- A good scraper will effectively remove snow and ice from your car’s mirrors and windows for safety.
- The Hopkins SubZero is our top choice thanks to its flexible blade, built-in squeegee, and extendable handle.
On far too many frigid winter mornings, scraping snow and ice off of your car is an unavoidable chore. Fortunately, ice scrapers and snow brushes allow you to remove the top layer of snow and then chisel away at the ice coating the windows.
For areas that see huge volumes of snow, you might need a larger snow broom type or find it necessary to invest in a snow cover.
I own four different snow scrapers and while that may sound excessive, it meant I knew what to look for when rounding up the best car ice scrapers and snow brushes below.
Here are the best ice scrapers and snow brushes of 2021
- Best car ice scraper overall: Hopkins SubZero Ice Crusher
- Best car brush for deep snow: Auto SnoBrum
- Best heated car ice scraper: Perfect Life Ideas Heated Snow Ice Scraper
The Hopkins SubZero Ice Crusher is an all-in-one removal tool with a flexible blade, built-in squeegee, sturdy snow broom, and extendable handle.
Pros: Sturdy construction, flexible blade, built-in-squeegee, lightweight, comfortable handle
Cons: The ice-crushing teeth are located opposite from the scraper, so you’ll have to flip the tool if you’re crushing and scraping
Winter is unpredictable — one morning you might have a light dusting of snow on your windshield, and the next you could find yourself cracking through ice just to be able to see out of your car. That’s why the Hopkins SubZero Ice Crusher is our favorite, versatile tool. It combines ice-crushing teeth, a flexible scraper blade, a heavy-duty broom, and a squeegee head to make quick work of clearing everything from frost to heavy wet snow.
While the SubZero is 51 inches while extended, it collapses into a 32-inch unit, making it easy to store. It features a soft foam grip and weighs less than half a pound — both important details that lessen arm strain when you’re chipping away at stubborn ice.
The best car brush for deep snow
The Auto SnoBrum will help you clear snowdrifts without scratching glass, auto paint, or vinyl wraps.
Pros: Ideal for heavy snow load removal, gentle on paint, long pole provides great reach
Cons: Insufficient for stubborn ice
The Auto SnoBrum is particularly great for clearing off deep snow because of its telescoping handle that can extend from 26-inches out to 46-inches in length, giving users of most heights (and arm lengths) easy access to the entirety of the windshield, hood, and even the roof of most vehicles.
The foam head is sturdy enough not to bend or buckle even as you push against heavy snow load, yet gentle enough not to scratch the exterior of your car — that includes auto paint, window and windshield glass, and even those more delicate vehicle vinyl wraps.
Here’s the catch: This is not a true ice scraper, so for thick, stubborn layers of ice, you’re going to need a different tool with a harder edge. But for snow alone, the SnoBrum is ideal.
The best heated car ice scraper
The Perfect Life Ideas Heated Snow Ice Scraper is lightweight, easy to use, and clears your windshield.
Pros: Reduces effort needed to loosen ice, long power cord, power indicator light
Cons: Rather flimsy plastic housing
There is no magic bullet when it comes to removing ice from your car’s windshield, but Perfect Life Ideas’ Heated Snow Ice Scraper measures up. The heat it generates melts the ice so you’ll spend less time scraping. The unit plugs into the DC outlet (otherwise known as the cigarette lighter) in your car and features a 12-foot long cord that should allow access to all of the windows of your vehicle. Ford Excursions and Chevy Suburbans are possible exceptions, however.
Beneath the scraper, a simple heat coil quickly warms up the tool, helping you to break up and remove ice so you’ll exert less force.
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