Top 8 Best Car Organizers
By | Last updated: March 11, 2021
best car organizers

Hey, you. Yeah, you with the landfill masquerading as a car. It’s time to clean it up and get organized. Having a spot in which to store all the detritus of daily life is important. It’s even more important to keep it in reach of the ankle biters unless you really like stopping every five minutes to find the juice boxes. Heck, even those of us who travel solo can use a bit of help keeping things in the car at bay.

We’ve assembled an octet of car organizers, all found on Amazon and all intended to help you get your life back together. Or at least help clean up your act.

1. Editor’s Pick: Oasser Trunk Organizer

With a 4.8 out of 5-star rating based on nearly 4000 reviews, this simple cargo organizer is surely one of the most highly regarded items – let alone organizers – on Amazon. Promoted as a firm and sturdy unit constructed of 5mm density board and waterproof cloth, there’s a good chance this thing will survive whatever lifestyle (or family) activities are thrown at it.

A pair of reinforced aluminum handles sprout from the sides, making the thing easy to carry. There are three compartments to sort out your items, with a couple of subdividers plus flap and mesh pockets to keep detritus at bay. A stout cover means your unmentionables won’t be seen by prying eyes – unless you want them on display, of course. We won’t judge. Much.

Pros/Sky-high ratings, very practical, reflective tape
Cons/Slightly more expensive than other options
Bottom Line/Worth the cash

2. Tsumbay Backseat Organizer with Table Tray

Tired of one-percenters tooling around in their Bentley motor cars, flashing their decadent seatback trays in your face? With this organizer, you can not only eat the rich but also your lunch, as it incorporates a fold-down tray.

That tray can only bear about 5 pounds in weight, so don’t place an entire order of Kentucky Fried on it, okay? Its surface is anti-kick, meaning back-seat minions can fire their filthy Vans at them without marring the surface. Waterproof and easy to clean, this seatback organizer should last for ages – or at least until you upgrade to a Rolls-Royce.

Pros/Fold-down tray permits delusions of opulence, waterproof
Cons/Tray not that robust
Bottom Line/Set goals in your Rolls

3. AMEIQ 3-Layer Car Mesh Organizer

Feel like storing all your gear within reach while running deliveries around the streets of your city? Do you have a desire to demarcate the space between the front row of seats and the peanut gallery? This mesh organizer goes suspended mid-air between the two front seatbacks, as if a determined spider was trying to spin a thick web.

The ad claims that while the straps themselves are adjustable, the mesh pockets are largely devoid of elasticity in order to prevent the inevitable sagging once heavy items are placed in the organizer. This net is also marketed as a pet barrier, though it would have to be one particularly small or lazy pet for this thing to prevent the forward movement of any animal.

Pros/Keeps items at hand, bars off annoying back seat passengers
Cons/Clip-and-belt system isn’t exactly subtle, likely useless as a pet barrier
Bottom Line/Keep those passengers away.

4. Vakeen Backseat Trunk Organizer

This particular car organizer rises to the top of our list because one very similar to it resided in the back of your author’s dilapidated Ford Escort many moons ago. This organizer’s suspended design hangs off the back seat, freeing up trunk real estate for important shipments of family groceries and moonshine.

A trio of adjustment straps keeps the works of it lashed to headrests or seatbacks – your choice – while a quartet of pockets keeps your expensive vintages from rolling around in the boot and becoming destroyed. Handy flaps hide your valuables from prying eyes. A bottle holder stands ready for beverages and a removable pouch is great for a bug-out situation

Pros/Covered storage, stays out of the way, solid ratings
Cons/Can sag over time, blocks folding seat function
Bottom Line/A cheap way to get organized.

5. HOTOR Car Trash Can with Lid and Storage Pockets

Priced at just 10 bucks, this organizer is primarily a trash can with a mesh pocket around its perimeter. It does have a collapsible shape and adjustable straps, allowing the thing to be suspended aloft from the car’s headrests or tossed on the floor like a sack of potatoes. A leakproof lining keeps spills at bay.

This lining means that one doesn’t have to use it as a trash can, with the seller showing multiple pictures of cold drinks or snacks being stored in the rectangular space. Reviews are overwhelmingly positive, with many customers claiming the size is ideal and not invasive to the car’s cabin. Lyft and Uber drivers, in particular, seem to be big fans.

Pros/Small footprint, big functionality, low price
Cons/Obnoxious branding
Bottom Line/Low price, bad branding

6. Henzxi Car Seat Pockets

If you’re one of the many drivers who loses stuff down in that crevvie between the seat and center console, this may be a solution you want to examine. Designed to fit in that narrow slot (also called the black hole of death in our car), it fits the space in which so many keys and papers have been lost. Plus that candy bar which was never found.

The English-as-a-sixth-language ad says this product will “solve disorder problem of your beloved car” which is the greatest description of any car organizer I have ever read. Some cars have more disorder problems than others, so the makers of this unit see fit to include a brace of them with every order.

Pros/Solves disorder problems (what more do you want?!)
Cons/Won’t fit every car, no reviews
Bottom Line/New name

7. ZORMY Washable Car Trunk Organizer with 9 Pockets

Taking up a big footprint, this organizer is best suited for those who seek to keep their groceries from being tossed around like rice at a wedding. Made of strong polyester (like your father’s suits) with reinforced stitching, it’s easy to clean and comes with a trio of adjustable dividers made from durable PVC material.

Measuring a vast two feet long by a foot wide and 14.7 inches tall, there are few daily carry items that can’t be contained by this organizer. A series of belts and buckles keeps the thing anchored, so feel free to put that extra bottle of windshield wash in one side and those jumper cables in the other. A pair of handles allow for quick removal.

Pros/Collapsible when not in use, holds many many things
Cons/Not overly cheap, takes up a lot of room
Bottom Line/What a name!

8. anban Car Backseat Organizer

These things are probably what immediately springs to mind when one talks about car organizers, as one often does at wild Friday night parties. Designed to hold a couple of drinks and the random detritus of life, these units strap onto the front seatbacks and increase storage space for backseat urchins tenfold.

A clear pocket is provided so haggard parents can deploy a tablet with several episodes of Spongebob in an effort to quell the backseat racket during a particularly stressful portion of the drive to Disney. Those storage pockets mentioned earlier are mesh, reducing the number of “where’s my stuff?” queries when the stuff is, in fact, right in front of them. Ahem. Yes.

Pros/Holds a vast array of totally unessential items, has a tablet holder
Cons/Advertises your lot in life as a parent
Bottom Line/Strangers will know you have kids.

Car Organizer FAQs

Who are you to tell me to stay organized?

A group of people who’ve spent a lifetime around cars, that’s who. Those of us who’ve toiled in dealerships will tell you that – despite the protestations of some in the industry – a clean car does absolutely net more money on trade compared to one that’s been trashed. And the rest of the gearheads here will tell you that simply having a clean car is part and parcel of being a decent vehicle owner.

Ok, ok – fine. Any other tips?

Make sure to select a car organizer that’s going to get used. Buying one of the units on this list that scuppers the ability to fold down the rear seats when you use that feature on the daily is a poor idea that’ll only lead to frustration. Stick with one that fits your lifestyle.

Isn’t all this a waste of money?

No, not if it means you’ll have a clean and tidy car. Even if you’re not picking up hot dates every other weekend, leaving detritus lying around the cabin of your car is a sure-fire way to get beaned in the head during a collision. Pack that stuff away in one of these organizers.

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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.)

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