Our Top 8 Steering Wheel Covers
By | Last updated: May 20, 2021
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 We get it. Not everyone lives a decadent lifestyle in which they are afforded the opportunity to drive week-old Mercs and Audis. Why, just last month your author tested a press car with over 5,000 miles on the odometer. The indignity.

We’re joking, of course. The VerticalScope brain trust is just like you: putting their pants on one leg at a time and driving clapped out old beaters. Since it is the one item of your car that you must handle every time you hit the road, some steering wheels tend to lose their covering with age. Some drivers hate these covers as they tend to fatten up a steering wheel rim in an age where most drivers could use all the road feedback they can get. Others are far more accepting.

With that in mind, take a gander at these steering wheel covers we found on Amazon. Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’m off to find a press car with a thousand-mile odometer.

1. Editor's Choice: Valleycomfy Universal 15-inch Auto Car Steering Wheel Cover

Offered in an array of colors – just like automakers used to do for their interiors back in the ‘80s and ‘90s – this steering wheel cover is advertised as being constructed of real leather, not man-made polyurethane. Its pattern of stitching is supposed to aid grip even if it does look like a contorted snake.

This thing is intended to fit cars with steering wheels of diameter between 14.5 and 15.5 inches, so drag out that measuring tape before clicking ‘buy’. Pickup trucks might prove to be a tight fit, as the seller suggests heating the cover up with a hairdryer before installation on a vehicle of that type. Hey, at least it should grip the wheel tightly.

Pros/Good ratings, comfy is right there in the name
Cons/Weirdo stitching pattern
Bottom Line/Real leather for real grip

2. Bokin Microfiber Steering Wheel Cover

Here’s an option that can add a dash of color to even the most funereal of interiors. Said to be made of breathable microfiber leather, the cover is purported to ‘absorb sweat quickly’. That’s fine for the original owner … but you definitely wouldn’t want to pick up one of these at a yard sale.

The seller says they offer an 18-month warranty against manufacturing defects, though we’re certain your road rage antics won’t be covered under that policy. Another bonus is the 30-day money-back guarantee. There are a ton of real-world customer photos in the listing as well.

Pros/Buncha colors, ribbed for your pleasure
Cons/Bizarre grip locations
Bottom Line/Buy this new, not used

3. Superior Sport Grip Steering Wheel Cover

You remember these, right? Essentially a flat piece of man-made leather, they are made to wrap around your steering wheel and kept in place by a sinew of plastic shoelace-style strapping. The latter is wrapped in a slightly diagonal fashion around and around and around and around and … you get the point.

Eventually, you should wind up with a steering wheel completely covered in perforated fake leather. The installation process is not for the impatient amongst us. But if you simply must have a dose of yesteryear, then here’s your pick. This product is available in three colors and has a healthy 4.3 out of 5-star rating on Amazon.

Pros/That retro feel will transport you back to when you had hair
Cons/Time-consuming install
Bottom Line/Painful installation but results are Radwood-approved

4. Shakar Bohemian Style Steering Wheel Cover

We’re getting into the style over function part of our list now, with this cover that looks for all the world like those blankets they sell in the gift shops at Sky Harbor in Phoenix. Fitting steering wheels sized 14.5 to 15 inches on the round, they should be suitable for the vast majority of cars in America.

Made of a linen blanket material, the seller says it’s good for use in both hot and cold weather. However, you gotta imagine that it can get a bit funky with sweat if installed in a non-A/C car that’s taken through the wilds of a place like Furnace Creek.

Pros/Very reasonable price, fits most cars
Cons/Eye-crossing patterns
Bottom Line/Bold on a budget

5. Yontree Faux Wool Steering Wheel Cover

Yep, we’re going there. How anyone in the world manages to hang onto control of their vehicle with one of these things installed is well beyond the imagination of this author. Made of faux wool, this cover – available in eight different colors – is best used for show only.

But look at it! The sample photo of the cover in Cameo Brown looks as if someone took all the fur off a Tribble, while the White one appears to have been made from a Yeti. Here’s a bonus: for the dirt-cheap as-listed price, one also gets a cover for their e-brake lever and shift lever. I mean, most new cars don’t have either of those things anymore but … just look at it.

Pros/You’ll never run out conversation topics with your Uber passenger
Cons/Completely impractical
Bottom Line/Your friends will be talking about you ... for better or worse

6. Madmax Glossy Finish Steering Wheel Cover

We had to include this one simply because it has ‘madmax’ in its product name. Well, that and the fact it’s shinier than your author’s bald head after a midday run. Made of fake news leather and available in several (very shiny) colors, it’ll improve the look of an old or worn steering wheel at the very least.

Out of just over a hundred reviews, admittedly a small sample size in the grand scheme of things, a full 98% have given this cover a four- or five-star rating. Real-world pictures abound, along with the warnings that the surface might get a tad toasty if your car is parked in the sun for extended periods of time.

Pros/No one’s going to miss it
Cons/May swing with the temperature
Bottom Line/Wear sunglasses (even at night)

7. Rueesh Microfiber Leather Car Steering Wheel Cover

This cover is very similar to the one that started this post, complete with the same three indentations in its radius stitching. Still, we’re including it because it is from a different seller and is reasonably priced. It is advertised as being made from microfiber leather.

Zoomy red is the only color option here, a decent choice to jazz up that dark inkwell of an interior. Consumer reviews are generally positive, tempered with the advice to blow dry this thing before trying to slip it on over the steering wheel.

Pros/Affordable, great way to clean up your hooptie
Cons/Just a single color option
Bottom Line/Great budget choice for a quick flip

8. SEG Direct Microfiber / Leather Steering Wheel Cover

With well over 25,000 ratings and umpteen reviews, this steering wheel cover is one of the most popular options on Amazon. The seller says it is made of durable microfiber (read: fake) leather and fits steering wheels between 14.5 and 15 inches in diameter. In other words, very nearly all the vehicles on our roads today.

Installing the thing is easy as donning a pair of shoes – if they were shoes for your car, that is. Simply start by lining up the cover with the top of your car’s wheel, working and stretching the cover around the perimeter towards the bottom of the steering wheel. The instructions note this is a snug-fitting cover, so warming the thing to make it more pliable is a good idea. For that step, either hit it with a hairdryer or just leave it in the sun for a while.

Pros/Simple install, good price, ample reviews
Cons/Color selection could be a bit better
Bottom Line/Make sure to install it properly

Steering Wheel Cover FAQs

How do you install a steering wheel cover?

By and large, most of these covers simply slip on over the steering wheel with no tools – or thought, for that matter – required. Be aware that the majority of these things are made of cheap(ish) plastic and rubber so they will likely be flexible as an oak tree. Applying a safe amount of heat should aid the process immensely?

What are the benefits of a steering wheel cover?

The reasons to install one of these things are vast, ranging from simply trying to spruce up the interior of one’s car to covering up a faded and tattered steering wheel. In fact, the latter can be a big problem in sunny climates, where the hot weather creates a furnace-like environment in a car’s cabin while it is parked. This can cause problems with the factory glue, leaving either a sticky mess on the wheel or a surface that slides around like Bambi on ice.

Are steering wheel covers expensive?

It would seem that most of them can be had for under twenty dollars, making them cheap upgrades. This is especially true if you’re trying to sell your car, though we don’t encourage anyone to hide defects from potential buyers. Be honest and tell ’em you wanted to add a bit of color while keeping the place looking fresh.

UPDATES:

  • Replaced C.P.R. Classic Grip Old School Steering Wheel Cover with Superior Sport Grip Steering Wheel Cover
  • Added SEG Direct Microfiber / Leather Steering Wheel

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(Editor’s note: This post is meant to both help you be an informed shopper for automotive products but also to pay for our ‘90s sedan shopping habits operating expenses. Some of you don’t find these posts fun, but they help pay for Junkyard Finds, Rare Rides, Piston Slaps, and whatever else. Thanks for reading.)

[Main photo credit: Tomasz Majchrowicz / ShutterStock.com. Product images provided by the manufacturer.]

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