If your shop or garage is like the HomeFixated HQ, then chances are you’re frequently standing on a concrete floor. You may be standing at a workbench, stationary tool, or even in front of a sink trying to clean that last bit of paint out of a brush (that always takes an eternity). Wherever you’re standing around the home or shop, the end result is usually tired feet, a sore lower back, and other ailments that make you feel old. We were recently sent a couple Stanley Utility Mats for review, and they might just be what your body has been waiting for during tedious standing tasks.
Some utility mats have an ultra durable look and feel. Unfortunately, they often tend to be almost as hard as the floor they are placed on. The Stanley Utility Mat defies convention with a mat that somehow manages to blend a delightfully cushy softness with a rugged, durable design. By the way, that’s probably the first and last time you’ll read the words “delightfully cushy softness” on HomeFixated.
Stanley Utility Mat Feel and Function
With its diamond plate design, (which is great for traction), this mat looks like it’s made of solid steel or rubber. However, as soon as you step on the mat, your feet settle into that delightfully cushy softness. Sorry, I couldn’t resist those words again. It’s not so soft that your feet feel bogged down. Instead, the Stanley Utility Mat provides just enough give to eliminate pressure points on your feet and put your joints at ease, all while still providing good support. The mat is made of 100% high density polyurethane (don’t let the “high density” scare you), and an anti-skid bottom helps keep the mat securely in place.
Durability and Warranty
Aside from its rugged good looks, the Stanley Utility Mat is also resistant to oil and chemicals. Its tear-resistant design does a great job of laying flat too. A beveled edge makes this oasis for your feet less of a trip hazard, which also helps keep the mat out of harms way. When I first read the warranty info, I assumed it was a typo. Turns out, the mat really does have a 20 year limited warranty. When a manufacturer puts a lengthy warranty on something that takes as much abuse as floor mats do, I take that to mean they have higher-than-average faith their product will hold up well. Given that it’s a limited warranty, you probably should not wear your ice skates on it, nor use it as a sacrificial base for circular sawing. For general wear and tear though, the mat seems solid.
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My advice is to place a Stanley utility mat anywhere you want to do MORE work; at your workbench, sink, standing desk, pinball machine, or beer cooler. You may find yourself drawn to it and more productive than ever! Regardless of your age, I would even venture to say it might make you feel less old too. At 24 inches by 36 inches, really the only complaint we could manage to come up with is that it isn’t any bigger. It’d be nice to have a larger size to accommodate work stations that require a bit more mobility in the immediate area. Other than that, we think this product is a solid “buy now.”
Where to Buy
Speaking of buy now, you can find the Stanley Utility Mat very reasonably priced at just under $50 on Amazon.