Standing Desk Anti-Fatigue Mat
by Sky Solutions
- Sky Standing Desk Mat
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- Materials & ConstructionEditor: 80%
- ComfortEditor: 76%
- ProductivityEditor: 80%
- InterestingnessEditor: 65%
- SafetyEditor: 90%
- MaintenanceEditor: 100%
- WarrantyEditor: 100%
- Customer ServiceEditor: 80%
We like the Sky standing-desk mat. It’s on the softer end of the spectrum of the mats we tested in June 2016, but it is a comfortable, well-constructed mat.
We particularly like its clean, simple design and its dust-resisting surface.
Don’t dismiss the Sky just because it ranks fourth in our list of 5 Best Standing-Desk Mats. We carefully vetted this list before we bought the mats and were pretty sure that all of the mats would rate well, and this was indeed the case.
Pick the Sky if you want a mat that is a little wider or if you favor a softer standing surface.
Materials and Construction
The Sky mat is made of polyurethane foam. It’s among the least dense of the mats we tested, but it is solid and feels well-constructed. We particularly like its textured surface, which both repels dust and dirt (or at least conceals them) and offers an interesting surface to explore if you work in bare feet.
The model we tested is 39 3/8″ wide by 20″ deep and 3/4″ thick. The Sky is a little wider and not quite as deep as the typical 36″ x 24″ mats, but it still gave us plenty of room to adopt different stances and postures as we stood at a variety of standing desks during the evaluation period. If you like to vary your stance front to back, you might want to consider one of the deeper mats.
Materials and Construction score: 8/10 (80%)
Like the WellnessMats Original, the Sky mat is on the softer end of the firmness scale.
We have found that these less-firm mats are more comfortable in the short term but can leave us a little more achy over longer stretches of standing. We attribute these aches and pains to the changes in our posture that result from our feet sinking unevenly into the soft mat.
This squishiness is less troublesome if you wear shoes as you stand, since the rigid, flat surface of a shoe sole more evenly distributes your weight across the surface of the mat. It is also less of an issue if you’re a truly active “active office”-er, regularly changing from standing to sitting throughout the day.
I experienced a few minor aches and pains on the Sky mat, in a similar pattern as on the WellnessMats mat – mostly light shoulder and neck pain – but only when working in stocking feet or bare feet.
Overall, and especially over short time periods, this is a very comfortable mat.
Comfort Score: 19/25 (76%)
Two thirds of our testers reported a slight improvement in their productivity during their time on the Sky mat. The other third reported a neutral impact. None reported a negative impact.
Productivity Score: 20/25 (80%)
Standing mats are sometimes called anti-fatigue mats, and all of them are designed to encourage micro-level movements. That’s a big part of how they prevent fatigue.
“Interestingness” goes beyond this fatigue-prevention level of movement. We use the term here to measure how much a mat naturally inspires and encourages curiosity about the surface on which you’re standing, resulting in even more subtle, natural movement as you work at your standing desk.
This emphasis on small natural movements is based in our focus at Well9to5 on the “active office.” Stationary standing can be almost as damaging to your body as the “sitting disease” hazards you are standing up to fight. Being active as you stand can prevent or reverse the orthopedic damage that can result from standing perfectly still for long stretches.
The Sky standing mat encouraged a bit more natural movement than firmer mats without a big effect on productivity, so it scores just above the middle of our (admittedly arbitrary) interestingness scale.
Interestingness Score: 13/20 (65%)
This mat looks perfectly safe to us. Its beveled edges and sturdy construction keep the edges from rolling up to create a tripping hazard. Its bottom surface texture resisting slipping and sliding on both concrete and carpeted floors. It didn’t off-gas any pungent aromas when we opened the box it was delivered in. Its textured top surface gives you a little extra grip as you stand.
Safety Score: (4.5/5) 90%
Like the Topo mat, the Sky mat surface somehow resisted the dust and dirt that settled on many of the conventional flat mats that we tested. Any smudges that did appear were easily wiped off with a damp towel.
Maintenance Score: (5/5) 100%
The Sky mat carries a lifetime manufacturer’s warranty.
Warranty Score: (5/5) 100%
We contacted the Sky service department via their online contact form asking about their manufacturing process and about how to best clean the mat. They replied fairly promptly and answered our questions thoroughly.
Customer Service Score: (4/5) 80%
Overall Rating: 79%
We compute the overall rating by adding up the number of total points earned and dividing by the total possible points (which, to simplify the math, is always 100 for any one product category) and then rounding to the nearest whole digit. The rating is expressed as a percentage, but don’t automatically assign a corresponding letter grade based on that percent. The Sky mat’s 78.5 raw score is 93% of the 84 that the highest-rated Topo earned, so if we were grading on a curve, this 78.5 might actually be a solid A. We will never give even the highest-rated product in a category a 100%, mainly because we’ll always leave room in each criterion in our rating system for the possibility of superior products emerging in the future.
Price above is for the 20″ x 39″ model. The 24″ x 74″ model is $99.97. Both sizes are 3/4″ thick.
- commercial grade thickness and stability
- beveled edge design to prevent tripping injury
- shipped flat, not rolled, to prevent no wrinkles
- "ultra-grip technology" to prevent slipping
Anti-Fatigue Comfort Mat User Reviews
"Lifetime Warranty Sky Solutions USA warrants to the original purchaser of this Product ('Purchaser') that the product shall be free from defects in materials and workmanship under normal use and service (the 'Lifetime Warranty') for Life (the 'Limited Warranty Period'). 'Normal use and service' means that the product is used in a standard environment in accordance with the care instructions provided with the product. Proof of purchase must be included with any product returned under warranty. This Lifetime Warranty excludes damage caused by abuse, misuse, accident or negligence, including failure to follow the care instructions or damage caused by chemical spills. The customer assumes full responsibility for determining the suitability of our products in the customer’s particular application."
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Page last updated: July 8, 2016