Windscreen wipers compared

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Thought I'd throw this up for discussion. The forum revolves around driving, so felt this is something often overlooked by alot of drivers. Vision is important when driving. I caught this on YouTube recently. Might seem somewhat boring to some, but this guy simplified it quickly.
Windscreen wipers are actually really important. Drive in rain without them and you could be a dead man. So what's the best wiper? I'm sure there's more out there than what's been tested here. What do you use or recommend? I recently fitted some Michelin wipers. Never used to spend big money on this sort of thing, but payed a little extra on a pair discounted. Have to say they have been the best I've put on any of my cars. Doubt I'll be going backwards from now on. (Can't remember the model name though, but similar to the style here with the covers over them).
 

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"
New! Michelin® Endurance™ XT Silicone Wiper Blades
Beam


Extreme Weather Performance Wiper that lasts 2X longer! Michelin, clearly a higher grade of blade."


I wanted to try those but availability is somewhat limited and nothing for our cars.
 

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I've been rocking Bosch and Michelin beam construction (way better for ice and snow) wipers for a long while now. I don't worry about the cost, I try to grab the best available when I can. Usually though, that's the best that the store has when I need them. Poor planning on my part... Haha
 

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Only catch with Michelin for me is my windscreen edges curve in a bit, so it looses contact there and can't sit flat. Standard wipers are OK, or should I say the wiper holder thing. They wipe fine and have been silent for a year of use. I can't stand the jumping and the noise of a bad wiper. Have flipped wipers the opposite direction and got a bit more life out of them though, or swapped the wipers on cars to remould them. That's stretching the lifespan though.
 

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I'm a frequent changer. However, there are few choices for our cars. I've lately been on a TRICO kick but can't say much about them yet due to lack of time/experience. I have a couple sets of their winter blades in the basement waiting to be fitted. TRICO has an obtuse number of choices …. I'm not sure why.

We're generally forced to Bosch or Valeo for the Euro cars. I've generally had good performance from both. No legitimate complaints.

I bought what I thought was a cheapie set of blades on Amazon (some no-name Chinese product, I'm sure) and the driver's side blade misses a small patch on the return wipe. Stuff like that drives me crazy. Noisy and jumping blades make me insane :razz:
 
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I replace my wiper blades roughly every 6-8 months with the cheapest Walmart ones. Cost is about $10 for the pair.
The Florida sun beats the crap out of the rubber anyway, so I go cheap and often.
Even the cheap ones work well for the first 6 months.

EDIT: Also, you have to use your wipers a lot if you want them to last. Spray a little juice on your windshield every day or so to keep them soft/supple. Otherwise they get fixed in one position and dry-rot sooner.
 
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Heat is the problem where I'm at as well. Never snows and to be honest, not a huge amount of rain being the dryest state. Michelin have took the ultraviolet rays nicely for their age. When it rains though, it can dump down in winter. Not cold enough for snow and ice here though. Rubber has to make it through temps of up to 48C though, which takes out the plants in your garden, heats the house bricks up so you suffer without air conditioning and not much humidity at all. Best way I can describe a summer is set your oven to 200C and open it and feel how dry the air is. Just hardens cheap rubber.
 

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I've switched over from using the super good wipers and replace mine every year after winter with some mid grade Trico's. Winter ice and frost seems to chew up the rubber on whatever wiper blade/brand I choose.
 

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I've switched over from using the super good wipers and replace mine every year after winter with some mid grade Trico's. Winter ice and frost seems to chew up the rubber on whatever wiper blade/brand I choose.
Anyone rate the standard kinda 5 sided rubber style ones? I find when they warp it's lines galore once they change shape. Good when they soft but I give them 6months max, then they're struggling.
 

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There is another Thread about RainX that solves most of these issues especially if one purchases and installs a windshield cover during winter weather.

1) Use RainX
2) Never buy double wipers (they half the down force designed into your OEM wiper arms) as they don't have proper pressure against the glass.
3) Change blades when necessary

I use my wipers about a dozen times a year because RainX keeps my windshield clear. I buy wipers once a year during the wiper sale at Costco.
 

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Bosch would have won hands down had he used the Bosch Icons. You can get a pair between $30 to $38. The Clear Advantage are the bottom end of the Beam design by Bosch.

Was it me or did it feel like Kermit the Frog was narrating this review.
 

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Was it me or did it feel like Kermit the Frog was narrating this review.
Yeah, he had the Ray Romano and the guy from Canned Heat thing going on.
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Actually I'm going to call BS on the Bosch Clear Advantage here. Yes they perform well, but he is absolutely wrong about the price. He states they only cost $10.92 for a pair. (only a dollar or two more than the cheap ones) But after further examination I see they cost $10.92 each. (or $22.00 a pair)
So while they performed very well in the tests, they also cost a significant amount more than he's leading on.
I'm sticking with the cheapo $10 a pair blades and replacing 2x a year.
 
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I've just been using the Michelin ones they sell for $8.99/blade at Costco. They seem to perform close to the Bosch Icons, which are the best I've ever used, but at less than half the cost.
 

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If you drive Mercedes, you can get oem blades at FCP Euro and replace them for the cost of retuen shipping indefinitely as often as you like.... And they are almost identical to Bosch icon wipers.
 

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