By on June 27, 2019

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Floor mats are, much like your author, routinely ignored until needed or they fail to work properly. These things serve faithfully to keep your car’s carpets clean yet are hardly given a second thought — unless they’re annoyingly bunched up near the base of your seat, at which time they’re cursed to high heaven. They’re the Rodney Dangerfield of car accessories, I tell ya.

Okay, maybe that’s too much hyperbole but you get my point. A good set of floor mats make the difference between a salt-stained mess that scuppers your car’s trade-in value and a clean whip that you’re proud to show off.

You guys know my flamboyant personality, so there will be a mix of practical and retina-searing suggestions on this list. We don’t care which one you choose, so long as you choose something. A clean car is a happy car and, if the placebo effect is of any consideration, it runs better too.

(Editor’s note: As noted above, this post is meant to both help you be an informed shopper for automotive products but also to pay for our ‘90s sedan shopping habits operating expenses. Some of you don’t find these posts fun, but they help pay for Junkyard Finds, Rare Rides, Piston Slaps, and whatever else. Thanks for reading.)

The Best Floor Mats

1. Editor’s Pick: WeatherTech 1st and 2nd Row FloorLiner

weathertech floor mats

This is the sole pick on our list of best floor mats that isn’t a universal fit item. Why? Two reasons. First, WeatherTech primarily sells only mats which are precisely measured and cut to fit specific applications. Second, I’m writing this post so I get to make the rules (well, until Tim yanks the reins). These mats will fit my 2018 GMC Sierra Crew Cab. You can find a set for your own rig.

These babies have a breaking strength that probably outstrips the curb weight of your entire vehicle. They’re heavy, too, meaning they won’t slide around like a newborn fawn on ice. Be sure to order the specific ones which fit your vehicle, as WeatherTech prides itself in having exact measurements for just about every new car and SUV on the road. You’ve surely seen this claim in their ads; after all, every buff book has at least six pages of the things. If their marketing spend is as big as I think it is – they also sponsor an entire racing series, don’t forget – that may help explain the eye-watering price tag. That and the perfect fit, of course.

Pros: Incredibly robust, guaranteed to fit

Cons: Wallet damaging price

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2. Budget Selection: BDK Classic Carpet Floor Mats for Car & Auto, Universal Fit

bdk classic carpet floor mats

Simply looking to fire a set of floor mats to improve the perceived value of that car you’re trying to flip on Craigslist? At less than 10 bucks for a set of four, it’s tough to beat these mats on price. Shaped to roughly fit the footwells of most cars, these mats are a quick and cheap way to spruce up the place.

Available in a variety of colors, the front mats are listed as being roughly two feet long and a foot and a half wide with the rears being about half that size. This knowledge allows you to break out the measuring tape to see if there’s a chance in the world these things will fit your car instead of instantly crumpling up like a discarded chip bag. Owners of a Chevy Ventura van and its weird shaped footwells, for example, likely need not apply.

Pros: Cheaper than the dirt they cover up

Cons: No safety hooks, paper thin

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3. Look At Me: Momo Red Car Floor Mats, 4 Piece Carpet

momo red floor mats

Yeah, you know I had to choose a set of bright red mats. These are of the carpeted variety, meaning they won’t do squat to improve the situation if you live in a place where salt and slush reign supreme. I’m also not convinced that’s a totally authorized use of the Momo logo.

They’d look dandy in that slightly hooptified Civic you’re trying to sell, though, especially when customers get a bit silly around tax time. Forty bucks for a set of four isn’t bad value but only five reviews pop up on Amazon for this product. Most give the mats a five-star rating but one user makes some very specific complaints about the quality of both the front and anterior sides. As with all things, caveat emptor, folks.

Pros: Look great when new, dandy red color

Cons: Questions about carpet and backing quality abound

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4. Motor Trend Flextough Rubber Car Floor Mats

motor trend flextough rubber car floor mats

Wait a minute, Motor Trend has slapped their brand on their own set of floor mats? Don’t they run a paper mill’s worth of WeatherTech ads every month? Do these mats make your car smell like Jonny Lieberman? So many unanswered questions.

Reviews are good, with most customers being happy with the heft and quality of these things. This particular set comes as a quintet, providing a rear cargo liner to match the front a rear floor mats. The seller keeps banging on about the material used to produce these mats, alleging they don’t throw off the typical odor of a new rubber floor liner. While they are of a universal design, they’re also able to be trimmed to fit your exact application. Don’t run with scissors, kids.

Pros: Five piece set, trimmable design

Cons: People will think you read Motor Trend

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5. AmazonBasics 3 Piece Car Floor Mat

amazonbasics 3-piece car floor mats

As proof that a person can buy literally anything on Amazon, we present this three-piece set of Amazon branded floor mats for your car. They’re made of flexible rubber in black, tan, or grey. This suggests they won’t freeze up in when they get soaking wet cold weather, a situation in which some cheap mats shatter like ceramics under the duress of ice and snow. This is after they curl up like so much kudzu.

The front mats each measure 17.4 by 28 inches, while the rear runner-style mat measures 17 by 52.2 inches. A runner style mat has a bunch of advantages, not the least of which is its ability to protect the carpet across the whole length of the backseat’s floor. Hey, that hump can get dirty, too. A non-skid design is said to not slip or slide around on the floor while the rubber material means you can hose ‘em out with water.

Pros: Rear runner style mat, very affordable

Cons: Jeff Bezos doesn’t need any more money, even after giving half of it away to MacKenzie

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6. BDK Universal Fit 4-Piece Set Metallic Design Car Floor Mat

bdk universal fit 4-piece metallic design car floor mats

Bright metallic chrome finished floor mats? As a former VP candidate used to say — yewbetcha. Your author thought that mats like this disappeared in the ‘80s… but here we are. Featuring bright blue coloring and a diamond tread pattern, these things would look right at home in your Chevy Beauville van to protect its shag pile carpeting.

Still, those who bought them seem to like them a lot, if the reviews are any indication. They are allegedly easy to clean and stay in place better than some of the other mats on this list, so at least they’re practical. These mats are marketed with matching steering wheel and seat covers in case you’re interested. But you shouldn’t be.

Pros: You’ll be the only one with a set

Cons: You’ll be the only one with a set because they’re eye-searingly ugly

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7. Armor All Black Rubber Interior Floor Mat

armor all rubber interior floor mats

Apparently this company doesn’t just lend its name to a line of car cleaning products and gas station air fresheners (if you’re popping for the latter, get one from Little Trees). This set of four looks more like two sets of two in the pictures, as the mat design is the same for both driver and passenger instead of being reversed.

The description says these mats have a raised heel pad area, something which usually only pops up on driver’s side mats to prevent wear through. But hey, your passengers have heels, too, right? All other mats boast of features on the mat’s anterior side designed to keep them in place but only this manufacturer has patented that stuff under the name Carpet Claw. That alone is almost worth the cash.

Pros: Deep tread pattern to hold water and snow, great brand name

Cons: Will require trimming on some cars

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8. Solid Pro Rubber Car Floor Mats – Heavy Duty Plus Liners

bdk solid pro rubber car floor mats

Here we have another entrant into the anonymous universal black rubber mat club. The front mats are said to measure a maximum of 28 inches long by 20.5 inches wide, meaning these would be a good choice for a big car or pickup truck. They’d likely be overkill for a Corolla, however, where’d they probably try to climb the walls of the footwell and curl up in jig time.

Here’s an odd one: customer feedback says these mats smell weird. Not as in a rubber off-gassing smell, apparently, but some sort of floral scent. Perhaps it’s an inadvertent built-in air freshener. Keep your expectations in check — they’re cheap universal rubber mats that will need trimming — and you should be happy.

Pros: Enormous coverage, water trapping patterns

Cons: An alleged odd smell

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20 Comments on “Wipe Yer Feet: Best Floor Mats...”

  • avatar
    Arthur Dailey

    Get your car Krowned when they have their spring special. With it I got/they offer a set of car mats that look very similar to the Amazon ones pictured.

  • avatar

    I have Aries-3D custom floor mats which are a lot like Weathertech only smoother and less obvious. They look great, last forever and are cheaper then the Weathertech, I like and recommend

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    Been using Weathertechs for years, they do what they say on the tin. I only wish they were a little “deeper” for lack of a better term on my specific car. The dead pedal area isn’t tall enough on the mat. In an area with winter time, they are essential.

    • 0 avatar

      Noticed that the fronts in my new Accord aren’t as high as the ones for my previous Accord.

      Still worth the cost. The FloorLiners offer enough coverage that I literally don’t worry about my carpet; low-grade felt though it be, the carpet in my 2013 Accord was in perfect shape at trade-in!

      I know the Husky brand is also well-liked on here. Surprised that didn’t make the cut. Presumably some of these other ones could be found at Pep Boys or AutoZone.

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    Rick T.

    I’m disappointed with the Weathertech front mats for our 2016 VW Sportwagen. I drive with the front seat all the way back. In that position there is about a 4″ gap between the mat and the front of the seat which leaves a critical and significant amount of carpet exposed. The rear and cargo mats are fine.

  • avatar

    I bought a set of “Max Liner” floor mats for my C-Max when I got it in early 2018. They’re like Weathertech where they are molded to your car’s floor layout and they trap the slush and other gross stuff. But they cost a lot less. No problems with them so far.

  • avatar

    My two favorites aren’t even on the list. 3D MAXspiders Kagu mats and Findway. Way better then Weathertech in my opinion.

  • avatar

    I bought a set of WeatherTech custom front mats 4 or 5 years ago, and they are curling up now. Disappointing given the price.

  • avatar
    JMII they aren’t cheap but are custom with all kinds of materials, logos and colors available. Some of them use nice thick carpet that is downright plush.

    • 0 avatar

      I bought the Lloyd mats for my C7. While pricey at over $200, the quality is superb and I am a picky bastard when it comes to quality. I opted for the crossed flags as I really don’t find any appeal in the Stingray logo (my stingray logos now adorn my computer displays at work). I opted for the best mat they make and I have to say it was worth every penny. Weathertech’s are great for utility, but just don’t have the appearance I wanted. And Lloyd’s are US made as well I believe.

    • 0 avatar

      I might try them next time. I’ve purchased a couple sets from and been quite pleased with quality, fit, and price. No car logos, though.

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    Avoid any and all “universal fit” floormats. If they can’t integrate with your car’s floormat locking system, it’s dangerous. It’ll shift and you stand the risk of a stuck pedal. I’ve had it happen to me. Don’t let it happen to you.

    • 0 avatar

      Yes “avoid any universal fit floormats” my friend bought a used Saturn Vue V6 (Honda engine) always liked to floor it like he was a teenager again, one day while riding with him he lead footed it, or so I thought, he then threw it in neutral and shut the key off pulling off to the side of the road, gas pedal stuck! He started driving ,again it was floored, same thing ,put in neutral, shut off key, by now I’m saying to myself,” self, GET OUT and WALK”! I’m to old to die like this! It was the floor mat that appeared to be a stock Saturn look alike WeatherTech causing the issue.

  • avatar

    I have been buying Tux Mat for the last couple of vehicles. Laser measured like WeatherTech but has a raised cushioned design. Designed in Canada (+) but manufactured overseas (-). HQ is in Scarborough for anyone living in the GTA

  • avatar
    Jeff S

    I have Weather Tech in both of my trucks. They do keep the carpet from getting dirty and they last and last.

  • avatar
    Middle-Aged (Ex-Miata) Man

    WeatherTechs all the way. They’re definitely worth the money.

    Now, regarding this: “Owners of a Chevy Ventura van and its weird shaped footwells…”

    Well done. You managed to expertly mashup three makes, three vehicles and four model names here.

    Chevy Van (van)
    GMC Vandura (van)
    Pontiac Ventura (car)
    Chevy Venture (minivan)

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    I’ve had WeatherTech wheelwell liners in my previous SUVs, and their flat rubber mats in my cars, and they perform well. The only reason I don’t have them in my current SUV is because I was able to buy a Ford-branded set for about the same price. It wouldn’t surprise me if they were made by either WeatherTech, Husky, or some other manufacturer for the aftermarket.

    Two minor nitpicks. First is that I don’t like the appearance or placement of the WeatherTech logo on the liners; they’re ugly, create a small well where winter muck collects, and eventually peel away, leaving an even deeper, molded-in well to catch muck. Second is that it’s a pain to get rid of mud stains that seem to bond to the surface, but the upside is that you can see the crap that you’ve avoided getting into your carpeting.

  • avatar

    no contest…

    WINTER: WeatherTech – FloorLiner

    SUMMER: Lloyd Mats – Ultimat

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    No mention of cocomats from Should be at the top of ANY floormat list.

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