The 2022 Seat Cover Material Guide

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As an auto enthusiast, you understand that seat covers aren’t just a fun accessory to spruce up your interiors. They can offer solid protection for your seats’ upholstery, helping you keep that material attractive and pristine for years to come. Our short guide covers what you need to know about car seat cover material: durability, benefits and recommendations for every season.

Material for Seat Covers

No two materials in car seat covers are alike. We’re not just necessarily talking about quality, however. Material properties are important to consider when selecting your covers. A quick rundown lists some commonly available material options:

  • Canvas, duck weave and tweed
  • Leather and leatherette
  • Neoprene and neosupreme
  • Sheepskin, made from hollow wool fibers
  • Microsuede, polyester fabric with short brushed fibers
  • Velour, a super-soft cotton fabric

There are specialty materials such as saddle blanket, with synthetic petroleum-based fibers that are durable and comfortable. Spacer mesh uses several layers of durable, breathable knit fabric to minimize moisture. Some covers designed specifically for vehicles with pets are crafted from polyester or PVC, ideal for protecting against messes or scratchy toenails. There’s also ballistic nylon, a rugged material with a smooth surface that resists scuffs, stains and water.

Seat Cover Material Descriptions

Camo Seat Covers

Available in a variety of durable materials, as well as various camouflage patterns, including RealTree, Mossy Oak, Kryptek and more. Camo seat covers are available in ballistic, neoprene, neosupreme and canvas materials. Continue reading as we highlight their individual characteristics below.

    • Ballistic nylon is a rugged fabric that’s resistant to water, stains, and scuffs with a smooth, shiny surface. Cordura-ballistic fabric is designed with the same benefits but offers a more canvas-like finish, similar to jeans.
    • Neoprene is an expensive, synthetic rubber material used in high-end wetsuits. It provides a soft, comfortable cushion, and is flexible for easy installation. Neoprene is also easy to spot-clean and 100% waterproof.
    • Neosupreme is a blend of polyester and neoprene, and offers many of the same benefits as neoprene, but at a more affordable price. It’s extremely water-resistant but not 100% waterproof.
    • Canvas offers a sturdy polyester/cotton blend that’s soft, strong and machine-washable. Canvas covers are often treated for water- and stain-resistance.

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Canvas Seat Covers

Available in an array of fabric blends that vary in texture and durability, from classic canvas to duck weave and tweed.

    • Canvas offers a sturdy polyester/cotton blend that’s soft, strong and machine-washable. Canvas covers are often treated for water- and stain-resistance.
    • Duck weave is a strong cotton/linen blend that offers similar benefits to traditional canvas. It’s a natural fiber that breathes easily and is machine-washable.
    • Tweed is a moisture-resistant wool/cotton blend that’s soft, flexible and durable. Tweed most often comes in an attractive, herringbone twill pattern.

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Hawaiian Seat Covers

Keep water away from your upholstery with an island-inspired look. Available in both neoprene and neosupreme materials described below.

    • Neoprene is an expensive, synthetic rubber material used in high-end wetsuits. It provides a soft, comfortable cushion, and is flexible for easy installation. Neoprene is also easy to spot-clean and 100% waterproof.
    • Neosupreme is a blend of polyester and neoprene, and offers many of the same benefits as neoprene, but at a more affordable price. It’s extremely water-resistant but not 100% waterproof.

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Leather Seat Covers

Upgrade your interior to the high-end look and feel of leather without the high-end price of a factory leather package.

    • Genuine leather is a luxurious, natural material that offers breathability and the pleasant smell of sophistication. The supple texture of leather seat covers continues to soften as they age.
    • Leatherette is a textured and treated vinyl that simulates the look of leather. Leatherette offers easy wipe-down cleaning and is durable against scratching, fading and cracking.

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Mesh Seat Covers

Mesh covers offer tough protection and great breathability.

    • Spacer mesh is made of durable layers of breathable knit fabric, designed to keep moisture away from your interior and cool down your backside.

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Neoprene Seat Covers

Manufactured to keep H2O away from your interior in any aquatic setting. Available in 100% neoprene and neoprene blends.

    • Neoprene is an expensive, synthetic rubber material used in high-end wetsuits. It provides a soft, comfortable cushion, and is flexible for easy installation. Neoprene is also easy to spot-clean and 100% waterproof.
    • Neosupreme is a blend of polyester and neoprene, and offers many of the same benefits as neoprene, but at a more affordable price. It’s extremely water-resistant but not 100% waterproof.

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Pet Seat Covers

Designed to keep your pets safe and protect your upholstery from moisture, claws, slobber, and shedding.

    • Polyester is a rugged, rip-resistant material that’s sturdy enough to stand up to scratches and scuffs. Polyester seat covers are water-resistant and machine-washable for easy cleanup.
    • PVC is a waterproof backing material usually paired with polyester. It provides a barrier to make sure no messes leak through.

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Saddle Blanket Seat Covers

Give your interior a durable, Western-style upgrade.

    • Saddle blanket seat covers are crafted from tightly-woven olefin fabric. Woven olefin is a manmade petroleum-based fiber that’s strong, comfortable and easy to clean.

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Sheepskin Seat Covers

Protect and insulate your upholstery, and enjoy the royal treatment.

    • Sheepskin offers unparalleled strength and softness. The breathing properties of the hollow wool fibers keeps you cool in the summer and warm in the winter. Sheepskin is naturally dirt- and bacteria-resistant.

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Suede Seat Covers

Protect your interior with a smooth, updated look.

    • MicroSuede is a man-made polyester fabric that’s extremely durable and stain-resistant. The short fibers are brushed to give it added softness and flexibility.
    • SuperSuede is perforated MicroSuede that offers increased breathability and high-end appearance.

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Tactical Seat Covers

Great for all-out durability and equipped with enough compartments to keep all your supplies at-hand. Available in canvas or ballistic nylon.

    • Canvas offers a sturdy polyester/cotton blend that’s soft, strong and machine-washable. Canvas covers are often treated for water- and stain-resistance.
    • Ballistic nylon is a rugged fabric that’s resistant to water, stains, and scuffs with a smooth, shiny surface. Cordura-ballistic fabric is designed with the same benefits but offers a more canvas-like finish, a lot like jeans.

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Universal Seat Covers

Great for easy-on, easy-off convenience for on-the-go protection. Available in canvas or towel fabrics.

    • Canvas offers a sturdy polyester/cotton blend that’s soft, strong and machine-washable. Canvas covers are often treated for water- and stain-resistance.
    • Towel seat covers are ultra-soft to the touch and are machine-washable for fast and easy cleanup.

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Velour Seat Covers

Give your interior a luxurious look and a comfortable feel with plush velour.

    • Velour is an ultra-soft, cotton fabric that offers the rich appearance and luscious feel of velvet. Velour seat covers are designed for durability and easy spot-cleaning.

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Seat Cover Material Comparison Guide

You don’t need to be an engineer or scientist to pick out car covers. But before you decide on car or truck seat cover materials, you should know a little about each one’s properties and benefits.

Canvas, duck weave and tweed are all cotton blends. Canvas combines polyester and cotton, while duck weave is a cotton-linen blend and tweed is a wool/cotton blend. They’re soft, durable, machine-washable and stain-resistant.

Leather, and its synthetic version leatherette, has a supple texture plus durability.  Leather softens with age, resulting in its unmistakable vintage look. Leatherette seat covers are fade-, scratch- and crack-resistant, plus they’re easy to clean: Simply wipe down and pat dry.

Neoprene and its cousin neosupreme are both synthetic materials that offer moisture protection. They’re both soft to the touch and look similar. However, neoprene is a synthetic rubber. Neosupreme combines neoprene and polyester to create a more affordable alternative.

How To Choose a Seat Cover

The key to buying seat covers is choosing the best seat cover material for your lifestyle and driving conditions. Looking at each fabric’s traits and benefits can guide you. If you mostly need to protect your seats from water damage, for instance, neoprene or neosupreme are both great options. Drivers concerned about breathability may want to consider mesh, microsuede or sheepskin. For those focused on using natural fibers, duck weave or tweed are solid choices.

Seat Covers for Every Weather

Your lifestyle is a vital factor in choosing the best truck seat covers, but don’t forget about weather conditions. Again, you want to look at each material type’s advantages and properties. Leather may not be kind on your skin when temperatures soar, but mesh pulls away moisture and keeps you cooler. With its lightweight and breathable wool fibers, sheepskin performs equally well in both summer and winter. No matter what you need, count on AutoAnything to offer a broad selection with competitive prices and world-class customer service.

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  1. It’s great to know that there are car seat coverings that are machine washable. I’m interested in going to a car detailer soon in order to get the interior of my car cleaned. After that, it would be great to also get new car seat coverings in order to improve how comfortable the seats are.

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