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Top Dog Car Seat Covers & Hammocks 2022

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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


Buying Guide for Dog Car Seat Covers


Car seat covers are available at a range of different price points from simple covers 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.


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 :-


Passengers & Dogs

Our first bit of advice is to decide how you intend to use the car seat cover. Will you be using the 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 rear 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 are looking for a cover to match your car rather than simply to protect it, then ultimately you're looking at an Orvis or customised solution which offer 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 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 depending on your needs, so lots of flexibility on offer.


The side-flaps offer additional protection for your car doors with the straps attaching via the rear handrails. They were trickier to attach in the Fiesta as it had simple hooks not 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.


It not only helps with ventilation, allowing the air to flow and your dog to stay cool, 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.


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, the cover includes a basic seatbelt tether to attach to your dog's harness.


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 Orvis or Amazon Basics, 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


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).

AMZPET Dog seat cover with 60/40 split seat

The Amzpet seat cover is slightly padded and has a waterproof layer to help protect your seats from accidents.


Be aware that this does not convert to a hammock style cover, so won't offer protection for your car footwells.


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.


dog rear car seat cover with armrest

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. Orvis Grip-Tight® Dog Hammock

Best Quality Hammock Style Protector


This Orvis flexible dog seat cover has been awarded a Orvis Smart Solution Award. The company is best known for their high quality dog products including dog sofas, blankets and of course great canine travel accessories.

Orvis windowed dog hammock for rear car seat featuring quilting for dog comfort

Admittedly more expensive than the first two options, it is beautifully made and thickly padded so a definite bonus for dog comfort on long journeys.


As with the Pecute car seat cover, the Orvis seat cover incorporates a mesh panel.


This creates a viewing window for your dog and improves the air flow into the back so a if your dog suffers from car sickness it's doubtless something you need to consider.


The Orvis seat cover sits between the cheaper covers featured and the customised more expensive covers, and it's price tag reflects this.


What's more it's available in three colours and three sizes so you can coordinate the seat cover with your car upholstery.


Ultimately it's water resistant, breathable, quilted and held in place by Orvis Grip-Tight® backing, so it offers a first class dog car seat cover.


Dimensions - (L W) compact 155 x 122 cm | large 168 x 130 cm | extra large 168 x 157 cm

Reasons to Buy

+ Seat side protection

+ Flexible hammock or seat cover

+ Quilted for comfort

+ 3 colour options


Reasons to Avoid

- Not custom fit

- Doesn't allow 60/40 seat split

- Pricier option


4. Amazon Basics Seat Cover

Best Budget Rear Seat Protector


If you're looking for a cover which will do the job with no bells and whistles then the Amazon Basics cover could be the right option to you.

Dog laying on amazon basics car seat cover featuring headrest straps

At under £20 it's the cheapest dog car seat cover in our review.


It covers the seat base and back but doesn't offer additional protection for the seat sides or doors.


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


It's worth noting that whilst it incorporates seat belt anchors to prevent the cover slipping about, the headrest straps are not adjustable so you may get some 'bagging' with loose material and it may not reach the headrests in large SUV's.


You can't throw it in the washing machine either as it's made from polyester so it's wipe clean only.


On a positive note, it covers the seats and offers seatbelt opening for attaching harness tethers or for human passengers.


For under £20, it offers a level of protection, and whilst it may not look the best, it does a solid job.


Dimensions - (L W) 119 x 142 cm

Reasons to Buy

+ Cheapest reviewed

+ Covers the seats


Reasons to Avoid

- Not custom fit

- Not padded for comfort

- No side seat protection

- Doesn't allow 60/40 seat split


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.

Dog sitting on a Mutt Stuff  front car seat showing seat protection

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. Over the Top

Best Splurge 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.