I have a confession to make, it wasn’t until I nearly ruined my deck that I decided to invest in a grill mat to protect it! I’m hoping that you have found this article before you have decided to grill on and potentially stand the chance of ruining your deck.
Even if you aren’t particularly worried about the aesthetics of you deck you might be still considering buying one just to save up on the clean up afterwards, when the aftermath of your barbecue is splattered oil and sauce all over the floor. [Which obviously could also turn into a fall hazard if someone slips in it].
Deck mats are reasonably inexpensive so if you are having grill outs on your deck it really does pay to get yourself a BBQ mat as soon as possible.
The comparison chart below gives a quick overview of all the mats we review so if you are in a hurry and don’t want to read the full article you can check them out here.
|Premium Grill Mat by Montana Grilling Gear for Gas or Electric Grill - Use this Absorbent Grill Pad Floor Mat to Protect Decks and Patios from Grease Splatter and Other Messes - 30" X 48"||Buy Now|
|Fasmov Grill Mat for Gas or Electric Grill - 30" W x 4'L- Size Extra Large Grill Pad||Buy Now|
|GrillTex Under the Grill Protective Deck and Patio Mat, 36 x 63 inches||Buy Now|
|Resilia Round Under Grill Mat - Silver, Large 36-inch Diameter, for Outdoor Use||Buy Now|
|Drymate Gas Grill Mat, Premium Grill Pad - Protects Decks/Patios from Grease Splatter and Other Messes (X Large) (30" x 58")||Buy Now|
|Gas Grill Mat,BBQ Grilling Gear for Gas/Absorbent Grill Pad Lightweight Washable Floor Mat to Protect Decks and Patios from Grease Splatter,Against Damage and Oil Stains or Grease Spills (36"×72")||Buy Now|
|Under The Grill Mat, (36 x 60 inches) ，BBQ Grilling Gear Gas Electric Grill - Use This Absorbent Grill Pad Floor Mat to Protect Decks Patios from Grease Splatter and Other Messes||Buy Now|
|Tuffy Outdoor BBQ Grill Mat, Protective Pad for Patio, Deck, or Composite Deck||Buy Now|
Grill Mat Reviews
Eco-Friendly Premium Grill Mat by Montana Grilling Gear
This grill mat by Montana Grilling Gear is pretty good. The thing that caught my eye is the fact that it isn’t made out of any harmful chemicals, so it’s doing a good thing for the environment. It is made with PVC-free fabric.
While it isn’t made from harmful chemicals or anything along those lines, this doesn’t mean that it lacks quality. This mat is capable of protecting your deck from unwanted spills and stains due to the non-leak design.
Easy to Wash
When it all comes down to it, you want your grill mat to look new and clean for as long as possible. This is easy, because washing it is quick and easy. You can wash it by hand if you want, or you could simply pick up the water hose and hose it down. For more complicated stains, I recommend washing it by hand, but if it doesn’t have any stains on it, a water hose will work just fine.
This mat absorbs and collects liquids that fall on the mat. I like the absorbency feature, because this is going to help prevent oil from getting on your feet and tracked around your patio or desk. It is also going to eliminate the worry of slipping on spills.
When you use your barbeque on your desk or patio, this is going to leave it vulnerable to grease and oil stains. However, this doesn’t mean that you cannot use your barbeque on your patio or deck. With this grill mat, you can save your patio or deck from those grease stains. All you have to do is put this mat under your grill (you can also place it under a griddle) in order to protect the area under the grill from getting damaged.
Fasmov Grill Mat for Gas or Electric Grill
Another mat that you could choose is the Fasmov grill mat – it can be used with gas and electric grills. It will help prevent wood, cement, and composite decking from getting stains and spills that have a tendency to pop up while you’re grilling.
Personally, I like the appearance of the Fasmov grill mat. It’s made of neutral charcoal material that will look great with most grills on any type of surface.
At the end of the season, if you don’t plan on using your grill anymore, you can roll this mat up (it’s easy to do) and store it away for next season.
Friendly to the Environment
This mat is also friendly to the environment, which is a major plus. It doesn’t contain any PVC.
It has waterproof backing, which makes it so that liquids don’t soak through the mat and get on the surface under it.
Luckily, this mat is stain resistant, so you don’t have to worry about stains sticking to it.
Easy to Clean
Speaking of the mat being stain resistant, this doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t clean it. In fact, cleaning it is easy to do. All you have to do is take the hose and spray it down, but you can also use warm soapy water on it and wash it by hand.
To give you an idea of the size of this mat, it is 30” wide and 4’ long.
GrillTex Under the Grill Protective Deck and Patio Mat
When it comes to your patio or your deck, you want the ultimate protection. You don’t need a mat that is going to let you down and do more harm than good. With those thoughts in mind, I would like to introduce you to the GrillTex protective deck and patio mat – this mat, like all other grill mats, is designed to go right under your grill.
So that you can know how big this mat is – it measures 36 inches by 63 inches. A mat of this size can fit on practically any grill or griddle you’re going to be using on your patio or deck.
The mat has protection on the bottom so that it doesn’t slide while it’s under your grill.
Collects Spills and Splatters
The mat collects and absorbs spills and splatters that you can clean up after you’re done using the grill. Since it absorbs the spills and splatters, you don’t have to worry about oil being tracked around the patio or deck.
Of course, this mat is going to be heat resistant. The mat is made of synthetic rubber, which offers a heat resistance of up to 500 degrees Fahrenheit.
Easy to Clean
You cannot forget about cleaning the grill mat, but don’t worry, cleaning it is easy. To clean it, all you have to do is rinse it with the garden hose or use warm soapy water and clean it by hand.
Round Under Grill Mat
For those of you that have a round grill, I would recommend the Resilia round under grill mat. This should fit comfortably underneath your round grill. The heavy-duty protection will help protect the flooring underneath it from spills that occur while you’re grilling.
Eco-Friendly – The fact that the Resilia round under grill mat is made of eco-friendly material makes it even better. The manufacturer used recycled vinyl – DINP, Phthalate, and BPA free.
Easy to Clean – All you have to do is get some soap with warm water and wash the rug down. If you don’t want to use your hands to wash it, you can use the water hose.
Heavy-Duty Protection – Like I said in the beginning, the heavy-duty protection is amazing. After all, isn’t that the reason to have a rug under the grill? The Flexible PVC vinyl ensures that your patio or balcony flooring under the grill is going to be protected from charcoal, oil, grease, rust, and so on. All you have to do is place the rug under the grill and you will be good to go.
Flame Retardant – Of course, since this is made to go under the grill, you can rest with the satisfaction of knowing that the Resilia round rug is fire retardant.
Round Rug for Round Grills – This rug will fit under most ceramic clad smokers and kettle type grills.
While it looks good under grills, grills aren’t the only thing these rugs can go under! You can put this rug under planters and let it protect your patio or deck flooring from overwatering, potting soil, leaves, fertilizer, and flower stains.
From time to time, you’ll find an item that’s so good you want it to last forever and that brings us to grill mats. Throughout the years, I have lost track of the grill mats I have went through and that’s one of the reasons I have all of these reviews – because when you buy a grill mat, it should last for a long time, not just three months. If you’re looking for the type of grill mat that will last for years (surely you are), then take a look at the Drymate gas grill mat.
Protect Your Deck and Patio Flooring – You want to grill on your patio or deck, but the problem is, grills have a tendency to drop charcoal, oil, grease, sauce, and all of that not so great stuff (it’s not so great when it leaves a stain on your expensive floor). With this mat under your grill, you’re in luck, because it is made of material that is absorbent, durable and non-slip. It even has a special backing that helps prevent fluids from soaking through.
Dimensions – The Drymate gas grill measures 30” x 58” x ¼.
Slip Resistant – I definitely have to point out the fact that it is slip resistant. This means that once you have the mat in place with the grill on it, you won’t have to worry about it moving. The mat will remain securely in place. This makes for a safer and more secure footing that you will surely appreciate.
Easy to Clean – This mat is also easy to clean. When your grill mat gets dirty, all you have to do is pick it up and toss it in the washer. If you don’t really want to put it in your washer, you can hand wash it or spray it down with a water hose. However, I recommend washing it in the washing machine, alone, and then hanging it out to dry. Just make sure you avoid putting bleach on it.
Lightweight Washable Floor Mat to Protect Decks and Patios
When you’re looking for a floor mat to protect your deck and patio flooring, you want something that is absorbent and can trap spills. That brings us to this gas grill mat – it’s perfect for your deck or patio.
Trap Spills – If you spill grease, oil, sauce, and so on while you’re grilling, you won’t have to worry about it getting on your floor. This is because the mat will do its job at containing and trapping the mess.
Non-Slip – I must also add the fact that the backing is skid resistant and non-slip. This means that the mat will stay in place and won’t move around like some of the other mats out there.
Waterproof Layer – This particular mat has a nice waterproof layer that will trap those messy spills and prevent liquids from soaking through and getting on the surface below the grill. This mat was designed to protect patio, decking, and other outdoor surfaces from getting stained while using the grill.
Durable Fabric – The mat is made of durable polyester fiber. This type of fabric can easily with stand any BBQ mess you stir up. The material comes from 100% recycled plastic bottles, which is even more of a bonus.
Cleaning – The mat is super easy to clean, so you don’t have to worry when oil or liquids spill on the mat. Simply scrub it down with warm soap and water, hose it off, then hang it out to dry. Just remember that you cannot add bleach to it.
Easy Clean Under The Grill Mat
This is another under the grill mat that really stands out from the crowd for me, which is why I’m telling you about it. It is great for both electric and charcoal grills and will fit perfectly under most grills.
Absorbent Material – This particular grill mat has been created from soft absorbent material that does a fine job at trapping all of those grilling spills. The mat has been designed to protect patio, decking and other outdoor surfaces under grills.
Durable Fabric – The fabric is durable and will last for a long time. It’s made of polyester fiber that is able to take on even the toughest mess from grilling. The material is made from 100% polyester fiber.
Easy to Clean – When you find that your mat has been through enough and is dirty, cleaning it is easy. All you have to do is hand wash it, hose it off or use a power washer on it. Yes, it really is that simple.
Non-Slip Backing – Not only is the backing non-slip, it is also water-proof. Since it has a non-slip backing, once you put it down, you won’t have to worry about it moving from under your grill and causing issues. The waterproof layer on the mat will protect the floor under it from getting damaged.
Another great mat that is worth mentioning on this list would be the Tuffy outdoor BBQ grill mat. This particular mat measures 42” x 30”, but Tuffy also has a mat that is 60” x 30”. Either way you go, if you’re looking for the ultimate surface protection, then Tuffy is a great choice.
Surface Protection – This mat will do a fine job at protecting the flooring of your patio or deck under your grill from oils, other liquids and spills. This way, you can grill on your balcony/deck/patio without having to worry about damaging or staining your flooring.
Heat Resistant – Of course, the Tuffy Mat is heat resistant. It passes all of the Fire and Flame resistance tests with flying colors. This means that it is safe to use with your outdoor cooking products whether they use wood pellets, charcoal, or electricity. You can also place it in front of fire pits without worrying about it. However, you cannot use it under the fire pits.
Versatile – This mat is versatile, you can use it as a splatter mat, under your grill, near your RV, motorcycle, turkey fryer, ATV, while you’re camping and so much more.
Sustainable – What’s neat about this mat is that it is made out of 100% recycled tires. Think about it – each Tuffy mat that has been made does its part at keeping one tire from sitting in the landfill.
So you have plenty of options to choose from, they all do a good job but it will depend on you personal preferences which one you will want to choose. It will certainly be a great investment and piece of mind when it comes to protecting your deck or patio area.
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