The Best Anti-Fatigue Kitchen Mat Editors Love: House of Noa Nama Standing Mat

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For Lisa, it comes down to a mix of comfort and style. “I have to be honest: I do not love my kitchen! I especially do not love the cheap blue-flecked countertops,” she says. “The one thing that makes me like my countertops a little more?? My kitchen mat! It looks like a gorgeous vintage rug and actually helps tie the room together. Oh, and of course it’s super comfortable to stand on while I’m washing endless piles of dishes or testing some new cleaning method for work.”

Our tools editor Riddley particularly likes that these mats are incredibly cushy. She even took her love for them one step further and got two House of Noa mats! “I’m often cooking and testing kitchen equipment for hours, and these mats ensure my back and feet stay happy,” she adds.

Managing editor Lauren also owns two. “One lives at my kitchen sink/counter, so I can stand on it when I wash dishes and prep food. I also have a smaller one at my standing desk (which, coincidentally, is just me standing at my kitchen counter with my laptop) to keep my back and feet comfortable while I work.” Our features director Arie uses hers to brighten up her dated rental kitchen that’s missing a dishwasher. “I spend a lot of time at my sink hand washing everything — and this mat has totally saved my feet and back! It’s not too squishy, not too firm — just right,” she adds.

And the fan club doesn’t end there. Associate video producer Anita gifted her mom one for Christmas and says she loved it. “My mom spends every Sunday meal-prepping in her kitchen, standing on her wood kitchen floors! So last Christmas I got her The House of Noa kitchen mat to give her extra cushion to stand on,” notes Anita. “She says it’s way more comfortable and eases some strain on her back and feet. Plus it’s easy to clean and looks nice in her kitchen.”

So what is it that makes these stylish mats super comfortable? For starters, each one is 3/4-inch thick and made with polyurethane foam that’s free of phthalates but also adds a plush layer that takes the strain off your lower back, allowing you to stand for hours on end. Additionally, the mat has beveled edges to prevent tripping, while the slip-resistant base stays firmly put — a feature that appealed to many of the fans at Kitchn. And if stains are of particular concern, don’t worry: You can easily wipe off bright red sauces, spills, and coffee drips with a damp paper towel. 

Sold yet? All that’s left to do is pick your favorite design and size option. The brand currently offers five beautiful looks (inspired by heirloom rugs!) in 14 colors and five sizes. Choose from a chic navy chevron-style print, or keep it simple with this soft beige option. Personally, I’m adding this bright Turkish-style mat to my cart. Because as all five staffers echoed, this rug is all sorts of comfy, stylish, and versatile. My achy feet and I can’t wait to get in on this game-changer, too!

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