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Best Tonneau Covers for 2021

With so many tonneau covers available, choosing the best one for your needs can sometimes take longer than the process of actually installing the cover. That's why we've compiled sales numbers from the world's number one online retailer to bring you the top-selling tonneau covers of 2021. With multiple tonneau cover designs and brands represented, one of these best-selling covers is probably just what you've been looking for.

1. Soft Folding

Affordable and easy to install, soft folding covers are well-represented in our top selling products of 2021. All made in the USA, the number one and two sellers in this category are the American and Gator SFX Tri-Fold tonneau covers. They're very similar to one another and feature economical pricing with a lifetime warranty. The number three spot is taken by the Gator Tri-Fold Pro, a premium cover that employs an enhanced twisting clamp design.

Best-Selling Soft Folding Tonneau Covers

  • Gator SFX Tri-Fold: Installs in minutes without tools.

  • American Tri-Fold: Arrives pre-assembled.

  • Gator Tri-Fold Pro: Quiet operation at highway speeds.

Gator SFX Tri-Fold Tonneau Cover
Gator SFX Tri-Fold Tonneau Cover
American Tri-Fold Tonneau Cover
American Tri-Fold Tonneau Cover
Gator Tri-Fold Pro
Gator Tri-Fold Pro

2. Hard Folding

Customers who need more security than a soft cover can offer choose hard folding covers instead. These covers operate in a fashion similar to their soft equivalents but are made with materials like aluminum and fiberglass reinforced polymers, offering top-of-the-line security. BAK dominates this category with the BAKFlip G2 and MX4 taking the number one and two spots, respectively. Taking the third position is the Gator EFX, which offers hard cover protection at a price well below most tri-folds.

Best-Selling Hard Folding Tonneau Covers

  • BAKFlip G2: Gloss black finish with 300 pound weight rating. Near-total bed access.

  • BAKFlip MX4: Matte black finish with 400 pound weight rating.

  • Gator EFX: Folding cover security at a more affordable price point.

BAKFlip G2
BAKFlip G2
BAKFlip MX4
BAKFlip MX4
Gator EFX
Gator EFX

3. Painted

Combining a color-matched painted finish with unparalleled security and weather protection, painted tonneau covers are one of our most popular categories. UnderCover takes the number one spot with the Elite LX cover and the number three spot with the LUX SE. Patriot takes the runner-up position with the Eagle SE. All three tonneaus feature lift supports to assist with opening the cover and an external lock for exceptional security.

Best-Selling Painted Tonneau Covers

  • UnderCover LUX SE: Resists dents, dings, and UV damage. Three-year warranty.

  • Patriot Eagle SE: Molded fiberglass. Lifetime warranty on the cover, one-year warranty on the hardware.

  • UnderCover Elite LX: Raised center section and a carpeted underside. Three-year warranty.

UnderCover LUX SE
UnderCover LUX SE
Patriot Eagle SE
Patriot Eagle SE
UnderCover Elite LX
UnderCover Elite LX

4. Retractable

A retractable tonneau cover rolls in and out of a canister that mounts at your truck's bulkhead. Popular for their ease of use, these covers are made of durable materials like aluminum and polycarbonate plastic, sometimes with a soft vinyl or padded polymer overlay. The Gator Recoil, a relative newcomer to the retractable cover scene, takes our number one spot this year. Gator also grabs the runner-up position with the GatorTrax. Retrax rounds out the top three with the RetraxPRO XR, a versatile cover designed to work with multiple truck bed accessories such as truck racks..

Best-Selling Retractable Tonneau Covers

  • Gator Recoil: Aluminum construction, three locking positions.

  • GatorTrax: UV-resistant polycarbonate, locks in any position.

  • RetraxPRO XR: Channeled rails allow installation of racks and other accessories.

Gator Recoil
Gator Recoil
GatorTrax
GatorTrax
RetraxONE
RetraxONE

5. Roll Up

This cover design uses a durable vinyl tarp held in place by rails that mount along the sides of your truck's bed. As the name implies, this cover opens by rolling up toward your truck's bulkhead where it is held in place by a securing strap, giving you full bed access when you need to haul large items. TruXedo has dominated this category for years with its TruXport cover, and this year is no exception as they grab the number one spot. The Gator SRX Roll-Up comes in second place, and the premium-grade TruXedo Lo Pro takes number three. All of these covers install with no drilling required on most truck beds.

Best-Selling Roll Up Tonneau Covers

  • TruXport: Automatic tension adjuster keeps vinyl tarp solid year round.

  • Gator SRX Roll-Up: Manually adjustable tension, easy-open trigger latch.

  • TruXedo Lo Pro: Ultra low-profile cover compatible with many truck racks.

TruXedo TruXport on a Ram
TruXedo TruXport on a Ram
Gator SRX Roll-Up on a Silverado
Gator SRX Roll-Up on a Silverado
TruXedo Lo Pro
TruXedo Lo Pro

Honorable Mentions

If you're looking for something a little different from the covers mentioned above, these two covers are worth considering. The BAK Revolver X4 is a hard rolling cover, one of just a few in this small but growing category. It operates in much the same way as a soft roll up, but it uses an aluminum substrate underneath the vinyl, increasing security and weight capacity. Alternatively, if you want the function of a painted cover but don't need it to match your vehicle's paint job, the UnderCover SE is an excellent choice. It opens and operates just like a painted cover, but costs quite a bit less.

  • BAK Revolver X4: Outstanding security and weather resistance, third brake light visibility.

  • UnderCover SE: Easy trigger latch, manually adjustable tension.

BAK Revolver X4
BAK Revolver X4
UnderCover SE
UnderCover SE

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