Your new car comes equipped with beautiful, thick-piled carpeting and factory floor mats. It’s so soft, you could go barefoot in your vehicle…but that only lasts for the first couple days or weeks at most.
No matter how much of a clean freak you might claim to be, there’s no way to keep that supple carpet looking and feeling like day one. And demanding your passengers take off their shoes isn’t going to fly – at least, not after someone takes a gravel chunk under the toenail.
Who ever thought carpet was the best product to use for floor mats, or to line footwells in cars? Lucky for you, aftermarket accessory manufacturers feel your pain. They’ve come up with some truly awesome floor mats and floor liners for virtually all makes and models, and we carry all the best floor mats at AutoAnything.
We think we know a thing or two about what makes a good floor mat. So, we’ve come up with a list of the 10 best floor mats and liners you can put in your whip today.
But first, what makes a good floor mat or floor liner? And what’s the difference?
Floor Mats or Floor Liners: What’s the Deal?
Floor liners and mats are almost always lumped together. But side by side, they’re obviously pretty different. Apples and bananas kind of different – same general category, yet satisfying different tastes and purposes. We mean that figuratively – don’t nibble on a floor mat. Gross.
Floor mats are a broad category and largely refer to a protective rubber mat that fits into your car’s footwell, although there are good carpeted floor mat options as well. They can be mostly flat with a small raised pattern for grip and design, mostly intending to personalize your car’s look and protect your factory carpet from wearing out.
Some of the best floor mats have tall ridges that can capture water, snow, and sand from your footwear so it doesn’t your pantleg stained and soggy.
Floor liners take the floor mat concept and build a wall around it. They’re designed to offer even more protection against the elements or spills. Floor liner have a raised lip around the perimeter that acts like a bowl and they’re manufactured to be watertight.
So, when Billy decides to bring Sammy the Siamese Fighting Fish to school for show-and-tell and fumbles the bowl on the floor, Sammy’s water won’t flood the factory carpeting. We can only hope the best for Sammy…
Which Style is Best for Me?
Because of the premium design, you can expect to spend a little more for floor liners over floor mats. But buying the more expensive product doesn’t always mean it’s better for you. Which style you choose is probably best chosen based on how you use your vehicle, although it will come down to preference.
Floor mats are probably all you need if:
- You’re someone who usually keeps their car in pristine condition and doesn’t let people eat or drink in your car. The thought of a milkshake in the cupholder gives you cold sweats at night.
- The underground parking lot at the office is as far ‘off-road’ as you take your vehicle.
- Your local climate has more sunny days than cloudy and rainy.
You may want to think about the more heavy-duty option of floor liners if:
- Children. ‘Nuff said.
- The weatherman says ‘snow’ or ‘rain’ frequently in your area.
- You’re concerned about keeping the factory carpeting A-OK for resale value.
- You live for the weekend and dream about hunting, fishing, camping, or offroading.
I think we can all agree that aftermarket floor mats and floor liners do a much better job protecting your vehicle than the factory carpet ever could. It’s a no-brainer to give your vehicle that extra barrier against debris and spills.
The 10 Best Floormats for 2020
We scoured customer reviews, used our own know-how and checked out manufacturer quality/warranties. So, without further ado, here are the top 10 floor mats and liners we’ve found to keep your car looking great.
WeatherTech is one of the most trusted names in floor mats simply because of their incredible quality. And the WeatherTech DigitalFit Floor Liners are among the best-selling car care accessories on the market for that reason. Each liner for every vehicle is designed and manufactured based on laser measurements.
A lip is molded into the edge of each floor liner to contain snow, moisture, and bits of mud and sand. It’s gathered in a reservoir for easy cleanup. The lip extends up the sill so all you have to do is lift the floor liner and tip it out – just open your door first!
WeatherTech DigitalFit Floor Liners are available in black, cocoa, gray, and tan, so you should be able to find a color that either matches or compliments your interior. Made in the USA, WeatherTech backs all their floor liners with a Limited Lifetime Warranty against defects.
They have a cool name, but the product itself is more awesome yet. 3D Maxpider Kagu Floor Mats are actually floor liners, not mats, and are unique in their construction. Most floor mats and liners are made of a single material, but not these guys. They have three layers for some of the best protection and comfort you could ever expect.
The top layer is thermoplastic with a grippy, non-slip texture. The middle layer is cross-linked polyethylene (XPE) foam that adds a level of cushioning and sound deadening. And the bottom layer is a slightly rough fabric that holds your floor liner to the factory carpet almost like velcro.
Despite being three layers, 3D Maxpider Kagu floor mats are only about 2mm thick and are perfectly fitted to your car’s footwells. Three colors – black, gray, and tan – are available for a custom look. They come with a three-year warranty.
Few floor mats are as rugged and durable as Husky Liners, and these Husky Liners WeatherBeater Floor Liners are certainly no exception. Laser scanning technology ensures each set is exactly fit to your vehicle’s floors. But it’s the patented rubberized elastomeric compound that really sets them apart. Not only can they withstand your typical water, mud, and snow, but motor oil won’t do any damage.
The FormFit Edge they employ has a lip along the door sill that acts like a dam, holding any moisture back from busting out onto your carpets. On the bottom side, StayPut Cleats, or little nibs, grip the factory floor to hold them securely in place.
If you’re tough on your vehicle’s interior – think contractors wearing work boots – these will hold up to the task. Husky Liners backs their WeatherBeater floor liners with a Lifetime Warranty.
If an all-out floor liner seems like overkill but traditional floor mats aren’t going to cut it, these MAXLINER All-Weather Floor Mats are an excellent middle ground. Made of rigid polyethylene with a bit of flex, they’re fitted for your car or truck’s floor to replace your factory floor mat.
What makes them a good middle ground between floor liners and mats is the raised lip around the edge. MAXLINER floor mats have enough depth to hold a latte you failed to successfully juggle but they aren’t going to overtake your floors like a true liner.
With four colors to choose from, you’ll find a match for your vehicle among the MAXLINER All-Weather floor mats. They’re also covered by a Lifetime Warranty against manufacturer’s defects.
Wait, there’s a SECOND Husky Liners floor liner product?!? There is, and it offers the same high level of protection as WeatherBeaters. Husky Liners X-act Contour Floor Liners are molded to your floor very similarly and have a lip that extends over the door sill, too. But the big difference between the two is the material they’re made of.
X-act Contour floor liners are a softer material. They’re constructed from a rubber-based material for a cushiony feel under your feet, and perhaps a bit better grip for your heel. The low-odor rubber is still chemical resistant, so you don’t need to go easy on the floors.
These Husky Liners are also covered by a Lifetime Warranty and are made in the good ol’ US of A.
Alright, so not every aftermarket floor mat has to be rubber. Whether you drive a classic car, high-performance vehicle, or just a model you’re super proud of, Lloyd Mats Ultimat Custom Floor Mats are perfect to replace your factory floor mats.
These mats might be carpet, but they’re oh so much better than the nonsense mats the factory puts in. They use 32oz yarn that’s almost twice as thick and plush as your typical OEM mats, plus they have a non-skid rubberized backing that also protects against moisture penetration.
And in the name, it says ‘custom’. That’s because you can have them made in one of dozens of colors, with more than 11,000 designs, or with your brand emblazoned on.
Covered by a 5-year warranty against defects, you can trust these floor mats to last longer than the originals.
What’s in a name? When it has ‘hex’ in it, that’s a pretty clear indication of what you’re going to see. It shouldn’t surprise you that Intro-Tech Automotive HEXOMAT Floor Mats have a raised hexagonal pattern molded right into a mat made of a rubber composite.
While it looks cool, it might catch you by surprise that the little hexagon pockets hold up to eight cups of liquid. That’s awesome protection against a serious mess. HEXOMAT floor mats are custom contoured for your year, make, and model so they won’t wander up under your pedals.
Available in five colors including clear, Intro-Tech Automotive HEXOMAT floor mats are made in the USA and carry a Lifetime Warranty against defects.
With deep grooves and thick rubber construction, WeatherTech All-Weather Floor Mats are a go-to choice for thousands of car and truck owners. Because they stay pliable even in the most frigid of winter nights, you’ll always have excellent grip with your footwear.
WeatherTech All-Weather floor mats are made to fit your vehicle’s floor perfectly and even use your factory floor mat’s fasteners in most cases. They’re made to outlast the vehicle you’re going to install them in, and after they do, they’re 100% recyclable.
Once again, these all-weather mats are covered by WeatherTech’s Limited Lifetime Warranty against defects.
With more than 8,500 reviews on AutoAnything alone, it’s proof that Husky Liners Classic Style Floor Liners truly are a classic choice and certainly one of the best floor mats/liners out there. They’re made of the same patented thermoplastic material as the WeatherBeater series hand even have the same StayPut Cleats. Even the laser-scanned fit is the same. The major difference is the diamond tread pattern that looks as tough as it performs.
Like you’ve come to expect from Husky Liners, the Classic Style floor liners are also covered by their Lifetime Warranty.
Here’s one more heavy-duty carpeted option, also from Lloyd Mats. Billed as a top-of-the-line luxury floor mat, Lloyd Mats Luxe Floor Mats are three times thicker than your factory mats. They also are fitted to cover more floor area than OEM mats do.
With their Luxe floor mat series, you can match the color to your interior with a variety of standard color choices. The TractionBac underside keeps them from slipping around on the floor, plus they incorporate your factory floor mat anchors too. And to keep them looking top-notch, they’re treated with Scotchgard to repel stains and moisture.
As you should expect with a premium product, Lloyd Mats Luxe floor mats are covered by a lifetime warranty against defects.
Facts are facts, Jack. If you want to keep your floor as clean as humanly possible, floor mats are your best choice. AutoAnything carries hundreds of options for virtually every make and model, including these 10 picks for the best floor mats and liners of 2020.