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Covering is a practical solution to increase the longevity of products. Whether for garden furniture, the barbecue, the Hollywood swing or the pool. A cover offers protection from scratches, stains, mould, damage and weather.

But with so many different types of covers, it's easy to lose track of them all. In this guide, you will find out what you should look out for when buying a cover. We have compared different models and worked out the most important aspects. In this way, you will find the ideal cover and know exactly what to look for when buying.


  • Covers are available for different purposes. It is important to consider the function of the cover.
  • The material of the cover determines the quality. Most covers are made of PVC. It is important to pay attention to the properties of the materials.
  • Covers offer protection against weather, UV radiation, scratches. How well a cover protects depends on the material used.

The Best Cover: Our Choices

Buying and evaluation criteria for covers

In order to find the ideal cover, we have worked out some buying criteria that you should consider when buying. These criteria are intended to facilitate a comparison between the individual models. This way you can make an informed and objective choice.

Intended use

What is the intended use of your cover? Covers come in different sizes, colours and shapes. Covers should always be purchased specifically for the appliance to ensure optimal protection. Especially appliances that are located outdoors and are not used often need protection from the weather.

When it comes to covers for garden furniture, the design of the cover plays an important role. In many households, garden furniture stands outdoors all year round because there is no place to store it. Manufacturers often offer matching covers for their products. In addition, the fit of the cover is always exact, which saves a long search and time.


The material of the cover should always correspond to the requirements of the appliance or the object to be covered. A barbecue cover is usually made of polyvinyl chloride or PVC for short. This high-quality plastic is used in many covers because it is waterproof and UV-resistant with a material thickness of 250 g / m².

For garden furniture, it is advisable to use a cover that is breathable. Mould can form on furniture and fabrics in damp weather. A breathable cover ensures that they stay dry and thus prevents mould growth. Many manufacturers offer tarpaulins in which polyester (PES) and polymers (PVC) are welded together. This gives the material increased stability and durability.


Covers offer protection against various influences. How well a cover protects depends on the material. PVC offers effective protection against water and weather. However, the material thickness of PVC is usually low, which is why PVC only provides poor protection against impacts, such as falling branches.


Cleaning a pool takes a lot of work. A pool cover not only protects against falling leaves, but also against algae. (Image source: rashid khreiss / Unsplash)

To provide protection against falling branches, padded covers are suitable. These are usually a little heavier, but offer better protection. For expensive purchases such as pools or whirlpools, covers are now standard. Pool covers not only protect against falling leaves. They also ensure that no small animals fall into the water.

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What are the advantages of covers?

Covers have many advantages. For garden furniture, covers prevent the annoying water stains on wood and plastic that can occur during the winter and autumn. In addition, they offer protection against mould, dust, weather and wind.

Pool covers can make it much easier to start up your pool in the spring, as less algae can form. In addition, a pool cover prevents the water from evaporating, which saves on treatment products. Caution Not every pool cover is suitable for every season. Winter covers can dry out and become porous in summer due to UV radiation.

Covers can protect your barbecue from the elements. This keeps your barbecue looking good from the outside. In addition to protecting it from dust and dirt, a cover makes cleaning the barbecue much easier, as you only have to clean the cover itself. In addition, a cover protects the grill's paint. This can fade if exposed to too much UV light.

What types of covers are there?

There are different types of covers. In the household, covers are used to protect appliances such as food processors, microwaves and cooker tops. In the food sector, cover bonnets extend the shelf life of food and dishes. The spread of pesky fruit flies can be prevented by a cover bonnet.

Cover bonnets come in different sizes. The standard size for barbecue covers is 150 x 70 x 120 centimetres. This size fits all common models. For a kettle grill, the common size of a cover is 75 x 75 centimetres.

For garden furniture, the size of the covers varies. It is important to check the size of the furniture to find the right fit. Covers for garden furniture are usually made of PVC. PVC can often contain a high proportion of harmful chemicals, which is why it is advisable to pay attention to EU environmental protection standards.

When choosing a cover, you should always look for high-quality materials and quality. This is the only way to guarantee a certain level of protection and a long service life.

What does a cover cost?

The price is usually determined by the type of cover and the quality. The prices can range from low to high. The following table should give you an overview.

Price range Available products
Low-priced (20 - 50 €) Simple tarpaulins and covers, simple material
Medium-priced (50 - 150 €) Covers for garden furniture and barbecues
High-priced (900 - 2000 €) Covers for pools, elaborate systems, electric roll protection

Are custom-made covers necessary?

Many people resort to custom-made covers. Whether a custom-made cover is necessary depends mostly on the type of cover. For simple household products, it is not recommended to use custom-made covers, unless there is no cover available for the product.

Pool covers sometimes need to be made to measure. Since a pool is often an expensive and one-time purchase, it can pay off to produce a cover according to special requirements.

If you use custom-made covers, you should always use exact dimensions. A great advantage of custom-made covers is the wide choice of materials, fabrics and colours.


Cover bonnets come in many shapes and sizes. They offer a versatile range of uses, whether as protection for the barbecue, the garden furniture or the pool. When buying a cover, you should always keep in mind what you intend to do with it and what functions the cover should have. Important points are the intended use, the material and the protection.

With the large selection of different covers, you can easily lose track of them all. Therefore, pay attention to the mentioned criteria before buying. This way, nothing will stand in the way of buying your perfect cover!

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