To test windshield wipers for this review, we installed them on our test vehicle and ran them while spraying the windshield with a hose. Using a high-definition camera, we captured blade performance at 60 frames per second. We were able to slow this footage down to closely assess each blade’s ability to wipe away water without leaving a streak. Every blade was tested at the same speed.
One important factor to consider when searching for the best windshield wiper blades is longevity. Unfortunately, our test does not demonstrate how well each blade performs over time. Longevity is difficult to compare among blades because of how many other factors can impact blade longevity. These include use, care, and local weather conditions. Some types of blades may hold up better in low-rain areas with stable temperatures, and others may last relatively longer in extreme temperature conditions.
To get an idea of longevity, we combed through customer reviews, paying particular attention to reviewers who have owned the blades for at least six months.
Our Review Standards
To determine the best windshield wiper blades, we started by researching the most popular windshield wipers based on customer reviews, Amazon superlatives, and prices. We tested several of the top models – which you can find at your local auto parts store – and scored each windshield wiper blade based on the following criteria:
We installed each new wiper blade and tested it at the same speed. We recorded the windshield from the inside while the wipers were in operation and reviewed the footage in slow motion, assessing each blade’s ability to carry water without leaving streaks.
Wiper blades that moved the most water, leaving the fewest streaks behind scored best in this category.
To determine our durability score, we pored over customer reviews on Amazon. Windshield wiper blade longevity can depend on several factors besides the wiper itself. These include the climate and how often the blades are used. This is why we considered a wide number of customer reports rather than our singular experience for this grade.
How easy or difficult a windshield wiper is to install can depend more on your vehicle (and the type of blade connector you have) than the blade itself. There are several types of wiper blade connections, and not every wiper will fit every car. However, some wipers are compatible with a wider variety of blade connectors than others. Wipers that fit more attachment types out of the box score well in this category. We weighed this factor the least.
Every windshield wiper that we recommend in this article did well by each of these metrics. However, keep in mind that some quality wipers perform better on certain vehicles than others, depending on the contour of the windshield and the car’s wiper arm.
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