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Imprint by Sublime Anti-Fatigue Comfort Mat Nantucket Series Review

Home Test of Sublime's Imprint Anti-Fatigue Mat, Nantucket Series

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Imprint Anti-Fatigue Comfort Mat

Sublime Imprint Anti-Fatigue Comfort Mat

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What I like the most about this mat (even before testing) are its antimicrobial and eco-friendly properties. There's also no formaldehyde - that's a plus. Now, let's see how it feels on the feet.

Product Description

    Imprint by Sublime Anti-Fatigue Comfort Mat, Nantucket Series #5211 Expresso
  • Designed for: Kitchen, laundry, bathroom, garage
  • Eco friendly
  • Multi-layer air cell cushioning
  • Antimicrobial, prevents mold and mildew
  • Safe, non-slip bottom
  • Durable, abrasion resistant, stain resistant
  • Non-toxic; phthalate free; no formaldehyde or toxic heavy metals
  • Nantucket Series runner length: 20" x 72" Expresso color was reviewed, but mats are available in other sizes.
  • Waterproof and washable; easy to clean with soap and water
  • Sublime Imprint mats come in Nantucket (Cinnamon, Expresso, Mocha, Black), or in Cobblestone Series (Cinnamon, Expresso, Mocha)
  • Find more details and read test results from the Ergonomics University Study at the manufacturer's site
  • 7-year warranty

How the Imprint Anti-Fatigue Comfort Mat Performed

August 21, 2010
As for looks, anti-fatigue mats generally do not look very stylish - people buy them because they need relief for back, knee or foot stress - so style is not often a consideration. But this Imprint Comfort Mat is one of the nicest I've seen. Had I been the one to choose the length of this mat, I probably would not have chosen such a long one (72") but during testing, I've come to appreciate this length, as I could easily move from sink to range and to counter workspace, without stepping on/off the mat, nor being half on it - something you want to avoid. Sublime makes other sizes and colors of these mats. The color of this one is especially nice and easy care, and the top has a diamond pattern.

I used the Comfort Mat mainly in the kitchen where I spend the most time. Where I intended to use it at the counter peninsula, I found it most beneficial where I stand the longest every day - doing dishes at the sink (no dishwasher), while benefiting at the prep area and making meals at the range. I moved it to a different area when I was canning for hours - I no longer would want to be without a comfort mat. My kitchen floor is cushion vinyl (3 layers), so I expected some comfort, but was surprised at how much difference the mat made, even on this rather soft flooring. After standing at least forty-five minutes in the same spot, the bare feet indentation restored not immediately, but within only a few minutes - which I find very good. It vacuums very well - the vacuum glides over the top and the mat washes easily. Please note that only a standard non-brush roll floor tool should be used if you vacuum these mats.

Overall Impression

As for comfort - this anti-fatigue mat makes a world of difference whether standing only a few minutes or an hour. I had lots of company during testing and those using it found it most beneficial; one commented that she'd like to add that comfort to all her shoes. Testing also happened to be conducted during an arthritic flare-up, so its comfort was duly noted. Most of us tend to be barefoot on a mat so it was nice to know this Imprint mat is antimicrobial. It also is resistant to mold and mildew for kitchen, laundry - essential for tend-to-be-wet areas. One family member is allergic to formaldehyde, so being free of this toxic substance was another relief. This Imprint mat has good qualities including being earth-friendly, giving it an edge over other anti-fatigue mats and its comfort properties are very good.

As for durability, the long warranty is definitely a plus. When it comes to use in a garage, durability will depend on what you do in that area. But I would expect to get several years from this mat for kitchen, bath or laundry and for these areas, I recommend it. Whether you stand for short periods or for hours baking, cooking or canning, this mat will make you more comfortable. And go for the longer length if practical for the area. Price is very reasonable for an anti-fatigue mat, given its many features.

Update
After using the Imprint mat for several months, one thing has become evident. Though it is comfortable and does provide some relief from foot stress, after several hours, it feels like you are walking on sand and that comfort quickly turns into fatigue. The softness of this mat can also cause balance issues. I've also found myself tripping on the edge, which should really have a wider taper to ease the transition from floor to mat. I still really like this mat for its easy to clean features and look, but consider it more for those who require light duty cushioning. I don't recommend it for seniors because of the tripping and balance issues that I've experienced.

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