Before we get into the products, let’s make something clear, you should not carry a passenger on an ATV designed for one rider. The machine just isn’t built for it.
Even if your machine has a rear load bearing of more than your passenger, carrying another person is still illegal in many places. You must check your local and state laws before carrying another person.
Carrying a passenger when you’re not supposed to will not only break the law but will probably void any insurance you have too. It’s just not worth the risk.
That being said, ATV rear seats have become majorly popular recently. They make great rest seats for when the ATV is not in motion. To be honest there’s a lot to love about them! They not only provide a comfortable seat but they also add bags of storage to your ATV.
There are a huge number of rear seats on the market and choosing the right one can be a bit of a minefield. You don’t want to sacrifice comfort for the sake of storage but at the same time there is no reason to scrimp on quality storage.
We’ve gathered together some of the best rear seats available on the market for you to check out. We’ve done all the leg work and gathered customer reviews so you can have the inside scoop.
If you want to keep browsing, we’ve also put together a buyer’s guide with all the key facts and information you’ll need to make an informed decision.
Top 5 Best ATV Rear Seats
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This seat will feel more like a throne than an ATV seat. It puts safety and comfort at the top of the list but has the added bonus of incredible storage space!
The seat is constructed from a thick impact absorbing foam while the storage and arm rests are made from impact-resistant polyethylene. It is a sturdy bit of kit that will hold you or your passenger up right.
The seat is covered in a water resistant faux leather and can be easily wiped down after use. It is a molded seat so it fits the contours of a person which really sets this seat apart.
The storage boxes are two separate compartments and have 7 cu ft of storage space between them. There is a whole lot of room here for your helmets and gear.
While the seat isn’t fully waterproof the storage compartments are and they benefit from a tongue and groove locking system that keeps water from sneaking in around the rim.
Guarded grip handles are a nice touch. They provide both safety and comfort for the passenger. The armrests are moulded and are a bit broad for younger or slimmer passengers. This doesn’t affect the passengers ability to reach the handles though, according to users.
- Sturdy construction.
- Lots of back support.
- Quality impact absorbing padding.
- Molded seat for comfort.
- Guarded grab handles.
- 7 cu ft of storage.
- Armrest moulds are quite broad.
This is a bit more of a storage solution than a seat but it works well enough as a seat.
The seat measures about 17 inches wide which is plenty of room for most people. The armrests are actually two side storage bags so if you do over fill them they will take up a little bit of the seat space.
The padding is generous and comfortable. A big bonus for this seat bag is that the back rest is ergonomic and has dedicated padding rather than relying on the contents of the bag for support.
The storage bags are all detachable so you only have to use what you need. The centre bag is actually insulated meaning you can keep your food and drinks cool or warm as you wish. This is excellent for longer trips, especially as you have a nice comfortable seat to enjoy your snacks in.
The Kolpin name is associated with quality in the ATV world and this seat bag is no different. The material used is a durable, waterproof nylon which will keep your gear dry.
The seams and zippers are reinforced so they won’t blow out on the trial. This is really appreciated as far too many fabric seat bags tend to be weak along the bottom seam.
- Comfortable ergonomic padding.
- Plenty of extra storage.
- 17 inch seat suitable for most people.
- Waterproof and durable.
- Detachable bags.
- Insulated center bag.
- No grab handles.
- Short backrest.
- Zips have been known to clog with mud and dust.
Soft bag seat. The back and arm supports are actually the storage compartments. This can make for a really comfortable seat as long as it isn’t filled with hard or sharp things.
Ok, so it’s not ideal. But it does do some things really well. The storage compartments are very generous and it has bungee cords along the top to store smaller items.
The padded walls inside the storage compartments are handy for offering some more support to the bags. They’re not strong enough to hold up whoever is sitting in the seat but it does help protect your gear.
The seat itself is a good size and has adequate padding. A nice bonus is the fact that you can unzip the seat and take out the padding to wash or replace. This is really handy after a dirty ride. If you find the padding isn’t adequate then you can always slip in a comfier cushion.
Detachable bottle holders are an extra fancy touch. They are detachable if you don’t want to use them, but why would you not want a cup holder?
This is a pretty cheap option that has a lot of functionality for the price. The material is only water resistant which is a bit annoying. You will need to use a waterproof coating if you want to keep things dry in heavy rain.
- 17 inch seat suitable for most people.
- Large, detachable storage spaces.
- Removable padding.
- Decent padded seat.
- Bottle holders.
- Cheap option.
- Water resistant not waterproof.
- Lacks solid back support.
- Lower, back seam is a bit weak.
This is a really sturdy seat. Made from high-quality molded plastic, it offers great support for the user and also protects your gear.
The seat is nylon covered and filled with a light foam. It could be a bit more padded to be honest. There are more comfortable seats out there.
The armrests are fairly short but tall. They make you feel comfortable and secure in the seat. The only issue with them is that the handles are difficult to grab, particularly if you are a bit short. They are inside the armrest so you have to reach in.
The storage is large enough for two adult helmets or whatever you wish to store. The overall size is 3 cu ft. It’s not the biggest storage box but it is adequate.
A great thing is that the whole thing is waterproof. So whatever you store will be dry no matter the weather.
- Fully waterproof.
- Tall supported backrest.
- High-quality construction.
- Decent storage options.
- Thin padding.
- Poorly designed grab handles.
This is another soft bag seat this time from ATV Tek. It is a decent enough product but it is definitely more focused on the storage aspect than the seat function.
The storage space has a steel tubular frame which makes accessing your gear much easier than general bags. Unfortunately, leaning against a steel frame is not very comfortable.
This is mitigated slightly by the detachable seat cushions. They are pretty decently padded and the detachable factor means you can clean and dry them after use.
The material used for the bag is water resistant but not waterproof so you will have to treat it with waterproofing. Depending on where you ride this may not be an issue but it depends on your area.
The storage space is pretty good. You can fit helmets and other necessities in there. You might want to avoid putting any sharp objects in there though as it might rip through the fabric.
- Large storage capacity.
- Steel frame improves accessibility.
- Bottle holders.
- Dedicated, detachable seat cushions.
- Water bottle holders.
- Fabric is at risk of ripping.
- Not fully waterproof.
- Slightly uncomfortable steel frame.
Best ATV Rear Seats Buying Guide
You have three major concerns when buying a rear seat for your ATV; safety, comfort and storage.
The safety of your passenger needs to be a top priority. Whether it’s a friend or family, I’m sure that you want them to enjoy the ride and end in one piece!
ATV’s are a bumpy ride and without the right support you can really do yourself some damage in the long run. The first thing you should look at is whether the seat has enough quality padding to cushion the impact of the ride.
Look for something with high density foam or padding. In this case it really is quality over quantity. A lot of poor quality padding is less effective than a smaller amount of high quality, shock absorbing material.
Another thing to consider is hand grips. These are usually built into the arm rests and allow your passenger to grab hold when things get bumpy. Guarded hand grips will add a bit of security and comfort to your passenger.
The construction of your seat will play a big role in how safe it is. Plastic is a common construction material nowadays and quality plastic is totally fine. There are a lot of high-quality polyethylenes used which are strong and safe enough for seats.
Metal is less common but much stronger. The thing that you need to think about is whether the seat and storage is going to snap or shatter under stress. Not only is this a waste of your money but also it’s going to leave sharp edges which hurt!
Comfort is an important factor. You want guests to enjoy the ride as well as keeping them safe.
The main thing that will really improve a passenger’s ride is a nice padded seat and backrest. These are the places that will be in contact with your passenger and should be suitably soft and supportive.
As mentioned above, you want a high density, shock absorbing foam or padding in the seat.
Another thing to consider is molding. If the seat is molded to the shape of your passenger they will feel much more comfortable. Molded seats tend to be slightly more expensive but they are worth it.
Arm rests will enhance your passenger’s comfort no end. Hard, solid arm rests are less comfortable than softer ones in general. Some seats included specifically padded arm rests, others use the soft storage bags as arm rests.
Other extras like bottle holders and easy access phone pockets will give your ATV seat a luxury feel!
First things first, figure out what you want to store. Storage that can stake a helmet or two is a sensible choice.
If you use your ATV for hunting, you want to make sure that the storage you choose is long enough for your bow or rifle.
There isn’t really an optimum size for storage size. It totally depends on what you need. It’s always a good idea to have options when it comes to storage. One big compartment is good for bulky items but you will be fishing around for a smaller kit.
Look for a rear seat that has different pockets and compartments where you can keep essential gear handy and bulkier, less used items separate.
Another thing to think about in terms of storage is whether the storage is waterproof. When you’re out on a ride you don’t want to have to rush back at the first drop of water.
You should be careful to check whether or not the rear seat and storage is waterproof or water resistant.
Water resistant materials will eventually soak through in heavy rain, along with all your kit. Soft seats that use fabric instead of plastic or metal tend to be water resistant. You can make them waterproof by applying a coating but this is an additional expense.
Hard materials like plastic and metal are usually fully waterproof. The only issue with these is that you usually need to drill into the bottom to attach the mounting bolts. In this case, you need to make sure you seal around the bolt with a rubber washer or sealant.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can an ATV hold more than one person?
Two-up ATVs are specifically designed to carry an extra passenger. These have an additional seat built onto the back.
They differ from single rider ATVs in their construction which allows them to carry more than one passenger.
You should only carry a passenger on an ATV that is designed for that purpose. Additional passengers can affect the way you drive and handle the terrain. You do not want to risk injury to yourself or your passenger by carrying them on a standard ATV.
How are rear seats attached?
There are two options when it comes to mounting a rear seat. Both options require the seat to be fitted to a rear rack.
The first kind of fitting is a u-bot. These tend to be supplied with hard seats. You will need to place the seat on the rack as far back as it will go and mark where the bars are on the seat.
Once you’ve marked it out, you’ll need to drill through the base of the seat using a drill bit that fits the bolts supplied.
Next you have a choice. You can either try to fit the seat onto the rack in placem or you can remove the rack and fit the seat. Personally, I find it easier to remove the rack but it’s up to you.
Finally, you need to tighten the bolts and replace the rack if you removed it. Make sure to seal the bolt holes either with a rubber washer or with sealant to maintain the waterproofing of the seat.
The other option is winch straps. These are usually found on soft seats. Winch straps are really easy to use as you just loop them round the rack and tighten them up.
You need to make sure that the straps are fully tightened and that they are done on all sides of the seat to prevent tipping.
Hard or soft?
This is really a matter of personal preference. There are advantages and disadvantages to both.
Hard seats provide a firmer backrest and often prevent your passenger from tipping backwards better than soft seats.
Hard seats also often have hard storage which is a bit more robust and handles the impact of riding better.
Soft seats usually have storage pouches which form the shape of the seat. They are often cheaper and more comfortable.
The trade off with soft seats is that they aren’t as sturdy and your passenger can lean against your gear which might cause damage. Soft seats are also usually dependent on the contents of the bags to give the seat form. If you are riding light without gear the seat tends to be a bit flimsy and squishy.