Without car wiper blades, driving through the rain and snow would be a nearly impossible, not to mention incredibly dangerous, feat. The two main types of wiper blades are the standard, hinged variety that bend as they wipe, and the newer beam variety, which have no joints at all. Choosing the right style for you will depend both on your budget and on the performance of the blades. Companies such as Valeo, Trico, RainX, PIAA and Bosch make some of the best car wiper blades available.
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Valeo 600 Series
The Valeo 600 Series standard wiper blades feature synthetic rubber frames and organic rubber blade edges. The rubber edges are coated in a protective chemical to help prevent them from deteriorating from dirt, fluids and exposure to ultraviolet rays. According to GaltTech.com, the 600 Series wiper blades maintain much more flexibility in cold weather in comparison to other standard, bracketed blades, and they operate both smoothly and quietly. (See References 3)
Trico NeoForm wiper blades are beam, or bracket-free, blades and consist of single steel beams coated in a Teflon/rubber compound. NeoForm blades are designed to press down evenly against the windshield---even while driving at high speeds---and maintain visibility through drizzle and downpours alike. One of the advantages of beam wiper blades, in general, is that during the winter there is no bracket area for snow and ice to block or otherwise freeze up on the blade.
The RainX Latitude wiper blades are another example of beam blades. These blades feature a contoured design and, like the NeoForms, provide even amounts of pressure along the windshield's surface. According to GaltTech.com, in comparison to bracketed blades, the Latitudes have a much longer lifespan and perform slightly better than their major competitors. (See References 3)
PIAA Super Silicone Wiper Blades
PIAA's wiper blades are the standard bracketed variety. However, unlike the organic, rubber-edged Valeo 600s, the PIAA Super Silicone blades feature edges made from a silicone/rubber compound, which actually coats the windshield. According to AutoAnything.com, this coating helps water bead up so the blades can easily wipe it away. (See References 2)
Bosch ICON Wiper Blades
The Bosch ICONs are beam wiper blades. However, unlike the NeoForms and the Latitudes, the ICON beam blades feature graphite-treated edges, which help them provide smooth, quiet and even wipes. According to Bestcovery.com, the ICONs perform especially well in snowy and icy conditions. (See References 1)
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