When it’s time to replace the windshield wiper blades for your vehicle, you’re likely to see a variety of brands and options available, some of which are on the low/cheap end and others that are quite expensive. Therefore, you may be wondering if it’s best to purchase expensive wiper blades to replace what you currently have and if those brands are higher quality or not. Many people also wonder if there are differences between the blades themselves.
Price primarily depends on the type of windshield wiper you consider and the brand name you choose. You can find three types of windshield wipers available.
The first option is the frame style, and it is the most common on the market. It uses a metal framework, which supports the rubber wiper blade. It’s one of the most affordable styles and is likely what you’ve got on your vehicle right now.
The second style is a winter wiper blade, which has a rubber shell around the framework, keeping it from collecting ice and snow that could hinder the mechanism’s ability to stay in contact with the windshield and helps it maintain flexibility. Some winter windshield wipers claim to use special materials (usually silicone) to keep the blades pliable regardless of the temperature.
The last style is the beam-style windshield wiper, which is a one-piece design allowing the blades to adhere to your windshield’s curved shape easier. Other advantages of the beam style include its aesthetic appeal, a longer lifespan (as claimed by the brand manufacturer), and that it gets some resistance to ice and snow. Because there is no metal frame with these wiper blades, you don’t have to worry about rust, such as you would with a cheap steel frame. While beam wipers are standard on all high-end luxury vehicles, they are now starting to be seen as standard on many new vehicles, including average-priced ones.
Regardless of the type or style, all wiper blades get attached to the wiper arm by common means. Many times, you can purchase a different style, and it can still attach to the wiper arm. Many times, they use a J-hook arm that snaps into place, but you can also find bracketless styles. Some higher-end windshield wipers come with adapters to help you install the blade regardless of your wiper arm style.
It’s also important to note that if your car started with steel framed wipers, you can still replace them with the beam-style wipers. If you’re not sure, you can find helpful replacement wiper books or can talk to the auto parts store specialist to find out what size you need and what option might work best.
While prices depend on the type of wiper you choose, it also depends on the brand you choose. The well-known brands can include Rain-X and Bosch, but you can also find generic store brands. In a sense, it’s similar to almost every other product you can buy, such as cereal. You can find off-brand cereals that sometimes taste just like the name brand.
You can also find many variants, such as generic wipers that include well-known-brand rain repellent, as well as all-season wipers that might incorporate winter-style features. Regardless of the type you choose, they are all designed to clean the windshield effectively when maintained and installed correctly.
Should You Switch to Well-known Brands?
Whether you should save money or splurge on windshield wipers depends on how much money you want to spend and the needs of you and your vehicle. If you live in an area prone to snow (even in June), you may want to purchase winter blades at the beginning of the winter season.