LAST UPDATED: October 15, 2020

The Best Winter Wiper Blades (Review & Buying Guide) in 2021

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Wiper blades may seem like an insignificant part but the wrong pair can leave you driving blind. A great set of wiper blades will leave your windshield streak-free and easy to see through. Your safety may depend on the bladder you choose. This Is an easily neglected but very affordable automotive part. There’s no reason to neglect to change out your blades. 

As windshield wiper blades age, they may warp or tear. Any imperfection in the edge of your blades means more water and debris are left behind on your windshield. Keeping your field of vision clear is critical. Great wiper blades are the first step. Consider the functions and features of your wipers while you’re shopping for replacement blades. Here, we’ll take a look at some of the best blades currently circulating the market. Let’s get to it.

The Best Winter Wiper Blades 

Rain-X is widely recognized as one of the premium wiper blade manufactures, consistently bringing well designed and constructed blades to the market. This is the first of two Rain-X branded wipers that made it onto our list. This entry is the more expensive of the two and one of the more expensive on the list, so what are you getting to justify the price tag?

The first thing to note is that similar to other winter specialist blades, the frame mechanism is tucked away inside the body of the wiper. That removes all the little holes, spaces, nooks and crannies that exist on a traditional wiper design. Those spaces are magnets for frost, ice and snow – as anyone who has had to scrape and clean a windshield in winter will be well aware.

The blades themselves are also a premium feature, with these wipers boasting a specially blended graphite coating. A rubber encased sub structure is also in place, which helps to provide extra flexibility and grip while the wipers are in motion.

This is a more expensive model that many on this list, but the wiper does have the premium build and design to justify it.

Key Features
  • Smooth Operation
  • No External Framework
  • Easy Installation
Specification
  • Brand Rain-X
  • Model 5079281-1
  • Weight 8 oz

These blades from Aero are constructed of exceptionally high-quality materials and also pass rigorous QC testing.

The blades themselves are a specially formulated rubber blend that is designed to provide a smooth, clean and streak free wipe action. The construction boasts the usual hidden framework as found on winter blades to prevent snow and ice build up. In addition, they feature a very strong curve that helps the blade to maintain maximum contact with the windshield during operation.

As an OEM manufacturer, Aero is already designing and building wipers that are used by a variety of carmakers on a range of car models. Chances are they will easily fit onto your existing wiper arm mechanisms, making for a nice and simple installation.

Not the cheapest blades in the world but by no means the most expensive either, this is a very decent entry from a well-respected manufacturer.

Key Features
  • Curved Design
  • High Quality
  • Specially Blended Rubber
Specification
  • Brand Aero
  • Model Aero-26-18
  • Weight 12 oz

Easy Installation is one of the big stand outs on this model from Anco. Enjoying the benefits of being fitted with the company’s Kwik Connect Installation System means that getting these blades hooked up to your car will be nice and simple.

The blade also comes in a wide range of sizes, from 11 inches all the way to 24 inches, so chances are they have a blade in their range to fit your vehicle.

The construction sees the framework tucked away and the wiper body is of a rugged rubber construction, which prevents slush from freezing the joints. The wiper blades are a rubber compound specially formulated for Anco to provide streak free, easy gliding action.

Price wise they’re toward the lower end of mid range, and there are a number of excellent design details packed onto a device that won’t break the bank.

Key Features
  • Easy Installation
  • Specially Designed for Winter Conditions
  • Unique Rubber Compound Blades
Specification
  • Brand Anco
  • Model 30-18
  • Weight 4.4 lbs

It’s always a pleasure when Bosch appears on our list, because we know that it delivers outstanding products. We also know that it delivers them for a significant price. This is indeed a premium product with a premium price tag – it is in fact the most expensive wiper on the list. As these are windshield wipers and not rare works of art, they still represent a decent and high value investment.

So, what do you get for the money? The first standout features are the blades themselves, constructed of an exclusive dual rubber compound that resists both heat and ozone deterioration to provide a lifespan up to 40 percent longer than other blades.

Installation is nice and easy with the included hook adaptor, and the construction is exactly what you would expect from a high-quality manufacturer like Bosch. We have a patented beam design to maximize visibility. and we have outstanding built-in tension spring technology that ensures a superb fit to the curvature of the screen during all stages of operation.

That price tag may be high, but there looks to be enough features and high quality build to justify it.

Key Features
  • Long Life
  • Patented Beam Design
  • Tension Spring Arching Technology
Specification
  • Brand Bosch
  • Model 26A
  • Weight 9.6 oz

From the most expensive to the cheapest, this bargain-priced wiper from TRICO costs about half that of the Bosch. However, while the price tag may be low, the features list is very decent with this product packing in a number of desirable design points.

The standout feature has to be the Teflon infused wiper blades. That alone is a design element worthy of a more premium priced model, and it will really help the blade to glide smoothly over your windshield.

Construction is a solid, yet flexible, design which both protects the inner components from freezing over while also providing a decent level of flexibility to deliver a high degree of conformation between the blade and the curve of the windshield.

As we already noted, a high number of useful features for a very low price makes this a very attractive wiper blade.

Key Features
  • Low Price
  • Teflon Infused Wiper Blade
  • Flexible Design
Specification
  • Brand Trico
  • Model 35-220
  • Weight 8.8 oz

Here’s the second entry from Rain-X. While these wipers may come in a little cheaper than the first set at the top of the list, they still manage to boast a number of design elements you would expect to see on more premium models.

They also boast a standout feature that makes them unique – built in water repellent technology. The Rain-X Water Repellent Coating that has been applied to the wiper blades transfers a very thin layer of see-through protection to the windshield. This makes surface water bead and wick easier from the surface, giving the wipers an easier time clearing rain and improving your vision.

Away from that very useful feature, the wipers include advanced Beam Blade technology that helps the wiper blades to adhere to the contours of the windshield, and the universal adaptor brings very easy installation.

If you live somewhere with heavy winter rainfall, this could be the wiper for you.

Key Features
  • Water Repelling Technology
  • Aerodynamic Design
  • Easy Fit (via Universal Adaptor)
Specification
  • Brand Rain-X
  • Model 5079281-2
  • Weight 7.2 oz

We’ll admit we’re not entirely sure just what is so stealthy about this windscreen wiper and don’t expect it to help your car avoid enemy radar systems.

What it will do is keep your windshield free of rain because this is a pretty decent, if somewhat basic, mid-range wiper from famed tire manufacturer Michelin. To be more specific, this is the epitome of what a winter wiper should be.

The framework is encased to protect against build-up of snow and ice. A universal connector system makes installation easy. The blades are a pretty basic rubber style; however, they are hard wearing, tested to carry on performing well for over half a million cycles.

The one true standout feature is the independent suspension rail that connects the wiper tips. They help to maintain a nice close contact between the entire wiper and the windshield for effective wiping action.

Key Features
  • Smart Hinge Joint
  • Independent Suspension on Blade Ends
  • Covered Framework
Specification
  • Brand Michelin
  • Model 8522
  • Weight 5.6 oz

Michelin’s Cyclone Premium Hybrid Wiper Blades are designed for high performance down to the smallest detail. These replacement blades are built with maximum performance in mind, down to the last detail. The edge of these blades is soft for maximum flexibility. This allows maximum contact between the blade and surface of your windshield providing maximum effect. 

You’ll immediately notice the difference between a high-quality blade designed for performance and lower quality parts. The days of watery streaks are over. Though these parts are designed to be soft they’re also tough. They can withstand some of the harshest weather conditions including sleet, snow, and hail.

Key Features
  • Eazy Lock connector system
  • Flexible to avoid clogging
  • Multi-pressure point surface contact
Specification
  • Brand Michelin
  • Model 14520
  • Weight 10.6 oz

Best Winter Wiper Blades Buying Guide & FAQ

Well, here you have it folks — our list of the most acclaimed winter wipers currently on the market. But how did we come to these conclusions, and perhaps more importantly, how do you choose the right one for your own set of needs?

Don’t sweat it, we’re here to help.

Here’s a short guide as to how to choose which winter wiper you should roll with — not to mention some (and by some, we mean two) commonly asked questions about wipers, in general. So without further ado, let’s get to the hard-hitting stuff. Well, hard-hitting for winter windshield wipers, that is.

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Types of Windshield Wipers

There is a range of windshield wipers that can be of various designs depending on how they are used and how they are mounted on the vehicle.

For example, a single mount will be an extra-long wiper blade and will typically be seen on trucks, buses, and larger vehicles that can hold the type of large motor mount required to generate the power to move one large blade (and any displaced water).

On our list today, we have talked about dual mounted, winter types of wiper blades. Dual mounted blades are by far the most common that we see on passenger vehicles.

They are a very important safety feature that is legally required in most states. In addition to that, however, they also help to make it easier to drive in the rain and snow, which are two weather conditions that should not be underestimated. In fact, over 500,000 accidents occur each year during rainy conditions, with a further 210,000 in snow and sleet. Whilst those numbers may sound high, they would undoubtedly be higher still without windshield wipers.

In addition, there are blades suited for different kinds of weather – summer, winter, and all-weather.  Of course, we’ve been focusing on winter blades. So perhaps unsurprisingly, we’ll just focus on some of the key features you can expect to see on this specific type right below.

Factors to Consider When Buying Winter Wiper Blades

So what makes a winter wiper blade? Well, it should have:

  • Covered Framework – All of the models we selected for this list cover up the framework with a simple plastic or rubber cover. Factory issue blades almost always (unless they’re on high end or winter-specific vehicles) have an open frame design. This means you can literally see the little arm like suspension points that attach the wiper arm mechanism to the wiper blade. In winter, they can quickly fill with snow (or rain) and when that freezes, it can disable the wipers. That means you have to clean it all out before you can drive, which, in the depths of winter, is not fun.
  • Blades – Yes, they all have blades, but not all blades are created equal. A good quality wiper will have blades of a rubber (or even silicone) composite that will work hard to remove water without streaking, smearing, or leaving too much moisture behind.
  • Water-Repelling – Some blades will have added chemical elements (usually silicone) that coat the windshield during operation. The layer it leaves behind makes water bead, which in turn makes the water droplets have a larger surface area. That makes each pass with the wipers more effective, and they can tackle the rain that bit better. If you live in a really rainy area (cough Seattle cough), then it could be a good investment to try out a wiper blade that also brings a degree of water repellent abilities.
  • Attachment – We all grow attachments to things, and sometimes it’s just not healthy to cling to those attachments for…. Wait, this isn’t my therapy session. Ok, where were we? Attachments are how the wiper blades hook up to the wiper mechanism arm. Most of the models on this list employ a one-size-fits-all-kind of attachment (even if they sometimes need a little adjustment). 98% of the time, you’ll be able to easily install wipers straight out the box just by following the instructions enclosed with the product.

All-Weather versus Winter Blades

Now let’s branch out a bit. Sort of similar to winter tires, winters wipers are a specialist product, while all-weather wipers have to do the job in all types of weather. So the main differences will be:

  • Open Framework – all-weather (and especially summer-specific) wiper blades will have open frameworks, as they don’t generally have to deal with snow and ice build-up.
  • Lightweight – An all-weather blade will be lighter than a winter one, which will boast a sturdier but heavier frame. The lighter all-weather blade will be kinder on the wiper motor but will struggle in heavy rain and snow as it doesn’t have the heft to clear large deposits from the windshield.
  • Thinner Blade – Again, an all-weather model will probably have a thinner blade, and it will often be made of natural rubber that can handle heat and sunshine well. A winter version will have a thicker blade, which will usually be a rubber compound. It may be damaged quicker by over-exposure to heat and UV rays – but it will surely clean your windshield effectively.

Winter Wiper Blades FAQ:

Q: How to Install & Maintain Wiper Blades?

A: As we said above, installation is very simple and will work straight out the box most times. If you need a little extra help, our guide “How to Replace Windshield Wiper Blades” will be a good place to start.

Once it’s installed and up and running, maintenance is very simple, just consider:

  • Cleaning the windshield regularly to remove debris that could damage the wiper blades.
  • Clean the blades themselves every time you clean the car. Just wipe them gently with a damp cloth or paper towel.
  • Don’t use the wipers to de-ice a frozen windshield, and avoid turning them on until all ice is removed first.
  • In winter, pull the blades away from the glass at night (or use a screen protector) to stop the blades from freezing to the windshield.

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When Should Wiper Blades be Replaced?

Replace them when you see one or more of:

  • Skipping – the blade is skipping across the windshield instead of completing a smooth sweep.
  • Streaking – The wiper leaves streaks behind.
  • Splitting – It’s wiping some, but not all, of the windshield
  • Squeaking – The wiper squeaks even when the windshield is soaking wet.

Sources:

  1. Weather Related Accident Statistics – We Love Weather
  2. Seattle Rain – YouTube
  3. Wiper Installation Guide – YouTube