Welcome to our big barbecue cover test 2022. Here we present all the grill covers that we have tested in detail. We have compiled detailed background information and added a summary of customer reviews on the web.
We would like to make your purchase decision easier and help you find the best grill cover for you.
You will also find answers to frequently asked questions in our guide. If available, we also offer interesting test videos. Furthermore, you will also find some important information on this page that you should definitely pay attention to if you want to buy a barbecue cover.
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- 2 Summary
- 3 The Best Grill Cover: Our Picks
- 4 Guide: Questions you should ask yourself before buying a grill cover
- 5 Decision: What types of barbecue covers are there and which is the right one for you?
- 5.1 What are the features of a homemade barbecue cover and what are the advantages and disadvantages?
- 5.2 What are the advantages and disadvantages of buying a barbecue cover?
- 5.3 What distinguishes a barbecue cover made of standard material and what are the advantages and disadvantages?
- 5.4 What distinguishes a barbecue cover made of premium material and what are the advantages and disadvantages?
- 5.5 What distinguishes a grill cover with fixing options and what are the advantages and disadvantages?
- 5.6 What distinguishes a barbecue cover without fixing options and what are the advantages and disadvantages?
- 6 Buying criteria: You can use these factors to compare and evaluate barbecue covers
- A grill cover ensures that your grill is protected from the weather and dirt.
- You can divide grill covers into those made of standard material and those made of premium material.
- Both types of grill covers have specific advantages and disadvantages.
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Guide: Questions you should ask yourself before buying a grill cover
What are grill covers for?
The cover prevents dirt and dust from falling directly onto the barbecue. In addition, depending on the material, it protects the barbecue from moisture.
Furthermore, the cover makes cleaning the barbecue much easier. In this case, you don't have to clean every crevice of the barbecue, but "only" the cover itself.
Depending on the type of cover, the UV stabilisers protect the colour of the barbecue from fading and thus keep your barbecue shining longer.
Does it make sense to buy a grill cover?
As already mentioned in the question "What are barbecue covers for?", the cover protects against a variety of influences and also makes it easier for you to clean the barbecue before use.
However, a grill cover is not only useful outdoors, but also in a damp cellar or pavilion. Your barbecue has less chance of rusting because the moisture has no chance.
In the cellar or garden shed, dust and other sources of dirt are waiting for your barbecue in addition to moisture.
Investing in a cover and thus protecting your barbecue from all possible influences - indoors and outdoors - is much cheaper than having to buy a new barbecue or investing a lot of time in cleaning the barbecue.
Is a custom-made barbecue cover necessary?
However, there are also plenty of universal covers that, bought in the right size, work just as well as custom-made covers.
However, if you decide to make a barbecue cover yourself, it should of course be made to fit your barbecue as closely as possible.
If this is not the case, the grill cover can still get dirty and all your work will be ruined by the weather.
What are the alternatives to a grill cover?
Another option would be not to use a cover at all, but this is not good for the life of your barbecue. The wear and tear and dirt on the grill can only be partially minimised by thorough cleaning.
Alternatively, you can store your barbecue in a pavilion or another sheltered place. Make sure that the room is protected from the weather so that the barbecue does not rust.
Last but not least, there is the option of making your own barbecue cover and jumping on the "do-it-yourself" trend.
If you are a sewing genius, you can make a custom-made barbecue cover from a suitable material in no time at all. For the minimalists, a plastic tarp that you throw over the barbecue and fasten with a ribbon will probably suffice.
Decision: What types of barbecue covers are there and which is the right one for you?
On the one hand, you can distinguish grill covers by whether they are bought or homemade, on the other hand, you can also classify them according to the material and the fixing option:
The different options each have advantages and disadvantages and differ in handling and cleaning. The following section will help you make your decision.
What are the features of a homemade barbecue cover and what are the advantages and disadvantages?
If you are good at handicrafts, you can sew a cover for your barbecue yourself. The main feature of a DIY barbecue cover is that it is adapted directly to the dimensions of the barbecue and therefore fits perfectly over your own barbecue.
We recommend using oilcloth, as this also has a water-repellent effect. Of course, you can decide on the colour and the exact cut yourself.
Unfortunately, the fabric is not completely weatherproof and the barbecue is therefore at least partially exposed to the elements. Sewing also requires a certain amount of skill and is time-consuming.
What are the advantages and disadvantages of buying a barbecue cover?
Buying a cover saves you valuable time. However, you are well advised to read test reports and reviews of the respective covers.
There are now well over 100 different barbecue cover bonnets from a wide variety of suppliers, so we can't list them all for you.
Compared to the homemade cover, however, you definitely need neither manual skills nor much time. However, you have to be able to live with the predefined design of the cover of the purchased version.
What distinguishes a barbecue cover made of standard material and what are the advantages and disadvantages?
The standard material is characterised by its low price and the use of water-repellent materials. The fabric protects against rain, snow and more.
However, it is not advisable to leave the barbecue outdoors with this cover all year round, but only to store it like this during the main season, as it is not as robust.
What distinguishes a barbecue cover made of premium material and what are the advantages and disadvantages?
The difference between standard and premium material is that the premium cover is additionally breathable and UV-resistant. UV-resistant means that the material does not fade even in the sun and the colour is retained for a long time.
The material is therefore also more robust or less brittle and provides better protection from the weather. With this cover, the barbecue can also be left outside all year round without any problems and without the sun harming the barbecue.
Here you need to be aware that the premium version is available in fewer sizes than the grill cover with standard material. Of course, the Premium line also has universal covers, but these do not hold up equally well on all grills. The price is also higher because of the better quality of the material.
What distinguishes a grill cover with fixing options and what are the advantages and disadvantages?
There is not only a distinction according to the material, but also according to the way the cover is attached to your barbecue.
Click fasteners, pull cords or Velcro fasteners should also make the cover secure against wind. Because nothing is more annoying than finally having found a cover and having it balloon away with the first gust of wind.
In addition, fixing options also provide better protection against dirt or pollen, as the cover can be fixed more tightly around the barbecue.
Exactly how much protection is provided depends very much on the design. Even if fixing the cover seems a bit complicated the first few times, after a few barbecues at the latest you will be a pro at tying up your barbecue.
What distinguishes a barbecue cover without fixing options and what are the advantages and disadvantages?
If you are a fan of a simple design without a lot of "bells and whistles" and prefer to keep your barbecue in a windless place, then a barbecue cover without fixing options is absolutely sufficient.
The basic function of a barbecue cover - protection from dirt and moisture - is given even without a fixing option. The simple, rather loose cover therefore fulfils its purpose perfectly and is uncomplicated to use. These covers usually cost less than those with a fixing option.
Buying criteria: You can use these factors to compare and evaluate barbecue covers
To help you find your way through all the different grill covers, we will now show you which aspects you can use to decide on the right grill cover.
These aspects include the following criteria:
- Fixing options
- Ease of cleaning
In the next paragraphs you will find a more detailed description of these features.
The right size is absolutely the most important factor when buying a barbecue cover - if it is too small, it will not fit over the barbecue - if it is too big, there is a high risk of it being swept away by the wind or dirt getting onto the barbecue.
Before buying, you should measure your barbecue exactly and buy the cover that comes closest to the dimensions of your barbecue.
In many cases, there are even specially made covers for the barbecue models. These covers are often made by the manufacturer of the barbecue and guarantee that the cover fits securely over your barbecue.
You should always check the product description for the exact dimensions so that the cover really fits over your barbecue. Sometimes the grill cover is also listed directly with the dimensions as a size.
As with the size, the cover must fit as tightly as possible to the barbecue. If your barbecue is a kettle barbecue, for example, you should also buy a round cover for optimal support and protection, if possible.
Especially for high-priced barbecues, you don't have to worry about the right shape, as the manufacturer also offers matching covers. It is better to look twice for the right fit if you choose a universal cover.
If you are making your own barbecue cover, find suitable patterns for the cover in advance. Otherwise you may be in for a nasty surprise when your smoker doesn't fit into the cover of the kettle grill.
Our research has shown that most barbecue covers are made of polyester. The tightly woven polyester fabric with a PVC layer is often hidden behind the name Oxford fabric 600D.
This fabric is also known for its water-repellent properties. The cover can vary in thickness depending on the material and manufacture.
Some covers are thinner and therefore lighter, others are stronger but more robust. Of course, you should also pay a little attention to the weight, because you should be able to carry the barbecue cover without any problems.
You can rarely go wrong with the material. It's best to find a material that meets your needs - water-repellent, offers UV protection, texture of the material. Often the higher the price, the better the quality or finish of the material.
As already described above, there are different types of canopies, which can also be differentiated according to their fixing options. For advantages and disadvantages, please read the question on fixing options above.
Of course, the fixation option helps the cover to provide optimal protection.
If you prefer it colourful, it will be quite difficult for you now. Because most of the barbecue covers are kept in a simple black or bland grey.
We didn't come across any really colourful covers during our research. We found a few in an explicit search for colourful covers, but that was definitely the exception. Maybe this is still a lucrative market niche for you?
So if you want a brightly coloured grill cover for your barbecue, you're probably better off with a DIY project made from oilcloth.
Then there are hardly any limits to your imagination when it comes to design. Of course, you can also decorate existing covers afterwards, but you have to be careful not to damage the cover.
Ease of cleaning
Depending on where you store your barbecue and cover, not only your barbecue but also your cover will be exposed to stress. However, in order for it to have a long life ahead of it, it must be cared for accordingly and, above all, regularly.
Every cover is different when it comes to cleaning: there are models that you can even clean in the washing machine, others you may only spray with water.
Still other covers can only be washed with a damp cloth. In this case - just as with your washing - it is important to read the product description and follow the cleaning instructions. Only then will your barbecue cover last a long time and save you money and nerves.