Top 8 Best Car Seat Covers
By | Last updated: August 9, 2021
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Routinely ignored until needed and often derided until put into good use, seat covers are the Rodney Dangerfield of car accessories. Poor fitting units bear the brunt of buyer’s remorse, while a wanton color choice is obvious to all passersby. After all, seats take up most of your car’s interior – their covering is kinda noticeable.

Whether one wants to add seat covers to their ride because the car was previously inhabited by a rabid squirrel or simply to change up the interior vibe, there are no shortage of vendors looking to take your hard-earned cash. After all, some of these things are comfortable while others frustratingly wad up like a discarded McDonald’s bag.

While this is a minefield of offerings, we have attempted to wade through it all and highlight eight of them here. Always be sure the set you’re ordering actually fits the machine in which you intend to perform an install.

1. Editor’s Pick: Luckyman Club Car Seat Covers

Regular readers (all three of you) know my propensity for over-the-topiary items. With that in mind, it should be no surprise I’ve selected a product that some would consider garish and bears the name of Luckyman. Seriously: LUCKYMAN! How can you go wrong? These covers are black in color with red piping along the edges and amongst the diamond shape surface pattern. The seller boasts of a material that is thicker than most competitors, alleging extra protection from the poking of keys or other sharp objects.

Customer feedback indicates the covers fit snugly on a wide range of vehicles, everything from a Tacoma to Corolla. Shipping time seems to be reasonable, too. Seat sides are left exposed, meaning these things are compatible with cars featuring front-seat side airbags. Despite the extra material thickness, seat heaters should still be able to provide a toasty seating surface through the covers.

Pros/Leather-like material, snazzy pattern and colors, compatible with side airbags
Cons/Cheaper options exist
Bottom Line/Bottom Line: Are you a Luckyman??

2. Pet Friendly: Vailge Bench Dog Car Seat Cover

Falling squarely in the function-over-form part of the Venn diagram is this cover. Essentially a big blanket with a quilted-type surface and straps to hold the works of it in place, this protector is a great idea for anyone who regularly brings Fido and Fluffy along with them on family road journeys. Disturbingly, the seller also recommends it for children. Okay, then.

I’ll concede it might be helpful to prevent damage caused by a tightly installed rear-facing carrier. Other than that, don’t treat your children like pets. As for the cover, it isn’t a form-fitting unit, instead merely hooking straps around the headrests and seat anchors. Makes it easy to remove the cover when it isn’t needed, however.

Pros/Protects seats from Fido’s movements, cheap insurance for leased cars
Cons/Not exactly the most form-fitting cover
Bottom Line/Your pet will thank you and so will the car's next owner

3. Budget Choice: FH Group Cloth Full-Set Seat Covers

If all you need is a cheap way to hide the tattered remains of the factory-seat fabric in your vehicle, a person will be hard pressed to do better than with this option. Priced cheaper than a bucket of chicken, this cover set includes both front bucket seats, two pieces for the rear bench (seat back and bottom), and a quartet of headrest covers should they be needed.

A variety of colors are available, form muted greys to bold red. You know which one I chose. Concealed velcro openings and adjustable straps helps facilitate installation, removal, and reattachment. Despite their bargain basement price, the seller says they have been engineered to accommodate both traditional and heated seats. At this price, if they wear out in a year, simply buy another set.

Pros/Dirt cheap, plenty of color options
Cons/No mention made of airbag compatibility
Bottom Line/Quick and cheap way to add color and basic protection

4. Baja Saddle Blanket Weave Multi-Color Seat Cover

You’re headed back in time faster than a DeLorean travelling 88 mph with this set of seat covers. Your author remembers these seat covers adorning vehicles during his halcyon days, namely a late ‘80s GM pickup truck that had absolutely no call being on the road. As then, this set of covers is rendered in “Baja blanket” style and said to be made of breathable material with 3 mm of foam backing. Will they be itchy? You decide.

Designed to fit most seats with built-in headrests but customer provided images show them working on seats with detachable headrests as well if one is content to do a bit of fiddling during installation. In a fit of largesse, the seller includes a steering wheel cover and two seat belt pads of the same design.

Pros/Affordable, funky style, includes a couple of accessories
Cons/Potential dodgy fit for back seats
Bottom Line/Smile when you install this, pardner

5. AutoSpeed Luxury PU Leather Car Seat Cover

Those letters PU in the heading aren’t a reference to the smell of your car’s interior, which is a good thing. In the upholstery biz (and a few others), it is actually an acronym for the polyurethane used in production; in this case, it denotes artificial or man-made leather. This product is less of an entire seat cover than it is a seating pad, simply resting on the surfaces where passengers sit and not the sides or backs of the seats.

Whether this is a good or bad thing is up to the buyer (and how badly the car’s original upholstery is worn). It certainly makes for a quick fix and spruces the place up in jig time but, in the same breath, it can look rather unfinished to most people. At least potential buyers won’t think you’re trying to hide anything.

Pros/Cheap way improve the look of the place, available in a series of colors
Cons/Doesn’t cover the whole surface
Bottom Line/More of a pad than a cover

6. BDK Two Tone Pattern Car Seat Covers

If it’s wild and vivid Aztec patterns you’re after, this crew has got ‘em for ya. This set is for two front chairs, securing themselves to the seats with elastic straps. There apparently is a non-slip backing on the reverse side of this polyester blending fabric, so the works of it shouldn’t bunch up under your butt when you practice handbrake turns in the school parking lot.

Customers report a snug fit on some cars, so measure carefully before ordering especially if you have a larger vehicle like a pickup truck. One person also noted that the cover, erm, covers the seat-lift lever of her Beetle. However, at thirty bucks for the pair, it’s hard to go wrong. Well, so long as you like loud print patterns, that is.

Pros/Not costly, easy to install, wild looks
Cons/Not exactly a custom fit, wild looks
Bottom Line/Great if you desire very loud covers from only the front seats

7. Car Pass Universal Fit Piping Leather Car Seat Cover

Again, not actual leather — nor should you expect the same for the grand sum of $79.99. This kit has 11 pieces in total, including five headrest covers in case your car has three of them for backseat riders. Speaking of, line zippers in that seat’s cover allow for a variety of split-folding configurations, including 60/40 and 50/50.

That piping feature surely wouldn’t pass muster in Crewe but looks more than acceptable on an eighty-buck set of seat covers. They are compatible with airbag-equipped seats, with the sellers including well-meaning but mangled English phrases such as “keep your safe in case of emergence.” Be wary of feedback that shows covers with packaging wrinkles that never seem to go away. Complaints of poor stitching abound as well.

Pros/Affordable, design allows for split-folding rear seats
Cons/Reports of poor quality and bad fit
Bottom Line/At least there a snazzy color options

8. Zone Tech Two Tone Wooden Beaded Car Seat Cushion

Surely you remember these. Thirty years ago, everyone either had a set or knew someone who did. Like movie reboots and fashion trends, most people love a good dose of nostalgia. These two-tone beaded seat covers have it in spades. The cushion is especially designed with small gaps in between the beads so allow a good circulation of air. This specifically lowers the temperature on your back and legs, especially if you live in an area that regularly sees hot weather.

The cushion is designed to give drivers a gentle back and thigh massage while seated, though I do recall reports of some users simply feeling like they’re sitting on a bunch of marbles. At least this product’s return policy is good.

Pros/Retro style, alleged massaging properties, free flow of air
Cons/You can’t actually go back to 1985
Bottom Line/A great blast from the '80s

Car Seat Covers FAQ:

What types of materials can car seat covers be made from?

Most of the ones found through online retails are crafted from man-made materials, explaining the slightly hilarious PU acronym mentioned earlier in this post. Genuine leather is rare, though not impossible to find if you’re willing to pay for it. At that price point, however, you can bet your author would be getting a professional upholstery shop to handle the install.

What are the differences between these car seat covers?

Some of the seat covers wrap all the way around the chairs, like putting a layer of plastic food saver material on top of last night’s leftovers. Some are merely glorified pads, simply putting another layer of fabric (or fake leather) between the driver/passenger and the factory upholstery.

Which type of car seat cover should I choose?

Select good quality units that have lots of tie down points and cover a significant portion of the seat. Failure to do this can result in bunched-up seat covers which can be uncomfortable at best and downright dangerous at worst.

So car seat covers can introduce a safety concern?

If you’re a moron about it, yes. Above all else, make sure to safely install these things. While it might not seem like a big deal, a seat cover that acts like a slip n’ slide can lead to a dangerous situation on the road, not to mention the catastrophe that could happen if a side airbag panel is blocked by an improperly installed cover. As with all things in life, take your time and read the instructions.

Is it possible to get car seat covers for minivans?

Yes, even though we did not mention them much in this post. Look for sets that have the proper sizing, since most minivans have a differently sized middle bench than the one in its third-row. And it goes without saying you’ll need something separate for captain’s chairs.

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  • Added FAQ
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  • Replaced product at #5 (availability)
  • Added Bottom Line to #7 and #8

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