5 Factors to Consider in Buying the Best Tonneau Cover for Utes

5 Factors to Consider in Buying the Best Tonneau Cover for Utes

James ScerriSep 21, '21

Considering the number of choices available on the market today, buying a new ute tonneau cover for your truck can be exciting if a little overwhelming. You’re spoilt for choice when it comes to style, cover material and ute canopies on offer. But it doesn’t have to be stressful or overwhelming to find the tonneau that will keep your load secure. 

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We can help you find the soft tonneau or solid lid or roll-top at Ute Covers Direct that’s perfect for your vehicle’s make and model and with all the protection and security features you desire whether you live in the country or metropolitan areas. Our tonneaus come with a complete fitting kit for your covers and we offer other accessories. 

The best tonneaus for utes

The following factors to think about when buying the best tonneau cover for utes should help you to decide. With only a few things to consider, you can confidently buy the right style of tonneau cover. You can choose a lid to keep your load secured, accessories such as roof vents, sports bars, head boards, roof racks or ladder racks for your ute brand, or one to suit your existing hardware. You can also replace a previous tonneau with a new one of your choice.

Is the tonneau compatible?

Most canopies and tonneau covers are generally vehicle-specific, which means you can’t really buy them off the rack since only a certain style will fit a certain vehicle so you need to know if the tonneau is compatible. We manufacture tonneaus to fit almost all makes and models from roll tops and solid lids to keep your goods and tools secure. 

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All you have to do is check out the website for your vehicle make and model, and see what we can do for you, whether that’s for a solid top or soft vinyl tonneau cover. Or give us a call to talk about what you need. We might need your ute’s colour code from the inside of the driver’s side door for a hard top or fiberglass model. 

1. What kind of work do you do with your ute?

Regular use:

There are different kinds of ute lids for different vehicle models and styles of trucks. There are also different owners who install them for different purposes, be that for great security or load capacity. So when choosing your hard tonneau, clip-on or soft lid, consider what kind of work you do with your ute. If your main reason for installing a new tonneau lid is to carry regular items and protect them in the ute bed, then you might like to look at one of the colour coded hard covers. Installing central locking for the tailgate would also be a wise choice for lids. 


Tradies generally need quick access to the contents of their truck beds, so the way to go here would be one of the soft tonneaus, a Roll R, clip-on, rope or bungi styles. The soft tonneau covers protect items in your ute from the vagaries of the climate and weather experienced in Australia and deter potential thieves by keeping cargo and tools hidden. You can also easily roll them up for full access to the rear of your vehicle.

2. Looking for a stunning style for your open truck bed?

Some ute owners want a standard or basic cover, but if you’re looking for stunning covers for your truck bed with a sleek and smooth tonneau appearance, then choose a solid lid that also protects items from the elements. Some choose a soft tonneau cover because every ute cover we manufacture looks fabulous. You can choose from a range of high-quality vinyl tonneau covers for your vehicle which means you get the sexy appearance without spending a large amount of cash.

3. Ease of maintenance and cleaning

Whether you’re considering soft tonneau covers or other kinds of tonneaus for your truck bed, you should consider its ease of maintenance and cleaning. Washing tonneau covers regularly is part of their maintenance and we have the products you need to clean and maintain your cover to prevent corrosion, especially if you use our ute in muddy or dusty environments. Using the right product makes cleaning our tonneaus easy, and you can also just use a microfibre cloth with a mild detergent. 

As for durability, we use a RipStop material, which is a special reinforcing technique that makes our soft covers rip and tear resistant. Call us anytime if you're unsure about how to maintain your new hard or soft cover.

4. Ease of installation of a soft tonneau cover or hard top

We make tonneaus for many models, but depending on your vehicle, some ute bed covers are a bit more challenging to install than others. But our tonneaus come with an installation kit and clear fitting instructions so if you’re handy, they can be installed by just one person. However, if you don’t have time or feel you prefer us to install your cover, we’re more than happy to do it at a cost. 

We are an Australian, family-owned company that designs and manufactures (in our Victorian factory) handcrafted, high-quality aftermarket alternatives to the tonneau covers sold by car dealerships, and at much better prices. Contact us today for all your open truck bed cover needs.