Standing Desk Anti-Fatigue Mat
- SmartCells Anti-Fatigue Standing Mat
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- Materials & ConstructionEditor: 90%
- ComfortEditor: 80%
- ProductivityEditor: 84%
- InterestingnessEditor: 60%
- SafetyEditor: 90%
- MaintenanceEditor: 90%
- WarrantyEditor: 80%
- Customer ServiceEditor: 100%
We like the SmartCells standing-desk mat. With its solid rubber construction and its spring-like “smart cells,” it presents a very different profile from the polyurethane-foam mats we tested along with it in June of 2016.
The SmartCells falls in the middle our current rankings of the 5 Best Standing-Desk Mats.
We like its low profile and its innovative “smart cell” technology, which offer an interesting and uniquely comfortable standing surface.
Pick this mat if you like a firm standing surface or need to work standing for long stretches at a time.
If you prefer a softer standing surface, then you might consider a mat like the Sky Anti-Fatigue Mat. If you’d like to explore a different kind of standing-mat innovativeness, give the Topo mat a look.
Materials and Construction
The SmartCells mat is made of solid rubber with a smooth top surface and a bottom surface that looks like an array of small rubber cylinders. The manufacturer calls these cylinders “smart cells.”
Each cylindrical cell works like a little spring, all of the springs working together to provide a comfortable foundation for your feet. This design offers a nice, firm surface that lends consistent support across your feet, from heel to toe and from side to side.
At only 1/2″ thick, the SmartCells mat is thinner than the polyurethane mats we tested, but it feels similar to the firmer polyurethane mats.
With its thinner profile and rubber, the SmartCells mat is floppier than the polyurethane mats we tested. This can make it a little more challenging to reposition this mat, but that’s only a minor inconvenience (and a non-issue if you never or rarely move your mat).
The model we tested is 36″ wide by 24″ deep and 1/2″ thick. Like other mats this size, the SmartCells gave us plenty of room to adopt different stances and postures as we stood at a variety of standing desks during the evaluation period.
Materials and Construction score: 9/10 (90%)
The SmartCells mat is on the firmer end of the scale among the mats we tested. The “smart cells” rebound nicely and distribute weight evenly across the surface of your feet. The net effect is a quite comfortable standing experience.
All of our reviewer surveys found the SmartCells mat to be “comfortable” or “very comfortable.” As I discussed this and other mats with two of our evaluators, they both mentioned very slight discomfort on the SmartCells mat when they first began using it, but found it increasingly comfortable over long periods of use.
Comfort Score: 20/25 (80%)
Our testers found the SmartCells to have a “positive” or “neutral” effect on their productivity. None reported a negative impact on their ability to get their job done.
Productivity Score: 21/25 (84%)
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.
Our evaluators found the SmartCells mat to be somewhat interesting. This comment is typical, “I worked in stocking feet about half the time and enjoyed the sensation of an interestingly padded experience – very aware of the little rubber support columns.”
I had a similar experience in my stints at the SmartCells mat. When wearing shoes (I worked on it in both dress shoes and running shoes), it felt very similar to the firmer polyurethane mats. In stocking feet, though, I was encouraged to rock and move my feet a bit more by my awareness of support columns/tubes.
The SmartCells standing mat encouraged about the same amount movement and engagement as other flat mats, so it earned a score in the middle of our interestingness scale.
Interestingness Score: 12/20 (60%)
With its low profile, its beveled edges, and its sturdy construction, the SmartCells mat stays firmly and safely on the floor. The “smart cell” columns make its bottom surface very resistant to sliding. It didn’t off-gas any pungent aromas when we opened the box it was delivered in.
Safety Score: (4.5/5) 90%
The SmartCells mat tends to collect a little bit of dust and dirt in normal use but easily wipes clean with a damp towel.
Maintenance Score: (4.5/5) 90%
The SmartCells mat offers an 8-year manufacturer’s warranty. This should last you through one or two standing desks, but several of the other mats we tested offer longer warranties.
Warranty Score: (4/5) 80%
We contacted the SmartCellsUSA service department via email to ask about their manufacturing process and about how to best clean the SmartCells mat. They replied promptly and thoroughly.
Customer Service Score: (5/5) 100%
Overall Rating: 80%
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. This mat’s raw score of 80 is at the higher end of the scale in this current round of reviews. If we were grading on a curve the SmartCells would get 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.
- molded rubber edges resist damage and stay flat
- rubber cells act like springs for cushion and support
- low profile, 1/2-Inch thick molded-in rubber transition edging will not curl or break
Anti-Fatigue Standing Mat User Reviews
Updates and Corrections
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Page last updated: June 17, 2016