|Julian's Gel Pro Green Kitchen Matts|
The most common issue noted online is the corners and sometimes the edges, curling and peeling. The mats alone are pretty thick (see below) and until you get used to them even in mint condition, they can be a slight trip hazard if you are used to no mat, or just a kitchen rug. We have hard wood floors and non-backed rugs tended to slide. Rubber backed rugs wore out quickly because of the need for regular washing.
|Showing the thickness.|
As far as functionality, I really like them. Standing in the kitchen is something I do quite a bit, as you can tell from this blog. And they do make it easier on the feet, legs and back. I wear a gym shoe, kitchen clog or sandal for most cooking projects, and they are fine on the mat. They caution about wearing pointy heals as it could make a hole in the mat as they are soft and spongy. I can't imagine anyone cooking in stilettos but if you do, you can't use them on these mats.
After my limited six month experience, I can say that they are very attractive and quite functional. I'm hoping they last a while, because they are quite expensive at just over $300 for the pair. I'll update this entry after having them for about a year to let everyone know how they are holding up.