Our four-footed friends are often held near and dear to our hearts. It isn’t uncommon for dogs, and less often cats, to ride in the car. Some pets like this, while others don’t. Regardless, it is important to transport them comfortably, but not at the risk of your car’s clean interior.
One of the best choices for preventing damage AND ensuring your pet rides comfortably is a seat cover. There are a number of options available, but not all of them are good options. When purchasing a seat cover, there are a number of factors to consider, including the interior design and color of your car, the weight and breed of your pet, and how accessible you need your seats to be once the cover is in place.
Below is a list of the top 7 best dog seat covers currently on the market. While marketed for dogs, these would also work just as well for other furry family members. These protectors are ranked in light of overall effectiveness and customer satisfaction, along with other nuances such as pockets, color, and size.
|Seat Cover||Dimensions||Style||Color||Cover Weight|
|Plush Paws Custom||56” x 65”||Console||Black||4lbs|
|4Kines Crew Cab||5”h x 60.5”w x 18”d||Rear Bench Seat Cover w/ Hammock Extension||Black||7lbs|
|4 Knines Cargo Liner||52” x 82”||Cargo Liner||Black||23lbs|
|Transpawt Luxury||57” x 55”||Hammock||Black||9lbs|
|HomeyOne||94” x 56”||Back Seat Liner||Grey & Black||8lbs|
|Plush Paws Cover|
|63” x 65”||Hammock||Black||8lbs|
|Perfect Pet||53” x 36”||Back Seat Liner||Tan||4lbs|
Plush Paws Custom Dog Seat Cover – Best Versatile Car Cover
This seat cover rises to the top of the list because of its overall function, cost, and effectiveness. It measures 56″ x 65″ which also puts it on the larger side compared to other designs on this list. Its length also allows for great coverage if you are looking to put this in a pickup or a large SUV.
More commendable features of this product are that it comes with a lifetime warranty and it is machine washable which is very convenient – especially if you have a lighter-haired dog since the cover is black. In addition, this model also comes with an optional hammock piece that zips on and off. This allows your dog to lounge on the floor of the car and still provides top protection.
There were a few customer comments that did express concern about the overall durability of this car seat cover – especially in light of the straps and buckles that attach this to the seats. However, as it comes with a lifetime warranty, this isn’t too concerning. The only detraction may be the wait time for a response from customer service, but even that was not reviewed negatively.
4Kines Crew Cab – Quality Color Protection for Your Car Seats
This 4Kines seat cover also vies for the first spot on this list as best dog car seat cover. While the most expensive option on this list, its features more than make up for the cost and it certainly beats cleaning the interior of your car after your dog rides with you!
This seat cover measures 21.5” tall (up the back of the seat) and sits 18” deep with another 24” dropdown over the edge of the seat. It’s 60.5” wide and designed specifically for the interiors of F Series trucks. In addition, it will also fit in a Chevy Silverado, MGC Sierra, and a Toyota Tundra.
Like the first item on this list, this 4Kines model allows for backseat functionality including armrests and seat belts. However, it is important to note that this model doesn’t fit very nicely. The seat belt holes don’t always line up and the design of this cover excludes Nissan and Dodge trucks.
4 Knines SUV Cargo Liner – Only Liner for Cargo Space
(yellow)This 4KNines seat cover is the best – and only – cargo space protector. It comes in three sizes:
- Small: 42″ x 78″ (fits most small SUVs and CUVs)
- Large: 52″ x 82″ (most recommended size – best for standard SUVs)
- X-Large: 55″ x 106″ (fits largest SUVs)
“Like other products, this cover offers a lifetime warranty and is also machine washable. As this is another black model, ease of washing is something to look for if you have a pet with lighter hair.”
Another thing to keep in mind that is unique to this cargo style is that it is sometimes too large. It is important to measure the size of your car’s cargo hold in order to avoid choosing a style that’s too roomy. This can result in your pet messing up the lining and exposing parts of the car’s interior.
Lastly, there were a few comments that addressed the lack of traction their dog(s) had on this cover. If your dog is already on the skittish side when it comes to riding in the car, it may be beneficial to put something down on top of this cover that allows him/her to sit somewhere comfortably.
Transpawt Luxury Cover – Only Model to Provide Dog Seat Belts
There is no doubt why ‘luxury’ is in the title of this product. Transpawt has done an excellent job creating a car seat cover that not only works, but has a high-end finish. This seat cover measures 57″ x 55″ and is made with waterproof, rip-resistant material. In addition, this cover is machine washable and the non-slip backing keeps this cover on the seats and prevents your pet(s) from sliding around.
Depending on the style of your car, there is just one potential setback. In order to attach in the best way possible, this product requires adjustable headrests to strap on to. For car models that don’t have this, more creative measures may have to be taken in order to attach this cover securely. In addition, there were comments that noted their seat belt holes either didn’t exist (product defect) or didn’t match up correctly. As this cover is easy to install and remove, this issue doesn’t prevent it from being a good choice – especially for dog owners who do not regularly transport children and/or need the rear seat.
Homeyone Total Coverage – Nice and Roomy for Smaller Cars
Homeyone has provided one of the largest car seat cover choices and the sturdiest in regards to weight. This dark grey cover measures 94″ x 56″ and weighs nearly 6 pounds. It has three layers of padded material and comes with a 1 year product warranty.
This cover was definitely built to be practical and comes with a bottle pocket and two large pockets that many people found useful for storing pet toys and/or grooming supplies. This cover attaches behind the headrests, but by far, the best feature of this product is its extra adjustable strap. This product has a long strap that goes behind the backseat for reinforced security, which is also great if your car does not have adjustable headrests.
Plush Paws Pet Seat Cover – Uniquely Equipped with Pet Harnesses
Don’t let the soft brand name fool you: The car seat cover by Plush Paws is one of the best for your heaviest, least-plushy dogs. This cover measures 63″ x 65″ and is a hammock style for your backseat. As a bonus, it comes in two sizes:
- Standard: Supports dogs weighing 15-16lbs
- Extra Large: Supports dogs weighing 60-100lbs.
The cover is said to be waterproof and is made with chemical free materials. Customer reviews highly praise the quality of the cover as well as the overall look and feel. It is made with no AZO dyes and is free of heavy metals. The backing is a non-slip silicone material and the cover includes seat anchors to help keep it from sliding around during a trip.
In general, there were a few cons to this cover. There were a handful of reviews that cautioned that this cover is not as waterproof as it should be. In addition, the straps holding it in place have a tendency to stretch and break easily. This is also influenced by the weight of your dog and how much strain he/she puts on the straps. Lastly, some customers noted that while the seat cover stays on due to the non-slip backing, this backing was known to flake off and in some severe cases, stain, tan or light-colored car interiors.
Perfect Pet Seat Cover – Great Light-Colored Option for Tan Interiors
This Perfect Peat seat cover is the best seat cover for dogs if you have a light-colored car interior. This product comes in tan – a rare find for seat covers! It measures 53″ x 36″ and is made with a machine washable quilted fabric. The cover is advertised as being waterproof and has a non-slip backing.
One of the perks to this model is its tan color, which lends itself nicely to car interiors that are a lighter color. Additionally, this product comes with a 30 day satisfaction guarantee. The seat cover installs firmly with seat anchors and reinforced headrest straps, and it also fairly easy to remove and store in the car since it weighs less than 3.5lbs. It also has slots for seat belts, allowing the use of the backseat even after it has been installed.
A final issue that should be kept in mind is that the cover’s non-slip backing did have a tendency to shed flecks onto car seats. The cover also had an odd out-of-package scent that was strong enough that several customers recommended airing it out before use.
When searching for a car seat cover, there are a number of things to keep in mind in order to choose the best pet seat cover that works for both your car and your furry friend. In general, these things can be neatly organized into the following three categories:
As you begin your search for the best seat cover, it’s important to know your vehicle. While there are a number of seat cover options for all sorts of car styles, knowing in advance where you want to install this cover in your car and the dimensions will help you narrow down your options and ensure you choose one that fits.
It is important to choose a cover that truly fits in your car in order for you to have the most protection possible. If a cover is too big, you run the risk of gaps and areas your dog will find that aren’t covered. Likewise, if a cover is too small it won’t install properly and you will put more strain on the straps and buckles, which will impact the overall quality of the product.
Beyond size, it is also important to keep the style and color of your car in mind as you search. If your car has a center console for example, you may need to search for covers that allow for individual seats to fold down. Many models also require adjustable headrests to install as well, which is another thing to keep in mind. Lastly, the color of your seats may point you towards certain brands or styles because their covers will blend in better with your car’s interior.
It goes without saying that your dog (or cat) should be taken into consideration when you are looking to purchase a car seat cover. When you are searching, keep the weight of your pet in mind as this can impact the cover performance and effectiveness. Adhere to weight limits if a product has them so you get the most out of the cover. Additionally, be aware that if you have a light-colored dog and/or a dog that tends to shed, you may want to consider cover options that are easy to clean and/or match the color of your pet.
As the person who will ultimately have to install, remove, clean, and utilize this cover it is important to make sure you are comfortable with it. Think about your lifestyle and how much you will need to access your backseat. If you have children, it will be critical to select a cover style that offers full car seat function. If you don’t often transport pets or need to regularly remove the cover to transport people, look for a style that you can easily install and take out. Lastly, make sure to keep customer service in mind too. Luckily, if you’re starting with this list, all of the companies were highly responsive and no negative reviews regarding customer service were found. If your search expands beyond this list, it never hurts to check a company’s overall rating before considering their product offerings.
Pet seat covers have come a long way from simply throwing a blanket over the backseat and hoping your furry friend doesn’t move around too much. With more advanced offerings, you now have options that not only anchor securely to your car but also come with safety features such as dog seat belts and harnesses. When you know your car, your pet and what you need in a car seat cover, choosing one won’t be difficult at all. In the end, everyone – including your furry family member – will benefit.