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Whether you’re a member of the Church of Peloton, one of the SoulCycle faithful, or a stationary bike free spirit whose spinning routines come from within, your new at-home exercise equipment gets a lot less exciting when it destroys your floors. The bike itself is a much sexier purchase than the rubber mat that goes under it, but there are still things to consider when picking out this protective layer.
What is a Bike Mat Used For?
The best bike mats go between your exercise equipment and the ground, to protect your floors from scratches or dents caused by your bike. But a good bike mat is also essential to help stabilize your bike. to prevent it from slipping or sliding around during your workout.
The best protective floor mats made for exercise equipment are not necessarily interchangeable with other types of household mats — you’ll want to avoid anything with foam cushioning, for example — but otherwise you only need to keep a few basic details in mind.
Size: The mat needs to be large enough to fit the equipment, but not so large it takes up more space than you need, so measure carefully. Alternatively, some mats are thin enough that you can cut it to the ideal size yourself.
Material: It doesn’t have to be super thick if the material is high quality. A durable, high-density PVC rubber is enough to absorb shock and vibration and support the weight of the equipment without tearing or damaging the floor. A thinner mat is also easier to store and maneuver.
Texture: The surface texture impacts how well the mat itself grips to the floor without slipping, which is pretty vital. Some mats are dual sided with one textured side and one smooth, which means it can double as a yoga mat.
Versatility: Speaking of which, while you may primarily use the mat under your stationary bike, most serve a variety of fitness purposes. We like a mat that can be easily stored and repurposed for things like yoga, jumping rope, or other machines too (think used under a treadmill or rower).
1. CyclingDeal Bicycle Trainer Floor Mat
This durable bike mat strikes just the right balance between size, density, and convenience. It is thick enough to cushion the bike and absorb vibrations and noise, but not so thick that it makes the equipment wobbly (or make you feel like your bike is sinking in). We like the non-slip grip and waterproof surface too, which wipes down easily after a particularly sweaty workout.
2. BalanceFrom GoFit High Density Equipment Mat
This is a great, all-purpose mat that, while on the thin side, is made of high-density material that keeps your floors protected. The thin material makes this an ideal pick if you want a mat to place over carpet or a rug, since you already have some plushness underneath you.
We like the dual-sided textures of this mat, which make it ideal for a wide variety of uses, from stabilizing your bike, to stabilizing your core during yoga or stretching. The mat is also waterproof and easy to clean.
3. Supermats Heavy Duty Equipment Mat
This mat is just the right size, stationary bike users agree, and looks nice in any exercise room. It is a bit softer than other mats, which helps absorb vibrations and provides cushion if you’re using it for floor exercises or yoga.
This mat rolls up easily too when not in use, so you can tuck it away in a closet or under the bed.
4. Sunny Health & Fitness Exercise Equipment Mat
This mat is made of high density EVA foam for improved durability and comfort, according to the manufacturer. We like that it comes in three sizes, giving you options for different-sized gym equipment. It is also easy to roll up and store. Conveniently, it works just as well on carpeted flooring as on hardwood.