Best Steering Wheel Covers: Got It Covered

Matthew Guy
by Matthew Guy

Our Top 8 Steering Wheel Covers

best steering wheel covers got it covered

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.

Table of Contents

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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)

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.

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

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.

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

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.

Which steering wheel cover is best?

Although the term ‘best’ may have varied definitions depending on the choice of individuals, in general, this could mean either ‘best overall’ or ‘best in value’. While the former gives a decent performance, durability, looks, and quality of material, the latter offers the best value for money, i.e., you get optimum quality within a reasonable price range. Considering this, the following covers could be worth a try:

Best Overall

SEG Direct Microfiber Leather ( Buy here)

Available in as many as six colors, this steering wheel cover is available in three sizes that range from 14.25” to 16”. The cover is non-slippery and ready to install.

Best Value

Rueesh Microfiber Leather ( Buy here)

This one is available in four shades and comes in a universal 14.5” to 15” size. The cover possesses all the qualities that microfiber leather has to offer.

Do steering wheel covers ruin your steering wheel?

In fact, they do the opposite. With continued usage, the material of the steering wheel may deteriorate and the steering may look old and untidy. Furthermore, to add insult to the injury, you can’t do anything about it as replacing the whole wheel might be quite expensive.

With a decent and good quality wheel cover, you can not only prevent the wear and tear of the steering itself, replacing the cover is comparatively way cheaper as well, should its material deteriorate over time.

Are cloth steering wheel covers good?

Because clothes have the tendency of absorbing liquids, a wheel cover made of cloth significantly reduces the chances of your hand getting slipped from the wheels due to sweat. However, it is imperative to have a cover that tightly fits the steering wheel so the cover itself doesn’t slip while driving.

Which leather is best for the steering wheel?

In most high-end cars, the steering wheels are made of pigmented leather whereas some of them use Teflon leather. While the former gives a good feel while holding the wheel, the latter offers the sense of plastic.

Nevertheless, if you are going for a steering wheel cover, you may want to go for the one made of either Genuine Leather that is non-slippery or Microfiber Leather that has soft padding to massage your palm to make your drive comparatively less tiresome.

Is a steering wheel cover worth it?

Although most steering wheels that the cars nowadays come with offer a firm grip on the hand, sometimes they are too thin to be comfortable while driving. With that said, some points that you should know about the wheel covers include:

Initially, the covers were manufactured to offer a good grip as the steering wheels themselves were made of smooth material and were slippery

The steering wheels were, and in some cars, even today are pretty thin which makes it inconvenient to hold them properly, especially when turning. The covers have grooves and some irregular embossed material and add a layer of thickness to make the wheel easy to hold, particularly for people with large palms

While purchasing a steering wheel cover, you must make sure that the size is accurate, and the material of the inner side is hard and rough enough to hold the wheel tightly. This will ensure that the cover doesn’t slip from the wheel while driving

Are steering wheel covers one size fits all?

No, they are not. This is because the steering wheels installed on the cars vary in size depending on the model and make of the vehicle. However, most wheels fall between the size range of 14 inches and 17.5 inches in diameter. Therefore, while buying a wheel cover for your vehicle, it is imperative to check the owner’s manual and purchase the one that perfectly fits your car’s steering.

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

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  • Amwhalbi Amwhalbi on Jan 01, 2022

    FWIW, I just bought the Valleycomfy cover {#1 on the list) about 2 months ago for my 2010 Venza. It took all of 3 minutes to install, fits nicely and has a good leather grip that is less slippery than the composite rubber/plastic (or whatever it is) material that came on my base model Venza. The only adjustment is that the steering wheel with the leather cover installed is thicker than the old wheel (duh), so it does feel different in my hands. Nonetheless, I like it and am quite satisfied with it.

  • Geo Geo on Jan 02, 2022

    The only steering wheel cover I'd ever use is a retro one with that wire that wraps around and secures it. Not listed here.

    • Quaquaqua Quaquaqua on Jan 03, 2022

      Really, you couldn't even actually look at the list before making a comment about what's not on it? Ridiculous. Number 3, by the way.

  • SilverCoupe I am one of those people whose Venn diagram of interests would include Audis and Formula One.I am not so much into Forums, though. I spend enough time just watching the races.
  • Jeff S Definitely and very soon. Build a hybrid pickup and price it in the Maverick price range. Toyota if they can do this soon could grab the No 1 spot from Maverick.
  • MaintenanceCosts Would be a neat car if restored, and a lot of good parts are there. But also a lot of very challenging obstacles, even just from what we can see from the pictures. It's going to be hard to justify a restoration financially.
  • Jeff S Ford was in a slump during this era and its savior was a few years away from being introduced. The 1986 Taurus and Sable saved Ford from bankruptcy and Ford bet the farm on them. Ford was also helped by the 1985 downsize front wheel drive full sized GM cars. Lincoln even spoofed these new full size GM cars in an ad basically showing it was hard to tell the difference between a Cadillac, Buick, and Oldsmobile. This not only helped Lincoln sales but Mercury Grand Marquis and Ford Crown Victoria sales. For GM full size buyers that liked the downsized GM full size 77 to 84 they had the Panther based Lincoln Town Cars, Mercury Grand Marquis, and Ford Crown Victorias that were an alternative to the new GM front wheel drive full size cars that had many issues when they were introduced in 1985 and many of those issues were not resolved for several years. The Marks were losing popularity after the Mark Vs.
  • SCE to AUX Toyota the follower, as usual. It will be 5 years before such a vehicle is available.I can't think of anything innovative from them since the Gen 1 Prius. Even their mythical solid state battery remains vaporware.They look like pre-2009 General Motors. They could fall hard.
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