Best ice scrapers: you asked, CAR answered

Well, no one directly asked. But we're taking the initiative and answering a question - What is the best ice scraper?

Ice scraper clearing snow from a windscreen

by Chris Williams |

There is no disparaging CAR now. We cover all, from EV vs F1 car and supercar group tests to this. An article on ice scrapers is the cherry topping CAR's comprehensive cake. It's either this or our review of a bucket.

Advice for choosing the right ice scraper

If you house your car in a garage, we're not sure why you're here because you're not going to need an ice scraper unless your car is parked outside during a skiing holiday.

Fundamentally, an ice scraper should remove ice from glass without scratching said glass. The scrapers we suggest below do so, but in the hands of an impatient imbecile damage can still be done. Used as the designers intended, these ice scrapers are very good.

There are some alternatives to ice scrapers in the form of covers and de-icer products that are worth a look at too. So we shall.

The best ice scrapers

Swedish Ice Scraper

Editoru2019s pick
Swedish Ice Scraper
Amazon

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It sounds odd to say this of an ice scraper, but you can tell the thought of design and engineering that goes into this ice scraper. It's utterly superior to any others. Made from laser cut 6mm recycled acrylic glass, it's both strong and amazingly effective.

Each side is useable to remove ice because each is diamond polished. We like the little neoprene sleeve too, oh and there is a slot along one side for clearing windscreen wipers.

Carpoint Ice Scraper

Best 2-in-1
Carpoint Ice Scraper
Amazon

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Double acts can be good such as the BMW M5, a sofa bed, and this. An ice scraper on one side, a squeegee on the other. Well-made and dependable. There's little else to say.

Coral Icewiz Ice Scraper

Best value
Coral Icewiz Ice Scraper
Amazon

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Coral describes this as a high-performance ice scraper for professional drivers, which is somewhat misleading. There is no endorsement from Lewis Hamilton here; what it means is it's effective. Hold the curved edge and scrape with the opposite flat edge. This action won't turn you into a racing driver but it will rid your windscreen of ice.

That's not enough options for me

Fair enough. Those are the three best ice scrapers on the market but if you want alternative options then let's explore this avenue too.

Prestone De-Icer 600 ml

Best de-icer
Prestone De-Icer 600 ml
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If the idea of manually scraping ice from a car windscreen is unbearably monotonous to you, consider a de-icer spray like this. This very one, in fact, because it's the best. Spray it onto an iced windscreen, wait a moment for the ice to melt, then clear your windscreen with the wipers. Comes in a trigger spray bottle too, if you'd prefer.

AA Windscreen Sun Shield and Frost Protection

For ice and sun
AA Windscreen Sun Shield and Frost Protection
Amazon

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Other than a garage, a physical cover is the most effective means of preventing ice from gathering on your windscreen. This double-sided AA cover is our recommendation. Use the power of the dark side to stay ice-free; use the white side as a heat-reflective sun shield. Tabs on each end reach round inside the windscreen and are held there by suction cups and the closed window.

Halfords All Seasons Car Cover

Best car cover
Halfords All Seasons Car Cover

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The AA cover is flawed in that it only covers the windscreen - what about the other windows? Like upgrading from a burger with fries to a family meal, the answer is to go bigger. This cover from Halfords is waterproof and breathable to prevent condensation; it also possesses and soft inner lining to avoid scratching the paintwork. This is a large size (470cm x 180cm x 135cm), but it can also be had in small and extra small sizes.

That about covers it. if you're left wanting for more, check out some of CAR's other guides:

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