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What is the best brand of windshield wiper blade?

Asked by UScitizen (4283points) March 2nd, 2010

I recently purchased RainX, most expensive the store had. I have found it to be overpriced and functionally deficient. Do you have any favorites, and if so why?

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njnyjobs's avatar

I always prefer to use Bosch blades, with Rain-X treated glass

SeventhSense's avatar

Anco brand. Cheap does the job and in under a year you’ll replace them anyway no matter what brand you buy.

dpworkin's avatar

This is what I have been using – I find it particularly effective at highway speeds during heavy downpours, and for wet snow.

SeventhSense's avatar

But for the price of one Rain X you can get almost three of these

dpworkin's avatar

I have found the cheaper ones obscure my vision in a really heavy downpour, which is just when I want to see.

SeventhSense's avatar

@dpworkin
Yes that’s true. In a heavy downpour I guess there are differences. At one point it seems like it’s just futile though with the wipers moving at a billion miles per hour. I’ll just pull over.

dpworkin's avatar

That’s the part that scares me. 99% of the time the cheaper ones are just fine, but in extremes I’d rather pay the extra money.

SeventhSense's avatar

I wouldn’t suggest trying to push heavy snow from the glass either with any wiper. It’s not so much the strain on the wiper as much as the wiper motor.

njnyjobs's avatar

@dpworkin with Rain-X treated glasses, the heavier the downpour the better product works as water just slides right quick off the windshield without streaking.

@SeventhSense it is totally unsafe to quickly slowdown, or stop for that matter, in such a situation because you risk getting slammed from the rear.

dpworkin's avatar

@njnyjobs What’s Rain-X? That sounds like something I need. We used to rub the glass with the cut side of a potato, and the water would sheet off, instead of forming drops. Is it like that?

SeventhSense's avatar

@njnyjobs
Well I wouldn’t suggest you slam on the brakes…

njnyjobs's avatar

@dpworkin actually, it’s more like chayote, so I guess it’s better than potato as the latter can be a bit starchy which easily gets washed off compared to the former.

dpworkin's avatar

I don’t know what chayote is or are.

SeventhSense's avatar

If you use “peyote” the wipers are inconsequential, the drops of water are fascinating and driving completely unnecessary.

Fred931's avatar

Go to the auto section of almost any store (or wiper/glass section of an auto store) and you’ll see different kinds of Rain-X. Get whichever one you want; one is also part glass-cleaner. I don’t remember prices. Just follow the directions and, after you give it a few moments to “soak in” or whatever, just hose the windshield down and watch how it works. As a 15-year-old with ADHD, I find the result quite amusing. (I take care of my parents’ cars like they’re mine. I don’t have my own. Cause I’m 15.)

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Fred931's avatar

@season You sound like a translated Japanese advertiser.

Coloma's avatar

Well….I had no idea wiper blades were so diverse. lol
Getting new new tomorrow, have to ask what they install.

Had one fly off in the rain the other day, that was interesting! lololol

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