Car trunk organizers fall under the niche category when it comes to car accessories, and many drivers might not see the value in one. However, when you have a variety of tools and knick-knacks that always seem to be hard to find, an organizer would make your life a lot easier.
There are few technical descriptions when it comes to trunk organizers beyond their material and size. There are, however, several items unique to some of the products on our list that we will cover briefly here.
Firstly, securing straps are fairly self-explanatory. Many products come with straps that you can use to secure the weight (and organizer) in your trunk, to prevent sliding and shifting. Similarly, non-slide ridges and strips are an underside addition that helps keep many of these organizers in place.
The dimension specifications are also fairly straightforward; it’s denoted as length x width x height. The first two are interchangeable for most of these organizers, but if you’re looking for depth of the pockets, note the last number in the dimensions (the height).
You might notice that most of these products are made of polyester; it is generally durable and is a great fit for car trunk organizers. A few are made of Oxford polyester, which is essentially a more wrinkle-resistant version of the fabric.
Many of the organizers on the market today are very similar in design and overall construction, which is to be expected from a product with a purpose as simple as organizing your various items. There are some subtle differences between products, though, the obvious ones being size and price. Some of these are outlined below to paint a clearer picture.
|FORTEM Car Trunk Organizer|
21.5 x 16 x 10 inches
23.5 x 15 x 12 inches
|Drive Auto Products Storage Organizer|
23 x 17 x 10.8 inches
|JOYSKY Backseat Trunk Organizer|
36.2 x 4.7 x 10 inches
|Tuff Viking 4-in-1||34 x 14 x 13 inches||$$$$||Very High|
|Starling’s Car Trunk Organizer|
37 x 14.6 x 12.8 inches
|YoGi Prime Trunk and Backseat Car Organizer|
23.2 x 14.2 x 12.4 inches
|FLAGPOWER Car Trunk Organizer|
33 x 12.8 x 12.8 inches
|DINKANUR Car Trunk Organizer|
23.6 x 12.2 x 11 inches
|Knodel Car Trunk Organizer|
23.2 x 13.5 x 12 inches
1. FORTEM Car Trunk Organizer, Collapsible Storage, Non Slip Bottom, Securing Straps — Editor’s Choice
We’re starting our review strong with Amazon’s #1 best-selling auto trunk organizer. Not only is it secure and durable, but it is also very affordable and easy to use. Let’s take a look at why it’s one of the best-selling trunk organizers out there.
With a mere 7% of reviews being critical, this product shines through in every factor. Among its best perks are how easy it is to fold, its durability, and capacity. In every single factor that makes this product useful, it performs. The non-slip strips on the bottom make sure your items are safe and secure. There aren’t too many bad things to say about this product.
A few minor negatives stand out; it carries a strong smell, for one. Customers often gave this product a scathing review simply due to the smell—it has been described to smell like toxic chemicals. If your nose is sensitive, this might knock it down a peg for you. Otherwise, this product is close to perfect.
|DurableEasy to foldAffordableDecent capacity||Smell|
2. TRUNKCRATEPRO Premium Multi Compartments Collapsible Portable Trunk Organizer — Incredible Convenience
If you thought we peaked with the first product, the second might surprise you. It is rated very highly among buyers as well. It is bigger and more durable, making it the perfect SUV trunk organizer.
Does it have any weaknesses?
Looking through the various driver experiences, it was very hard to find someone ready to say a negative thing about this organizer. Despite its price (nearly double the FORTEM) it gets a near-perfect score for value for money. In addition, it is described as heavy-duty, versatile, and easy to fold. The only downfall is that it isn’t as heavy duty as some drivers expect. It is advertised as the perfect solution to organized storage in larger vehicles, but it is more of a universal option. Of the measly 3% of critical reviews, nearly all refer to how the seams or hooks began to break. However, this product is absolutely one of the best trunk organizers available, and will last you years so long as you don’t overload it.
|DurableEasy to useGood capacityHeavy dutyLarge color selection||Not suitable for the heaviest hauls|
The main selling point of this organizer is the straps it comes with. Generally, it is a solid product and does its job well, and customer experiences reflect that fact. There are the occasional issues, however.
Flexible and Resistant
This product comes fully equipped for any unpleasant situations. Its foam padding protects both the items inside and the product materials, while the waterproof material makes sure there isn’t any liquid damage. In addition, the straps/harnesses it comes with allow you to secure it in various places, from the front passenger seat to the top of your trunk.
Unfortunately, it seems to be weaker than the other products we have reviewed thus far, and has been noted to break under tension. In addition, the snap hooks it comes with are described as fragile and counterproductive. To summarize, it’s a very solid and flexible product, but not quite as tough when carried manually.
|VersatileWaterproofComes with straps||Not too durable when carried manually|
As the heading might give away, this organizer hangs into the trunk from the back seat headrests. It is longer but more narrow than conventional box-shaped organizers, but certainly adds an element of convenience.
This product hasn’t been on the market too long, and doesn’t have as many reviews as a result. However, the organizer speaks for itself; if you’re looking to save some space in your trunk by having what is essentially 3 hanging rucksacks, this might be a no-brainer. However, despite being very easy to install and high-quality, it’s not as convenient for longer SUVs.
A few buyers were impressed with the product but weren’t able to comfortably use it because of how far away the organizer can be from the bumper. In addition, even the biggest pocket isn’t big enough for larger grocery bags (reusable ones at least). It goes without saying that you can’t fold down the back seats with this organizer attached. Overall, this product is very unique but very high quality. It is also very affordable, and is pretty much the perfect solution to store things you don’t access very often—kids’ toys, first aid kit, and so on.
|VersatileFrees up trunk spacePerfect storage for random items||Not suited to longer SUVsCan’t fold seats down|
This item is truly 4-in-1; the term is thrown around a lot with products that don’t particularly offer anything unique, but the Tuff Viking has several features buyers might appreciate—for a higher price, of course.
Everything You Need
This product might be the most complete of the bunch. One enthusiastic driver claims it can hold up to 10 gallons of water or four grocery bags—that’s up to 80 pounds. Do the handles support that kind of weight? According to the buyer, yes. It is also very easy to fold and stow away, while still boasting extreme durability. The sides are described as stiff and sturdy, making it perfect for hauling the odd heavy-duty items. The dividers inside are also fairly customizable, so you can change the pockets around to your needs. It also has a built-in cooling bag and is bulkier than most other items on our list. It can even be customized to be a dog bed if you’re creative enough.
One drawback with this product, however, is the smell; it has been described as smelling chemically and even a camp fire pit. All in all, though, it’s easily one of the best on the market.
|CustomizableVery sturdy handlesDecent capacityEasy to use and fold||Smell|
Starling’s organizer is another high-quality item that tops the positive reception charts. It’s one of the most expensive ones on our list, but it justifies it somewhat with its functionality and user-friendly design.
The most distinctive aspect of the Starling is its security mechanism; a bungee cord that comes with the organizer itself. It is touted as easy to use, convenient, and strong. The material of the product itself is strong waterproof 1680D polyester. If you recall, nylon is typically stronger than polyester, but 1680D offers a more than satisfactory density. It would take forever to list all the qualities and design specifications here, so we’d advise taking a look for yourselves on their product page. The most noticeable ones are various velcro straps and buckles, removable waterproof bottom, and “super strong” handles.
Of the complaints, there are many downfalls of this product, but they are very rare. The negatives regarding this product are the (potential) bad smell, no assembly instructions, and defective/flimsy product. All in all, this product is quite solid, but certainly not much better (for its price) than some others on our list.
|Sturdy handlesBungee designLarge and spacious||Very priceyNo assembly instructions|
Right off the bat, this organizer is one of the smallest on our list. In terms of length, it is about two-thirds the length of some of the others. However, it is nonetheless very sturdy and is made with high-quality materials.
Compact Yet Durable
The first thing that jumps out is just how compact this product gets when folded. It downsizes into something akin to a small laptop bag, making it easy to use and stow when not in use. Buyers are also very pleased with how strong and reliable it is, citing its ability to carry groceries and the like. In addition, it comes with a novel addition: a lid. This allows you to hide or cover something, adding more utility to this organizer. To be frank, there is nothing bad to say about this product; its price range is reasonable, it is very compact, and durable for its size. It is very small however, so if you’re looking to store a lot of items, you might want to avoid it.
|DurableCompact when foldedVery user-friendly||Fairly small|
Flagpower has created a trunk organizer that is built to last, and claims that the materials of the organizer are made to “withstand heavy use and pass the test of time.” The description is definitely solid, but do users agree?
Constructed out of waterproof Oxford polyester, Flagpower’s car trunk organizer is made with durability in mind. Despite being flexible and foldable, this car organizer has hard boards within its interior to support up to 100 pounds, and its handles are double-stitched to ensure that they can support this weight as well. It has three collapsable pouches and removable dividers to enhance its organizational abilities. In addition, Flagpower’s trunk organizer is built to be easy to clean in case of any spillages or other messes.
For the most part, those who have purchased this trunk organizer only have good things to say about it. Most agree that it is very well-made, and saves them a lot of space in the trunk of their car, SUV, or truck. They also enjoy the fact that is easy to set up and fold when not in use. Thanks to its sturdy construction, users with heavier items to organize found this trunk organizer to be a perfect solution for their needs. However, a few customers were disappointed to find that it was smaller than they had imagined, so if this product sounds like what you’re looking for, double-check its dimensions online.
|DurableEasy to useOrganized||Longevity questions|
9. DINKANUR Car Trunk Organizer Oxford Cloth Trunk Cooler Storage Bag, Expandable Side Pockets, Foldable — Reasonable All-In-One
Dinkanur’s car organizer is best described with the word “convenient.” It has convenient functionality, storage, and a pretty convenient price as well.
Versatile and Functional
This organizer is made internally out of waterproof aluminum foil surrounded by a sturdy yet flexible oxford cloth exterior. At first glance the Dinkanur car trunk organizer may look like an extra-hefty lunch bag, but upon expanding the multiple side pockets it has, its true capabilities as a car organizer become more clear. Its middle compartment can keep certain food items cold, and its many pockets allow for easy organization of whatever goods your car is carrying. It can fold almost completely flat, making it as easy to store as a computer bag, and has cloth handles on each side for easy transport.
Not Very Sturdy
Reviews for this organizer are pretty mixed, however. Some find the storage bag very convenient indeed, especially thanks to its many pockets for easy organization of goods. However, some stated that the bag is not quite as sturdy as it looks, and can actually be quite flimsy, making the storage and transport of heavier items a bit more difficult. However, this shouldn’t come as a surprise, as it is on the cheaper side of the price range for comparable organizers. To summarize, if you are looking for a bag to store a myriad of lightweight goods such as toys or pet supplies, this storage bag could be a bargain for you. If you are looking for a bag that might save you a few trips carrying heavy groceries or a place to store and organize your tools in your car, you may want to look for a bag that can handle a bit more weight.
|VersatileWaterproofHas a cooler bagAffordable||Flimsy constructionCan’t hold as much weight comfortably|
Rounding off our list is another very strong performer. It is quite affordable and boasts incredible user-friendliness without losing any sturdiness. Buyers were wholly pleased with this product, as reflected with a whopping 87% 5-star review rate on Amazon.
This has to be the tagline for this product. Many buyers noted not expecting such high quality and versatility out of a mid-range item. It is made of high quality, sturdy Oxford polyester. Despite the durability in both the fabric and handles, it is extremely easy to fold and is versatile in organization thanks to its two dividers. To top it all off (literally), it comes with a cover to give it a more appealing look and secure your items further. Overall, there are very few weaknesses with this item beyond its size (it is one of the smallest on our list).
Of the other complaints, some (not many) users found the handles flimsy, tearing off at higher loads (upwards of 40 lb). Otherwise, there aren’t any issues with the product itself; it’s pretty much the perfect small organizer.
|VersatileWater resistantVery easy to useAffordable||Potential handle issues with heavy load|
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What materials are trunk organizers made of?
A: Typically, trunk organizers are made from nylon or polyester with higher thread counts (thrice the density of sun shades, for example). Organizers vary in density of fabric, with higher thread count typically reflecting quality.
Q: How can I clean a trunk organizer?
A: It’s advised not to toss your organizer in a washing machine, as the materials are fairly sensitive and delicate. Even if your organizer is waterproof, it is best to simply spot clean it with light fabric detergent if it gets dirty.
Q: How much weight can it realistically carry?
A: Of course, this depends on the specific product, but as a rule of thumb, don’t load your organizer with more than around 40lb (roughly 18 kg). If it’s simply sitting in your trunk, however, it can hold much more weight; the sky’s the limit in that sense, as long as your items are sitting comfortably.
There are some seriously solid car trunk organizers on the market. In fact, so many on this list are versatile and durable enough to give you a large selection, even for the most specific needs. Typically, it follows that price correlates with durability, so if you’re looking to haul some serious weight, look into the more expensive items on this list. There are some variations to this rule, of course—the Knodel was a surprising performer for its price.
If you’re looking for something compact and stowable, the YoGi prime is a great choice. For organizers that you can harness or hang from your backseat, the Starling and Joysky models are solid. For overall quality (reflected with their volume of sales), you can’t go wrong with the FORTEM organizer.
Overall, though, it’s best to peruse each product and see what they offer. They are all very solid choices, but the subtle differences might push a couple of these to the top of your shopping list. Whether you’re looking to save some money or get the strongest carrier on the market, there’s one out there for you; it might even be on this list.