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Best Car Boot Liners for Dogs

Updated: Jun 19

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If you like to travel with your dog in the car boot then some form of boot protection is a great investment.


Aside from the inevitable mud, dog hair and of course all the general dog walking gear, there's those scratches which can prove costly if they ultimately affect the resale value of your car.

Girl sitting in open boot of her car with her dog in the countryside

There's a huge range of options available to you from waterproof boot protectors, custom made boot liners to simple rubber mats.


Whilst this article is aimed at dogs lovers, these boot liners have a whole range of uses.


TABLE OF CONTENTS

Buying Guide for Boot Liners for Dogs

Features to Consider

Our Picks of the Best Boot Liners for Dogs

Our Verdict

How We Picked


Buying Guide for Boot Liners for Dogs


Boot liners are available offering everything from full protection to simple floor covers so it really depends how you want to protect the boot from mud and the inevitable dog hair and of course how much you want to spend.


Many off-the-shelf boot liners work exceptionally well and tick pretty much all the boxes whilst suiting those on a tighter budget.


Custom fitted boot liners are available which are made-to-measure for your specific make and model of car, but obviously have the accompanying price tag.


If you keep your car for several years they can work out to be a good value and stylish investment.


At Smart Bark we're always on the hunt for the best of the best. We've compiled this buying guide to give you an overview of your options and help you decide which boot liner features are most important to you and your four-legged friend.


Features to Consider


Before you jump straight in and buy a boot liner, there are a few crucial aspects to bear in mind -


Coverage

Are you looking for full coverage or just the base of your boot ? Some boot liners cover the base of your boot, back of the rear seats and in most instances offer a bumper guard too. This help protect all areas of your boot from scratching paws, mud and dog hair.


Hard Wearing

The rubber or plastic mats offer less coverage but have the bonus of being easily washed and are super durable.


Padding

Some boot liners for dogs offer addition integral padding so they work well on their own without an additional blanket or bed.


Waterproof

If your dog simply loves mud and can always seem to sniff out the nearest stream or dog-sized puddle, then a waterproof liner is crucial.


Custom Fit

The luxury option for boot liners. They fit beautifully and are designed specifically for your car. We explore two options in the custom fit boot liner category.


Bumper Protection

Some mats incorporate a bumper cover for dogs who love to jump in and out of the boot. It helps reduce your dog’s chances of slipping with wet paws and protects your car bumper from nasty paintwork scratches.


Ultimately, to help you decide, we've divided the review into three sections -

Boot Liners - Cover the base, back of rear seats and bumper (Options 1-4)

Boot Mats - Only cover the base of your boot (Options 5-7)

Custom Fit - Designed specifically for your car make and model (Options 8 & 9)




Our Picks of the Best Car Boot Liners for Dogs


1. Toozey Car Boot Protector

Best Overall Dog Boot Liner


The Toozey boot protector leads our Top 10 based on it's value for money. This is Amazon's best selling boot liner, and whilst it's a 'one size fits all' solution, so admittedly it won't be a perfect fit, it offers great protection at a relatively low price.

It's a fairly standard size (similar to the majority of off-the-shelf boot liners) so should fit a wide range of cars and SUVs.


In addition to the adjustable headrest straps, the rear seat and side panels have a enviable 11 velcro attachments, which all work together to keep the boot protector stable.


This boot liner should stay glued in place as your dog jumps in or you take that corner at speed.


Available with different edging colours which is a nice design touch, and waterproof so you can simply wipe it clean if it gets muddy.


What's more it features a handy wide flap which you can unroll to protect your bumper from scratches. It has 2 handy storage pockets on the back, but if you have a large boot you might struggle to reach them !


Dimensions (L W) : 186 x 105 cm - with 34cm side panels

Reasons to Buy

+ Great value

+ Covers base and sides

+ Waterproof

Reasons to Avoid

- Not padded

 

2. Pecute - Pet Boot Liner

Best Budget Boot Liner


Pecute offer an upgraded, budget friendly boot liner in two sizes to suit cars, SUV's and trucks.

Open hatchback car boot, dog lying on Just Pet Zone boot liner in harness

The design protects the seat backs, sides of your boot and the bumper from scratches.


Pecute have upgraded the design of the liner. It now uses a composite burr cloth which helps to stick the cover to the sides of your boot.


The additional velcro strips means it should stay put regardless of how much your dog moves about.


It also has an anti-slip base which you would expect and adjustable headrest straps.


We liked the simplicity of the design and the sizeable overhang to protect your bumper from muddy paws. It's available in two sizes.


Dimensions (L W) : 185 x 102cm | 205 x 135 cm

Reasons to Buy

+ Good value

+ Upgraded design

+ Anti-slip backing

+ Side protection

Reasons to Avoid

- Only wipe clean


 

3. Petzana - Dog Boot Liner

Best Quilted Fabric Boot Cover


This great value dog boot protector from Petzana offers a different fit to the first two options.

Open hatchback car boot, dog lying on Just Pet Zone boot liner in harness

Made with water-resistant fabric, the protector is padded to provide a comfortable ride for your four-legged friend.


Adjustable straps help to attach the liner to the rear headrests and seat anchors push down behind the seats keeping the boot protector firmly in place.


The side panels have velcro tabs to fix to the car boot walls. These work better on the carpet fabric than hard plastic.


The liner incorporates a fold-out long flap to protect your bumper from scratches and mud as your dog jumps in and out.


On the downside, whilst the integral pocket is a great idea to store spare dog poo bags, balls etc, it is quite a stretch to reach the back of the rear seats!


We loved that whilst the Petzana boot liner doesn't give you the quality of a custom boot liner, it is available at a fraction of the cost.


Dimensions (L W) : 137 x 119cm (this includes the side panels)

Reasons to Buy

+ Good value

+ Quilted for comfort

+ Side protection

+ Black or red piped edging

Reasons to Avoid

- One size fits all

- Flimsy side velcro fastening

 

4. PetSafe Happy Ride® Cargo Area Liner

Best Value Fabric Boot Liner


A great alternative to full boot coverage is a simple simple liner which protects the base of your boot and the back of your rear seats.


Made to fit most SUV's, the Happy Ride® Cargo Area Liner from PetSafe lets you take your dog with you whilst keeping you car boot clean and more importantly, it won't break the bank.

Happy Ride Cargo Area Liner from Petsafe in Range Rover Velar

We tested this boot liner for coverage and general wear and tear associated with being a dog lover.


We loved the simple design and felt it had a lot to offer for a really great price.


As it isn't designed to protect the boot sides it's incredibly easy to fit in your car using the six attachment points. Two adjustable headrest straps and four velcro fasteners fix it firmly to your floor and stop it moving about on journeys.


The two headrest straps are fully adjustable so you can make sure the boot liner is in an ideal position to cover the full height of your rear seats.


Length wise, there was plenty of excess to cover the bumper and protect it from my over excited dog leaping in and out of the boot (shown in a Range Rover Velar - mid-sized SUV)

PetSafe Boot Liner in car

For even more versatility, the rear seats can be lowered without removing the liner, ideal for those occasions when you have a long load to carry.

The liner is made from tough and durable waterproof fabric, however it isn't particularly well padded.


We would recommend adding a cushion or small blanket for that extra bit of comfort on longer journeys.


If you would like further information on the PetSafe Happy Ride® Cargo Area Liner, read our in-depth test and review - Dog Boot Liner Review : PetSafe Happy Ride


Dimensions (L W) : 178 cm x 127cm

Reasons to Buy

+ Great value

+ Good size for most SUV's

+ Adjustable headrest straps

+ Additional velcro fastening

+ Waterproof

+ Machine washable

Reasons to Avoid

- Not padded for comfort

- No choice of colour

- Doesn't allow 60/40 rear seat split

Buying Options

 

5. Novline Rubber Tray Mat

Best Value Custom Mat


Another option to consider is a simple mat for your boot.


Amazon offer you the option to enter your car registration to find boot mats and trays that are a custom fit for your car make and model. We love this option as you can achieve a custom look at a great price whether you drive a Land Rover or a VW Polo.

open fiesta boot showing a Novline rubber boot protecting mat

This Novline Boot Liner is tailored to fit a Ford Fiesta Hatchback 2013 - 2017 and as you can see it's a perfect fit moulded for all those nooks and crannies.


We were amazed at how easily and cheaply you can buy a fitted car mat for your boot which looks really stylish.


Simply enter your car registration and select the boot liner you want for your car (vehicle selections and filters are at the top of the Amazon page).


Novline Boot liners are resistant to water, oils and dirt and have a raised edge so contain any accidents or spillages, so they're ideal for dogs.


Although not specifically designed for your four-legged friend it could be a good value solution if you added some additional comfort.


Just be mindful to chose blankets or bedding which won't slip around if you take those roundabouts at speed.


If you're not convinced by Novline car mats then take a look at Travall. They offer alternative boot mats.


Dimensions (L W) : Tailored to fit

Reasons to Buy

+ Cheap option

+ Custom fit

+ Easy to clean

Reasons to Avoid

- Protects base only

- Will need additional padding

Buying Options

 

6. Pet Rebellion - Defender

Best Soft Mat Boot Protector


Alternatively, if your dog tends to sit or lay still in the boot quite happily throughout the journey, a simple mat could do the job of protecting your boot.

pet rebellion boot protector with bumper defender to protect the bumper from dog scratches

Well known pet brand - Pet Rebellion offer a range of thick, heavy duty yet comfortable boot mats for your car.


This standard sized mat simply covers the floor of your boot and will provide plenty of protection for most sizes of car boot.


Their mats have a super soft pile making a nice comfortable space for your dog's journey.


It's worth noting that this boot defender mat is easy to vacuum plus it's machine washable, so that's a big tick for easy cleaning !


What's more, a large bumper cover is included in the design for dogs who love to jump in and out of the boot. We recommend the Pet rebellion boot mat as a stylish alternative to full boot coverage.


Dimensions (L W) : 100 x 145 cm

Reasons to Buy

+ Good value

+ Non slip

+ Machine washable

Reasons to Avoid

- Protects base only

- One size


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7. Sakura Black Rubber Boot Mat

Budget Friendly Boot Mat


The truth is that if you're on a tight budget but need to protect your boot floor, then we think that this rubber boot mat by Sakura offers great protection at an amazingly low price.

The mat is large but the beauty of this option is that it's designed to be trimmed to fit your boot whatever car you drive.


It's not as daunting as it first appears. The design includes trimming guidelines, shown in the photo, and you simply place it in your boot and then trim to fit.


It's a great option for small car boots which may be drowned by some of the other full boot liners we've featured.


Easy to keep clean, simply wipe down or in the case of a super muddy dog, remove and hose down (the mat not the dog !)


Simply add a dog cushion or blanket for some canine friendly cushioning. We think that this is an amazing value solution to protect your boot, but be aware it doesn't protect the sides.


Dimensions (L W) : 120 x 80 cm - but can be trimmed to size

Reasons to Buy

+ Super cheap option

+ Cut to size

+ Easy to clean

Reasons to Avoid

- Protects base only

- No padding

 

8. Titan Covers - Custom Boot Liners

Best Luxury Boot Protector


Titan Covers make tough, durable, waterproof protection for your car. Each boot liner is tailor-made to fit the exact shape of your car make and model.

Open car boot with Titan cover custom car boot liner in grey.

So this is a more lavish solution to car boot protection.


The cover is designed to shape around and protect all those little nooks and crannies letting you really make use of the whole of your boot space.


Better still, these liners are available in a range of colours to coordinate with your car interior.


As with the Boot Buddy featured next, Titan Covers offer a wealth of additional options include a removable bumper flap and a 60/40 split seat.


Admittedly, not the cheapest option but a made-to-measure solution for smart boot protection. If you lease a car and get penalised on marks and scuffs this is a great option.


Equally if you are looking at keeping your car for a few years then this could work out a great value option.


Dimensions (L W) : customised to your car boot.

Reasons to Buy

+ Custom fit

+ Range of colours

+ 60/40 split option

+ Easy to clean

Reasons to Avoid

- More expensive solution


 

9. Boot Buddy - Versa-Liner

Best Durable Solution


The last boot protector to feature in our review is the Boot Buddy Versa-Liner. The Boot Buddy is entirely customised for your car boot.

Boot Buddy boot protector in a red car with open boot

It is a self supporting boot liner made from heavy duty polypropylene, so unlike most fabric liners it doesn't depend on velcro attachments to stay up.


Sometimes you need to drop the back seats to carry larger loads and the Boot Buddy is designed for this.


The panel that protects the back of your rear seats is fully detachable so you can drop your seats without having to remove the liner entirely.


Boot Buddy also offer a Load Liner. This fits the entire space with your rear seats dropped flat, which could be a great option for dog lovers with lots of four-legged friends.


I know what you're thinking - it doesn't look very comfortable ? Boot Buddy have you covered - they offer additional extras including a dog mat, dog bedding and an optional padded bumper guard.


Whilst it's clearly not the cheapest option on the market, it does offer a extremely smart and super durable solution.


Dimensions (L W) : customised to your car boot.

Reasons to Buy

+ Custom fit

+ Easy to clean

+ Extremely durable

Reasons to Avoid

- More expensive option

- No padding included

- No option for 60/40 split


 

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Our Verdict


There's a whole range of potential solutions for protecting your boot from dog hair, scratches and mud, starting at under £10 to over £100.


If you're on a tight budget then the Toozey Car Boot Protector offers full boot coverage for a great price and will keep your boot looking new.


For those looking to simply cover the base of the boot, it's hard to beat the PetSafe Happy Ride® Cargo Area Liner available direct from PetSafe or on Amazon. It's a simple and durable solution and as it isn't designed to protect the boot sides it's incredibly easy to fit in your car.




How We Picked

As I'm sure you're aware there are several styles of boot protectors on the market aimed at dogs. Searching through them is a tough task since choosing the best is dependent on your dog, how much protection your boot needs and how much money you ultimately want to spend.


To help make the choice easier, we began our research by splitting the different styles of boot liner into categories based on how much coverage they provided


Our research across large and independent retailers helped us narrow the choices down to liners, mats and custom fit options.


We considered some premium boot liners compared with more budget-friendly options to suit everyone's budget.


We then read through owner reviews of boot liners across dozens of product listings to get a sense of what was worth considering.


Hopefully we've offered you something to suit your car, your dog and of course your budget.


Thanks for stopping by and taking a look at our article on the Best Car Boot Liners for Dogs.



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