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GelPro Floor Mat
Model: GelPro Basketweave Mat
Product number: B001EXXT1E
Manufacturer: Let's Gel, Inc.
List price: $99.95
Warranty: 1 Year
Dimensions: 36 x 20 x 1/2-inch
Weight: 10 lbs
Composition: Gel core; synthetic leather top; vinyl bottom
Other versions: Sizes up to 36 x 144; various surface textures; various colors
Made In: USA
Type:  Floor mat
Color:  Chestnut brown
Apparent goal: kids gift/registry home kitchens restaurants everywhere
Intended audience: novice advanced beginner good home cook gourmet professional
Diet/nutrition: does not apply scary empty promises helpful essential
Green?: not green neutral mixed blessing earth friendly green!
Innovative: step back standing still progress trendy genius
Problem solving: no better baby steps solid steps giant steps a revelation
Competition: outclassed follower in the pack strong challenger likely champ
Ease of use: impossible frustrating OK simple child's play
Intuitive: Ph.D. required barely logical effortless brilliant
Instructions: missing incomprehensible adequate unnecessary excellent
Quality: cheesy questionable good years of service impressive
Parts to lose: inevitable some/many one-piece self-storing not a problem
Power source: none hands batteries outlet green
Clean-up: nightmare wipe clean soap & water scouring pad dishwasher
Does it work?: not at all adequately well very well perfectly
Availability: airfare required online kitchen store department store supermarket
Easy to open?: impossible maddening tolerable good opens itself
Green?: fills a landfill huge waste passable minimal waste impressive
Time saving: time wasting not really modest substantial huge
Labor saving: less efficient marginal a bit noticeable remarkable
Money saving: money wasted none $ $$ $$$
Beats the old way: worse no change better infinitely entirely new
Where will it live?: garage/attic drawer cabinet countertop elsewhere
If it quits: toss it craigslist repair upgrade replace
Fulfills ambitions: falls short almost there satisfies exceeds home run
How often used: once/twice ≥daily ≥weekly ≥monthly ≥yearly/holidays
Worth the space?: no does not apply w/unlimited space w/limited space absolutely
Need it?: a luxury discretionary basic equipment for serious cooks get it
Value: ouch! a little pricey worth splurging on the money a deal
Overall rating: skip it fair good very good excellent

Comments: There is a reason restaurant kitchens, cash register stations, factory floors, and so many other work areas have padded mats on their floors. Being on your feet all day is hard work, and having a floor mat that provides serious cushioning is a blessing for everyone – not just those who are on their feet for 8+ hours straight or those with physical challenges.

The GelPro mat is a fantastic addition to any kitchen. It is not gratuitously squishy; indeed, it feels fairly firm. But after an hour on your feet, you'll notice how much more comfortable you feel, and you won't be willing to give it up.

Available surface textures include synthetic leather basketweave patterns, Cordoba, striated, crocodile, ostrich, and rattlesnake, in a dozen shades of browns, greens, blues, red, and black, and ranging in size from a small mat to 3 feet wide by 10 feet long. The most basic sizes and colors are available online or in various flooring, kitchen, and department stores. Larger sizes and other colors are available only at the company's Web site.

These mats are not at all inexpensive. In fact, you might suffer some degree of sticker shock, but your feet and various other body parts will thank you, and it's hard to put a price on that. If you're planning some kitchen remodeling, we would opt for a cheaper floor with a GelPro mat than a fancy floor without. (And if you can afford a fancy floor, we'd get the mat(s), too.)

If you're willing to not scrimp on your well-being by getting a GelPro mat in the first place, don't scrimp in the second place by getting one that is too small. If you spend time in front of the stove and the sink and have a regular food-prep area on some section of counter, get a mat that spans all three areas or get multiple mats. You'll be a much happier cook.


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