Expertly: Standing Desk Mat Comparison Reviews

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Expertly: Standing Desk Mat Comparison Reviews

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First, decide what quality level best suits your needs; then, narrow things down by size, shape, and color.

Searching for the right standing mat for your standing desk can be daunting. They come in all sizes, colors, and quality of construction—from flimsy residential rug types to sturdy commercial-grade models designed for all-day use at a standing desk. Given the importance of your health and productivity, we recommend focusing your search on the latter end of the spectrum.

Most consumers start their search for the best standing mat by price range, but the relationship between quality and price is not necessarily linear with standing mats. In fact, there are as many expensive mats of poor quality (e.g. the Ergotron Workfit Floor Mat at $199) as there are exceptionally good mats at more affordable prices (e.g. the iMovR EcoLast Premium mat for as low as $109.95).

 
How Standing Desk Mat Construction Affects Quality

standing mat two-piece construction of rubber over sponge, lifting and separatingAnti-fatigue floor mats made with low-cost materials might as well be disposable; they’ll either start coming apart or lose their buoyancy within a year. These were originally designed for kitchen/home use and won’t last long in an office environment. Most consist of an outer layer of rubber, vinyl, or polyurethane, with one or more layers of inexpensive foam and/or gel inside to keep material costs down. Some of the more expensive mats are even made with multiple layers of foam inside (like the Imprint Cumulus9), and while this method sounds state-of-the-art, it just increases the cost without enhancing buoyancy or durability.

Commercial grade mats, on the other hand, are specifically designed for use at a standing desk, in dress shoes. Quality mats in this category will be much firmer and will maintain their buoyancy throughout the workday. They will also last many years longer and won’t be easily damaged by chairs or high heels. Through our research, we have found that the very best standing mats that will last the longest and never degrade in performance are made solidly of a material called polyurethane. For more details about how materials and construction affect mat quality, take a look at The Real Differences Between the Best Standing Mats and the Worst.

 NEW – Calculated Terrain Standing Mats Category

TerraMat by CubeFit

The TerraMat by CubeFit, a new variety of standing desk mat with ‘varied terrain’

Lo and behold, there’s a new wrinkle to the conventional anti-fatigue standing mat that goes beyond the usual expansion of colors, sizes, and designs. So-called calculated terrain mats (a.k.a. “non-flat standing mats” or “active standing mats”) are a subcategory of standing mats exploding onto the scene. Check out our new review category, Calculated Terrain Standing Mats to see how these mats stack up against one another.

The progenitor of this new standing mat style, the Topo Mat from Ergodriven, has quickly been knocked off its pedestal by the TerraMat from CubeFit, which offers more standing space and more engaging surface features (like the Balance Board) for your feet. We’re currently in the process of researching a slew of competitors to these two frontrunners, and will be adding many more reviews in the coming weeks…

Standing Desk Mat Review Comparison

Below, you’ll find abstracts of each product review. Click on the product name to read the full review, or the button “Add to Comparison Table” (then ‘Go’ in the bottom right) to see their features side by side.


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EcoLast Anti-Fatigue Standing Mat - Steel DesignReview Rating: 5 stars 
Price: 
Standard Line $109.95-$299.95
Designer Granite Line $129.95-$259.95
Sizes: 2′ x 3′, 2′ x 6′, 3′ x 5′, 3′ x 6′ (3/4″ thick)
Construction: 100% polyurethane
Colors: Standard line offered in Black, Gray, Brown and Tan; Designer Granite line offered in Emerald, Steel and Copper
Warranty: Ten-year full-performance warranty; lifetime warranty against manufacturing defects

Summary: With its 100% polyurethane unibody construction, this is the best-designed mat on the market today for serious standing desk use. The Premium Standing Mat is durable enough to resist the wear and tear of dress shoes, high heels, and office chairs, and it is 100% recyclable, made in the USA, and will never leech out odorous or harmful gases. Its industry-leading warranty is comprehensive, and this product should last you that long at least without any degradation in comfort or performance because it uses the best available material and is a robust 3/4″ thick. It is one of our two Experts’ Choice selections for the best standing mat you can find on the market.

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2. iMovR EcoLast Economy Standing Mat

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EcoLast Economy Standing Mat

 

Review Rating: 4.5 stars 
Price
: $69.95
Size: 18″ x 30″ x 5/8″
Construction: 100% polyurethane
Color: Black
Warranty: Five-year full-performance warranty; lifetime warranty against manufacturing defects

Summary: The Economy Standing Mat provides full standing support and comfort at a fraction of the cost of other high-end mats. It’s built from the same durable one-piece polyurethane construction but pared down in size and thickness compared to the more luxurious iMovR EcoLast Premium Standing Mat. Despite this, it still features the same anti-travel, anti-deterioration qualities that we’ve come to expect from EcoLast.

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3. Imprint CumulusPRO Commercial Grade Anti-Fatigue Mat

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Imprint CumulusPro Standing Mat

 

Review Rating: 3.5 stars
Price: $99.95
Size: 24″ x 36″ x 3/4″
Construction: 100% polyurethane
Colors: Black and Espresso
Warranty: Unconditional Lifetime Satisfaction Guarantee

Summary: The Imprint CumulusPRO Commercial Grade is made out of 100% solid polyurethane and similarly priced to the iMovR EcoLast Premium Standing Mat. But, due to the limited sizes (one), colors (two), and traction devices (none) that Imprint offers with this standing mat, this Asian-made pretender to the American-made EcoLast’s throne is not ready for prime time.

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4. Imprint Cumulus9 Comfort Mat

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Imprint Cumulus9 Standing Mat
 

Review Rating: 2.5 stars
Price
: $60-$130
Sizes: 30″ x 20″, 26″ x 48″, and 72″ x 26″ (5/8″ thick)
Construction: Double layer foam
Colors: Chevron pattern in Espresso, Goose, Steel-Grey, Dove, and Ruby-Wine; Nantucket Basketweave pattern in Cinnamon, Espresso, Mocha, and Black; Trellis pattern in Black-Cloud
Warranty: Unconditional Lifetime Satisfaction Guarantee

Summary: The Imprint Cumulus9 is not worth much for serious standing desk use. This standing mat lacks buoyancy and durability and has a tendency to curl at the edges and form a tripping hazard. It is meant for short stints in the kitchen, as suggested by the color palette and pattern selection. Great warranty, but expect to take advantage of it every year or two.

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5. Ergotron Workfit Floor Mat

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standing mat, Ergotron Workfit Floor Mat

 

Review Rating: 2.5 stars
Price
: $180.50 street price; $199 list price
Size: 24″ x 36″ x 5/8″
Construction: Medium density polyurethane; foam
Color: Black
Warranty: Five years

Summary: With a higher quality foam on the inside, medium-quality urethane membrane on the top, and crumbly foam layer facing the floor, you might expect this standing mat to sell on the high side of the foam-core mats, perhaps in the $60-$70 range. Not $199. We suspect this is someone else’s mat that Ergotron has private labeled and marked up significantly for distribution through their dealer channel. WorkWhileWalking is an Ergotron dealer, and we love their well-made, popular, and utilitarian monitor arms and desktop risers, but we wouldn’t recommend any standing mat in this price range that wasn’t made of 100% polyurethane. (The same size solid polyurethane EcoLast mat sells for roughly half the price and will easily last ten times longer.)

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6. VariDesk The Mat

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Review Rating: 2.5 stars
Price: $50-$60
Sizes: 20″ x 34″ and 24″ x 36″ (3/4″ thick)
Construction: High-density foam
Color: Black
Warranty: 30 days

Summary: VariDesk first asked to have their standing desk mat included in our product reviews but then pulled out with no explanation, so caveat emptor—”let the buyer beware.” Marketing materials provided by the company seem to indicate this is a very low-quality product, and the measly 30-day guarantee cements this perception. We tried them out at a trade show and confirmed our suspicions that this is an extremely low quality standing mat.

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7. Comfort Stand HD Mat

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Durable Corporation - Comfort Stand HD Mat

 

Review Rating: 2.5 stars
Price:
$44.08-$126.05 street price
Sizes: 2′ x 3′, 3′ x 4′, 3′ x 5′, 4′ x 6′, 24′ x 30′, 36′ x 30′, 48′ x 30′ (7/8″ thick)
Construction: Nitrile sponge and single layer cross link vinyl
Color: Black
Warranty: 1-year warranty

Summary: While it barely moves underfoot even on smooth concrete floors (not a common but very much needed feature for anti-fatigue mats), Comfort Stand HD Mat doesn’t provide pain relief because it lacks support factor. This means that the mat sinks to the floor level under your weight, becoming as hard as the floor, which puts pressure on your legs and heels. A wide variety of sizes and 7/8″ thickness do give the mat an edge over the competition, but low-quality construction renders it all utterly useless. You can rip through nitrile sponge and cross link vinyl layer with your bare hands. What will become of them in an industrial environment?

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8. Genuine Joe Air Step Anti-Fatigue Mat

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Standing mat Genuine Joe Air Step mat

 

Review Rating: 1.5 stars
Price
: $16-$344.40
Sizes: 2′ x 3′, 3′ x 5′, 3′ x 12′, and 12′ x 60′ (3/8″ thick)
Construction: Vinyl foam
Color: Black
Warranty: Zip. Nada. Nothing.

Summary: The Air Step defines “disposable standing mat.” This mat is too thin for serious use at a standing desk. If you do buy this product, pick it up in a 2-pack, because you’ll be filling the landfill with these at least once or twice a year. Our advice is to look to more upscale products.

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Anti-Fatigue Mats With Special Features

If you feel like traditional standing mats lack stability or portability there are mats with special features that take standing to the next level.

1. Experts’ Choice: iMovR EcoLast Dual Gripper Standing Mat

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EcoLast Dual Gripper Anti Fatigue Standing Mat
 

Review Rating: 5 stars 
Price: $99.95-$119.95
Sizes: 18″ x 30″ and 24″ x 36″ (3/4″ thick)
Construction: 100% polyurethane; rubber traction strips; velcro pads
Colors: Black, Gray, and Brown (18″ x 30″ Black only)
Warranty: Ten-year full-performance warranty; lifetime warranty against manufacturing defects

Summary: The Dual Gripper features a unique anti-travel system designed to reduce the risk of unnecessary and dangerous slips. Yellow non-slip strips keep the mat in place on hard surfaces, while round grippers cling to just about any office carpet. Treadmill desk users with little floor space next to their treadmill can even set the 18″ x 30″ Dual Gripper on top of the belt for comfortable standing breaks during their workday. With the same durability, support, and warranty as the iMovR EcoLast Premium Standing Mat, the Dual Gripper is an elite standing relief solution. It is one of our two Experts’ Choice selections for the best standing mat you can find on the market.

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2. iMovR EcoLast Premium Portable Standing Mat

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iMovR EcoLast Portable Standing Mat
 

Review Rating: 5 stars 
Price: $69.95
Size: 18″ x 22″ x 3/4″
Construction: 100% polyurethane
Colors: Black, Gray, Brown, and Tan
Warranty: Ten-year full-performance warranty; lifetime warranty against manufacturing defects

Summary: One mat, many uses. Perfect for sharing between multiple standing desk users, such as in a call center environment where its minimal footprint won’t become a tripping hazard. The Portable Standing Mat can also be thrown in the suitcase for business travel, taken to stadium games to make a comfy seat, or knelt on when gardening or doing household chores. This mat offers the same comfort and durability as the iMovR EcoLast Premium Standing Mat with the convenience of versatility. It is the best standing mat for your multipurpose comfort needs.

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2. iMovR EverMat Portable Standing Mat

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iMovR EverMat portable standing mat
Review Rating: 4.5 stars 
Price: $49.95-$79.95
Size: 18″ x 24″; 24″ x 36″ x 3/4″
Construction: 100% polyurethane
Colors: Black
Warranty: Ten-year full-performance warranty + guarantee against manufacturer’s defects

Summary: iMovR replicated its famous EcoLast premium series quality in a budget EverMat Portable Standing Mat. The new series features almost the same formulation as the original American-made mats. This means that the EverMat is comparable in support and comfort to premium quality mats in the EcoLast line. Available in a bigger size, EverMat is a versatile industry mat that can withstand harsh chemicals, heat (up to 400° F), and will not compress or delaminate due to its one-piece 100% polyurethane construction.

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Specialty Mats

Traditional flat mats are characterized by standard sizes and usually come in a variety of colors. Specialty mats offer more sizing options and non-standard dimensions, which enables you to use them in different work environments.

1. iMovR EcoLast TreadTop Standing Mat

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EcoLast TreadTop Anti-Fatigue Standing Mat
 

Review Rating: 5 stars 
Price
: $69.95-$99.95
Sizes: 30″ x 18″ x 5/8″ and 32″ x 20″ x 3/4″
Construction: 100% polyurethane
Color: Black
Warranty: Five-year full-performance warranty; lifetime warranty against manufacturing defects

Summary: Even treadmill deskers need to stand every now and then, and the TreadTop allows users to take standing breaks without dismounting. Its redesigned dimensions are optimized to fit on the walking deck of any office treadmill, and the 20″ x 32″ model was made especially for iMovR’s ThermoTread GT office treadmill. The TreadTop Standing Mat has the same damage-resistant, anti-microbial, and compression/delamination proof qualities of the iMovR EcoLast Premium Standing Mat with the advantage of creating a versatile treadmill desk workstation.

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2. iMovR EcoLast Premium Hybrid Standing / Chair Mat

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sit and stand mat
 

Review Rating: 5 stars 
Price
: $269.95 – $319.95
Sizes: 3′ x 5′, 3′ x 6′, and 4′ x 5′
Construction: 100% polyurethane
Colors: Black, Gray, Brown and Tan(5’x3′ Black only)
Warranty: Ten-year full-performance warranty; lifetime warranty against manufacturing defects

Summary: Those that use a hard plastic chair mat know it is extremely uncomfortable to stand on for long periods, but bending down to move a standing mat in and out of place several times a day can be a pain. The good news is, there’s a great solution in the form of a supersized iMovR EcoLast Premium Standing Mat. Caster wheels will never damage the Hybrid or even leave an impression in it for more than a few seconds, and it is large enough for standing and sitting on with plenty of room to roll.

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3. iMovR EcoLast Continuum Standing Mat

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iMovR-Continuum-Standing-Mat

 

Review Rating: 5 stars 
Price: $269.96 – $1,224.95
Sizes: 20″ x 90″, 20″ x 132″, 20″ x 174″, 20″ x 216″, 20″ x 258″, 24″ x 66″, 24″ x 96″, 24″ x 126″, 24″ x 156″, 24″ x 186″, 24″ x 216″, 24″ x 246″, 36″ x 114″, 36″ x 168″, 36″ x 222″, 36″ x 276″
Construction: 100% polyurethane
Colors: Black
Warranty: Ten-year full-performance warranty; lifetime warranty against manufacturing defects

Summary: Featuring the same high-quality construction iMovR EcoLast Continuum Mat is intended for work spaces outside corporate offices. 15 non-standard sizing options with 20-degree beveled edges ensure safety whenever you decide to use it – be it the warehouse, fire station, or pharmacy. While the 3/4 inch thick polyurethane surface provides enough comfort to have earned the mat a seal of approval from American Podiatric Medical Association, the non-slip backing lent it a High Traction Certification from the National Floor Safety Institute.

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