Should I Get Cloth or Leather Seats in My Car?

Honda With Leather Seats

A common consideration that many car shoppers have to make, and one that doesn’t always get attention, is having to decide between cloth and leather seating material. So, let's take a look at important factors to consider. Here's what you need to roll over in your mind before deciding if leather seats are worth it or if cloth is your perfect choice.

Should I Get Leather or Cloth Seats in My Car?

  • AFFORDABILITY
    Leather car seats tend to come at a higher cost than cloth seats, so you must consider your budget and whether or not you’re comfortable paying a premium. There are also several cloth upgrades that may fall between the price of real leather and a lower-grade cloth, giving you more options to mull over.

  • MAINTENANCE
    Both materials present their own maintenance issues. Cloth doesn’t have to be conditioned in the same way, but it’s often more prone to rip, stain, pick up odors and collect dog hair.

    While leather is more durable, you must condition the seats regularly if you don’t want them to start cracking or lose their luster.

  • COMFORT
    When it’s hot, leather seats don’t stay as cool as cloth seats. If you don’t have a garage or carport and don’t plan to buy a car with cooled/ventilated seats or at least remote start to cool your cabin before entering, you should take this into consideration. Cloth is a more breathable material and you won’t stick to it when wearing shorts like you might with leather.

    In addition, leather doesn’t always offer the “traction” that some drivers like. Depending on the material and seat design, there may be a slippery feeling that takes getting used to.

  • LOOKS
    I almost want to say that leather wins hands down in this category, but it really depends on the fabric you’re comparing it to, as well as the seat design that fabric is hugging against. Still, if getting a truly premium, opulent look is important to you, leather is probably the way to go.

  • RESALE VALUE
    If you keep your leather seats in good condition, it will contribute to a higher vehicle resale value than a car of equal status that has cloth seats. Also, with cloth car seats, it’s especially important to try and avoid rips, hard-to-remove stains AND hard-to-remove odors if you don’t want to take a financial hit when trying to resale your car.

  • KIDS
    While some might think they should get cloth seats if they have kids, some experts actually suggest leather if you want a more durable material that’s less likely to stain and rip.

SUMMARY

Leather car seats are a good choice if you don't mind the additional costs and are prepared to regularly care for them. They're also a good choice if you strongly desire a more luxurious look. Cloth seats are a good choice if you don't want to deal with regularly conditioning your seat upholstery and if you're looking for a lower vehicle cost.

All in all, some may firmly say leather is better while others will say to stay away, and the same goes for cloth upholstery. When it comes down to it, you should consider your personal requirements and desires when it comes to these and other factors in order to make a decision that’ll best suit your daily needs.

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