Demystification: Framed vs Frameless Windshield Wiper Blades

We sell both framed and frameless windshield wiper blades in our online shop. So, what’s the difference? For many applications, not much. It often comes down to a matter of aesthetics. Do you like the clean profile of a single bar? Choose frameless. Do you prefer the high-performance look of a framed blade? Great.

framed windshield wiper blade

framed windshield wiper blade

frameless windshield wiper blade

frameless windshield wiper blade

That said, there are a few differences.

Framed Wiper Blades:

  • Available up to 52” in length

  • Require slightly less force to stay on windshield

Frameless Wiper Blades:

  • Available up to 32” in length

  • Include less steel, so can be beneficial in marine environments to avoid rust

  • Frequently preferred for RVs because they offer a streamlined appearance and don’t stand out against the tinted part of the windshield glass when at park

Whichever wiper blades you choose, note that all AM Equipment blades come with a protective plastic cover over the rubber portion. This cover ensures a longer lifespan for the rubber, plus it protects the graphite coating, which helps the blades travel smoothly across the glass. Don’t forget to remove the cover before use!