Windshield sun protectors help to preserve cars’ interior furnishings from ultraviolet (UV) light damage. During the hot summer months, these devices can also help to keep cars cooler, so that drivers can comfortably enter their vehicles without the help of the cars’ air conditioning units. These deflective sun shades are the next best things to having sun shields that also collect and store the sun’s light and heat energy to generate power for later use. Some windshield covers are designed to prevent ice from forming on cars’ windshields and save drivers precious time during their morning winter commutes. Here are 10 of this year’s top sunshades and windshield covers on the market.
1. Plasticolor 003700R01 Star Accordion Sunshade
Settling for the standard silver hued sun shade is no longer necessary for Star Wars enthusiasts. The Plasticolor Star Accordion sunshade features a picture of Star Wars movie characters that are incorporated into the sunshade. People who see the shade will do a double take as Luke Skywalker, Obi-Wan Kenobi, Han Solo and Chewbacca stare back at them. However, fans should be aware that the product received less than favorable reviews for long term performance and durability in notably sunny climates like those found in Arizona and Texas.
2. Windshield Protector Product
Drivers who are willing to sacrifice personality for higher performance may choose Shade-It’s windshield sun protector. The cover fits most cars and trucks whose windshield dimensions do not exceed 63 inches by 29 inches. The shade conveniently and neatly folds down into a small pouch when not in use. Consumer reviews indicate that Shade-It’s sun shields work to keep cars’ interiors cooler and to protect car furnishings and electronic devices from damaging UV light.
3. FrostGuard® Premium Winter Windshield Cover
The FrostGuard® Premium Winter Windshield Cover is the ultimate time saver for drivers who have early morning commutes during winter. The cover easily attaches to most vehicles’ side view mirrors, and its waterproof fabric repels frost, ice and snow all through the night. Drivers simply unlatch the covers from their side view mirrors, shake out the covers and drive safely away with clear windshields. The product comes with an easy to dry, nylon storage pouch. Consumer reviews of the product verify that it works even under extreme winter temperatures, but it is recommended that potential customers measure their windshields to ensure proper fit before ordering the product.
4. Windshield Convenient Windshields Protector Retractable
The retractable sunshade by X-Shade offers reliable protection from the scorching heat of the sun. The shade’s fabric reflects the sun’s rays and keeps cars’ steering wheels and seats at bearable temperature ranges for drivers and their passengers during the hot summer months. The shade easily retracts and folds flexibly for easy storage when not in use.
5. Car Sun Shade Windshield Sunshade
The car sun shade by Bearded Garage is a pop open style shade that blocks up to 99 percent of the sun’s UV rays. Cars, trucks and sport utility vehicles (SUV) that do not have windshield dimensions that exceed 30 inches by 62 inches can benefit from this sun shade. The product is advertised to keep vehicle interiors up to 44 degrees cooler than cars that remain uncovered. The sun shade opens and closes in seconds, and it comes with a handy storage case. Consumer reviews attest that the product delivers on its claims.
6. Skorch Window Standard Windshield Sunshade
Skorch windshield sunshade offers a high performance, flexible option for car interior protection during the hot summer months. The shade is ideal for small and medium sized vehicles, and it adjusts to fit windshields with dimensions up to 75 inches by 33 inches. The folded sunshade is compact enough to fit within a glove compartment.
7. Auto Expressions 40504 Protection Reduction
The sun shade by Auto Expressions is a mesh cover that attaches to vehicles’ interior rear windows via suction cups to reduce glare while driving and reduce heat that is felt by passengers in the back seats. This sun shade fits rear windshields of 19 inches by 40 inches. It opens and closes quickly for convenient use anytime that it is needed.
8. Car Windshield Sunshade Protection
The car windshield sunshade by Veneev promises relief from summer sun rays that make it uncomfortable for a driver and passengers to enter a vehicle that has been sitting in the sun for hours. This sun shade also helps to protect resale value of one’s car, truck or SUV by blocking 99 percent of UV rays that deteriorate dashboard, steering console and seat materials. The sunshade by Veneev fits vehicle windshields with dimensions of up to 62 inches by 33 inches.
9. Max Reflector Jumbo Accordion Shade
The classic accordion styled sun shade by Auto Expressions features a silver colored reflective surface that blocks unwanted light and heat from entering vehicles’ interiors. Since the foldable product is oversized, drivers can fold the shade panels to adjust to just about any vehicle windshield size. The sun shade measures 27 inches by 67 inches. This sun shade by Auto Expressions is made of an insulated material that is reportedly of a durable quality. However, consumer reviews for the product indicate that the sunshade’s trim material does not hold up well in locations like Texas that are known for blistering summer temperatures.
10. Basix Shade Jumbo Styles
The Basix sun shade system by Auto Expressions comes with two sun shielding panels that can adjust to a variety of windshield lengths and widths because of its flexible design and construction. This product was field tested in Death Valley, California to ensure that its construction and materials could keep vehicle interiors cooler and block damaging UV rays.