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Telescoping Windshield Brush Keeps Me Dry

Reviewing: Hopkins Telescopic Snowbrush  |  Rating:
Joan Young By Joan Young on
Badge: Editor | Level: 34 | Cars & Motorcycles Expertise:

This brush extends to 42" and even short people can reach the center of a vehicle without leaning across the hood and getting wet.

Someone gave this Hopkins Telescopic Snowbrush to me because they said that it kept collapsing on them. I have been using it all winter, and it hasn’t telescoped unexpectedly on me yet. It’s the best windshield brush that I have ever owned.

There is a rubber grip around the handle so that when you are using the brush you don’t have to touch the cold bar. I think this rubber grip has slipped a little from its original position, but I can’t seem to pull it back, and it really doesn’t matter. The bar appears to be some kind of hard plastic rather than metal. If you turn it around to use the scraper then the plastic that forms the brush head is extended over the bar so you can hold onto that for a grip.

To extend or shorten the handle there is a screw fitting near the middle of the bar, which you simply loosen, adjust the bar, and tighten again.

There are plenty of bristles. The brush is 8x2x1 inches, and very dense. My previous brush was much wimpier and heavy snow could just bend the bristles over. As you can see in the video, that won’t happen with this one.

On the scraper end, the plastic blade is 4 inches wide and quite sharp. It might be nice to have a wider blade, but on the other hand, this one will clear a spot in the center of my mirror, which is really nice. My old scraper was too wide for that job. Also on the blade end is a toothed edge to chip ice.. I’ve discovered that I also like the slight extension of the head of the brush to clean the depression below the windshield wipers.

There is a hole in the blade for hanging the tool in the off season. During the winter I keep it in my car, and this is perhaps the only negative thing I can say about it. If I leave it extended it’s 42" long. Even fully collapsed, it is 34" long. This means that it doesn’t just fit under the seat. This isn’t a big issue in my mini-SUV, but it might be in some vehicles.