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Jan 20, 2007 11:28 PM

gel mat

Any opinions on Gel Pro Chef's mats, as seen in the recent Bon Apetit?

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  1. The woven texture seems like it would be a pain to clean, especially if you bake and get flour and sugar crusted in all the edge crevices.

    1. Those seem to be an emotional wallet savvy product, just waiting for your credit card number.

      My take is- don't buy it! Very good anti-fatigue can be found for about half that in price. YMMV


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      1. re: RShea78

        Do you have a source for a good anti-fatigue mat of similar size? With back issues and both hips having been replaced and arthritis in one knee and I cook a lot, those mats seem like a godsend for me.

        1. re: Candy

          I use the Bubble Mat from the above link.


          Above are 2 that offers anti-fatigue mats. The top one in this area has been recommended by a friend and the next one is a company I have started to do some business with.

          All in all sizes are probably important if you have a long area. Simple dimensional mats (2x3, 3x5) may not work all that well in that case.


          1. re: RShea78

            I searched for a good anti-fatigue mat a few years ago, but found that they all had an offensive rubber smell. How are these?

            1. re: BellaCalabrese

              To be honest no mat should have that odor for any more than 6 months or something is wrong.

              Now, any rubber mat I got, I washed is soapy water (unless advised not to. then follow last paragraph), allowed to completely dry, and followed up with a talc rub down. However, talc has been under some lung hazard warnings. Corn starch, baking soda, or your favorite carpet fresh should work fine.

              Another thing about rubber mats is they need picked up off the floor to air the floor off and allow the mat to breathe a bit. This should be done daily or whenever practical. Rubber can release a very strong odor of its own if just layed down and ignored.


              1. re: RShea78

                Thanks, this is really helpful. I'd wondered how long the rubber smelled. Unfortunately, I can't tolerate that odor for very long at all before getting a headache.

            2. re: RShea78

              Loved that first link ~ great anti-fatigue mats! Also appreciated the rubber mat cleaning suggestions! Live well!!!

        2. I use old oriental rugs in the kitchen. Cheap at auctions. Even cheaper if they have a little fraying. Heavy pads under them. They don't show dirt. Camels and goats walk on these things in the desert where they are used as floor coverings. I have even taken them outside and hosed them down. The rug cleaner picks them up a couple times a year to be professionally cleaned.
          Before I redid the kitchen, I had Mexican tile floors. Never, ever again. I now have wood floors out of respect for my back, legs and feet. With the rugs, no problems.

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          1. re: MakingSense

            Wood floors in my kitchen too, or at least in the food prep area. At the other end where my girls track in mud and crud I have ceramic tile for ease of cleaning.

          2. I have had the gel mats for abt 6 months now. Bought 2 in black. I love them! No odor, easy to clean. They look nice and not fussy on my wood floor. I know they are expensive but hey, I spend a lot of time prepping and cooking.

            1. I actually use a yoga mat. They are inexpensive, easy to clean, and can be doubled- or tripled-up if you like more cushion. Might not be the first choice for those whose decor is less utilitarian than mine.