Advantages over factory floor mats
The most convincing reason to go with all-weather or rubber floor mats is that flimsy factory mats just don’t cut the mustard. Dealers and auto manufacturers try to save money wherever they can, of course, and floor mats are one of the easiest corners to cut. Here, we list some of the advantages offered by all-weather mats.
- They trap liquid. This is what they’re designed to do, so any rain, snow, ice, mud or crud that gets tracked-in, gets trapped-in. Some brands can swallow 6 to 8 cups of liquid on the driver’s side mat alone – don’t try that with factory mats!
- They’re easier to clean. Since they’re made of rubber or molded plastic, all-weather mats only require a quick spray with the hose and they’re ready to go.
- Rugged and rigid all-weather mats are a lot stronger than factory mats – so they last a lot longer.
- By keeping your factory carpet cleaner, your resale value stays higher. They’re also a great way to protect the value of leased vehicles.
Difference between rubber mats and liners
There are three main differences between rubber mats and molded liners.
- Perimeter lip: Most liners have a raised outer perimeter of 1” to 1.5”, some even higher. Rubber mats typically don’t have as high of a perimeter as liners.
- Material: Liners are molded from semi-rigid thermoplastic. Though this material is flexible to a degree, they aren’t very soft. Rubber mats are made from, well, rubber. They’re softer and a lot more flexible than liners.
- Traction surface: Most liners are molded smooth, or feature a few traction grooves. Since rubber mats lack the liquid trapping outer lip, they use deeper grooves to hold the muck. But this also makes them a bit harder to clean.
Custom vs. Semi-custom vs. Universal mats
We boast a massive selection of all-weather and rubber floor mats. One of the major deciding factors is whether to go with custom, semi-custom or universal-sized mats.
- Custom: These mats are an exact fit to your specific year, make and model vehicle’s floorboards. They conform to every contour to provide maximum coverage. And certain models use a raised lip to trap maximum crud. Of course, with a custom-fit, these mats sit at the top of the price stack.
- Semi-custom: Matching your vehicle’s basic floor pattern, semi-custom mats deliver a bit less coverage than custom, but usually cost less. And, you can sometimes transfer them from vehicle to vehicle if the models are similar.
- Universal: These are the mats you find in the big box stores or the carwash checkout line. They’re one-size-fits all, coverage is limited and they typically lack raised lips. Plus, universal mats are often made from low-quality materials. That said, these are the least expensive mats you can buy.
One-piece vs. Two-piece (Front and Rear)
Depending on your vehicle and the mat brand, you have the choice between a one- or two-piece set. Two-piece mats are the traditional style, with one mat for each foot well located below each seat. One-piece mats, on the other hand, cover the space between the seats as well. Two-piece mats are a lot easier to remove and clean, but offer less coverage than the one-piece style.
If you’re a hardcore sports fan looking for hardcore carpet defense, you’re in luck. Some rubber mats are emblazoned with the official logos of your favorite sports teams – from the NFL and NBA to the NHL and MLB, we have a huge selection of logo floor mats to choose from.