“North America’s best-selling pickup truck of all time” is what they bill it as. But you already know your 2020 Ford F-150 as a beast. It’s a people-mover and a boat-tower. Your truck pulls all the other wimpy pickups out of the ditch when the weather gets sour. It’s your grocery-getter and your reno material picker-upper.
And, you’ve made it more powerful than other trucks on the highway with the best F-150 performance mods from AutoAnything.
Ain’t nothin’ your Ford can’t do.
Except for hauling gear when it’s raining, snowing, or windy. Oh, and it’s not exactly ideal for carrying things if you need to make an extra stop on the way home. Prying eyes and sticky fingers, you know.
Whether you drive an old beater pickup or a brand spankin’ new 2020 Ford F-150, truck bed cover options exist to keep your stuff safe, secure, and out of the weather. And you can bet your bottom dollar that you’ll find a tonneau cover among the F-150 accessories in our store.
You were discerning about the truck you wanted. We’d expect nothing less when you search for your Ford F-150 tonneau cover. And since we’re such a helpful bunch, we’ve come up with key features to look for, and the different styles available.
And of course, we have a list of the 8 best F-150 tonneau cover options for 2020.
What’s Important in an F-150 Tonneau Cover?
Your motivation for buying a truck bed cover or tonneau cover could be to keep your belongings safe while you run into Walmart for one or two things. Or it could be to prevent your new contractor-grade impact drivers from getting soaked in a surprise thunderstorm. Maybe you just don’t want sensitive eyes to see the big buck you just harvested.
Whatever your trigger for buying a tonneau cover for your F-150, it’s a good idea to think about some key features.
Any manufacturer that claims their tonneau cover is 100% waterproof is blowing smoke up your skirt. The fact is that there are too many points of entry in your truck box to guarantee water, snow, ice, and dust can’t get in. It’s more appropriate to call it water resistant.
But don’t despair, most of our water-resistant covers would require a hurricane to penetrate.
Two things dramatically improve water resistance with tonneau covers: weather seals or weatherstripping, and drainage. If weather resistance is key factor for your purchase, look for a cover that includes seals for the installation as well as overlapping seams where water runs off, not in.
Some truck bed covers are top rated for water-resistance but are near impossible to get into. The best tonneau covers for Ford F-150 trucks offer access that’s stupid simple and doesn’t force you to be a contortionist to get at your stuff. Tailgate releases are the biggest thing here.
Out of sight is one thing. If your gear can’t be seen, it can keep from wandering off. But if you don’t want to take the chance of inquisitive minds looking under your tonneau cover, look at products with high-quality integrated locks.
For some truck tonneau covers, there’s no getting around popping a few holes into the bed rail to anchor the brackets. That might be a dealbreaker for some, but there are other covers that install without permanent damage too. Either way, installation may take two people, but shouldn’t take all day to decipher the instructions, fasten it down, and finetune the fit.
Match your F-150 truck bed cover to your expectations for ownership. If you only plan on keeping your truck a few years, an economy cover could be just fine.
But if you’re expecting it to last for the life of your truck – or at least close to it – then look for heavier-duty construction and premium materials. Fair warning: you may need to adjust your budgetary expectations.
A Decent Warranty
As with any purchase, after-sales support gives you the warm-and-fuzzy feeling, just like a cozy baby blanket. Buy a tonneau cover for your F-150 that is backed by a no-nonsense warranty.
Types of Truck Bed Covers for a Ford F-150
It couldn’t be as easy as one-and-done, can it? Nope. There are literally hundreds upon hundreds of tonneau covers to choose from, but they break down into a handful of styles.
- Roll-up tonneau covers are usually a single, seamless sheet of vinyl that fastens to a rail along the edge of your truck bed. It could be either tension or velcro that holds the cover in place.
- Folding tonneau covers are hinged covers that fold up in toward the cab’s back window. Usually three, maybe four panels, they can be either soft like vinyl or rigid plastic or composite.
- Retractable tonneau covers take up a bit of space in the truck bed at the front where they coil up, but they’re a premium cover that is normally easier to use. The roll-top moves back and forth in channels, assisted with a huge spring at the front.
- Hinged tonneau covers overlap the bed rails, making them the most water resistant. Fiberglass options are usually painted to match your F-150’s factory color, giving them a premium price point. Other options include diamond-plate covers for supreme durability.
Which F-150 truck cover is best for your rig though? That’s up to you. But here are 8 choices we think are the best you’ll find for your new 2020 Ford F-150.
1. TruXedo TruXport Roll-Up Tonneau Cover
An awesome option at an entry-level price is the TruXedo TruXport Roll-Up Tonneau Cover. Its rails clamp to the top of your bed rails, giving you great protection against water penetration because of the overlap. No need to drill into your new truck with this option since the rails fasten with secure C-clamps.
The vinyl roll-top holds tight to the sides with hook-and-loop velcro-like material and the cover lathes at the back by the tailgate. When it’s rolled up, straps keep it in place and give full access to the truck box.
TruXedo TruXport roll-up tonneau covers are made in the USA and have an impressive 5-year warranty.
2. Access Original Roll-Up Tonneau Cover
The Access Original Roll-Up Tonneau Cover looks much like the typical roll-up vinyl cover, but like your mother always said, it what’s inside that counts. Access incorporates support bows that roll up with the cover to the back of the cab. It clamps to the bed rails without drilling and has quality seals to help prevent intrusion by water, snow, and dust.
Access also includes AutoLatch II, their system for securing the cover at the rear securely. XT-Dial lets you adjust how tight you want the cover to be when it’s fitted at – you guessed it – the turn of a dial.
This American-made roll-top cover has a 5-year warranty against defects in material and workmanship.
3. TonnoPro TonnoFold Tri-Fold Tonneau Cover
One of the best-selling Ford F-150 tonneau covers is the TonnoPro TonnoFold Tri-Fold Tonneau Cover, and it’s all based on merits. The low-profile soft-top tri-fold cover is custom-made for your Ford’s box size and comes pre-assembled for what they claim is a 5-minute install. Its heavy-duty aluminum frame clamps to your bed rails without any drilling necessary.
When it’s open, the tri-fold cover can be secured flat at the front with buckles. When it’s closed, you can secure it with an additional lock from TonnoPro.
There’s a Limited Lifetime frame warranty, and three years of coverage on the fabric.
4. BAK BAKFlip MX4 Folding Tonneau Cover
You’ll jump for joy when you run a BAK BAKFlip MX4 Folding Tonneau Cover on your F-150 (see what we did there?).
BAKFlip has been a leader in the industry for years, and the MX4 is one of the best there is. Its solid-panel design folds up in three sections for secure coverage. Plus, the UV-resistant composite material has a dense foam core so it can hold up to 400 pounds on top of the cover.
BAK designed the MX4 cover for installation in under an hour with basic tools and no drilling. There are special instructions if you want to make yours the most watertight on the market. It has cable releases underneath at the back, so if you lock your tailgate, it’s as good as secure.
The BAK BAKFlip MX4 tonneau cover has a 5-year warranty for your peace of mind.
5. Retrax RetraxPRO MX Tonneau Cover
We’re getting into some serious coverage now, truck lovers. The Retrax RetraxPRO MX Tonneau Cover is a retractable roll-top cover designed to last the life of your truck. The side rails are one-piece construction to keep the majority of water out. The retractable panel is made of heavy-duty aluminum that makes it near impossible for lookie-loos to get access against your will.
Plus, with the tough construction, you can strap up to 500 pounds of cargo on top of the cover. Keyed locks let you fasten the cover in multiple positions. The RetraxPRO MX cover allows one-handed operation.
Made in the USA, the RetraxPRO MX Ford F-150 truck bed cover has a Lifetime Warranty.
6. Pace Edwards BedLocker Tonneau Cover
Now here’s a novel idea. If you’re looking for remote access to your truck bed, it’s available with the Pace Edwards BedLocker Tonneau Cover. It features an electric motor to retract and extend the cover for hands-free operation with wireless keychain remote controls. OOooh… that’s nifty.
Custom-designed to fit your F-150’s truck bed, Pace Edwards uses silicone rubber hinge seals for a highly water-resistant fit. No drilling required – the BedLocker tonneau cover installs in under an hour with clamps to the rails.
Proudly made in the USA, Pace Edwards backs the BedLocker Retractable Tonneau Cover for three years against defects.
7. Ranch Legacy Tonneau Cover
One of the most popular and highest-rated solid truck bed covers for F-150, the Ranch Legacy Tonneau Cover has earned its spot on this list. The American-made fiberglass tonneau covers are paint-matched to your truck’s factory color so it doesn’t look like an out-of-place accessory.
The fiberglass cover is molded to wrap over the edges of the box rails and incorporates a triple seal to keep water on the right side – the outside. Strong lift arms make the cover easy to use, up and down, and the piano-style hinge at the front holds up to years of use. If you expected this to be a cover that needed permanent scars from drilling to hold it in place, you’d be wrong – it has no-drill installation.
Ranch includes a 1-year manufacturer’s warranty.
8. DiamondBack 270 Truck Bed Cover
You’ve never seen a tonneau cover more versatile or tough than this. The DiamondBack 270 Truck Bed Cover is the Swiss Army Knife of truck accessories. Weighing in at around 110 pounds, the DiamondBack 270 is proudly made of diamond-plate aluminum panels, but it can also bear up to 400 pounds on top. The 270 has three access points – the rear half opens like your traditional tonneau cover while two front panels open from the sides to an integrated toolbox.
Neoprene gaskets seal out moisture and dust while keyed lock handles and steel locking rods on each panel prevent sticky fingers from finding your belongings.
DiamondBack 270 truck bed covers are built in the USA and carry a Limited Lifetime Warranty.
The right F-150 truck bed cover is all about your needs, your style, your preferences, and your stuff.
But if you want extra protection against thievery and weather, a tonneau cover for your 2020 Ford F-150 should be a consideration. Check out these and all the other F-150 tonneau cover options available to you at AutoAnything.