’s parts counter.

With a traditional support bracket compared to the beam supports on our top picks, the Excel+ won’t be quite as good in the snow. Plenty of drivers get by with wipers like the Excel+ in snowy places, but beam designs are a nice upgrade.

PIAA – Super Silicone

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PIAA’s Super Silicone blades have an amazing reputation among car enthusiasts as long-lasting wiper blades. Some claim that they last decades longer than rubber wipers. Those reports are difficult to verify, because it’s very rare that any two cars (even if owned by the same person) would get exactly the same exposure to the sun.

PIAA also claims that the silicone from their wipers will leave a water-repellent coating on your windshield. In theory, this is similar to the coated Rain-X blades; the effect, however, should be longer-lasting, since the silicone oils come from the blade itself and are not just a coating.

We like the PIAA blades, and it’s clear that they care about making them well. PIAA also includes a cleaning and silicone treatment wipe with the wiper that will help boost the water-repellent effect while you’re breaking in the blades.

In a side-by-side test, a PIAA blade running on the PIAA treatment and the Rain-X blade running on Rain-X performed the same. Both wiped well, and the water was obviously beading up and rolling off more easily than on an untreated area.

If we take for granted that the silicone blades will survive two years instead of one year, they’re a better value than Rain-X or Bosch. Lifespan is only a part of what’s important, though: you still need to make sure they fit well.

The Super Silicone wipers were a good fit on our car, but note that the Super Silicone model only works with a J-hook attachment. PIAA includes four different sizes so you can get an exact fit; but if you want silicone blades with a vehicle that uses other attachment systems, your best bet is the more expensive PIAA – Si-Tech blade.

Valeo – Ultimate

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For a reasonable price, Valeo – Ultimate wipers should work just as the premium brands for most people. Valeo isn’t a name you’re likely to recognize, but like Bosch, this French company is making original parts for cars worldwide.

We like these beam-type wipers very much, and they performed well. The look of these “ultimate” wipers is really the only place we had issues: Valeo uses a thinner rubber spoiler fin on the top side of the wiper, so you can see the painted steel (and even what looks like a batch number) underneath.

As an original equipment manufacturer, Valeo makes wipers to fit a wide range of cars, so check their fit guide if you have something different than the typical J-hook attachment system.

Denso – First Time Fit

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The Denso – First Time Fit wipers are pretty ordinary, and Denso probably made the factory-original wipers on our test car, a Toyota Corolla.

If you want a real factory-original equivalent part, Denso is the second-largest original equipment parts manufacturer in the world. The First Time Fit line is designed explicitly to give you the right parts without bulky adapters.

These wipers are well-made, and Denso has parts to fit a wide range of vehicles. For the amount we paid, though, the benefits of beam-type wipers in the snow (and in terms of looks) make those models an obvious upgrade.

Anco – AeroVantage

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When we looked closely at all of the wipers we tested, the Anco – AeroVantage was the only design that showed obvious cost-cutting. Where other brands use through-hole rivets to support the back-and-forth pivot of the support arms, Anco uses bent-over tabs.

Anco’s rubber blade also seems like it might be cut from a longer extruded piece and clamped in place with the steel supports and backing, compared to the more secure molded rubber on other wipers. This design allows the blade to slide back and forth as much as an inch along its track.

These blades wiped well in our test, and that makes their incredibly low price enticing: They go for about half the price of most wipers and a quarter of the cost of the PIAA blades. The security of the other wipers definitely feels worth the extra money, though, and should mean more even pressure on trickier windshields than ours.

AERO

If you like the low-profile beam shape but you’re not especially picky about special coatings, the AERO – Premium All-Season windshield wiper blades are a great buy. At less than $20 a pair, you get a great high-end look and the same good wiping performance as most of the other blades we tested.

We passed on making AERO a runner-up for a few reasons. The J-hook attachment style is popular and works on our test vehicle, but AERO doesn’t make it easy to buy their Multifunction Wiper model with a universal adapter. There are listings on Amazon (the main retailer for AERO) for some vehicle-specific models, but they all use the same images as the J-hook version, so it’s hard to tell what clips they include.

AERO has a 10 percent rate of one-star reviews on this item, which is not far outside the norm. The majority of purchasers seemed to have the same great experience we did, but some reviewers found that these wipers skip entire sections of their windshields.

There are only a few categories of windshield wipers, based on the shape of the support bracket that presses the wiper blade evenly against the windshield.

Traditional support: This wiper design is still very common and pretty much the same as it’s been for decades. The support bracket is actually a “tree,” with one large support holding two smaller supports that each press on four smaller brackets.

All of these pieces can swivel toward or away from the windshield to adjust to its contours, so the pressure of the wiper arm is evenly distributed around curves. The pressure points themselves do tend to wear faster than the rest of the blade, though.

Traditional vs beam bracket style

Beam support: This new support design is becoming standard for  luxury-class vehicles and upgrade trim packages., This bracket uses one long band of curved spring steel, rather than a set of swiveling arms, to maintain even pressure.

The beam design looks nice, and its low profile helps prevent snow and ice from building up and freezing your wiper. This type of wiper also minimizes aerodynamic drag at speed.

There’s almost always a rubber “spoiler” fin on the back of beam wipers to keep all that airflow from causing the blades to lift off when you put your foot down.

If your windshield has a tighter or flatter curve than the beam-support bracket is made for, the pressure won’t be as evenly applied across the wiper edge. Generally, though, wiper blades are flexible enough so this only happens in extreme cases.

Companies like Bosch claim that beam wipers made as original equipment for specific cars fit the contours of a windshield better. If that’s true, then any replacement blades you buy would have to be  comparable.

Hybrid support: Most manufacturers also sell wipers that are closer to the look of a beam-type support but keep the traditional equal-pressure arms under a sleek cover. We didn’t test this type of wiper since it’s basically just a more attractive version of a traditional bracket.

Other designs for snow and ice: Beam-type wiper blades are about as good as it gets for preventing snow and ice problems. If the wiper uses a traditional support system, the manufacturer can cover up the holes and gaps in the frame so that snow and ice can’t freeze the moving pieces together.

Good windshield wipers can make the difference between seeing well in bad weather and not seeing at all. Windshield wipers can last for a very long time, but if you notice any reduced visibility, and washing the blades doesn’t help, it’s time to buy new blades.

If you’re buying a windshield wiper because your old blades are falling off, Rain-X – Latitude blades are a nice upgrade from most original equipment and should fit nearly any car. Make sure to check or look up the length of your current wipers so you know which blades to get.

If you’ve been unhappy about streaks and noises from other wiper blades, it’s worth checking out the Bosch – Icon blades. They’re designed in three different curvatures to fit different window shapes, and they’re a little bit sleeker than the Rain-X blades.

Top Pick: Rain-X - Latitude

These wipers are top of our list because it's easy to find blades that fit. You just have to figure out the length you need; the built-in attachment bracket works for nearly every type of wiper arm. The beam-type support makes these blades slim, which helps them perform better in snow.

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Bosch ICON 26A Wiper Blade

These high-quality wiper blades from a trusted brand resist snow and offer a smooth wipe.

Bosch's aerodynamic beam design reduces exposed metal to survive the elements and keep your windshield safe. Great for light and heavy rain.

We found them somewhat challenging to install.

MOTIUM Premium All-Season Windshield Wiper Blades

An affordable choice that doesn't lose out on the performance that you would see from more expensive options.

Utilizes a frameless design that allows debris on the blades to not get caught. The arm is flexible so it hits the entire windshield without leaving streaks. Rated to last in very cold weather.

Some users noted that they may not last as long as other blades.

Trico Gold All-Weather Beam Wiper Blades

A step up from the average wiper blade, this model is great at maintaining consistency year after year.

Features a steel "memory curve" beam to provide uniform cleaning. Stands up to all weather types. Aerodynamic and quiet. Features easy-connect technology.

Some complaints about shipping quality.

Rain-X Latitude Wiper Blade

This wiper applies even pressure across the windshield and wears a water-repellent coating.

A standout pick for wet climates. Blade contours to adapt to different windshields for a streak-free finish. Rain-resistant coating lasts for months. Effective in snow.

Some users commented that the installation was not intuitive.

Rain-X WeatherBeater Wiper Blades

Exceptionally designed, this bracket-style wiper will get you through any weather.

Durable; made of natural rubber in a galvanized steel frame. Effortless to install. Available in a two-pack or a single blade. Comes at an affordable price point.

They can be noisy, especially in wintry conditions.

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Buying guide for best windshield wipers.

Allen Foster

Updated May 2024

The first thing to do when choosing new windshield wipers is consult the owner's manual for the vehicle. Windshields differ in size, and wiper placement differs from one vehicle to the next. You want windshield wipers that are sized to fit your car. For the most part, this is a matter of length, but it’s crucial because a replacement wiper that’s too short won't clear your entire windshield, and one that’s too long won't function as expected.

Besides length, you need to know what kind of wiper arm your vehicle has and which type of wiper blade you prefer. This will ensure a trouble-free installation and guarantee satisfaction. 

We like the Bosch Icon Wiper Blade because every element is designed and manufactured with performance in mind. This wiper is built to keep your windshield clean in all weather conditions, and it’s rugged enough to last up to 40% longer than other wiper blades. 

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Bosch Icon Wiper Blade

Bosch makes superior wiper blades that look simple in form but are brilliant in design. The Icon blade features patented original equipment beam technology that helps prevent heat and ozone deterioration while remaining flexible in all temperatures and weather conditions. This helps the wiper perform in all situations so visibility is never compromised. The clever addition of a spoiler helps keep the blade in contact with the windshield at all times. And the weather shield connector protects the wiper arm from ice and snow buildup while maintaining a secure connection.

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Anco 31 Series Wiper Blade

Anco has been making premium wiper blades, wiper arms, washer pumps and more for over a century. The 31 Series wiper blades contain a DuraKlear-Plus rubber compound so each pass of the blade is clear and streakless. These blades also have a spoiler that delivers superior blade-to-windshield contact through the full pass of every stroke. The precision-made vented bridge and metal flexor ensure that these blades will fit and perform just like original equipment. Even if you've never changed a wiper blade on your own before, the intuitive KwikConnect system makes installation simple.

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Trico Gold All-Weather Replacement Wiper Blades

The two highly versatile blades in this pack are best suited for vehicles in climates that have low-to-moderate precipitation. They come with all the needed installation hardware for quick attachment to nine different wiper arms. The memory curve steel applies uniform pressure along the entire blade for a clean, streak-free wipe, and the aerodynamic design reduces windlift to prevent the blade from leaving the surface of the windshield. This minimizes chatter to make a smooth and quiet glide with every pass. Each blade is tested to ensure it lasts an impressive 1,500,000 cycles or longer.

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Rain-X Latitude Water Repellency Wiper Blade

Rain-X wiper blades stand out from other options because they contain a patented water-repellent formula that treats your windshield so water beads up and rolls away while you drive. While you could coat the windshield before driving, the formula is released during regular use, so no additional installation process is needed. This coating is also effective against snow, ice and sleet. Once the formula is activated and on your windshield, it will keep water beading up and rolling away for months. Each wiper blade comes with a universal adapter that’s easy to install and designed to fit 96% of vehicles.

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Michelin Stealth Ultra Hybrid Wiper Blade

The smart hinge found on Michelin's Stealth Ultra Hybrid wipers sets them apart from other blades. This feature ensures that the blade presses down evenly to make solid contact with the entire windshield surface. The hard cover design also helps keep snow, ice and debris from clogging the blade so it remains effective in all road and weather conditions. The independent suspension built into the end of the blades keeps them pressed against the windshield no matter what shape it is. These hybrid blades have a graphite coating to deliver smooth and quiet wipes, while the EZ-Lok connector system facilitates installation. 

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Trico Ice Extreme Winter Weather Blade  

Like the name implies, these windshield wiper blades are made specifically for the toughest winter driving conditions. The synthetic-blended armor remains flexible in low temperatures and extreme conditions. The blade’s simple one-piece construction with a heavy-gauge wiper element easily conforms to and clears most windshields. The Swift connection system’s universal design means the blade easily snaps on to nine different types of wiper arms. The budget-minded consumer will be happy to learn that this superior winter wiper blade is one of the most affordable options currently available.

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Bosch Rear Wiper Blade

Not all vehicles have or require a rear window wiper. If the back of your vehicle doesn't taper aerodynamically, the air racing over the roof creates a low-pressure zone that pulls dirt and debris down onto the rear window. A wiper for the rear window must be rugged because it has to remove that accumulated dirt as well as any precipitation. This wiper blade from Bosch provides an original equipment fit. Its wear-resistant edge gives you longer-lasting service, and the coated element ensures smooth and quiet operation.

What to know before you buy windshield wipers

Types of wiper blades.

While you might not think there would be several types of wiper blades, anyone who’s ventured into an auto parts supply store can tell you that there seems to be an endless number of choices. The variety makes it hard to know where to start. There are four main types of blades: bracket-type, beam, hybrid and winter.

Conventional blades: These blades, also called bracket-type or traditional blades, have a metal framework that acts as a mount for the wiper. The blade is often made of rubber or halogen-hardened rubber. This is the most widely used and available type.

Beam blades: These are also called bracketless or flat blades. They differ from conventional blades in that the support is inside the rubber instead of outside. This causes them to be lighter in weight and to flex to make better contact with the windshield. The design also has the metal inside, so it’s protected from the elements. These are more expensive than traditional blades.

Hybrid blades: These combine the stability of a bracket-type blade and the sleekness of a beam blade. They’re aerodynamic yet heavy-duty enough to prevent clogging with ice and snow or high-speed wind lift.

Winter wiper blades: The function of these blades is in the name: they’re meant for use in the harsh conditions of winter. They have a protective layer that keeps them from stiffening in extreme temperatures. You can find conventional, beam and hybrid types of winter wipers .

After deciding what type of blade you want, you can choose a blade material. For the most part, you have two choices: rubber or silicone. Tests have shown one material doesn’t seem to last longer than the other when it comes to wiper blades.

Rubber: Lower cost is the biggest advantage of choosing rubber blades. Almost all lower-priced wiper blades are made of rubber. They’re also more likely to be noisy as they drag across the windshield, and they’re more likely to be affected by the weather.

Silicone: These blades have a lubricant that causes the water to bead up on the windshield , making the blades glide more easily and therefore more quietly than rubber blades. You’ll pay more for silicone blades.

Wiper arm style

In addition to the type of blade and material, you also need to check the wiper arm style on your vehicle because the blade must match the arm. There are several, including J-hook, side post, side lock, top lock, bayonet and pinch tab. While this might sound confusing, most manufacturers now include a wide variety of attachments and accessories (and accompanying installation instructions) to make sure the wiper blades fit on a variety of wiper arms. Also, all of these are made in a way that doesn’t require tools for installation.

Q. How much do wiper blades cost? 

A. Because both wipers on a vehicle aren’t always the same size, they’re often sold individually. You might have a rear window wiper as well. Since all wiper blades on a vehicle should experience the same amount of wear, it’s best to replace all of them at the same time. The cost of individual wiper blades varies greatly depending on the type. You can expect to spend roughly $10 to $20 for a basic, bracket-style, rubber wiper blade. Beam blades cost $25 to $35 each. Hybrid blades cost between $15 and $20 each. Winter wiper blades can be conventional, beam or hybrid, and the price ranges from $10 to $35 each.

Q. How often should windshield wiper blades be changed?

A. Mechanics agree that twice a year is best. If you replace them in the spring, you can get rid of blades damaged by winter weather, and if you replace them in the fall, you can dispose of blades damaged by drying summer heat. 

Q. Is it hard to replace wiper blades?

A. It isn’t a difficult process and only takes a few minutes. However, if you don’t feel up to the task, most auto parts stores will install blades you purchase there free of charge.

Q. How do I know when to replace wiper blades?

A. Assuming that they’re still in one piece and not broken, watch for the blades to leave your windshield hazy rather than clear. Also, when they begin to fray at the edges or fold underneath, it’s time for new blades.

Q. If I have bracket-style wiper blades on my vehicle, can I change to beam blades?

A. Yes. You can easily make the upgrade and switch the style of blades, provided the one you choose fits your vehicle.

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Windshield wipers can be an afterthought because they are used so often and we are accustomed to them always working. But once they start to squeak or fail to clear snow or rain, then it’s time to replace them. With new wipers, you will be better prepared for inclement weather conditions and they won’t leave any streaks behind. You can save money and self-install them as a simple DIY project instead of buying them from a dealership service station. Here are the best windshield wipers currently available at Amazon. Prices will vary by size. 

BOSCH ICON Premium Beam Wiper Blade

BOSCH 22A ICON Premium Beam Wiper Blade

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Bosch makes replacement parts for many automotive components. Their Bosch Icon Premium Wiper Blades are built to last all year round. The ClearMax 365 rubber technology pairs a soft rubber core and a powder-coated shell to protect the wiping edge from debris. The DynamicFit technology adapts to the curve of the windshield and improves wiping performance. Reviewers liked these wipers' high quality, good performance, the fact that they were easy to install and that they run quietly. 

  • Sizes range from 12” to 28”
  • Material: dual rubber
  • Mounting type: hook
  • All-season performance

Piaa 95055 Super Silicone Wiper Blade

Piaa 95055 Super Silicone Wiper Blade

These Piaa Super Silicone Wiper Blades use a water-repellant silicone with every wipe so it won’t have to be re-applied. The silicone rubber provides resistance to UV rays and wear and tear. These silicone blades are also designed to run with whisper-quiet movement across the windshield, which some reviewers said they delivered. Customers also wrote that they liked these blades' quality, performance, and ease of installation. 

  • Sizes range from 12” to 26 “
  • Material: silicone
  • Mounting type: pinch tab
  • Comes with re-fillable silicone insert
  • Windshield prep pack included

Rain-X Latitude with Water Repellency

Rain-X Latitude with Water Repellency

This Rain-X Latitude Water Repellency wiper blade set uses an advanced beam blade that is water-repellant and uses uniform pressure points on the blade to wipe smoothly and consistently. And they're designed to fit most wiper blade arms. They have a very good 4.4 out of 5-star user rating from over 18,000 global ratings.  

  • Sizes range from 14” to 28”
  • Material: natural rubber

Anco 31-Series Wiper Blade

Anco 31-Series Wiper Blade

For an affordable windshield wiper replacement, Anco has you covered. These wipers use a DuraKlear rubber compound to provide a clear streak-free and consistent wipe. Reviewers noted that some positives of this wiper were its performance, value, and ease of installation. Some customers were dissatisfied with the durability of these wipers.

  • Sizes range from 10” to 28”
  • Material: Natural rubber

Trico Diamond High-Performance Automotive Replacement Windshield Wiper Blades

Trico Diamond High-Performance Automotive Replacement Windshield Wiper Blades

The Tirico Diamond High-Performance Automotive Replacement Windshield Wiper Blades are made with natural high glide-treated rubber and provide a super smooth glide. They use easy connection technology makes them easier to replace. Durability saw some mixed reviews from customers, but quality and performance were all widely written about as "pros" for this model. 

  • Material: natural rubber blades
  • Super smooth glide
  • Compatible with various arm types
  • Wind-resistant aerofoil up to 135 MPH
  • Easy connection technology

Frequently Asked Questions

How to choose the right windshield wipers.

Before making your purchase, find out the exact size windshield wiper your vehicle uses. Then find a set of wipers that are compatible with your vehicle and have the features that you are looking for.

How to install windshield wipers

Windshield wiper blades can be installed yourself and it’s not too difficult due to most new wipers don’t require tools. Here is our tutorial on how to install wiper blades along with washer fluid.

How often do windshield wipers need to be replaced?

It’s best to replace your wipers every year, but you should swap them out sooner than that if you notice they aren’t performing as well or are constantly leaving streaks across your windshield.

Can I get my wipers replaced at an auto parts store such as AutoZone?

Some stores will replace your wipers if you buy from them, but make sure before making your purchase.

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How to Change Your Windshield Wiper Blades & Arms

Last Updated: June 20, 2024 Fact Checked

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Preparing to change windshield wiper arms, clip-on wiper arms, spring-loaded wiper arms, bolt-on wiper arms, installing replacement windshield wiper arms, expert q&a.

This article was co-authored by Hovig Manouchekian and by wikiHow staff writer, Hunter Rising . Hovig Manouchekian is an Auto Repair and Design Specialist and the Manager of Funk Brothers Auto, a family-owned business operated since 1925. With over 30 years of experience in the automotive industry, Hovig specializes in the process of auto repair and maintenance. He is also very knowledgeable in common automotive issues and needs including engine repair, battery replacement, and windshield accessory and maintenance. Hovig's knowledge and hard work have contributed to Funk Brothers Auto winning Angie's List Super Service Award for five consecutive years. There are 25 references cited in this article, which can be found at the bottom of the page. This article has been fact-checked, ensuring the accuracy of any cited facts and confirming the authority of its sources. This article has been viewed 595,570 times.

Are your wipers not keeping your windshield clear like they used to? When your windshield wiper blades or arms get dirty or damaged, it’s time to remove and replace them. Windshield wipers are some of the easiest repairs you can make, so it's really easy to take them off and install new ones at home. We’ll walk you through how to change out wiper blades or arms so you can keep your windshield clean.

Things You Should Know

  • Change the wiper blades by unlatching them from the end of the wiper arm and pulling them off.
  • Remove a clip-on wiper arm by pulling the lever at the base of the wiper arm and lifting it off of your windshield.
  • Take off a bolt-on wiper arm by unscrewing the retaining nut with a socket ratchet .
  • ​​Remove a spring-loaded wiper arm by inserting a pin through the pinholes on the base and pulling the wiper off of your vehicle.

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Step 1 Raise the windshield wipers.

  • Place a towel on your windshield where the wiper blade would normally sit. That way, if you accidentally knock the arm down, it won’t damage your windshield.
  • Hook-slot connectors have a hook on the end of the arm that looks like the letter "J." Find the tab where the blade connects to the arm, and either lift it up or push it in. Once released, push or pull the blade straight down toward the base of the wiper arm to remove it from the hook slot. [2] X Research source
  • Pin-type connectors have a small cylindrical pin at the end of the wiper arm that connects to the side of the blade. Lift the tab around the pin with a flathead screwdriver. Once you release the tab, just pull the blade straight off of the pin. [3] X Research source
  • Straight-end connectors have grooved ends that slide into the end of the wiper arm. Hold the tabs down on the sides of the wiper arm where it connects to the blade. Then, just pull the blade up and away from the wiper arm to remove it. [4] X Research source
  • Hook-slot connectors: Slide the new wiper blade into the hook slot at the end of the wiper arm, and secure the tab. [5] X Research source
  • Pin-type connectors: Slide the new wiper blade onto the pin. Once you have the blade in place, lock down the tab to secure it. [6] X Research source
  • Straight-end connectors: Slide the base of the wiper blade into the end of the wiper arm. If your design has a clip or tab, make sure that it snaps into place. [7] X Research source
  • If your wipers are still loose or wiggling on the arm, then check that they’re properly fastened before driving again.

Step 1 Check the wiper arm connection to see what kind you have.

  • Bolt-on wipers are held onto your vehicle with a retaining nut mounted to a vertical post. The nut is usually covered with a circular plastic piece. [9] X Research source
  • Clip-on wipers have a small lever at the base that latches the arm to your vehicle. [10] X Research source
  • Spring-loaded wipers are held in place by a tension spring on the underside of the arm.

Step 2 Buy an identical replacement wiper arm.

  • Many auto parts stores have catalogs where you can look up the make and model of your vehicle to find wipers that are the correct size.

Step 3 Gather your tools.

  • If you don’t see a lever on the wiper arm, then you have a spring-loaded or bolt-on arm.

Step 3 Lower the wiper arm to slide it off of your vehicle.

  • Place a piece of cardboard or shop rag between your vehicle and the wiper arm puller to protect the finish.

Step 1 Locate the hinge where the wiper arm attaches to your vehicle’s drive post.

  • You may need to slightly rock the wiper blade away while attempting to align the pin and slide it through.

Step 3 Pull the wiper arm off of your vehicle.

  • Set the nut aside in a safe place so you can reuse it to attach the new wiper arm.

Step 1 Clean the drive...

  • If you have trouble getting the wiper arm fully seated, try gently tapping it into place with a rubber mallet.
  • Bolt-on wiper arms: Twist the nut clockwise back onto the drive post and replace the dust cover. [23] X Research source
  • Clip-on wiper arms: Seat the arm’s base fully on the drive post and squeeze the lever back down against the base. [24] X Research source
  • Spring-loaded wiper arms: Remove the pin inserted in the pinholes and let the wiper blade rest on the windshield.

Step 4 Test your wipers.

  • Prevent damage to wiper blades, arms, linkage, and motor during winter months by lifting the blades off your windshield, especially if it's snowing. This makes it easier to remove snow and ice from the windshield and prevents damage to blades. It also reduces strain on moving parts if the wipers are frozen to the windshield when you start your car. [26] X Research source Thanks Helpful 0 Not Helpful 0
  • Wipe the blade with alcohol wipes or rubbing alcohol to increase the life expectancy of your wipers by a season or two. [27] X Research source Thanks Helpful 0 Not Helpful 0

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  • Do not leave the car unattended when the arm is in its upright position as it may swing back and hit the windshield, thus, causing the windshield to possibly shatter. [28] X Research source Thanks Helpful 0 Not Helpful 0

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If you’re having a hard time seeing through your car window, it may be time to change your windshield wipers or blades. To remove your windshield wiper blades, start by raising the windshield wipers so the wiper arm rests above the windshield without touching the glass. Next, you’ll need to release the connector that’s holding the blade in place. There are 3 common types of connectors, including the hook-slot that are shaped like a “j” at the end. This “j”-hook has a tab that needs to be lifted or pushed to release the blade. Alternatively, the pin-type and straight-end connectors have a tab on top of the blade that has to be lifted with a screwdriver to release the blade. Then, depending on the type of fastener used on your car, you can install the new blade by sliding it into a hook slot, onto the arm and locking it down, or onto the wiper arm. To learn how to change your windshield wipers, keep reading! Did this summary help you? Yes No

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  • Check the rubber part of the blades for sign of wear or crack.
  • Notice that the blades will start to smear water, leave a film on the windshield, or wipe water unevenly.
  • Replace both wipers at once for maximum performance.

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Your vehicle's windshield wiper blade consists of a rubber wiper that is supported by a frame or beam structure, depending on the wiper style. Windshield wipers are the first defense against snow, sleet, and rain, and without healthy wiper blades, your visibility can worsen and affect your safety on the road. Sun exposure, excessively hot, dry, or wet climates, as well as general wear can cause your windshield wipers to become less effective. Streaks or skipped spots on the windshield, squeaking, splitting along the rubber part of the wiper blade, and difficulty seeing through the windshield when it rains or snows are all signs you should replace your windshield wipers. It's recommended that you change your wiper blades as soon as you notice these problems or at regular intervals for the best performance. It's best to replace your wiper blades every six months before winter and spring, although they can be replaced more frequently if necessary. Your vehicle's owner's manual may also suggest how often to change your wiper blades. You should plan to replace your wiper blades before they exhibit signs of failure to prevent reduced visibility and unsafe driving conditions. Remember, your wiper blades should always be replaced in pairs since it's likely that if one blade is worn, the other may also fail soon. If you're not sure your vehicle needs new wiper blades, check out our guide on when to change windshield wiper blades . O'Reilly Auto Parts carries the best windshield wipers to help keep you safe by ensuring maximum visibility when driving. Find all the wiper brands you trust both online and in-store - and enjoy our FREE wiper blade installation service that is available at all O'Reilly locations. Explore our How-To Hub for articles, videos, and resources on how to replace wiper blades , how to clean your windshield , and much more to get the job done right the first time.

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TRAVELERS driving through the Soviet Union can easily distinguish foreign tourists' cars from those of Soviet citizens. The latter don't have windshield wipers. The former do - but not for long.

According to one Moscow journalist, the windshield wiper phenomenon began about 50 years ago in a movie in which a popular Russian entertainer, playing the role of a taxi driver turned opera singer, found the windshield wipers of his cab missing, took the wipers from another car, and when he parked removed the wipers to be certain that they would not be stolen again. What began as a fad became a national pastime, abetted by the shortage of auto parts.

Soviet drivers go through short rain showers without wipers. But they seem to sense when a serious storm is coming, and put a wiper on at least the driver's side in time. My timing was not as good, and twice in less than two weeks I got thoroughly soaked trying to attach the blades with those tiny Phillips screws while the rain poured down. If you manage to get the wipers on during a shower, don't forget to take them off at your first stop.

You can drive your private or rented car over some 8,700 miles of roads to many cities, including Moscow, Leningrad, Kiev, Brest, Tallinn, Odessa and Tbilisi, as long as you file your driving itinerary, through your travel agent, with Intourist and stick to the route you specified. Intourist designates the hotels you will stay in, though you can make requests. You can camp, at one of the many official campgrounds throughout the Soviet Union, but you must arrange these stopovers as well.

Intourist restricts driving distances by scheduling overnight stops no more than about 300 miles apart. Once you are traveling, you will understand why. While the roads are relatively good, some comparable to American highways, many main highways are still only two or three lanes. In addition, strict speed limits make 300 miles a respectable day's drive. As a rule, we planned on covering a kilometer a minute.

Driving your private or rented car without a guide - the Soviets call the mode of travel auto-tourist - is relatively new, and according to one Intourist official only a few hundred Americans have done so thus far. You should apply for this kind of travel as long in advance as possible. Our plan was to enter the Soviet Union at the Finnish border crossing of Vaalimaa, drive through Vyborg to Leningrad, then through Kalinin to Moscow, from Moscow to Vladimir and Suzdal, and retrace the route back to Finland. It wasn't until we were in the air that we found that the official itinerary our travel agent gave us had us doubling back the wrong way on the road between Moscow and Leningrad. It took two days in Moscow to get it straightened out.

You can rent a car in the Soviet Union or drive one in, as we did in order to tour Scandinavia first. If driving in, be sure to get all the necessary documents for Soviet travel from the rental agency. You will need a ''green paper,'' which satisfies Soviet ownership and insurance requirements, a license plate of the car's country of origin, plus an identification sticker of that country for the back of the car. Get an extra one. There still are not that many foreign autos in the Soviet Union and it is easy to peel off the sticker for a souvenir. Be sure, too, that you have a good spare tire, jack and other emergency tools. Take a quart of oil and a jar of water for the radiator along, even though you probably will not have to use them. And, of course, that Phillips screwdriver.

At the border Soviet customs agents thoroughly examine every car. They even took out the back seat of our car and looked through the engine and into every crevice where something forbidden might be hidden. Luggage is inspected, too, but as soon as the inspectors are convinced that the traveler is not violating any law, the rest of the search is cursory. You must pay a road tax of $16.40 (prices at $1.64 to the ruble) for each car and an extra $8.25 if you have a trailer.

The initial leg, about 37 miles from the Finnish border to the old Russian city of Vyborg, is relatively rough, with large sections of it under repair and some under new construction, and it passes mostly forest. Vyborg is a good place for a brief stop, with its small shops, restaurants, and Intourist accommodations. It even has a Beriozka, the official Soviet store that sells Soviet-made goods to tourists for hard currency only.

Small villages dot the route from Vyborg to Leningrad. It is not unusual to see a few to several dozen peasants wielding scythes in a field, as if in an old painting. The houses are small, with extensions at the rear resembling attached privies. Almost every house is painted with multicolored pastel trim and flowers, especially around the windows. Each has at least a small plot of ground planted with flowers, vegetables or fruits.

Every 60 miles or so is a gas station. You pay in rubles at some stations; at others you need gasoline coupons that you can buy for hard currency in 10- and 20-liter denominations at border crossings and at some Intourist hotels. Some stations take either form of payment. Gas prices are uniform. We paid $6.50 for each 10-liter coupon; it costs the same paying cash.

Soviet gasoline is principally 76 octane. Most Soviet cars are built for that standard. Rental cars usually take 95 octane, though our rental agency gave us a Toyota Starlet, which required 92 octane. Most Soviet gas stations also have one or more 93-octane pumps. Long lines at stationsare usually for the 76-octane pump. SOVIET gas stations are self-service. As soon as you reach the pump, take the nozzle from the driver who has just finished using it and stick it in your gas tank. Then go to the cashier's window and pay for the number of liters you want. The pump will stop automatically when it reaches the amount for which you have paid.

Rest rooms in gas stations are scarce, and when you find one it may not be in the best condition. Stop at a hotel or restaurant in one of the towns along the way.

The smaller, 76-octane cars need frequent repair, and you see a large number stopped along the road, being fixed by their drivers. The Government acknowledges this repair need and has installed roadside turnoffs with ramps along the road. You drive up the ramp and then stand in the pit under your car and make any necessary repairs or adjustments - provided you know what the trouble is and how to fix it. If you don't, you can call Sovavtotrans, whose vans and shops take care of repairs. Sovavtotrans's numbers and addresses are included in the material provided by Intourist, and the maps indicate repair shops.

Good as many of the roads are, truck traffic is heavy and speed limits are 50 miles an hour. In construction zones a 25-mile-an-hour limit may be posted. Developed areas, even very small villages, are usually posted at 37 miles an hour. A sign at the beginning of each village or town gives its name. Unless you see a sign with a different speed limit, assume that's where the 37-mile-an-hour area begins. Before speeding up again, wait until you see another sign with the town's name with a red slash through it.

Although you may find some Soviet drivers barreling down the highways, sometimes passing vehicles, don't try it. The traffic patrol branch of the militia has observation towers along the road. Be prepared to stop when you see a tower with the word GAI (in Cyrillic, of course), which means the traffic patrol. In addition to stopping speeders, officers may pull you over for a random examination of your touring documents. This is done, one officer explained, as a check on stolen cars and on the travel of Soviet citizens who need special passes to go to certain cities that have severe housing shortages.

The penalty for most traffic infractions is a fine, levied on the spot. Most are about $8. Speeding fines are $16 to $50. If you are stopped one time while off your route you will most likely get a ''strong recommendation'' that you stick to your assigned route, according to an Intourist representative in New York. If you are stopped twice, your driving privileges may be canceled and your car returned to its origin at your expense.

Road signs are sparse, maps are scarce. By taking a wrong turn you may find yourself on the way out of town to an off-limits area. Before you leave the States try to get a good road map of the Soviet Union. Intourist provides a large-scale map of the self-drive part of the Soviet Union, but it shows only the authorized routes, no intersecting roads. The Intourist city maps are a bit better, but still not very detailed or comprehensive. If you get lost, people and militia will eagerly and graciously try to help, but few speak English. Prepare yourself with the proper Russian phrases for auto travel - especially those relating to getting directions. It is helpful to learn the Cyrillic alphabet. While you may not be able to translate street signs, you will at least be able to read them.

There are two potential drinking problems for the driving traveler in the Soviet Union. The first is liquor. Despite the required continuous toasts with vodka-filled water glasses whenever you are at the dining table with Soviet citizens, the driver of the car doesn't dare have one drink. A driver in the Soviet Union who is found to have had even one glass of beer or wine is dealt with severely. If breath and blood tests show any alcohol, drivers will be fined, and in severe cases they could be detained for several hours while paperwork is done and consular officials are notified. Fines in those cases can be as high as $500, and the driver and car will be sent out of the country.

The second problem is cold drinks. The Russian soft drink made from rye grain, kvass, and other cold drinks are available in most cities at rows of vending machines at which you place your cup under the spout, put in a coin, and the cup is filled. But in the Soviet Union most of these machines have only a few glasses that are used to serve everyone. Carry a supply of paper cups. Iced bottles of Pepsi Cola (now found at outside stands, including one directly in front of the main entrance to the Hermitage in Leningrad), orange soda and mineral water are obtainable at Intourist hotels. Take several bottles along in the car. You may also want to take along something to snack on while driving, though there were plenty of restaurants and cafes in towns along the route we drove.

If you rent your car in Scandinavia, you may find that the headlights go on when you start the motor and cannot be turned off without turning off the ignition. Sweden requires that driving lights be on whenever the car is in operation, not only at night. There is no such auto lights requirement in the Soviet Union. In fact, many Soviet drivers seem to be reluctant to use their lights, even well into the evening. In the daytime our lights attracted horn honks, flashing beams and even cars racing after us to tell us we had our lights on.

In bigger cities one-way streets and the prohibition of turns on some major streets make it impossible to reverse direction without going to the very end of the thoroughfare. Anyone who has tried it on Leningrad's main street, Nevsky Prospekt, has shared the frustration of going miles out of the way before being able to backtrack.

You can always find a place to park, even in the busiest center of a city. In Moscow, for example, despite a proliferation of automobiles in recent years (I was told that there were now some 600,000 cars there), parking spaces are abundant, even right in front of the Moskva Hotel at one end of Red Square, and at the Rossiya Hotel at the other end. Parking places are marked with a P. There are many areas, particularly those heavily visited by tourists, where parking is not permitted - by the Winter Palace in Leningrad, for instance. Leningrad still does not have so many cars as to make driving difficult most of the time. Even so, some areas are already on the verge of gridlock during heavy traffic.

If in doubt about parking, ask a traffic officer, who are courteous and helpful. A number of times, rather than risk a fine, we asked an officer if we could park. On several occasions, when we were going to be only a few minutes, the officers let us leave the car next to their posts and protected it from being ticketed.

In both Moscow and Leningrad many streets seem not to be clearly marked, and you may find yourself unknowingly going the wrong way on a one-way street.

Pedestrians have designated crosswalks, but no privileges or priorities. Cars go first, and pedestrians cross when there is a break in traffic and they can run across the street. Fortunately for them, at subway stops and at other key corners, pedestrian tunnels criss-cross the intersections. Out of habit I several times stopped for pedestrians who already were partway into the crosswalk. They became frightened and confused. On one occasion a Russian citizen in the car with me said, ''They don't understand what you are doing.''

If you go to the Soviet Union as an auto-tourist, make sure your travel agent has some experience with hotel locations and facilities. Intourist seems to book drivers into the hotels on the outskirts of cities where there are extensive parking facilities, especially to accommodate the large number of tour buses. We stayed some 20 miles from the center of Leningrad, and almost that far from Moscow.

If you drive between Moscow and Leningrad, you are likely to be booked into the Intourist hotel in Novgorod. If not, you may want to request it. Novgorod has the atmosphere of old Russia, including open dances in the park of Novgorod's Kremlin, the charming and excellent food and music of the Detinetz restaurant, in a Kremlin tower, and the oldest brick structure in Russia, St. Sofia Cathedral, built about 1050.

And if you have an extra few days in the Moscow area, you should consider a drive to Suzdal, about 130 miles to the east, with its panoramas of gilded onion-domed churches, several of them now museums, ancient monasteries and its excellent Intourist hotel.

Wherever you drive in the Soviet Union, try to stop, walk, talk to people. Buy fresh produce from the grandmothers with the babushkas, who display their home-grown wares on small tables along the roads of the villages you pass. You'll see few grandfathers - most of the 20 million people the Soviets lost in World War II were men.

The types of produce differ from village to village; in one primarily carrots, the next cucumbers, the next strawberries. One of our most pleasant moments was when we stopped at the flower stands in one village and bought the largest, most beautiful pink and white peonies we had ever seen. Their fragrance filled the car for the rest of the trip.

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Cybertruck owners can’t seem to catch a break and reports of the Tesla pickup’s comically large windshield wiper not working aren’t making things look any better.

Over the last few weeks, Cybertruck owners have been reporting that their windshield wipers stopped working. It may not seem like an immediate road hazard, but you won’t have much visibility when there’s anything more than a light drizzle while driving. When taken to a Tesla Service center, owners were told that a faulty motor was responsible, but that they would have to wait for the replacement part. Tesla has reportedly temporarily halted deliveries for the Cybertruck, as seen on social media .

This windshield wiper issue comes just a couple of months after a massive recall surrounding the Cybertruck’s accelerator pedal that could get jammed. Before that, the Cybertruck’s sharp frunk got a software update to detect obstructions but still managed to close onto some people’s fingers .

Dangerous Visibility When Raining

It may not be as scary as a stuck accelerator pedal, but a windshield wiper that doesn’t work still poses some danger when it’s raining. One Cybertruck Owners Club forum user said that they had to stick themselves out of an open window to drive their Cybertruck to a safe place when it started raining after picking up their new Tesla. According to most accounts from Cybertruck reservation holders, deliveries were pushed back at least a week. However, some owners reported that their windshield wipers work just fine, as seen below.

As usual, Tesla hasn’t issued any official notice about this windshield wiper issue yet. Instead, several firsthand accounts on social media from owners are piling up. While the reason is still officially unknown, DriveTesla reported that the blame could fall on the supplier of the Cybertruck’s windshield wiper motors.

A Second Recall Might Be on The Way

Considering how serious this issue can be for Cybertruck owners, we wouldn’t be surprised to see Tesla issue its second recall for its pickup. Tesla is no stranger to recalls since it recently issued one to resolve that previously-mentioned accelerator pedal issue. The simple fix for this amounted to adding a screw to secure the cover of the accelerator pedal so it wouldn’t slip out and get jammed — something that most owners could handle themselves.

However, fixing a windshield wiper motor isn’t as simple. In the meantime, most Cybertruck owners are left waiting for the replacement part to arrive at Tesla Service centers. Others have found a workaround that requires applying a water repellent as a bandaid solution. Whether this windshield wiper motor becomes a recall or not, Tesla is truly testing the patience of Cybertruck owners with the number of issues they have had to deal with lately.

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Tesla has reportedly halted Cybertruck deliveries amid a problem with the motor of its giant windshield wiper.

The Cybertruck is equipped with the biggest wiper put on a consumer vehicle.

It’s the result of Tesla’s design, which aimed to have a straight line from the front-end all the way to the apex of the roof – resulting in nowhere to hide wipers between the hood and the windshield.

Instead, Tesla opted to have a single giant exposed wiper with a vertical resting position for aerodynamic reasons.

In my review of the Cybertruck , I noted that we had some problems with it, like starting on its own for no reason and staying down as a resting position rather than up. However, I chalked this up as being due to Tesla’s notoriously bad auto windshield wiper system, which is common on all Tesla vehicles – not just the Cybertruck.

Now, many Cybertruck buyers are reporting that Tesla has delayed their deliveries, indicating a roughly week-long halt on deliveries, and some were told by Tesla that it had to do with the windshield wiper motor (via Cybertruck Owners Club ).

Some buyers were told that Tesla would have to replace the windshield wiper motor on all Cybertruck, but this has yet to be confirmed.

No recall notice has been released yet.

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Elmo: the new roadster will fly.

Also Elmo: we have yet to master wiper technology

As I previously reported, we had some issues with ours last month when reviewing the Cybertruck.

I chalked it up to the terrible Tesla auto wiper, but now that I think about it, it’s possible that it wasn’t that.

Tesla’s auto wipers are known to start when they shouldn’t and don’t start when they should. The Cybertruck’s wipers were doing that, but they were also starting and stopping at the bottom rather than at the top position and just staying there.

I’m not sure if it has to do with this or if it’s completely unrelated. I expect that we will learn more in the next few days.

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The Tesla Cybertruck’s gigantic windshield wiper isn’t working for some people — and for others, it may be the reason they can’t pick up their car. Users on the Cybertruck Owners Club forum have reported that Tesla has been delaying Cybertruck deliveries on short notice, and wiper issues are apparently to blame.

Over the weekend, one forum user said Tesla told them the delivery pause was due to the wiper motor , while another said their delivery was pushed back because of the blade . A Reddit user said they were told their delay was due to “ a windshield wiper arm issue .” And deliveries are still being held up, with forum users reporting Monday that Tesla informed them of delays.

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People who already have their Cybertrucks reported wiper problems in the Cybertruck Owners Club as well. One forum member, for example, reported Friday that their wiper wasn’t working right after they took delivery of their car and that Tesla said it would be “a few weeks” before their wiper motor could be replaced. “My wiper never worked,” said another person , adding that it took them two weeks to get a replacement part. (Some users, however, say their wiper has worked without issues.)

Drive Tesla reports that the wiper motors are failing “due to an internal fault stemming from a supplier quality issue.” Tesla didn’t reply to a request for comment, though it has dissolved its press office .

In April, Tesla issued a Cybertruck recall because of an issue that caused the accelerator pedal to stick .

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Rumors of Cybertruck delivery delays circulated on the Cybertruck Owners Club Forum over the weekend amid reports of issues with the truck’s unique, single-piece windshield wiper design, which one poster deemed a “safety” concern

“Just heard that all Cybertruck deliveries have been halted for about a week,” wrote Greyfish in a thread compiling complaints about the windshield wiper issue. “Apparently a new safety issue was discovered with the windshield wiper motor.”

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Posters cataloged issues with the windshield wiper in the thread, from the motor powering the four-foot-long blade not working at all to it quickly burning out after minimal usage.

“My wiper has not worked for a while was told to wait for few weeks for a wiper motor,” explained one poster. “Option was they keep the truck or I reschedule. Took the truck back.. crazy !”

Plenty of posters described long-running issues with the motors, leading some to theorize that the old motors will eventually need replacing.

“My wiper never worked,” added plaidmodelx. “Took 2 weeks to get the part. Apparently the old motors will all fail, the replacement has a new part number.”

But other posters pushed back on the rumor that the windshield wiper motors were likely to break.

“I’ve used my wipers a lot over the last 1855 miles without noticing any problem,” posted HaulingAss. “You say it’s a safety issue? I will pray that no harm comes to me!”

Tesla doesn’t have an official line on the windshield wiper problem yet and didn’t immediately reply to questions about the issue.

In April, Tesla recalled about 4,000 of its trucks over problems with the accelerator pedal trim. According to a press release , the pad on the accelerator pedal dislodged when “high force” was applied, leading to the pedal becoming stuck.

Reports from Cybertruck owners regarding the current windshield wiper problem aren’t quite as concering, but some have pointed out that the windshield wiper not working makes driving in the rain dangerous.

“I picked up on Tuesday in Florida and left and made it 20 miles and it started pouring raining,” wrote Cnod in the Cybertruck Owners Club Form thread. “ Had to sit in a Dunkin Donuts for 3.5 hours and call Tesla roadside assistance because i couldn’t see … Once the rain passed, i took the CT and added some Rainx for now. But it was super dangerous…had to open my window and hang out the window to see until i could get to a safe place with the wiper not working.”

The windshield problems, as well as complaints that the design of the wiper was distracting, led a few people to suggest applying Rain-X to the windshield, a chemical product that makes water bead up and run off the glass.

“I highly recommend putting a double layer of rainx or some other treatment on your windshield,” posted WichitaDad. “When you do, the wiper becomes irrelevant and much less distracting during a rain.”

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  23. Windshield Wiper Replacement

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  25. Why Your Windshield Wiper Fluid Isn't Spraying (And How To Unclog It)

    Carefully pull the hose off, then push the nozzle up through the top of the windshield. Let the nozzle soak for a few hours in a bowl of vinegar, then use compressed air to blow out any remaining ...

  26. How To Change Your Windshield Wiper Blades: A Helpful Guide

    Your vehicle's windshield wiper blades play a pivotal role in ensuring clear visibility during rain, snow, or dust storms. Over time, wiper blades wear out, leading to streaking, skipping, or ...

  27. Tesla's Cybertruck Has a Big Problem With Its Massive Windshield Wiper

    June 18, 2024. Universal Images Group/Getty Images. Cybertruck owners can't seem to catch a break and reports of the Tesla pickup's comically large windshield wiper not working aren't making ...

  28. Tesla Cybertruck deliveries halted amid problem with giant windshield wiper

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  29. Tesla reportedly delays Cybertruck deliveries because of windshield

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  30. Cybertruck Windshield Wiper Burning Out, Say Owners

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