It doesn't matter whether your truck is new, old, or somewhere in between, you have probably considered installing a bed cover for a variety of reasons. Fortunately, truck bed covers have been around long enough to be well known for their protective and aesthetic values, but thanks to improvements in design and technology, covers are not only better than ever before, but they each sport their own benefits that make them better in their own ways. Don't let anyone tell you that one truck bed cover is as good as any other. Today's bed covers provide an unparalleled level of protection not only for your truck bed, but nearly anything you wish to leave inside the bed when you step away. Here are some of the best options.

First of all, it's important to remember that nearly all truck bed covers are made of vinyl. It's how the maker use the materials that makes them different. Further, the best form for your use should guide you in making a good decision on your cover. For retractable covers, one of the best on the market is the Trident Fast Track Retractable Tonneau Cover. The Trident doesn't have the temporary look of most covers in that it retracts forward to the cab. And since there is no drilling to install it, there is nothing to keeping it in place. In fact, the maker boasts that it's one of the easiest on the market to install. Online prices are normally under $1,000.

If a hinged cover is more your style and improves your access, the Undercover Tonneau Cover may be just the thing for you. Nearly all bed covers improve wind resistance and contribute to the overall look of your truck, but the Undercover Tonneau Cover provides a hinged top that makes every inch of your bed easily accessible. Further, not only is this cover among the lightest weight, but it features quick release hardware and an integrated LED which makes it one of the best-selling covers on the market today. Online prices hover around the $1,000 mark.

Nearly all truck bed covers are made of vinyl, which certainly has its benefits, but in the case of the Bak Revolver X2 Tonneau Cover, it's made of industrial strength aluminum, which adds some real tenacity to your bed. Better yet, the Bak Revolver X2 Tonneau Cover is tough enough for the long haul but light enough to make it easier to work with on a day to day basis. The design allows the Bak Revolver X2 Tonneau Cover to be low profile, which does not detract from the overall look of your truck but gives you the added security of protecting your property from things that make possessions walk away when unattended. Add to this the locking capability, and you have a winning bed cover. Online prices are usually higher than other covers but are still in the $1,000 level.