Long hours on your feet can be a real pain. Even if you have the right shoes and a soft carpet, this won’t always be enough.
A really interesting product that is becoming more and more popular now that standing desks are increasing in popularity is a standing desk mat, otherwise known as an anti-fatigue mat.
A standing mat that we heard of recently and that caught our eye was the Topo by Ergodriven. Currently, with a solid 4.8-star rating on Amazon, we really wanted to see what the fuss was about and why so many people choose this mat over the others.
Below is our in-depth research and overall review of the Topo, an active mat that seems to be making lots of people more comfortable and suffer less at the office.
Topo by Ergodriven Overview
Overall Rating: (5 / 5)
Ergodriven, the same company that brought us the cheapest standing desk ever, extends their range of products with the Topo. Unlike other brands which have created multi-use standing mats, for the office, for your kitchen, bathroom, or wherever you will be spending a long time standing up, Ergodriven decided to make a mat that was designed especially for standing desks.
The Topo’s unique shape means that it fits into the category of active standing mats. Active standing mats allow the user to stretch and move, not only providing a soft cushioned surfaced to stand on.
- Different size options
- Durable polyurethane material
- Active design for stretching and massage
- Slides in and out of position
- More expensive than other brands
- Possible safety concern
Features we like
The first thing to point out, and a fact we found really great about the Topo, is that it is one of the very few standing mats that come in multiple sizes. This may not be a big deal for some, but I think it is… especially since we are dealing with an active mat.
With a flat mat, the size doesn’t really matter but imagine you are shorter or taller than average, having to use a “one size fits all” mat, you actually might have to stretch your legs further than you’d like (or not be able to stretch them far enough!). That’s why Ergodriven have two sizes: 26.25″ x 29″ for people above 5’4″, and 19.2″ x 25.2″ for people shorter than 5’4″.
Not only that, the Topo Mini comes in handy for people with smaller office space and at only 2/3 the price, it is good for the budget friendly.
A difficult question to answer is the aesthetics of a product, especially since everyone has their own individual style.
Given the shape of the Topo, it is certainly less discreet than other types of flat mats (naturally a flat mat only rises 3/4″ off the floor). This being said, it is far from an eye-sore, and in fact, Ergodriven sells this product in 4 unique colors. I personally love the blue one!
Otherwise, the mat is fairly simple in its design: raised edges and a small teardrop bump in the center, nothing that will look out of place in your office.
The Topo is made with 100% polyurethane foam. If you are wondering if this is a good or a bad thing…it’s a great thing! Polyurethane is considered the gold standard in standing mat materials due to its cushion and also its durability.
You won’t have to worry about this mat wearing and tearing, and also it can be cleaned easily with just a damp rag. Not only does it not wear and tear, but the polyurethane foam is also resistant to compression so even after long hours of use it will maintain its form.
Firmness and cushion
One of the most difficult things to find in a standing mat is the balance between firmness and cushion. A mat must be cushioning for you to be able to stand for many hours without getting fatigued, however, the raised ridges and center teardrop should be firm so you can massage and stretch without compression.
From our research, we see a common complaint among other standing mats that the ridges are often too soft. This is not the case for the Topo. Topo has managed to create a great balance and people have commented many times on how the ridges and the center teardrop have helped the stretch and keep active throughout the day.
Slides and moves
Given the design of the Topo, it is not meant to be used under a chair like other flat mats can do. Luckily the Topo can slide across most surfaces, so moving it in and out of position is really easy.
The first issue to mention is safety, however, this is not really unique to the Topo. Most active standing mats have the same exact issue, that due to the ridges they become a tripping hazard in the office.
In my opinion, I much prefer active standing mats, although this is one area that a flat mat becomes the better option. Flat mats have beveled edges and can almost sit flush against the floor, so there is no cause for safety concern.
I don’t see this as a dealbreaker, although if you have a home office and have small children running around, it may be something worth considering.
The Topo certainly won’t break the bank, but in saying that it is definitely not the cheapest standing mat. There are other cheaper products on the market for sure, however, you’ll most likely only be saving $20 – $30 and you might have to ask yourself, “at what cost?”.
A high-quality product doesn’t come cheap, and given this is something you will use for hours each day, maybe it is best to have the same mentality than when buying a mattress, that is – invest now for the future, long-lasting comfort.
As we mentioned before, is budget is really a factor, you can consider the Topo Mini, which is $30 cheaper and will still give you the same ergonomic benefits.
Hands down one of the best active standing mats that we’ve seen to date.
At the time of writing this, over 1200 reviews on Amazon have given it an average rating of 4.8, and we certainly can’t disagree. Whether you want an active or a flat mat is more of a personal preference, but if you do decide to go the active mat route then you definitely wouldn’t regret buying the Topo.
What we like most is the durable build quality. In the end, you want something that can last a long time and always provide maximum comfort and ergonomic benefit, and we think the Topo will do just that.
After suffering from many injuries and pains throughout years, Nick started Painless Movement with the hope of helping others discover ways to live a healthier, happier, and pain-free lives. Although not a doctor or physiotherapist, Nick uses personal trial and error and anecdotal experiences to learn about the body and hopefully provide useful information for others who suffer from similar health issues.