The Best Windshield Wipers Ever Created: 4 Reasons Why
So many companies go back and forth in shouting matches proclaiming, “we are the best windshield wipers”. In reality, we know not everyone can actually be the best. How many hometowns have wing joints that say, “Best Wings in America”? What makes one wing restaurant better than the other? If they are not offering something innovative or something that no other place has, then how can they claim to truly be the best?
At RainEater, we claim that we are the best windshield wipers ever created. We claim it on our homepage, we claim it in our ads, and we claim it on our packaging and marketing materials. Are we just following in the footsteps of our competitors and trying to win the never-ending shouting match of who is the best?
In this post, we are going to look at 4 reasons why our wiper blades are best ever created, two of which no other company on the planet has. We are going to take a look at the material we use, and why we use it. We are going to look at our one of a kind spoiler design. We are going to look at our ultra durable infused rubber frames. And we are going to look at our one and only universal adapter.
1. The Perfect Material For All- Season Performance
We see a lot of discussions about which material is best for wiper blades. In order to craft the perfect blade, we had to take every argument seriously. We tested every material and made a pros and cons list in order to decide which material was best for our blades.
We tested and researched 3 of the most popular and talked about materials.
- Natural Rubber
- Synthetic Rubber
After testing and researching these materials, we found out that synthetic rubber and silicone were the best two options. But which one was better?
Synthetic rubber has a temperature range of -50°F to 225°F, which means it works well in any climate. However, silicon has an even greater temperature range than synthetic rubber. Both are very resistant to heat and heat aging qualities. Silicon is even more resistant than synthetic rubber when it comes to spills and molds.
So far it seems like Silicone would be the better option. However, this next test changed our mind…
We tested the performance of both Silicone and Synthetic rubber during hot and cold conditions. Both performed very well in hot conditions, which we could have predicted, but synthetic rubber actually performed better in cold conditions. Why?
Synthetic rubber has superior low-temperature flexibility. Because of this, synthetic rubber is more durable and pliable which in return helped it to perform better in cold weather. We also found that synthetic rubber is much cheaper than silicone. In fact, synthetic rubber is the lowest cost alternative to natural rubber. Cheaper costs, better performance, equal durability… synthetic rubber was the winner!
But let’s get serious. We are not the only company using a synthetic rubber. In order to create the best wiper blades, we needed to bring something to the table that no other company has.
2. First Ever Wind-Tunnel Optimized Spoilers
We used wind-tunnel technology to test, engineer, and build our spoilers. Our spoilers are unique, and one of a kind. No other wiper blade brand in the world has the same spoiler technology that we have.
Take a look at the comparison image below.
The image on the left is one of the largest wiper blade manufacturing companies in the world. The image on the right is our wiper blade. Can you notice the difference between the spoilers?
Our spoilers do not cover the full width of the blade, whereas our competitors do. Our spoilers have wind rivets designed into the rubber, whereas our competitors are smooth. Our spoilers start out thinner towards the tips and build up in density as they reach the center. Our competitor’s spoilers are the same all the way across.
So why have we decided to design our spoilers this way? They are clearly different than any other brands on the market, but do they actually serve a purpose other than looking cool?
Take a look at the diagram below.
This image is of a simplified version of the data that we receive from the wind-tunnel.
When testing the traditional spoiler design like you saw in our competitor’s blade, we noticed that wind pressure was even across every point on the blade. This caused an issue because the blades are not perfectly straight, they are curved. Also, windshields are not perfectly straight, they are curved.
The tips of the blade touch down on the windshield first, so they need the least amount of wind pressure, whereas the center of the blades touch down last and need the greatest amount of pressure.
This is why we designed our blades the way that we did. As you can see in the diagram above, the wind pressure on our blades starts out weak towards the tips and builds up as it reaches the center.
However, there was another variable that we had to consider when designing our spoilers. Obviously, when using wipers, they change positions back and forth, back and forth. This means that the wind stream changes as the blades move throughout their cycle. Because of this, we added rivets into our spoilers so the blades can still catch wind while in the upward position, and continue to add pressure for flawless wiping.
So what else makes our blade unique and perform better than the competition?
3. Infused Rubber Frame
Being that RainEater is headquartered in Erie, Pennsylvania, one of the snowiest cities in the country, we had to make sure our blades were durable. The first thing we actually did was look at the issues that our competitor’s blades were having, and basically eliminated them.
One of the biggest issues our competitors had especially in harsh climates was “rubber pealing”.
We have all seen this…when the rubber of the blade becomes separated from the frame and flops around on the windshield. This normally starts at the tip of the blade and then worsens as time passes.
Why does this happen? Most traditional blades use what we call in the industry, “end caps”. In the picture below you can see an illustration of this.
End caps basically are caps placed at the tips of the blades that hold everything together. The majority of traditional blades use metal clips to “clip on” the rubber of the blade. These clips are held together by the spoiler, which covers the whole blade. Finally, the spoiler is held together by the end caps, which keeps the spoilers from coming off, which in turn would keep the rubber from peeling off.
Do you see where this design is flawed? What happens if the end cap comes off, or breaks off? What happens if you are scraping your windshield wipers off after a rough snowfall and you happen to knock one of these endcaps off?
Basically, your entire blade would start to fall apart.
So how did we do it differently?
Look at the image below.
No end caps! We have eliminated the need for end caps because we have directly infused the rubber into the metal frame of the blade.
By having rubber infused frames we have done two things.
- Fixed the issues that end caps were causing
- Unified the natural curve of the frame with the rubber
Our blades will neither peal nor come apart because our rubber is infused directly into the frame. Our blades will also naturally conform to your windshield better because the rubber and the frame are one. They are not held together by metal clips or bands. The rubber goes through our frame, stiffening it slightly, and then naturally conforms to the windshield when applied with pressure.
We are not done yet! We have one major feature that no one else has.
4. Universal Adapter
Ok. We understand that having a universal adapter may not seem very exciting to a lot of people.
Yes, it makes installing easy, and yes it fits 97% of cars on the road. But honestly, nobody wants to pay for high-quality wipers due to a universal adapter.
But our adapter is more than just a catchy “easy to install, do it yourself” feature. Our adapter is designed to protect your wiper arm, and provide a sturdier attachment.
We have done this in a couple of ways:
- More moving parts = more chances for something to break. We have eliminated this concern by creating one part.
- Our adapter comes with a lid built in, which covers the wiper arm attachment and helps prevent wear from the elements.
- Our adapter has three built-in locking mechanisms. This means the wiper arms would have to break through all three before it becomes unattached.
- Our adapter is plastic, but it is glass infused. This allows for the flexibility of plastic but the glass protects it from brittleness due to extremely cold weather.
Our adapter is much more than a part that was designed at Penn State the Behrend college, one of the top plastic engineering schools in the country. It is designed with the purpose of safety for your windshield, no matter what the weather throws at you.
I hope you learned a lot about our blades from this post. We bring 4 major features to the table, two of which no other company has. Because of these features, our blades perform better, last longer, and are more affordable than any other premium blade on the market.
If you are interested in trying a set of our blades out today, click here and find which size you need for your vehicle.