You love your truck—what’s not to love? But let’s not forget the thousands of dollars in tools and equipment you’ll be hauling in that bed! Without a good tonneau cover, your cargo is vulnerable to rain, rust, snow, sun damage, and theft. With a good strong tonneau cover, your truck bed will stay cleaner, safer, and look more put-together.
If you’re like us, you’d rather not waste your time and money trying one cheap cover and then another until you find one that does the job. To save you the trouble, we’ve compiled this list. The information you’ll find here is pulled from our personal experiences with these products, but we also did the legwork of sifting through hundreds of customer reviews to see what considerations you might have that didn’t occur to us. You’ll find helpful descriptions that give you the lowdown on our five favorite covers—this way you’ll get the best bang for your buck and be satisfied from the start!
Here are 5 F150 Truck Tonneau Covers Reviewes
1. Tyger Auto TG-BC3F1041 TRI-FOLD Truck Bed Tonneau Cover 2015-2018 Ford F-150 | Styleside 5.5′ Bed
At 73 x 26 x 4 inches and 29 pounds, this Tyger cover is a bargain. The manufacturer boasts—with good reason—that the cover is built from dual coated 24 oz marine grade vinyl and aluminum clamps, which will help with installation and longevity.
We love that this cover is decidedly rainproof and ships with some extras that will make your experience with the product particularly smooth. For example, the sealing truck bed foam is a nice addition, and the bag it comes with gives you somewhere to store the cover when it’s not on the bed. We are also particularly impressed by how easy this cover is to install—the wingnuts mean you don’t need any tools, and it’s easy to remove as well. If you already have an Under-the-Bedrail bedliner, you won’t need to do any modifications for this cover either.
We have only a few complaints here. In heavy winds—or when driving over 50mph —some truck owners report that the cover isn’t particularly quiet, but has a lot of air noise. Make sure you measure your truck carefully; not everyone thinks the fit of the cover is quite perfect for their F150s.
All in all, you’d be hard-pressed to find a better cover for the price, but those looking for a more aesthetically-pleasing or perfectly-fitted option may have to spend more.
2. MaxMate Roll Up Truck Bed Tonneau Cover 2009-2014 Ford F-150 (Excl. Raptor Series) | Styleside 5.5′ Bed | For models without Utility Track System
The MaxMate Roll Up weighs in at 75 x 9.7 x 5 inches and 23.8 pounds—lighter than the Tyger Auto—and is made of comparable marine-grade vinyl. The installation is not complicated, but will probably require a wrench and some elbow grease.
For the most part, we’re thrilled with the construction of this cover. The support bars prevent that unfortunate sagging and wrinkling that other covers are prone to, and even after several heavy rains, our beds stayed dry. If you’re going to be getting in and out of your truck’s bed often, you’ll be glad to know that rolling up this cover and securing it isn’t hard to do—even on your own.
It’s worth noting that not everyone has had as perfect a seal as we had—some customers say that rain does manage to leak in to their beds, and they are right in pointing out that the adjustable tension tabs, which screw into aluminum railings, leave small holes where water can get in.
On the whole, this soft cover is a fantastic option for anyone seeking an affordable, accessible, DIY tonneau cover.
3. Gator Tri-Fold Tonneau Truck Bed Cover 2015-2018 Ford F150 5.5 Bed
The most expensive cover in this review so far, the Gator Tri-Fold has a refreshing, classy look to it and is made of tear-resistant, textured vinyl. Of the three covers we’ve looked it, it easily has the most foolproof and quick installation, which can be done in around 20 minutes by using a system of latches.
If the Tyger cover feels a little insecure at high speeds, the Gator Tri-Fold is here to answer that complaint. We felt that the clips which hold it in place are well-built and sturdy—ready for road tripping! Depending on the dimensions of your truck bed, you may have to cut the gasket to size in order to get a true seal, but as long as you’re willing to make that adjustment, this is a versatile, sleek, well-sealed cover.
The number one complaint we have about the Gator Tri-Fold is that, though it is certainly sharp, the vinyl doesn’t seem all too durable. This is a great starter cover, and it’s perfect for truck owners who won’t be putting their gear through the ringer, but if you’re hoping to get years of heavy use of your cover, you might want to keep scrolling.
4. Tonno Pro LR-3045 Lo-Roll Black Roll-Up Truck Bed Tonneau Cover 2009-2018 Ford F-150 | Fits 5.5′ Bed
A heftier 32 pounds, the Tonnno Pro offers a no-drill installation that can be accomplished in about 25 minutes. A snug and precise fit sets this cover aside from many of its competitors, and the slightly heavier material is more likely to stand up to harsh weather or general wear and tear.
Velco strips at the edges allow you the get to your tools and cargo quickly and painlessly, which you’ll find is more convenient than most options. In the case that you find any gaps in the fit, the cover ships with sealing foam as well.
The Tonno pro is not without its weaknesses. A handful of reviews have reported that the rubber flap in the back is not long enough to keep water out of their truck beds, and those living in cold climates might think twice about this option. The material becomes very stiff and difficult to install or remove in sub-45-degree temperatures.
5. Rough Country – 45515550 – Hard Tri-Fold Tonneau Bed Cover (5.5-foot Bed) for Ford: 15-18 F150 4WD/2WD
We’ve saved the best for last: Priced at around $600, the Rough Country is the priciest cover in our review—and you get the quality you’d expect! At a whopping 52 pounds and with a UV-protected top, this one is built to last. A quick check on what buyers are saying reveals a host of thrilled customers.
We found that even days and days of heavy rain couldn’t get a single drop of moisture into the truck bed, and the pebble finish on top is a nice, stylish touch. You’d think that such an airtight and impressive cover would be a little more intense to install, but most of us have found that the installation can be done in only a few minutes.
For a top-of-the-line cover like this, you’d usually expect to spend at least $800, but the Rough Country offers all of the quality at a more reasonable price.
Having an all weather truck cover put on by a dealership will probably cost you nearly $1,000, but if you consult our list, you can get the perfect cover for hundreds less, letting you keep your equipment safe, your truck bed dry, and your wallet happy. Chances are that if you’re working with your truck every day, you’d prefer to choose and install the cover on your own anyway—you know what they say about getting a job done right.
With options from $160 to $600, we’re confident that all of our readers will find what they’re looking for—there isn’t a bad option in this list!