A mat for under your treadmill is easily overlooked. Most people focus all of their attention on buying the treadmill but forget about the importance of a good mat. Luckily, you’re here. So you might already know that treadmill mats; reduce noise, protect your floor and provide extra cushioning. In this article, you’ll discover the best treadmill mats for carpet, concrete and hardwood floors. Let’s dive into it!
Our choices for the best treadmill mats
Do You Need a Treadmill Mat (even if you have a carpet floor)?
You might wonder if you need a treadmill mat. Long story short; yes, in my opinion, you need a mat under the treadmill. It doesn’t matter if you’re going to use the treadmill for walking or running. Or place the treadmill on a hardwood floor, concrete or carpet, the use of a mat is always recommended.
Some people think that you don’t need a mat if you have a carpet floor because the floor itself already serves as a cushioning system. Well, carpet does provide more cushioning than a concrete floor, but it isn’t a substitute for a mat.
Without a mat, your treadmill will be vulnerable to dust, and the weight of the treadmill can still damage your carpet. So I recommend using a treadmill mat even if you have a carpet floor.
Use a treadmill mat to reduce noise
Noise reduction is one of the biggest benefits of using a treadmill mat. When the treadmill is in use, it’s going to vibrate. These vibrations may cause noise.
A floor mat creates a layer of cushioning between the floor and the treadmill which absorbs the shocks. That’s how it reduces the noise from the vibrations of your treadmill.
A mat reduces two types of noise. Which are the pounding of your feet on the treadmill and the sound of the motor. The two combined might make more noise than you think. Therefore buying a mat to reduce the noise is especially a good idea if you live in an apartment or don’t want to wake up family members.
Other reasons why you should put a mat under the treadmill
Now that you know the primary purpose, you might wonder what the other benefits of a treadmill mat are. In addition to the noise reduction, a good treadmill mat will;
- Keep your floor clean from sweat and potentially leaking motor oil.
- Protect your treadmill from dust which can damage your treadmill.
- Expand the lifetime of the treadmill.
- Distribute the weight of the machine which protects your floor from damage and provides more comfort during your workout.
- Keep your treadmill in one place.
How to Choose A Treadmill Floor Mat?
Why the size matters
The proper size makes all the difference. If the mat is too small, it could cause instability. The treadmill mat should be at least as large as the treadmill itself. You might want to get a mat which is bigger than the treadmill because it will help to protect your floor from drops of sweat.
Before you buy a mat, you need to know the dimensions of your treadmill. Make sure you have the correct length and width, not just the dimensions of the belt because the belt is smaller than the total measurements of the treadmill. You won’t be the first one who buys a mat that doesn’t fit the treadmill.
Why the thickness matters
The thickness of the mat matters because a mat that is thick enough provides more protection from vibration, noise and damage. The thickness of the mat becomes increasingly important if you have a relatively heavy treadmill. For a heavy treadmill, you usually need an extra thick treadmill mat because the weight of the treadmill will put more pressure on your floor.
If you make the mistake of buying a thin mat, then the mat might tear easily, curl at the ends or cause your treadmill to damage the floor. In my opinion, a treadmill mat should at very least be 3/16” thick. A thicker mat will usually provide more comfort and absorb more noise. However, the material of the mat is certainly as important as the thickness of the mat.
What is the best, rubber or PVC?
Treadmill mats are made from all sorts of materials. Two common materials are PVC (vinyl) and recycled rubber.
PolyVinyl Chloride (PVC) is a popular thermoplastic polymer which is a type of plastic. PVC mats are durable and protect your floor from water. However, they tend to be thinner than rubber mats and PVC mats can release unpleasant odors, although this tends to go away after a few days.
Rubber treadmill mats are usually made from recycled tires. Vehicle tires are designed to perform on unforgiving roads. That’s why mats made from recycled rubber are often highly durable and provide good protection for your floor. So that's why in my opinion, rubber mats are a better choice to put under your treadmill than PVC mats.
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Just like the name says the Rubber Cal mats are made from rubber. The mat is available in two sizes; 48” (W) by 6.5 feet (L) and 48” (W) by 7.5 feet (L). 6.5 feet is approximately the same as 78”, 7.5 feet is roughly the same as 90”.
So the approximate sizes of the Rubber Cal mats are;
- 48” wide x 78” (6.5 feet) long
- 48” wide x 90” (7.5 feet) long
The mats both have a 3/16” thickness, which makes them thick enough to protect floors from getting damaged. Of course, I can't guarantee that your floor won't get damaged, but I can say this mat is worth considering.
- The mat is suited for most large and heavy duty treadmills.
- It is made from recycled rubber.
- The mat might is a bit heavy. So if you want to move your treadmill and your mat after your training, it might not be as practical.
The ProImpact Treadmill mat is made from recycled tires which means it is a rubberized treadmill mat. ProImpact says the mat is made from ‘Super Green’ recycled material. The total dimensions of the mat are; 36” wide and 78” long.
The thickness of the mat is 4 millimeters, which is approximately the same as 3/16”. Additionally, you may want to know that the materials for this mat are produced in the USA.
- The mat is made from rubber.
- The materials are made in the United States of America.
- The mat weighs 3 pounds, which is relatively lightweight for a fitness equipment mat.
If you’re looking for an extra large treadmill mat which you can easily adjust in size, then the Stamina Fold-To-Fit might be a good choice. Unlike most mats, this mat can fold into the ‘correct’ size.
The mat consists of 7 folding sections which allow you to shorten the total length of the mat by folding the individual sections underneath each other. The overall measurements of the mat are; 1/4” thick, 36” wide and 84” inch long. So the mat is relatively long.
- You can adjust the size of the mat to make it fit.
- The mat has a non-slip surface which increases safety.
- The folding sections might be unpractical if you don’t use them.
The LifeSpan mat is lightweight and thin. The mat only weighs 17 Lbs. and is 2 mm thick, which is roughly the same as 5/64”. The mat might be a good choice if you want to create a small layer between the floor and your treadmill, but don’t need a thick mat.
Furthermore, the mat is 35.5-inches wide and 78-inches long, which is quite an average size for a treadmill mat.
- Manufactured in the USA.
- The mat is lightweight which makes it easy to wrap up the mat until the next training.
- Due to the fact it is lightweight and thin, it doesn’t absorb, protect and provide as much comfort as most thicker mats.
The RF36T from Body Solid is a mat made from PVC material. The mat is 36” wide, 78” long and 1/8” thick. 1/8” is relatively thin for a treadmill mat. Whether it does the job will depend on the weight of the treadmill, your weight and the kind of floor you place it on.
- You get one year of warranty on the RF36T.
- A PVC treadmill mat provides good protection against carpet fibers.
- 1/8” thickness is relatively thin for a treadmill mat.
After comparing a lot of treadmill mats, there’s one mat which I believe is the real winner. In my opinion, the winner is;
This mat is made from rubber, which has a lot of benefits. A rubber mat provides good cushioning for your treadmill. The cushioning will absorb the shocks, which helps to reduce the noise. So that’s why I would choose a rubber mat.
Other then the fact that this is a rubber mat, the Rubber Cal mat is; entirely made in the USA, available in two sizes and is thick enough to handle most heavy-duty treadmills.