Buyer’s Guide: Ice Scrapers
Clear your windshield of light frost or thick ice with one of these top-favorite ice scrapers.
Removing frost and ice from your windshield is a straightforward task—just grab an ice scraper and get to work. But not all scrapers offer the same results. Some leave streaks and others are flimsy. If you’re tired of putting up with poor performance, keep reading to learn how to select a durable and effective ice scraper suited to your needs—and don’t miss our top picks!
- BEST FOR LIGHT FROST: desired tools Premium Ice Scraper Set
- BEST FOR KEEPING HANDS WARM: Coindivi Ice Scraper for Car Windshield with Mitt
- BEST FOR SERIOUS ICE: Hopkins SubZero 23″ Ice Hammer Snowbrush and Ice Scraper
- BEST FOR SNOW: MATCC Car Snow Brush Removal with Ice Scraper and Foam Grip
- BEST FOR HIGH-PROFILE VEHICLES: Drivaid Car Snow Brush with Squeegee
Key Considerations for Choosing the Right Ice Scraper
When you pick up an ice scraper, it should feel solid and substantial in your hand. Those thin plastic scrapers given by banks and hardware stores during the holidays might help remove a light coating of frost from a windshield, but they won’t make a dent in heavy ice buildup. Look instead for blades made of hefty acrylic or molded plastic (up to 3/8 inches thick).
Get a Handle
Because it takes a good deal of pressure to scrape away ice that seems permanently bonded with your car’s windshield, the handle of an ice scraper should be every bit as robust as its blade. Quality ice scrapers often come with ergonomic handles designed to make it easy to get a good grip while applying firm pressure. Many of today’s top models also offer foam padding that allows the user to grasp the scraper tightly yet comfortably.
The Long and Short of It
If you drive a compact car with a windshield that’s easy to reach from both sides, a small ice scraper—up to 12 inches in length—could be all you need. Short scrapers can be stashed in glove compartments or carried along in totes, but a longer scraper is necessary for reaching across the windshields of higher-profile vehicles, such as SUVs and pickup trucks. For the longest reach, consider a telescoping ice scraper with an adjustable handle that extends anywhere from 30 to 60 inches to manage those hard-to-reach spots.
Most scrapers come with a dual-use blade that’s smooth on one side for removing frost and light ice accumulation and toothed on the other side (just flip it over) for serious scraping to cut through thick ice. If you live in an area that regularly receives ice storms, you’ll want to choose a scraper with large, pronounced teeth to effectively banish heavy ice buildup.
Say So Long to Snow
If your region sees heavy snow accumulations, opt for an ice scraper with an attached brush to sweep off snow before scraping the windshield. Good snow brushes have firm bristles (soft bristles bend easily, leaving snow behind) or a thick foam wedge for efficient snow removal.
Attached Mitt Models
If you’d rather not mess up good gloves while tending to your vehicle, consider an ice scraper with an attached mitt. With these models, the scraper handle is encased in a lined, waterproof mitten, so you can scrape heartily without freezing your fingers or scraping your knuckles on jagged ice.
Our Top Picks
No matter the weather in your neck of the woods, one of these five ice scrapers will help you with your chilly chore.
1. BEST FOR LIGHT FROST: desired tools Premium Ice Scraper Set
First pick for frost is the desired tools Premium Ice Scraper Set, which features a pair scrapers, each with 3.5-inch-wide blade made of molded plastic, backed by ice teeth on the flip side. At just 11.4 inches long, it’s perfect for stashing in the glove compartment or console. The scraper feels well balanced in the hand and comfortable too, thanks to its foam-padded handle. Its smooth, sharp blade that goes a long way to aid in the scraping away of frost and thin ice.
2. BEST FOR KEEPING HANDS WARM: Coindivi Ice Scraper for Car Windshield with Mitt
Make scraping the windshield more bearable with this scraper from Coindivi, designed to keep your hand warm and protect your knuckles as you clear away light to medium ice accumulation. The mitt measures a generous 13 inches in length to help keep snow off your wrist and sleeves as you scrape, and the 4.3-inch smooth acrylic blade flips over to reveal tough teeth for cutting through stubborn buildup. The Coindivi Mitt may feel soft and warm, but that takes nothing away from its rugged ability to banish ice quickly.
3. BEST FOR SERIOUS ICE: Hopkins SubZero 23″ Ice Hammer Snowbrush and Ice Scraper
To handle thick ice, consider this brawny scraper with ice chippers to break up ice as the primary blade scrapes it away. At a generous 23 inches in length, the scraper features a 3.8-inch molded plastic blade and comes with a curved handle, allowing users to exert maximum pressure and leverage. There’s even a hardy brush for removing snow.
4. BEST FOR SNOW: MATCC Car Snow Brush Removal with Ice Scraper and Foam Grip
If you live in a region that regularly gets a lot of snow, think about getting an ice scraper specially designed for such conditions, such as this one. Comfortable to use with a padded foam grip on the handle, it’s 25 inches long with a 12-inch pivoting brush for easy snow removal on angled windshields and vehicles roofs. With the snow brushed away, you can switch to the 4-inch-wide molded plastic scraper (with ice teeth on the flip side) to finish the job.
5. BEST FOR HIGH-PROFILE VEHICLES: Drivaid Car Snow Brush with Squeegee
No more perching precariously on the running board of your truck or SUV while stretching to remove snow and ice from a high windshield. The Drivaid adjusts up to 46.5 inches in length, so you can stand safely on the ground while you work. At the same time, it features a 4-inch-wide molded plastic blade with ice teeth on the flip side, and the other end of the scraper boasts both a snow brush and a squeegee for clearing moisture.