A Quick Guide to Treadmill Mats
Treadmill mats are an essential accessory for anyone who owns or is buying a treadmill.
Firstly, they protect carpets and flooring from the obvious damaging effects of pounding on heavy equipment, plus the debris, oil and grime that collects under the motor unit. Secondly, they help to prolong the life of the treadmill by dampening vibrations and reducing the amount of carpet fibers that find their way into mechanics/electrics.
The price of treadmill mats is determined by three qualities: the size, the thickness, and the material. Obviously the larger and thicker the mat, the more expensive it will be.
The standard size for a treadmill mat is usually about 6.5 feet x 3 feet. While this will accommodate the vast majority of treadmills, the larger more expensive machines push 7 feet in length so you'll need something longer. If you paid over $2000 for a treadmill there's a good chance you may need a larger treadmill mat than standard. Needless to say you should check the dimensions regardless of how much your treadmill cost.
The standard thickness of most treadmill mats is 1/4 inch. This is fine for light and occasional use but if you use your treadmill everyday, someone thicker may be required. You can buy treadmill mats 3/8 inch thick which are not much more expensive.
So how much do treadmill mats cost?
On average a standard 6.5' x 3' mat that is 1/4 inch thick will cost between $35 and $50. The same size mat 3/8 of an inch thick may cost an extra $10 or so.
One of the best online stores for treadmill mats is matsmatsmats.com. They sell at a deep discount compared with most fitness stores simply because they sell mats exclusively. Click the links below for more details...
This link will take you to the exercise equipment that should cover all your mat needs.