“ Manufacturer: Argos / Type: Bathroom Accessories „
A few years ago my mother in law, who was than almost 80 years old, had a hip replacement. After her initial period of recovery she came to visit us so we decided that we had to make everything as easy and as safe as possible for her. We put grab rails in the shower and next to the toilets to give her a bit of extra support and we decided to get a rubber non slip bath mat as well.
Our shower is over the bath and, whilst there is a non-slip coating on the bath, we thought that the rubber mat would give an extra feeling of security for mom in law.
The way we looked at it was - a rubber mat is pretty much the same no matter where you buy it from or how much you spend on it. As a result we went for a cheap one! The one we chose was the Argos Value Range Rubber Bath Mat in Ivory. I forget how much we paid for ours but they are currently reduced from £2.99 to £1.73.
It is not the prettiest thing to look at - in fact the ivory colouring makes it look a bit grubby to my way of thinking. It is 57cm long by 36cm wide and it is made from rubber (of course). It has lots of drainage holes so that the water passes through it rather than resting on the top which would be somewhat slippery and defeat the object! The mat also has safety suckers on the bottom so that you can stick it securely to the base of the bath.
To use this mat you just have to place it on the bottom of the bath and push it down firmly to make sure that the suckers stick the mat to the bath. You then stand on the mat to take your shower and, to be fair; it does feel very secure underfoot. You can also leave it in place whilst you have a bath so that you can get in and out without slipping.
I rarely take a bath as I have showers these days so I can't comment on the feeling of taking a bath with this mat in place, although I have to say that the idea does not appeal to me. The mat stayed in place throughout my mother in law's visit and I didn't mind using it myself although I am happier without it. I don't feel the need for the extra security that the mat brings.
To remove the mat from the bath you just have to lift the corner and pull it clear - the suckers release their grip quite easily. What I did find was that there was a lot of hair and bits underneath it when I removed it even though it had only been in place for a week or so. I think that, if I was going to use this for any length of time, I would need to remove it for cleaning every couple of days or so.
In conclusion I would say that the mat is excellent and does the job that it was bought to do although I have to say that I am happier without it in my bath!
I bought this product for safety reasons as I have come very close to causing myself damage while having a bath as the bath tub is very slippery when wet. I was not looking for something extremely attractive as I am not too home fashion conscience when it comes to home decorating.
The price and availability:
This product is clearly exclusive to Argos as it is part of their cheap but effective Argos range. I bought mine for a price of £2.39 at my local local Argos. Before buying I did compare prices with other shops in my local high street, I came to the decision that this product has the most value for money when comparing to other bath mats as most were cheap and obviously not non-slip.
This product is admittedly not the best looking bath mat in the world as I think it looks kind of old fashion with the very plain looking beige colour. It has the dimensions of 170 cm x 70 cm which I would think fits the large majority of bath tubs. I did measure my bath tub before purchasing. Please do the same to avoid disappointment.
The bath mat does do its job properly as it has a fair amount of suction pads on the bottom that stick to the bottom of the bath tub. It is made of rubber which is known for its gripping powers, this is a great material to have as a bath mat. The top of the mat also has a slightly rough/textured feel which I presume is to support the notion of a non-slip mat. I can assure you this mat is in fact non-slip no doubt about it as I have never came close to slipping since buying the product.
After using this product for a few month I have to admit it does reduce the comfort of the bath tub as part of the surface becomes elevated. After I spend 20-30 minutes in the bath tub it can become annoying and after awhile it does become painful. So if you are used to staying in the bath for a long time this product might not be for you.
Would I recommend?
This depends on what you are buying this product for and how long you spend during a bath:
> if you need a simple bath mat that prevents you from slipping the go ahead and buy this product.
> if you are looking for a stylish product that INCREASES the amount of comfort then a more expensive product would be more convenient.
I was lucky enough to be accepted on a local council safety scheme when my daughter was a baby. This meant that someone came and fitted stair gates and cupboard locks, he also left me with a packet of safety corner caps and a bath mat. The bath started to get a little grotty so a couple of months ago I replaced it with this bath mat from the Argos value range.
The bath math is available to buy from Argos, it can be picked up in store or delivered to your home but delivery pumps the cost up quite a bit. This bath mat will only set you back a measly £2.99.
As the bath mat is from the value range I wasn't expecting the best looking bath mat around. It is quite simple, being ivory in colour and having small grooves that run in a diagonal direction all over the mat it definitely isn't anything special. The top of the mat is covered in holes to help water seep through so it doesn't all bung on the top. The reverse has lots of little suction cups, each one around a centimetre in width to keep the bath mat stuck in one place.
The bath mat fits nicely into my average sized bath, I put it just a little shy of the plug and it runs most of the way up the bath with a few inches left at the top of the bath where it isn't covered by any mat. The suction cups work well and once put in the bath, it does move in the slightest which is why I use bath mats so I don't have to worry about my daughter slipping over in the bath. Although the main body of the mat is made of grooves, these aren't uncomfortable to sit or stand on.
The drainage holes in the bath mat are quite good but after the water from the bath has been drained it still leaves a little water on the top of the mat, I usually just wipe it off with a cloth then it's as good as new again. I usually take the bath mat off of the bath once a week and hang it over the shower curtain pole to drain it off a little and keep it fresh.
We've had this bath mat for a few months now and there is no sign of it going mouldy or tatty yet. For this reason I'd definitely recommend this bath mat. Although the colour isn't that great and it doesn't have a nice colourful design, the main safety aspect of the mat is fantastic, it doesn't slip around and stays where it's meant to.
Argos Value Rubber Bath Mat
So this is going a few years back now to when my Nan was still able to get in and out of the bar. She needed something that made sure when she tried to get up she wouldn't end up ice-skating around the bath tub! As always, I was sent out to find something that fitted this criteria. At first look I thought this looked horrible, but I know my Nan and she doesn't care what it looks like, as long as it does the job!
As I said earlier it really does look atrocious. I don't know what was going through the people at Argos's heads when they came up with the colour but it looks like a really old bath mat that used to be white!!! It being available in a different colour would really work wonders I think!
How Much Did I Pay?
As this was quite a while ago now I don't remember exactly how much I paid. I think it was between £1.50 and £3 but I can't be sure really. I just looked it up and it is currently priced at £2.99 which is a pretty good price.
Where Did I Get It From?
Ok, a pretty stupid question I know but I thought I should put it in anyway! It was of course Argos and as far as I know that is the only place it's for sale, it being called Argos Value and all!
I have used it myself a couple of times and I found it to work perfectly, The holes in it help drain out water and the suction cups on the bottom make it grip to the bath really well. My Nan loved it (when she could still have a bath as she can't get in and out now) and it made a big difference to her. It also stopped me worrying as much that she had fallen over and hurt herself which is a horrible worry trust me!
Would I recommend Argos Value Rubber Bath Mat? Yep I think I would
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My mother brought this rubber bath mat when we moved house a couple of months ago from argos. I told her to get it because it was a bargain and didnt see th point for her to go for something expensive. The mat was 2.49 in argos so why not. Took abit of persuading her to get it as she wanted to get a nicer looking one.
The mat is a creamy kind of colour and is small in sized that fit perfectly in my bath. The mat has small holes all over it's nothing fancy just a plain ordinary rubber bath mat. It's part of Argos's value range of products which explains the very cheap price.
The product was not that good quality as it on lasted a short while. The first problem with the mat was that when it was stuck down in the bath it seemed alrite but as soon as water got under/on it the mat began to slowly start to lift which was not good because the mat became dangerous when having a shower as after to much water had got on it the mat would be slippy causing me to have to be very carful in the shower which I thought was annoying because the whole point of having the mat is to keep you safe from falling. I found myself in every shower pressing the mat back down to the bath floor to keep it all down. After a week I just started having baths because it was less annoying.
I noticed in the short 2 months that the bath mat was in my bathroom the holes in the mat where being torn open very quickly. By the time the mat was thrown away about two months after it was purchased it look like it got chewed up and spat back out by a dog. I think this is partly due to carelessness and the quality of the product. The bath mats in my house are ever last longer than a year because I have younger siblings that are careless but usually they last alot longer than 2months so I think the quality is partly to do with why the mat didn't last.
I think the mat is definetly worth the 2.49 because you can really expect perfection from a product so cheap. I wouldn't really recommend it because it's not safe for showers.
I needed a rubber bath mat for when my grandmother was coming to stay - and it seems to be one of those things that is on her "must have" list. I didn't want to spend loads of money on it as it was something that was going to be used temporarily and I couldn't envisage that this was something me or my children would utilise. It cost me just £2.39 from Argos (direct from the high street store) and so that seemed about the right price to pay.
I have to admit that when I picked it out I wasn't looking for style or aesthetics, but only concentrating on the functionality of the product. Good job considering that this mat is, in my opinion, pretty ugly! It does look like the kind of thing that would look more fitting in a 1950's post-war family than in a modern contemporary family, but as I said, I wasn't really bothered about aesthetics. It was a fawn kind of flesh coloured mat which sits can sit in the bath and make the bottom of the bath non-slippy.....something quite necessary for my octogenarian grandmother.
The size of the mat is a decent size, measuring 170 cm x 70 cm which fitted the bottom of my bath adequately. It is rubbery in it's feel and it has suction suckers that allow the mat to stick to the bottom of the bath so that the mat itself does not slip. Indeed, this mat is non-slip and I was secure in the knowledge that it would not slip while it was being used. The top of the mat (the bit that was going to be laid on) was slightly textured, again to aid non-slipping, although having used it myself a few times, I didn't find this textured feel to be particularly comfortable.
While the mat is unstylish and ugly, it did do the non-slip job well - and it was a good price. However, it wasn't particularly comfortable to lay on and so it might be worth looking elsewhere if you're looking for something you're likely to use all the time.
Since moving into our home almost 3 years ago we have never used a bath/shower mat but since I've been pregnant Mark my husband has insisted I use one when I shower. I hate bath mats, I hate the way they feel under my feet and I hate the way they go black and nasty underneath but I saw his point and duly went to Argos and purchased the cheapest bath mat I could find. The Argos Value Range Rubber Bath Mat costs just £2.99 and comes in just one colour, Ivory. I wasn't keen on the Ivory colour and usually I really like everything to co ordinate, but as I only plan on using it for a few weeks I didn't want to pay anymore than I had to.
When I got home and had a good look at the mat the ivory colour was more of a beige. It definitely wouldn't have been a colour I would have chosen!
The bath mat is made from what Argos call "comfortable rubber". It has a slightly textured surface and has several drainage holes running diagonally across it. The mat stays put in the bath by using suckers under the mat as is the case with most bath mats. The mat measures approximately 56cm's long and 36cm's wide.
To use the mat is easy, its just a case of pressing the mat onto the bottom of the bath until the suckers suction to the bath. The mat should then be secure enough to stand on without it slipping.
As bath mats go the Argos value range one does its job. I can stand on it and shower without it slipping or moving. It doesn't feel particularly comfortable under foot but it serves its purpose. As for how it looks, well its horrible. Its a dreadful colour and the pattern on it makes it look incredibly old fashioned. After using the mat its best to try and dry it as much as you can, this will help stop it going black underneath. I always hang mine over the bath edge on a towel.
The rubber the mat is made from is a bit thin and flimsy and although I don't plan on using it for long I don't think it would last too long anyway.
Overall though I would recommend the Argos value bath mat. It does its job, I cant really see it being long lasting but then it is very cheap. If you are looking for a cheap bathmat and don't care about the colour them this may well be for you.
How intersting can it be to talk about a bath mat i hear you say.......... but when your child is continually skiing in the bath these are a handy item!!
When my son was little i thought it would be a cute idea to buy the little individual sticky ducks and whales, great until they are peeled from the base of the bath, or start floating about in the water.
Then the practical side of mummy kicked in, and i decided to buy for practicality rather than how nice the pictures appear.
On experience the plastic mats, although they keep their colours better, tend to be more slippery, and for £2.49 i thought the argos value rubber mat was worth a go.
The mat is ivory in colour and can be seen as a little dirty on first glance. It is quite small really at 57x36cm, but this is big enough for a toddlers bottom. The underneath comprises of rows and rows of rubber suckers that need a little pressure applied when placing the mat in the bath and that should be enough to secure it in place.
Throughout the mat, you will also find holes placed along the mat. Argos claim these are for drainage but to be fair also seem to contribute to the grip for standing on.
There is a little embossed pattern in the shape of squares and lines. Only mm deep but again enough for little feet to grip to. To be fair though, i think it is the rubber material itself that is non grip as the water doesnt seem to react with the rubber at all like it seems to with the plastic.
A couple of moans, ivory is the only colour that can be bought, and other colours may be nice. I have found that once the mat is marked, it is very difficult to get the marks out, but at £2.49, easy enough to replace.
Another gripe is that the underneath can get mouldy very quickly if you dont lift the mat from the base of the bath to dry completely. Spots of mould are not the most appelaing feature of your bath mat!!
All in all i would give it a 4/5. Altough there are fdloors, these mats are so cheap that replacing them every 6 months does not seem uneconomical!
Until a few months ago, I weren't aware that Argos did their own 'Value' range. I didn't want to spend hours trailing around shops looking for a simple bath mat, and so I looked on the Argos website and decided to reserve their Argos Value range rubber bath mat in ivory. At first, I saw the bath mat and weren't sure about the colour, as it perhaps wouldn't match my white bath. As soon as I put it in the bath, though, I were impressed with it and it doesn't look cheap at all.
£2.49 is the price of this basic bath mat. It is for use inside the bath to prevent slipping whilst taking a shower, and it is thick enough to offer comfort whilst I stand on it, and the rubber gives plenty of grip. The bath mat can be used on any slippery surface, and could possibly be used on a lino surface if that is what you have in your bathroom. The mat has plenty of drainage holes to prevent a build up of water on the surface. There are also plenty of safety suckers, which mean the rubber mat stays put and doesn't have any chance of moving whilst you are stood on it.
The mat is 57cm in length and 36cm in width, which should suffice for any bath surface. I think the price is very reasonable, and although you may have reservations about the colour I find it suits my white bath perfectly.
My boyfriend and I recently did the bathroom up... on a rather tight budget... we did splash out on a few items, but when we chose our bath mat, we skimped slightly, opting for this Argos Value product.
It was £2.49 which seemed pretty good value and although I didn't like it's creamy appearance (that looked like something my Nan would purchase), I decided that it didn't matter, as long as it did the job, after all, we could always replace it at a later date...
When I brought the mat home, I attached it to the bottom of our bath in preparation for my first shower in our newly refurbished bathroom. It didn't seem to attach very securely so I added a bit of water onto the suckers, which seemed to do the trick. However when I came to use the mat it slipped slightly and I had to grab hold of the sink to break my fall... not a fantastic start.
Instead of throwing the mat away, it remained in the bathroom and I soon attempted to shower on it again. I tried once more to make it secure and I put the shower on, but unfortunately disaster struck, I put one leg into the tub, slipped and banged my inner thigh on the outside of the bath. It really hurt and for weeks afterwards I had a nasty purple bruise to show for it. After that occurrence, our £2.49 bath mat went in the bin.
Before I purchased this item I did read some reviews on the Argos website and most of those were glowing. So what went wrong?
Well our bath is an old, heavy duty council tub, I'm not sure exactly sure what it's made of but it isn't like the baths you find in new properties and it isn't plastic (like the bathtub that was in my previous property).
I can only think that my bath made this product defunct, so if you do want to chance it and try this product then make sure you have a modern, plastic tub.
I can only award this product one star, as I've only just got rid of the unsightly purple bruise.