Top 8 Best Car Trunk Organizers
By | Last updated: May 5, 2020

There are few irritants more exasperating in a car than listening to the rattle and swoosh of items rolling around in the cargo area of that vehicle. Whether it’s a bag of groceries or a box of tools, objects sliding to and fro with each turn of the steering wheel is an annoyance beyond compare.

Trunk organizers come in all shapes and sizes, so we’ve amassed a list of eight to help you get a grip on what’s available. With one of these cargo carriers keeping a lid on things, one should never have to again hear the disheartening ‘sploosh’ of a jug of milk breaking open.

1. Editor's Choice: Knodel Car Trunk Organizer

Here’s a sturdy option that can fold itself up like an Autobot and deployed in one of a few different sizes. It features compartments to keep your gear separate and exterior pockets for items that require quick access. Made from high-quality polyester material, this carrier is advertised to have “unbreakable” metal handles. Most of us consider such a statement to be a challenge.

Its dividers are made of a high-density board that is more firm and sturdy than simple fabric. In addition, the product features a water-resistant surface to help repel water as well as a non-slip bottom to prevent sliding. Most customers were pleased with their purchase, citing good build quality and handy size flexibility.

Pros/Sturdy removable dividers, water resistant, adjustable sizing
Cons/Easy-to-lose lid
Bottom Line/Let us know if those handles are truly unbreakable

2. Seal Products Tidy Boot Organizer

Half a dozen mesh pockets comprise this sub-$10 option, advertised as bearing a couple of anti-slip Velcro strips on its bottom to keep the thing from slipping around. Measuring just under two feet long and half a foot wide, this organizer weighs less than a pound. Whether that’s good or not for durability is up for debate.

Buyers report in their feedback that this organizer “sticks to the carpet very well” thanks to those Velcro strips. Some carping was registered about its depth – or lack thereof – not permitting a large spray bottle or aerosol can to stand upright.

Pros/Good reviews, very low price
Cons/English-as-a-fourth language ad copy
Bottom Line/Affordable and easy solution

3. Tour Master Select Trunk Lid Organizer

Here’s a neat solution to make the cargo area of your touring bike look like something normally found in a police or private eye fleet. This organizer attaches to the underside of a Goldwing’s cargo lid, permitting your items to live off the floor, freeing up space for other detritus.

It’s a three-piece modular design and intended to fit the cargo can of a Goldwing bike. Customers report it is “well worth the money” and “easy to install”, both of which are good votes of confidence. The downside? You have to ride a Goldwing to use it.

Pros/Doesn't consume cargo space, looks cool
Cons/Your stuff will be sideways when the trunk is closed
Bottom Line/For Goldwing bikes only

4. Orionstar Trunk Organizer

Do you like blinding patterns to go with your trunk organizer? Then a company called Orionstar has a solution for you. This unit folds out to about two feet long and a foot square in terms of depth and height. The manic chevron patterns only make it look like it’s taking up your entire cargo area.

Pockets prevent tiny items from sliding and outside mesh pockets allow you to see items to which you want quick access. A detachable and portable cooler bag is included and made of 0.3-inch foam material. The cooler’s heat-sealing process has no seams, meaning it shouldn’t leak like a basket if liquid spills inside.

Pros/Cooler for drinks, folds to a thin sliver
Cons/That pattern tho
Bottom Line/A great dual-use organizer

5. Tuff Viking Convertible Large Trunk Organizer

Advertised as a 4-in-1, this organizer is lined on the inside with water-resistant umbrella-like material to guard against spills and splashes. It can be sized into one of four configurations, including an insulated leak-proof cooler bag. Again, we take that as a challenge.

Loops and fasteners and V-Straps sound like big fun until you realize they’re only used to keep the organizer from moving around in your car’s cargo area. Placing the word ‘tuff’ as a prefix to the word ‘Viking’ seems superfluous, by the way, as your author has never met a ‘not-tuff’ Viking. Or any Viking, for that matter.

Pros/Adjustable sizes, stout construction
Cons/Expensive
Bottom Line/The organizer will probably be worth more than the stuff in it

6. Starling's Car Trunk Organizer

Offered in a trio of colors – black, blue, and red bordeaux – this two-foot-long organizer is packed with plenty of compartments in which to sort life’s rubbish. It can be folded up (relatively) flat or half compressed to a foot in length. The ads boasts of ‘extra stitching’ and ‘durable polyester’ in its description of robustness.

One side of the tote has three compartments to organize items while the other is a large open area featuring a pair of removable sub-dividers. A non-skid waterproof bottom floor is designed to prevent cargo from sliding. Outside there are 10 pockets and two strong handles.

Pros/Many compartments, promises of quality, available in actual colors
Cons/Not cheap
Bottom Line/Stellar 4.8/5 rating from 2000+ customers

7. High Road CargoCube Organizer

The art style of cubism is generally associated with Picasso but, in this case, we’ll apply it to this pair of trunk organizers. Structured side and front panels permit the things to stand upright on their own, while a leak-resistant vinyl lining keep liquids contained after The Kid fires their water bottle in it without tightening the cap.

Each basket measures about a foot in all three directions, making for a neat cube that can take up residence either in the trunk on a semi-permanent basis or in the back seat on a road trip. Two metal grommet handles make it easy to carry the CargoCube from the house to the car and, in a fit of practicality, the seller suggests buyers take a folded CargoCube into the grocery store to use at checkout.

Pros/Compact size, many uses beyond the trunk
Cons/Less commodious than other organizers
Bottom Line/A great value for the cash

8. Rola Rigid-Base Trunk Organizer

As one of the largest organizers on this list, the Rigid-Base stretches 38 inches long and 15 inches deep. Note, however, that it is only 7 inches tall; some taller items may flop over unexpectedly. It features a rigid base, hence the name, and a fold-flat design for easy storage.

Non-slip material prevents sliding during sudden stops or fast cornering, the latter of which is not likely to be executed by most drivers of a family crossover. Moveable interior dividers, sturdy handles, and exterior mesh pockets add to convenience and storage options.

Pros/Rigid base, a ton of compartments
Cons/Very expensive
Bottom Line/Snazzy and practical

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4 Comments on “Straighten It Up: Best Car Trunk Organizers...”


  • avatar
    Lie2me

    A couple of $5 storage tubs from WalMart work pretty well too. Just sayin’

  • avatar
    brn

    I don’t understand these things. Seems like they’d just get in the way when you need to put something real in the trunk.

    • 0 avatar
      5280thinair

      I’d never used something like this until one of them came with my most recent car purchase, and I’ve found it to be very useful. It can be folded flat so it’s not in the way when you “need to put something real in the trunk.” (So long as you don’t fill the bin with crap and leave it long term.) And, when you just have something small or a couple of bags of groceries, helps contain them and prevent items from getting loose. I like it well enough that I bought a collapsible bin to put in our other car.

  • avatar
    sgeffe

    Will any of these sit properly on a trunk mat like one from WeatherTech, or one from an OEM?

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