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Best Work Truck Seat Covers of 2024
Laura Meyer

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.

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.

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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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TigerTough vs. Tar: How to get tar out of a seat cover

In construction, tar smears on vehicle seat covers isn't abnormal. A paving company we work with told us about a little secret formula they've been using: brake cleaner and a putty knife to tackle tar on their seat covers.

This method wasn't something we found in any standard cleaning guide, but it was intriguing enough to put to the test.

The Experiment Takes Shape

With a healthy dose of skepticism and a can-do attitude, we launched this experiment. (Can you believe they pay us to do this?)

Our first step was, admittedly, a bit overzealous. We applied the tar liberally, more than was probably necessary. After letting it sit and dry for a couple of days, we came back to assess the situation.

Getting Down to Business

Equipped with brake cleaner and a putty knife, just as recommended, we got down to the nitty-gritty. It was a straightforward process: apply the cleaner, let it soak in briefly, then gently scrape away at the tar. This wasn't a quick wax-on-wax-off kind of job. It required about 15 minutes of diligent work, but to our surprise, the tar came off completely without leaving any damage to the seat or its cover.

A Word of Caution

Even with this success, it's important to note that this isn't your average cleaning hack. Brake cleaner is strong stuff, designed for mechanical parts, not fabric. And while a putty knife can be a handy tool, there's always a risk of nicking or cutting the material if you're not careful.

So, while we can vouch for the effectiveness of this method in our experience, it's not something we'd recommend without reservations. It's critical to use this approach with caution, understanding the potential risks to both safety and the materials you're working with.

And just like grease on seat covers, we'd recommend tossing the cover in the wash after removing tar. 

This unconventional cleaning method goes to show that sometimes, the most effective solutions come from the field, born out of necessity and practical know-how. However, it's always crucial to balance innovation with caution, particularly when dealing with powerful chemicals and manual tools. For those in the blue-collar sectors, where ingenuity meets hard work, such experiments can be part of the job. 

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What is StringLock and How Does It Work?

At TigerTough, we're all about getting stuff done, no fluff, no buzzwords. We take pride in down-to-earth solutions that hit the mark. That’s why we invented StringLock, a nifty little fix to a big headache.

StringLock is our answer to: how can we make securing seat covers less of a pain? We fully admit that getting our seat covers on is difficult. But StringLock makes it simpler. 

Ok, but where the heck is this seat cover string? It's hidden. It's part of the seat cover bottom and cinches around the seat bottom between the cushion and the plastic trim. The string ends feed through and dangle under the seat for fastening.

string in seat cover

The magic happens when you slide the seat cover string ends into this little gadget and clamp it down. Boom, locked into place. Just like that, your cover’s not budging, no matter how much you jump in and out of your seat.

Why did we come up with this? Simple. Tying those seat cover strings in knots was turning into a chore.

"We've always had strings on our seat covers... But to make them work correctly, you had to tie these two ends together in a series of knots that would give a Boy Scout anxiety." 

Sheldon Zitzmann, Marketing Director

And so, StringLock was born. It's a simple way to lock the strings together and not need to tie any crazy knots. Making your life easier, one seat cover at a time, is what we’re here for. 

How StringLock Works

The Invention of StringLock

We faced an issue during those early days: tying seat covers was a hassle. Feedback was clear – knots were a pain. And it felt a little amature.

We needed a better solution. That's where StringLock stepped in. It's our simple fix. No more crazy knots. Slide the strings in, clip it shut, and you're done. "We invented StringLock to cut the knot-tying headache," because who's got time for that?

It all started with this sketchy drawing. (See what we did there?) 

Stringlock

Then we handed it over to the professionals, and they created the official, which were patented.

stringlock

StringLock's birth was just us doing what we try do best—listening and then delivering a hands-down simpler solution.

Benefits of Using StringLock

Switching to StringLock from the old-school knot-tying routine is like upgrading from chalk reel to a laser level. But it’s also better than elastic options some other companies use. Here’s why it’s a game changer:

  • Ease of Use: Forget about needing a manual or a YouTube tutorial just to figure out how to tie a secure knot (but no judgement if you need that YouTube video). StringLock is as straightforward as it gets. Slide in, clip, done. It’s that easy, which means no more frustration or needing special skills just to keep your seat cover in place.
  • Reliability: With StringLock, it’s a one-and-done deal. Once you lock it in, it stays put. This means your seat cover isn’t going anywhere, no matter how much you move around. And when you need to take off your covers for a cleaning, just unclip and unthread the string.
  • Time-Saving: Cut down the install time significantly since you don’t have to deal with knots. More time working, less time fiddling with your seat covers to get them just right.
  • Durability: Unlike elastic, the string won’t stretch out. Meaning your seat cover stays put.

Simple Yet Effective

So there you have it, the lowdown on StringLock, our simple yet mighty solution. It's all about making sure your seat covers stay put, hassle-free, without needing to become a knot-tying wizard or relying on unreliable elastic. Ease of use, reliability, and saving you a heap of time – that's what StringLock brings to the table. And you won't find another brand of seat cover with it.

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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 Seat Covers for Construction Workers

Construction truck (and heavy equipment) cabs see it all: dust, dirt, coffee, sandwich guts. No shortage of debris will find its way onto the seat. So, protecting those seats with a seat cover is smart. But which cover should you go with?

You’ll want something tough, waterproof, antimicrobial if there’s more than one butt in the driver’s seat, and doesn’t bunch up like a sock in a work boot. We could say you should choose TigerTough, but that’s not the only option out there.

We’ll share some of our favorite seat covers, and you can choose which is best for you.

Best Work Truck Seat Covers

We’ve spent many manhours testing out seat covers, trying them. Some have been competitive, others have been disappointing. We won’t waste your time with the seat covers we weren’t impressed with. But no matter what, try to look for these qualities in a truck seat cover:

  • Washable
  • Waterproof
  • Airbag safe
  • Separate seatback and bottom
  • Good warranty
  • Made in the U.S.

We’ll share prices with you based on a 2023 Ford F-150. With all that info in mind, let’s get into these seat covers for construction workers.

Marathon

Marathon Seat Covers

On paper, Marathon is one of our biggest competitors. Their covers are made from 1000-denier CORDURA®️ in good ole Montana. 

Pros

  • Washable
  • Waterproof
  • Airbag safe
  • Separate seatback and bottom
  • Made in the U.S.
  • Price is on the lower end
  • They have a bunch of accessories you can add to the seat covers

Cons

  • Some recent negative reviews about quality on their Google listing
  • Camo is only 500-denier CORDURA®️
  • Production time is 4-5 weeks
  • No returns
  • Limited warranty

Price: $315 (with headrests)

Carhartt PrecisionFit

Carhartt Precision Fit Seat Covers

OK, we don’t normally suggest these because the price is steep. But they’re a great option if you’re loyal to Carhartt.

Pros

  • Washable
  • Water-resistant
  • Airbag safe
  • Separate seatback and bottom (their SeatSavers aren’t)
  • Come with seatback pockets as standard

Cons

Price: $560

Wet Okole

We Okole Seat Covers

People love Wet Okole, despite that the name means “wet butt” in Hawaiian. They fit well and look good on. Raving fans have had Wet Okole on for years. They’re made in California and loved by surfers and construction workers alike.

Pros

  • Washable by hand with wetsuit shampoo
  • Waterproof (but check out how they absorb liquids)
  • Airbag safe
  • Separate seatback and bottom (their SeatSavers aren’t)
  • Made in the U.S.

Cons

  • They’ll protect your seat from liquid, but the cover is designed to hold the liquid, so you’ll literally have a wet butt with spills. Think of it like a diaper--it's going protect your seat from spills, but it's also going to get a little squishy with any wetness.

Price: $374

TigerTough

TigerTough Seat Covers

Our covers are made in Minnesota from American-made materials by American men and women. We design exclusively for the blue-collar world, so you won’t see us offering covers for minivans or coupes anytime soon. Our covers made from 1000-denier CORDURA®️ are put through torture tests so we can confidently say they’re nearly indestructible.

Pros

Cons

  • Limited colors

Price: $297

Best Heavy Equipment Seat Covers

The competition is slim when it comes to heavy equipment seat covers, but there are a few out there. You’re going to want to look for similar things in heavy equipment seat covers:

  • Washable
  • Waterproof
  • Separate seatback and bottom (if applicable)
  • Good warranty
  • Made in the U.S.

Ultra Seat

Ultra Seat Seat Cover

This is an aftermarket seat company that makes covers for its seats. It offers only three different kinds of covers: high back, medium back, and low back.

Pros

  • Washable
  • Separate seatback and bottom
  • They fit their seats like a dream, and should also fit Grammer seats well
  • The quality seems great
  • Made in Canda
  • Inexpesive

Cons

  • They won’t fit OEM seats well

Price: $168 (high back seat)

TigerTough

Heavy Equipment Seat Cover

Our heavy equipment seat covers are super similar to our vehicle seat covers, except we offer an unlimited, unconditional warranty on them. 

Pros

  • Washable
  • Separate seatback and bottom
  • They fit your heavy equipment seat extremely well
  • Made in America
  • Unconditional, unlimited warranty

Cons

  • Not every make/model of heavy equipment available
  • More expensive than the competition

Price: $247 (Cat 312 excavator seat)

Best Seat Covers for Construction

Every cover has its pros and cons. Determine which is best for you and your budget. And if you find a better option, let us know, we’d love to add it to the list!

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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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Are leather seat covers any good?

Yes, they are! But there's not always a black and white answer to that question.

There's an undeniable allure to the feel and look of leather, a material known for its comfort, premium status, and graceful aging. From its rich aroma to its smooth texture, leather has long been a favorite. So we can see why you’d want it.

At TigerTough, our expertise is creating seat covers from durable CORDURA®️ fabric, tougher than military-spec materials, and designed to withstand the demands of work trucks. Although leather seat covers are not within our product line, our extensive experience in the seat cover industry gives us a bit of knowledge on leather seat covers. (And fun fact: before we made seat covers exclusively, we made tack supplies, so we know a thing or two about leather.)

Let’s take a look at leather seat covers.

The Leather Seat Cover Spectrum

When you're eyeing leather seat covers, you're looking at a field with some real contenders and a few pretenders: genuine and faux leather. 

Genuine leather? That's the real deal – brings class, comfort, and that rich smell nothing else can match. But that rich smell ain’t cheap. 

Then there's faux leather. It's the cheaper option and still looks sharp from a distance. Great for folks wanting the leather look without the leather price tag or for anyone aiming to keep their ride vegan-friendly.

Pros and Cons of Genuine Leather Seat Covers

The Upside

Genuine leather seat covers are like that trusty pair of leather work boots—tough, look better with age, and scream quality. They bring a level of comfort and style to your ride that's hard to beat. Sitting down on a genuine leather seat cover feels like an upgrade whenever you get behind the wheel. Plus, they've got that signature leather scent that makes your truck's cabin feel more like a luxury retreat than a daily driver.

The Downside

But, just like those high-quality boots, genuine leather needs some TLC to keep it looking its best. If your truck's pulling double duty as a workhorse, those leather seat covers will see more than their fair share of sun, dirt, and the occasional coffee spill. Over time, without proper care, leather can dry out, crack, or even start to fade, especially if it's baking in the sun day on a job site.

And let's talk about the work truck life for a minute. Genuine leather, while tough, might not be the champion you need against the grind of daily use in a work environment. Tools, equipment, and the general rough-and-tumble can leave marks and scuffs that are hard to erase. Plus, genuine leather ain't cheap—so if you're outfitting a fleet, those costs can pile up quicker than overruns in a kitchen renovation gone sideways.

The Lowdown on Faux Leather Seat Covers

The Appeal

Faux leather (sometimes called leatherette) seat covers might catch your eye with their slick look and cheaper-than-genuine-leather price tag. They promise the luxe feel of leather making them a tempting option for dressing up your ride on a budget. Plus, they're a cinch to clean, a big win for anyone with a busy life or a car full of kids and pets.

The Reality Check

But here's the deal—faux leather's got its drawbacks. While it might look sharp out of the box, over time, it can tell a different story. Durability-wise, it's like comparing a heavyweight champ to a lightweight contender; faux leather might not always hold up in the long haul. With the wear and tear of daily use, especially in a work truck that sees all kinds of action, you might start to notice cracking, peeling, or even some fading. It's tough, sure, but it's not invincible.

And while faux leather is easier on the wallet now (it’s still more expensive than cloth seat covers), if it starts to show its age sooner, you could be looking at replacements more often than you'd like. That means more dough out of your pocket in the long run. Plus, those easy-to-clean surfaces? They're great until they start to break down, and then you're stuck with seat covers that don't quite live up to the dream.

We won’t ever recommend faux leather seat covers. We haven’t met one we loved that doesn’t make us sweat…literally.

Slip-On vs. Replacement Leather Seat Covers:

The Contenders

In one corner, we've got slip-on leather seat covers. They're the quick fix to spruce up your seats without breaking a sweat or the bank. Easy to install, they slide right over your existing upholstery, giving your interior a facelift in about an hour or so. They're the go-to for folks looking for a fast, cost-effective way to upgrade or protect their seats.

Then there’s replacement leather upholstery, the heavyweight option. This isn't just a cover; it's a total seat makeover. You know those Katzkin seat covers you’ve heard about? They’re legit, but it’s a full swap out for your existing upholstery. You're looking at stripping down to the bones and giving your seats a brand-new, skin-tight leather outfit. It’s a bigger commitment, both in time and cash (Katzkin starts at $1895), but the result is a custom-fit look that's hard to distinguish from factory-original. Take note that you might need a certified Katzkin installer to do the job for you.

The Long Haul

When it comes to longevity, both have their merits. Slip-on covers offer the flexibility of easy removal for cleaning or swapping out styles. However, they might not match the snug, seamless fit of a replacement, potentially shifting around and showing wear more quickly.

Replacement leather upholstery, on the other hand, is in it for the long haul. Tailored to fit your seats precisely, it eliminates the bag and sags common with slip-ons. But, it's a permanent change—once you go this route, there's no returning to your old seats without another significant investment.

The Verdict

Choosing between slip-on leather seat covers and full replacement upholstery depends on what you're after. Looking for an upgrade around $1000? Slip-ons might be your winner. But if you're all about that seamless, upscale finish and are ready to invest $1000-$2500 in your vehicle, replacement upholstery could be the way to go. 

Top Leather Seat Cover Brands We Recommend

We’re not against leather seat covers. We just don’t make them. So here are our favorite cover and replacement options if you decide you want to go that route.

Favorite Leather Seat Cover

Favorite Leather Upholstery Replacement

  • LeatherSeats.com
    • $1300
    • Real leather
    • Air-bag safe
    • 60+ color options
    • Really great configurator tool
    • Dozens of finishing options
    • Three-year/36,000-mile warranty
    • Made in Oklahoma City, OK

CORDURA®️ vs. Leather: The Work Truck Showdown

We won’t ever recommend a leather seat cover or leather upholstery replacement for your work truck. We just won’t do it. If you have a leather factory interior, that’s totally fine, we just wouldn’t want you to pay through the nose to add leather seats. And if you want to cover that leather and keep it looking new, it’s safe to add seat covers. 

When it's time to gear up your work truck, the choice of seat cover material is more than just about looks—it's about survival in the toughest conditions. 

Why CORDURA®️ Reigns Supreme in Work Trucks

CORDURA®️ is the undisputed durability champ in the work truck arena. It's not just fabric; it's a fortress. Designed to resist tears, scuffs, and abrasions, CORDURA®️ seat covers are built to take a beating and come out looking good as new. They're the kind of seat covers you put on when your daily grind involves dirt, tools, and the occasional "oops" moment that would send lesser materials into retirement.

We trust CORDURA®️ so much that we put it through torture tests. And we give our customers an unconditional two-year warranty on their covers.

Leather, with all its class and comfort, puts up a good fight. It’s tough in its own right and brings a level of sophistication that's hard to beat. But when push comes to shove (or spill comes to stain), leather isn’t always up to the task. It requires regular maintenance to keep it from drying out or cracking, and in the dust and grime of a work truck’s life, leather might just tap out sooner than you’d like.

CORDURA®️ in the Trenches

In the rough-and-tumble world of work trucks, CORDURA®️ shines. It laughs in the face of spills, scoffs at dirt, and brushes off wear and tear with ease. Whether it's hauling construction gear, navigating through farm fields, or surviving the daily demands of a plumber's needs, CORDURA®️ seat covers keep coming back for more, looking sharp and ready for action. And when they need it, you can toss them in the washing machine.

Leather, while it can stand up to a fair amount of use, often requires a gentle touch and a bit more care to maintain its integrity in such environments. It's at its best when it can be admired for its aesthetics and function.

The Bottom Line

Choosing seat covers is all about what you need them for. Leather's got class but demands care, especially in the rough-and-tumble life of a work truck. But if you’re not looking for work truck seat covers and have an extra $1000 to kick around, go for it! 

CORDURA®️? That's your go-to for unbeatable toughness and hassle-free upkeep. It's the workhorse that doesn't blink at dirt, spills, or daily wear and tear.

Think about what you want from your seat covers. If it's luxury and style, leather might be your pick. But for sheer durability and ease of care, CORDURA®️ stands out as the champion. It's tailor-made for anyone who needs their covers to be as hardworking as they are.

Looking for more options other than TigerTough? Check out the top work truck seat covers of 2024 to find a brand that meets your needs and budget.

 

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