The 8 Best Anti-Fatigue Mats for the Kitchen and Office
Standing for hours can take a toll on the body, but a great anti-fatigue mat can make you more comfortable. Anti-fatigue mats are specifically designed to support you while you stand, cushioning your feet and subtly stimulating your muscles.
To find the best anti-fatigue mats, we spent hours researching top-rated options, assessing them on size, thickness, durability, and style. We also spoke to two experts—Dr. Grant Radermacher, D.C., chiropractor at Ascent Chiropractic, and Dr. Brittany Ferri, Ph.D., occupational therapist at Simplicity of Health—to learn more about anti-fatigue mats and what to consider when buying them.
"You'll want to find a mat that's between 0.5 to 1 inches thick—any thinner, and you start losing the anti-fatigue benefits you're buying it for in the first place," says Dr. Radermacher. "Anti-fatigue mats should also have wide tapered edges to prevent tripping hazards."
Our top pick, the ComfiLife Anti-Fatigue Floor Mat, has all the features our experts told us to look for. It's 0.75 inches thick, boasts a non-slip bottom, and is lined with no-curl edges. Plus, it's available in several sizes and colors, making it easy to find an option that works for you.
Here are the best anti-fatigue mats for cushioning your feet at home or at the office.
Our Top Picks
- Best Overall Anti-Fatigue Mat: ComfiLife Anti-Fatigue Floor Mat
- Best Budget Anti-Fatigue Mat: KitchenClouds Anti-Fatigue Kitchen Mat
- Best Anti-Fatigue Mat for Office: Ergodriven Topo Comfort Mat
- Best Portable Anti-Fatigue Mat: WellnessMats Original Mobile Mat
- Best Waterproof Anti-Fatigue Mat: Kangaroo Anti-Fatigue Mat
- Best Stylish Anti-Fatigue Mat: House of Noa Nama Standing Mat
- Best Oversized Anti-Fatigue Mat: M+A Matting Hog Heaven Anti-Fatigue Mat
- Best Anti-Fatigue Mat Set: HappyTrends 2-Piece Anti-Fatigue Mats
Best Overall Anti-Fatigue Mat: ComfiLife Anti-Fatigue Floor Mat
Best Budget Anti-Fatigue Mat: KitchenClouds Anti-Fatigue Kitchen Mat
Best Anti-Fatigue Mat for Office: Ergodriven Topo Comfort Mat
Best Portable Anti-Fatigue Mat: WellnessMats Original Mobile Mat
Best Waterproof Anti-Fatigue Mat: Kangaroo Anti-Fatigue Mat
Best Stylish Anti-Fatigue Mat: House of Noa Nama Standing Mat
Best Oversized Anti-Fatigue Mat: M+A Matting Hog Heaven Anti-Fatigue Mat
Best Anti-Fatigue Mat Set: HappyTrends 2-Piece Anti-Fatigue Mats
Thick, non-slip, and easy to clean, the ComfiLife Anti-Fatigue Floor Mat is a well-rounded anti-fatigue mat that should meet most shoppers' needs. The mat ticked every box our experts told us to consider, including a 0.75-inch thickness, durable construction, and beveled edges, plus it's available in an array of different colors and sizes.
How to Shop for Anti-Fatigue Mats Like a Pro
Anti-fatigue mats are typically sized to comfortably fit the area around your kitchen sink, usually measuring between 20-24 inches by 30-36 inches. Most mats come in at least a few sizes though, so if you need something slightly larger (like if you're standing at your desk) or smaller, you have options. Plus, some mats come in a runner size in case you want a long mat to cover both the sink and food prep area. Consider your needs and room size and go from there.
Both of our experts had the same advice: Look for an anti-fatigue mat that's thick. Anti-fatigue mats are supposed to cushion your feet and stimulate your muscles, and a thin mat can't do that as well as a thick one can. Dr. Radermacher recommends looking for a mat that's between 0.5-1 inches thick.
Anti-fatigue mats are often made of PVC or polyurethane foam. These materials are comfortable, supportive, and durable, plus water-resistant and easy to clean. But if you're looking for the sturdiest mat you can find, Dr. Radermacher recommends a different material: closed-cell nitrile rubber. "For a high-quality, heavy-duty anti-fatigue mat that'll last, look for closed-cell nitrile blended cushion mats," he says. "They've been shown to last longer than traditional PVC foam mats."
A great anti-fatigue mat shouldn't slip, slide, or cause you to trip, so keep an eye-out for non-slip features. These include non-slip bottoms, textured tops, and no-slip beveled edges, all of which increase the safety of your mat.
Questions You Might Ask
How do anti-fatigue mats work?
Anti-fatigue mats work in two ways: They cushion your feet to keep you comfortable, and they subtly stimulate your muscles while you stand. "Anti-fatigue mats put a bit of cushioning between you and the floor, reducing the impact the joints [in your back, hips, knees, and ankles] have to absorb," says Dr. Radermacher. "More importantly, the flexibility of anti-fatigue mats encourages subtle lower body movement, as your feet and legs adapt to keep you balanced." This causes the muscles in your legs to contract and relax, promoting blood flow and cutting down on swelling.
Who should get an anti-fatigue mat?
According to our experts, there are two main groups of people who should consider anti-fatigue mats. The first? People who stand for long periods of time. "If you[r] career involves standing for an hour or more at a time, you should consider using an anti-fatigue mat," Dr. Radermacher says.
The second group includes people who experience discomfort while standing, even if they're not standing for very long. "[Anti-fatigue] mats can also be helpful within certain parts of the home," Dr. Ferri says, adding that many people use them while cooking or cleaning. "They can still be helpful for short periods of time—especially if someone has arthritis, back problems, or is experiencing discomfort in that spot."
How do you clean an anti-fatigue mat?
Since many anti-fatigue mats are water-resistant, you can usually clean them by wiping them down with soap and water. That said, different mats have different care needs, so before whipping out the cleaning supplies, be sure to check your mat's care instructions to find the best way to clean it.
Take Our Word for It
This article was written by Lindsey Lanquist, a contributing writer for Real Simple with seven years of experience writing lifestyle content. To decide which anti-fatigue mats to feature, Lindsey spent hours researching top-rated options, assessing them on size, thickness, durability, and style. For expert advice on how anti-fatigue mats work and what to consider when buying them, she turned to Dr. Grant Radermacher, D.C., chiropractor at Ascent Chiropractic, and Dr. Brittany Ferri, Ph.D., occupational therapist at Simplicity of Health.