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What's behind our wiper blade Ratings?

Experts at our National Testing and Research Center tested 13 models in wiper blades to see which ones perform best.
We look for:
  • Overall score
    Overall score is based primarily on clearing effectiveness, ease of installation and removal.
  • Cleaning - new
    Indicates how well each model performed when new.
  • Cleaning -after 6 months
    Indicates how well each model performed after 6 months of use.

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Recommended wiper blades are standout choices with high scores. They include CR Best Buys, which offer exceptional value. When narrowing your choices, weigh features, price, and attributes that matter to you.
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You don't have to spend a lot of money to get good performance windshield wiper blades, but you might need to replace them every six months or so. If you're looking for information about wiper blades, Consumer Reports is your best resource. Consumer Reports’ wiper blade reviews will give you honest buying advice that you can trust. Use our wiper blade buying guide to discover which features are most important to consider. We also provide unbiased Ratings and wiper blade reviews to help you choose the best wiper blade for your needs.

Wiper blade buying guide

Wiper blade buying guide

It's easy to forget that wipers are a safety feature--until you end up driving in heavy rain or snow, or are blinded by glare. An unclean or obscured windshield is a true hazard. Just as you don't know the washer fluid tank is empty until it no longer squirts cleaner, drivers typically don't realize that the wipers are shot until the visibility is truly limited. And then it can be too late, as many accidents are a result of poor visibility.

Wiper blades have a finite service life, as they perform a hazardous duty in harsh conditions. Dirt, debris, and road grime abrade wipers, and sunlight breaks down their rubber edges. Beyond visibility, it is important not to wait too long to replace a blade, as a torn wiper blade can allow the wiper arm to rub against the glass, possibly ruining the windshield.

The good news is, based on our testing, that you don't have to spend a lot of money to get good performing windshield wipers, but you might need to replace them every six months or so.

To get the most from your existing wipers, inspect them periodically. Lift each wiper arm off the glass and run your finger along its rubber edge. If the rubber is rigid or chipped, or produces nonstop streaking, you need new wipers.

If the wipers are in decent physical condition but not clearing the windshield effectively, clean them. Simply put windshield washer fluid or mild dish liquid on a damp sponge or rag and wipe debris off the rubber and the windshield where the wiper rests. You might be rewarded with a couple more months of a clear windshield without spending money on replacements.

When the time comes for new blades, remember to replace them in pairs. If one is worn out, its mate can't be far behind.

Don't forget to check the rear wiper, if your vehicle has one. Even though it may not get as much use as the front wipers, it is exposed to the elements.

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