Unfortunately, the biggest strength of our trucks can also be their biggest weaknesses. That big open truck bed is great for hauling your gear, but by the same token, your stuff is left wide open and exposed to the weather, prying eyes, and sticky fingers. Luckily you have options! A good truck bed cover can give the best of both worlds.
This gives you a wide-open truck bed when you need to haul something big, and then essentially giving you a 6′ long trunk to keep your gear, or tools, or Beanie Baby collection secure (hey, we don’t judge).
Top Tonneau Options for 2021
If there’s one thing you’ll notice when it comes to shopping tonneau covers, it’s that you’re completely spoiled for choice. This is a great problem to have on one hand, but can also lead to a condition I like to call Options Paralysis. Don’t worry, it’s a curable disease!
With covers ranging in opening method, different material and finish options, and more brands than you shake a driveshaft at, sometimes it helps to get a rundown of some of the best options at a range of price points and styles to fit different needs.
1: BAK BakFlip MX4 Folding Tonneau Cover
The MX4 is the juggernaut of the industry. With tough aluminum panels, and a dense foam core, the MX4 gets the job done, and looks damn good in the process. Sitting flush with your bed rails, and folding up completely out of the way of the truck bed, the MX4 is inconspicuously secure when you need it to be, and out of the way when you need the extra room. Even though it’s no where near the cheapest truck bed cover we sell, the BAK MX4 is our highest selling hard folding cover, and one of the top selling tonneau covers period.
So with all those hinges and different surfaces to seal, there are a lot of opportunities for water to get by the seals. That’s why those geniuses at BAK designed the cover with built-in drain tubes to allow the run off to drain away from your precious gear and to prevent water from pooling up in your truck bed. This feature isn’t exclusive to BAK of course, they are just one of the best at nailing it. Oh, and did I mention that you can load up the cover with 400lbs of distributed weight? Beast.
- Features a no-profile design for 100% full bed access
- Panels made from heavy-duty aluminum to support up to 400 lbs
- Secure your gear from thieves by locking your tailgate
- Priced from $969
2: Undercover Elite/Elite LX Tonneau Cover
Talk about turning you truck bed into a massive trunk, this is how to do it right. Undercover took the proven design of their original Undercover tonneau cover, and improved it in just about every aspect to add strength, innovative features, and more convenience than ever before.
For instance, you won’t be needing to add yet another key to your keyring, as the built-in lock cylinder comes ready to be coded to your factory ignition key, meaning you just need one key for the ignition, tailgate, and now your Undercover Elite tonneau cover.
Constructed from tough ABS composite material, the UnderCover Elite is lightweight, custom fit for your truck, and very durable. The standard Elite comes with a textured black finish while the Elite LX is paint matched to your truck’s factory finish. Plus both colors are covered by a Lifetime Warranty on paint and structure with a 1-year warranty on hardware.
- Features styled ribs, soft corners, contoured edges and a subtle spoiler to complement the low-profile design
- Sealed tight against rain, sleet, snow and other extreme elements to protect your gear
- Built from ABS composite material to ensure it exceeds high-quality standards and fits your bed perfectly
- Priced from $879
3: Extang Trifecta 2.0 Soft Folding Tonneau Cover
No matter where your next adventure or job takes you, you can be sure your stuff will be safe and covered thanks to the strong, sleek and smartly-designed Extang Trifecta 2.0 Folding Tonneau Cover. And for under $400, that is a tough deal to beat.
Extang took the Trifecta back to the drawing board with user feedback to tweak and improve just about every aspect of the cover. What you get with the 2.0 now is a smarter soft tri-folding truck bed cover than had been done before. You have your choice of heavy-duty leather-grained fabric (Classic) or premium canvas, and the cover uses a new, integrated corner tuck system that keeps the cover tensioned and perfectly aligned.
The 2.0 also features an upgraded high strength aircraft-grade aluminum frame, hinges, and corners. Toss in the rugged double-pivot MAX hinges and snap seals, and you have the ultimate in weather protection. The new Jaw-Grip clamp prevents over tightening and bed flange damage, while the EZ-Lock Clamp automatically locks the cover in place when closed. Couldn’t be easier to use!
- Sports a sleek, low-profile style with smooth contours for a finished look
- The lightweight aircraft-grade aluminum frame provides superior structural strength than the competition
- Choose from leather-grained vinyl or premium canvas
- Also available to work with truck bed tool boxes
- Priced from $369
4: Truxedo Truxport Roll-Up Tonneau Cover
Worried about the floppy “covered wagon” look of other soft tonneaus? Well it’s not an issue with the TruXedo TruXport Roll Up Tonneau Cover. These guys take a no frills approach when it comes to design and functionality — in the best way possible. The cover seals smooth with a simple Velcro fastening system that runs the full length of the rail. Also, an easy-to-use tension adjustment system helps to provide a taught, smooth surface in any weather and works great even with 5th wheel hitches.
The TruXport tonneau cover incorporates a system of straight bows that lay flat along the bed for a smooth, flush fit. Plus, because these bows are attached directly to the heavy duty vinyl tarp, you have full access to the bed whenever you need — the cover rolls up in less than 30 seconds.
- Custom-fit for your specific truck bed and utilizes no-drill clamps to make installation smooth and easy
- Secures the gear in your bed thanks to a state-of-the-art no-hassle sealing system
- The sleek design rolls up to the bulk head giving you full truck bed access
- Priced from $289
5: Pace Edwards Switchblade Retractable Tonneau Cover
Space in your truck bed is precious — at least as precious as the cargo is inside. That’s why a cover like this tough-as-nails coverage of the Pace Edwards Switchblade Retractable Tonneau Cover are worth their weight in gold. With versatile bed access and total theft protection, you can’t go wrong. There’s a reason why the tonneau cover reviews for this model are overwhelmingly positive.
The Switchblade features a super low profile fit, sitting flush with your bed rails, completely custom designed to fit your make/model pickup specifically. The cover itself is made with tough aluminum panels and finished in a padded polymer making for cover that looks as good as it is functional. Plus, the cover is easy to open and close single-handedly with the built-in full length pull strap
Each cover comes equipped with Pace Edwards’s innovative power spring for smooth, fast open and closing action. That’s a pretty tough to beat package.
- Features a low-profile look to sit flush in your bed
- Features an innovative clamp-in design that makes installation quick, efficient and drill-free
- Fully removable for 100% bed access, also opens easily from either side thanks to a full-width handle
- Priced from $959
6: AutoAnything SELECT ProFold Tri-Fold Tonneau Cover
Whether it’s your lifelong collection of tools or even just a week’s worth of groceries, the AutoAnything SELECT ProFold is tough to beat when it comes to protection for the price. ABS-composite panels, rubber seals, weatherproof hinges and a rugged finish makes it easier than ever to stop all weather and would-be thieves in their tracks. And a custom fit that lays flush with your bed rails means added security won’t cost you the look of your truck – or any extra MPG’s.
Also, to make sure you always have quick and easy access to your cargo and truck bed, the tri-fold design of the AutoAnything SELECT tonneau covers fold from the tailgate to the back of the cab. If you need to haul something that can’t be contained under the tonneau cover, just use the included prop rods and secure it in place. Once it’s closed and the tailgate is locked, your truck bed will be virtually impenetrable again.
- Comes in a unique two-panel design that makes managing your payload easy
- Allows complete access to your truck bed by folding into an upright position
- Strong enough to protect all your gear from even the most extreme elements thanks to weather seals and drain tubes
- Priced from $529
7: Retrax RetraxPro MX Tonneau Cover
Improve your pickup’s payload security with the heavy-duty aluminum construction and unique contemporary look of a Retrax PRO MX Tonneau Cover. The cover keeps parking lot bandits at bay, while supporting distributed loads of up to 500 lbs. Tough and tough looking, the cover is finished with a textured, matte-black powder coat that is UV protected to resist fading.
You can latch or key-lock your the cover in any position for the flexibility and security to haul any cargo. Sealed-for-life bearings provide smooth, one-handed operation, and the cover works great for 5th wheel hitches and can be covered up when not in use. And don’t worry, you’ll be on the road in no time thanks to simple clamp-on installation in under an hour. Every Retrax PRO Tonneau Cover is made proudly in the US and backed by a legendary lifetime warranty.
- Capable of supporting distributed payloads of up to 500 lbs
- Improves your fuel efficiency and fits perfectly in your bed due to the low-profile design
- Heavy duty construction turns your truck bed into Fort Knox, keeping your tools and valuable equipment safe and out of sight
- Priced from $1,829
8: BAK Revolver X2 Roll-Up Tonneau Cover
Sporting a flush, low-profile design, a heavy-duty BAK Revolver X2 Roll-Up Tonneau Cover defends the contents of your truck bed with lightweight strength, locking security and all-season durability. With over 100 reviews on the cover so far averaging 4.5 stars, this is a proven workhorse of a cover.
Taking the classic look of a soft cover and pairing it with the durable security of a hard tonneau, the BAK X2 Revolver is made with innovative rotational locking rails that secure along the full length of your truck bed with an automatic slam latch that allows the cover to be closed quickly, easily, and most importantly, securely.
BAK Revolver X2 features a quick installation and provides full access to your stake pocket holes for mounting any additional mounts, racks, or accessories. Put together with a larger locking rail with gusseted reinforcements, the Revolver X2 Tonneau will hold firmly in place over any terrain. The BAK Revolver X2 is built with pride in the USA and backed by a 3-year warranty.
- Fits flush and features a low-profile aesthetic that allows for rear window visibility and total bed access
- Capable of supporting 500 lbs of evenly distributed weight
- Get the best of both worlds: the security of a hard cover with the ease of use of a rolling cover
- Priced from $869
9: Tonnopro Tonnofold Tri-Fold Tonneau Cover
The tough-as-nails TonnoFold Tri-Fold allows you to achieve the ultimate payload protection. First of all, versatility is the name of the game. The entire cover can be folded down to contain the contents of your truck bed, or you can fold it back into a compact unit to make room for larger items. The hinged tri-fold design lets you open and set the cover however you need – you can even remove the entire cover in just a few minutes. With a powder-coated aluminum frame with a tear-resistant, double-sided vinyl top, the cover can handle heavy winds, light rain and snow, and, yes, lots of bird poop.
Also, this folding tonneau cover is aerodynamic without getting in the way of your truck’s rugged good looks. You can pack your bed as tightly as a flight on a discount airline, and you still won’t have to contend with added resistance. In fact, if you’ve been riding with gear in an open truck bed, you may even see an improvement in your gas mileage once you add the cover.
- Features hinged sections that make it easy to fold your cover into a compact unit
- Made from tear-resistant, double-sided vinyl and a powder-coated aluminum frame to ensure it lasts the long haul
- Comes pre-assembled and does not require drilling to make installation a breeze
- Priced from $261
10: DiamondBack HD Truck Bed Cover
Resilient, rugged and dependable, the DiamondBack HD Truck Bed Cover is the upgrade your rig needs to expand its cargo carrying possibilities. If that sounds like your lifestyle, ditch your basic tonneau today and give your gear the protection it needs.
A tonneau cover is the ultimate blessing to a truck owner who needs to take their gear with them but also needs protection over their valuables. Often, however, these covers simply fold over without offering additional support. Expand your cargo carrying possibilities and experience resilient, rugged dependability with the DiamondBack HD Truck Bed Cover.
Each DiamondBack HD Truck Bed Cover begins from diamond plate aluminum and is built with seven insanely strong structural support beams, similar to ribs in the human skeleton. From there, each cover is custom-cut to your specific year, make and model while also being equipped with 12 cargo cleats as tie-down points. The 1,600 lb cargo haul capacity means a double-decker type style of storage is created for even your heavier loads. The reviews are sitting at 5 stars for a reason!
- Evenly spreads out and supports cargo weight thanks to a design that features seven structural support beams and a diamond plate
- Aluminum construction
- Enjoy ultimate weather protection and quick and easy access
- Massive 1,600 lb load capacity for even the toughest jobs
- Priced from $1,679
So what do you think? Any covers we missed that you think should be included on this list? Not sure what cover would be best for you? Drop a comment below!
Hello, Your site was recommended to me by a friend. I’m looking at either a rollup or a retractable cover for my 2020 Chevy Silverado. You have quite a selection to choose from. Can you recommend a bed cover for my truck that is (1) inexpensive and not going to break the bank, it has to be under $1300 (max) (2) pretty secure and (3) will protect my load from wet weather. I live in Tennessee (Clarksville) but I frequently go to the Gatlinburg area. I used to have a soft tri-fold cover for a previous truck, it worked well, but with all the water, snow and ice accumulations, I was always afraid that my clothes or what-ever else I may have in the bed may get wet. I’ve lucked out and my stuff hasn’t ever gotten wet. Can you provide some recommendations for me please?
As you pointed out, most retractable covers will be right up towards the max of your budget, and soft roll-up tonneau covers don’t tend to last as long. A good compromise between the two would be the BAK Revolver X2/X4, they are hard roll up covers that have a great reputation for toughness as well as sealing out the weather: https://www.autoanything.com/tonneau-covers/bak-revolver-x2-roll-up-tonneau-cover
One thing to note here for any tonneau cover, your tailgate still needs to be sealed in order to completely waterproof the bed. A lot of times people will think its their tonneau cover that is leaking, but is actually water ingress from the gaps in the tailgate (which are there on purpose). Here is our tailgate seal: https://www.autoanything.com/tonneau-covers/autoanything-select-tailgate-seal
Hope this helps!
I am the owner of a 2020 Dodge Ram 1500 Classic Tradesman with a 6’4″ long inside bed dimension. I haven’t found a bed cover that will fit my truck yet. I do not want a roll-up and would prefer a hardcover, specifically matching the color of my truck. Can you give me an idea when my type of cover will be available? I am not looking to spend a ton, just a good hard cover.
We have two tonneau covers that come paint matched to fit your truck, you just have to set your vehicle year to 2019 instead of 2020 just because our data hasn’t quite caught up there. The beds are identical between 2019 and 2020 model years for the Classic model.
And this one can be had primed and ready for paint if you prefer to do it yourself or have a shop do it for you:
Hope this helps!