15 Best Windshield Sun Shades (Review + Buyers Guide)
Best Windshield Sun Shades
Purchasing a car is no small feat and if you’re like the average person, then you want to make sure it lasts as long as possible. While you may not be someone out there who inspects every nook and cranny each day, you want to make sure your car is going to continue running and looking great for the foreseeable future.
As a car owner, you know that this extends past the basic oil change or tire-pressure check that you should be performing every so often. You want to make sure and take care of your car’s interior too.
That’s when people start to overlook some of the simpler car maintenance tips out there, such as using a windshield sun shade. Even if you’re not in some sunny part of the world, having such a shade is going to keep your car’s interior from being ruined while also protecting any electronics you have in your vehicle.
So, should you just go out and purchase the first sun shade you find? For those who are looking to do a bit of research and prepare themselves for what lies ahead, we have some of the top-rated windshield sun shades out there.
Let’s take a look!
The worst thing about getting back into a car after leaving it out in the sun is how hot the seats are. For the driver, it’s how hot that steering wheel is. You never thought your own car would burn you, but here we are.
EcoNour did a great job with their windshield sun shade, as this sun shade is going to keep out any excessive heat from your car.
Made from durable nylon polyester, the fabric is perfect for keeping out any harmful UV rays that are trying to stream into your car. It has two sides: a black side and a silver-colored side. The silver side works at reflecting all those UV rays away while the black side is perfect for absorbing any extra heat, keeping it there instead of letting it seep into your vehicle.
We really like the fact that this sun shade comes in four different sizes, ranging from its classic size to X-Large so you’ll easily be able to find the right one for your vehicle. It’s big enough to cover your dash too, meaning it will keep the sun away from causing any harmful cracks or discoloration.
One of our favorite things is that this sun shade is very easy to use, as it’s very straightforward and fast. With your purchase, you’ll get a carrying pouch to store the sun shade in a side door pocket or even your glove compartment. It also comes with a lifetime guarantee. If you aren’t happy with it, you can return it and get all of your money back. It’s that simple.
The one downside to the product is the sizing. We noticed that the sizing chart isn’t completely accurate, so you may need to fool around with the product a bit more to get it to fit. While assembly is easy, disassembly is a bit tougher.
Overall, we’re happy with this sun shade.
While it goes without saying that the basic idea of every sun shade is to protect your car from the sun and harmful UV rays, this Akarui product goes a bit further in making sure that nothing happens to your vehicle’s interior.
This sun shade uses high-quality 210T sun shades to make sure your vehicle is staying cool even during the hottest days of the year. It comes in three different sizes and does a fantastic job of covering all types of windshields. It’s incredibly flexible and you’d have a hard time finding a vehicle that wouldn’t be ideal for this sun shade.
That includes trucks and vans, which often get left behind when it comes to sun shades. Its thicker fabric does a great job of reflecting UV rays and absorbing heat, keeping the sunlight away from your interior. Your electronics will be protected and you won’t notice any cracks or discolorations on your dashboard.
This product comes with amazing flexibility. Despite being durable and quite large, the product is quite easy to fold and unfold. It doesn’t come with suction cups or any extra tools to hang and it’s not stiff at all, meaning taking it down is incredibly easy to do. For those looking for easy folding, you’ve come to the right place.
While not a huge drawback, this sun shade isn’t convenient. Why? You have to install it on the car’s exterior. Its heavier materials mean that you can’t put it up inside the car, as it will sag or eventually fall back into your interior. It’s also going to show some wear quicker than others and naturally, will get wet if it rains.
This product is pretty simple and basic and that’s great. You just want something that keeps the heat out of your car so you don’t roast when you step back in.
When it comes to blocking UV rays, this Sun Via product performs just about as well as any other sun shade out there. You will definitely notice a difference with your car’s interior from the beginning and the protection it offers your dashboard. You won’t notice a drop in performance if you have to leave it out in the sun for a few hours at a time.
Made from dual layers of reinforced nylon fabric, the sun shade also features a full lifetime warranty in case you’re dissatisfied with your purchase. As a nice added bonus, it comes with a small, rubber dashboard pad that will hold anything from a cell phone to your sunglasses.
Who doesn’t like receiving free stuff?
It’s incredibly easy to put up and take down, taking less than two minutes both ways. Sun Via knows that the last thing you want to do is hassle and fuss over putting up your sun shade, so they made it as easy as possible.
It only comes in one size and it can be a hassle to fit in smaller windshields. Also, it’s not going to work for any larger windshields you might find with SUV’s or trucks. It is a bit more expensive than others on this list as well.
Are you a fan of the movie Cars and their not so great spinoffs and sequels? Well, we have a product for you then.
Their sun shade is medium-sized, meaning it’s perfect for any small and medium-sized windshields out there. Many people out there refer to this as the “happy eyes” model due to the eyes present on the windshield itself. If you don’t want to give people the feeling that your car is actively watching them, you can easily reverse the sun shade where it has a much more basic pattern on the other side.
It’s incredibly easy to install and comes with a UV resistant coating on its fabric, perfect for reflecting all those harmful UV rays to keep your interior looking great and cool. It’s a bit thicker than others we’ve looked at, about two inches, and keeps your vehicle well-insulated.
The first thing we agreed upon was the thickness of the sun shade. Being advertised as “dual-layered”, it does a great job its two jobs: absorbing heat and blocking UV rays. You’ll be able to get back into your car without noticing any heat.
If you’ve got kids, the eyes are a nice touch.
If you don’t like the eyeballs, that could be a big drawback. We also don’t agree with the idea that the eyes make it look happy. In our opinion, it looks like the car is about to fall asleep. Plus, the small size means it’s only going to work in a handful of vehicles.
If your someone who has been a bit annoyed by all the sun shades we’ve looked at being for smaller or medium-sized cars, then you’ll be happy to know we’ve finally arrived at one that’s big enough for your large SUV, van, or truck.
Coveted heard your cries and has answered with a stellar product that is easy to install and fully covers any windshield out there. It comes in three different sizes (we appreciate the size name “extra jumbo”) and you won’t have any issues installing it.
Made of durable reflective material, Coveted also hands out a fully guaranteed one-year warranty in case you’re unhappy with your purchase. It also comes with a pouch, meaning tearing down and storage is quite easy.
For being so large and wide, this product is incredibly easy to install and tear down. We were able to do it in less than a minute, and that was the first time we were using it. Coveted also provides you with YouTube instructions just in case you want some extra help.
Despite being durable, we found that the product did not do a great job of staying in place. We found that multiple users had to install Velcro tape in order to make sure that the sun shade didn’t move around. Sizing can be a bit tricky, so make sure you’re using their sizing chart before making your final purchase.
Coveted made a product for the larger vehicles out there and it also has something for your smaller cars. This model does a great job of keeping those UV rays out and absorbing any extra heat that may seep through the exterior.
Similar to the larger model (extra-jumbo!), it’s made from a thicker material that is built to be durable and last a long time. It is large enough to protect your whole windshield, protecting your interior and keeping your dash crack and discoloration free.
It comes with an easy-to-use storage patch and is quite easy to install. It also comes with a one-year warranty in case you’re not satisfied with the product.
We love its versatility and found the sizing chart provided by Coveted online made it quite easy to find the right size. You’ll easily be able to find one for your small or medium-sized car. The two rings on the sun shade make it easy to place and stay put. It’s easy to make adjustments just in case it doesn’t fit perfectly the first time.
The one noticeable downside of this sun shade is its sagging. While other models seemed to be a bit more snug against the windshield, we noticed this Coveted model would sag in the middle or on the sides. Tearing down isn’t as easy as other models either, and you’ll have to go through the process a few times before you’ve got it down pat.
The first thing you’re going to notice about this EzyShade model is just how lightweight it is. Built with reflective polyester material, it’s perfect to slide in right above the dashboard. It comes in three different sizes so you can find the ideal one for you.
It’s also very adaptable and you can install the sheets either vertically or horizontally, whichever one is easier for you and your vehicle.
EzyShade says that its polyester can reflect up to 99% of UV rays and can reduce the heat by 82%, a super exact number. That means you’re going to feel comfortable when you enter the car and won’t have to worry about burning your hands when you touch the steering wheel. They are also large enough to cover your dashboard, meaning you won’t see any cracks or discolorations after repeated use.
The best thing about this product is just how lightweight it is. The two sheets are incredibly easy to move and store, perfect for a door pocket or glove box. It also comes with a non-slip sticky dashboard mat that will keep your phone secure, even when you’re driving around Fast and Furious style.
While installation is incredibly easy, tearing it down is…not. It can be a bit tricky but we did find the videos helpful. It also does not come with a warranty, which was surprising.
This product is recognized for being a top seller on Amazon, and we can see why. At such a cheap price (under $10) and incredibly effective at keeping UV rays out and are incredibly flexible in their design.
You can either use them for your front windshield, to keep the sun out of the back seats while driving around or even quick window inserts while you are doing a short trip.
These dual-layer products are great at reflecting those UV rays while also absorbing any extra heat. They’re quick, easy, and cheap.
The best thing about these shades is their size, quite compact at 21X14 inches, they can fit just about anywhere and used in many different ways. For those with medium-sized cars, you won’t even need to fold them up when putting them away. They also come with a one-year warranty in case they don’t meet your needs.
Simply put, they do not function as well as a full windshield sun shade. They aren’t big enough or made from the right materials to keep the sun out as well as others on this list do. Plus, they aren’t going to give you full windshield coverage.
Adaptable and incredibly easy to use, you can get the Shade-It model set up in your car in less than a minute. Tear down is just as easy, as it seems this product was made for people that want to have a hassle-free product.
It does a superb job at reflecting UV rays while absorbing the heat, meaning you’ll be able to get back into your car without it feeling like a sauna all over again.
This product was made for medium to large size windshields and uses two rigid inserts that cover each half of the window. It’s easily adaptable so if it’s not the perfect fit, then you can make a few adjustments to make sure it’s covering your whole windshield.
Coming in at a low price, it works almost as well as some of the more expensive models on the market. According to Shade-It, it’s going to reflect 99% of UV rays while also absorbing 95% of the heat. Add this together with its incredibly easy installation, and you’ve got a fantastic product on your hand that can do it all.
While the inserts are a nice touch, we would have preferred it come with frames for a better, more snug fit. It’s fine overall, but it can be a bit awkward the first few times you set it up. Users have also noticed some durability issues, meaning this product may not be for the long haul.
Another product made for larger windshields, this Pro Shade model is great at keeping out the heat and any UV rays. It also looks sleek and fits snugly on many windshields.
It comes with two inserts built in to block out the heat, ideal for those who have the unfortunate reality of parking outside all day during a heatwave. It’s going to keep your car’s interior cool and keep your dash from cracking or losing some of its color over time.
You will have to measure well, as this product comes in three different sizes. While it is adaptable, you want to make sure to measure twice and install once. Another added bonus is that it comes with a one-year warranty, meaning you can return it hassle-free if it isn’t up to your standards.
It will easily fit in just about any windshield, as long as you measure beforehand. You won’t notice any heat seeping through your windshield over time either. Installation can be pretty easy, taking just under a minute.
While installation is easy, tearing it down is not. We found it hardly even fit into the carrying bag that comes with it. It is imperative that you measure ahead of time, as the different sizes aren’t very adaptable.
Bearded really went for speed when it came to this sun shade, as it can open up in a matter of seconds and be installed incredibly quickly. It’s also incredibly durable, thanks to its reflective nylon thread built into the construction.
It’s incredibly easy to set up and covers just about any windshield when folded out completely. It does come with a small bag that makes tearing down very easy. You can easily put it in a door pocket or glove box for simple storage.
If you’re looking for something easy at an affordable price, then this is the product for you.
The best thing about this product was its installation and tear down ease. You won’t have to worry about taking extra time to set it up. It does a great job of blocking the UV rays and covers your whole windshield.
While installation is easy, it does have a bit of a learning curve, especially in smaller vehicles. It takes a bit more effort to get it inside and find the right formula to get it set up. It does sag a bit more, especially around the edges.
Once again with the jumbo size, X-Shade did a fantastic job when designing this sun shade. Although the name might suggest otherwise, it’s not the biggest out there but does a great job for vehicles that have a medium to large-sized windshield. It does a fantastic job of reflecting any UV rays and absorbs any excess heat to keep your interior cool.
An insert style sun shade, it doesn’t sag in the middle or around the edges like you might see with other products. You can leave it up in your car all day without having to worry about a thing.
It also comes with a money-back guarantee just in case this product isn’t up to your liking.
It is incredibly durable while being lightweight. Finding the right size may be tricky but once you do, it’s quite easy to install and keep out the heat.
Another day, another sun shade that doesn’t fit well in its carrying bag. Tearing it down is pretty tricky and definitely one of the more difficult for us throughout all these products. Sizing can also be pretty difficult and it make take a time or two before you find the right one for you.
This is one of the biggest sun shades we have looked at, as it was made for those who have larger windshields such as SUV or truck owners. Made from nylon, it does a fantastic job of keeping out all UV rays and any extra heat. You won’t notice a thing when you step back into your car.
Despite being so big, installation is pretty easy. It’s a pop-up style sun shade meaning it can be easily installed without too much fuss. When it comes time to tear it down, it can be done in under less than a minute. It also nicely fits into its small storage bag to be placed in a door pocket or the glove box.
It comes with two reinforced inserts for easy stability and comes with a 30-day guarantee. Not as good as other products on the market, but hopefully you will get to test it out in those 30 days.
The first thing we have to compliment is its size. It fits in just about any large vehicle and is incredibly easy to set up, despite its size. It covers the whole windshield, so you don’t have to worry about a thing when you leave your car.
The biggest con here is its durability. The nylon material is great but is also not ideal for the long haul. While we didn’t think tear down was super hard, many people have complained about getting it back into its bag.
Another top-quality product from the folks at Shade-It, this sun shade does an excellent job at keeping the sun out and keeping your car’s interior cool.
It fits plenty of windshields with its adaptable size and we noticed that installation was pretty easy. It also comes with a nice non-stick pad that will keep your phone or other items from slipping and falling.
It covers your entire windshield and dashboard, keeping everything safe without any issues.
It’s not overly bulky and is quite lightweight. Covering the entire windshield, we didn’t notice any sagging in the middle or around the edges. Its snug design makes it ideal for many vehicle owners.
If you’ve got a smaller windshield, we recommend staying away from this product. In addition, some users did say tear down was a bit tough.
These sun shades come in a four-pack and are quite adaptable. You can either put them on your windshield, the back windows for sun protection or on any side windows as well.
It comes with two transparent shade, two semi-transparent shades, and a storage pouch. The pouch can easily fit in your glove box or door pocket.
They can be easily matched together or combined to fit on just about any window for any function. That being said, they aren’t big enough to cover your whole windshield and will let the sun get in.
These shades from kinder Fluff are adaptable and flexible as they can be applied anywhere around your vehicle. Installation and tear down is a breeze and can be done in under a minute.
If you’re looking for something to cover your whole windshield, you might have to look elsewhere. They do a good job of keeping the sun out but aren’t big enough for the entire windshield.
Before You Buy A Sun Shade..
We’ve gone over a lot of features and different sun shades, but what are some of the things you should be considering?
It always starts with the money! You’re not going to be breaking the bank with any sun shade purchase, as almost all that we reviewed today are in between the $10-20 range. Just because you’re spending more money, doesn’t mean you’re getting the best product.
The most important aspect, many companies provide a sizing chart on their website to help you find the ideal sun shade. Many of the products come in various sizes for small to larger windshields. Make sure you measure yours before you go make a purchase. It pays to measure twice! If not, you’re going to have a hard time installing it and fitting it in your vehicle.
After size, it’s important to look at the type of material it’s made from. For the most part, polyester is one of the better materials as it does a great job of reflecting UV rays. On the other side, it should have insulating materials to make sure it’s absorbing any excess heat.
Ease of Use
No one wants to struggle putting up their sun shade, so make sure you find one that mentions its ease of use, both for installing and tearing down. Fooling around in the heat like that is only bound to make you more frustrated.
As with anything, make sure your products have warranties. Some can range from a month to a year to even longer, so take that into consideration when purchasing.
Finding a windshield for you shouldn’t be a long, drawn-out process. Make sure you measure your windshield to find the optimal size and take a good look at all products. Whether you are just trying to keep your car cooler in the heat or trying to keep your new 6×9 speakers from getting faded, sun shades are a great accessory for your car.