Most of us would probably say that we love our dog more than our couch. However, it would be very nice if you didn’t have to choose, would it not? Dogs that soil and tear up the couch can be a serious pain, but you can make the problem a lot less severe by using a relatively inexpensive couch cover. So, let’s get down to business and discuss the six best couch covers for dogs that we could find.
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6 Reviews of the Best Couch Covers for Dogs
Best Large Couch Cover
This product is clearly designed for the larger sofas on the market. Even the smallest size is meant for a couch that’s 62 inches (about 5.1 feet) wide. Still, we must say that it does its job well. It’s good for even the largest sofas, with the X-large size measuring 78 inches (6.5 feet) across.
The reversible nature of this cover means that both sides can be used, giving you a little more versatility in its use. Still, the best thing about this product is the “no questions asked” lifetime warranty. It’s always good to see a company stand behind its product, and this gives us more confidence in its durability. It’s also nice that the whole thing is so easy to stuff into a washing machine.
As for problems, we wouldn’t recommend this one for a smaller couch, but that much is obvious. It would also be very nice if this pad were a little bit thicker and perhaps a bit more waterproof. If a dog should happen to urinate on it, this thing probably won’t protect the couch below.
- Available in 3 sizes
- Suitable for even the largest couches
- Both sides can be used
- Lifetime warranty (“no questions asked”)
- Made for easy machine washing
- Not well-suited for smaller couches
- Padding isn’t all that thick or waterproof
The Most Comfortable Couch Cover
This one is definitely the prettiest specimen on our list, but let’s see if it offers anything else. We do like the ivory white color of this couch cover, as it can go well with any other color. We would be worried about staining, but the thick polyester cover does a good job of resisting that sort of thing.
If you live in a cold climate, this thing will be much more pleasant than leather or vinyl, as it will hold your body heat. This will make both you and your dog a little more comfortable. Still, that big thick mat is pretty hard to fit in the washing machine. This is also one of the more expensive items on our list, so you want to evaluate it a little more carefully.
This cover has been treated to resist odors, which is a great selling point when you consider that it’s intended to absorb animal filth. No one wants to sit down on your couch and smell the remnants of little fluffy’s last meal. We also like the fact that the arm covers are held securely in place. Far too many couch covers of this type will allow them to hang loose, exposing them to damage and creating an eyesore.
- Very thick and comfortable
- Ivory color goes well with anything
- Polyester surface is fairly waterproof
- Provides warmth for you and your dog
- Somewhat expensive
- hard to machine wash
Best Surround Bolster Couch Cover
This is definitely the smallest cover on our list, at 35 inches wide. Thus, it may not be the best choice for a large couch, but that is debateable. The idea is to provide a very appealing bed so that your dog will avoid the rest of the couch. This seems like a good idea, as dogs will usually go for the most comfortable spot they can find. Its small size is probably the main reason for its low price.
This one is covered in thick polyester and stuffed with shredded memory foam. As such, it seems to hold its shape well. The water-resistant bottom does a good job of keeping liquids from seeping through, and this is also a part of what makes the product so easy to clean. It isn’t machine washable but can easily be rinsed and wrung.
Other than the fact that it is too small, we only have one complaint. This bed is held in place by a flap that tucks into the couch cushion, and it isn’t all that secure. As such, a large dog might find themselves occasionally dumped on the floor. We would recommend that you use pieces of PVC pipe with slots cut into them for anchors. The edges of the tuck flap can easily be inserted into these slots and stuffed between the cushions.
- Cheapest cover on our list
- Should be appealing to any dog
- Stuffed with memory foam (holds shape well)
- Easy to clean
- Water-resistant bottom
- Doesn’t cover the whole couch
- Slips out of place too easily
Best Plush And Classy Couch Cover
This is the most expensive option on our list, but there are reasons for its higher cost. It consists of three layers, with the outer two being a soft, plush fabric. In spite of its softness, it is pretty tough and does a good job of resisting those doggy claws. The middle layer is a rubber-like material that keeps all moisture from penetrating. Thankfully, it is softer and more flexible than standard rubber.
You can get this one in seven different sizes, so there should be something for every couch here. Since it isn’t all that thick or heavy, you can easily wash it in the washing machine, and it even has a lifetime guarantee. That rich chocolate brown color complements wood furniture nicely, so it also gets some points in the attractiveness department. However, we do see two significant problems here.
For one thing, it is very hard to get large amounts of pet hair out of the surface. That plush material tends to hold the hair, so that’s a big problem for those with long-haired dogs. We also wish there was something to hold this cover in place (besides its weight). It just slips too easily.
- Both comfortable and waterproof
- Easy to wash in any washing machine
- Available in seven different sizes
- Lifetime guarantee
- Tends to hold pet fur
- Not fully secured
Best Waterproof Couch Cover
While some of these products are engineered for looks and comfort, this one is all business. Its business, of course, is keeping any and all moisture away from your couch, and it does its job effectively. The fabric is a lot more complicated than it seems, consisting of six different layers. Like the fourth product on our list, its center layer is a waterproof membrane.
We like the quilting on this product, as it is both comfortable and attractive. The padding adds some extra comfort to any couch, and the non-slip backing does a fairly good job of holding it in place. We think it could do with a strap or some velcro, but the non-slip layer seems to work.
This thing is light and compact, but we feel that could be a disadvantage in some ways. Dogs that are prone to chewing may find this irresistible, and that thin fabric probably won’t last too long once they begin. It would also be nice if this cover were available in more than two sizes.
- Very thoroughly waterproof
- Quilting is both comfortable and attractive
- Non-slip backing
- Isn’t bulky or heavy
- Might be a tempting target for chewers
- Only available in two sizes
Best L-Shaped Couch Cover
This is a particularly large cover that is meant for large L-shaped couches. It can serve as a sectional couch cover as well, depending on how your couch is arranged. The colorfast technology ensures that it will keep its dark grey color for years to come, and the whole thing seems pretty durable.
In spite of its large size, this thing only weighs about 4.5 pounds and can easily fit into most washing machines. It also has a set of detachable foam pieces that are used to anchor it in place. The edges of the cover are inserted into the foam pipes, and these are tucked in the space around the cushions. When used properly, this system works pretty well.
This one is advertised as being waterproof, but we would say it is just water-resistant. Liquids are still able to seep through, but they will definitely take longer than normal. That gives you time to remove the cover, but your time frame isn’t that large here.
As a minor complaint, the arm covers are too long and nearly drag the floor. Many dogs will be inclined to chew on those hanging flaps unless you take steps to secure them. Still, this cover does seem like an excellent solution for couches of this type.
- Guaranteed to hold its color
- Fits any L-shaped sofa
- Can be machine washed
- Sheds water pretty well
- Kind of expensive
- Arm-pieces are too long
- Water-resistant, not waterproof
Best Dog Couch Cover Buying Guide
When choosing the best couch covers for dogs, it is vital that you choose carefully. It can be tempting to think that any product will do (since they all perform the same basic function). However, you should evaluate any product of this type by looking at the following criteria.
Because the primary purpose of this cover is to protect your couch from animal filth, its ability to resist moisture is the primary concern. You may have noticed that we gave product number five very high marks despite a few flaws. This is because it had the best waterproofing.
It is important to understand the difference between “waterproof” and “water-resistant.” The former will keep out all liquids, while the latter only hinders their progress. You should always look for something that will keep all the wetness off your couch.
Some of these covers can be a little bit expensive. As such, you want to make sure that they will last a while. To that end, you should consider the overall durability of the product, as well as your dog’s habits. Those that are known for heavy chewing should not be given a thin and fragile cover to destroy.
Here, we run into a problem: None of these products are strong enough to resist a serious chewer. This problem must be solved through training, but you need something that can at least survive a single incident. That will give you an opportunity to discipline the dog and (hopefully) correct the behavior.
Comfort And Dog Appeal
Let’s not forget that the primary purpose of a couch is comfort. This is, after all, why your dog can’t stay away from that couch. You want to make sure that you and your dog can lounge in comfort and that you won’t have to sacrifice this comfort for the protection of a good cover.
Obviously, a couch cover for dogs will need washing from time to time. It is best to stick with those that are machine-washable, and that should be a firm requirement. Nobody wants to take the time to wash one of these by hand, especially if they are soaked in urine or something equally disgusting.
Smaller covers, like the third product we examined, might be considered an exception to this rule. Washing them by hand is a lot easier and can be done much more quickly.
This one is a no-brainer. Before you even think about buying a couch cover for your dog, you need to measure your couch and make sure to find a product that fits. You can probably get away with using something that is 1-2 inches too big or small. However, pushing the limits any more than that would be unwise.
As for our verdict, we would have to give the top spot to Flamino P Waterproof Couch Protector, mostly because of its superior waterproofing. Product number four was also great, but it lost a few points for its higher cost and lack of anchoring. Product number one was also a runner-up, as it offered a great blend of many beneficial qualities. However, it also lacked the level of moisture resistance that we wanted.
Overall, this is a simple product with a simple goal. You won’t find a bunch of high-tech special features here, and you probably aren’t looking for that anyway. Still, there is always a big difference between high-quality items and low-quality ones. We sincerely hope that this article will help you to tell the difference more effectively.