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When my cat scratched up my Peloton bike mat, I figured it wouldn’t make much of a difference if I just got rid of it entirely — but boy was I wrong. Between the cycling shoes making scuff marks on the floor, my gross sweat pooling into a slippery puddle beneath me, and, worst of all, the bike wobbling around during high-impact classes, it became obvious to me why a bike mat is arguably one of the most important Peloton accessories.
While Peloton bike mats might not seem like an essential investment (especially when you’re already spending so much on the bike alone), time has taught me that they really can make all the difference between a good workout and a truly great one. Besides the obvious benefits that come from not wobbling or feeling unstable when you’re in the midst of an intense riding session, the right bike mat can also ensure your floors aren’t scuffed up too much from all of your at-home workouts.
Whether you need to replace the one your cat has destroyed or you’ve come to the realization that your rides would feel a lot more comfortable with some extra padding underneath your bike, we rounded up the best Peloton bike mats that’ll seamlessly slide under your bike and make your next ride so much smoother. Keep reading to shop our picks.
— Additional reporting by Kyley Warren