A relatively small investment in a Frost Guard can protect your from the scraped knuckles, frost bitten fingers and utter, pointless irritation of windshield scraping. Buy the right one and you can give you years of excellent service, which is why we have put together this guide to help you to select the best Frost Guard for you.
The Best Frost Guard:
This Frost Guard from Delk is all about the fast installation time, which, lets face it, is a handy feature in these types of products. You’re probably putting it on when you are parking up for the night, it’s cold and dark and you just want to get into the house as soon as possible!
This design incorporates two rigid poles at either end that hold the material in place across the windshield. That results in less strapping and attachments than you see on many other products. Just put it in place, slip the strapping over the side mirrors and go into your house to defrost.
It is made of strong, weather resistant materials and comes with a quick dry pouch for easy storage. Sizing is simple too, standard fits compacts, sedans and smaller SUVS with XL designed for bigger Pick Ups and full size SUVs and Minivans.
Fast Fit Straps for Speedy Installation
- BrandDelk Products, Inc.
- Weight1.28 lbs
This product from Apex Automotive takes advantage of the power of magnets to achieve an easy and close fitting seal onto your windshield.
Two double-stitched flaps are sealed into the doors for securing the sides, whilst the top and bottom sections feature magnets sewed into the fabric edges. That makes this product very easy to apply, and also means the close fit can prevent it rippling – even being damaged or torn away completely – by the wind.
The bottom section is extra long to trail down onto the hood to fully protect the windshield wipers too. It comes in two easy sizes so it’s a breeze to select the right one and the price tag is pretty friendly too, with this item coming in as one of the cheaper on the list.
Additional Wiper Protection
Easy Install – No Strapping
- BrandApex Automotive
- Weight6.7 oz
We here at the CarBible love a product that does what it’s says on the tin, and that is what this product from SnowOFF threatens to do. As they themselves put it, “Fold off, Shake off, Drive off,” and that sounds pretty appealing, right?
This is very much a premium product and as such comes complete with a premium price tag, weighing in at a price more than double some of the other items on this list. For the money however you are getting a lot of high-level features here.
The standout is the sheer amount of attachments. Side panels go into the doors to secure the vertical sides. Straps with hooks to easily attach to wheels secure downwards and suction cups take care of the rest. This results in a super secure attachment, making this ideal for use in areas with especially harsh winters.
The product is hand made from premium, high quality materials for a superior finish, long life span and premium performance. The long skirt trails down onto the hood to protect windshield wipers and it comes with a handy storage pouch to keep it safe and out of the way.
Extra Secure Fit – Wheel Straps, Suction Cups, Door Panels
Extra long Hood Skirt
- Weight0.67 oz
If protecting your windscreen from ice and snow alone is not enough, this product also let you do that whilst proclaiming your love for whatever NFL team you follow.
Apart from that, this is also a pretty well designed frost guard. The strapping and solid side poles make installation fast and simple. It is manufactured from weather resistant and durable materials as you would expect and it also features built in side view mirror protection too, which is a handy feature.
Standard sizes make it easy to select the right one for your vehicle and the NFL based designs make a practical, but pretty boring, product a little more fun to use. If you want to keep the snow off your windshield and tell the world the Cowboys are the best football team out there (Spoiler, they aren’t – go Steelers) this could be the product for you.
Support your NFL Team While Protecting Your Car
- Weight3.63 lbs
This is a very useful product from OxGuard because it’s one of the few dual use windshield covers on the list. That’s right, you can use it in the winter to keep snow and ice at bay, and bring it out again in the height of summer to protect your car from overheating which – given the insane high temperatures it can get up to – can really help protect your car interior from UV & heat damage.
It can do this because it is constructed of extra thick, heavy-duty black polyester. This is strong and durable enough to stand up to winter weather to protect against snow and ice, but also is not damaged by heat or UV rays.
It has extra long side panels and side view mirror straps for an extra tight fit and it comes with a mid range price tag well below some of the more premium branded products on this list.
All Weather (Winter & Summer Protection)
Heavy Duty Polyester Construction
Side Panels & Straps for Tight, Effective Fit
- Weight1.65 lbs
If you live in an area with particularly harsh winter weather then you need to make sure you get a Frost Guard that forms a nice tight seal over the windshield. If the product can’t make that good seal it is liable to blown off by the wind. This product from Ice King is designed with that very feature in mind.
They have employed powerful, rare earth N52 magnets in the guard’s edge along with extra long side flaps (to close in the doors) to ensure as close a seal as possible. The guard itself is constructed of durable material too, making this an exceptionally well put together Frost Guard that should be able to stand up to just about anything the winter weather throws at it.
- BrandIce King
- Weight8 oz
This guard from Chavani is our discount item on the list with the lowest overall price – but don’t let that fool you!
It comes with a range of useful features, not least the built in side view mirror protectors. Further, the mirror protectors even include a strip of reflective material to hopefully prevent other drivers clipping your mirrors in the winter gloom.
The guard itself is secured by side panels (shut in the door) and also strategically placed magnets for extra secure hold. It’s a bit of a shame the magnets are not all around the edges like on some of the more premium products on this list, but all in all there have been a lot of good features added to this design and the low, low price is also pretty appealing!
Built in Magnets
- Weight4.8 oz
Best Frost Guards Buying Guide & FAQ
As they like to proclaim on a certain, very popular fantasy TV show – Winter is Coming!
Whilst the winter in your area may not bring dragons and shambling armies of the undead it will bring frost, ice and snow. If you don’t want to be scrapping that off your windshield every morning then a Frost Guard is a very good investment.
As we’ve seen above however, these deceptively simply products can offer a few design features that differ from model to model. That’s why we have put together this buying guide, to ensure that you both buy the product that is right for your needs but that you also have the all the knowledge you need to use it correctly.
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What Does a Frost Guard Do?
This seems like as good a place as any to get started – just what does a Frost Guard do?
Well, its number one priority is of course to stop you having to scrape your windshield after every storm or period of snowfall.
Let’s face it, scraping windshields is one of the absolute worst tasks that drivers face every winter – or even year round, depending on where you live. That’s why someone invented Frost Guards and when that person meets St Peter at the Pearly Gates they will find they already have a reservation set aside!
Scraping can also damage a windshield, so even aside from the annoyance factor of having to do it, it really is best to avoid it if at all possible.
The cold weather itself can also damage both the windshield and also your windshield wipers. If the windshield has a crack or chip then moisture can get into there, freeze and expand. This will over time weaken your windshield until it completely cracks or even shatters.
Windshield wipers can get frozen to the windshield, which can damage the rubber blades and seriously shorten their lifespan before replacement.
A good Frost Guard will help to protect against all of that.
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Do Frost Guards Prevent All Cold Weather Problems?
We here are CarBible are not in the game of being snake oil salesmen. Therefore we can’t, and indeed won’t, make the claim that Frost Guards are going to prevent any and all problems that could come up during winter.
Pricewise, none of the products on this list is going to set you back more than 30 bucks. It is just not practical to expect a product with that price range to truly prevent any and all problems – especially if you live somewhere with a particularly harsh winter weather system.
That being said though, they will certainly go a long way to preventing serious issues, and frankly having a guard in place will be of more benefit than not having one at all.
Like we just pointed out anyway, the price is very low – the cheapest on this list will give you change from a $10 bill – so even if they are not a 100% effective against all winter problems they still a great investment.
At the very least, if they stop you having to scrape the windshield every morning, then that alone is saving you time and irritation and it’s also protecting the windshield from constant scrapings and the damage that can cause.
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What Makes a Good Frost Guard
There are a number of features to look for, and your personal needs may make some more attractive than others. In general, keep an eye out for:
- Securing Points - Possibly the most important part of the design of these products is how they are secured onto your vehicle. Many designs will incorporate side panels that are shut in the doors but it’s the optional extras that make some products more, or less, secure. Extras like…
- Magnets - They can help to create an excellent seal that keeps moisture away from the windshield. However, they only work if the metal they are attaching to is free of snow and ice. If you live somewhere where the car is often covered in snow and ice then this may not be the best option, as you’ll have to keep clearing it away before you can attach the guard.
- Straps - A very practical and hardwearing way to add extra strength to the guard’s attachment. They can be fiddly to put on in bad weather however, when a guard blowing in the wind can make looping and tightening straps harder than usual.
- Dual Weather Protection - You’ll notice that a few of the models on our list can tackle both summer and winter weather. That is of course a very handy feature that essentially means you get twice the product for your investment.
- Side View Protection - A couple of models also boast side view mirror protectors. They are essentially like gloves for your mirrors, slipping over the body of the mirror to prevent snow and ice build up here too.
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What to Avoid When Buying a Frost Guard
As these are by and large pretty simple products, it is actually quite hard to really make a huge mistake when buying one – and if you do, just try a different model, it’s not like you have to re-mortgage the house every time you buy one!
That being said, there are a few things that are worth avoiding if you want to saves some time and money with your purchase.
- Wrong Size - Probably the worst thing you can do is to buy the wrong sized guard. A product that is too small will simply not cover the windshield properly. It will also be hard to attach and can allow moisture to seep underneath because it will not be able to form a complete seal. A guard that is too large will have the opposite effect, and will swamp the windshield of the vehicle in swathes of useless material. Again, it will be hard to secure it properly, however with a too large product, that can lead to the guard flapping around in the wind, becoming damaged or even being ripped away.
- Poor Secure Points - In addition to being the right size, you also need to have appropriate securing mechanism. All of the models on out list have at least one effective anchoring method – be that straps, magnets or suction pads – in addition to the side flaps that are shut in the vehicle door.
Think very carefully before you buy a product without the flaps that sit in the doors. Not only do they help to create a nice tight seal across the windshield glass, they are also something of a security feature. It’s not unknown for people to try to steal guards right off of cars – but that is far harder to do if the guard is secured in place by the door.