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These 5 Unconventional Ice and Snow Scrapers Are Just in Time for the Snow

Here in Ann Arbor, Michigan–home to Car and Driver HQ–winter is no joke. We regularly see heavy snowfalls, freezing rain, and frosty morning commutes. We have a garage stocked with standard snow brushes and ice scrapers, but are those standard tools really the easiest way to complete a job everyone hates doing? Here are five unconventional snow- and ice-removal tools that we can’t wait to try out this winter:

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Scraper Cone



This cone-shaped ice scraper might be the oddest-looking tool of the bunch, but its promise of making quick work of clearing frosty windshields is intriguing. The instructions are: Hold the narrow end in the palm of your hand, push down solidly against the glass, and move in a circular motion. Voilà! Frost-free windows.

The “Better” Ice Scraper

What fits in the palm of your hand and promises to quickly clear icy buildup? This miniature ice scraper does. It’s small enough to stash in any interior storage cubby, and it comes in a two-pack so you can enlist the help of your passenger to clear the ice away.

Sharper Image Heated Ice Scraper

Leave it to The Sharper Image to take clearing ice and snow into the space age. This heated scraper plugs into your car’s 12-volt outlet and essentially melts ice as it scrapes. Its handle extends to 17.5 inches and it comes with an 11.5-foot cord, which should be enough to do all but the largest trucks and SUVs.

Snow MOOver

It might have a really goofy name, but the Snow MOOver is one of the most deluxe snow removal tools we’ve ever seen. It extends, with three adjustable length settings. Plus it has a pivoting brush head, a squeegee, and a scraper. This just might be the winter multitool we all need and deserve.

Ice Shield Universal Windshield Cover

All of those other tools seem great, but maybe the best way to remove snow and ice from the windshield is not to have snow and ice on the windshield in the first place. The Ice Shield cover holds itself in place with magnets. If you put it in place before a snowfall, it creates a barrier between the offending weather and the windshield itself. Simply pull the cover away along with the frozen precipitation, fold it and stick it in the trunk, and drive away.

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