Best Treadmill Mats For Carpet, Concrete & Hardwood Floors

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Last update: Nov 5, 2018

A mat for under your treadmill is easily overlooked. Most people focus all of their attention on buying the treadmill itself but seem to forget about the importance of a good cushioning layer.

Using the treadmill without a mat isn’t a good idea, because this might cause damage to your floor.

Luckily, you’re here. So you might already know a mat; reduces noise, protects your floor and provides extra cushioning. In this article, you’ll discover the best treadmill mats for carpet, concrete and hardwood floors. So let’s dive into it!

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Do you need one (even if you have a carpet floor)?

You might wonder if you need a mat. Long story short; yes, in my opinion, you need one. It doesn’t matter if you’re going to use your treadmill for walking, jogging or running. Or place the treadmill on a hardwood floor, concrete or carpet, using one is always strongly recommended.

Some people may assume you don’t need one if you have a carpeted floor because the floor itself already serves as a cushioning system. Well, carpet does provide more cushioning than a concrete floor, but it certainly isn’t a full replacement.

Without a mat, your machine will be more vulnerable to dust, plus the weight of the machine can still damage your floor. So I recommend using one, even if you have a carpet floor.

Noise reduction

Aside from floor protection, noise reduction is one of the biggest benefits of using a mat. When you start to walk or run, the belt and the machine itself is going to vibrate. These vibrations may cause noise.

A mat simply creates a layer of cushioning between your floor and the treadmill which helps to absorb the ‘shocks’. That’s how it reduces noise caused by the vibrations.

It mainly reduces two types of noise; the pounding of your feet and the sound of the machine. The two combined might make more noise than you think. Therefore buying a mat to reduce noise is especially a good idea if; you live in an apartment, use the machine in an office environment or don’t want to disturb any family members.

However, it has to be said that the noise may vary from one model to another. Plus, it will also depend on other factors like your weight and training intensity.

Other benefits

Now that you know the main benefits, you might wonder what the other benefits of a treadmill mat are. In addition to floor protection and noise reduction, it will help to;

  • Protect your machine from dust which could cause damage.
  • Distribute the weight of the machine which increases the stability.
  • Expand the lifetime of your fitness equipment.
  • Keep your floor clean from sweat and potentially leaking motor oil.
  • Prevent you from slipping.

Buying guide

Why size matters

The proper size makes all the difference. If the mat is too small, it could cause instability. Obviously, it should be at least as large as the treadmill itself. You probably want to get a mat which is a few sizes bigger than the machine because this will help to protect your floor from drops of sweat.

To make a good buying decision, you need to know the dimensions of your machine. 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 (duh). You won’t be the first one who buys one that doesn’t fit.

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Why thickness matters

The thickness matters because a relatively thick mat usually provides more protection from vibration, noise, and damage. The thickness becomes increasingly important if you have a heavy duty treadmill. Heavy treadmills usually need extra support because the weight will put more pressure on your floor.

If you make the mistake of buying a thin mat, it might tear easily, curl at the ends or still cause your machine to damage the floor.

In my opinion, a mat should at least be 3/16” thick. Thicker mats usually provide more comfort and absorb more noise. Although, the material is certainly as important as the thickness.

What is the best material; PVC or Rubber?

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 tend to be less durable than rubber mats, because of the material itself and they’re usually thinner than rubber mats. Another possible downside which some PVC mats might have are the release of unpleasant odors, although this usually tends to go away after a few days.

Rubber mats are often made from recycled tires or another type of recycled rubber. 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.

Treadmill mat reviews (our top 5 picks)

Rubber-Cal Treadmill Mat

Just like the name says the Rubber-Cal mat is made from rubber. That’s one of the main reasons why this mat is relatively durable.

The recycled rubber material also reduces the impact of the machine, which in turn helps to reduce noise and protect your floor.

It’s 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-inches wide and 78-inches (6.5 feet) long
  • 48-inches wide and 90-inches (7.5 feet) long

They both have a thickness of 3/16”. Additionally, you may want to know they’re made in the USA.

PROS

  • The thickness and rubber material probably make it suited for most treadmills.
  • Entirely made in the USA.
  • It’s made from recycled rubber tire crumb, which makes it relatively durable.

CONS

  • It's a bit heavy. So if you want to store it after your workout, this one might not be as practical.

ProImpact Treadmill Mat

Just like the Rubber-Cal, the ProImpact mat is made from recycled rubber. More specifically, this one is made from ‘rescued tiers’. 

Like I said before, tires are designed to last on tough roads. So using the same material to serve as a cushioning layer isn’t a bad idea at all.

It’s 4 millimeters thick, which is approximately the same as 3/16”. This makes it thick enough to help to protect different types of floors from getting damaged. Of course, I can’t guarantee your floor won’t get damaged, but it’s probably thick and strong enough for most heavier machines and floors.

The total dimensions are; 36” wide and 78” long.

PROS

  • The product is made in the USA.
  • Its thickness of 4 millimeters and rubber materials probably make it suited for most models and different types of floors.
  • It’s made from recycled rubber tires. According to ProImpact, the same ‘Super Green’ material is used in health clubs and weight rooms for professionals.

CONS

  • The rubber material makes it relatively heavy, which might make it harder to store.

Stamina Fold-To-Fit

If you’re looking for a relatively large foldable mat, then the Stamina Fold-To-Fit might be a good choice. You can easily adjust it in size to make it fit your treadmill because it’s foldable.

The Stamina Fold-To-Fit is divided into seven 12” folds, which allow you to shorten the total length by folding the individual sections underneath each other.

It has a closed cell foam construction. The foam material helps to reduce the impact of the machine. Plus, it helps to protect your treadmill from carpet fibers, which is useful if you have a carpet floor.

The overall measurements are; 1/4” thick, 36” wide and 84” inch long. So it’s relatively long.

PROS

  • You can adjust the size to make it fit.
  • It has a non-slip surface which increases safety.
  • The foam material helps to protect your machine from carpet fibers.

CONS

  • The folding sections might be a bit unpractical if you don’t use them.

LifeSpan Treadmill Mat

The LifeSpan mat is relatively lightweight and relatively thin. It only weighs 17 pounds and is 2 millimeters thick, which is roughly the same as a thickness of 5/64”. Furthermore, it’s 35.5-inches wide and 78-inches long.

This product might be a good choice if you want to create a small layer between the floor and your machine.

PROS

  • Manufactured in the USA.
  • With a weight of 17 Lbs. it’s relatively lightweight which makes it easier to store.
  • It’s made from recycled material.

CONS

  • Due to the fact it is relatively lightweight and thin, it doesn’t absorb, protect and provide as much comfort as most thicker mats.

Body Solid Super Mat RF36T

The RF36T from Body Solid is made from PVC material. It’s 36” wide, 78” long and 1/8” thick. 1/8” is relatively thin. Whether it does the job will depend on a lot of factors.

For example, it will depend on; the weight of the machine, your weight, the training intensity, the kind of floor you place it on and your expectations.

PROS

  • Can be used to create a layer between your floor and the machine.
  • You get one year of warranty on the RF36T.
  • PVC provides relatively good protection against dust from a carpet floor, which in turn is useful to protect the vulnerable parts of your treadmill.

CONS

  • Some people might not like the fact that it’s made from PVC.
  • With a thickness of 1/8”, it is relatively thin.

And the winner is...

After comparing a lot of mats, there’s one which I believe is the real winner. In my opinion, the winner is the; Rubber-Cal Treadmill Mat.

This one is made from rubber, which has a lot of benefits. Rubber provides good cushioning. The cushioning will absorb the shocks, which in turn helps to reduce the noise. So that’s why I would go for rubber.

Other then the fact that it is made from rubber; the Rubber-Cal is entirely made in the USA, available in two sizes and is thick enough to handle most treadmills. That’s why I recommend the Rubber-Cal.

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