An ice scraper that removes ice and snow effectively, without damaging the surfaces of your car, can help you get on the road and out of the cold in no time.
We researched dozens of ice scrapers, including options with brooms, brushes, telescoping handles, and other features designed to handle various vehicle sizes and weather conditions. We then evaluated them on their length, blade, ease of use, effectiveness, and value.
Our favorite is the Subzero Hopkins Pivoting Snowbroom and Squeegee, because it has soft foam grips, an extendable handle with a pivoting head, and tools to tackle both ice and snow.
Here are the best ice scrapers to clear your car.
Best Overall: Hopkins Subzero 51" Ice Crusher Dual Head Pivoting Snowbroom and Squeegee
Extends to 51 inches
Features a snow broom, ice scraper, ice chipper, and a squeegee
Soft foam grip
Brush could be wider
Who else recommends it? Wirecutter and Insider both picked the Subzero Hopkins Pivoting Snowbroom and Squeegee.
What do buyers say? 89% of 600+ Amazon reviewers rated this product 4 stars or above.
Our favorite ice scraper is the Hopkins Subzero Ice Crusher Dual Head Pivoting Snowbroom and Squeegee because it has all of the features you need when ice and snow cover your car. And since the handle extends from 25 to 51 inches with the push of a button, it can reach the roof of most vehicles while not taking up too much storage space. The snow broom is designed to quickly sweep snow from the roof or windshield, thanks to its soft yet stiff bristles and 8.5-inch-wide head. The broom head pivots up to 150 degrees, enabling you to reach all of the different angles around your car.
Each end of the tool has soft foam grips, which allow you to get a good hold on the ice scraper or the broom/squeegee side. The plastic ice scraper is durable enough to remove ice and frost, but when necessary, the separated ice chippers at the end of the brush chop through the thicker ice, so you can easily scrape or sweep it away. The squeegee is also helpful in moving more frozen snow from your car, which comes in handy if you can't get to it when it's freshly fallen.
The tool is also extremely lightweight, despite all of its features, weighing just over a pound. While there are other options with larger ice scrapers or brooms (or even ones with handles that extend even farther), we think that for most vehicles, the Ice Crusher gives you all of the features you need in one compact tool, at a reasonable price.
Price at time of publish: $30
Best Budget: Snow Joe Original 2-in-1 Telescoping Snow Broom and Ice Scraper
Extends to 52 inches
Non-abrasive foam head
Easy to store
Ice scraper is small
No foam grips
If you are looking for a broom and scraper combination on a budget, this should be your go-to tool, especially if your car has a tall roof, or your area gets a lot of snow. The Snow Joe Orginal Telescoping Snow Broom and Ice Scraper can be adjusted from 33 to 52 inches, so it's a great option for most vehicles. It has an 18-inch-wide foam head that you can use to push or pull snow off the roof of your car. And since the head is non-abrasive, you shouldn't have to worry about it scratching your paint or windows.
Although the broom is really the star feature (and perhaps the most fun to use!), the ice scraper is made of hard, durable plastic and comes in handy for tackling ice on your windshield. We also love the built-in bracket holder, so you can fold and store it neatly in your trunk when adjusted down to 33 inches. Although the handle lacks cushioned foam grips, the less-than-2-pound tool is easy to maneuver. (The Snow Joe SJBLZD comes with foam grips as well as helpful LED lights, if you don't mind paying more.)
Price at time of publish: $10
Best Compact: Hopkins Subzero 16621 Ice Crusher Ice Scraper
Compact and lightweight
Tools on either end
Can't reach across the windshield
No broom or brush
The Subzero Ice Scraper is compact but mighty—the perfect choice if you are looking for an ice scraper to leave in your glove box year-round. And although it's affordable enough to be purchased as a backup scraper, it may be your go-to tool on icy days. The extra-wide 4.5-inch blade can cover more surface space than other options on this list. While it doesn't feature a brush or broom, the other end of the tool is an ice chipper, which comes in handy when you need to tackle thick ice.
Short and lightweight (only 4 ounces), it has a foam grip and an oval spot to put your thumb, so you have better leverage when pushing it against your windshield. This tool is not intended for clearing off snow from your car roof, but if you are just looking for an effective, compact ice scraper, this is an excellent option.
Price at time of publish: $8
Best Splurge: SnoShark STD
Extra-wide ice scraper
Two locking positions
Compact and lightweight design
Other options extend longer
The SnoShark-STD is designed with features to help you get back on the road quickly. The non-abrasive paddle with a built-in ice scraper is extra-wide, so it can handle cleaning snow or ice off larger areas at once. The extendable handle has two locking positions—30 inches and 39 inches—that you can choose, depending on the size of your vehicle. At under 2 pounds, it's lightweight and easy to store: It collapses to 20 inches, so you can fit it in your trunk or backseat until the next time you need it.
Although this tool does not extend as long as other options on this list, the manufacturer offers a 54-inch version, which may be necessary if you have a larger vehicle. And while both products are pricey, the SnoShark is backed by a lifetime warranty, which may justify the cost.
Price at time of publish: $55
Best With Mitt: Birdrock Home Ice Scraper Mitt for Car Windshield Window Heavy Duty Padded Glove
Mitten is fleece-lined and waterproof
Works on left or right hand
Scraper designed to be non-scratch
Soft foam grip on the scraper
The Birdrock Home Ice Scraper Mitt can keep you warm and toasty while you clear your windshield of frigid ice and snow. It can also save you time searching for your glove(s) when you just want to clear ice and go. The mitt's exterior is made of waterproof fabric, with a fleece liner to keep you dry and cozy. We love that you can use the mitt on your left or right hand, and that it has an elastic band around your wrist to keep snow and ice out. It's also designed to be big enough for most hands.
The scraper is as practical and thoughtfully designed as the glove. It features a foam handle with an oval spot for your thumb, so you can grasp it securely while you scrape the ice. Made of plastic, it features a flat scraper, as well as a chipper for stubborn ice—both are designed to be effective without scratching your car. You can also remove the scraper if you don't want to use the mitt or need to store it in a very small space. As with other small scrapers, this one isn't intended for brushing snow far across the windshield or from the roof of your car, but it does make removing ice from your car a little cozier.
Price at time of publish: $14
Best for Trucks: Birdrock Home Snow MOOver 55" Extendable Foam Snow Brush and Ice Scraper
270-degree rotating head
Extends to 55 inches
Removable ice scraper
Foam grips on either side
Other alternatives cost less
Similar in features to the Snow Joe Original Snow Broom, the Birdrock Snow MOOver is designed to push or pull heavy, wet snow from every surface of your car. What sets this product apart is its 270-degree pivoting head, which allows you to get the optimal angles for hard-to-reach places, It also extends up to 55 inches (3 more inches than the Snow Joe), giving you extra length for trucks and larger vehicles, and keeping you at a nice distance to avoid getting wet! It also has a removable flat ice scraper with jaws for thick ice, so two people can do the work of clearing your car at the same time.
Both the ice scraper and foam head are designed not to scratch your windshield or other surfaces of your car. And despite its size and durability, it's surprisingly lightweight and easy to hold, thanks to the foam grips on either side of the tool. When you need to store it, just push the button to decrease the length to 31 inches, and detach the ice scraper.
Price at time of publish: $35
Best Heated: Sharper Image Heated Ice Scraper
Built-in heating element
LED light helps to see when dark
Extends to 17.5 inches
Long cord can store inside scraper
Lacks a brush or broom
The Sharper Image Heated Ice Scraper is loaded with almost too many features to count! Yes, it's a little on the pricey side for an ice scraper, but when you add in the built-in ice heating element, an LED work light, and a flexible squeegee, it feels well worth the splurge, especially if it saves you time! While plugged into your car's automobile auxiliary power outlet (also known as the "cigarette lighter"), the extra-long, 12.5-foot cord gives you enough room to move around your car. The cord and plug can be stored neatly inside the scraper when not in use.
The scraper itself extends from 12.5 to 17.5 inches for help reaching across your windshield. And when the heating element and flat scraper aren't enough (or could use more help), the built-in ice-breaking teeth can tackle thick ice. You still need another snow brush or broom to reach the top of a tall roof, but this ice scraper can come in handy anytime you want to clear your windshield.
Price at time of publish: $50
Best for Driveway: Bully Tools 92200 Heavy Duty Sidewalk and Ice Scraper
Extra-thick 11-gauge steel blade
Limited lifetime warranty
Can't use on a car
Ice that builds up on the sidewalk or driveway around your car is no match for the Bully Tools Sidewalk and Ice Scraper. This durable ice scraper is made of an extra-thick, 11-gauge, 6-inch-wide steel blade, with all-steel construction. It's a bit pricey for an ice scraper and can't be used on your vehicle, but it's a great tool to have when you need to tackle thick ice or frozen snow from sidewalks and driveways.
At around 5 pounds, it's heavier than other ice scrapers on this list, but that extra weight helps do the work as you chop the ice. It's also 58 inches long and doesn't fold or telescope, so you need to store it in a garage or shed. While the handle doesn't have the foam cushioning like some of the ice scrapers on this list, it does have a rubber grip to help you get a good hold on it while you work.
Price at time of publish: $46
Our favorite ice scraper is the Hopkins SubZero 51-Inch Ice Crusher because it is lightweight and has an extendable handle with foam grips. Plus, it includes an ice scraper, brush, and squeegee, all in one compact tool. We also love the budget-friendly Snow Joe Original 2-in-1 Snow Broom and Ice Scraper. Affordable and lightweight, this handy tool can extend up to 52 inches and has a non-abrasive 18-inch wide snow broom, so you can remove snow from the top of your car without leaving a scratch.
What to Look for in an Ice Scraper
Ease of Use
Your ice scraper should be easy to hold and maneuver when scraping ice off your car or outdoor space. Consider the weight and grip of the scraper you're buying. It shouldn't feel too heavy as you work, nor should it easily slip from your fingers. Some products have cushioned grips with textured finger positions to help you hold and control the ice scraper without a problem.
Keep the length of the ice scraper in mind. A short ice scraper can be functional for cleaning ice off side mirrors and the car's windows, but you likely need a two-handed ice scraper or an extendable one to remove the ice from the windshield or rear window of the vehicle.
Gentle to Cars
Tearing through ice is a laborious process, especially when you need to remove it from your car, and, unfortunately, ice scrapers are often to blame when the car gets scratched. To help prevent that from happening, we advise purchasing a strong, durable ice scraper made of hard plastic. It's a good idea to start your car and turn on the defrost setting before attempting to clean the car. Give the vehicle some time to heat up and melt the ice, and then use the scraper to quickly and easily remove the ice from the windows. This process separates the ice from the glass, making it much easier to remove without accidentally scraping the car.
If the ice scraper is equipped with a brush end for cleaning snow, the bristles need to be soft enough so they don't scratch the surface of the car. Most products now feature these soft bristles, but it's still a good idea to verify that the bristles are soft by checking the manufacturer's information online or simply touching the bristles of the brush if you are in the store.
Some ice scrapers also come with squeegees or brush accessories to help safely wipe away snow and other debris. If you live in an exceptionally snowy area, scrapers with brooms help you push or pull several inches of snow quickly from the roof of your car or windshield. Options with extendable handles are necessary for reaching hard-to-reach places, like the roof of a car. The versatility of your ice scraper should depend on how you plan to use this helpful winter tool. It's also a good idea to have more than one scraper to keep as a backup in your glove box or trunk, in case your main one breaks or, better yet, you want to split up the work.
How do you use an ice scraper?
The scraper portion of an ice scraper is typically made of thin, hard plastic and shaped like the bottom of a broom. Grip the handle, and use the front edge of the scraper to push underneath the ice coating the window. The scraper is designed to lift the ice from the window, making it relatively easy to clean the car.
Sometimes the cohesion between the glass and the ice is too strong, resulting in the scraper repeatedly chipping away at the edge of the ice. If you continue to chip away at the ice, you will eventually be successful. We advise simply using the vehicle's heater and defrost setting to partially melt this connection before removing the ice with the scraper.
What is the back of an ice scraper for?
The back of an ice scraper typically has ridges that seem to do very little, but if you turn the scraper around and use these ridges on a thick piece of ice, the ridges scrape the ice, creating divots. That weakens the sheet of ice, making it easier to break up and remove with the front of the ice scraper. These ridges are typically referred to as "teeth," "jaws," or "separated chippers." Many ice scrapers on this list feature them.
How can you avoid scratching your car with an ice scraper?
Many scrapers, brooms, and brushes on this list are made from materials intended to be non-abrasive (including foam) to eliminate or reduce any damage. However, you can prevent accidental damage to your car by simply turning the car on and allowing the engine heat to partially melt the ice before removing it with the ice scraper. That separates the ice from the glass, making it much easier to clean the car and avoid scratches.
If you don't have time to wait, or if your car is notorious for warming up slowly, then you can attempt to prevent damage to the car by scraping from the edges of the window toward its center. Always keep the scraper blade away from the edges, so that even if you slip, the scraper won't scratch the side of the car.
Why Trust The Spruce?
Jenica Currie is the associate commerce editor for outdoor, gardening, and home improvement at The Spruce. She has tested products at home and in the Lab, including garden hoses, solar lights, fans, and fire pits. For this article, Jenica researched dozens of ice scrapers and evaluated them on length (including whether they detach or adjust), blade, ease of use, effectiveness, and value. Jenica used her own experience clearing compact cars and SUVs from heavy, wet, or fluffy snow and thick ice. She's also experienced too many brutal Nor'easters to count!
Timothy Dale, a long-time home improvement expert specializing in several topics, ranging from plumbing to construction to product recommendations, contributed additional research to this article.