Rowing mats are a great idea for those who use their rowing machine in their home - especially if the room used isn’t a dedicated gym space and doesn’t have a workout-friendly floor.
In this article, I’m talking about all things rowing mats and giving you the lowdown on the best use case for them. By the end of the article, you’ll know all there is to know about this (often) forgotten about rowing machine accessory.
There’s a time and a place for a rowing machine mat, especially if you’re using your rowing machine at home. They’re designed to offer floor protection from the rowing machine and its user. Here’s some of the reasons why…
Quick point - you’ll often see people claiming that a mat helps to reduce noise, but this is utter nonsense. A rowing machine isn’t banging on the floor - the noise comes from the movement of the seat, the chain, and the flywheel, none of which are affected by the mat.
Whilst most rowing machine mats are roughly the same specs, here are a few things you’ll need to consider when you’re buying one…
Most rowing machine mats are made from non-slip rubber or PVC. These are generally the best because they’re the easiest to clean, they have a grippy texture, they offer great protection to the floor, and are reasonably priced. They’re also non-absorbent, which is important for something that is going to be sweated on!
A Concept 2 rower is 96 in (244 cm) x 24 in (61 cm), so any mat you buy has to be around that size. Concept 2 sells a mat that is 250 cm (98 inches) by 80 cm (31.5 inches). Remember it has to cover the entire footprint of the rower and not just the feet, otherwise, you’ll still sweat on the floor.
There is a wide range of pricing for a rowing machine mat. To be honest, any mat that is thick enough to protect the floor is suitable, so you can spend as little as $15 all the way up to the hard-wearing floor mats selling for nearly 80 bucks.
Here’s a selection of suitable mats from Amazon, with a different one for each budget.
This one is at the premium end of the market, with a heavy price tag compared to the others. It’s thick (0.24 inches), non-slip, easy to clean and non absorbent. It’s one of the few mats that are long enough to cope with the 94 inch long (239cm) Concept 2 rower, but only if you buy the XL version.
It’ll suit most other models of rower too, including the Hydrow, Ergatta, and Aviron machines.
I think this is a great mat for the price and offers a nice blend of floor protection, non-slip grip, and easy cleaning. It retails for less than $60, but it has all the quality of a mat that costs a lot more.
The unique thing about the RESILIA mat is the size - at 102 x 36 inches (259 x 91 cm) it’s big enough to cope with any rower, including the Concept 2, which is the longest of the main popular rowing machines.
This is a hard-wearing and heavy duty mat, which comes in at less than 30 bucks. For the price it’s excellent. There’s a light tread on it for extra grip and the size is perfect for the Concept 2 rower, at 96” x 36” (244cm x 91cm).
The mat is made from high-density PVC and is easy enough to clean. It’s also non-absorbent. The PEXMOR mat offers a great level of protection to the floor and doesn’t cost much. It’s everything you need in a rowing machine mat.
To conclude, I would recommend you buy a rowing machine mat if you use your rower on a slippery floor, a floor susceptible to denting and marking, or a carpet. Basically, any floor that you want to look after! You’ll solve a lot of problems for a relatively small cash investment.