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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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    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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    Can you put seat covers on air-conditioned seats?

    Imagine this: It's mid-July, you're coming off a roofing job, and the sun has been relentless. But the moment you climb into your truck, that sweltering heat fades away—thanks to your air-conditioned seats. 

    But here comes the hitch—what happens when you want to protect these high-tech seats? The question pops up often: "Can you put seat covers on air-conditioned seats?" The answer isn't a simple yes or no; it's more nuanced. Yes, you can certainly outfit your ventilated seats with covers, but the seat cover you choose makes a difference.

    Seat covers on air-conditioned seats? Absolutely doable. However, not all seat covers are up to the task, especially when accommodating the sophisticated functionality of ventilated seats. The trick is finding the right kind that complements the seat's built-in cooling features.

    How Air-Conditioned Seats Work and Why Cover Them

    Quick lesson time. Air-conditioned seats are more than just a cool feature (see what we did there?); they're a sophisticated system.

    At their core, these seats use small fans within the seat itself to circulate air. This system draws air through the seat's fabric, often through a mesh layer, and across your body to provide a cooling sensation. For some higher-end models, this technology goes a step further by incorporating temperature-controlled air that can either cool or warm you, depending on the setting.

    So, why would anyone want to cover up such an innovative feature? Protection is the primary motivator. Like any other part of your vehicle, seats are prone to wear and tear, but they see the brunt of it. Spills, stains, and even sliding in and out will ruin your seat's material over time. Seat covers offer a protective barrier so your investment remains in top condition. And ultimately, they improve your resale value.

    But the wrong cover can block airflow, making the seat's cooling function useless. By choosing wisely, you can enjoy the best of both worlds—enhanced durability and maintained comfort, all without sacrificing the cooling feature.

    Choosing the Right Seat Covers for Air-Conditioned Seats

    Selecting the right seat covers for your air-conditioned seats isn't just about aesthetics; it's about preserving the functionality that makes these seats a coveted feature in the first place. The goal is to add protection without sacrificing cool comfort. 

    Compatibility Is Key

    First and foremost, make sure the seat covers you're considering are compatible with air-conditioned seats. Manufacturers often specify if their covers allow for air to circulate.

    Breathable Materials Make a Difference

    The magic word here is "breathability." You need cotton, nylon, or polyester that allows the seat to breathe. Avoid leather and pleather options…for more than just one reason.

    Features That Enhance Airflow

    Some seat covers go the extra mile by incorporating features that enhance airflow. Look for covers with integrated perforations or vented sections that align with your seat's ventilation points. These design choices can make a significant difference in maintaining the effectiveness of your seat's cooling feature. And yes, you’ll pay more for them.

    BUT…since they have perforations to help the air go out, they’ll also let all the dirt/sweat/spills in. So, they’re protection score plummets.

    Things to Avoid with Seat Covers on AC Seats

    When outfitting air-conditioned seats with covers, a common trap is picking materials that work against you. While upscale in appearance, leather, and faux leather are prime examples of what to steer clear of. These materials may look sleek but tend to insulate rather than ventilate, smothering the seat's ability to breathe and cool you down.

    Here's another thing to avoid: foam-backed seat covers. It’s just one more layer between you and sweet, cooling relief.

    Choosing the wrong seat cover can effectively cancel out the benefits of your AC seats, leaving you warmer than you'd like, regardless of the settings. So get seat covers that promote airflow and are compatible with your vehicle's specific cooling technology.

    Recommended Types of Seat Covers for Air-Conditioned Seats

    When it comes to keeping cool with air-conditioned seats, not just any seat cover will do. You'll want something that complements the system rather than compromises it. 

    Breathable fabrics designed to allow air to circulate freely are key for maintaining the cooling effect of your seats. But keep in mind that even with these seat covers, you may not feel that breeze on your behind like you can without seat covers because the covers will act like a bit of blocker. Like if you cover your air vents with a piece of fabric, you’ll still feel the cool air, but it just won’t be so gusty. 

    Specific brands that get our nod for doing it right with air-conditioned seats include:

    • Carhartt: Known for durable, high-quality products, their seat covers are no exception and offer options that don't impede your seat's cooling functions. They aren’t the most durable of the options, but they’ll get the job done.
    • Marathon: With a focus on endurance and comfort, Marathon's seat covers blend well with ventilated seats, ensuring breathability.
    • Northwest: They make a seat cover exclusively for heated and cooled seats.
    • TigerTough: Our very own seat covers are designed with the needs of hardworking folks in mind, ensuring that comfort, durability, and breathability are top priorities, making them a perfect match for air-conditioned seats.

    Choosing the right seat cover means you won't have to sacrifice comfort for protection.

    Compared to Heated Seats

    So here’s the secret: if seat covers are okay with heated seats, they’re probably just fine with cooled seats, too. Heated and cooled seats work differently, but if you’re allowing your seats to breathe with the seat cover, you’ll get the benefits of heated and cooled seats. 

    When in doubt, contact the manufacturer and ask.

    So, yeah…

    You can absolutely team up seat covers with your air-conditioned seats—just make sure you're picking the right partners. Remember, the goal is to pair up without compromising those cool breezes. Think about what you need from a seat cover and the features that matter most to you, then choose accordingly.

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    Ruff Tuff vs. TigerTough Seat Covers

    Over at Ruff Tuff, they take pride in their work just like we do at TigerTough. They're family-owned and have been in the custom seat cover game since 1976, crafting their products right here in the USA. They stand by creating high-quality seat covers with precise patterns and durable fabrics, ensuring each cover fits snugly and lasts long.

    They’ve got a variety of different seat cover lines, but we ordered a set of their Dura EZ-Care covers for 2023 Ford F-150 to compare them with TigerTough seat covers.

    Let’s see how they do.

    The Delivery

    Ruff Tuff Packaging

    These arrived in a branded big ole brown box. Inside, we found the seat covers protected with plastic, something that looked like a plastic tongue depressor, and super detailed instructions. There are lots of words on those instructions and not many photos, but we’re okay with reading. 

    A really cool thing they do is put a QR code on the seat cover tag so that you can easily get to the installation instructions and videos.

    Ruff Tuff QR code landing page screenshot

    TigerTough Packaging

    When your TigerTough seat covers arrive, they come in a branded poly mailer. We don’t get fancy with boxes when shipping is cheaper and easier with polymailers. You’ll also get a set of full-color instructions tailored to your vehicle's make and model. Say you've got a 2019 Nissan Frontier, you'll receive a set of guidelines crafted precisely for fitting TigerTough covers to your Frontier's seats for a smooth installation process.

    Design and material of the seat cover

    Ruff Tuff Design and Material

    We contacted Ruff Tuff’s customer service, and they say their Dura EZ-Care material is made of “a 600 Denier polyester blend canvas material.” It’s a sturdy fabric and feels really durable. The site says they’re water-resistant and great for kids and pets. There’s a foam backing on the portions you’d come in contact with, like the seat back and bottom.

    They have decorative stitching along the back, which looks nice, but it’s something we don’t suggest because it makes the seat cover weaker. If you’re going for looks over durability, then have at it!

    TigerTough Design and Material

    We craft each cover in three separate parts for a complete fit, similar to Ruff Tuff's method, yet we stay true to using 1000-Denier CORDURA throughout for unmatched durability.

    The fabric of our seat covers is rigorously tested to handle the harshest conditions. We avoid any fancy stitching that might compromise durability, opting only for embroidery in low-wear zones, which won’t affect the cover's integrity.


    Ruff Tuff Installation

    We spent about 10 minutes installing the Ruff Tuff seat cover. And the tongue depressor stick it came with was really handy! In fact, we’ll keep it around to install future covers and save some fingers in the process. That’s a genius addition to the shipping box.

    Here’s how their seat covers are attached:

      • The seat back fits snuggly and velcros to the seat itself
      • The seat bottom has straps that run under the front and back that fasten under the seat
      • There’s also a string that runs from side to side that you tie underneath the seat

    Ruff Tuff buckles

    TigerTough Installation

    Getting TigerTough seat covers on your seats can be a pain. It takes us about 9 minutes for a complete installation, and we’ve been doing this for a while. Though we've got the process down, even those new to our covers should find it a straightforward task with just a tad more time.

    We offer in-depth guides and installation videos customized for each vehicle model.  

    Here's how TigerTough seat covers fit into place:

    • The cover for the seat bottom extends under the entire seat, firmly securing itself with robust hook & loop fasteners (that’s the generic term for Velcro).
    • Our unique StringLock system encircles the base of the seat bottom, pulling everything snugly together under the seat just like a drawstring, making sure the cover stays put without any slip or slide.

    Check out our full installation expectations to learn more.


    TigerTough and Ruff Tuff seat covers side by side

    Ruff Tuff doesn’t include headrest covers as a standard feature. We didn’t realize this when ordering–whoops, so we can’t review this portion of the seat cover. But we will say that we believe headrest covers should be standard. If your vehicle’s interior needs seat covers, it’s in need of headrest covers, too.

    Headrest covers are an additional $68 in the Ruff Tuff Dura EZ-Care option.


    The backs of TigerTough and Ruff Tuff seat covers with optional pockets

    Ruff Tuff Seatback

    The seatback cover fits really well, with detailed stitching and foam backing. We typically don’t recommend foam in a seat cover because it degrades over time and can leave the cover baggy. It won't affect function, but it will affect fit.

    PSA about foam: Just like the cushioning in your work boots, foam starts out supportive and snug, but over time, it compresses and loses its oomph. When that happens, those boots don't fit the same, and you don't get the same support. It's the same deal with foam in seat covers.

    Ruff Tuff has seatback pocket options available, which we love.

    TigerTough Seatback

    Our seat covers hug the back of your seats tightly for a glove-like fit. For customization, you can add a seatback pocket and embroidery. 

    Seat crease and bottom

    TigerTough and Ruff Tuff seat cover bottoms

    Since both seat covers are made from multiple pieces, they both have clean-looking creases that fit the seats well.

    They also tuck into the seat bottom's plastic trim, allowing access to the seat controls. You might think this is a standard in seat covers, but we’ve met some that cover up your controls.

    Airbag safety

    Since 2014, vehicles have required side airbags, thanks to federal regulations. These lifesavers are often tucked right into your seat. And they've been pulling their weight for a long while, with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration tallying up over 2,000 lives saved by side airbags from '96 to '12. Back then, less than half the vehicles on the road had 'em, but now? They're pretty much everywhere.

    Any seat cover company worth its salt knows how crucial safety is, whether it's just your own work truck or a whole fleet you're running.

    Airbag safety with Ruff Tuff and TigerTough seat covers

    Ruff Tuff Airbag Compatibility

    Ruff Tuff’s approach to airbag safety is interesting. The version we received has the entire side seam come apart with velcro. So, in the event of a collision, the airbag will deploy and break through the velcro-secured side. They have another version with simply a cutout for the airbag to deploy. The version you get is based on your vehicle.

    TigerTough Airbag Compatibility 

    Every TigerTough cover's got a tearaway seam right down the side—so if your airbags need to bust out, they can do their job with no problem. Independent labs have tested our covers to ensure they’ll do what they need to do in a collision. Here's to hoping you'll never need it, but you're good to go if you do.

    Warranty and Returns

    Ruff Tuff Warranty and Returns

    Ruff Tuff offers a limited one-year warranty against manufacturer’s defects under normal use. Pretty standard, but not impressive.

    Unfortunately, their covers aren’t returnable (except for their Flex OPS line). So make sure you really want these covers before you confirm the order. Because once you get them, they’re yours for life. 

    TigerTough Warranty and Returns

    Our vehicle seat covers have a two-year, unconditional warranty. And we mean that. If they somehow get damaged in whatever it is that you do in your vehicle, we’ll replace or repair them. We stand by our covers. 

    If you don’t like your TigerTough seat covers, we’ll accept returns within 30 days of you receiving them. You just need to be sure they’re in like-new condition.


    This is why you’re ultimately reading this, right? Seat covers can have a crazy range in prices. So, for comparison, we used a 2023 Ford F-150 for spec. 

    How much does Ruff Tuff cost?

    We ordered a set of their Dura EZ-Care seat covers for $367. But don’t forget–we didn’t get headrest covers with our order, so we’d have to spend another $68 on those. 

    For full-coverage with Ruff Tuff, you’re looking at about $435. We also had to pay $25 for shipping. We won’t add that to the total price of these seat covers, but that’s something to consider.

    How much does TigerTough cost?

    To fully cover your two front seats with TigerTough, it will cost around $297. And we give you free shipping on any $100+ order within the 48 contiguous states.


    It all comes down to what you want and what your budget allows. For what it’s worth, we think you’ll get everything you need from TigerTough at a pretty good savings compared to Ruff Tuff. We’d say that even if ToughTough wasn’t signing our paychecks.

    Ruff Tuff is a great option that will work hard for you. We wish they came with headrest covers, and maybe had a better way to fasten the string underneath the seats. But they’ll absolutely get the job done.

    If you want something rugged and meant to withstand hard use, like construction environments or excited farm dogs, we’d encourage you to try TigerTough. Because hey, if you order them and hate ‘em, they’re returnable. And bonus: You can’t destroy them (and even if you manage to, we’ll replace them in the first two years).

    Maybe after reading this comparison, neither of these brands really work for you. That’s cool, but you should definitely check out the best seat covers for work trucks and find something that meets your needs.


    Ruff Tuff TigerTough
    Cost $435* $297
    Stars 4.3 4.9
    Turnaround Time ~ 2 weeks ~ 2 weeks
    Warranty Limited 1 year Unconditional 2 years
    Material 600 Denier Poly-Canvas Blend 1000 Denier CORDURA®️
    Waterproof Water-resistant ☑️
    Airbag Safe ☑️ ☑️
    Colors/Patterns 7 8
    Airbag Safe ☑️ ☑️
    Made in the USA ☑️ ☑️
    Seatback Pockets Optional Optional

    *Price based on purchasing with headrest covers. 

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    Will seat covers ruin leather seats?

    Considering seat covers for your vehicle's leather seats? It's a decision many drivers think about. Leather is a premium material that demands thoughtful care. The pressing question is whether seat covers help or harm leather seats.

    For the most part, no, seat covers won’t ruin your leather seats. 

    They're generally seen as a protective layer, guarding against daily wear and tear, spills, and sun damage. However, not every seat cover is suitable for leather. Some may negatively impact the material over time.

    Choosing the right type of seat cover is crucial to ensure that you’re enhancing, not hindering, the longevity and appearance of your leather seats. In this article, we'll get into the details, helping you make an informed choice about seat covers for your leather seats.

    Understanding Leather Seats and Seat Covers

    While those leather seats are pretty sturdy on their own, they can benefit from the extra protection that seat covers bring. It's all about keeping them in prime condition for as long as possible, and that’s a job seat covers do pretty darn well.

    Leather Seats – Tough But Tender

    Leather’s tough, but let's be real – leather seats aren’t tough as nails. Constant sun exposure, the daily in-and-out, and the odd coffee spill can leave them rough around the edges. Leather's like a sponge for spills and smells, so it needs some TLC to stay sharp.

    Seat Covers – Your Leather's Best Bud

    Seat covers come in like a reliable sidekick for your leather seats. Think of them as a shield, keeping the bad stuff – UV rays, spills, dirt, grease, dog slobber – off your seats. 

    The right seat cover keeps your leather safe from everyday messes and wear while letting it breathe and live its best life. By blocking out the stuff that can age your leather and decrease your resale value, seat covers help keep your seats fresh, clean, and ready for the long haul.

    Potential Issues with Foam-Backed Seat Covers

    Got leather seats fresh off a conditioning session? Hold off on those foam-backed seat covers like Wet Okole's. Foam and conditioner can clash, potentially harming the seat cover…and your leather. They're at odds; that mix-up can spoil your leather's look and feel. Our advice? If your leather's just been treated, skip the foam-backed options or hold off on installing them for a few days.

    Best Practices for Using Seat Covers on Leather

    Before you cover those leather seats, make sure they're clean. Dirt or moisture trapped under the cover? That's a recipe for damage. Give your leather a good clean and ensure it's bone dry

    Choose seat covers that are known to play well with leather. Compatibility isn’t just about size and fit; it’s about ensuring the cover doesn’t chemically react with your leather or cause it to wear prematurely. We suggest using a tough, breathable fabric

    Seat Covers on Heated Leather Seats

    While we’re talking about leather seats and covers, let’s shift gears and talk about heated seats. Does the heat get along with the cover, or is it a no-go?

    Typically, it’s safe to use seat covers with heated seats.

    Curious about how to use seat covers safely with heated leather seats? Check out our detailed blog post on using seat covers on heated leather seats for all the ins and outs you need to know.

    Wrapping it Up

    When it comes to decking out your leather seats with covers, the green light is generally on. But it's not just about picking any cover off the shelf. It's about choosing covers that respect the leather’s quality and respond well to its nature. 

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    What is ShieldTech?

    ShieldTech is made from the same crazy tough fabric as our Ironweave line of covers, but it’s infused with silver and copper which give it microbe and odor-killing powers.

    What Exactly Are ShieldTech Seat Covers?

    They’re a germ-killing version of the crazy strong seat covers we already make for work trucks and law enforcement vehicles.

    ShieldTech seat covers are made from the same base fabric as all of our seat covers (except Sportweave)  We use 1000-denier CORDURA for the following reasons:

    👍 It’s all-American made
    👍 It’s highly abrasion resistant
    👍 It’s nearly impossible to tear
    👍 It’s supple and not scratchy or irritating

    While the CORDURA for our Ironweave seat covers gets a custom DWR waterproof treatment, ShieldTech is treated with a different solution. It’s infused with a waterproofing treatment and copper and silver ions in a zeolite carrier are bonded to the fabric, which gives the seat covers anti-odor and antimicrobial properties. 

    It is very durable, too – the fabric was washed 20 times before testing (tbh we’ve never heard of anyone washing their covers that many times.)

    Who is ShieldTech right for?

    ShieldTech is going to be a win for these people looking for heavy-duty seat covers:     

    👉 Laborers in hot climates
    👉 Police, fire and EMS
    👉 Last-mile delivery companies
    👉 Dog owners who have their pups in the truck more often than not
    👉 Any organization that uses crews/shared vehicles, or hot seating (when the vehicle is passed off from driver to driver)

    The Scientific Stuff (how it actually works):

    The coating utilizes silver and copper ions (which have been used since 4000 BC to kill bacteria) in a zeolite carrier to starve, sterilize, and suffocate microbes.

    A zeolite carrier is a microporous, three-dimensional crystalline solid of aluminum silicate that’s been charged with ions of the active ingredient (silver and copper, in this case) Zeolites are naturally occurring and born of volcanic ash.

    The antimicrobial effects are only released when needed in order to have the longest-lasting effects.

    Here’s the lab testing results:

    chart showing the benefits of shieldtech
    All samples were tested with K. pneumoniae, an organism that causes Pneumonia. All samples had the same organism count at zero contact time. “Washes” signifies the number of times the sample was washed to simulate real-world use. Wet tests were performed in a wet environment, dry tests were performed in a dry environment. Test results have been simplified for ease of understanding, full lab results are available upon request.


    Organism Count (zero contact time) Organism Count (24-hr contact time) % Reduction from Control at 24 Hours
    Untreated Control Fabric 140,000 530,000,000 No Reduction
    Treated Fabric Test 1 (20 washes, dry) - 1,500 99.999%
    Treated Fabric Test 2 (40 washes, dry) - 600 99.9999%
    Treated Fabric Test 3 (20 washes, wet) - 11,900 99.99%
    Treated Fabric Test 4 (40 washes, wet) - <100 99.9999%
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    Can you put seat covers on heated seats?

    Heated seats in your truck are nearly a must-have in chilly weather (just ask us, we’re from Minnesota). Some of our customers ask us: is it safe to put seat covers on heated seats? 

    Let’s clear the air and get down to the facts about protecting your heated seats without losing their warming benefits.

    Yes, you can put seat covers on heated seats, but with caution. The key is choosing the right type of seat cover that allows heat to pass through without causing damage to both the seat and the cover.

    Material Matters

    Not all seat cover materials are suitable for heated seats. Thin, breathable materials like polyester, CORDURA®, or certain blends are typically safe as they allow efficient heat transfer. Avoid materials that are too thick, foam-backed, or insulated, as they can block the heat and potentially cause damage to the heating elements. We’d also suggest avoiding faux leather or anything furry…for more reason than one.

    Are seat covers safe with aftermarket seat heaters?

    Thinking about boosting your ride's comfort with aftermarket seat heaters? It's worth considering how they might play along with seat covers. 

    Generally, seat covers are compatible with both factory-installed and aftermarket heating systems. However, aftermarket heaters can add extra bulk to your seats. Properly install heaters so that they're smooth under the covers. You can enjoy the added warmth and protect your seats with the right approach, but if your seat heaters are too bulky under the covers, you may want to consider a thinner option.

    Safety and Efficiency

    When using seat covers on heated seats, consider the following:

    • Ensure the seat cover is properly fitted and doesn’t bunch up, as uneven distribution can lead to overheating in certain spots.
    • Be aware that seat covers may slightly reduce the heat intensity you feel.
    • Regularly check the seat covers and seats for any signs of heat damage.

    How do TigerTough seat covers work with heated and cooled seats?

    They work great if we do say so ourselves.

    “The covers work great with heated seats. They'll warm up just like the factory seats, and you won't notice a difference. If you use them with cooled seats, they'll work, but you'll notice less of a breeze. That's because the factory-cooled seats are perforated, but the covers are not. The covers will still cool and let some air through because the fabric is breathable, but it'll just be less than you're used to with the factory seats.” 

    -Sheldon Zitzmann, Marketing Director 


    Planning to outfit your heated seats with covers? No problem, but let's do it right. Choose materials that play nice with the heat and you're all set. It's about striking that perfect balance – enjoying the cozy warmth while keeping your seats rugged and ready. Go the right route, and your heated seats stay snug and secure, season after season.

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