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What Are the Best Car Floor Mats?

Car floor mats

The best car floor mats for your car depends on lots of factors: where you live, whether you have pets, the season and your style. Are you a truck owner who needs a mat that can stand up to mud and dust? A mom who carts around teams of kids? A luxury car owner who loves the feel of sheepskin under your feet?

Whoever you are, no matter your vehicle, the last thing you want to do is spend a lot of time deep-cleaning the interior of your car. The best car floor mats will be the ones that meet your needs and keep your car’s value by protecting the interior from stains and damages.

First, select the type of mat that best fits your vehicle and lifestyle. There are lots of options:

  • All-weather floor mats. Like all-weather tires, these mats work for inclement climates, stains and spills. It doesn’t matter if it’s rainy, wet, snowy or muddy; these mats will protect your floor. They provide a valuable barrier against soil, dirt, sand, mud or sticky substances, and they can also be removed and hosed down for easy cleaning.
  • Fashion mats. Floor mats are a great way to accessorize your car. Add some color with a fashion mat that also provides some protection.The beautifully maintained interior of a 1980s Dodge
  • Made-to-order mats. It’s easy to find floor mats that fit standard SUVs and sedans, but what about your vintage car or modified vehicle? Made-to-order floor mat manufacturers take exact measurements of your car to ensure an ideal fit.

Once you have an idea of the style of floor mat you intend to purchase, consider these different materials:

  • Rubber. Rubber floor mats have lots of benefits. For starters, they won’t absorb water, and many come with ridged designs that keep water and slush from sloshing onto your car’s carpets or leather. Plus, rubber mats can withstand a lot of traffic from kids and pets. Best of all, they can be easily removed and hosed down.
  • Carpet. If you don’t have a carload of kids — or people of any age getting in and out of your vehicle all day long — consider a carpeted mat. They look great, but be forewarned: They are definitely harder to clean. If you don’t mind shampooing or vacuuming your interior mats semi-regularly, however, go for it.
  • Cargo Liners. The cargo area of your vehicle gets a lot of wear from tool boxes, luggage and other heavy and unwieldy items. A cargo liner goes a long way toward protecting the carpets. Many can be custom-fit according your vehicles dimensions.

Bottom line: The best car floor mat will be both aesthetically pleasing and keep the value of your vehicle on the long term.

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Holly Reich View All

Holly Reich writes about cars, culture, travel,  health, beauty and more.Her work has appeared in Fortune, Parents, NY Daily News, Chicago Tribune, Washington Post, Redbook, NY Observer and dozens more. Holly, a recipient of several writing awards, has also reported on media outlets including: Fox, Lifetime TV, The Discovery Channel, AutoLab and AutoWorld radio. She is a voting member of WWCOTY (Women's World Car of the Year), TAWA (Texas Auto Writers Association) and Citizens NYC. Holly's passions include,  cooking, swimming, Pilates, gardening and hanging with her family in NYC.

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