We're proud of our product and we want to tell you why. We believe that we have achieved a great balance between looks, trendiness, quality and price that's hard to beat. Below we will give you a very detailed head-to-head comparison of our Slipcover Sets with what's very popular among consumers that look for stretchy universal slipcovers. We'll also briefly discuss custom slipcovers.
To give you the best comparison we took one couch and installed five different slipcovers on it:
- Three Homeleon Slipcovers in different color combinations
- One slipcover with separate cushion covers in the $40-$50 price range with review ratings in the range of 4.3-4.7. Most of them are raving about fantastic looks of course. Sold on a major marketplaces by not very well known brands. Prices for similar design (but better fabric) from major brands vary between $150 and $300
- One "One-piece" slipcover in the $30-$40 price range from a major slipcover brand
Note: we tried our very best to make the non-Homeleon Slipcovers look nice, but there was a limit. We tucked all the excess fabric well, smoothed out the wrinkles wherever possible, rolled up the excess fabric and made sure that the look wasn't spoiled.
- Quality and Maintenance
- Purchasing considerations
Apart from the simple idea that more pieces give a better look, what's also important is the design of each individual piece. Too much fabric and you've got lots of lumps and wrinkles. Too little and you've got an awkward new couch shape. Combine both in different places and it's a mess. (We created the Slipcover Set to preserve the original couch and cushion shapes as much as it is possible for a universal stretchy slipcover.)
Another important thing for the look is the quality of fabric. The closer it is to real upholstery, the nicer the look. You should also keep in mind how static the it is, since fabric high in static attracts a lot of lint, hair and dirt. Having done extensive testing, we believe to have beaten this problem.
But what about custom slipcovers? Yes, they have a more precise fit, but it comes with a higher price tag and devotion to a single couch. Our slipcovers are the best combo you can get in terms of looks and couch shape versatility, which makes any future moves or couch replacements much easier.
Please click on the thumbnails below the main pictures to see how the slipcovers compare.
Details on the fit
Take a look at the way the slipcovers handle the trickiest parts. Pay attention to how the couch shapes change, how the seams look and the aesthetics of the fabric.
Top cushion and arm corner
Back and arm corner
Colors and Self-Expression
We may have three basic colors, but we're confident that we have covered the basics. Add two more trendy and vibrant colors to that and you have lots of opportunities to express yourself. Especially given that we offer a unique opportunity to pick out separate colors for the couch frame and each of the cushion rows! So, for a couch with both rows of separate cushions you can get 125 possible combinations to choose from! Did you know that this option of separate colors is usually reserved for very expensive sofas? Now you can easily create your own masterpiece.
As for major slipcover companies, they usually offer very calm and neutral colors, which work well with classic interiors, but you won't really be able to add much spice. And you definitely won't have the option to assemble your own slipcover color combo.
What about small sellers on major marketplaces? They usually offer the same calm colors as major slipcover companies, but they occasionally throw in a couple of awkward patterns and very cheap looking bright colors that should be on trend, but they're not. At least that might be one of the reasons why we don't see many reviewers showing off the brighter colors. And, no, you can't make a slipcover color combo with these slipcovers as well.
Quality and Maintenance
What's considered good quality in the slipcover world? Essentially, it means good craftsmanship and durable non-static materials. But is that enough to consider a slipcover great? The full list should also include easy maintenance of the look and washability. For some people versatility is also a thing.
We believe Homeleon Slipcover Sets rank high in each of these categories. The only step up would only be custom slipcovers, but they have their own drawbacks of course (price, versatility, availability).
Durability and Craftsmanship
Seams and stitching
Seams and stitching are very important to the slipcover's durability. The better and more neatly it is sewn, the more strain it can withstand.
We took the slipcovers and pulled the fabric in different directions away from the seam. The stitching is good (doesn't show signs of strain) on the Homeleon Slipcover and the slipcover $40-$50 with separate cushion covers.
The red slipcover (last picture) is visually of poorer quality. You can see in the third picture the width of the stitches is different, plus you can see a similar thing in the top half of the fourth picture. And that's without any pulling.
Bottom elastic band
Even though quality of stitches helps with durability, their number is another important aspect. Also, a good thing to keep in mind is the durability of every material used.
Here, we think our slipcover is the best performer. We use two (top and bottom) stitches to secure the bottom elastic band, which will keep the slipcover well in place for a longer time, unlike our competitors who only use a single stich at the very bottom of the elastic band.
As for the materials, the accessories we use are much more durable than the one you can find in alternative slipcovers. We use strong and hard polyester loops so that they don't rip after a short period of use. As you see below, our competitors prefer to use the same material as the elastic band itself, which is much more sensitive to strain (and these places will be always strained due to their purpose.)
Finally, along the quality of stitches and their number, there's also their shape. We tried to design and sew them to make their shape as versatile and as neat as possible. We think that it's not only us, but the slipcover from a major brand that got this right too.
Ease of look maintenance and static
How do you know the slipcover is not going to be a pain to use with constant retucking? Do a test. Install it and sit on it once. That's what we did. The results are such that the better the design of each individual piece, the less look maintenance needs to be done.
We definitely think that our slipcover is the champion here. Absolutely no changes after plunging on the sofa and wiggling our bums.
Second place is the slipcover with separate cushion covers. Almost no changes. But if you zoom in on the corner between the arm and the bottom cushion, you'll see just a slight fabric crease appear there, but it's nothing criminal.
Finally, the one-piece slipcover. You don't need to zoom in to see that the fabric instantly pops out and forms a nice big crease in the arm-bottom cushion corner. Again, one-piece slipcovers will always have this problem by design.
Did we mention static? Take a look at the red slipcover and see how much lint it attracted over a couple of days of slipcover testing. It's visible in every single photo that we included here. As for the $40-$50 separate cushions cover, thanks to the thick plush of the fabric, lint and dirt are almost invisible, but we must say that it does attract hair. Lastly, Homeleon slipcovers attracted almost no dirt despite having very-very short pile as opposed to the other two slipcovers. One less pain to worry about.
What happens after one energetic seating
Homeleon Slipcover Set fabric is 60% heavier than the fabric used in most slipcovers (like the $30-$40 one-piece slipcover), which translates into improved durability. This means that you can use this slipcover for a long time and switch between colors without having to refresh the same color because of slipcover durability issues.
You may notice that there are very plushy fabrics ($40-$50 multi-piece slipcover) that appear to be slightly heavier than our fabric. But note that they are more than five times thicker. This does not translate to durability in the same way that a heavy thin fabric does. So, we believe we have better performance against these types of fabrics too.
Aesthetics. We're really proud of ours. The stretch chenille that we use is almost like real upholstery chenille, except well ours is... stretchy. You won't get a weird pattern or an unrealistic plushy layer on your dear couch that looks as if your throw blanket has morphed into it. It will sure be much closer to something new or custom.
Finally, there are definitely slipcovers from major brands with a fabric similar to ours. But you will pay around $200-250 for a slipcover with a simpler design (3 cushions max and very messy top corner look) with no option to mix-and-match the colors.
Every slipcover is awesome here. Just take it off, throw it in the washing machine (mind the settings though!), dry it and it's as good as new.
Our slipcovers can fit any couch shape or model within a wide size range. The only concern here is if you choose to install it on a different couch of a similar size that would have two cushions in a row instead of three. To help you with that we plan on introducing cushion covers for sale with a special discount to our customers, which would make the switch much easier.
What about cushion covers with three or two separate cushion covers (we showed the one for $40-$50 from marketplaces and discussed the $150-$300 from major brands)? Well, it's exactly the same situation, except that you won't be able to buy new cushion covers out of the same material and colors to match what you had before. So, you're essentially stuck with you initially bought or at least you'd have to choose a couch with the same number of cushions, which is sometimes unpredictable and limiting.
It might feel as if you're going for a custom slipcover, but without the benefits of a custom slipcover. You don't get the sharp looks, but you get almost all the limits of sticking to a specific couch type.
One-piece slipcovers? Well, they're the champion here. It doesn't get more versatile than this, but it does come at an aesthetic cost.
All of the slipcovers considered here will serve this purpose well (initially.) However, you should mind the durability aspect to understand how long this protection will last for. Better durability = longer protection.
We wish we could say that you get what you pay for, but it doesn't work every time. Lets have a look at the slipcover we discussed in this comparison post:
- $40-$50 Separate Cushion Slipcover from a major online marketplace. This is a case of where you get what you pay for. It's decent for its money. The individual cushion covers make the slipcover less of a problem to maintain and give your couch an ok-ish look. But there's just massive room to improve the looks before you can say that the slipcover does not distort or spoil the look of the couch, plus the craftsmanship and individual pieces could've been a little bit better
$150-$300 Separate Cushion Slipcover from a major brand. This is not really our top choice in terms of price-quality. To give you a better point of comparison lets take a slipcover with a similar fabric to ours. It would cost in the range of $200-$250. What you're going to get is something in between the Homeleon Slipcover Set and the $40-$50 slipcover discussed above, but you'd pay slightly more than for our Slipcover Set.
If we compare the $150-$300 major brand slipcover with the $40-$50 Separate Cushion Slipcover, you're going to get better materials and slightly better stitch shapes, but the whole design basically stays the same. Expect to get a very awkward top corner fit and lots of creases. But it's going to look a bit nicer than the $40-$50 slipcover.
If we compare that same slipcover from a major brand with the Homeleon slipcover, then you'd lose out on 3 additional cushion covers, ties at the bottom (they really do improve the look) and a more neat design. You'd also pay 25% more on average. If we consider a similar cushion cover count, then the difference increases to 33%. And if you consider the long run, our option to buy discounted cushion covers makes this offering even more expensive.
- $30-$40 One-piece Slipcover from a major brand. These slipcovers serve their purpose of protecting the couch well, but for a limited time because of average craftsmanship. The fit issues are pretty evident. Overall, this type of slipcover is not really worth its money, as you can find slipcovers with separate cushion covers for the same price, if you spend a bit of time researching.
- Custom Slipcovers. Expect to spend north of $400, if you have a mass-market couch, and about north of $700 for something unique. No doubt that they're the king of looks, but these slipcovers make you stick to a single couch. It won't be very easy to get a different set of cushions too in case you'd like to spice up your room.
- Homeleon Slipcover Sets. We believe to have landed in a fair price-quality spot. We offer a look and fit that's getting close to a custom look, good craftsmanship and durability, easy-to-maintain the appearance, versatility and truly unique options to customize your couch all for a price that's over 25% cheaper than similar (actually lower) quality slipcovers.
Shipping Times or Availability
Same as all ready-made slipcovers, every slipcover here is ready to be ordered and arrive at your doorstep in 2-5 days, if you're residing in the Continental US. It take a couple of days more to reach AK and HI.
Custom slipcovers though usually have wait times of three to four weeks, as they're manufactured once the order is placed.