Searching for the best wiper blades, too many choices! You won’t believe all of the different options available. Don’t worry this post will point you in the right direction no matter what vehicle you have. Heavy duty commercial, RV, car. We’ve got you covered.
I know you’ve heard the phrase “you get what you pay for” and You also know that in many cases this does not really apply especially shopping online. With windshield wipers however, this does apply. The best quality longest lasting windshield wipers are the most expensive and pretty darn pricey.
That being said the extra upfront expense of silicone wipers will pay for itself over time.
Most wipers are made with rubber blades. The basic metal frame rubber wipers can be had at a rock bottom price. So if you are looking for the cheapest wiper blade then the good ole ANCO’s are the way to go The set I had on my truck were just over a year old before I changed them.
Besides having to change them every six months or so the biggest problem I have with the rubber is they leave behind a film which at night with oncoming headlights can make visibility terrible in a light rain at night.
Metal Frames vs Beam Blade Style wipers
Metal frame are the old fashioned style which work well enough unless you drive in winter climates. The ice and snow build up really quickly and cause the blade to lift off the windshield making them completely useless. You have to stop and knock all of the ice out of the metal frames.
Winter wiper blades
If you have any chance of driving in winter conditions then go with the low profile sleek “beam blade style” wipers. This style works better in winter because there are no little spaces for the snow get into melt and re-freeze into a big ice blob.
There is one other option for winter conditions – ANCO 30 series Winter Wipers. These are metal frame style that come with a rubber cover or boot the covers up the metal frame so the snow and ice can’t get in there. This wiper is a favorite among commercial heavy truck drivers.
I let the cat out of the bag earlier – This is the only way to go if you’re not looking for the cheapest wipers in terms of up front cost.
Many drivers report getting 5-7 years use out of good quality silicone wipers.
I ordered click here this one the PIAA Si-Tech Silicone Wiper Blade. They are universal fit on all vehicles except euro cars. Just measure the length of your existing blades (the’re stocked in 16″ to 26″) and don’t forget to select a quantity of 2 before you check out.
See I promised to make this easy on you just get the one pictured above and you’ll be all set.
Ok I know you want to learn more before you spend 3 times the cost of a standard metal frame wiper.
If you will not ever see Ice or snow then PIAA makes a metal frame version called the “Super Silicone Wiper Blade” click here to get this one if you’ll never see snow and ice.
The only complaint some people have with the silicone is prep work required. You have to clean the windshield really well removing any road grime, sap, etc. Then you have to apply the pre treatment with a special wet wipe which is included in the package. Next after waiting ten minutes you polish the windshield with a clean dry or slightly damp cloth. That’s it two extra steps that will take you less than 15 minutes.
No matter which wipers you choose you should clean the glass really well with soap and water.
The most recommended
If you don’t want to go with the best then the Bosh Icon is the most recommended by auto mechanics and shops. It’s a rubber blade, remember these won’t last as long or perform as well as the silicone.
The Icons are a low profile beam blade style, so they’ll preform well in winter weather road conditions.
My personal recommendations
In summary I recommend going with either the ANCO brand because these work well for rubber blades and the are usually the cheapest OR if you want the very best go with the number one pick PIAA silicone wipers – this is what I am currently using on my old 1998 International 9400 semi truck.
Top 10 windshield wiper blades
- PIAA Si-Tech Silicone
- ANCO 30 series winter blades
- Silblade Premium Black
- Wipe Away
- Bosch Icon
- AERO Premium
- Rain X
- Valeo Frameless
- Michelin Stealth Ultra
- TRICO Ultra