What Type of Windshield Wiper Blades Do I Need?
Your windshield wipers keep your vision clear in wet weather. That makes it important to take the time to get the wipers that fit your needs. Different kinds of blades work better in different situations. There are conventional blades, but there are also beam and hybrid designs. All three of these types work with all vehicles and there is no right choice. Depending on your budget, the climate you live in, and how long you want them to last one type may be a better choice than the others. Check out the differences between these types of blades below.
WHAT ARE THE DIFFERENT TYPES OF WINDSHIELD WIPERS?
Products to Consider
1. GET THE STANDARD WITH CONVENTIONAL DESIGN
This is traditionally the most common wiper design. It consists of a rubber squeegee held by a metal frame. The frame can pivot, allowing the squeegee to be held to the windshield. These are common on older vehicles, but less common now. Today, most new vehicles come with either beam or hybrid blades. They are affordable, and typically should be replaced around every six months.
- Bosch MicroEdge
- Duralast Winter Blade
2. GET SUPERIOR WIPING WITH THE INNOVATIVE BEAM DESIGN
These blades feature curved frame contours to the windshield to provide maximum contact for the cleanest wipe available. They can wrap around the curvature of your windshield because they are made from a solid piece of rubber. They are more expensive than conventional blades, but they are also more efficient and last about twice as long. They’re particularly useful in cold climates as they have no metal frame that can be clogged with ice and snow. In fact, many people clear their windshield of winter debris by slapping the beam blade against it.
3. GET THE BEST OF BOTH WORLDS WITH THE HYBRID DESIGN
This does not mean “hybrid” automobile. Instead, these blades use conventional design with an aerodynamic rubber shell attached to the metal frame for better than conventional performance. The rubber shell provides similar all-weather protection as beam blades, and the metal frame features pivoting suspension points so help press the rubber firmly against the curved windshield. They are more affordable than beam blades and more expensive than traditional blades, making them a great middle of the road option to maximize both savings and performance.