Best Overall

DoubleCheck DCP2

This DoubleCheck mat is an excellent option for laying down on a and wheeling about on a chair. It's 100 percent polycarbonate, meaning it'll last sometime before showing any signs of damage and shouldn't curl up through use. As well as being more transparent than other offerings, the studded underside holds the mat firmly in place. And if you have hard flooring, there's a version available for your type of material, since using this mat will result in sliding around.

Overall, not bad for $39.99.

Bottom line: This is one of the best mats you can buy at this price point for your office chair.

One more thing: It's toxic-free for a healthy environment.

Why the DoubleCheck DCP2 is the best office chair mat

What makes this mat from DoubleCheck so good is the use of polycarbonate plastics, which is the same material used by Nokia in its older Windows smartphones that could withstand nuclear fallout. That means for the good price you're getting a mat that will last as long as the chair itself, if not longer. The material also helps protect the accessory from wear and tear, as well as curling up on the sides or discoloring.

At around 1.5 mm thick, it doesn't get in the way when moving around the office or home, and shouldn't leave any indentations after use. And not everyone enjoys using a white slab of plastic on the floor, which can hurt the aesthetics of a room, but this mat, in particular, has a high transparent design, making it possible to see the carpet underneath. The high grip-like underlay hugs carpet well to keep it in place.

Finally, it's phthalate-free and doesn't come rocking toxic compounds, allowing you to enjoy a healthy working and/or gaming environment. Different models are available with differing thickness and whether or not a lip is present.

Best for carpet

Floortex Ultimat

The Floortex Ultimat is a highly-reviewed mat for use with office chairs and currently sits on four and a half stars on Amazon with 113 reviews. This is all down to the quality of the material used, being tough polycarbonate — the same type of plastic used by Nokia with the almost-indestructible Lumia series of Windows smartphones. Not only does the Ultimat last for ages (and by ages, we mean years), it also provides a few health-related benefits and protects your carpet from wear and tear.

It's pricey, coming in at more than $100, but the amount you pay is well worth it. There are a variety of sizes and models available too, depending on whether you enjoy wheeling around on the chair or remaining in a fixed position.

Bottom line: Protect your carpet from the wheels on your office chair with the Floortex Ultimat.

One more thing: The mat has a 'gripper' underlay that helps maintain stability on carpet.

Best for hard flooring

Floortex Cleartex Ultimat

Floortex's Ultimat series makes it onto our list for the second time, but this is a mat for hard flooring and not carpet. Like the previous mat from Floortex, there's a premium price at around $115, but the cost is well worth it for what you receive. Like other choices here, the material used is polycarbonate and other handy features found in the Ultimat series of chair mats are included.

Bottom line: The Cleartex Ultimat is one of the best hard floor chair mats you can buy.

One more thing: This mat is available in a variety of sizes, depending on requirements and available floor space.

Best Budget

SHINOBU Floor Mat

At just $25, this floor mat by SHINOBU is an affordable option for anyone looking to add a little protection to their hard flooring. Made using PVC, there are no toxic materials used, which allows for a slightly more healthy environment. It's also transparent, meaning you shouldn't notice it's there unless you laid or happen to stand on the mat.

Bottom line: This mat is ideal if you don't wish to spend much on protecting your floor.

One more thing: It's possible to use this SHINOBU mat on low pile carpet as well as hard flooring.

Conclusion

Depending on what kind of mat you require (since not all floors are the same), we rate our DoubleCheck option as the best overall for carpets, offering you high quality for an affordable price. If you wish to go for something a little more premium, the Floortex Ultimat is considered by some reviewers to be the best mat around. Other options in this roundup make sense for the budget-conscious.

While you can't really go wrong when buying mats for your office chair, it can be worth the extra cost for one with better materials that will last, as well as handy features like enhanced grip and thickness.

Best Overall

DoubleCheck DCP2

This DoubleCheck mat is an excellent option for laying down on a and wheeling about on a chair. It's 100 percent polycarbonate, meaning it'll last sometime before showing any signs of damage and shouldn't curl up through use. As well as being more transparent than other offerings, the studded underside holds the mat firmly in place. And if you have hard flooring, there's a version available for your type of material, since using this mat will result in sliding around.

Overall, not bad for $39.99.

Bottom line: This is one of the best mats you can buy at this price point for your office chair.

One more thing: It's toxic-free for a healthy environment.

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