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Common Problems with Seat Covers (and how we solved them)

A lot of seat covers suck.

They fall short on fit, installation, warranty, and wear. We've reviewed some of the top seat cover brands on the market, and even some of those have struggles.

So here are eight roadblocks we hear when it comes to buying seat covers. We've addressed them to eliminate the suckage.

Problem 1: Seat Covers Suck to Install

First off, any seat cover that fits well will take a little time to install. If it just slips on, it will slip right off the first time you sit on it. 

TigerTough Solution:

We’ve worked our tails off to ensure that TigerTough seat covers don’t suck to install. It won’t be a breeze, but we'll make it as easy as possible.

    • Everything is held on the seat with hook and loop fasteners (you may call this VELCRO, but that's a brand name, and we aren't allowed to call it that) except a string that runs under the seat. That’s held together with our patented Stringlock. More on that later.
    • When designing a new seat cover, we also shoot a detailed install video and write up an install guide for that seat. We don’t do generic instructions because vehicles aren’t generic. 
    • TigerTough seat covers aren’t one-piece covers. The back, bottom, and headrest of your seat are all covered with separate covers, so you can work on one section at a time and end up with something that fits properly.
    • There’s a very fine line between seat covers that fit well and feeling like you’re putting five pounds of potatoes in a four-pound sack. We tip-toe right down that line. Johnny Cash would be proud.  

Problem 2: Seat Covers Never Stay In Place

We're with you. Seat covers that shimmy and shift are as bad as a bunched-up sock in your work boot. Ain't nobody got time (or tolerance) for that.

TigerTough Solution:

    • Everything is held on with hook and loop, string, and the Stringlock. None of these have any “give.” Your cover is secure once you’ve snugged everything up, pulled it tight, and slammed it into place. We don’t secure anything with elastic or adjustable clips because elastic stretches as soon as you put pressure on it, and adjustable clips tend to self-adjust over time.
    • This is another reason for the three-piece cover. When you can completely wrap the seat back, bottom, and headrest separately, the seat cover conforms to the seat's shape and has no room to move.
    • Everything is fully wrapped. Rather than run straps under the seat where you can’t see them, we run the cover all the way under the seat and connect it together in the back. Some seat covers are like aprons. Ours is like a pair of trusty coveralls. Which would you prefer on the job?
    • Stretchy fabric is notorious for moving around. Since TigerTough seat covers are made from tough, tightly woven fabric, there is no stretch at all.  

Problem 3: Seat Covers Never Fit Right

An ill-fitting seat cover doesn't do anyone any favors. And one-size-fits-most usually means one-size-fits-none. There's no reason to settle for a bad seat cover.

TigerTough Solution:

Every TigerTough seat cover is designed specifically for one seat style or one vehicle.

Here’s how the process works:

  1. We get the seat into our factory for the most accurate measurements.
  2. Our design team spends 2-3 days designing a cover that matches the seat exactly.
  3. We install the cover, taking detailed install photos and videos so you can see precisely how it goes when installing it.

    If you’re hesitant to use seat covers based on past experiences with covers that fit like socks on a rooster, you have every right to be!  

    No seat cover we make is designed from pictures or manufacturer specs. It’s all done the hard way, by hand, using the seats they'll cover.

    Problem 4: They’re Unsafe

    Okay, some seat covers aren't safe. Or hey, maybe safety never even crossed your mind. We actually reviewed a very popular seat cover brand that isn't considered safe when it comes to airbag deployment. You might also be think it's not safe to use them with heated seats.

    TigerTough Solution:

    Any TigerTough seat cover designed for seats with airbags built into them is designed to tear open exactly as the factory seat does if the airbag deploys.

    A third-party lab independently tests our designs to ensure they work just as they should.

    As for the whole heated seat thing, most covers are safe for heated seats. There will be some that perform better than others though.

    Problem 5: They’re Ugly

    Well, this is pretty subjective. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, right?

    Seat covers have come a long way, though, and you can likely find a cover in a style that suits you. Whether you want something tough, floral, camo, or fluffy. Heck, even Carhartt has covers.

    TigerTough Solution:

    We design for performance first, not looks. You won’t find bright colors, elaborate patterns, or luxury quilting on any of our seat covers. 

    The fanciest we get is camo covers and custom embroidery.

    We skip the decorative stitching so the covers are as tough as possible and look a little plainer than the factory seats.

    If you want something that looks like a custom interior, you may not love our covers. If you’re looking for something that’ll keep your seats in good shape for as long as you own the truck, you’ll think they’re perfect.

    Problem 6: They Wear Out

    Remember the cheap parts store ones that we talked about? Those do wear out. We've even seen Carhartt wear out.

    If you’re going to spend good money on seat covers to keep your seats looking good, you’re kinda getting the short straw if they’re made from cheap, stretchy fabric that wears out in a few months. Leave that material for yoga pants, not your truck.

    TigerTough Solution:

    You can be confident that your TigerTough covers aren’t going to give up on you. Since they’re designed for work, they’re made from military-grade fabric. The solid colors are made from the strongest fabric, a 1000-denier CORDURA, and the camos are made from almost-as-tough 900-denier polyester.

    They’ve got a two-year unconditional warranty and we really mean unconditional.  If anything wears out or breaks for any reason, we’ll fix or replace it. (But we want to hear how it happened because we know there's a good story behind it.)

    Here’s how a set looks after eight years and 235,000+ miles in a heavy equipment service truck:    

    Used TigerTough seat covers in a truck.
    TigerTough seat covers in a truck after eight years of heavy-duty use.

    Problem 7: They’re Sweaty

    You had pleather seat covers once, didn’t you? Or did you buy some cheap vinyl ones once that gave you flashbacks of your days on a school bus?

    Gross. We don't blame you for wanting to steer clear.

    TigerTough Solution:

    Both of our fabrics are breathable so you won’t have to deal with swamp@** or peeling any bare skin off your seats. These won’t feel any different than your factory seat as far as being breathable or making you sweaty.

    When spending hard-earned cash on your truck, ensure you get breathable seat covers.

    Problem 8: You're Not Sure What to Get

    This is tough. First, we recommended finding the best brand for what you need. 

    TigerTough Solution:

    We’ve designed the lookup on our website to make it easy to find the covers for your vehicle. All you need to know are the following details.

      • The year (2020)
      • The Make (Ford)
      • The Model (F150)
      • The Trim Package (XLT)
      • The Cab Type (SuperCrew)

    Once you punch in all that info, we’ll show you only the seat covers that will fit your truck!  If there could be a couple of different seat configurations in your vehicle, we’ll show you the different options and explain the differences between the two.

    Find the best seat covers for your truck

    If you're still not sold on seat covers, that's okay. But here's our list of things you should consider when shopping around:

      • Multiple-piece covers
      • Waterproof
      • Custom-fit
      • Made in the U.S.A.
      • Airbag-compatible
      • A strong warranty

    Seat covers are an investment, and you want to be sure you're making the smartest choice for your needs.

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    WeatherTech vs. TigerTough Seat Covers

    WeatherTech is famous in the world of vehicle interior protection. (We admit, that world is pretty tiny, but their presence in it is robust.) They've been in business for decades, are made in America, and offer a decent warranty. What's not to love?

    We want to compare WeatherTech with TigerTough seat covers and share our in-the-trenches experience so that you can make an informed decision. We’ll be looking at this as objectively as possible by pointing out the facts, but we’ll be comparing the features and performance with TigerTough.

    If you don’t want to read this all, the bottom line is, WeatherTech Seat Protectors are disappointing. Yep, we went there. We know they’re a great company, but their seat covers have many common problems seat covers can face. You can read our WeatherTech Seat Protector review if you'd like more in-depth information.

    We ordered charcoal Seat Protectors to cover a 2023 Ford F150. We’ll start with the construction, then go into the individual parts, performance, and pricing.

    Watch the video comparison

    Installation

    Installation was a breeze on the WeatherTech Seat Protectors. It took us under three minutes to get one cover installed. If you’ve ever put a bib on a kid, you’ll be a pro at these. Two straps connect behind the seat, one under the seat, and a stretchy strap around the headrest posts.

    TigerTough takes longer. You’ll have to install all three pieces; getting a secure fit takes time.

    Design and fit

    WeatherTech’s Seat Protectors have a one-piece design and only lay on the front of the seat, and the back is wide open. Think hospital gown.

    They offer six variations of their seat cover to fit thousands of makes and models of vehicles. 

    TigerTough seat covers come in three pieces and wrap the entire seat, more like coveralls. We customize seat covers to snugly fit thousands of trucks, vans, and SUVs.

    Headrest

    Side-by-side comparison of TigerTough and WeatherTech seat covers on the headrest portion.
    WeatherTech Seat Protectors don't cover the headrest.

    Well, this section is weird since WeatherTech doesn’t cover headrests. 

    They have a strap that goes around the bars of the headrest, but they don’t cover the portion where your head will be. So, all the oils, dirt, grease, etc., will transfer from your head onto your headrest. 

    But ironically, you can’t install WeatherTech Seat Protectors unless you have a headrest, or the cover won’t be secure on your seat.

    TigerTough’s seat covers have a separate headrest portion that secures with hook and loop so that your headrest remains unscathed.

    Seatback

    Appearance

    Side-by-side comparison of TigerTough custom embroidery of an American flag and a WeatherTech standard logo tag with a dog.
    TigerTough offers custom embroidery, and WeatherTech comes with a standard logo patch.

    The front of the seat back (we know that sounds weird), the part where you rest your back, is where WeatherTech has a standard dog logo patch. Some reviewers didn’t love this logo (we suspect they’re cat people), but it’s harmless.

    At TigerTough, you can have a blank seat cover or custom embroidery starting at $19 per seat. This is all about looks, so let’s move on to function.

    Function

    TigerTough covers the entire back of the seat with an option to add a pocket, and WeatherTech's Seat Cover is backless.

    WeatherTech’s Seat Protectors cover the front of the upright portion of your seat, but they are bare on the backside. See what we mean about the hospital gown?

    Two hook and loop straps connect on the back, but they dangle and feel awkward. It would be nice if there were a way to secure the extra length of unnecessary straps. 

    You can purchase an additional seat back protector from WeatherTech for $55 each if protecting the back of the seat is important to you. (We’re looking at you, parents.)

    TigerTough seat covers wrap around the seat for complete protection and to keep the covers secure. We use the same material on the front as we do on the back. If you'd like to add seat back pockets, that's an option too.

    Seat crease 

    TigerTough seat covers come in multiple pieces. WeatherTech Seat Protectors are one piece.

    Since WeatherTech Seat Protectors are one piece, there’s no great way to make a clean crease in the seat. On the plus side, it will catch your crumbs and debris. On a back seat with kids, we could see the benefit of having a crumb-catcher.

    The TigerTough seat cover comes in three pieces, so the seat bottom and back are separate, giving you a clean crease.

    This is as functional as it is aesthetic. A good fit will keep the seat cover in place, but if you want it to look one way or the other, that’s your preference. 

    Seat bottom

    weathertech vs tigertough side seat panel
    TigerTough seat covers tuck into the plastic trim. The WeatherTech option hangs over the edge, covering the seat controls on our Ford F150.

    WeatherTech has a skirt that goes around the base of the seat. This covered the seat controls on the 2023 F-150 we tried it on. No attachments run under the seat to secure this, so the cover tends to shift as you get in and out of your vehicle.

    In comparison, TigerTough seat covers are meant to tuck into the plastic trim of the seat and secure under the seat with straps for a snug fit.

    Airbag safety

    TigerTough seat covers are independently tested to be airbag-compatible. WeatherTech Seat Protectors are not.

    This isn’t an area to gloss over, and it’s the reason we wouldn’t put WeatherTech Seat Protectors in our own vehicles. Having airbag-compatible seat covers is necessary for your and your passengers' safety.

    WeatherTech says not to install their Seat Protectors if the securing straps cover the side seat airbags.

    💡 Quick history lesson: most cars made after 2014 will have side airbags due to federal regulation, many deploying from the seat.

    The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that between 1996 and 2012, 2,252 lives were saved by side and curtain airbags–before regulations were even put into place. At that time, only 42% of vehicles on the road were equipped with side airbags. That percentage is much higher now.

    We know you take safety seriously, whether it’s in your personal vehicle or if you’re managing a fleet. So if you’re considering WeatherTech Seat Protectors, look to see if the securing straps will cover any side airbags. If they do, find a better option.

    Price

    This area is perplexing. Each WeatherTech Seat Protector for a captain or bucket seat is $150 each. So protecting your front seats would be $300. Adding back protection to fully cover your front seats with WeatherTech would cost over $400. And you still don’t have your headrests protected.

    To fully cover your two front seats with TigerTough, it will be $297 (we used a 2023 Ford F150 for spec). Plus, your headrests are covered.

    WeatherTech: $410 (no headrest protection)
    TigerTough: $297

    Overview

    Even if we didn’t work for TigerTough, the facts all point to WeatherTech being inferior. They don’t cover as much, aren’t a custom fit, cost more money, and there’s a good chance they’ll prevent your airbag from deploying.

    Even their customers have a hard time justifying the cost of these seat covers when you look at recent reviews:

    "WeatherTech should stick to floor liners. Their advertising for this product is very misleading. Be advised the seat cover does not cover the back of the seat and head rest. They are simply velcro strapped in the back to hold it on. And they don't fit, just flapping around. They really look cheap, but cost a lot. They requested my vehicle make and model so the cover would be custom fit. Wrong! They don't fit and are downright ugly! You will be sorry if you buy it. Needless to say, I returned it."

    George S., Arizona
    May 24, 2023

    WeatherTech Seat Protector reviewer

     

    There are many seat covers on the market, so if TigerTough isn’t right for you, there’s probably an option that’s safer and more affordable than WeatherTech.

    WeatherTech Seat Protector
    and Seat Back Protector
    WeatherTech Seat Protector (without backs) TigerTough Seat Cover
    Price $410 $300 $297
    Stars 3.2 3.2 4.9
    Warranty Limited Lifetime Limited Lifetime Unconditional two years
    Material Polycotton twill fabric Polycotton twill fabric 1000 Denier CORDURA®️
    Fit Universal Universal Perfect Fit
    Waterproof Water-resistant Water-resistant Waterproof
    Colors/Patterns 4 4 8
    Airbag Safe ☑️
    Made in the USA ☑️ ☑️ ☑️
    Installation Time per Seat 5 minutes 3 minutes 9 minutes
    Specs based on a 2023 Ford F150 regular cab. No add-ons are included in price comparisons.
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    How to Install TigerTough Seat Covers and What to Expect

    Each TigerTough custom seat cover is shipped with step-by-step color instructions on installing them on the exact vehicle they were specifically designed for. 

    So if you ordered seat covers for your 2017 Toyota Tacoma, you’ll get instructions on how to install those covers in a 2017 Toyota Tacoma. Pretty nice, right?

    There are covers in the seat cover world that look awful because the installation process is confusing or inadequate. It’s a common problem with seat covers. We addressed this head-on by making installation as straightforward as possible.

    And in case you toss your instructions in a moment of confidence and need a few pointers along the way, you’re in luck because we record installation videos for every vehicle

    Since each vehicle is different, each seat cover install will be different. 

    We’ll walk you through what a typical installation looks like.

    Watch the video version

    Before you start 

    1. Lift and remove the headrest.
    2. Lean the seat back.
    3. Remove any straps on the underside that hold the carpet up.
    4. If you have a Ford, unclip the plastic connectors under the seat–they might feel like they’re going to break, but they will come off.

    Installing the seat bottom cover

    1. Make sure you start with the correct seat cover–passenger and driver’s seats are different, so just look for the tag.
    2. Line the seams up.
    3. Push the top flap of the seat cover between the seat back and the seat bottom.
    4. Take the strings and put one between the seat and the center console and cover and one between the seat cushion and plastic on the door side. These need to go down and under the seat, not straight back and behind the seat.
    5. Tuck the cover between the cushion and the plastic trim around the seat.
    6. Go behind the seat and find the strings you ran through the sides of the seat.
    7. Run them under the seat. Look at your specific instructions to see if you need to run them behind or in front of the seat mounts. 
    8. Pull them as tight as you can.
    9. Find the StringLock.
    10. Run the strings through each side of the StringLock as tight as possible and clamp it (the tighter, the better!).
    11. Run the front seat flaps over any seat-adjusting bar and under the seat.
    12. Pull tight on the front and back flaps and fasten them underneath the seat.

    Installing the seatback cover

    1. Make sure the airbag tag is on the door side of the seat.
    2. Slide the cover over the seat.
    3. Press the cover down around the plastic headrest mounts.
    4. Go to the back and tuck the carpet flap up into the seat cover.
    5. Push the front flaps through the seat crease and fasten them on the backside.

    Lastly, installing the headrest cover

    1. Put the headrest back in, but don’t put it all the way down.
    2. Take the cover and make sure the long flap is in front.
    3. Tuck the flap to the back and secure it.
    4. You can put the headrest down now if you’d like.

    How easy was it?

    We’ve installed other seat covers (check out this Carhartt install we did) and must admit that ours take longer. Since our covers come in multiple pieces, you’ll get a better fit, but it will take a little while to get those pieces where you want.

    We say to expect to spend up to 45 minutes per seat on installation. 

    According to Hunt Tested:

    “If you’re looking for a seat cover that you can throw on for the weekends and then take off during the week, this cover is likely not the best choice. While you certainly can remove and reinstall these covers, the process is involved enough that I wouldn’t want to do it frequently. To get a precision fit, you give up being able to quickly and easily take the covers on and off.”

    Wrapping it up

    These aren’t the easiest to install, but they’re also not rocket science. If you’ve ever stepped foot on a job site, you can install these. And we can assure you that every installation step helps give you the best-looking fit on your new seat covers. 

    Every vehicle installation is going to vary a bit. But we won’t leave you in the dark. You’ll get detailed instructions, an install video, and you’re always welcome to contact us if you’re stumped. And if you want to skip the installation altogether, check out one of our 850+ dealers.

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    Best Work Truck Seat Covers of 2024

    When we researched top seat covers for work trucks, we didn’t just pick the ones at the top of Google. We asked blue collar men and women what kinds of covers they’ve tried in their trucks, and this is the list they came up with:

    Covercraft Endura PrecisionFit
    Covercraft Carhartt SeatSavers
    Wet Okole
    Marathon
    Canvasback
    ShearComfort CORDURA®
    VERTEX OFF-ROAD
    TigerTough

    Since we’re comparing covers for work trucks, we used a 2023 Ford F150 regular cab for pricing and research. Let’s get right into highlighting these seat-savers.

    Covercraft Endura PrecisionFit

    Covercraft Endura PrecisionFit seat covers in black
    Covercraft Endura PrecisionFit seat covers. Source: Covercraft

    It’s nearly impossible to Google truck seat covers without Covercraft popping up. We give them credit. They’ve been in the business for over 50 years and have a great product with a stellar reputation. 

    They make seat covers and covers for cars, boats, RVs, airplanes, and patio furniture. First, let's take a look at the Endura PrecisionFit

    The fabric for the Endura PrecisionFit is vague. According to the description, it’s a canvas-nylon-polyester blend. But what does that mean? We contacted customer service to learn more, and they didn’t elaborate beyond the product description. It’s tough to know how durable their covers are without knowing more about the fabric. 

    Price: $514

    Pros

    ✅ Waterproof

    ✅ Airbag-safe

    ✅ Works with heated and cooled seats

    ✅ Fits factory seats perfectly 

    Cons

    ❌ Fabric is uncertain

    ❌ Only a limited warranty available

    Verdict

    This is a great seat cover, and we don’t think you’ll be disappointed. But it’s at the top of the price range for a set of bucket seat covers for a 2023 Ford F150 Regular Cab. If you can get them on sale, they might be a worthwhile investment, but we can’t say for how long without knowing more about their material.

    Covercraft Carhartt SeatSavers

    Covercraft Carhartt car seat covers
    Covercraft Carhartt Seat Savers. Source: Covercraft

    Everyone loves Carhartt. We get it. Their reputation is undeniable. They've got that classic look of your grandpa's favorite jacket; overall, we feel nostalgic about them. The brand has been around since 1889 even though Covercraft Carhartt SeatSavers are newer to the market, so let's look at how these cover stand up to some others.

    Price: $422

    Pros

    ✅ Great reputation

    ✅ You know exactly what you're going to get

    ✅ Air-bag safe

    Cons

    ❌ Limited colors

    ❌ Not waterproof

    ❌ They don't stay in place

    Not as durable as other seat covers

    Verdict

    While we have a lot of respect for Carhartt, when it comes to choosing seat covers, we’d actually lean towards Covercraft’s Endura PrecisionFit over the Carhartt SeatSavers. It's not just about the price; the PrecisionFit covers just seem to fit better and provide more value. If you’re into a variety of colors, you might find the two-color options of these covers a bit limiting. And the two-piece design? It tends to slide around on the seat because of how it's fastened. Since these are an expensive choice, we really hoped for a bit more from them.

    Read Covercraft Carhartt vs. TigerTough Seat Covers

    Wet Okole

    Wet Okole seat covers in gray and black
    Wet Okole seat covers. Source: Wet Okole

    Okay, we know what you’re thinking…this is about work truck seat covers, and most of us aren’t driving around Baywatch trucks. Yep, this is a wet suit in seat cover form. We didn’t think it would be a fair comparison either, but after hearing from multiple people in the construction industry who love their Wet Okole seat covers, we decided to give these a fair shake.

    Since they’re made from wetsuit neoprene and bonded with nylon, they’re waterproof and totally safe on vehicle seats. 

    Ashley DeCurtis, VP of Sales for BuildWitt, bought a used Nissan Xterra and considered the leather seats' condition, “I didn’t want to make it worse,” she says. What attracted her to Wet Okole was that the covers were pliable and waterproof, “they’re great for anything in wet environments.” 

    What ultimately sold her was the complete customization from colors to piping to embroidered headrests. Wet Okole has dozens of add-ons, like seatback pockets, front lower pockets, lumbar support, carbon fiber seat heaters, and sunglass pouches.

    DeCurtis is no stranger to the blue collar world, being a former police officer and now speaking to contractors daily in her role at BuildWitt, so she knows what kind of abuse work trucks see. Although she’s had the seat covers in her Xterra for four years; she questions whether they’d withstand the use they’d see in a work truck.

    However, Brent Fox, a contractor in the Nashville area, can speak to the durability. "I had Wet Okole in the truck I just retired. Rode on them for 12 years and, at some point, sent them back for a refurb. They were a great product and easy company to work with."

    Price: $374

    Pros

    ✅ Easily washable

    ✅ Self-extinguishing 

    ✅ Airbag safe

    Cons

    ❌ Only a 90-day warranty

    ❌ No returns accepted

    Verdict

    These seat covers really do a solid job of protecting the seats in your work truck, almost like a wetsuit, and you can even clean them with wetsuit shampoo. They’re self-extinguishing, which is a big plus if you ever find yourself dealing with flames inside your truck. Plus, they're designed to be airbag safe as they don’t cover the side of the seat where the airbag is located. Airbag safety is a must for us.

    At first, we were a bit skeptical, but these covers have received great reviews. We really appreciate the custom fit and how easy they are to clean. However, at $374 a pair, they’re not exactly budget-friendly, and the very limited warranty makes us a bit hesitant to give them our full endorsement.

    Read Wet Okole vs. TigerTough Seat Covers

    Marathon

    Marathon Seat Cover

    We'll just come out and say it: Marathon makes a darn good seat cover. They're another U.S. company helping protect American seats. 

    We don't personally know anyone who uses them and the most recent review we saw was from 2022. But this is what John has to say:

    Absolutely love the seat covers. They are super tight and can be difficult to get on, but once they are on they are on. I've been rough on my seat covers and they are holding up great. I'll add these to my other trucks for sure.

    Their covers are made from 1000-denier CORDURA®. The cool thing is, you can add all sorts of extras like map pockets, gear pockets, gun loops, bow holders, etc. The downside of that is that they don't include headrest covers as standard, you'll need to pay for those.

    Price: $315 (with headrest covers)

    Pros

    ✅ Lots of colors

    ✅ Made from CORDURA®

    ✅ Waterproof

    ✅ Airbag safe

    ✅ Many customizable options

    Cons

    ❌ Headrest covers aren't included

    ❌ 5-6 week turnaround time

    ❌ No returns

    Verdict

    As we say, if we didn't work for TigerTough, we'd probably buy these. Just know that you can't return them, so if you hate them when you get them, they're still yours. We like that they're on the affordable end of the seat cover price spectrum, and they're made from CORDURA®. If there's a vehicle we don't have a cover for, we'd suggest going for Marathon.

    Canvasback

    Canvasback Universal Fit seat covers. Source: Canvasback

    We won’t lie; we hadn’t heard of this brand until Ambre Schaffer, Marketing Director at Aggtrans, pointed them out. These seat covers are a one-size-fits-most style, so consider that when ordering. You won’t be getting a custom fit for your seats.

    Canvasback seems to be best known for their cargo liners. Liners are custom fit for your vehicle’s cargo space and attach with hook and loop.

    Ambre confirms the durability and easy installation, “[the cargo liner] is custom fit to your specific vehicle and velcros right in place. They've been installed for three years without budging or showing any signs of wear. If I needed to remove them, they'd pull right up.

    "In addition to carrying around all of my photography/videography gear and field gear for construction, I'm a search and rescue handler with a k9. We're usually covered in mud and debris.” 

    With a review like that, we had to include this option.

    Price: $150

    Pros

    Durable cargo liners customized to fit most vehicles. Despite not having custom-fit seat covers, the covers are at the bottom of our price range at $140 for a pair of bucket seat covers. On top of all this, Canvasback is woman-owned, and we think that’s pretty cool.

    ✅ Inexpensive

    ✅ Fits most vehicles

    ✅ Woman-owned company

    Cons

    ❌ Not custom fit

    ❌ Limited six-month warranty

    Verdict

    We probably wouldn’t put these in a work truck to protect the seats, but we like the cargo liner options. If you’ve got a dog or use your cargo space a good deal, we’d suggest looking into Canvasback. Plus, we can’t help but love that they’re made in Minnesota.

    ShearComfort CORDURA® 

    ShearComfort CORDURA® seat covers in black and gra
    ShearComfort CORDURA® seat covers. Source: ShearComfort

    Like TigerTough, these covers are made from CORDURA®. It’s a slightly different kind though. ShearComfort uses a heavy duty 500 denier CORDURA® fabric, which isn’t as durable as the 1000 Denier CORDURA® we use. But this is still going to be a durable seat cover.

    Price: $405

    Pros

    These airbag-safe seat covers are waterproof, durable, and guaranteed to fit perfectly. There’s a lot to love about them, and they’d perform well in a work truck.

    ✅ Waterproof

    ✅ Guaranteed perfect fit

    ✅ Airbag safe

    Cons

    ❌ They don't use CORDURA® on their entire seat cover

    ❌ Price is a little high

    ❌ Limited Warranty

    Verdict

    They’re tough and built for hard work, but we don't love that ShearComfort doesn't use CORDURA® on the entire seat cover. They only use it on the portions you'd touch when sitting in the seat. The rest is made of a thin, stretchy material which will give out over time. They have great reviews from their customers. ShearComfort is a good option for your work truck, but not the best.

    Read ShearComfort CORDURA® 1000 Denier Xtra-Duty vs. TigerTough Seat Covers

    VERTEX OFF-ROAD

    VERTEX OFF-ROAD is a newer company, started in 2021, and they specialize in truck seat covers. They consider themselves "American craftsman and enthusiasts committed to building top-quality products that help you upgrade and protect your truck for everywhere the road ahead takes you."

    Well, what's not to love about that? Let's look at their 1000-Denier CORDURA® Canvas seat covers.

    Price: $400

    Pros

    ✅ Use CORDURA® nylon on their colvers

    ✅ Automatically include a center console cover

    ✅ Lifetime warranty, albeit limited

    ✅ Airbag safe

     

    Cons

    ❌ Foam-backed seat covers (foam breaks down over time)

    ❌ Limited vehicle line

    Verdict

    We love that they're using CORDURA® nylon canvas for this particular cover. They also automatically include a center console cover and pockets for the seatbacks. They also have a lifetime warranty and seem pretty flexible, but it does exclude everyday wear and tear. 

    This is the first time we've run across another brand that uses a string to cinch around the seat for a secure fit. It's just too bad they don't use StringLock.

    This seems like a great cover. These are going to be a durable option for your truck. And given that they come with a center console cover and seatback pockets, the price is fair for what you get.

    TigerTough

    TigerTough seat covers in gray
    TigerTough seat covers

    TigerTough seat covers are designed for hardworking men and women. They’re extremely tough (hence the name), so tough, in fact, we’ve extended our seat cover line to heavy equipment because we’re that confident they can withstand what you throw at them.

    We put our seat covers through torture tests. Do we do these tests for fun? Yes. Do we love proving how resilient these covers are with each test? Also yes. 

    Need more proof that we believe in our products? We have an unconditional warranty for at least two years on our products. They’ll get gross, they’ll get stained, but they won’t fail you, and neither will we.

    Price: $297

    Pros

    ✅ Unconditional warranty

    ✅ Custom fit

    ✅ Two-week turnaround

    ✅ Waterproof

    ✅ Airbag safe

    Cons

    ❌ Limited colors

    Verdict 

    These are some of the lowest-priced seat covers in this lineup, with an average 4.9 star rating from users. Everyone from parents to first responders uses TigerTough seat covers, and they’ve always risen to the occasion. 

    Of course we love our own seat covers (or we wouldn’t work here). But that doesn’t mean they’re best for you and your work truck. Look at all the options and choose the covers that fit you best. 

    Summary

    Not all seat covers are created equally. Some will be better for you than others. We think you should have ones that:

    • Are waterproof
    • Easy to clean
    • Have a great warranty and return policy
    • Made in America

    You don’t want to be stuck with seat covers that aren’t getting the job done. You want something that will last for years and ultimately save you money in the long run.

    Look at the features of all these work truck seat covers and decide which one is best for you based on your needs and budget.

    Covercraft Endura PrecisionFit Covercraft Carhartt SeatSavers Wet Okole Marathon Canvasback ShearComfort CORDURA® VERTEX OFF-ROAD TigerTough
    Cost $514 $422 $374 $315 $150 $405 $400 $297
    Star Rating 4.4 4.6 N/A N/A 4.9 4.6 4.6 4.9
    Warranty 3 year limited 3 year limited 90 days 4 year limited 6 months limited 2 years Lifetime Limited Unconditional 2 years
    Material Canvas-nylon-polyester blend Duck Weave Fabric Neoprene CORDURA (unknown denier) 600 X 300 poly denier 500 Denier CORDURA® 1000 Denier CORDURA® nylon canvas  1000 Denier CORDURA®️
    Fit Custom Custom Custom Custom Universal Fit Perfect Fit Perfect Fit Perfect Fit
    Waterproof ☑️ ☑️ ☑️ ☑️ ☑️ ☑️
    Airbag Safe ☑️ ☑️ ☑️ ☑️ ☑️ ☑️ ☑️ ☑️
    Made in the USA USA and Mexico USA and Mexico ☑️ ☑️ ☑️ North America ☑️ ☑️
    Colors and Patterns 32 2 40+ 14 11 10 3 8
    Seatback Pockets Yes Yes Optional Optional No Yes Yes Optional
    All specs based on 2023 Ford F150 Regular Cab Bucket Seats

    Update on 07/06/2023: We Initially had WeatherTech Seat Protectors as part of this list but removed them when we found out they weren't considered airbag-compatible in all vehicles. Take a look at WeatherTech Seat Protector Review for more information.

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    WeatherTech Seat Protector Review

    It might seem weird that we're reviewing seat covers that aren't ours.

    We already compared WeatherTech Seat Protectors with TigerTough seat covers. But we wanted to give these a separate review. After all, if we want to make the best seat covers in America, we better know what other seat cover companies are doing well.

    We know WeatherTech makes incredible floormats. They’ve been in the business since 1989 and are well-known in the industry for their floor protection. A few of us at TigerTough even rock their mats in our trucks.

    But when we were researching our Best Work Truck Seat Covers article, WeatherTech Seat Protectors were mentioned as an option for work trucks. Since we love their floormats, we had high expectations for their seat covers. So we ordered a single cover to fit a 2023 F150 XLT passenger seat to try our best to give an unbiased review.

    Let’s see how it holds up.

    Watch the video review

    Ordering and shipping

    WeatherTech wastes no time in shipping. We received our order in just two days!

    WeatherTech and TigerTough shipping packages
    WeatherTech shipping package vs. a TigerTough shipping package

    The seat cover arrived in a plain brown box. This doesn’t affect our review, but we know their floormats come in a branded box, and it’d be cool to see that same thought put into shipping their covers.

    Inside the box was the cover, wrapped in protective plastic, an invoice, and the installation instructions. No swag or fanfare. It was just a straightforward package. 

    Design and appearance

    The weird thing is, WeatherTech does an excellent job of showcasing their Seat Protectors on the rear bench seats of vehicles in their stock photos, but you need to dig a little to find the covers shown on a bucket or captain seat.

    WeatherTech Seat Protector on a Ford F150 bucket seat
    WeatherTech Seat Protector installed

    But once we installed the set we ordered on our Ford F150, we had that a-ha moment about why WeatherTech didn’t put their bucket seat covers in the spotlight.

    It turns out they only offer six different fits for their seat covers–this fit is far from custom, despite searching for a specific vehicle when ordering. It reminds us of those weighted vests the dentist makes you wear before taking x-rays. 

    This is a one-piece seat cover, so you won’t get an attractive fit.

    The lack of a headrest cover doesn’t help the appearance of an apron, so when you open the door, you can immediately tell this is a seat cover. Also, any grime from your head will still transfer to the headrest. That won’t help with resale value.

    Fit

    It’s crucial to point out that WeatherTech advises you not to install their seat covers on seats with side airbags. A standard consumer probably doesn’t realize that these airbags were being placed in vehicles starting in the 1990s. As of 1997, a mandate was put in place that all passenger-side seats contain airbags.  

    WeatherTech airbag warning on instructions
    WeatherTech warns not to install their Seat Protectors if the side impact airbag is compromised

    That means you shouldn’t put WeatherTech Seat Protectors on any passenger seat of a vehicle made after 1998. They could work on airbagless rear captain seats if your vehicle has those, but they wouldn't work on the seats of the Ford F150 we tried them on.

    WeatherTech Seat Protectors have a strap that covers the side impact airbag
    A side strap covers the side impact airbag tearaway seam

    Let’s just skip right past that red flag and move on to the control panels. 

    WeatherTech seat cover skirt covering the control panel on the passenger's seat on a Ford F150
    The skirt of the Seat Protector covers the control panel on a Ford F150

    The front skirt of the Seat Protectors went over the side control panels of our Ford F150 passenger seat. So if we needed to adjust the seat, we’d have to pick up that fabric curtain to access the controls. That’s not a deal-breaker, but it's inconvenient.

    But the back of the seat is a different story.

    Back of the WeatherTech Seat Protector
    Back of the Seat Protector

    The back of the seat isn't covered by anything beyond the hook and loop straps that secure the Seat Protector. This might not be a big deal if you don't have passengers in the second row. But either way, it's not going to give you a secure fit.

    Despite claiming their seat covers are semi-custom, having six varieties for thousands of different vehicles won’t give you a custom fit.

    Manfred from Connecticut was disappointed with how they fit his 2018 Ford F150:

    “I found the quality of the material good. The elastic to hold the fabric up against the seat was not very strong and unable to tighten, allowing the back to sag. The ‘grippy’ material on the bottom does not work well with leather seats allowing the bottom to slide forward. It is almost impossible to access the seat belts. There is no way to secure the bottom to the seat allowing the cover to ride up.

    “All in all, for a cover that you advertise as a ‘custom’ fit, it is very poorly designed. I have been using the cover for two weeks. For the price and ‘custom’ fit, I expected much better.”

    Material

    According to their site, the seat covers are “made from a polycotton twill fabric featuring a water-repellent finish, and an extra layer of nylon lining.” 

    We’re always fans of anything that will protect your seats from spills. Waterproof would be better, but we won’t be upset over water-repellent. Just get to those messes quickly before any liquid seeps into your seats. 

    But the non-slip backing is questionable. Reviews say that it doesn’t work on leather. Dave tried them on his 2014 Ford F150 with leather interior:

    “Purchased cover for backseat. So disappointed. Does not stay in place on the leather seats. Keeps folding up. The whole thing is cheap what we got. I'm sorry....but not good. Seats were full of mud on our trip. A blanket would have served better.”

    That grippy material on the back is similar to a foam shelf liner. No, we’re not being snarky; that’s what it’s like.

    Backing on a WeatherTech Seat Protector
    Backing on a WeatherTech Seat Protector resembles non-slip shelf liner

    Installation

    Installation was quick. We were able to install it in under three minutes. There’s a strap that goes behind the seat and one that goes under. There’s an additional clip that goes around the headrest. Note that if you don’t have headrests, you won’t be able to install this seat cover. 

    We’re happy to report that a novice could install these. 

    Effectiveness

    We didn’t do any of our torture tests with these seats, so we suggest checking out the reviews on the WeatherTech site from people who’ve used these covers in action. They’ll be able to tell you how these have held up in the long run. 

    Spoiler alert: Only 50% of customers would recommend the covers. 

    Warranty

    Here’s where we can give WeatherTech some points. They offer a limited lifetime warranty on their Seat Protectors.

    If anything goes wrong with the cover that you couldn’t prevent, WeatherTech will help you out.

    Value

    The WeatherTech Seat Protectors cost around $300 for a pair of bucket seats. That’s not cheap. And when you consider that the covers don’t protect the back of the seats or the headrest, and you’d have to pay an extra $55 per seat for a seat back protector, you’re looking at over $400 to fully cover your front bucket seats. 

    If you have $400 to spend on a pair of seat covers, there are other brands we think you’ll be happier with.

    Summary

    We wanted to like these but just couldn’t.

    On rear bench seats, these could work well for pets or equipment. (Especially if you don’t need the middle seat because center seatbelts won’t be accessible.) If you’re not hauling around humans, this could be a good option, and the humanless options seem to be what positive reviewers are using these for.

    But even then, WeatherTech reviewers give the Seat Protectors 3.2 stars out of 5. That’s a 64%, and if we were still in high school, they’d be getting a D. Not something we’d brag about. 

    Let’s face it; seat covers aren’t WeatherTech’s bread and butter. They’re known for floormats and other vehicle accessories. So although we love WeatherTech, we wouldn’t recommend their seat covers, and we’re not just saying that as a seat cover company; we’re saying this based on research, testing, and verified customer reviews.

    Mike from Pennsylvania gets how we feel:

    “I gotten many items from Weathertech over the years. All top grade. But the front seat protector I just purchased is awful. Looks bad, doesn’t fit well, uses Velcro attachments. Just awful. I have it two weeks. Constantly had to refit and re-adjust Velcro. I gave up and took it off. $150 bucks for an absolute failure. Stick to floor liners. Those work great.”

    If you’re ready to invest in seat covers that last, take a look at these favorite brands

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    ShearComfort CORDURA® 1000 Denier Xtra-Duty vs. TigerTough Seat Covers

    We didn’t know much about ShearComfort before doing our Best Work Truck Seat Covers review, but we were pleasantly surprised by their specs. In that review, we looked at their Waterproof covers made of 500 Denier CORDURA®. Since we wanted something more similar to our covers for this comparison, we ordered their CORDURA® 1000 Denier Xtra-Duty Seat Covers, which seemed promising.

    Let’s see how they compare with TigerTough seat covers.

    Watch the full video review

    A side-by-side comparison with ShearComfort's CORDURA® 1000-Denier Xtra-Duty Seat Covers with TigerTough's seat covers.

    Packaging

    The ShearComfort covers arrived in a plain, unbranded box with “custom seat covers” printed on it. If we were grading this, we wouldn’t ding points for an unbranded box, but they don’t get extra credit.

    We were disappointed that their covers didn’t come with instructions. There wasn’t anything in the box except the covers. Maybe this was a packaging error, or perhaps it’s standard. Either way, since we work in the seat cover industry, we assumed we could figure out how to install them. Installing guides are available online, but we didn’t dig into them.

    TigerTough covers ship in a branded bag, and we include full-color instructions for your specific vehicle. No generic instructions here. And all our instructions are available online (check out a copy) if yours mysteriously disappears.

    Materials: What are they made of?

    We got excited about ShearComfort because they, like us, use CORDURA®️, which is like the diamond-tipped saw blade of the seat cover world. These particular seat covers of theirs are made from 1000 Denier, the same as ours. (They have other types of CURDURA®️ as well.)

    But there’s a plot twist.

    ShearComfort’s covers aren’t fully covered in CORDURA®️. The back of the cover–where the pocket is–is made from stretchy nylon. Think 1980s workout gear–same vibe.

    This was surprising because nowhere in the product description does it say the back is made from a different material. We can’t tell how this mullet-of-a-seatback will perform long-term, but we’ll get into more details in the installation section.

    Design and Fit

    The ShearComfort Xtra-Duty covers come in three pieces. We love this–it means the cover will have a more accurate fit. 

    We want to point out that the seat covers we ordered didn’t look exactly like the stock image. The cover we received didn’t have an airbag tag, and instead of a tearaway seam, it had a hole with a flap for the airbag. However, these were indicated as airbag-compatible, so we’ll trust them. 

    Overall, both covers look great installed.

    Headrest

    Close up with headrests on TigerTough and Shear Comfort
    TigerTough's covers fit under the headrest support mounts. ShearComfort's covers have a bias tape that goes around the mounts.

    The ShearComfort covers have slits around the headrest mounts with a visible bias tape around the edge. Similar to how Carhartt does theirs. This doesn’t affect function; you wouldn’t notice this if you had the headrest down.

    TigerTough covers are designed to fit under the plastic part of the headrest supports for a cleaner look.

    Seatback

    The part of the cover you rest your back on is similar on both brands. The TigerTough option you see has the added embroidery (which will cost you extra), but other than that, they’re about the same. We didn’t see an option to add embroidery to ShearComfort.

    The actual backs of the seatbacks are very different. 

    Side-by-side comparison of TigerTough and ShearComfort seatbacks showing the pockets.
    TigerTough has a pocket which costs extra to add. ShearComfort has a pocket that comes standard.

    ShearComfort has a pocket, which is rare as a standard feature. You need to pay for this additional feature with the TigerTough vehicle covers (seatback pockets come standard on our heavy equipment seat covers, though.)

    But, like we mentioned earlier, the material on the back of ShearComfort Xtra-Duty cover is a totally different material. It’s thin and stretchy. 

    Here’s what we don’t know about this back material:

    • What it’s made of
    • How durable it is
    • If it’s waterproof
    • If it will stretch out with time

    That said, we wish they would have wrapped the whole seat in the 1000 Denier CORDURA®️.

    Side airbag-compatibility

    Airbag deployment areas of TigerTough and ShearComfort seat covers showing the tearaway seam on  the TigerTough version and the airbag hole on the ShearComfort version.
    TigerTough has a tearaway seam for airbags. ShearComfort has an airbag hole and flap.

    ShearComfort deems their seat covers as side airbag-safe. This is huge. We wouldn’t ever recommend putting on a seat cover that wasn’t compatible with side airbags

    This is where we got another head-tilt, though. 

    The stock images of ShearComfort’s Xtra-Duty seat covers show a tearaway seam, similar to how TigerTough does it. But the covers we received from them had a hole covered by a flap for airbag deployment. Since the hole is smaller than the airbag deployment area on the factory seat, this does make us nervous. We couldn't find any testing info on their site, so we couldn't see how they deploy.

    ShearComfort covers that TigerTough received versus the covers featured on the ShearComfort site.
    The airbag feature we received was a hole and flap on the side of the cover (left). The cover featured on the site had a tearaway seam (right).

    We emailed the ShearComfort team to see if their covers were tested. This is what they said:

    "Yes all of our seat covers are made airbag compatible if the vehicle has side impact airbags...While I cannot send [the] documentation as it is proprietary information (every company has different methods that need to be certified), but I can assure you that there is regulation and tested and our manufacturing is certified."

    TigerTough seat covers have a tearaway seam, so the side airbags can fully deploy in a collision. A third-party lab tests our covers for compatibility.

    Here's one of the testing videos:

    Seat crease

    Close up of the seat crease on TigerTough and ShearComfort covers.
    Both covers are made up of multiple pieces, so there's a clean seat crease.

    Both brands are similar here too. You can tell ShearComfort is a bit stiffer in this area, but we think that would break in with time.

    Since each cover is made of three pieces (the headrest, seatback, and seat bottom), there will be a clean seat crease. 

    Seat bottom

    Close up of the side of the seat bottoms on both TigerTough and ShearComfort covers.
    TigerTough and ShearComfort covers both tuck into the seat bottom and allow for access to the seat controls.

    Both covers allow access to the seat controls and tuck in nicely on the side.

    An elastic bungee connects on the side and runs under the seat to secure the ShearComfort covers. This helps keep it in place. Sort of. Elastic gives, so the cover may shift slightly when you slide into the seat. It’s also not a great material to use on seat covers because it stretches out over time, and if your vehicle gets hot at all, that will reduce the lifespan of the elastic. 

    TigerTough uses a string that runs along the edge of the seat bottom and cinches up (like your favorite drawstring pants), runs under the seat bottom, and our Stringlock secures it all. It’s not the easiest, but it’s the best way to keep the seat bottom from shifting.

    Keeping the cover secure on the seat bottom is a common problem with seat covers, and not many brands have figured out how to solve this effectively.

    Ease of Installation

    “That install kind of sucked,” admitted one of our team members. 

    Since we didn’t receive installation instructions with the seat covers, we just went for it, assuming we’d figure it out. The headrest and seatback were fine, but it got rough with the seat bottom. We didn’t know what to hook the hooks to (Part of the seat? Each other?). This is partly on us because we didn’t search online for installation instructions.

    And because we knew the airbag slot needed to be on the side of the seat closest to the door, we could figure out which cover to put on which seat. But it wasn’t indicated on the seat covers themselves. That box wasn't checked on ours:

    ShearComfort tag without a driver or passenger side indicated.
    The ShearComfort covers we ordered weren't marked for driver or passenger seats.

    Overall, the installation took seven minutes, which is still less than TigerTough seat cover installation, which was at nine minutes.

    Warranty

    ShearComfort has a two-year, risk-free warranty, according to their site:

    “This product comes with a 2 Year Risk-Free Warranty against any defects in workmanship and materials. This warranty excludes daily wear and tear, accidental damage, or wear because of improper use or installation.”

    Two years is better than we’ve seen from other seat cover companies, but we don’t love that it doesn’t cover daily wear and tear. If a seat cover breaks down during daily wear and tear, it's probably not one you want in a work truck.

    The TigerTough warranty is two years, but we make our covers for the blue collar world, and they’re designed to power through the worst of scenarios, so we’ve made it an unconditional warranty. We don’t care how you wrecked your seat covers; we’ll repair or replace them for you.

    Price

    We used a 2023 Ford F150 as our test model for pricing.

    ShearComfort CORDURA® 1000 Denier Xtra-Duty Seat Covers: $470
    TigerTough Seat Covers: $297


    The ShearComfort option is nearly twice as much as the TigerTough version. However, you can usually find a coupon code for ShearComfort or wait for a sale. We keep things straightforward at TigerTough–we don’t have coupons or surprise sales. You get what you get.

    Customer Reviews

    With a 4.6-star rating and over 1,700 reviews, people really like ShearComfort’s covers. Ed P. says:

    “This stuff is really tuff material, looked rough at first but it conformed decently over a short time. I have zero worries about my new trucks interior now. There are a couple small areas the seat cover did not cover. So be it.”

    We have around 800 reviews, but we average a 4.9-star rating. This is what Stephen E. has to say:

    “This is my second set of covers for my personal truck. Indestructible. Have purchased a set of front and Rear for a RAM truck in my Volunteer Fire Department. Are holding up well to the abuses that fire fighters put them through with the gear they wear.”

    Summary

    Ultimately, seat covers save you money, so they’re a wise investment, and you should take some time to research which ones you like best.

    Both of these seat covers are well-loved by their reviewers. It all comes down to preference and what your budget looks like.

    Based on the facts, TigerTough is a little more appealing since the price is about half of what ShearComfort charges, and the warranty is unconditional. But both covers are great options and will protect your seats for years.

    ShearComfort CORDURA® Xtra-Duty TigerTough
    Cost $470 $297
    Stars 4.6 4.9
    Warranty Limited 2 years Unconditional 2 years
    Material 1000 Denier CORDURA® 1000 Denier CORDURA®️
    Fit Perfect Fit Perfect Fit
    Waterproof ☑️ ☑️
    Airbag Safe ☑️ ☑️
    Colors/Patterns 10 8
    Made in the USA North America ☑️
    Seatback Pockets ☑️ Optional
    All specs based on 2023 Ford F150 Regular Cab Bucket Seats
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    Covercraft Carhartt vs. TigerTough Seat Covers

    There’s a lot of competition when it comes to seat covers. You’ll undoubtedly see the Carhartt SeatSaver Custom Seat Cover when you google best seat covers for my truck.

    Everyone loves Carhartt. You’ve got the hat, the jacket, and maybe the coveralls, so it’s natural to want to deck your truck out with it too. You’ve relied on Carhartt on the job, but can you rely on it in your vehicle?

    And how do these covers compare to TigerTough seat covers? 

    We’ll take an unbiased approach (no…seriously, we will) in comparing these two seat covers.

    Covercraft Carhartt vs. TigerTough–who’s going to take home the gold? We’re about to find out. 

    Watch the video comparison:

    Packaging

    We love the box the Carhartt covers arrived in. It was straightforward, said what it was, and branded so that you knew what to expect. The only thing we didn’t love was it wasn’t clear which cover went on the driver’s seat. Since these are airbag-safe, putting the correct cover on the seat is important. 

    Tigertough packaging in a bag and Carhartt seat covers in a box.
    TigerTough seat covers come in a branded bag, and Carhartt seat covers come in a branded, shelf-ready box.

    The Covercraft instructions are pretty simple and what you expect from a standard seat cover company. It’s a universal one-sheeter designed to work for any vehicle.

    TigerTough covers come in a branded bag. If you’re ordering a lot of covers (like a fleet), you’ll get a box filled with these bags. Not as shelf-ready as Carhartt, but it does the job.

    Unlike Carhartt, we send a detailed full-color instruction packet with our covers and a link to an install video for your specific vehicle. It might not be necessary for everyone, but we try to avoid troubleshooting by offering as much detail upfront.

    Materials: What are they made of?

    Carhartt SeatSaver Custom Seat Covers are made of “heavy-duty, firm-hand Carhartt® Duck Weave fabric and triple stitched main seams.” This is the same 100% cotton fabric you know from your favorite Carhartt gear. You can feel it already, can’t you? Like their apparel, the seat covers are water-resistant but not waterproof.

    TigerTough seat covers are made from 1000 Denier CORDURA®️. That’s a mouthful, so what does it mean? It’s made in the U.S., waterproof, nearly indestructible, and so tough that it meets Military Specifications. It’s designed and tested to withstand some of the most brutal conditions.

    Carhartt Duck Weave is tough but won’t withstand the same abuse as 1000 Denier CORDURA®️—seats in a vehicle experience more friction than an article of clothing. So if your truck’s interior will be used well, you’ll want to consider your options carefully.

    Well-worn Carhartt seat cover on a work truck driver's seat.
    Customer photo of Carhartt seat covers (not sold by Covercraft), made with the Carhartt® Duck Weave fabric showing visible wear on the driver's seat.

    Derrick had some great things to say about the durability of his TigerTough seat covers:

    “These are great quality, tough, very good fitting seat covers. I have had similar covers in the past on a previous Tundra, and they lasted 16 years until I sold that truck. I expect the same from these.”

    Design and Fit

    The fit of the Carhartt Seat Savers is the number one complaint we hear about them. These covers are made in a single piece (plus the headrest), so you won’t get a secure fit. Covercraft's Carhartt Precision Fit comes in separate pieces and fits more like TigerTough seat covers, but they flaunt a price tag starting at $429, so we didn't use them for this comparison.

    The SeatSavers look alright at first but shimmy and shift as you slide in and out of your vehicle.

    TigerTough seat covers come in multiple pieces: the seat bottom, back, and headrest cover. You’ll get an accurate fit, no matter your vehicle.

    More pieces = better fit

    Just take a look at a recently installed Carhartt seat cover vs. a TigerTough seat cover that's been installed for eight years. The seat portion on the Carhartt cover is already shifting:

    New Carhartt SeatSavers. Customer photo courtesy of the Covercraft website.
    TigerTough seat covers after eight years of use.

    Headrest

    Both headrest covers protect well. We’re happy that Carhartt covers them (because we’ve run into some covers that don’t). If you’re in any type of blue-collar line of work, chances are, you’ll want a cover protecting your headrest.

    Just below the headrest, around the headrest supports, there’s a difference.

    Close up photos of headrests on a TigerTough and Carhartt seat cover.
    TigerTough covers are designed to fit under the plastic headrest mounts. Carhartt has a visible bias tape around their mounts.

    The Carhartt covers have a visible bias tape around the edge. TigerTough covers are designed to fit under the plastic mounts of the headrest supports for a cleaner look. If you have the headrest all the way down, you wouldn’t notice. None of this affects function; it’s just a difference in design.

    Seat back

    TigerTough custom embroidery on a seat cover and a Carhartt logo on the Carhartt seat cover.
    TigerTough seatback embroidery is an additional fee, whereas Carhartt's logo comes standard on their covers.

    Covercraft’s option has the Carhartt patch in the area between your shoulder blades. TigerTough arrives bare. If you’d like, you can add embroidery, whether stock or custom, for an additional fee. As far as we can tell, you can't add custom embroidery with Covercraft.

    As you move down the seat back, both covers fit well, but TigerTough fits more securely. We make our covers in multiple pieces, so there are additional points for the cover to stay secured to the seat.

    Back of a TigerTough seat cover with an added pocket, and a Carhartt seat cover with a standard seatback pocket.
    TigerTough's seatback pocket is an add-on for an additional fee. Carhartt's seatback pocket comes standard.

    On the actual back of the seat, Covercraft gets points for having a pocket come standard on their vehicle seat covers. This is an upgrade feature for TigerTough and will cost you extra.

    Seat crease

    OK, this is where the difference is most obvious. It all comes back to one-piece vs. two, and the two-piece options just look neater. 

    The crease of a seat with a TigerTough cover and a Carhartt cover.
    TigerTough's seat cover comes in multiple pieces with a separate seat bottom and seat back. Carhartt's seat cover has one piece for the seat back and bottom.

    Even if you shoved your hands into the crevice to get a neat look on the Carhartt cover, it would shift as soon as you slid into the vehicle. WeatherTech's seat covers are the same way. It makes for an imperfect fit, but you judge which look you prefer.

    Seat bottom

    These are pretty comparable. Both covers allow access to the seat controls and tuck in nicely on the side.

    Sides of seat bottoms. One with a TigerTough seat cover and one with a Carhartt seat cover.
    Both seat cover allow access to the seat control panels.

    We wish there were additional contact points on the seat bottom, but overall it works.

    Ease of Installation

    Installation on the Carhartt covers was about seven minutes. Since their cover is one piece, it made things simpler. There are little pillows that you shove into the seat crease for the covers to stay in place. 

    TigerTough took about nine minutes. That extra piece adds some complications to the installation process.

    💡Helpful tip: When we installed the Carhartt seat covers, we couldn't find any indication of which cover went on which seat. In order for these to be airbag-compatible, they need to be on the correct seat. Take a look at the inside of the seat cover for a tearaway seam. That seam should be on the side of the seat closest to the door.

    Warranty

    Covercraft offers a three-year limited warranty on these particular seat covers. 

    “Covercraft’s warranty coverage protects against defects in material and workmanship, as well as the fabric becoming unserviceable during normal use. After factory inspection, at its option, Covercraft will repair or replace the unit or specific panels or parts judged to be unusable. Warranty does not cover fading, which occurs naturally on all products used outdoors, or weather resistance of fabric.”

    This is pretty good, but in the end, Covercraft can determine what they’ll cover and what they won’t. 

    Our warranty is shorter at just two years, but we believe in the durability of our products, so we’ve made it an unconditional warranty. It doesn’t matter how your seat covers got wrecked (but we bet there’s an epic story there); we’ll repair or replace them for you.

    Three-year limited vs. two-year unconditional warranty. Would you rather have limited love or unconditional?

    Price

    We want to compare apples to apples here, so we used a 2023 Ford F150 as our test model for pricing.

    Covercraft Carhartt SeatSavers: $422 (this base price seems to fluctuate with their sales)
    TigerTough Seat Covers: $297

    The Covercraft covers cost about 44% more than the TigerTough option. However, you’ll be able to find coupon codes for Covercraft, whereas we keep things straightforward with no-fuss pricing on our site. What you see is what you get. 

    Customer Reviews

    With a 4.5-star rating and over 2,000 reviews when this was published, there’s no denying that people love their Carhartt seat covers. A lot of the reviews echo the same, but we liked how specific Matthew H. got:

    “Exactly what I expected. Had put these in my landscape work truck three years ago and have been pleased. When I got a new-to-me CR-V, twelve years old but very clean, there was no question I wanted to invest in seat covers to keep the nearly new interior in good condition. Good fit, decent attachment, and I expect no durability issues.”

    TigerTough covers don’t have as many reviews, but we average a 4.9-star rating, which is pretty great! We love what John T. has to say about his TigerTough seat covers:

    “As advertised. I tried to jam a screwdriver through them with acceptable (non-extreme) pressure. They held up just fine. I’m sure the friction from my backside over the years getting in and out of the truck (2009 F150) will never wear these covers out. Wish I had bought a set when the truck was new. Would have saved the original seats from wear and increased the resale value. Pursuing ordering a set for my 2019 F250 to just prevent excessive wear.”

    Summary

    Seat covers are a small investment that can save you thousands of dollars, so you want to choose the right kind. 

    We often say that the Carhartt covers are the second-best covers for work trucks. If TigerTough doesn’t have a cover available for your vehicle, definitely go get your Carhartt fix. And if you love the Carhartt brand but want your seat covers to fit like a glove, you might want to consider upgrading to Covercraft’s PrecisionFit Carhartt Seat Covers, with two pieces (plus the headrest); they're designed to fit better.

    When it comes down to the facts (and not our paychecks), TigerTough is cheaper, more durable, and has a more forgiving warranty. 

    Covercraft Carhartt SeatSavers TigerTough
    Cost $422 $297
    Stars 4.5 4.9
    Warranty 3 years (limited) 2 years (unconditional)
    Material Duck weave fabric 1000 Denier CORDURA®️
    Fit Custom Perfect Fit
    Waterproof Water-resistant Waterproof
    Colors/Patterns 2 8
    Airbag Safe ☑️ ☑️
    Made in the USA USA and Mexico ☑️
    Seatback Pockets Yes Optional
    Installation Time 7 minutes 9 minutes
    Pricing based on a 2023 Ford F150.
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