The Best Patio Covers in Every Shape and Size

Prolong the life of your patio furniture and protect your grill with these top-rated weather-resistant covers.

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September 28, 2021

If not protected, patio furniture doesn’t always last long. Colors fade, wood rots and metal rusts. For as much of an investment as patio furniture is especially matching sets it’s frustrating to spend a lot on something that doesn’t last, but it actually can if correctly covered. Patio covers are essential to extending the life of outdoor furniture, cushions, grills, fire pits and even swings and hammocks. For a perfect fit, some brands such as Pottery Barn make matching custom covers for patio furniture, but if you already have pieces that need protection against the elements, we’ve rounded up the best covers for every kind of patio piece, from grills to chaise lounges to sectionals. Take a look at these top-rated picks below and start protecting your patio furniture.

Choosing the Best Patio Cover

Outdoor furniture and grills have a hard life. They’re exposed to rain, snow and constant sunlight, all of which can zap the appearance, or worse, lead to rot and rust. When shopping for a patio cover, consider the elements and the winter conditions in your area. Different materials help safeguard furniture against different things and it’s important to know which phrases to look for when shopping:

  • UV protection means that material is coated to block a certain amount of UV rays from the sun. If your patio is in direct sunlight for most of the day, this is a great option to prevent excessive color fading.
  • Water-resistant means that material won’t let rainwater pool. It’s good rain protection, however, it doesn't mean 100-percent waterproof.
  • Waterproof means that the cover has a true barrier against any water or moisture. This is essential for areas with a lot of snow.
  • Heavy duty means that material is thick and tough. It's great for areas with a lot of snow as heavy-duty patio covers can hold more weight.

Best Grill Cover

These days most name-brand grills come with their own cover, but if your grill doesn't have a custom cover, the next best thing is a Grillman. These covers have quite the fan following and have earned more than 20,000 five-star reviews from Amazon shoppers for their durability. Grillman covers are made with heavy-duty PVC-lined Oxford material that is waterproof, UV-resistant and tear-resistant. There are tons of sizes to choose from to get a nearly custom fit for charcoal, propane and gas grills.

Best Fire Pit Cover

The best way to protect a fire pit would be to bring it inside a garage or basement during the winter, but if you have to leave it outside, a cover from Classic Accessories is a good buy. These covers are designed for a secure fit with elastic loops and a cinched hem, and they come in several different sizes such as this small round cover or this large square cover.

Best Patio Chair Cover

Classic Accessories also makes furniture covers and The Home Depot shoppers swear by this cover for outdoor dining chairs and lounge chairs. The cover's Gardelle Fabric System features a fabric with a water repellent and resistant laminated backing that claims to be mildew resistant.

Best Loveseat/Bench Cover

For wide chairs or loveseats, this Novashion cover checks all the boxes. It's waterproof, UV-blocking, has a cinched tie for secure coverage and is budget-friendly at just under $25. It also folds up into a compact storage pouch when not in use.

Best Chaise Cover

Did you know AmazonBasics has a line of patio covers? Yes, really. And it's a sweet spot of five-star quality versus budget, especially for a chaise-specific cover. Made of polyester fabric, these chaise lounge patio chair covers are waterproof and breathable. Plus, they come in tan and black.

Best Sectional Cover

Some people will buy a basic square-shaped patio cover and push all their furniture into a big huddle to cover before winter, but a more secure, custom fit will ensure excess moisture doesn't get trapped underneath, which can be a breeding ground for mildew. You can even find snug covers for patio sectionals and corner-shaped sofas such as the Classic Accessories Storigami.

Best Cushion Cover

More and more outdoor furniture brands are treating or coating furniture with UV-blocking properties to help slow wood or plastic fading in the sun, but cushion covers, even if water-resistant, typically don't come with the same feature. To ensure your outdoor cushions and throw pillows remain vibrant and mildew-free, pack them up in a water-resistant storage bag like the Classic Accessories Ravenna. It comes in two sizes depending on how many cushions and pillows you need to store and features heavy-duty handles for easy transport.

Best Patio Table Cover

For outdoor dining tables or coffee tables, Amazon shoppers say this ULTCOVER is the real deal. It comes in several different dimensions for square and rectangle tables and the square designs can even cinch down and cover round tables.

Best Swing/Hammock Cover

Keep your patio swing or glider seat rust-free with this Modern Leisure cover. At just about $16, it's cheap but effective. More than 2,000 Walmart shoppers gave it five stars for its heavy material and elastic hem.

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