- Made from 3 layer anti-tear polyethylene
170cm x 55cm x 2.2cm
- Easy to clean, roll-up and store
Water mat buyers guide
A water mat is loads of fun to have around on the lake, at the beach, or in the pool. Everyone loves a floating mat - you can run and jump on them, or just lie on them under the sun. A floating water pad may seem simple, but you’ll never get tired of them.
Before you go out and buy the first floating mat you see, you’ll need to make sure you choose the right one for your needs. Follow our guide below for everything you need to know about these awesome water platforms.
What is a water mat?
A water mat, or floating water pad, is basically a giant floating carpet that you can climb onto. These floating mats are usually made out of foam, or they can be inflatable. They come in a range of different sizes and are one of the most fun water toys for all ages to enjoy.
You can use a floating mat as a platform to climb and stand on while you swim, as a floating deck to lay on under the sun, or a floating platform to walk along and practice your balance. You could even use your water mat as a floating table.
The main thing to note about floating water pads is that they are very thin, unlike a regular inflatable dock. This means they are not as stable as a thicker inflatable platform and offer an experience that is closer to walking on water. However, they are still buoyant enough to fully support people while standing and running.
When you’re finished using your floating water pad, you can simply roll it up and pack it away, making these water accessories really convenient to use.
Types of water mats
There are plenty of different things you can do with a water mat, and there are also different types of floating mats available.
The biggest difference between types of floating mats is whether they are foam or inflatable. Foam mats are more durable, and they’re much easier to use as they don’t require inflating or defaulting. Most water mats are made from some type of foam.
Inflatable water mats require a bit more effort, as you have to inflate and deflate them. However, they pack up to a more portable size once deflated. They’re also more affordable, although they’re less durable.
Then you get floating water pads in all kinds of different sizes. This could range from a single-person design that resembles a yoga mat, to a massive water mat designed to hold about 8 people.
What to look for when buying a floating mat
Although they’re pretty straightforward, you need to choose your floating mat carefully. There are all kinds of important details to consider when you buy the right water mat for your needs. Here are the essential considerations to make.
Floating water pads come in a huge range of shapes. Bigger is not necessarily better - you need to think about your specific requirements.
Think about how many people will be using the floating mat, where it will float, and how you plan on storing it. If the mat is for use in a pool, then go for a smaller option. If it's for family use in a lake, then go for a bigger option.
Bigger water mats are generally more fun to use on the water, but they’re also more difficult to store and set up. If the mat is inflatable, then the bigger it is, the more effort it will be to blow it up.
Understanding the dry weight of the mat is important for how you’re going to store it. You also need to think about how much space you have available in your boat if you are going to carry your floating water pad on a boat.
The whole point of a water mat is that it floats. If you buy a floating mat without a big enough weight capacity, then it will end up underwater, and that’s no fun. Think about how many people you want to fit on the floating water pad, and use this to find a product with an appropriate weight capacity.
If you have a boat, a good rule of thumb is to use a mat that holds the same number of people as the boat.
Getting the weight capacity right is essential if you’re going to use the water mat properly. Just remember that the amount of weight a floating water pad can support is also dependent on how that weight is distributed. Weight needs to be evenly spread across the mat, otherwise, areas of the mat will start to sink.
Next, you’ve got to think about the material that the water water pad is made from. This will make a major difference to the overall quality, durability, and experience of the mat.
As mentioned earlier, you get inflatable and foam mats, both have their pros and cons. As a material, foam is more durable and generally more grippy. The main materials to choose from when buying a water mat are foam, PVC, or vinyl.
Some mats are made from really firm foam, while others are more flexible. Firmer mats offer better support for a wider range of activities, like running, or standing, while more flexible mats are better suited to just lie down on.
Like with beach mats you should pay attention to the overall durability and thickness of the floating mat. The best products are UV treated to protect the surface of the mat from sun damage. Water mats are usually constructed in two or three layers, to add extra stability, buoyancy, and durability. These products are going to be left out in the sun and treated pretty harshly, so it's important to buy one that's suitably durable.
As much as we’d love to use our floating mat forever, eventually, you’ll have to pack it away. The size that the mat packs up into will make a big difference here. Foam mats are easy to pack up because you just need to roll them up. This does mean that they can be quite big though, which could make traveling with them or storing them a challenge.
The best foam water mats have some kind of strap or D-ring system to make rolling them up and fastening them a lot easier. The advantage of inflatable mats is their ability to fold up into a small package. This is especially useful if you have a really large floating water pad.
Benefits of a floating water pad
A floating water pad offers loads of opportunities for fun or relaxation. The most basic benefit of a water pad is that they’re perfect platforms for just lying on in the sun. You can float over the water, feeling the flow of the water underneath you, while you stay stable and dry. This is ideal for sunbathing and taking it easy while on the water. Some water mats even come with drinks holders so that you can use them as a floating table or bar.
Stronger, more stable water mats are designed for activity. You can stand on them, run on them, and jump off them. This offers unlimited potential for games or water activities. Kids love them, and adults can use them for exercise routines, practicing balance, or just having some fun in the water.
While these items offer so much, they’re also incredibly simple. You don’t need to put any effort into maintaining your floating mat. And if they’re not inflatable, getting them set up and packed away couldn't be easier.
Floating water pads are durable, long-lasting, and make the ideal accessory to store on your boat or take to the lake. Another great thing about these mats is their wide range of sizes. Whether you’re looking for a pool toy or a major floating platform for the lake, you can get a suitable water mat.
And of course, they're so easy to use. There’s no need to anchor them down or attach any extras. You just unroll them, throw them in the water, and you’re good to go.
A water mat is a fun and simple addition to any boat, lake house, or pool. Whether they’re for kids or adults, these floating platforms will help you to enjoy days spent in the water so much more.
Is it easy to balance on a water mat?
Lying down on a water mat is easy, standing and walking on one does take a bit of balance. As long as your weight is distributed evenly, balancing on a water mat is something you can soon get the hang of.
How do you clean a water mat?
Wipe the mat with a sponge and just rinse it off until it's clean. Try to make sure the mat is dry before rolling it up.
Can you use a floating mat in the ocean?
Yes, you can. Try to use a durable water mat for ocean use. It’s best to only use these mats in relatively calm conditions.