Product Comparison: Valeo Ultimate 18OE vs Bosch ICON


General Specifications
Brand
Valeo
Bosch
Model
Ultimate (18OE)
ICON
About the Product
Valeo wiper blades provide optimum visibility in all types of driving conditions. The Ultimate Wiper Blade series is manufactured exclusively by Valeo and delivers the superior quality, innovation, and performance that drivers rely on to keep everybody in the vehicle safe. With an OE-style adapter, the blade is quick and easy to install, and fits most vehicles with different sizes in length of blades available ranging from 15 to 28 inches. Unlike other conventional blades typically comprised of two pieces of rubber glued together, the Ultimate blade has a revolutionary flat blade design that resembles a single piece of rubber compound. Together, its unique design and advanced rubber technology generates the smoothest and quietest wiping performance with no vibration or chatter because of the patented 1,500 pressure points on the blade when moving across the windshield versus the minimal 4 to 8 pressure points of a conventional blade. Features a curved metal spline for optimized contact and an aerodynamic end clip that reduces drag on the windshield. The blade's Tec3 advanced rubber technology with protective coating provides quiet, longer lasting extreme weather durability, and its integrated spoiler design controls wind force for maximum high-speed wiping performance.
The best solution for the winter season is the ICON beam wiper blade. By design, beam blades are not affected by snow and ice buildup. The bracketless design and tension springs help keep the blade flexible and provide superior wiping performance in all weather conditions.
Origin
Germany
Key Specs
Wiper Length
18 in.
26 in.
Connector Type
Pinch tab, Push button, Side lock
Hook (9x3mm), Hook (9x4mm), Top lock (19mm), Side lock (22mm), Pinch tab, Valeo top lock
Blade Material
Rubber
ClearMax 365
What customers say about "Key Specs"
Valeo Ultimate 18OE Beam Original Wiper Blade
  • These are hands down my favorite wiper blades. I have them installed on 2 vehicles. They are very quiet and stay firmly planted on the windshield, even at high speeds due to the quality of the spoiler design on the blade.
  • I have been using this style of Valeo wiper blades on two different SUVs that I have owned. I have nothing but praise for these wiper blades.
  • I've been using these blades for many years and I've been very happy with them. I just bought a new car and the brand new OEM blade wasn't providing a clean wipe.
  • Regardless, these are the best non-branded OEM blades I've had. I think they outperform the Bosch (which I also think were very good).
  • There's a plastic molded connector to attach it to your wiper arm, but then the rest of it is curved and flexible. It "hugs" your window, and flexes to get positive contact to every part of the windshield.
Bosch ICON Beam Winter/Summer Wiper Blade
  • I bought the wrong version of this wiper the first time since Amazon says it fit my car, but it was only the length that Amazon was checking.
  • The fact that Bosch offers not just a variety of lengths down the inch, but also two different spring forces, is another indicator of the fact that these are not your average wiper blades.
  • The connectors to the wiper arms is very secure and doesn't feel as flimsy as rain-x which is why I had to replace them in the first place (the connector broke and sent my wiper flying off the car!)10/10 will buy again.
  • I have used Bosch on my Acura TL and C6 Vette with good results so I am not sure if I simply got a bad blade or the length along with the MDX arm design was the issue.
  • Also, when comparing the length of original to these replacements, they are too long by at least 1.5 to 2 inches.
Size & Weight
Height
0.8 in.
1.2 in.
Width
20 in.
28.7 in.
Depth
2.6 in.
2.6 in.
Weight
0.26 lbs.
0.4 lbs.
Features
Construction Type
Frameless
Frameless
Frame Material
Metal
Steel
Season
Winter, Spring, Summer, Autumn
Winter, Spring, Summer, Autumn
Winter Blade
Yes
Yes
Pack of
1
1
Extras
Tec3 advanced rubber technology with protective coating offers longer lasting, extreme weather durability, Pre-Installed Hook Adapter: Quick and easy installation, Integrated spoiler design controls wind force for maximum high-speed wiping performance, Exclusive wear indicator changes from black to yellow over time to remind you when to replace worn blades
Up to 40% longer life than other premium blades, Patented beam design with an exclusive rubber technology, Weather-shield double locking connector for easy wiper blade installation, Customized precision fit and performance, Exclusive asymmetrical flexible spoiler design
What customers say about "Features"
Valeo Ultimate 18OE Beam Original Wiper Blade
  • These also perform very well in the snow and ice, they don't get frozen up and stiff like frame wipers.
  • It's "frameless", meaning that the metal frame most wipers have don't exist on these. There's a plastic molded connector to attach it to your wiper arm, but then the rest of it is curved and flexible.
  • Does a much better job with clearing the windshield than framed wipers. I own a Honda CRV and they have always had complaints about the wipers not clearing. I would never go back to frame wipers.
  • Very good frame less design and about average effort to install.
  • Blade had bent causing part of the blade not contacting the windshield. When trying to remove from frame plastic piece busted off.
Bosch ICON Beam Winter/Summer Wiper Blade
  • After doing some research on wiper blades, it was determined the beam type function better and really look much better than the "traditional" frame type wipers.
  • The spring of the frame-less blade is a little bit too heavy, causing it to hang up over the glass in the middle if the spring in your wiper arm is more than a couple of years old.
  • I've tried several brands and types of these single piece wiper blades. Too many of them chatter or lift up in wind, but these are the best. They work better than the best metal frame blades I've used and last through the year.
  • These haven't had to deal with any winter weather yet, but have performed great in wet weather and summer bug season.
  • After being disappointed by many other brands, these are holding up and are streak free even after a very wet tropical season here in S Florida.
Warranty / Certifications
Manufacturer Warranty
2 year(s)
1 year(s)
Certifications
EAC
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