Updated: May 27, 2015
Car Floor Mat Reviews:I recently bought a used Mercedes S430 and one of the few things that needed to be replaced were the floor mats in the car. The mechanic who takes care of the maintenance and repairs on our cars recommended that we go with the all weather car floor mats which would hold up well in our area - we live in the Pacific Northwest. Once I saw the heavy duty quality to these mats, I agreed on the spot. We ordered the custom fit floor mats and the total cost was about $200. Depending on where you live in the United States, you'll have to decide on carpet floor mats or the all weather variety. I have found that the carpet floor mats in cars tend to warp and fold up on the edges as they get older. This leaves the carpet of the car underneath more and more exposed and open to damage from mud, water, food, sand, etc. In some parts of the country where they sand or salt the roads, shoes can track in a lot of debris that could potentially damage the carpets in your car. Floor mats (durable ones) are the best protectant you can buy.
What to Look for in Floor Mats for Cars? Really the first question you need to ask is - Do I go with the all-weather mats or the carpet floor mats? We say that it depends on the weather in your part of the country and also what your prefer in terms of looks. Once I saw the heavy duty floor mats I was sold, but some people prefer the carpeted look. They both have advantages and disadvantages that we will consider. There are car owners that keep one set of each - a winter and summer set. That may not be the most practical choice for you but it's worth thinking about. All Weather Floor Mats for Cars - If you haven't seen these, definitely check them out before going with carpet mats. They are designed to hold up even with snow, mud, sand, and other debris put on them. The heavy duty rubber material is easy to clean, which is why I prefer them. The kids are always eating or even drinking in our car and no matter how careful they are, the mats do take a punishment from spills, but I just hose them off and they look like new again. The grooves on the mats help keep the spills, debris, etc. from going anywhere else. Lift the mats out, shake them off, spray them, let them dry and put them back into the car. The all weather mats will cost you more than the carpet option, but I say it's worth it. Most brands make custom fit designs that fit almost any car, truck or SUV. They are recommended for car owners that live in rough weather regions where snow, mud, sand, and other debris is likely to get into your car via shoes. Many have lifetime warranties. Perhaps you life in a sunny, warmer weather climate like California or Arizona. Carpet floor mats in your car may do just fine and still look great. Carpets can be cleaned almost as easily as the all weather mats, although I would say you better clean them more often as stains and ground in dirt are harder to get off if they have been there a while. Car Floor Mat Reviews - It's always a good idea to read up on expert or consumer reviews before buying anything. We think that the best sources for reviews are at Jcwhitney.com, Factoidz.com, Caranddriver.com, and Amazon.com. I have not seen anything from Consumer Reports on this. It would be nice to have a study to see how well carpet or all-weather hold up over a 5 to 10 year period. Cargo liners are another protection product that SUV and truck owners need to consider. Our Chevy Tahoe has carpets in the rear cargo area, but I see many newer SUV's with a much better liner installed. Pricing is still expensive on these, but for $100 you get a solid product that should last for the life of the car. You can browse the best selling car floor mats and liners here.