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Top Dog Car Seat Covers & Hammocks 2022

Updated: May 4

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If you love taking your four-legged friend on adventures but would rather keep your car seats looking like new, why not invest in a dog car seat cover?


There are a whole range of car seat protectors for dog owners, which is great, but can be extremely confusing for first-time buyers.


We take a look at some of the options available and some of the key features which you may want to consider to keep your car seats clean whilst giving your dog a comfy ride.

A dog sitting on a car seat cover

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Buying Guide for Dog Car Seat Covers

How to Buy the Best Car Seat Cover

Our Picks of the Best Car Seat Covers for Dogs

Let's Talk Safety

Dog Blanket for the Car


Buying Guide for Dog Car Seat Covers


Car seat covers are available at a range of different price points from simple protectors to custom fitted versions.


Admittedly you'll pay more for the better fitting, more comfortable seat covers but the truth is that there are some great value dog seat protectors for your back seats on the market that will do the job well.


All the seat protectors we feature have seat belt holes for human or canine travellers.


We've provided this buying guide to give you an overview of the various dog car seat cover options and to help you decide which features are most important to you.


Take a break, relax and read through our guide knowing we've got you covered !



How to Buy the Best Car Seat Cover


Whether you're looking for a car seat cover to use simply for dog walks or leave in place permanently, choosing the right cover is essential.


Not only should it look good, but it needs to be comfortable for your dog, and, of course, sturdy enough to protect your car seats.


Before you read on, here's some important factors that we think you could consider before buying a car seat cover :-


Dimensions

As all the covers we feature are different sizes, we provide those all important dimensions after each review to help you calculate which is best for your car.


Passengers & Dogs

Our first bit of advice is to decide how you intend to use the car seat cover. Will you be using the cover on your back seat for your dog alongside human passengers? If so, a traditional seat cover will be more useful than a hammock style seat which is designed with only a dog in mind.


60/40 Split

Some dog car seat covers offer an option for a 60/40 split back seat. If you may need to drop that back seat at times to extend your boot space, this could be a valuable option to consider.


Comfort

Seat covers have varying levels of padding and comfort for your dog. You could consider adding a blanket or bed to the car seat cover, but be aware that these comfy additions are more likely to slip around when the car is in motion.


3 door cars

If you are looking for a seat cover for the back seat of a 3 door car, you don't need to worry about protection for the side of the seats as they are less accessible.


Style

Finally, seat covers are usually available in a very limited array of colours and dimensions. If you want a cover to match your car rather than simply to protect it, then ultimately you're looking at a customised solution which offers an extended range of colour and size options.


Here is our definitive guide to the best dog car seat covers available in the UK for 2022.




Our Picks of the Best Car Seat Covers for Dogs


1. Pecute Dog Car Seat Cover

Best Overall Seat Cover


This convertible car seat cover from Pecute comes top of our review due to the combination of interesting design features, flexibility and of course price.

Pecute car hammock for dogs

We bought and tested this back seat cover in a Range Rover Velar (mid-size SUV) and a much smaller Ford Fiesta to see if it was as good as the customer reviews.


Firstly, the cover can be converted from a dog hammock (shown in the photo which protects your car footwell), to a traditional seat protector.


We loved the flexibility this offers depending on how you want to use the rear car seat.


The side-flaps offer additional protection for your car doors with the straps attaching via the rear handrails. It's worth noting that they were trickier to attach in the Fiesta as it had simple hooks instead of rails.

rear car seat cover with mesh window

When used as a hammock, the headline feature has to be the mesh window between the front seats.


We love that It not only helps with ventilation but also helps reduce your dog's anxiety as they can see both you and the road ahead.


It's a great design feature and we would recommend looking out for a integral mesh window if you opt for a hammock style seat cover especially if your dog suffers from car sickness.


To prevent the cover slipping around, seat anchors push into the seat base and adjustable straps secure to the headrests.


car seat cover for dogs with storage pockets

There are some nice design touches with two handy storage pockets, a zippable mesh section and a quilted finish. If you're interested, you can also upgrade to include zips for access to the rear seat armrest.


What's more, it's available in black or grey and includes a basic seatbelt tether to attach to your dog's harness.


It's fairly heavy duty so if you have a big enough washing machine you can throw it in if it gets mucky!


Size wise, it was a good fit for the Range Rover Velar with a little bagging which is to be expected as it's only available in one size. On the other hand it was way too big for the Ford Fiesta, so a small seat cover such as Pet Rebellion, would probably fit better.


The bottom line is that for a medium to large sized car, this is an impressive 'off the shelf' car seat cover and hammock which ticks all the boxes for flexibility, price and stability.


Dimensions - (L W) 146 x 136 cm

Reasons to Buy

+ Flexible hammock or seat cover

+ Mesh window

+ Quilted for comfort

+ Great value option

+ Available in black or grey


Reasons to Avoid

- Not custom fit

- No colour options


 

2. AMZPET Seat Cover for Dogs

Best Traditional Style Cover


AMZPET make three really good value rear seat covers. We bought and fitted the traditional cover to see how well it performed in the rear of a Range Rover Velar (mid-size SUV).


Firstly, the AMZPET seat cover is slightly padded and has an all important waterproof layer to help protect your seats from accidents.

dog rear car seat cover with armrest

Be aware it's designed to protect seats only so won't convert to a hammock style cover protecting your car footwells.


The seat coverage was good. The 'skirt' helps to protect the side and base of your seats from mess whilst the headrest straps are adjustable to help you achieve a smoother finish.


Let's talk flexibility. This cover allows you to unzip the middle panel to use the armrest.


Ultimately this enables you take advantage of the 60/40 split seat, so you can fold one part of the seat whilst the car seat cover remains in place.


This is great if you want to extend the boot without needing to remove the cover.


All three rear seatbelts are accessible and there is an option to order a Isofix compatible version. We feature a Isofix compatible seatbelt tether later in this article.


The seat belt openings have velcro covers when not in use and they lined up so you could feed the seatbelts through easily.

cockapoo on car seat cover in rear of range rover velar

Like the Pecute seat, it has been designed with a non-slip rubber-feel backing and seat anchors which push between the seats making sure that this cover will stay firmly in place if you take those corners at speed!


Ultimately, this is a one size fits all solution and this is reflected in the price. It was too large for the Fiesta.


As you can see from the picture, the back didn't quite reach the headrests and the base didn't curve with the seat edges.


However, the width was perfect and the criss-cross quilted stitching gave it a classy look and feel.


It's designed to be machine washed but is obviously quite sizeable so a wipe down may be easier.


Our verdict - for the price, it was a great design, looked fairly classy and did the job well. It was also super easy to fit and remove.


Dimensions - (L W) 133 x back 56 cm, skirt 45 cm)

Reasons to Buy

+ Allows 60/40 split

+ Seat side protection

+ Quilted for comfort

+ Isofix compatible

+ Great value


Reasons to Avoid

- Not custom fit

- No colour options


 

3. iBuddy Dog Car Seat Covers

Best Coloured Seat Protector


The iBuddy car seat covers certainly stand out from the crowd.

IBuddy car seat cover in blue

Available in brown and grey, it's this bright blue version that really caught our eye.


This hammock style dog seat cover is great at protecting your seats, doors and the back of the front seats from pet hair and is ideal if you have a dog who loves to chew.


Matched with cool looks on the design front it incorporates a mesh panel viewing window which helps with travel sickness and air flow.


Ultimately it's water resistant and quilted so will offer a comfortable ride. It also comes with two storage pockets and includes a safety tether to secure onto your dog's harness.


Not the cheapest dog car seat cover, but definitely one of the most eye-catching and it has great customer reviews.


Dimensions - (L W) 152 x 142cm

Reasons to Buy

+ Stylish colour option

+ Flexible door covers

+ Quilted for comfort

+ 3 colour options


Reasons to Avoid

- Not custom fit

- Doesn't allow 60/40 seat split

- Pricier option

 

4. Pet Rebellion Car Seat Carpet

Best Flexible Seat Protector


If you're looking for a cover which is completely flexible then the Pet Rebellions cover range could be the right option to you.

Pet Rebellion Car Seat Cover

They offer single seat covers alongside a slim cover for the middle seat, so a combination of these covers offers more bespoke protection.


Protecting the seat base and back it's not designed to offer additional protection for the seat sides or doors.


This could be a plus if you are looking for a cover for part of the rear seat or if you have a 3 door car as the seat sides aren't accessible.


It's worth noting that Pet Rebellion offer bundles so you can buy two single covers and a slim fit cover for the middle seat together.


As they are more akin to a carpet than a fabric cover, they're super easy to keep clean using a vacuum or simply throwing them in the washing machine.


The universal size is suitable for most cars and they're easy to fit. Simply hook around the head rest and they're held in place by Velcro so they don't slip around. They're also designed to make allowances for the seat belt clips.


The new improved non slip, anti-crumble backing will help keep this cover in place so this is a great option if you're looking for coverage flexibility.


Dimensions - (L W) 140 x 57 cm

Reasons to Buy

+ Flexible coverage

+ Option to buy slim seat cover

+ Carpet material so easy to vacuum


Reasons to Avoid

- Not custom fit

- No side seat protection


 


5. MuttStuff & Co.

Best Single Seat Cover


Now for something a little different. If you love travelling with your best friend up front then MuttStuff & Co. offer a small seat cover and dog seat in one.

We love this car seat cover because it's easily installed in small cars, Ford Ka - no problem.


The headline feature has to be the zippable side panels which can drop down to protect the car seat and make it easier for your dog to jump in and out.


The cover is held in place with seat straps and headrest straps alongside seat anchors so it won't slip however fast you take those corners.

With a waterproof base to protect your car from possible 'accidents', the MuttStuff & Co. seat includes a seat belt tether so you don't need to buy one separately (just don't attach it to your dogs collar like the one in the photo).


Maybe add a favourite cushion or blanket in the base for for extra cosiness and you're ready to go. It can be fitted in the front or back seat, but please remember to turn off the passenger airbag if you use the front seat for your four-legged friend.


Dimensions - (L W H ) 52 x 52 x 58 cm

Reasons to Buy

+ Great value

+ Ideal for smaller spaces

+ Front or rear seat


Reasons to Avoid

- Only suitable for smaller dogs

- Not custom fit

- Not padded for comfort

 

6. ViewPets Bench Car Seat Cover

Best Colour Options


This traditional car seat cover from ViewPets is available in a choice of four colours - black, grey, sage green and tan with piped edging so you can coordinate with your car's interior.

It's a simple but classy bench seat cover.

Fairly streamlined, it's well made and quilted for comfort (almost as comfortable for your dog as laying on your lap!)


What's more the fabric is waterproof.


We really liked the attachment options on this car seat cover to stop it slipping about.


Not only does it attach to the rear headrests with adjustable straps, it uses seat anchors and elastic straps around seat corners to keep it firmly in place.


A good value, simple but classy looking car seat cover.


Dimensions - (Width, seat back height, seat width ) 142, 56, 48 cm ( doesn't include flaps)

Reasons to Buy

+ Good attachment options

+ Waterproof

+ 4 colour options


Reasons to Avoid

- Not custom fit

- Doesn't allow 60/40 seat split

- No footwell protection

 

Alternatively, if you would rather travel with your dog in the boot, checkout our review of the best car boot liners on the market. There are some great value options available.


7. Over the Top

Best Luxury Custom Cover


If you're looking to splash out on a dog car seat cover you can be proud to show off, then 'Over the Top' offer a made-to-measure, tailored dog seat cover, customised to fit your car.

Over The Top Custom Car Seat Cover for dogs showing personalisation options

Whether you own a Bentley Continental or a Ford Fiesta, Over the Top have a custom back seat cover to fit.


The cover will fit perfectly with no stretching or bagging of material ( a definite no-no in a Bentley Continental!)


Various options are available including 60/40 split to enable you to fold one part of the seat down and an extension to protect the footwell.

Available in three colours, all their custom dog seat covers are machine washable.They also offer custom boot liners and front seat covers to match.

Obviously a more expensive option, but if used regularly would be a great investment and of course it will fit your car perfectly as the picture shows.


Dimensions - custom fit

Reasons to Buy

+ Quilted for comfort

+ Colour options

+ Options for 60/40 seat split


Reasons to Avoid

- Expensive option

 

8. Kurgo Car Seat Protector

Best for Coordinating with Car Seats


US company Kurgo make products that are designed to make it easier to go on adventures with your four-legged friend.

Cockapoo dog on a Kurgo rear car seat cover showing the side seat protection

This well designed car seat cover from their UK range is water resistant, stain resistant and machine washable so easy to keep looking new.


One of the key selling points, is that this great value cover from Kurgo is available in 4 different colours to coordinate with your upholstery (most seat covers are only available in one colour).


It has attachment points for headrests and anchor points to slide between the seats to keep the seat cover firmly in place.


Incorporating covered openings for seatbelts, harnesses or child seats so when they're not in use they don't allow dirt to fall through onto your seats which is a nice touch.


The design includes curved edges to the seat base cover rather than straight edges (as you can see in the photo), which offers more of a stylish fit.


The photo illustrates the cover in a BMW 5 series saloon - which has a wide rear car seat and it fits well.


The only issue we found is lining up the seatbelt holes in the cover with the seatbelts underneath - it can be fiddly.


Dimensions - (L W) 114 x 140 cm

Reasons to Buy

+ Seat side protection

+ 4 colour options

+ Easy to clean


Reasons to Avoid

- Not custom fit

- Doesn't allow 60/40 seat split

- No footwell protection

 

9. Active Pets Back Seat Cover

Best Budget Multi-purpose Cover


Active Pets have designed a cheap dog seat cover that not only converts to a hammock but can also be used as a boot protector too. Whilst this clearly isn't custom fit, the 3-in-1 options Active Pets provide do give you great flexibility.

Dog sitting on Active Pets Original 3-in-1 dog hammock

Simply use the additional headrest straps to convert it from a car seat cover to a hammock style.


Be aware that this design doesn't include a mesh window so this may not be the best option for a dog suffering with car sickness because it will restrict their forward vision.


To use it as a boot protector simply attach the straps to the rear of the back seat headrests and lay it out in the boot.


It's made from waterproof cotton and whilst this cover isn't machine washable it can be spot cleaned. There are seat belt openings so you have the option of seating passengers and your dog on the back seat.


Ultimately this is a great value flexible option but be aware that the headrest straps are not adjustable like some of the other covers to make our top 10, so please check the measurements carefully to see if it's a good fit for your space.


Dimensions - (L W) - 137 x 147cm

Reasons to Buy

+ Flexible 3-in-1 options

+ Great value


Reasons to Avoid

- Not adjustable

- No mesh window

- Doesn't allow 60/40 seat split

- No additional padding

 

10. Wimypet XL Car Seat Cover

Best Large Seat Cover


If you are looking for an extra large car seat cover, Wimypet offer one at a great price. It's no more expensive than some of the standard sizes featured in our Top 10.

It's wider and longer than a standard cover, making it perfect for the modern pick up or extra large SUV (the only larger cover to feature here is Orvis which is considerably more expensive)


Like the Active Pets cover featured above, this cover can be converted from a bench seat cover to a hammock using straps secured to the front headrests. It can also act as a simple boot protector.


This 3-in-1 dog seat cover has a rubber pad on the base along with the two anchors pushed between the seats help keep the cover in place.


Wimypet's cover is heavy duty and waterproof so should simply be wiped clean (definitely too big for a washing machine!) It also has seatbelt slits and comes with a dog seat belt to attach to your dogs harness.


Dimensions - ( L W) 152 x 147cm

Reasons to Buy

+ Large size

+ Seat side protection

+ Flexible 3-in-1 options

+ Seat Belt included

+ Great value


Reasons to Avoid

- Not custom fit

- Doesn't allow 60/40 seat split

 

Let's Talk Safety


Best Dog Crash Tested Harness


When travelling with your dog or puppy in the car, we strongly recommend a properly crash tested harness.

small dog in a crash tested dog harness

This Happy Ride harness from Petsafe is fully certified crash tested.


Available in four sizes with a handy sizing guide available online which takes into account the chest, neck and the weight of your dog to help you select the best fit.


A car seat belt tether attaches to the harness at one of the several attachment points and the other end clicks directly into your car seat belt system.


Not only will a harness help to keep your dog safe but keeps them forward facing which really helps reduce car sickness.


Padded for comfort, crash tested and available in a range of sizes to suit, and a great price, this is the ideal car harness for your dog.


 


Best Dog Seat Belt


Whilst riding in any of the seats featured, all dogs should wear a dog car seat harness that is tethered to the vehicle's seat belt system. NEVER attach the seat belt tether to your dogs collar, always secure to their harness.

dog car seat belt tether with ISOFIX points

A dog seat belt can protect dogs from sudden brake or sharp turns as well as preventing you from being distracted as your dog tries to leap onto your lap!


We bought and tested the Nasjac seat belt tether which comes in a pack of two.


It's simply a flexible nylon bungee belt but the standout feature is the dual attachment clips.


To keep your dog safe in the car, this Nasjac tether gives you three attachment options :- attaching directly into the ISOFIX point, using standard seat belts or even the D rings in the boot.


It's this multi-functionality which set it apart from the other dog seat belts.

dog seat belt tether with two attachment points

It's also adjustable between 53-76 cm so you can ensure it's a suitable length to keep your dog restrained comfortably in their seat.


The metal buckle means it easy and quick to attach to your dog's harness and importantly it swivels a full 360° so no problems with your dog becoming entangled in the tether whilst you're driving.


The only downside we could find was the the attachment clip to your dog's harness was quite small, so trickier to fasten onto thicker double D rings.


It's great value and available in a range of bright colours so should be easy to find in the car at night.




Dog Blanket for the Car


To make your four-legged friend as comfortable as possible on journeys, a dog car blanket is a great addition. We have two recommendations, both with amazing customer reviews.


Scruffs Snuggle Blanket


Made by award winning dog bed company - Scruffs, we highly recommend their snuggle blanket due to it's versatility and amazing reviews.

Scruffs snuggle blanket for dogs

Perfect for the car on journeys and great whilst you're away, it can double up as a sofa cover or great addition to your dog bed.


It boasts a reversible design with a soft, plush lining for cold days and a faux suede side for warmer days.


Measuring 110 x 75 cm it is an ideal size for a wide range of breeds.


Available in a choice of burgundy, blue, tan and chocolate.


Easy to keep clean it's machine washable and dries quickly. A high quality dog blanket which will certainly stand the test of time.

Reasons to Buy

+ High quality blanket

+ Machine washable

+ Choice of colours

Reasons to Avoid

- There are cheaper blankets

Buying Options


Personalised Dog Blanket


Who doesn't love a handmade, personalised dog blanket ?

Puppy on dog blanket

These adorable blankets are handmade from a high quality cosy fleece.


Finished with contrasting embroidered paw prints surrounding your dog's name.


They are available in a wide choice of colours and measure 100 cm x 75 cm, so are plenty big enough for your pup to snuggle up in on long journeys.

Handmade and embroidered in Bournemouth by a small business - LynsPersonalisedGift.


Available on Etsy, countless five star reviews talk about the quality and service.


Reasons to Buy

+ Handmade blanket

+ Personalised

+ Choice of colours

Reasons to Avoid

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