By what criteria do drivers evaluate windshield wipers? Well, firstly, by the way they perform their main function – to wipe the glass. If you use good brushes on the glass, there is no thin film of water or bands that make it difficult to view. Very important is the ability of the brush to clean frost and icing, while not shaggy and not rustling in the cold. Another important factor is the resistance of the rubber to chemical reagents that enter the glass washing liquid, as well as to those chemicals that use road services. Based on all these factors, as well as taking into account the feedback from consumers, this rating was compiled.
As an object of the test, we took universal windshield wipers, produced in a wide range of lengths, which allows you to choose suitable for most cars. If necessary, you can use the adapters that come complete with brushes or purchased separately, if the wiper jig has a connection design that is different from the brush bracket. To correctly compare prices, we give them for brushes with a length of 500 mm.
The French concern Valeo is one of the main suppliers of European conveyors. Brushes Valeo can be seen on the new Mercedes-Benz or BMW, and for the secondary market, the company produces a wide range of brushes of various designs and sizes. Series Silencio Performance – classic frame wipers made of a material with a low coefficient of friction. The working edge of these brushes is a wide plate with a sharp edge, sliding smoothly on the glass and at the same time effectively cleaning it. The company does not disclose the composition of the brush material, but it shows itself perfectly well both in the frost and in long-term operation.
The brush frame has six fastening points, reliably crimped on the rubber. The height of the base of the plate makes it impossible to contact the frame with the glass surface even with a strong skewing of the brush, excluding the appearance of scratches. Pleasant trifle – the presence on the brush of a color indicator of wear – as the wear and tear changes the color of the stain on the edge of the plate.
Alas, the manufacturer does not complete the wiper blades with adapters – they will only fit on leashes that have a hook at the end. However, this type of fastening is one of the most popular, so for most cars, the Silencio Performance wipers will be the best choice among wire frame brushes.
Windshield Wiper Brushes Main Advantages:
- High-quality cleaning.
- Long service life.
The German concern was expected to hit the top of the best wireframe wiper blades with its Twin series. Like Valeo, here the fastening is designed only for the “hook” without any adapters. The base of the brush is thinner than that of the French brushes, but at the same time, it is not less elastic. The working edge is tougher and narrower than the brushes from France, which enables them to quickly clean snow slush mixed with the infamous “Luzhkov cocktail”, but in summer Valeo will be preferable – the soft edge wears less.
The very design of the base of the brush seemed to us less successful than the massive Silencio Performance – taking into account the smaller width of the working part, the brushes may start to distort, especially when working on dry glass, which will significantly affect their efficiency. For this series of cars, optimal use is driving in conditions of frequent and severe pollution of the windows, they will be a good choice for winter, but they will have to be changed more often. Considering that Bosch’s 500-millimeter brush is more expensive than the French competitor, we gave the German firm the second place.
Heyner brushes in the rating of the best wire brushes have become the only ones that can be installed on any type of leashes, but with one “but” – the adapter must be purchased separately. Nevertheless, these inexpensive windshield wipers, similar in construction to the Bosch Twin, show themselves well due to the elasticity and competently matched material of the working plate. The plates themselves can be replaced – on the one hand, only the rubber part can be changed cheaper than the entire brush with the carcass, on the other hand, it is fraught with a “self-disassembly” of the frozen brush, after which the metal fastening will draw tangible bands on the glass surface in one stroke.
Given the decent quality and affordable price of Heyner Exclusive brushes, we did not significantly reduce the score due to this feature – but the owner should keep it in mind and raise the brushes in the parking lot in winter to avoid tearing off the working plates from the frame. For the summer, they will even be a better choice than the Bosch wiper blades, especially given that their kit will cost as much as one Bosch Twin brush.