Our Guide to The Best Treadmill Mats After 2015
Many people purchase a treadmill and once it arrives at their door, they ask themselves “do I need a treadmill mat?” The answer to this question is: it depends. If you’re placing your treadmill on a concrete floor (in a basement perhaps), you don’t need a mat, although it would still do you a world of good.
ProImpact Treadmill Mat #PF36786BLK0
Our favorite for 2017
Stamina Fold-to-Fit Folding Equipment Mat
A great value option
Rubber Cal Treadmill Mat
A little more expensive – but very good
Anyone with hardwood floors or newer carpets will also want to protect these surfaces when using a treadmill.
We’re going to be discussing a few of the best treadmill mats on the market, but you’ll need to know how to compare them to make the right choice.
- Rubber vs PVC: There are two main materials that are offered: rubber and PVC. Rubber may have a slight smell, but this material is great for protecting flooring thanks to its immense shock resistance. PVC also offers similar benefits, and rolls up nicely compared to rubber.
- Noise Absorption: PVC material will provide more noise absorption than rubber, which is a consideration if you have a noisy treadmill that wakes the whole house up when in use.
- Multi-Purpose: A multi-purpose mat is ideal for most home exercise rooms because it will allow you to use an exercise bike, treadmill or various other pieces of equipment on the mat. Mats can also be used for stretching or yoga, which is a nice bonus.
Treadmill mats are versatile, and there are several mats to choose from. The right choice for you really depends on the size of the mat as well as how the mat is constructed.
The Best Treadmill Mats Money Can Buy
ProImpact Treadmill Mat – The ProImpact treadmill mat is affordable, and it comes in a variety of sizes that are perfect for any treadmill owner. With a variety of treadmill sizes, you’ll find that a one-size-fits-all mat isn’t ideal.
Used in professional gyms and fitness clubs around the world, this mat is made with high impact professional-grade material.
Responsibly made with rescued tires from the United States, these mats are “super green.”
Immense durability allows this treadmill mat to not indent, curl or compress. And it can be used for a variety of different exercise equipment – not just treadmills. This is the ideal treadmill mat for hardwood floors.
Stamina Fold-to-Fit Folding Equipment Mat – A fold-to-fit design allows this equipment mat to protect floors from scuffs, scratches and marks while doing its best to be a one-size-fits-all design. Spanning 84” x 36”, this mat can be used for treadmills, rowing machines, elliptical machines and bikes.
Closed-cell material keeps the mat clean, while the 7 folding sections allow the mat to be folded to the perfect size for any space.
Textured with a pebble surface, this mat offers a non-slip design. Heavy at 7 pounds, this mat will not move out of place and will remain firm on the ground even if you’re using it for yoga or other fitness-related activities. For versatility, this is the industry’s best treadmill mat.
Rubber Cal Treadmill Mat – Available in 48” lengths and 6.5” and 7.5” widths, this mat is created using 100% recycled rubber that is able to absorb vibrations that can damage floors and lead to equipment failure. Shock absorption along with an anti-slip design allows this model to fit perfectly under treadmills without offsetting the structural stability of the treadmill.
Weighing 25 pounds, this mat is able to withstand continual use without failure.
Designed to fit most home and commercial treadmills, the Rubber Cal mat offers excellent UV protection, allowing it to be used indoors or outdoors. Highly recommended, the Rubber Cal is made with sustainable rubber in the United States.
Supermats Heavy Duty P.V.C. – Unlike the other mats on this list, Supermats offers mats that have been made with heavy duty PVC material. Perfect protection for hardwood floors and carpets, this mat prolongs the life of your treadmill, and can be used for steppers, exercise bikes, stretching and more.
This mat is 2.5 feet wide, and has a length of 6 feet.
The PVC material will dampen the vibrations of the equipment in use and will muffle sound, making exercise quiet and tranquil. When you’re done with the mat, you can simply roll it up and move it with ease. And this mat eliminates dust that can harm your treadmill.
Supermats Solid P.V.C. Mat – Super-tough, PVC material allows for this Supermats mat to offer cutting edge protection for your floors, and keeps equipment noise production to a minimum thanks to the mat muffling sound. This mat spans 3 feet in width and 7.5 feet in length, allowing it to be the perfect choice for larger treadmills or equipment.
Wear and tear to equipment is prevented as vibrations are absorbed into the PVC material.
Cleaning requires just a damp cloth, and can be performed in minutes. This mat can roll right up and be placed in the closet when not in use, or you can leave it under your treadmill to protect your floors permanently.
Buyer’s Guide – How to Choose the Ideal Treadmill Mat for You
The ideal mat for you will depend on one key thing: size. Since most mats are made using rubber or PVC, there is very little difference in terms of functionality offered. And most mats are around the same price point, with a only a little difference between most models.
So, how do you choose the ideal mat?
- Price: Many mats are priced closely, so you’ll find that price doesn’t play a major role in your purchase. You’ll spend a budget amount for most models. Higher-end mats can exceed this price, but are generally more durable.
- Material: Mats made of rubber usually use recycled rubber, which is great for the environment. If you’re looking for an environmentally-friendly solution, choosing one of these mats is ideal.
- Weight: The weight of the mat begins to play a role when considering your own use. If a mat is too light, there is a chance that it will move when in use, which isn’t ideal. You want a mat that stays flush against the surface of the floor, so you don’t trip or fall when walking on it.
- Size: If you’re buying a treadmill mat, you must make sure that the mat is large enough to fit your actual treadmill. Compare the dimensions of the mat and the treadmill to choose a mat accordingly.
Treadmill mats are ideal for any home gym or exercise room. Even if you don’t plan on placing a treadmill on these mats, they offer superior protection for flooring, they absorb impacts well and they will provide extra traction, so you can exercise safely.