Best Grill Covers
As a consumer, it is only wise to protect your investments. Otherwise, you are simply wasting money that could be used otherwise. One of those investments is a grill. Due to the fact that grilling requires adequate ventilation and wide-open areas, you typically will simply store it outdoors. But, leaving it unprotected can damage the steel and other interior components. The logical answer is to invest in a grill cover and that is exactly why you are here today. There are some common characteristics that you will need to look for, such as weather-resistance and durability, but also others that can slip your mind, such as sizing and fitting. Either way, let’s get started, shall we?
- Integrated air vents
- Does not flap around
- Weber 7107
- Has a storage pouch
- 3-year limited warranty
- Duck Covers
- Ultrasonically welded seams
- Creates good airflow
10 Best Grill Covers
To ensure this has enhanced durability, Anglink designed it with ripstop 600D oxford material. In addition to this, the seams are double stitched and heat sealed.
Adding on to the superior seams is a waterproof PVC layer. Overall, this will resist water seepage and can also withstand water pressures up to 2000 Pa.
First off, this does come with protection against the sun and ultraviolet rays. What is even nicer, though, is the manner in which this dries as it remains colorfast.
For most of the famous brands in the world, including Weber, Holland, Char-Broil, and Brinkmann, this is going to fit. For the record, it measures 58 inches long by 24 inches wide by 48 inches tall.
On each side, there are adjustable straps and windproof buckles equipped. But, even more so, there is also a drawstring closing gadget that ensures a custom fit.
Granted you are not one of the consumers who receive a dud, which has been an issue with only a few, you can enjoy one of the most complete designs on the market today.
The integrated air vents reduce condensation
Has single and double cord closures
Does not flap around in the wind
Some consumers have received duds
Due to the fact that this is crafted 100 percent of polyester, it is as durable as vinyl while remaining breathable and pliable in colder conditions. Plus, this is as lightweight as it is tough.
Not too many consumers complain about the waterproofness of this model. It is worth noting that the fabric that is utilized is waterproof and will protect your grill from rain.
Weber rates this to be UV-resistant. Yet, and this is a problem with nearly all covers, some consumers have claimed that it will fade if left in direct contact with the sunlight.
Even though this is marketed to fit Genesis Gas Grills, it measures 44.4 inches by 60 inches by 27.9 inches deep and can fit grills accordingly. So, be sure to measure yours first.
On top of the fact that this is a form-fitting design, it also comes equipped with Velcro straps for security. This is as simple as it gets and will prevent wind from being an issue.
Again, Weber is a well-known manufacturer and seeing them so high on this list is not surprising. Then again, you should still probably avoid leaving this one out in the sun.
Has a storage pouch inside the cover
Backed by a three-year limited warranty
The softness makes it very easy to place and remove
Some consumers have complained about fading
Duck Covers Elite
As opposed to other designs on this list, Duck Covers actually went with polypropylene instead of oxford fabric. Unfortunately, there have been a few users report it only lasted a few seasons.
This could just be the most waterproof model on this entire list. In addition to the material itself, the cover also features ultrasonically welded seams which are designed to let no water seep through.
Thanks to the fact that this has been UV treated, it will do an adequate job holding up in the sun. While it still may fade a little over time, it should be kept to a minimum.
Although there are smaller options available if the included size does not fit your grill, this specific size is going to fit most brands up to 65 inches in width.
Duck Covers added two-inch wide hook and loop straps to their cover to ensure that it will not fly off during higher winds.
The uniqueness of this model alone is what stands out. For nothing else, it is made with polypropylene and ultrasonically welded seams for supreme water protection.
Designed with ultrasonically welded seams
Fading has not been a huge issue based on feedback
Creates good airflow to eliminate condensation
Longevity could be a potential issue
VicTsing 3-4 Burner
First off, this is comprised of 600D polyester fabric for durability. However, for added protection and longevity, the edges are bounded which is ideal as the edges are typically the first area to get torn.
Not only is the polyester composition weather-resistant in its own right, but there is also an added PVC layer which adds enhanced waterproofness. The result is further protection for your grill.
Due to the UV coating, this is ready to withstand the sun in some capacity. Again, full protection is all but impossible but this UV coating is a big plus.
Due to the fact that this measures 58 inches by 24 inches by 48 inches, it is going to be compatible with a wide range of grills.
Thanks to the integration of the side straps at the bottom of this cover, it can easily be tightened down to prevent any winds from blowing it off.
The vast majority of consumers agree that this design is fantastic. The million dollar question becomes how well you treat it as that can go a long way to determining its shelf life.
Very easy to clean
Designed with a waterproof PVC layer
Comes with double handles for easy fitting
Users have had issues with longevity
Char-Broil markets this as a medium-duty grill and due to the 300D polyester material that makes sense. Either way, your grill is going to be protected.
All things considered, this is an adequate weather-resistant model. In spite of this, one buyer did report that during a heavy rain, small bits of water were allowed to seep through.
Not too many consumers have complained about fading, which is a big plus. Given the fact that this is a common issue, it goes without saying that this is a huge advantage.
The model presented to you is designed for two to three burners and measures 23 inches by 52 inches by 38 inches. Now, there are larger options available if you require them.
As with other common designs, this integrates convenient side closure straps for security.
While it is a bit surprising that Char-Boil decided to go with 300D material instead of 600D, it all works out in the end. Be aware, though, this is not great for torrential downpours.
There are other sizes available
Designed with a PVC inner coating
Side closure straps keep things secure
It is not fully waterproof
A few have commented on fading
Classic Accessories Veranda
On top of the polyester material itself, Classic Accessories outfitted their Veranda model with interior bound seams. This, in conjunction with the high-density stitching, adds strength and durability.
To be honest, this is quite the ingenious design. The Gardelle Fabric System is unique in the sense that it integrates a water-resistant top with a dark splash guard skirt and a waterproof backing.
Note that there have been consumers that have reported fading. The good news is it is not as noticeable as fading on a black model (as this is a combination of tan and brown).
Once again, there are several sizing options available here. But, the medium-sized model measures 58 inches long by 24 inches deep by 48 inches high and will fit many top-name brands.
Classic Accessories designed their grill cover with an elastic hem cord. What this allows you to do is adjust the cover for a tight and personalized fit.
With the sheer amount of positive reviews that this bad boy has racked up, it is hard not to take notice. As you now see, though, all for good reason.
Comes with a storage pocket along the top
Can be secured over wheels
The Gardelle Fabric System ensures waterproofness
Again, fading has been a reported issue
Due to the fact that this is made of heavy-duty 600D oxford fabric, you can expect it to last for seasons to come. What is also nice is the cover itself is rip-resistant.
Homitt is able to make the core of their model waterproof thanks to the added PVC layer. Even during snowy or rainy days, your grill is going to be protected.
Clearly, the biggest issue with this model (based on customer feedback) is the fact that it will fade in the sun. As such, take precaution to ensure it stays out of the sun.
There are a few sizes available for your convenience but this one, in specific, measures 58 inches long by 24 inches wide by 48 inches tall. But, there are options for 60 inches and 72 inches.
Homitt went back to the basics and only integrated Velcro straps on each side of their cover. However, this goes a long way in adding wind-resistance.
Once again, this is a model that is well adored by consumers. But, once again, it is also a design that is not perfect in every way. Still, for the money, it is a wise investment.
Features 600D oxford fabric
Comes with a storage bag
Designed with hook and loop fasteners
Fading in the sun has been a common complaint
Though this is yet another model that is made of 600D oxford fabric, some consumers have commented on the fact that the thinness is noticeable.
Yes, this is water-resistant and also overall weather-resistant. However, due to the aforementioned thinness, there have been users who have questioned its ability to protect during heavy storms.
Most of the complaints of this model stem from the logo or the thinness. But, it is UV-resistant and appears to do hold up fairly well outside (in terms of colorization).
As is pointed out in the product description, this is going to fit the most models in the Weber Genesis 300 series. Even for other grills, it will fit and measures 60 inches by 24 inches by 44 inches.
The form-fitting design here is one thing but even with it securely on, you can connect the Velcro straps for enhanced protection against bursting winds.
For whatever reason, a lot of customers were really bothered by the integrated logo on this model (something to be wary of). But, in regard to performance, it hits the nail on the head.
Includes a grill brush, tongs and a thermometer
As rugged as vinyl but more breathable
Fits securely onto your grill
The embedded logo has received harsh criticism
The material is a bit on the thin side
iCover UV Protection
What a surprise, the composition that is present here is 600D polyester oxford fabric. But, if the word of customers is any indication, this may only last a few years (though various factors can be involved).
While it lasts, this is going to provide ample protection against rainfall thanks to the water-resistant PVC coating and durable water repellent finish.
iCover upgraded this model with a UV protective finish and although fading can still be an issue, it does a solid job overall.
For even bigger and deeper grills, there are larger size options available. However, the one presented for you today measures 60 inches by 22.5 inches by 41 inches.
iCover is another designer that kept it simple here. To secure this to your grill, all you need to do is place it on evenly and connect the Velcro closure straps.
If you are an individual who analyses life via a glass-half-empty moto, you may be concerned with the users who have had issues with this cover. But, the good massively outweighs the bad here.
Backed by a 60-day money-back guarantee
Features vents for air circulation
Made of 600D polyester fabric
There are complaints in regard to ripping and fading
This is designed with heavy-duty PVC-lined oxford material and is outfitted to withstand tears. Do note, though, that the material as a whole is thinner than other models out there.
The same PVC lining that was just mentioned offers the weather-resistance that all consumers are looking for in this technology. As such, this is waterproof.
While some users claim this can fade easily, which is not a surprise, it is engineered with UV-resistance. Still, you should try to keep it out of direct sunlight to slow down the fading process.
Grillman decided to design their cover with a little bit of enhanced girth to fit most popular brands around the world (with the actual measurements being 58 inches by 24 inches by 48 inches).
Due to the integration of the Velcro straps, you can sleep easily knowing your cover will not blow away.
Even the caboose of this list manages to be an excellent value, which says something about the technology. Just keep this one away from the sun and you should be golden.
Backed by a lifetime replacement guarantee
Will fit a plethora of grill brands
Made with a PVC lining
It is thinner than other models
Will probably fade quickly in the sun
Criteria Used For Evaluation
Build Quality and Main Materials
When you first begin to conduct some research into this technology and attempt to find the right model for you, it all starts with the build quality. While this will be broken down section by section here, it all is in regard to the build quality. To begin, understand that grill covers can be designed in a few different materials. Firstly, you have canvas and this is actually a really good material. But, in actuality, it is typically the cheaper alternative to the next material, polyester. Without a doubt, polyester is the most common type of material you will see and that was evident throughout this list.
Part of the reason why it is so popular is due to its high resistance to the weather and also its durability. You will also see vinyl covers out there and this can be a plausible material, as well. But, if you do decide to go with a fabric such as polyester, you need to pay close attention to the denier. You may notice something like 600D or 300D and the “D” is the denier. This is basically referring to the fibers thickness of individual threads that are used to create the fabric. The higher you go, the more durable it will be.
Above all else, this may be the single most important consideration of this entire guide. Given the design purpose of grill covers, they need to be weatherproof to not allow any water or debris inside. The question is, how can you determine if one is weatherproof and then subsequently waterproof? There are a few factors to look for but interestingly enough, this is one of the reasons why polyester is such a nice material. Though it technically is not fully waterproof, most of its fibers will not absorb water and instead will repel it. Thus, it can be considered a water-resistant material.
However, this alone is not going to cut it. In addition to this, analyze the design of the seams. Specifically, ensure that they are heat sealed as this will help to eliminate water from seeping through the seams themselves. Also, a popular manufacturing method is to add PVC lining. This is ideal as PVC itself is a highly flexible, waterproof geomembrane. Thus, this adds to the weatherproofing of the cover, which means more protection for your grill.
Alright, so this is the last section in regard to the build quality and it could actually be seen as a bit controversial. Not controversial in the sense that it does not matter. But, rather, in the sense that it seems that even the best models in the world still have the problem that is about to be addressed. With any fabric that spends the extent of its life outdoors, the sun is going to be the enemy. In specific, the ultraviolet rays of the sun as these rays are what is going to degrade the fabric.
This is where UV-resistance comes into play which is usually achieved with a UV coating. Make no mistake about it; this is a vital feature to look for. Without it, the fabric will fade and degrade extremely quickly. But, based on consumer feedback amongst various top models, it seems that it is only going to limit the fading. So, even with a UV coating, you should still look to store your grill and cover in an area that is not exposed to the sun too long during the day.
The Overall Size
Now that we look past the build quality, it is time to analyze another critical point of assessment. Quick question, how effective is a shoe that does not fit your foot? The answer is it is not effective at all. Well, grills and covers work the same way. If the cover does not fit, what good is it really going to do? If it is too small, it can’t shield and protect the grill against the elements as best as it should. But, if it is too large, there will be excess material on the ground that can catch water and get damaged.
The key is to find the perfect fit and to do that, you need to measure your grill beforehand. While this will be explained in-depth a little later, getting the right dimensions will be a lifesaver in the long run. Once you have the dimensions of your actual grill, you can then shop accordingly. Of course, do not forget about the shape of your grill as not all of them will be shaped in the same manner. Also, some grill covers will be designed to fit specific grills and if you happen to have that grill, then you will also be good to go.
Fitting and Security
Last but not least, you need to ensure that the grill cover is going to stay put. Firstly, you may want to look for an elastic design on the bottom as this can not only improve the form fitting of the cover, but it can also prevent little critters from getting underneath. In addition, not all covers will be designed in the same manner in regard to security.
Not security as in theft but in stability. Some consumers may want to stick to the tried-and-true formula of Velcro straps. However, there are other methods available such as hooks or strings that attach to your grill. It really is up to you as long as the method secures the cover during high winds and storms.
Q: How Do You Measure Your Grill?
Okay, so now let’s talk about what you should do to actually measure your grill. It really is not a complicated task and granted you have a tape measure, anyone can do it. There are three measurements you are looking for. Firstly (and it really does not matter where you start as long as you match up the measurements according to the actual cover), you need the height. For this, measure from the ground to the highest point of your grill.
Now, you will need the width. For this, measure from left to right across the front of the grill. If you have side tables and want them to remain up, measure them, as well. Lastly, you need the depth which is going to be from the front of your grill to the back.
Q: What Are Some Care Tips?
Given the design purpose of a grill cover, it is only logical that it will need to be cleaned eventually. While its sole purpose in this world is to keep your grill clean, to extend the shelf life of the cover itself, you will want to clean it. Once again, just as with measuring, the process in which to do so is not difficult. To be honest, you may be able to get away with simply rinsing it off with a garden hose.
For tougher situations and grit, you can use mild soap and water with a sponge to clean it. About the only thing you want to do is to avoid using chemicals such as bleach or abrasive cleaning pads. Also, when finished, dry it off with a towel before placing it back on your grill.
Q: How Do You Clean Mold Off Of One?
No one and that means not a soul on this earth, enjoys when mold forms on their belongings. The reality of the situation, though, is that when moisture is an issue, mold can subsequently be too. So, what happens if it forms on your grill cover? Well, and you may have heard of this solution before as it is quite popular to rid mold, you may have to turn to a combination of bleach and water. While bleach is advised for cleaning, it can still suffice for ridding mold.
Dilute around ¼-cup of bleach into a gallon of water. With this solution, and the cover lying on top of the grass or patio, take a sponge and wipe the area that has the mold. Allow around five or ten minutes to pass to allow the solution to do its work.
Q: Do You Need to Cover a Stainless Steel Grill?
This question may not necessarily have anything do with the buying process here but it is one that some users may have. In specific, users who currently own a stainless steel grill. Would it shock you to know that stainless steel appliances and equipment are not indestructible or completely resistant to the weather? Sometimes, it seems as if people believe that it is but the bottom line is stainless steel can discolor and yes, it can rust.
So, the simple answer is this. Yes, even with a stainless steel grill, it needs to be covered. Okay, moving on then.
Q: When Should You Use One?
Okay, now this is an interesting question here. One would automatically assume that you should always keep your grill covered, right? Well, it may be more complicated than you may realize because, in some situations, a cover can do more harm than good. It goes without saying that you should always cover your grill if inclement weather is on the horizon. But, what about if you live in an area that experiences high humidity?
In this case, you may actually want to leave the cover off. The reason for this is with the cover on, the humidity is allowed to be trapped inside and this can lead to corrosion.
Q: Can They be Washed in a Washing Machine?
There was a reason why this was glossed over when the question about cleaning came up earlier. This deserves to be its own question because it seems that across the web, it gets asked frequently. However, it is a bit of a controversial one as some buyers have gone on record as to stating that they have placed their cover in the washing machine with great success.
Yet, most sellers will probably recommend the contrary as the agitation and stress it puts on it may damage the material. Plus, if you do this, it will probably end up voiding the warranty if there is one included. Your best bet is to stick to hand washing.
As you now know, buying your grill was just step one. In addition to all sorts of other accessories, you need to focus on investing in a high-quality cover for your grill. With the information you have learned today, you should be better equipped to do just that.