The Best Standing Desk Mats

The Best Standing Desk Mats

Our pick

Ergodriven Topo

Ergodriven Topo

The best standing desk mat for your bored feet

This mat’s varied terrain encourages movement, making standing less tedious and less achy. The Topo is also easy to move when you switch between standing and sitting.

Buying Options

$100 from Amazon
$100 from Fully
$100 from Ergodriven

The Ergodriven Topo’s contoured, topographic (get it?) surface lets you place your feet however you want—one or both feet resting on the elevated features, or in a neutral standing position—and our testers found it far more comfortable than other mats with raised features. However you stand, the Topo relieves pressure on your heels, legs, back, and shoulders. It’s also resistant to spills and punctures, and you can move it around with one foot instead of having to bend over to reposition it. Several Wirecutter staffers have used this mat for years, and even those who were initially skeptical of the advantages of a raised-surface mat discovered that they moved around more than they expected to on the Topo—and that’s where the real benefit of standing instead of sitting comes from. Although several other raised mats try to mimic the Topo, none that we tried beat its durability, supportive firmness, and sensible design.

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Imprint CumulusPro Commercial Couture Strata

Imprint CumulusPro Commercial Couture Strata

The best flat mat

A longtime favorite, this flat mat has a solid construction that is more supportive and comfortable than that of cheaper mats when you’re standing for extended periods of time. It has a great lifetime warranty, too.

Buying Options

$100* from Imprint Mats
Buy from Amazon

*At the time of publishing, the price was $80.

If you prefer to have a wider, flat area for standing (or pacing or dancing), we recommend the Imprint CumulusPro Commercial Couture Strata mat. It’s our long-standing top pick among traditional flat, anti-fatigue mats for standing desks, and it also works great in kitchens, workshops, and other places you might stand for long periods. In particular, testers appreciated its supportive feel and durable surface, and the lifetime warranty is much more generous than those of competing flat standing desk mats, which often carry warranties of fewer than five years. We prefer the Couture Strata version over the CumulusPro Commercial Grade mat because it’s a little nicer looking and slightly firmer, but both are better than any other flat mat (or a bare floor).

Budget pick

ComfiLife Anti Fatigue Floor Mat

ComfiLife Anti Fatigue Floor Mat

Good support for short standing cycles

This flat mat isn’t ideal for long-term standing, but it’s more comfortable than other cheap mats, and it comes with a lifetime warranty and responsive customer support.

Buying Options

$37 from Amazon

If you’re new to standing at your desk, you stand infrequently, or you’re looking for an anti-fatigue mat for other short tasks in the kitchen, laundry room, or workshop, we recommend the ComfiLife Anti Fatigue Floor Mat. Of the sub-$50 mats we tested, the ComfiLife provides the best balance of pressure-relieving support, comfort, and price. It’s a bit squishier than the Imprint CumulusPro mats, and its build quality doesn’t feel as premium as that of our other picks. But if you frequently switch between sitting and standing—as you should—this is an inexpensive way to satisfy your comfort and ergonomic needs.

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Our pick

Ergodriven Topo

Ergodriven Topo

The best standing desk mat for your bored feet

This mat’s varied terrain encourages movement, making standing less tedious and less achy. The Topo is also easy to move when you switch between standing and sitting.

Buying Options

$100 from Amazon
$100 from Fully
$100 from Ergodriven

Also great

Imprint CumulusPro Commercial Couture Strata

Imprint CumulusPro Commercial Couture Strata

The best flat mat

A longtime favorite, this flat mat has a solid construction that is more supportive and comfortable than that of cheaper mats when you’re standing for extended periods of time. It has a great lifetime warranty, too.

Buying Options

$100* from Imprint Mats
Buy from Amazon

*At the time of publishing, the price was $80.

Budget pick

ComfiLife Anti Fatigue Floor Mat

ComfiLife Anti Fatigue Floor Mat

Good support for short standing cycles

This flat mat isn’t ideal for long-term standing, but it’s more comfortable than other cheap mats, and it comes with a lifetime warranty and responsive customer support.

Buying Options

$37 from Amazon

Source: NY Times – Wirecutter

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