Using a treadmill quietly is pretty challenging — it may even be impossible. On the one hand, you could try to avoid the noise by getting an exercise bike instead. But if you’re determined to make your treadmill work, there is one thing that could dampen the sounds that reach your downstairs neighbors — an anti-vibration mat. With that in mind, I wanted to use this as an opportunity to recommend some of the best treadmill mats for reducing noise.
Unless your neighbors are generally shrill and you want to teach them a lesson, working out without an exercise mat is a noise complaint waiting to happen. However, even if you’re not concerned about the noise, there are other reasons to get a mat for your treadmill. In addition to separating your device from the floor to prevent it from shaking the whole building, it will also:
- Protect your floor from scratches
- Act as an anti-skid barrier between the treadmill and the floor
- Keep dust from coming up into the machine from the floor or carpet
On top of that, you’ll also be able to use most of these mats for any other kind of exercise. They’re particularly useful for high-impact cardio workouts that require you to do a lot of jumping. With that being said, let’s take a look at the best treadmill mats currently on the market.
Reviews of the Best Treadmill Mats for Reducing Noise
There are several types of products you could use to separate your treadmill from the floor. I tried to find the best roll-up mats, interlocking puzzle mats, and smaller pads. I’ll explain why you might want to use each of those products both in the reviews and in the section after.
1. Sunny Health & Fitness Exercise Equipment Mat
To begin with, let’s take a look at one of the most basic mats you can put under your treadmill. This Sunny Health & Fitness mat is an all-around great product for any kind of exercise, whether you’re using an elliptical trainer or just doing cardio in your apartment. It comes in three sizes. The smallest is 4 by 2 feet, the medium size is 6.5 by 3 feet, and the large mat is 7.5 by 3.3 feet.
The core of the mat is made of dense yet lightweight EVA foam. If you’re familiar with that material, you probably know how effective it is at absorbing vibrations. Since it’s so flexible, you’ll also be able to roll it up and keep it in your closet when you’re not using it.
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The textured top of the mat makes it look more like leather than foam. But while you might think that would make it more likely to shift under the treadmill, nothing could be further from the truth. The faux-leather finish is not only slip-proof but also easy to clean due to its moisture-resistant properties. If you end up sweating all over it, you’ll be able to clean it with a damp rag.
Aside from the classy finish, the mat has a few other details that make it look sleek and polished. Its simple, rectangular shape is elevated by the slightly rounded corners of the mat and the embossed logo near the narrow edge of the mat.
- EVA foam absorbs vibrations
- Durable and waterproof
- Non-slip material
- Small, medium, and large sizes
2. SuperMats High-Density Commercial Grade Solid Equipment Mat 40GS
SuperMats makes a wide variety of exercise equipment mats, but the company’s 40GS model might be your best bet in this case. The vinyl composite mat weighs about 13 pounds, which should tell you how dense and durable it is. That should also make it a pretty great option for people who are worried about putting the weight of their treadmill on flimsier foam products.
The vinyl will not only dampen vibration but also make your exercise machine rooted in place, thanks to its non-slip properties. It’s also water-resistant, which will allow you to regularly clean off the sweat that makes it onto the mat. However, one potential disadvantage of the sturdy structure of this mat is that you probably won’t be able to fold it. Still, if you ever need to stash it, you could slide it under your bed or behind a closet.
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At only 30 by 60 inches (or 2.5 by 5 feet), it should easily fit in those places. However, if your treadmill is any larger than that, you can check the company’s lineup for other mat sizes. They have both smaller and larger products.
Lastly, unlike the previous mat on my list, this one doesn’t have those softly rounded corners. However, it does have beveled edges, which are sure to make tripping less likely.
- Dense vinyl composite material
- Water- and slip-resistant
- Perfect for exercise equipment needs
- 30 by 60 inches (2.5 by 5 feet)
3. BalanceFrom Gofit High-Density Treadmill Exercise Bike Equipment Mat
If you like the idea of having a vinyl-based mat but aren’t thrilled about the firmness of the previous product, you’re in luck. This BalanceFrom mat should be just the kind of flexible solution you’re looking for. Even though it’s made of dense PVC, it should still be flexible enough to keep rolled up when you’re not using it.
That also means that it won’t be as heavy as the previous vinyl mat I’ve mentioned. Still, that shouldn’t prevent it from being the anti-skid barrier between your exercise equipment and your floor. In addition to having that slip-resistant texture on both sides of the mat (though one side is notably smoother), this product is also water-resistant. So you should be able to clean it with some soap and water.
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This particular product comes in two sizes — 2.5 by 5 feet and 3 by 6.5 feet. The larger version is probably best if you want to be able to use it for yoga as well as a variety of exercise equipment. However, if you find that your treadmill would fit onto the smaller size and that you wouldn’t need the extra room, get that one!
One of the perks of buying a BalanceFrom mat is that you also get a 2-year warranty. That may come in handy if you experience some of the problems that are common in treadmill mats.
- Dense PVC material
- Water- and slip-resistant
- Comes in two sizes
- 2-year warranty
4. Stamina Fold-To-Fit Folding Equipment Mat
If you don’t think you’ll be able to store a flat mat or a foam roll anywhere in your apartment, you might want to check out this folding mat from Stamina. As you might have guessed, the length of the product is divided into seven equal parts. That allows you to fold it up into a 12 by 36-inch rectangle when you’re not using it.
Since the product is made of closed-cell foam, you can expect it to be pretty flexible and lightweight. In fact, it weighs only about seven pounds. However, despite the airy properties of the material, the mat won’t budge when you put the weight of your treadmill on it. The pebble texture on both sides of the product makes it slip-resistant.
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The total length of the mat is seven feet (or 84 inches). So if your treadmill is shorter than 60 inches, you could even fold just the edge pieces. That would double the thickness of the mat where it counts — under the treadmill feet! Normally, the foam mat is a quarter-inch thick, though it will sink a bit when you place your exercise equipment on it.
Of course, you can use this mat whether you’re working out with an exercise machine or lifting weights. You would just need to fold it to whichever size is the most convenient.
- Seven sections that can be adjusted according to your needs
- Closed-cell foam material
- Non-slip pebble texture
- 3 by 7 feet long
5. ProsourceFit Eva Foam Puzzle Exercise Mat
Since we’ve seen our fair share of basic rectangular mats, I wanted to take a moment to present some alternatives. To begin with, let’s check out a few interlocking puzzle piece mats, starting with this one from ProsourceFit.
A single package should include six half-inch thick square tiles and twelve border pieces to provide a clean, sharp edge. The squares are 24 by 24 inches, which should come out to about 6 by 4 feet when you connect them. So the total surface area of the mat should cover about 24 square feet — though the product also comes in a 144 square foot package.
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Aside from the two pack sizes, you’ll also be able to choose between black and gray versions. That’s certainly more than can be said for most of the other mats on the market, which stick to the basic black options.
Even though these tiles are made of EVA foam, they should be thick enough to cushion heavy exercise equipment without tearing. Thanks to the diamond plate texture on either side of the plates, you can expect the mat to be pretty sturdy and slip-proof.
While the foam will absorb any vibrations you make while using your treadmill, it won’t absorb sweat and water. Therefore, you shouldn’t have any problems cleaning it.
- Half-inch thick EVA foam
- Six interlocking 24-inch square tiles
- Twelve end borders
- Skid- and water-resistant
6. BalanceFrom Eva Foam Interlocking Tiles for Exercise, Mma, Gymnastics and Home Gym Protective Flooring
The BalanceFrom interlocking mat comes with even more options than the previous product I’ve mentioned. In addition to the half-inch thick squares, it also comes in three-quarter and one-inch sizes. The tiles themselves are, again, 24-inch squares. They come in packs that cover different surface areas, though I was particularly interested in the 24 square feet version.
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Once again, you’d get six tiles and twelve border pieces in the box, although those numbers vary across different pack sizes. As you can expect, the EVA foam is textured on both sides, making it skid-proof. Additionally, it’s moisture-resistant, making it easy to clean.
Lastly, unlike the previous product I’ve mentioned, this one comes in three different colors. You can either get black or gray tiles or spice up your workout area with electric blue interlocking tiles.
- EVA foam in different thicknesses
- Six interlocking 24-inch square tiles
- Twelve end borders
- Skid- and water-resistant
7. BestXD Treadmill High-Density Rubber Mat
Now, this next option I have for you eliminates the need for a large mat. If you just need something to cushion the feet of your treadmill, you could always get small squares like these from BestXD.
Depending on the kind of machine you have — or the number of parts that touch the ground — you can either get the four or six-piece pack. The 3.94-inch pads are half an inch thick, so you won’t need to double up on them unless you need to even out a slanted surface.
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Unlike the other products I’ve reviewed, this one is made of incredibly dense rubber which makes each piece weigh as much as 5 ounces or 0.33 pounds. Suffice it to say, these pads will be able to withstand the weight of your treadmill without an issue, as long as it’s not above 1,100 pounds.
If this product sounds familiar, it may be because I’ve already reviewed a similar one from PneumaticPlus. The main difference is that those pads have a cork core sandwiched between two layers of rubber. If that sounds interesting, you can read more about it in my article about anti-vibration products for washing machines.
- Half-inch thick rubber
- 4-inch squares with a weight capacity of up to 1,100 pounds
- Absorbs vibrations and prevents slipping
- Four or six-piece packs
8. Neoprene Rubber Sheet Rolls
Finally, if your treadmill happens to be longer than most, you could opt for a roll of rubber instead of a basic mat. This Neoprene product may be just what you need.
Unlike any of the previous products I’ve reviewed, this one is made of solid, high-quality black rubber. Even though it lacks texture, it will provide a fantastic non-slip surface for your treadmill. Rubber is also waterproof and incredibly easy to clean. And, of course, it should absorb any vibrations with ease — though that ability also depends on the thickness of the product.
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Fortunately, this product comes in nine thicknesses ranging from 0.32 inches to half an inch. The latter would probably last longer and provide the most effective cushioning. The product also comes in various widths and lengths.
I recommend going for the widest, 36-inch version in whichever length you prefer. Since most treadmills are just over five feet long, you can get either the 6-foot roll or the 10-foot one, if you want to have leftover rubber. You’ll be able to use them for any number of soundproofing projects, such as silencing squeaky bed frames.
- Solid rubber roll in different dimensions
- Anti-skid and waterproof
- Up to 36 inches wide and 100 feet long
- Nine thicknesses ranging from 0.32 to 0.5 inches
Features to Look for When Shopping for Noise-Reducing Treadmill Mats
As you can see, there are many different kinds of mats you can choose, depending on your treadmill and the space you’re working with. However, if none of the products I’ve mentioned fit your needs, let’s see how you might find more suitable alternatives.
Type of Product
The first thing you’ll want to determine is what kind of mat you’re looking for. On my list, I’ve mentioned several options, including:
- Roll-up (and folding) exercise mats
- Interlocking puzzle mats
- Smaller square pads
Roll-up mats are generally the same thing you’d use for yoga or any other kind of calisthenics exercises. They’re usually made of relatively thin EVA foam which makes some of them prone to ripping.
Interlocking mats tend to come in a wider range of thicknesses so they don’t have the same flaws. They also allow you to connect the tiles in different ways if you need to protect a non-rectangular surface. And since both of these kinds of mats cover the entire space under your treadmill, they also prevent dust from coming into the machine from the floor.
Unfortunately, I couldn’t say the same for the small square pads that only cushion the area under the feet of the treadmill. However, those kinds of products certainly take up less space than other kinds of mats when you’re not using them. And there are plenty of other vibrating machines you can use them for.
Lastly, if your treadmill is larger than most, you could go for the final option I presented in my reviews — rubber rolls. They come in widths ranging from inch-wide strips to 36-inch rolls and many different lengths as well. That leads us to the next feature you ought to consider.
Before you decide how big your mat needs to be, you’ll have to measure the width and length of your treadmill. Don’t worry if the handles are a bit wider than the base — you should focus on the floor space it takes up. Foldable treadmills for apartments are generally on the smaller side, measuring in at about 25 by 56 inches. Conversely, larger at-home treadmills can be up to 35 inches wide and 80 inches long.
Ideally, your mat should be slightly larger than your treadmill. You don’t want the foot of the machine to hit right at the edge as that may accelerate the mat’s degradation. However, if your treadmill is way too large for a regular roll-up mat, you could:
- Purchase a long roll of rubber, cut it down to the length of your treadmill, and use it as a roll-up mat
- Get more than six interlocking tiles to cover the whole floor under the machine and prevent dust from coming up
- Disregard the dust issue and get individual pads for each of the feet (in which case you’ll have to count them before placing your order)
Of course, even if you get the perfect size, there’s one last feature you should keep in mind — the thickness of the product. As I have stressed in my reviews, thicker mats are better at absorbing vibrations without falling apart.
Conversely, thin ones tend to tear easily because you’re essentially punching through the material every time you use your treadmill. But if you’re worried about wearing through the mat, you’ll also want to consider the material it’s made of.
The material of a treadmill mat determines its durability and flexibility. So which materials go into making these kinds of products?
EVA and PVC foam materials are the most common ones you’ll see in this product category. They’re both vinyl-based so they share some properties. For example, they do a great job at absorbing vibrations. However, the same bouncy structure that enables that also makes them more likely to tear. Still, with a thick enough mat, you shouldn’t encounter that problem.
On the other hand, solid vinyl and rubber products don’t tear as easily no matter how thin they are. However, they also lack the soft structure that can help foam mats absorb vibrations more easily.
Lastly, both kinds of materials will stop your treadmill from skidding across the floor while you’re using it. They’re also all water-resistant, which should make it pretty easy to remove any droplets of sweat that hit your mat.
How to Set up Your Treadmill Mat
Once you have your mat, you’re only ten minutes away from being able to exercise in peace. So how can you prepare everything for your triumphant sprint?
Find a Good Place for Your Treadmill
Even if you already have somewhere to keep your treadmill, now is the time to reconsider its placement. After all, even the best mat won’t be able to prevent the floorboards under the machine from squeaking during your workout. To prevent that kind of noise, you can either relocate your treadmill or fix the floorboards under it.
Slide in the Mat or Pads
After you position your treadmill, the process of getting your mat under it should be pretty easy. However, you might still want to do it with a friend, just in case. Naturally, your strategy will depend on the kind of machine you’re working with.
Some machines are completely foldable, so you might be able to completely lift the belt part while you work. If that’s an option, you can roll the mat out where the belt will come down. From there, it’s a matter of “walking” the machine completely into place by shifting it side to side and nudging it forward onto the mat.
If you can’t flip the belt up, stand in front of the treadmill and hold onto the handrail. From that position, use leverage to lift the belt by leaning back on your heels. While you’re holding the treadmill up, ask a friend to slide the mat under it, then slowly lower the belt to the floor. Lastly, step on the mat to hold it steady while pushing the treadmill completely onto it.
Of course, if your machine has transportation wheels, you could cart it away, put the mat into place, and roll the treadmill back.
Make Sure the Treadmill Itself Is as Quiet as Possible
As we have established, there are plenty of reasons you might want to get a good treadmill mat. It can:
- Absorb vibrations coming from your treadmill before they can pass to the floor and reach your downstairs neighbors
- Protect your floor from scratches by creating an anti-slip barrier between it and the machine
- Prevent dust from flying into the interior parts of your treadmill
However, a mat won’t be able to stop your treadmill from making noise — you’ll have to do that yourself. If you weren’t looking for quiet treadmills when you bought it, you’ll have to reduce the noise by keeping the belt lubricated and adjusting your running gait. But if you haven’t purchased a treadmill yet or you’re in the market for a new one, you can find a quiet one in the article I’ve linked to above.