Tonneau covers are a great way to protect your cargo from the elements. But what type of tonneau cover should you get? Well, that depends on what kind of cargo you need to haul. If you have expensive cargo, then you probably need a heavy-duty cover for security. A light-duty cover is suitable for cargo that needs to be protected from the elements.
Truck Upgrades Advisor helps you find the best tonneau covers for your pickup truck. Our goal is to provide detailed information that will enable you to make an informed decision regarding purchasing a tonneau cover for your truck.
Silverado Tonneau Covers We Reviewed:
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BakFlip MX4 Hard-folding Cover – Best Overall
- Fits 2014-2019 Sierra and Silverado pickup trucks, both 5.6 and 6.6-foot truck beds
- Durable injection-molded latch housing
- Holds up to 400-pound
The BAKFlip MX4 tonneau cover is an attractive, easy-to-use, tough, hard-folding tonneau cover for your truck that is both stylish and functional. With a sleek, streamlined design, it provides 100% bed access so you can work with ease on any job.
This tonneau cover is designed to withstand the rigors of everyday use while maintaining a beautiful appearance. Whether you use your pickup truck for work or play, hauling around heavy or light cargo, the BAKFlip® is rugged, versatile, and sure to become a favorite piece of equipment in your arsenal.
This top-of-the-line tonneau cover blends into any vehicle and is designed with functionality, durability, and versatility in mind.
It is engineered with dual-action tailgate sealing technology that creates a pressure balance between the panels and the vehicle’s body, allowing them to seal tightly even under the most extreme conditions.
The premium-grade, durable aluminum alloy makes this tonneau cover strong and weather resistant. The soft-touch matte finish adds a smooth, luxurious feel.
BAKFlip covers are easy to install and remove without the use of tools. Just open the tailgate, pull one of the release cables on either side of the bed, unfold the cover and remove the clamps at the front.
If you need a tonneau cover that will last a long time and look great doing it, this is the cover for you. The durable aluminum construction and 5-year warranty give you total peace of mind.
TruXedo Tru Xport – Best Fabric Cover
- Fits 2019 – 2021 Chevy/GM Silverado/Sierra, works w/ MultiPro/Flex tailgate
Will not fit Carbon Pro Bed 5′ 10″ Bed 69.9″
Heavy-duty 1.5” frame
The TruXport is the perfect solution for anyone who needs a tonneau cover that looks great and provides complete security and protection for their pickup truck bed.
We really liked the “soft-fold” design, accented by a leather-grained fabric. It looks very nice and is extremely lightweight yet very durable.
We also like the “top-mount” design, which allows you to easily install the cover using nothing more than your two hands. And that it comes with built-in tension control that allows you to quickly and precisely set the amount of tension needed to keep the vinyl taut. This will prevent noise while driving and extend the life of the tonneau cover.
The TruXport comes complete with mounting hardware and easy-to-follow instructions. Just slap it into place, load up your cargo, and you’re all set for safe and secure storage!
We didn’t like that it covers the stake pocket holes, preventing you from using any accessories that use the holes.
We recommend this cover is for you if you just want to keep the content of your truck box safe from the elements and you don’t need maximum security or want to spend a lot on it.
Bak Revolver X2 – Best Splurge
Fits 2004 – 2013 Chevy/GMC Silverado/Sierra, 2014 2500/3500HD 5′ 8″ Bed (68.4″)
- Integrated latching mechanism to lock the cover with the tailgate
- Releases with a hidden cable on either side of the truck bed
The revolutionary Bak Revolver X2 Hard Roll-up Truck Bed Cover is designed to give you an easy way to customize the look of your Chevy Silverado while providing protection for your truck bed against the elements.
We really like Bak’s Revolver X2 because the revolutionary rotational locking system allows you to secure the contents of your truck bed in any position you choose and an automatic slam latch makes it easy to open and close.
The first thing we noticed about the Bak Revolver X2 is its elegant styling. This hard roll-up tonneau cover is both protective and attractive, with a sleek profile and minimalistic contours.
The new and improved X2 model features a sleek, low-profile design that installs in 30 minutes. It is lightweight, and easy to use, but it’s a bit pricey. The Revolver X2 opens up 100% of your truck’s bed with no hassle or tools required.
With durable aluminum construction and a rugged vinyl finish, this cover will definitely stand up to the test of time.
This revolutionary product is perfect for those that need protection for their Chevy Silverado’s truck bed from both the elements and thieves and are looking for the sleek look of a low-profile tonneau cover.
Tyger Auto T3 Tri-Fold – Best Value
- Compatible with 2014-2018 Chevy Silverado/GMC Sierra 1500; 2015-2019 2500HD 3500HD; 2019 LD/Limited Only | Fleetside 6’6″ Bed (78″)
- Up to 400 lbs. of evenly distributed weight
- 3rd brake light visibility and 5th wheel compatibility
Since 2013, Tyger has been creating some of the most durable, easy-to-install, and high-quality truck bed covers on the market.
The Auto-T3 is the top-of-the-line model in the Tyger line of tonneau covers. It is designed to be the best choice for those who want full truck bed access when needed.
We were happy to learn that it’s made from top-of-the-line materials and designed with real-world application in mind; these covers are built to withstand the elements for years to come.
Their easy-to-follow instructions and snap-in design make the installation a breeze.
The frame is constructed from aircraft-grade aluminum, which makes the cover extremely light and strong. The full truck bed access design allows you to use the entire bed for hauling large cargo such as dirt bikes or furniture.
A lifetime Warranty is never a bad thing, and this warranty covers all original parts and defective materials or workmanship for as long as you own the cover.
We think it’s important to point out that if you have an over-the-bedrail bed liner the tonneau cover will have to be modified a little by cutting holes cut in the bed liner. Not to worry, if you have an under-the-bedrail bed liner there’s no need for modifications.
If you’re looking for a tonneau cover that will look good on your Chevy Silverado, last a lifetime, and be easy to install – then look no further! Tyger’s tonneau covers are designed for users looking for a great value in a tonneau cover that will last for years to come.
Lund Hard Folding – Best for Security
- Fits 2014 – 2018, 19 Legacy/Limited GMC/Chevy Sierra/Silverado 6′ 7″ Bed (78.8″)
- Withstand 350 lbs of evenly distributed weight
- From box to truck in 5 minutes
Lunds hard tri-folding tonneau cover is exactly what you’re looking for if you want guaranteed quality at a good price.
It is an extremely durable, multi-layered cover that gives you protection from the elements and keeps all your gear safe and secure inside your truck.
The heavy-duty marine-grade vinyl sits on top of scuff-resistant aluminum paneling. It is strong enough to withstand 350 lbs of evenly distributed weight. And is designed to keep your gear safe while keeping the weight down.
We really liked the easy-to-use spring-loaded handles they provide quick and easy access to your cargo, even when loaded down with gear. It also comes with retention straps to keep the cover open while driving.
Lund Hard Fold truck bed covers come in a variety of sizes to accommodate most full-size pickup trucks. Comes completely preassembled and ready to use.
Another benefit we really liked was the hard fold bed cover also features easy access, dual-action handles, and a unique tensioning system that ensures a tight fit every time.
Installed in minutes and backed by a limited lifetime guarantee, these truck bed covers are easy-to-order, easy-to-install, and are made in the U.S.A. by people who really care.
In Lund’s own words…
“After years of research, we developed Lund’s Hard Fold which is the most popular truck bed cover on the market.”
Our opinion is the same…
What Cover is Best For Your Chevy Silverado?
The key to getting the right tonneau cover for your truck is finding the right fit. In other words, talk to a tonneau cover specialist and ask about the style, size, and coverage of the cover you want to buy.
Tonneau covers come in various styles, from tri-fold covers to roll-up covers, to one-piece tonneau covers. This means that if you have a Chevy Silverado, you have several different kinds of covers to choose from.
As a truck owner, you know how important it is to protect your truck from vandalism, weather damage, and theft. The problem is that finding the best tonneau cover is so overwhelming that it takes people weeks or months to find the best fit for their vehicle.
Other things to consider when finding the right truck bed cover for your Silverado include:
Which is Better: Roll-up or Tri-fold Tonneau Cover?
Well, this depends more on what your needs are. Roll-up tonneau covers come in both soft and hard styles.
A soft roll-up will be the best if you need to frequently haul large cargo like furniture or dirt bikes because it rolls up right out of the way. But. a soft tonneau cover is easy to break into.
So, If security is more important to you. Then go with the hard roll-up; the problem with it is when rolled up, it still covers 6-8 inches of the bed.
Tri-Folds are great and come in soft and hard versions. But they have the same problems as roll-ups only neither soft nor hard styles completely uncover the bed; there are always 6-8 inches still covering the bed. The main difference is a roll-up is easier to open and close.
What is the most secure tonneau cover?
Any hard tonneau cover will be decently secure, but the most secure tonneau cover really is the one-piece hinged cover. It’s one solid piece of fiberglass in most cases, but sometimes they’re made of plastic too.
Is a tonneau cover worth it?
Yes, tonneau covers are worth it. They increase the resale value and save fuel, especially if you drive on the highway a lot. Not to mention the slight chance of your cargo going missing is by far the most significant reason a tonneau cover is worth it.
Do tri-fold tonneau covers lock?
Tri-fold tonneau covers lock when the slam latches hold the tonneau cover down at the tailgate. All newer Silverado’s have locking tailgates, and when the tonneau cover is closed, and the tailgate is locked, and you have a hard cover, thieves will just walk on by to the soft tonneau cover.
How to install a tonneau cover?
Installing a tonneau cover isn’t very hard and can be done by one person in 30 minutes or better, depending on the type of cover.
A soft roll-up will be the fastest and easiest install, whereas a one-piece will take longer because of the hardware that needs to be attached first, and you will need a hand moving the cover itself.
As for tri-folds, roll-up tonneau covers and retractables can all be installed by one person in about 30 minutes. Really just unpack them follow the directions.
You’ll have to attach the side rails on both sides then attach the cover to the rails. Pretty simple stuff if you can work a wrench or screwdriver.
Are tonneau covers easy to remove?
Tonneau covers are easy to remove. A one-piece is the most difficult to remove, mainly because it’s the size you’ll need someone to help with. Retractable tonneau covers are a bit awkward to remove, but it’s not impossible. Tri-folds and roll-up come off the truck in a few minutes; just unclamp and remove. The soft roll-up is the easiest of them all because there is no hardware, just velcro.
What Tonneau Cover is Best For You?
The best tonneau cover for you is something only you will know; it depends on your taste, specific needs, and budget. For example:
- If you need security, a hard tonneau cover is a must.
- If you need 100% of the truck bed uncovered, then a soft roll-up is best, but as you know, they are not as secure.
- If you want one that’s easy to install, then stay away from one-piece and retractable and look into a roll up tonneau cover.
- If you want something sleek and low profile, then hard tonneau covers are what you will like most and the added benefit of security for your cargo.
- If budget is an issue and you just want something to cover your truck bed and keep your cargo out of the elements, then a soft roll-up is perfect. And if the budget doesn’t matter, it’s just up to your needs and taste.
If this is your first tonneau cover, just take a moment and think about whether you need security, protection from the weather, or style.
And, ask yourself if you will be hauling a lot of large cargo and might need to remove the cover frequently. You should have a good idea of why you need the tonneau cover before pulling out your card.
Best Tonneau Covers for Winter?
If you live in a cold climate you’ll want to be sure the truck bed cover you buy will withstand the environment meaning; can it hold a ton of snow? will it be easy to operate when covered in ice? Here is a more in-depth article about what to look for in a tonneau cover in cold climates.
We hope this review has given you more insight into finding the best tonneau cover to protect you truck bed.
The best tonneau covers aren’t going to be the cheap ones, as in all cases, you get what you pay for.
And for those that scrolled or skimmed to the bottom. We love the BAKFlip MX4, but the Tiger Auto T3 Tri-fold Cover was the best value.
The BAKFlip G2 is a strong contender too, read this review to find out more!