Noico 80 mil and Dynamat 67 mil (Both Materials Reviewed and Compared)
So, you need to soundproof your car, but you’re not quite sure where to begin? You’ve come to the right place.
Whether you’re just looking to cut down outside noise or improve the sound of your speakers, there are a lot of reasons you might want to install deadening mats. In this article, we’ll discuss and compare two materials you might use:
- Noico 80 mil
- Dynamat 67 mil
Now, before you get to check out these two contenders’ specs, let’s spend some time considering the characteristics of effective soundproofing mats. You should be able to identify exactly what you’re looking for in your soundproofing by the end of this review.
Some of the specifications you might want to keep your eye on while you’re picking out your soundproofing are:
- Effectiveness – or how good the material is at its job
- Application – can you install it yourself or do you need a professional
- Base – how the material is made is a big factor in odor and heat resistance
- Usage – you’ll need to pick your deadening mats depending on your needs
- Price point – can your wallet handle it?
These factors are all already mentioned in the article where I compare Dynamat, Hushmat, Kilmat, and Fatmat, but here’s a refresher. The effectiveness of the material will most often be determined by its thickness. So, the thicker the material, the more effective the mats will be. Other factors like the base material play a role, though.
Secondly, you’ll have to be willing to put up with the difficulty of the material’s installation process. You might not want to have to dedicate more than a few hours to it. On the other hand, maybe you’re prepared to dig in and have the tools necessary for cutting into thicker materials. That is all going to be based on your personal preference and ability.
The base material your soundproofing is made of will determine its heat resistance and any potential odors you’ll have to put up with. Butyl-based mats are very heat-resistant, for example, but asphalt-based materials aren’t going to do you much good in high temperatures. Asphalt-based mats also tend to omit an odor in hot conditions, and the material may also seep out a bit.
You’ll want to pick your mats based on your usage plans, so consider what you need them for. Will you be insulating your car or your home? Maybe you need to soundproof a boat or an RV. Are you looking for temperature control? Different mats will accommodate different usages.
Finally, another reason you might consider is fairly obvious – the price point. Shoot for whatever you can handle. Just take into consideration the other factors listed above. Now, without further ado, let’s get back to the champions.
Noico 80 Mil Sound Deadener Review
First, let’s start by saying that you can find Noico 80 Mil for just under $2 per square foot on Amazon. That product measures 21.5 by 11.5 inches (36 square feet total). This square footage should be more than enough to cover an average-sized car.
So, the 80 mil thickness should be good in terms of effectiveness, unless you’re looking for complete silence. According to Noico, if you want to get peak performance out of this material, you’re going to want to stick to a weight of 0.7 pounds per square foot. At these proportions, Noico claims their 80 mil eliminates vibration, reduces noise and the vehicle rattle, and even improves your sound system quality. However, they do not claim 100% effectiveness as stand-alone insulation. Instead, they recommend using it with a closed cell foam material (like this one).
Also, they state that this material is good at blocking heat, which is probably due to it being a butyl-based blend. The embossed foil is also self-adhesive thanks to its asphalt undercoat. The embossing is there so that you can see if you’ve correctly rolled out the whole foil to activate the adhesive. Due to its relative thinness, the 80 mil should be easy to cut and install.
Keep in mind that this product doesn’t ship with a roller, so you might have to get it separately. When installing this mat, wear hand protection, as some of the metal in your car can be sharp. Also, the adhesive is very strong and will not come off. You can cut this material with either a knife or some shears. Still, you may expect this to be a full day’s work, between the doors, roof, rear, hood, floor, and wheels.
You’ll probably only want to use this on your car, as the manufacturer specifically made this for vehicle soundproofing. So, if you’re looking to soundproof areas around the house, these mats might not be the ones for you. However, if you’re just looking to use them on your car, it’s a match made in heaven.
You don’t even need to completely cover the insides of your vehicle if you’re just looking for a slight noise reduction. All you’ll need to cover is about 25-50% of the surface to have the desired effect. That goes for many other soundproofing mats as well.
Generally speaking, Noico 80 mil is thicker than most of other mats on the market, including Dynamat we are about to review. A thicker material might present some difficulty in the installing process, but it can improve the efficacy of the product. As it is, Noico mats were found to be some of the best deadening materials for cars. Basically, you’ll have to make your choice based on your own preference.
A few users have noticed a rubbery scent. You should know why this might happen from the previous section of this article. In this case, it could be the result of the asphalt undercoat of these mats – which are otherwise butyl-based.
So, in short, what are you getting if you go for Noico 80 mil soundproofing?
- It’s pretty effective, but not absolutely noise-canceling
- Easy to cut and install
- Butyl-based (good heat resistance)
- Manufactured for car use
- Budget friendly at less than $2 per square foot
- Possible rubbery odor – most users didn’t take note of it
- 9 sheets, each 29,5 x 19,5 inch
Now let’s see the competition! But before we jump into it, check this short video review of Noico sound deadener:
Dynamat Xtreme 18" x 32" x 0.067" Review
You can read more about Dynamat in the article already mentioned above. Just in case you need a refresher, though, you can see the specs right here, too.
Firstly, you can find Dynamat in 18″ x 32″ x 67 mil dimensions on Amazon for around $150, and that gets you nine sheets of aluminum-coated heat-resistant soundproofing. That translates to 36 square feet of total coverage and about $4.30 per square foot, but it’s more likely to be about $5 per square foot.
In terms of its effectiveness, Dynamat is one of the most effective products on the market – they claim it can cut outside noise in half. You can only achieve this effect if you buy enough to line the whole cabin, though. Still, even partial coverage will have noticeable results.
Dynamat is a butyl-based material, so it’s stretchy, durable, and even heat-resistant. However, the denseness, which is its main strength, also has drawbacks – you might find the application process, and your customization of the mat can be hindered. So, you might need to invest in cutting tools.
These deadening mats can be useful in many different places. They’re great for your car, but you can also use them at home or wherever else you might need soundproofing. The manufacturer offers different kits for different uses. None of them are particularly wallet-friendly, but the results are amazing.
What are you getting with Dynamat, then?
- Excellent efficacy (even without total coverage, but especially with it)
- Can experience problems with application
- Butyl-based material that’s durable and heat-resistant
- Car and home soundproofing
- A steeper price point at $5 per square foot
- 9 sheets, each 18 x 32 inch
Basically, Dynamat is all around amazing for soundproofing. If your budget allows for it and if you can get through the frustrating installation process – this could be the one for you.
But now, let’s see how it compares to Noico 80 mil mats.
Noico vs. Dynamat - The Verdict
Noico and Dynamat products are undoubtedly some of the most effective sound deadening mats on the market. That being said, Dynamat appears to be doing a slightly better job at soundproofing, despite Noico 80 mil having a greater thickness. However, Noico 80 mil seems to have the advantage in its application. Even being a bit thicker than Dynamat, it seems that customers find it easier to cut and install than Dynamat.
Both of these products are butyl-based materials, which do quite well in high temperatures and have minimal odor. However, some users did take note of a rubbery scent after installing Noico mats.
Unlike Noico 80 mil mats, Dynamat soundproofing mats have uses outside of your car. You can even buy separate kits for different surfaces of the car, and some for your home. Of course, if you want to play around with those, you have to be ready to invest.
That brings us to the final point. Of these two, Noico is definitely the more affordable option. Now, this doesn’t really make it the absolute winner, but it does win it this round. Obviously, you’ll need to take into account all of the other factors and choose based on your own priorities.
Both of these deadening mats have pros and cons to them, but it’ll ultimately be up to you to choose the one you’re going to go for. If you want a reliable product that will ensure absolute silence and have the budget to buy several Dynamat kits and entirely cover your whole vehicle, your choice will be easy. But, what if you don’t have that kind of money, and you only need to stop your car from rattling? In this case, Noico 80 mil mats will do great, and you won’t even have to cover the whole surface of the car.
And, if you still can’t decide about which soundproofing is the one for you, that’s just fine! These Reviews of 10 Best Automotive Sound Deadening Materials are sure to help you make up your mind. Just click on the image below…