I buy cheap wipers (about $3 each) to use on my car and replace them once or twice a year. I've seen other wipers for $20+ each. My reason for getting the cheap ones is that I live in Michigan and my wipers have to endure a lot of ice and snow, and I figure that they're going to get messed up every year and need replacing whether they are cheap or expensive.

Are expensive wipers going to stay in good shape even if they constantly get caked in ice and have to scrape frost off of my windshield? And that leads me to my more general question - what are the advantages of expensive wipers anyway?

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    I don't use the wipers to scrape the frost off the windshield - it rips the rubber and then leaves gaps and streaks... – Solar Mike Feb 12 '18 at 15:11
  • I live in the desert so can't comment on frost, ice etc. I've had issues in my climate with wipers drying out and falling apart. I started getting "Super Silicone" wipers (can't remember the brand). They last a lot longer (ie don't dry out and fall apart as quickly) and they do a better job at cleaning my windshield. – PICyPICyPICy Feb 12 '18 at 15:24
  • This is borderline opinion based, I'd say you get what you pay for but some would disagree. – GdD Feb 12 '18 at 15:34
  • @GdD I can see that being the case in areas where ice isn't a concern, but I'm wondering if the climate factor changes that – Josh Withee Feb 12 '18 at 16:09
  • My question is intended to get at the details of why some wipers are more expensive than others, in order to figure out if the benefits of expensive wipers are lost due to the presence of things like ice – Josh Withee Feb 12 '18 at 16:20

In my (anecdotal)experience, living in the north east and dealing with heavy snow 3 months out of the year, the $20 - $30 beam windshield wiper blade I purchased has lasted years.

The cheap conventional blades I purchased before generally had to be replaced every other month or so.

I believe the beam style blades put more uniform pressure on the windshield.

  • Do you know if the rubber blade is more durable? And do you use the wipers to clear ice and frost from your windshield? – Josh Withee Feb 12 '18 at 19:48
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    I'm not sure about the material, I currently use the rain x beam style blades. I do use my wipers inappropriately much of the time in winter to remove snow and ice. Sometimes even when they are frozen to the windshield and make that incredibly unpleasant "snap" sound when it breaks through the ice. – SyntheticAbyss Feb 12 '18 at 20:07
  • That is a perfect description of what I do and what I was curious about. Thanks! – Josh Withee Feb 12 '18 at 20:29

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