I agree, grill covers are not the most interesting topic in the world. However, they are important. Well in my eyes they are anyway. I was always taught to look after my things and my things will look after me.
I am a big believer in this when in comes to something as important as my grills. Even a cheap grill really isn’t that cheap, so I want to look after my investment (thats right I just called my grill an investment). How can a grill stay in good condition and continue to produce great food if its condition is deteriorating because of the outdoor elements?
It can’t can it?
Now, if you are lucky you will get a free grill cover with your grill – Perfect! However sometimes the freebies are not quite up to par and end up just being more of a thin piece of crap that doesn’t really do anything, or stay on the grill if it gets windy.
In this post we are going to look at the best grill covers for the most popular grill types on the market today. We are also going to look at what the best grill covers are made out of and what you need to look out for when buying yourself a grill cover – just incase your style of grill is not covered here.
What to Look For When Looking For The Best Grill Cover
One size does not fit all! Here is what you need to keep in mind when finding the best grill cover for your specific grill.
Size and fit
Size doesn’t always matter, but it does when it comes to the best grill cover for your specific grill!
No two grills are made exactly the same – so you really do need a grill cover that has been designed to fit your grill. This will ensure that your grill is well covered in all weather conditions and seasons.
There is no point buying a great grill cover if it is not going to fit your grill correctly and cover the entire thing.
You need to make sure that the grill is well covered, without any gaps or holes where wind can get in and cause a blowout, or moisture can get in and cause the grill to start rusting prematurely.
Fastenings and ties
There is no point having a grill cover if you can’t fasten it down well. There are a couple of reasons why having a secure grill cover:
- You run the risk of the wind getting under and blowing it off, possibly ripping the cover or in worst case knocking over the grill.
- Foreign objects like leaves, dust, dirt, moisture or snow can get in and start causing havoc on the wood and metal.
When looking at fastenings ideally you want to be looking for heavy duty buttons, ties, zips or ropes.
With anything warranty is important. Any brand that makes a decent product should stand behind it with a decent warranty period.
I like to use the general rule of think (when buying anything not just grill covers) if the company doesn’t have a decent warranty – they obviously don’t have much faith in their product!
Construction and construction material
What your grill cover is made out of is just as important as the size. There is no point in having a grill cover that is made out of thin, flimsy material. This will protect your grill from next to nothing.
Essentially you want a good sturdy grill cover for two main reasons
- To give your grill the best protection from the elements and other objects when in storage.
- So you don’t rip it when taking it on and off (particularly when you are putting it back on after your cookout when you might have had a couple of beers).
Ideally you want a cover that is made from canvas, vinyl or a thick polyester. Basically the thicker the better here.
Another thing to keep in mind is the seams and stitching. You want a cover that has touch stitching that will handle years of taking on and off, folding and getting thrown around the backyard. If it doesn’t have heavy duty stitching – its a no deal!
When I say protection I am talking about 3 main factors:
- Padding: For me its essential that my grill cover has padding. You need to think about where you are storing your grill when it is not in use. If you are like me and store it away in the garage under shelving and there is risk of things falling onto it – the best grill cover will have padding! This will stop any major damages if something like a full paint tin or power tool was to fall on it.
- UV protection: Again think about where you are going to be storing your grill. If you are storing it outside it is going to be a good idea to have some sort of UV protection. This will stop your paintwork from deteriorating over time and exposing the metal. If you have exposed metal that is when you can start to get rust and all sorts of issues.
- Waterproofing: If you are storing your grill outside the best grill cover for you is going to have to be waterproof. You don’t want your grill to be sitting outside all winter with moisture creeping in and causing havoc on your unit. If moisture gets in under the cover you are going to uncover your grill to rust.
Style and look
This is more of a personal preference thing. Personally I don’t care too much about the look of my grill cover. Its all about whats under the cover!
However, if you are all about having something that looks good, the best grill cover for you is going to be a grill cover that is ecstatically pleasing to you – and your guests.
Covers come in all different colours, materials, shapes, sizes and designs – choose one that matches you, your outdoor area and your grill if that is your thing!
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The 10 Best Grill Covers for the Most Popular Grills
Classic Accessories Veranda Grill Cover
This grill cover comes in all sizes from x-small to 3-xl so fits a very wide range of different grills. The medium size grill cover best fits the following Weber gas grill models:
- E-310 & E-320
- sp-31 &, sp-320
- Weber Genesis Silver B models
The Classic Accessories range of grill covers come with a three year limited warranty and have been crafted using heavy duty polyester with a laminated back to make the best of both worlds. You get a super tough exterior back up with a sun and waterproof backing. This helps
The cover also has an elastic hem with pull cords and toggles to ensure that your grill is completely safe from the elements.
It also includes a handy storage pocket, air vents and straps to ensure it is well securely tied down. Do note this unit is not designed to completely cover the unit – only down to the wheels.
This grill cover is an essential for anyone with a Weber (or similar style grill) that is serious about keeping their grill safe from the elements. For those who are looking for a more stylish grill cover this one is for you!
Grillman Premium BBQ Grill Cover
The Grillman Premium grill cover comes in a range of 5 different sizes, one of which will fit most Char-Broil Weber, and Brinkman grill units. The different sizes of this grill cover are:
- 30” L x 26” W x 43” H
- 58” L x 34” W x 48” H
- 60” L x 28” W x 44” H
- 64” L x 24” W x 48” H
- 72” L x 26” W x 51” H
Grillman Premium grill covers are made using heavy-duty PVC lined Oxford material. This material is UV resistant, tear resistant and waterproof to ensure your grill is protected in all conditions.
As mentioned above a decent warranty is important – this cover comes with a lifetime replacement warranty. You are covered from fading and the cover ripping.
The cover includes heavy duty straps in all the right places to ensure it is tightly secured to your grill unit so even if it is stored outside wind will not be an issue.
Homitt 600D Heavy Duty Grill Cover
Are you looking for a grill cover for a grill that is going to be stored outside most of the time? Look no further than the Homitt Heavy Duty cover. It has been designed using a super heavy duty 600D waterproof Oxford fabric with a waterproof PVC layer.
This ensures the cover is water, snow, UV and dust resistant. It also comes with heavy duty sewn handles to make taking it on and off easy as well as heavy duty sewn seams to ensure there will be no accidental rips or tears.
This cover has been designed for fit all 3 – 4 burner grill from brands such as Brinkman, Broil King, Char Broil, Nexgrill, Kenmore and Weber units. It comes in the following sizes:
- 58 inch
- 60 inch
- 64 inch
- 72 inch
It also comes with a stylish carry bag which makes it a perfect present for the griller in your life!
VicTsing Grill Cover
The VicTsing grill cover has been designed to fit a wider grill unit. The standard 58 inch cover perfectly fits most 4 burner grill units from Broil King, Char Broil and Weber.
It features extremely durable 600D polyester and is rip resistant, uv resistant and wind proof. It comes with straps at the bottom to ensure it can be securely fastened to your unit which stops any unwanted blowouts when your unit is stored outside.
A great feature of this grill cover is the high density stitching. This ensures the seams are almost unbreakable and waterproof – perfect for this who are storing their grill outside.
You receive a 12 month warranty against rips and tears which is great peace of mind. This cover comes in the following size ranges – for a specific breakdown of which cover is best for which grill models please follow the links to Amazon.
- 30 inch
- 58 inch
- 60 inch
- 64 inch
- 72 inch
Yukon Glory Premium Grill Cover
If you are a fellow member of the Weber Grill club this cover is perfect for you. It is designed to perfectly fit weber Genesis E and S series grills from 2007 – 2014.
It measures 57 x 22.8 x 48 inches – Please note: this cover does not fit Weber grill units 2015 onwards. These units have a slightly different size.
Overall this cover is very lightweight, however, in this case that is not a bad thing. It has been designed using heavy duty vinyl so you still get UV and rain protection.
It features heavy duty straps in all the right places to ensure a snug fit to the above Weber grills. Surprisingly this cover is also one of the cheapest on this list – so I encourage anyone with a Weber from 2007 – 2014 to get in on this deal!
That about covers it for grill covers.
I hope that you have managed to find the best grill cover to fit you specific grill unit.
Have you had a good or bad experience with a grill cover? I would love to hear about it below!