For the most part seat covers are generally divided into two categories – fabric and leather. Of course, within each category there are different types of materials (for instance, velour or PU leather) as well as different designs and colors, but they can always be traced back to these two basic categories.
Today we’ll talk about the two categories and what they’re all about. We’ll explore the pros and cons of each type and hopefully this post can help you on your journey to purchasing your own seat covers.
Fabric Seat Covers
Fabric seat covers are cost-effective, although not necessarily of the best possible quality. Still, they’re very practical and provide a great solution for most consumers.
- Fabric seat covers come in a wide range of choices, such as velour, polyester, neoprene, oxford, corduroy, and more. You’re sure to find something to match your tastes.
- Generally speaking, fabric seat covers are far more affordable than leather seat covers and can be a better fit for tighter budgets.
- Being that fabric seat covers are so easy to slip on and off, you can simply throw them in the washing machine and air dry.
- Unlike leather, fabric seat covers are more resistant to temperature changes. Your legs won’t get scorched by the hot summer heat when you sit.
- Fabric seat covers can get dirty looking pretty quickly. Although machine washable, spot cleaning is difficult with fabric seat covers which can be frustrating.
- Over time, dyed fabric seat covers tend to fade due to sun exposure. Even though the seat covers themselves may last for years, the colors may dull out before then.
- Fabric seat covers can stain easily if not cleaned immediately, and crumbs and dirt may get stuck within the fibers or between the cover and seat.
Leather Seat Covers
Leather seat covers are quite pricey, but they make up for the price tag with their durability and aesthetics.
- For the most part, leather seat covers are considered an improvement on a car’s interior over cloth upholstery. Leather is considered classier, more attractive, and luxurious.
- When it comes to cleaning, leather seat covers are much easier to maintain than fabric seat covers. Water and spills can simply be spot cleaned and wiped away, while dirt and crumbs can be brushed off without a second thought.
- Leather seat covers are more durable than fabric seat covers, leading to a longer lifespan.
- There are different types of leather seat covers available, such as PU leather and synthetic leather which do not contain animal products and are suitable for vegetarians and vegans.
- The biggest complaint with leather seat covers is that they are susceptible to temperature changes, leaving them scalding hot in the summer and freezing cold in the winter.
- For the most part, leather seat covers don’t come in as many color variations or cool patterns as fabric seat covers. The usual colors for leather seat covers are black, gray, and beige.
- Leather seat covers aren’t made of breathable material, so you may find yourself sweating a bit more than you’d like in the summer months; nothing a little air conditioning can’t fix!
- Sellers aren’t always honest about the quality or sources of their leather.