As a Jeep owner, one of the most important decisions you’ll have to make is the type of top you put on your ride. Even if your rig came with one already, that doesn’t mean that you have to stick with it forever. When comparing Jeep Wrangler soft tops to hard tops, it can be challenging to figure out which one is best for your needs. So, with that in mind, let’s take a closer look at how they stack up to each other.
When looking at the best Jeep tops, you may like the appearance and versatility of a more elastic material. Overall, these are better for warmer climates as they allow air to flow more freely through the cabin.
- Cost-Effective: When compared to the prices for a hard top, it’s easy to see why many Jeep owners choose this instead. As long as you don’t have to worry about freezing temperatures or getting water into your cab (frozen or liquid), a soft top will save you money.
- Multiple Varieties: Unlike hard tops, there are so many different styles from which to choose. You can pick from dozens of colors and designs, making it a better option for those who like to add some personality to their ride.
First of all, soft tops are not ideal for cold and wet climates. They are not as capable of repelling the elements. Secondly, they can get damaged more easily. Rips and tears are a common problem, especially if you go off-road a lot.
Hard Top Benefits
- Durable: Even damage from riding too hard can be mitigated with a hard top. You’ll be able to repel wind, rain, and snow much more efficiently than if you went soft.
- Cargo:With a hard top, you can tie gear and equipment to the top of your ride. This is essential for long-distance trips where every inch counts.
Really, the only downside to a hard top is that it’s more expensive. Also, there are fewer designs and styles from which to choose, so you will have to settle for something a bit less flamboyant.
Overall, we highly recommend soft tops for people who like the wind in their hair and don’t have to worry about the cold, and hard tops for everyone else.