Post # 1
My husband and I are looking at new cars and debating between leather vs. cloth seats. Setting aside the cost difference – I have heard that poeple are pro-leather because you can wipe off spills. I have also heard that car seats can damage leather seats.
Any personal experiences that would sway us in one way or another? He likes leather & I like cloth – but as we are about to start a family (hopefully) we want to make a choice that takes our future into consideration.
Post # 2
Well, we have had both. When we had our first son, we had an Audi with leather seats….so we had to put down a towel or two so it wouldn’t damage the leather. Now we have cloth seats and do not need to put anything down. However, either way, things are going to get dirty no matter how hard you try unfortunately!!! I am a neat freak and I have 2 toddler boys (3 and 1). There are crumbs galore everywhere…..crumbs aren’t bad. We don’t let them have anything that can stain the seats. They only drink water, etc. Sorry I kinda rambled….bottom line is that the car is going to get a lot of wear with kids!!! So if you’re worried about spills, get leather…..if you’re worried about wear and tear on the car, get cloth. I hope this helps! 🙂
Post # 3
Leather all the way! You can get seat protectors to minimize damage from the carseats.
Post # 4
You can get seat protectors for leather and car seats. I like leather better in theory…but the only time I HATE leather is when it’s summer and hot out and people don’t have anything on their seats and it burns the crap out of my legs in the front seat. And in that case, I hate leather lol.
Post # 5
I HATE leather because it burns when you sit on it in the summer! We got a new car last year and went with cloth for that reason. As PPs have said, there are seat protectors that I imagine would help somewhat with making messes on the seats. And you can also limit what your kids eat/drink in the car to help a little.
Post # 6
We used to have cloth seats and they held up fine. I think I had one stain and that was on the front seat not the back.
Then we got a new vehicle a little over a year ago. Well used, but new to us and not that old. Seats were leather which I was excited about but that is just what was in the model I chose and that was available. Our kids are now 4 and 7. The youngest was still in a regular carseat when the vehicle was purcahsed, but has now switched over and both are in booster seats. We laid down the towels and had the best intentions on seat covers but that didn’t happen. I will say the leather is not so good in the back seat because of the booster seats. Now I don’t know if it can be cleaned and fixed or not. I haven’t taken it to get detail to see what they could do for me. I hate the seats are messed up but I still keep a towel down under their seats and ignore it.
Overall our vehicle endures alot–family trips, sports, etc. This will continue, and all future vehicles will experience the same.
Leather personally still appeals to me more even after my experience. But with our lifestyle seat covers are needed regardless of material of seats.
I would probably pick leather again if it was in the car that was in my budget.
Post # 7
Cloth! I have had leather seats in the past. Cold in the winter(even with seat warmers!) and hot in the summer. Cloth all the way. Get a rubber seat protector, take everything out and get a deep cleaning twice a year and your car will survive.
Post # 8
meadow_jersey: I would never own a car w/out leather seats. Cloth just gets dirty and the ease of wiping up spills – it’s just a no brainer for me. I don’t have kids, but I regularly have my friends kids (2 weeks ago I had my friends 3 kids – all in car seats – for 4 days). My car is leather and it was no big deal to just put a towel under the carseat for the few days I had them installed. However, my friends who obviously have kids and their seats are always installed….they all have a special car seat mat under theirs. Then again, we also have 2 dogs so leather is just a must.
Post # 9
Just a heads up but some carseats don’t allow the use of seat protectors as they can interfere with installation or mask a poor install.
Post # 10
Thank you so much everyone for all your help! I think I’m leaning toward cloth 🙂