A Tale of 10 Ice Scrapers from Amazon
Don't get stuck in a snow or ice storm without a reliable scraper!
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Don’t Get Stuck Without a Good Scraper
How many of you got stuck in the first frost or snowfall of the year without a scraper or snow brush in your car? You would think that a Family Handyman staff guy, like me, wouldn’t be in that situation but sure enough, there I was clearing my windshield with an old CD case. It actually worked quite well in those first few frosts but when the first heavy snow fell, and winter got real, it was time to shop for a proper scraper or snow brush. You can find them just about everywhere and I was somewhat flummoxed with all the options. Which one is best? To find out, I chose 10 scrapers from Amazon and turned my co-workers loose with them in our Minnesota winter. Here’s what I found out.
MATCC Cone Scraper
I was drawn to the unique cone shape with this scraper, and the fact that the smaller studded end comes off, converting it to a funnel. It’s comfortable to hold but we found the cone flexed too much to effectively scrape thicker ice, even when scoring with the pointy end. For the price, not a bad choice for frosts, lighter snows and funneling your windshield washer fluid.
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The Better Stuff Scraper
This ergonomic scraper design works well. It allows you to chip and clear ice in one back-and-forth motion. The stiff leading brass edge won’t scratch your glass and the trestle grip design allows it to conform to your window or windshield for a clean pass every time. It’s small and compact, so it fits easily in your glovebox, but plan on maxing out your reach to get to your entire windshield. We all wished this thing was on a long stick, but we agreed that it’s a worthy companion in an ice storm.
Zmoon Ice Scraper Mitt
Most of us in the snowier, colder climes are already going to have gloves on, but, if you live in a milder winter region, you might not have mitts handy when that occasional storm strikes. This scraper is spot on for that situation. As scrapers go, it’s not top in its class, but it’ll get the job done and keeps your hand warm and dry while doing it.
Hopkins Subzero Ice Crusher
The Ice Crusher feels great in hand and is stiff and stout. The scoring teeth on the handle’s tail end dug into ice well, but I found the scraper blade itself didn’t conform to the windshield contour as well as the brass-edge scrapers we tested. This makes for incomplete passes when scraping. The 11-in. handle provides a better reach and the wider blade does make for quicker work. Not exactly crushing it, but still very capable when it’s subzero outside.
Snow Joe Brass Blade Ice Scraper
Of all the straight-up scrapers we tested, this one was most impressive. The design is basic: high impact plastic, a longer handle for better reach and a 5-in. brass blade. You would think a metal scraper would scar a windshield for life but brass is soft and won’t scratch glass. The blade nicely conforms to the radius of your windshield and leaves a clean path every time. The only downside with a soft brass blade is you have to be careful not to accidentally kink or gouge the blade. Stow it in a safe place and it won’t let you down. Bonus: This scraper costs just $3 and change!
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Subzero 26 Snow Brush
This is probably the most popular design out there and this particular brush is Amazon’s choice. So the question is why? We figured it was mostly due to its perfect length. It’s long enough to use two hands for leverage on tougher ice, it’ll reach most parts of your car easily enough and it’s a reasonable size for stowing away in the back seat or trunk. The scraper end is 4-in. wide with ice scoring teeth on the back side. The brush is stiff enough to move heavier snow and the padded grip makes it easy to grab. If there was a government-issue scraper here in Minnesota this might be it, and I doubt anyone would complain.
The AstroAI is a deluxe version of the classic snow brush/scraper design. The 27-in. brush has softer bristles on the outside and stiffer ones on the inside. This makes the brush easy on car surfaces but still rigid enough to move some serious snow. The 4-1/2-in. scraper has integrated ice scoring knuckles and detaches from the brush, if you prefer dedicated use. This feature also allows for compact storage in the neat nylon bag, provided. We found this brush performed as expected and got an additional thumbs up for its detachable design.
This telescoping brush has a lot of features. The 11-in. broom has a squeegee on the back side which is great for light frost or snow, and that final pass once you clear heavier snow off your windshield. The brush head swivels, so you can control which side of the brush moves the snow. There’s a nice foam grip and both the broom and scraper detach, if you want to divide up the work with somebody. I kept this in my truck for a couple of weeks and found that even when extended from 31 in. to 39 in., it was a bit short to reach up across the top of my windshield. Outside of that, all the added features are great and this would be a perfect choice for a mid-size SUV or mini-van.
Snow Joe Telescoping 4-In-1
If you’re concerned about scratching your vehicle’s finish, this new-school foam broom from Snow Joe is the way to go. Its 14- x 7-in. foam head is stiff and nonabrasive. The built-in LED lights illuminate nighttime snow removal and include a blinker function for roadside emergencies. The scraper on the opposite end does its job, especially when you lean in on it with the 33-in. handle. The handle telescopes to 55 in., giving you plenty of reach for larger vehicles. You can unscrew the handle and clip it into the head, for easy storage. All the truck owners in the office loved this one.
MATCC Snow Brush 31-39
Everyone that grabbed this brush remarked on how good it felt in hand. The comfortable foam grip covers most of the 31 in. handle. With a couple clicks the handle extends to almost 40 in., not quite enough to get atop full-size trucks, but just fine for SUVs and mid-size trucks. The 12-in. brush head is offset, which improves your reach and its swivel feature allows for clean sweeps through the snow. The business end here is the scraper. It has a nice steep angle and some gnarly teeth that really chew through thick ice. Pretty much all the boxes got checked for this one!
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