Car steering wheel covers: Why you need one and 5 best buys in the Philippines

Jul 29, 2020 | Same topic: Best Advice for Car Buyers
Sweaty palms giving you a hard time driving? Then better get a steering wheel cover.

For car owners, it can be said that their respective cars are a part of who they are. It can also be a reflection of their personality, a representation of their hopes and dreams, and a lifelong partner, for some, in facing the challenge of the daily commute.

We’ve suggested several things to spice up your car’s interior before, like giving your seats a cover or even making you and your car safe by installing the best dashcam. Now, however, we’ll be talking about one of the most important parts of your car’s interior, the steering wheel and how you can improve it with car steering wheel covers.

Car steering wheel is an important vehicle component

For some select car models, their stock steering wheels not only function as the primary directional control interface of the vehicle, but it’s also one of the most important components of a vehicle.

There’s the Ferrari 458 Italia’s race-ready flat-bottom steering wheel, the Lexus LFA’s grippy and racing ready wheel, and the chromed-out, leather-clad wonder found on the Aston Martin One-77.

A picture of the interior of the Aston Martin One-77

Just look at the Aston Martin One-77's steering wheel

Those cars, however, are either within supercar territory, and are far from the standard fare that we use for commuting, whose stock steering wheels are either too dull, too shiny, or just too plain. They’re functional, sure, but they’re hardly the most attractive thing inside an affordable car.

As such, many will want to improve on how it looks and feels by employing the aid of steering wheel covers. On top of that, steering wheel covers come in many different colors and designs, and there’s bound to be one out there that’ll fit the interior of your car, or your tastes.

Car steering wheel covers improves grip

Now most economical daily drivers being sold in the country right now have steering wheels that are covered in either faux leather or polyurethane material. These look great, but sometimes, especially if a driver’s palms are always sweaty, they aren’t very grippy at all.

A picture of a very fluffy steering wheel cover

While some will improve grip, we don't know how a fluffy cover will benefit a driver.

So apart from improving the look and feel of your car’s interior, a car steering wheel cover can greatly improve grip. Depending on the design, some will even provide a textured feel to the steering wheel, or even a very tactile surface by using grippy fabric.

Why not use a racing wheel for optimum performance?

Sure, removable racing steering wheels are the best in style, and grip, but these come with a huge caveat. Moreover, installing one will remove the driver’s airbag. For those who aren’t aware, the driver’s airbag is stored in the center of the steering wheel. As such, we recommend using steering wheel covers for cars that you’ll be using primarily on public roads.

A picture of an aftermarket steering wheel.

Look ma, no airbags.

Considerations when buying a steering wheel cover

Of course, you just can’t pick out a random steering wheel cover for any car. You’ll have to consider if it even fits your car model’s steering wheel size. Also, some car steering wheel covers will be thicker than others. Buying a steering wheel cover that’s either too thick or too thin will literally numb your hands especially on long trips.

You’ll also have to consider the material it’s made out of. To give you a slight overview of this, here’s a list of common steering wheel cover materials and what they can do for you:

  1. Rubber – Best in the grip
  2. Cloth/Fabric – Will maintain grip even with sweaty hands. Also great for keeping hands warm. Will also tend to come in many different colors.
  3. Synthetic leather or PU leather – Best in durability.
  4. Real leather – Also durable, but can be expensive.

Also, check out our guide on how to install steering wheel covers.

Steering wheel covers Philippines: 5 best product for 2020

For the year 2020, here are our recommendations for the best car steering wheel covers you can buy today.

5 best car steering wheel cover Philippines
Product
Material
Price
Diameter
 
Blade AN8906 Steering Wheel Cover
PU Leather
P249
38 cm
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DID Universal Steering Wheel Cover
Microfiber leather
P530
38 cm
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Car Steering Wheel Cover COD
Microfiber leather, rubber, and fabric
P105
38 cm
Buy now
Winter Warm Steering Wheel Cover
Fabric
P154
36 cm to 40 cm
Buy now
Mal Universal Anti-Slip Steering Wheel Cover
Faux Leather
P139
38 mm
Buy now

1. Blade AN8906

steering wheel cover philippines

Made out of PU or polyurethane leather, this steering wheel cover has a diameter of 38 mm. It’s one of the most popular items on this list. Note also that PU leather is one of the more durable materials out there, and it is actually quite resistant to sun damage, and wear and tear.

Pros
Cons
  • Made of PU leather
  • Classy color choices
  •  Limited color choices

2. DID Universal steering wheel cover

steering wheel cover price philippines

Next up is the DID steering wheel cover. It’s slightly more expensive at Php 530, and it features faux carbon fiber on the six o’clock and 12 o’clock positions. The sides however are clad in microfiber leather, and it is grippy as well as comfortable.

Pros
Cons
  • Great grip
  • Quiet, unobtrusive styling
  • Sporty
  • Limited color choices
  • Primarily black so it won’t be resistant to heat.

3. Car Steering Wheel Cover COD

leather steering wheel cover philippines

This cover is one of the most affordable in this list, and it’s the only one that features fabric. Note also that this product has a lot of color options, and is made out of three materials: rubber, microfiber leather, and fabric. 

Pros
Cons
  • Great grip
  • Lots of color choices
  • Very affordable
  • Might be too thick for some people

4. Winter Warm Fashion steering wheel cover

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This product, despite having the “winter” phrase in its name, will be useful for drivers whose hands get cold easily. Apart from the wheel cover, you’ll also get a warm and fuzzy gear shift cover, as well as a handbrake cover. And aside from pink, it can also come in white, or red.

Pros
Cons
  • Stylish
  • Very vibrant
  • Great for cold hands
  • Might be too thick for some drivers

5. Mal Universal Anti-Slip Car Steering Wheel Protective Cover

steering wheel cover shopee

Can be fitted in most car brands available here in the Philippines, and is made out of durable faux leather. It also comes in several color combinations like black, black and red, black and purple, and black and blue.

Pros
Cons
  • Fit in most car brands
  • Made of faux leather
  • Stylish
  • Might be too thin for some drivers.

FAQs about steering wheel covers in the Philippines:

  1. Why do you need steering wheel covers?

Answer: To have a better grip on the steering wheel, and to protect the steering wheel from wear and tear.

  1. What materials are steering wheel covers made out of?

Answer: Some steering wheel covers are made out of polyurethane leather, rubber, cloth, microfiber leather, and many other types of fabric.

  1. Can I wash my steering wheel cover?

Answer: We recommend washing the steering wheel cover only if it's made out of fabric.

  1. Do I need to remove my steering wheel to install a steering wheel cover?

Answer: No, you do not need to remove the steering wheel to install a steering wheel cover.

  1. Do I need tools to install a steering wheel cover?

Answer: No, you do not need tools to install a steering wheel cover.

For more guides and product recommendations, please keep reading here on Philkotse.com.

Author

Cesar G.B. Miguel

Cesar learned how to drive a car years before he got his license. Today, he's still looking for that perfect '90s Japanese coupe to drive into the sunset while listening to Crazy Little Love by Nuage. Also has a thing for badass off-road vehicles and weird engine swaps.