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5 Different Types of Tonneau Covers: Which One Is Right for You? - Mountain Top Australia

5 Different Types of Tonneau Covers: Which One Is Right for You?

What are Tonneau Covers?

Tonneau covers are protective coverings for ute beds. They offer a variety of benefits, including:

  • Security: Tonneau covers shield your cargo from theft and prying eyes.

  • Weather Protection: They guard your belongings from rain, snow, sun damage, and dust.

  • Improved Aerodynamics: A smooth tonneau cover can enhance fuel efficiency by reducing wind drag.

  • Enhanced Appearance: Tonneau covers give your ute a clean and finished look.

Importance of Choosing the Right Type

With a wide range of tonneau covers available, selecting the perfect tonneau cover depends on your individual needs and preferences. In order to choose the right tonneau cover, you should consider factors like:

  • Frequency of Use: If you frequently access your ute bed, a cover with easy access might be crucial.

  • What other ute accessories you may want or require.

  • Security Needs: For valuable cargo, a more secure hard cover might be preferable.

  • Climate: If you live in an area with harsh weather conditions, a durable and weather-resistant cover is essential.

  • Budget: Tonneau covers come in a range of prices depending on material, features, and complexity.

Mountain Top Tonneau Covers

Manual Roll Cover - Chevrolet Silverado 1500 2019+ - Mountain Top Australia

At Mountain Top, we offer both an electric and manual roll cover to suit your unique needs, including:

Mountain Top's EVOm isn't just a cover, it's a statement. It embraces excellence in design with its infinity design, offering a sleek, seamless look. Effortless operation lies at its core. Simply push to open and pull to secure, redefining both the aesthetics and accessibility of your ute in one smooth motion.

Discover the EVOm difference:

  • Effortless operation, unmatched security. Forget fumbling with keys or complicated latches. The EVOm manual roll cover operates with a smooth, manual push, granting you instant access to your gear while keeping it securely stowed away.

  • Built to endure, crafted from high-strength aluminium and finished with a premium OE-grade powder coat, the EVOm is as tough as it is stylish. It can handle anything you throw at it, from scorching sun to pounding rain.

  • Tailored for adventure, the EVOm boasts a built-in accessory channel, seamlessly integrating with roof rack systems, sports bars, and cargo carriers. Explore further, expand your possibilities.

  • Unmatched efficiency, forget bulky canisters that steal valuable bed space. The EVOm's minimised canister design maximises your ute's storage capacity without sacrificing its sleek profile.

  • The EVOm's unique hinge design and 100% knife-proof aluminium slats create an impenetrable barrier between your gear and the outside world. Rest assured, your valuables are safe and sound.

  • The EVOm eliminates the need for bulky external handles or keylocks, achieving a clean, streamlined aesthetic that complements your ute's overall design. It's the perfect marriage of style and functionality.

Mountain Top redefines what's possible with the EVOe Electric Roll Cover. Embrace the future of convenience with this cutting-edge marvel of engineering. Experience effortless operation at your fingertips – the EVOe utilises a powerful yet quiet electric motor for seamless opening and closing via a key fob.

The EVOe isn't just functional, it elevates your ute's style. Clean lines and a sophisticated design integrate flawlessly, redefining your ute experience in one smooth motion.

Elevate your utes potential with the EVOe and experience:

  • Effortless access at your fingertips: Imagine seamlessly opening or closing your ute bed with a simple tap. The EVOe electric retractable tonneau cover redefines convenience with its one-touch button operation. No more struggling with latches or manual controls – just effortless access to your gear at the press of a button.

  • Built to Last, strength and style collide in the EVOe. Crafted from robust aluminium and shielded with a premium OE-grade powder coat finish, the EVOe is built to withstand the elements while looking undeniably sharp.

  • The EVOe boasts a built-in accessory channel, seamlessly integrating with racking systems, sports bars, and cargo carriers. Expand your potential, conquer new terrains, and haul your gear in style.

  • Say goodbye to bulky canisters that eat away at valuable bed space. The EVOe's minimised canister design maximises your ute's storage capacity without sacrificing its sleek profile.

  • The EVOe prioritises security. With a unique hinge design and 100% knife-proof aluminium slats, your valuables are always shielded from the outside world. The absence of external handles and keylocks eliminates potential access points for prying eyes.

  • Experience a touch of luxury with the automatic LED light that gradually brightens upon opening and fades when closed, providing both convenience and a sophisticated touch.

Soft Tonneau Cover

Soft tonneau covers are constructed from vinyl, canvas, or fabric materials. They are known for:

  • Lightweight Construction: Easy to handle and remove.

  • Ease of Installation: Generally require minimal tools and technical knowledge.

  • Affordability: Typically the most budget-friendly option.


  • Flexibility: Can conform to uneven loads and roll up for full bed access.

  • Accessibility: Easy to open and close for quick access to cargo.

  • Compatibility: Available in various sizes to fit most truck bed configurations.


  • Limited Security: May not deter determined thieves.

  • Durability: Susceptible to punctures, tears, and fading over time.

Hard Tonneau Covers

Hard tonneau covers are constructed from aluminium, fibreglass, or ABS plastic. They offer:

  • Sturdy Construction: Provides superior protection against dents and weather elements.

  • Enhanced Security: Generally more secure than soft covers, often featuring locking mechanisms.

  • Weather Resistance: Excellent protection against rain, snow, and sun damage.


  • Superior Protection: Shields cargo from theft and harsh weather conditions.

  • Sleek Appearance: Enhances the visual appeal of your truck.

  • Durability: Built to last longer than soft tonneau covers.


  • Higher Cost: Generally more expensive than soft covers.

  • Heavier Weight: Can add weight to your truck, potentially impacting fuel efficiency.

  • More Complex Installation: May require drilling and technical expertise for installation.

Folding Tonneau Cover

Folding tonneau covers are made of rigid materials such as aluminium or fibreglass panels that are hinged together. They usually come in three or four sections that can be folded back in sequence, allowing partial or full access to the ute bed. Folding tonneau covers combine the flexibility of soft covers with the security of hard covers.


  • Versatility: Offers a balance between security and easy access.

  • Accessibility: Can be partially folded to accommodate taller cargo.

  • Security: More secure than soft covers, often featuring locking mechanisms.


  • Reduced Security: Compared to some hard tonneau covers, folding covers might have exposed hinges or panels.

  • Potential Wear and Tear: Folding mechanisms might experience wear over time.

Roll-Up Tonneau Covers

Roll-up tonneau covers are made from vinyl or fabric that can be rolled up towards the cab when not in use. They offer:

  • Simplicity: Easy to use and maintain.

  • Affordability: One of the most budget-friendly options.

  • Ease of Use: Quick to roll up and secure for full bed access.


  • Quick Installation: Generally requires minimal tools for attachment.

  • Convenient Access: Easy to roll up and secure for full bed use.

  • Budget-Friendly: A cost-effective way to enhance truck bed functionality.


  • Limited Security: May not be the most secure option for valuable cargo.

  • Susceptibility to Wear and Tear: The rolling mechanism and material might be prone to wear over time.


Electric Roll Cover - Ford F150 2015+ - Mountain Top Australia

In conclusion, tonneau covers enhance your truck's functionality and looks in a variety of ways. Consider your needs – soft for flexibility, hard for ultimate security Mountain Top tonneau covers, particularly our innovative EVOe Electric Roll Cover, offer exceptional convenience, durability, and weather protection, making them a strong choice for the discerning ute owner. Explore your options and upgrade your ute with a Mountain Top roll cover and other premium cargo management accessories!