Butter with a side of bread (GelPro Elite Review)
As a food blogger, I spend a lot of time on my feet in the kitchen. Oftentimes I'll do big recipe testing days where I'm easily in there for 8+ hours. It's productive but also incredibly exhausting! At the end of the day my back and my feet are killing me. See, I have this super pretty floor that's also as hard as a rock. Because it literally is a rock- I have a travertine floor. After standing on it for a while you certainly notice how hard it is! I've bought a variety of floor mats- some designer ones from high end stores as well as more economical ones from stores like Costco. They've been okay- some I buy for comfort and then toss a rug over them because I don't like the way they look. Others I buy because they're pretty only later I find they're useless because my feet just ache after about an hour of standing on them. It's frustrating!
I recently was able to try out a GelPro Elite Comfort Floor Mat. GelPro features incredible anti-fatigue floor mats that are perfect for individuals like me, who have to stand for long periods of time. They're made of a combination of Dual Comfort Core patented gel and energy-return foam- which, translated into my language means insanely comfortable. The elite version is 50% thicker and features beveled edges that won't curl or wear down. They've got a 5-year warranty and come in a variety of sizes, colors and patterns so that you can enjoy the look as well as the feel.
My first thoughts when taking it out of the box:
This floor mat is solid. It's heavy! Which also means it goes down and stays there. I did find myself moving it a few times as I went from station-to-station around my kitchen just because it felt so amazing. When you pick up one end and slide it, it moves easily. However I don't foresee myself moving it very often.
The color is perfect for my kitchen! I was so pleased about this. It's difficult choosing colors and patterns over the internet but I found comparing all the varieties they have online was so helpful and I was able to make a great selection.
The pattern is great too. I like it more than I thought I would. It adds just a bit of visual interest and I like that it's not just plain.
I stood on it for the first time and just couldn't believe how comfortable it is! Wow.
My thoughts after using it for a while:
I'm amazed at how comfortable it is. Truly. I love it. I'm absolutely shocked at how much less my feet hurt after standing long periods of time. I don't tire as quickly and wish I had another one for in front of my stove!
It's super easy to clean. Simply wipe it off and it's brand new again. The beveled edges make it easy to sweep and I like that crumbs don't get caught under the edge.
It's very durable. It's withstood my husband and I and our 5 children without even a single sign of wear. The kids stand on a step stool on top of it all the time and there are no indents to show for it, nor has the step stool punctured it in any way. I feel like it's going to last a long, long time!
If you're on your feet a lot like I am, you should really consider a GelPro floor mat. It's amazing how much a difference I feel- I never would have guessed I'd love it so much! Right now you can save 20% off your purchase when you sign up for the GelPro email list here!
View of the pattern up close.
The mat is a great balance of comfort and support. Here I'm showing just how difficult it is to actually press down on the mat- you can push down so that you see an indent, but it's not easy. When you put all your weight on it, you feel it give, but instead of feeling squishy, it just feels very supportive.See this review on the their Blog.