2015 Chevy Colorado with Extang tonneau cover feature image

This just in: Tonneau covers are awesome. (Image/Truck Trend)

Tonneau covers—for us—are clearly the top truck accessory ever. You have many choices when it comes to choosing tonneau covers, as there are several different designs. All have their particular postive characteristics.

If you’re adding a tonneau cover to your truck, style-wise, there are no wrong choices. Only several degrees of right. You decide.

Types of Tonneau Covers

Soft Roll-Up Tonneau Covers

Truxedo soft roll up tonneau cover

Soft roll-up tonneau covers are the most common style used on trucks today because they are typically the least expensive option and also allow for easy access to all parts of your truck bed. Soft roll-up covers come with bed rails which keep the cover secured with snaps, Velcro straps, or another type of fastener.

Popular Options:

TruXport Tonneau Covers by TruXedo

LUND Genesis Roll Up Soft Tonneau Covers

Folding Tonneau Covers

TonnoPro folding tonneau cover

In the folding tonneau covers category, you’ll find both hard and soft versions. The number of folding sections vary based on the length of your truck bed, but usually number three or four, and allow you to quickly and easily access your truck bed. You’ll spend a little more on a folding tonneau compared to a soft roll-up, but post-installation, there’s often much less work involved.

Popular Options:

Tonno Pro TonnoFold TriFold Tonneau Covers

American Tonneau Tri-Fold Tonneau Covers

LUND Genesis Tri-Fold Tonneau Covers

Hard Tonneau Covers

UnderCover hard tonneau cover

Hard tonneau covers are large, one-piece shells built from durable polymers, providing the ultimate in cargo and truck bed protection. Hard tonneaus are available in multiple colors to match your truck. They pop up from the rear, technically a hinged tonneau, but with automotive-grade impact resistance.

Popular Options:

UnderCover SE Tonneau Covers

Hinged Tonneau Covers

extang hinged fulltilt tonneau cover

Hinged tonneau covers function like hard tonneaus, providing easy lift access to your truck bed. They are typically less expensive and much lighter than their hard-cover counterparts.

Hard Roll-Up Tonneau Covers

BAK hard roll up tonneau cover

Hard roll-up tonneau covers provide the protective strength, durability, and security of hard covers, but also the flexibility truck owners appreciate from soft roll-up covers. It’s the best of both worlds—lots of flexibility and lots of toughness.

Popular Options:

BAK Revolver X4 Tonneau Covers

BAK Revolver X2 Tonneau Covers

Retractable Tonneau Covers

Pace Edwards retractable tonneau cover

Retractable tonneau covers are available in both manual and electric-powered versions. Retractable tonneaus tend to be the most expensive style of tonneau cover available, but many truck owners love the look and ease-of-access a retractable cover provides—all the accessibility of a roll-up, but without any work. When budget isn’t much of a factor, a retractable tonneau cover is hard to beat.

Popular Options:

Pace Edwards JackRabbit Retractable Tonneau Covers

Retrax One MX Tonneau Covers

Pace Edwards BedLocker Electric Retractable Tonneau Covers

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Author: Matt Griswold

After a 10-year newspaper journalism career, Matt Griswold spent another decade writing about the automotive aftermarket and motorsports. He was part of the original OnAllCylinders editorial team when it launched in 2012.