Last updated: August 7, 2021

Welcome to our big barbecue cover test 2021. 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.




Summary

  • 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?

Barbecue covers are on the market to protect your barbecue from all weather conditions. No matter what material the cover is made of, its purpose is to keep your barbecue looking good inside and out.

The cover prevents dirt and dust from falling directly onto the barbecue. In addition, depending on the material, it protects the barbecue from moisture.

A cover should protect every barbecue from the effects of the weather, dirt, dust and possibly UV rays. (Image source: unsplash.com / Vincent Keiman)

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?

In short: Yes. In fact, it makes a lot of sense to buy a grill cover or at least to make one. It is especially important if the barbecue is uncovered in the garden or on the terrace.

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?

For an ideal end result, a cover that is customised to your barbecue model is of course preferable to a cover that does not fit perfectly.

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 does a grill cover cost?

The price of barbecue covers varies greatly. It depends on many factors such as the quality, the brand, the material, the size and the desired features. Of course, no all-inclusive price can be quoted here, so the following prices should be seen as guidelines.

Type of cover price
Standard approx. 15 - 50 euros
Premium approx. 20 - 200 euros

In the lower price segment of standard and premium covers, you will mainly find "no-name" products. The higher the price, the more likely it is that well-known brand names will be found. Premium covers in particular can vary greatly in price. However, this depends on the features of the grill cover.

What are the alternatives to a grill cover?

There are hardly any alternatives for grill covers. In the best case, your barbecue will already have its own cover when you buy it and you will save yourself the purchase of a barbecue 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:

Production Material Fixation option
Homemade Standard Given
Purchased Premium Not given

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.

Advantages
  • Adapted to the dimensions
  • self-determination of the design
  • self-determination of the structure
Disadvantages
  • Elaborate
  • Less weather-resistant
  • Requires manual skills

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.

Advantages
  • Available in different sizes
  • Options from different suppliers
  • Requires no manual skills
Disadvantages
  • Predefined structure
  • Longer research work

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.

Advantages
  • Waterproof
  • Option from different suppliers
  • Lighter
  • Rather cheap protection
Disadvantages
  • Less weather-resistant
  • Does not protect against UV radiation
  • Poorer quality than the premium material

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.

Advantages
  • Breathable
  • UV-resistant
  • More robust material
Disadvantages
  • Rather expensive
  • Not available for every model
  • Heavier

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.

Advantages
  • Better hold on the barbecue
  • protection from wind, dirt and weather
  • protects the cover from flying away
Disadvantages
  • More complicated to fix
  • usefulness depends on design

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.

Advantages
  • Uncomplicated covering
  • Protects from dirt
  • Protects from weather
Disadvantages
  • Danger in wind
  • Looser attachment to the barbecue
  • Only suitable for areas with little wind

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:

  • Size
  • Shape
  • Material
  • Fixing options
  • Colour
  • Ease of cleaning

In the next paragraphs you will find a more detailed description of these features.

Size

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.

The size is usually given as S, M, L, XL and XXL. However, always pay attention to the exact specifications of the manufacturer, because not all manufacturers use the same measurements. (Image source: 123rf.com / 113271614)

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.

Shape

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.

Every barbecue and every barbecue cover has its own shape: From smokers to kettle grills, there's everything. (Image source: unsplash.com / Nik MacMillan)

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.

Material

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.

Fixation options

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.

If your barbecue is exposed to the weather, it is important to have a cover that has fixing options. (Image source: Karolina Grabowska on pixabay.com)

Of course, the fixation option helps the cover to provide optimal protection.

Colour

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?

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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.

Facts worth knowing about barbecue covers

How do I wash a grill cover?

Here you should pay attention to the product description or the washing symbols on the side of the cover. They show you whether you can wash it in the washing machine or not - this is rather rare.

As a rule of thumb, wiping the cover with a damp cloth works in 99.9% of all cases.

Another option is to simply hose down the cover with a garden hose. This is often recommended by the manufacturer of the cover. Important: The pressure should not be too high, as this could damage the fabric of the cover.

How do I attach a barbecue cover?

It is best to attach a barbecue cover as described in the instructions for use. For some, it is enough to just put the cover over the grill. With others, you have to pay closer attention to which click fastener is connected to which.

The most important thing when fastening the cover is that you never place it on a warm barbecue. (Image source: pixabay.com / HaiRobe)

The grill must be completely cool before you can cover it. Otherwise, you run the risk of melting your cover, or worse, burning it.

If your cover flies off, it is probably because the cover is too big for the grill. If there are fixation options in the form of click fasteners, pull cords and Velcro fasteners, you should tighten them quickly. Otherwise, you can also use a weight or additional straps to secure the cover to your barbecue.

How do I waterproof a barbecue cover?

With the types of barbecue covers described above, waterproofing is not necessary, as even the covers made of standard material are water-repellent. If you make your homemade cover from oilcloth, it is also naturally impregnated and therefore water-repellent.

However, if the water protection is not sufficient by itself, you can use a waterproofing spray. You can see exactly how to use it on the packaging.

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Make sure that it is only applied to the cover and that it dries completely before you put it near the barbecue. A waterproofing spray is available in various stores, such as sporting goods shops, shoe shops and even drugstores (in the form of an oil).

Where do I store the barbecue and its cover?

In general, it is always better to store the barbecue together with the cover in a dry room. This protects it from moisture and the weather.

A barbecue with a cover made of standard material or oilcloth should be protected from the weather and stored in a dry place.

These materials are not sufficiently suitable for heavy weather, so they need additional protection.

If you want to leave the barbecue outside all year round, you should have invested in a cover made of premium material. This allows you to store the barbecue without additional storage space and guarantees a longer barbecue life.

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