Best Rated Truck Covers: Our Testing Process
To select the truck covers featured in this buyers guide, we consulted our network of experts for their thoughts on vehicle covers. These experts have over 100 years of combined experience in aftermarket auto fields ranging from detailing to accessories to tires, and everything in between. They helped us identify the qualities that would be most important to someone looking for a car cover. One important feature we looked for in particular was car covers that would not retain moisture.
We next ordered a number of car covers for testing, with an aim to try out car covers at a variety of price points. We also ordered the most popular products from retailers like Amazon and RealTruck. When ordering these covers, we look at factors such as material quality, customer ratings, and prices. Even after our initial testing, we continue to keep an eye out for new quality car covers and may update this page if we come across more worthy recommendations.
For our in-person testing, a team member tried each car cover on a Truck, taking notes on how well the car covers fit, material quality, and ease of use. Each car cover was given a rating out of 5.0 stars based on these criteria. These car covers were tested using a 2016 Chevy Colorado.
For this testing category, we first took note of each truck cover’s materials. Strong and breathable materials that prevent water accumulation and mold scored better in this category. During testing, we observed how the material stretched across our test vehicle and gauged its durability, noting any rips or tears. We also like to inspect the seams and stitching, looking for quality stitchwork that doesn’t easily fray.
We gave the highest scores in this category to snug-fitting truck covers that managed to envelop the entire vehicle. Loose-fitting truck covers that can be well-secured with tie-down straps could still receive a high score in this category. Truck covers that are especially baggy or could blow off in a strong wind scored poorly in this category.
Ease of Use
Our ease of use rating is an evaluation of how quickly a truck cover can be installed and removed, as well as how easy it is to fold and store. To score well in this category, a truck cover should be easily attached and secured by one person in a few minutes. Truck covers that fold away well, or fit easily into a carrying case also received high ratings in this category.
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Each year, we test over 350 auto products on vehicles and in our testing lab. Our team of product testers thoroughly researches top products, unboxes and puts our hands on each component, and tests the items on real vehicles before making recommendations to readers.
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