9 Things to Consider When Buying An Ergonomic Mat

An internet search of “anti-fatigue ergonomic mats” will render page after page of results, that can be a bit overwhelming and confusing. After all, how do you find the right anti-fatigue solution for your situation?

Don’t worry, you aren’t alone. Being in the ergonomic flooring and mat industry, we have spoken with thousands of people (who are now friends and customers) who started their search just like you.

We understand that each situation is unique, so to help you find the perfect anti-fatigue solution, we complied all the typical questions we hear from potential customers and conducted our own research regarding how to find the perfect anti-fatigue mat.

Our research and analysis led us to develop our 9 Essential Questions one must ask before buying an anti-fatigue mat.

Over the past several months we have covered 8 of the 9 essential questions including:

  1. Is the mat surface optimized for the right softness?
  2. Does the product encourage appropriate blood flow in lower legs?
  3. Does it resist bottoming out?
  4. Does the mat provide an energizing response to worker movements?
  5. Does the surface balance shock absorption and resilience?
  6. Does the mat get softer as compressed?
  7. Does the mat resist warping, bunching and creeping?
  8. Is the surface easy to clean?

This month, we are wrapping up our series with the ninth and final question to ask before purchasing an ergonomic mat:

Is the surface durable?

Many surfaces need replacement after only a few months or a few years. Anti-fatigue mats made of foam tend to quickly lose their elasticity and easily bottom out. With time, the foam begins to break down, generating slick particulates which become slipping hazards.

Another weak spot to keep an eye out for in ergonomic mats is the edge system. Mats that are not specifically designed with durability in mind tend to curl up or tear at the edges which increases the likelihood of a tripping incident.

One way to determine the value/cost of an anti-fatigue ergonomic mat solution is to analyze the number of replacement cycles that result over a specified period.

For example:

Consider a $50 mat that needs replacement each year. The total cost of this mat over 8 years is $400. Now consider a $100 mat that has an eight-year warranty. This mat will cost a total of $100 in eight years.

With an 8-year limited warranty and a surface that has been designed to last for many years, resisting edge damage, tearing and premature failure of its anti-fatigue properties the SmartCells anti-fatigue ergonomic mat is the perfect solution for any office, workplace or home environment.

The unique SmartCells® cushioning technology consists of a rubber surface layer integrated with an underlying array of cylindrical rubber cells that soften in response to surface pressure to provide maximum fatigue relief. The SmartCells act like springs that cushion as weight is applied and then rebound when the weight shifts, which returns energy and reduces fatigue associated with standing.

SmartCells anti-fatigue ergonomic mats are built with industrial quality and combine features such as beveled edges and stability with style and are available in three different surface options (smooth, basket weave and carpet top) as well as three colors (Black, gray and light brown) and three sizes (2X3, 3X5 and 24X68).

It’s not how the mat feels, it’s how you feel.