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The Ultimate Guide to Buying the Best Ice Scraper

Last updated on December 20th, 2018 at 01:50 pm

You take care of your car. You wash it, you clean it, you protect it with car insurance. But when it comes to winter weather, you are still using that cheap-o ice scraper you bought at the gas station five years ago. Well, it’s time to upgrade. Plymouth Rock Assurance has built the ultimate list of ice scrapers, highlighting what makes them shine and what should have been left behind.

The Basic Model: 

Basic Ice Scraper Pros:
  • Easy to hold for any sized hand
  • Durable metal blade
  • Easy to store

Cons:

  • Metal blade can easily scratch paint
  • Small handle means more leaning and reaching
  • Thin blade may not be able to tackle thicker ice
  • No brush for wiping away snow/ice

The Modern Scraper:

Foam Handled Ice Scraper Pros:
  • Easy to hold for any sized hand
  • Wide scraping blade
  • Easy to store
  • Easy-to-grip foam handle
  • Many models come with built-in glove

Cons:

  • Plastic blade can get dull and nicked easily
  • Small handle means more leaning and reaching
  • No brush for wiping away snow/ice

The Brush+Scraper:  


Pros:
  • Long handle
  • Easy-to-grip foam handle
  • Built-in brush for cleaning snow/ice

Cons:

  • Hard to store
  • Plastic blade can dull easily

The Extender:

Pros:
  • Handle extends for extra-long reach
  • Built-in brush for cleaning snow/ice

Cons:

  • Hard to store
  • Plastic blade can dull easily

 

The All in One Model:

Pros:
  • Long handle
  • Built-in brush for cleaning snow/ice
  • Front/back scrapers for two-direction scraping
  • Shield to protect gloves/hands from snow
  • Squeegee for further cleaning

Cons:

  • No telescoping handle
  • Large blades take up more room in car
  • Cost is twice as much as standard models

The Heated Model:

Pros:
  • Heats up to melt snow/ice
  • Built-in flashlight for nighttime use

Cons:

  • No telescoping handle
  • Requires  15-foot cord to car’s DC socket
  • Cost is twice as much as standard models

 

So you can see there are lots of choices when figuring out what will make short work of your winter windshield. Make sure before you pick something up you think about all the factors involved, like the size and height of your car, your flexibility and reach, where you will be storing the scraper, and how fast you need it to work.

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