Best wiper blades for 2022, tested – car and driver

Best wiper blades for 2022, tested - car and driver

Are expensive wiper blades worth it?

Expensive wiper blades can be a good investment, especially if the cost takes into account additional features such as rain repellent or silicone blades. If you can justify the higher upfront costs, they are usually worth it. However, there are cheaper wiper blades that do the job just fine – they just lack some key features that improve operation.

Keep in mind that if you live in a dry, arid region like Phoenix or Las Vegas, premium wipers aren’t nearly as important for safe driving as if you live in Portland or Seattle, for example. It’s your car and your phone.

Rubber vs. Silicone Blades: Which Is Better?

Silicone blades are built to last up to twice as long as conventional blades, and that durability allows them to outperform rubber blades in demanding conditions. However, silicone blades are still more expensive than normal rubber.

The big advantage of silicone blades is that they remain flexible in the winter and do not freeze on your windshield. In climates where that is common, you know how valuable that can be.

How do I find out which wiper blade I need?

This can be easily done in your vehicle owner’s manual. Just scroll down to the wiper blade section and it should clearly indicate the size you need. Calling a dealer for OEM wiper blades is the safest way to make sure you buy the right blades, and calling an auto parts store will work too.

If your vehicle has a dedicated wiper arm, you should check to see if a wiper blade is compatible with that style. They usually tell you which styles will work on the package and have an adapter to fit your vehicle.

How often should I replace my wiper blades?

A good rule of thumb for this is every 12 months. But since noticing worn wiper blades is quite easy, this is really up to you. If your wiper blades are streaking, squeaking, chattering, or just won’t remove water like they used to, it’s time to replace them. Using your wiper blades on rough ice before it melts will significantly shorten the life of your wiper blades, so keep that in mind.

Why trust us?

Car and driver and its sister publications at Hearst Autos represent three of the most influential automotive publications in the world. With the legacies of Car Week, Car and Driver, and Road & Rail behind us, the Hearst Autos Gear Team needn’t worry about our winnings. Our choices and recommendations of products and equipment are based on testing and knowledge, not hype.

For consistency, this test was performed in an environment that offered equal testing procedures for each product: the Car and driver garage. We tested the wiper blades at every wiper speed and with varying amounts of rain. We then rated each wiper blade for ease of installation, water removal at any speed, squeak, chatter, streaks, adapter quality and, finally, price.

Adding together our findings, we agreed that our test was fair, legit, and provided us with the most complete information to recommend our choices.

Read more about our product testing and evaluation process here.