Since we often use the terms “floor mats” and “floor liners” interchangeably, most people don’t even realize that there’s a notable difference between the two. While it may not seem so, the benefits offered by each can make one better suited for your particular vehicle. But, before you can choose the best protection for your carpets, it’s important to have all the facts. This article is meant to provide the scoop you’ve been looking for, and make sure you get the best style for your interior.
Floor mat features & benefits
Engineered to provide the ultimate flexibility and endurance in a wide range of temperatures, floor mats are generally made of high-quality composites that are soft to the touch. Designed with deep pockets, channels and ridges, car mats — like the all-weather model at the left from WeatherTech — lay flat along your floors. They can contain up to eight cups of liquid, so coffee spills on a hectic morning commute don’t seem all that bad. While most floor mats are made for a custom-fit, they do lack the precision of laser-measured floor liners.
Floor liner features & benefits
Floor liners like Husky WeatherBeaters, as seen on the image on the left, feature tall outer edges that perfectly contour to the sides of your floorboards. Durably constructed from rigid materials that can withstand everything from snow and mud to motor oil, these all-weather liners provide maximum stopping power against any harmful mess. Another common feature of floor liners is their nibbed backing. This added benefit ensures that no matter how much your passengers or pets may move around, your liner stays right where it belongs.
So, what interior protector should you choose?
Floor mats and floor liners have the same overall function — to protect your vehicle’s carpets against stains and spills. While the difference between the two is fairly minor, it’s worth noting those differences, as stated above. If you’re looking for hard-working defense against work-boots, look towards a rugged floor liner. Or, if you have the need for a lot of spill-catching channels, a rubber floor mat may be what's best for you.
If you’re still not sure where you stand on the topic, you can check out the floor mat review pages submitted by customers like you or call our expert sales team at 1-800-874-8888.