“ Manufacturer: Wilkinson / Type: Bathroom Accessories „
Earlier this year, we had a bit of a DIY disaster. What started off as a small leak in the downstairs toilet, resulted in having to replace the entire toilet (thanks to my other half smashing the cistern lid whilst 'investigating the problem'!) Fortunately, we got the new toilet installed promptly but it is slightly smaller than its predecessor and leaves a nasty gap around the base of the toilet where the flooring doesn't quite reach.
We have grand plans to redecorate the whole house, eventually, but as a short term solution we needed something to disguise the unsightly gap. My other half returned from Wilkinson's with this set of cream reversible cotton bath mats from their own range. This product is really a throwback to the 1970's, featuring a fluffy bath mat and a shaped pedestal mat, with a curved cut out section to allow it to fit comfortably.
I've always disliked these kind of products and think they make a bathroom look really dated and unhygienic. This set hasn't particularly changed my mind although it was purchased out of necessity rather than a desire to achieve a particular 'look.' In its defence, the set is fairly inexpensive, costing just £6 for both pieces. It is also quite thick, so somebody needing something soft underfoot to protect from a cold bathroom floor might be pleased with this although I think it is worth paying more for something more aesthetically pleasing and better quality.
The pedestal mat has been used to cover the base of our new toilet and does disguise the gap between the flooring and toilet. It doesn't look 'good', by any stretch of the imagination, but perhaps visitors might assume we are going for a retro kind of look! My main concern is hygiene as I have three sons, including a three year old who is starting to use the toilet independently. I'm conscious of the likelihood of spills as well as the mess created by over-enthusiastic hand washing afterwards. Fortunately, both the mats are 100% cotton and can be machine washed at 40 degrees. I put them through a slightly higher 60 degree wash just so I can be confident that any nasty bacteria has been dealt with.
We did use the bath mat briefly in our upstairs bathroom. The cream colour scheme and plain look was inoffensive enough to blend in with our bathroom but I was still not too keen on its overall appearance. I also found the mat too large and thick and very absorbent. This meant that when the kids were a bit messy at bathtime the mat became totally soaked. This then took ages to dry and, again, I was conscious of bacteria lurking within a constantly damp bath mat. Needless to say, this mat didn't remain in place for too long. I much prefer to use a thick towel as a floor covering and then put it straight into the wash each time.
Whilst this set is inexpensive and relatively neutral it isn't something that I feel looks or performs well in a modern bathroom. I can't fault the quality of the material used but do feel that the thick bath mat is difficult to dry thoroughly and the overall look is pretty cheap and dated. This isn't something that I would personally recommend and have subsequently replaced the pedestal surround with a much thicker, plusher version from BHS.
We recently repainted our bathroom, turning it from a bright sunshine yellow to a delicate apple blossom green colour. Whilst it looked lovely with it's fresh lick of paint, several of the accesories we had been using no longer matched , including our bath mat. A little look in Wilkos revealed a 2 piece bathmat set for just £5.75, reversible and available in a wide range of colours, including a lovely light bluey green shade called 'Aqua' that would look perfect in our bathroom .
The set includes an oval bathmat, measuring around 50 by 80 centimetres, and a pedestal mat. I personally would have preffered for the set to have included an extra pedestal mat, as I unfortunately have a bathroom with my toilet in it, rather than a seperate room, but as the shop did not offer a 3 piece set that I saw, I decided to buy two sets, giving me two pedestal mats and a spare bath mat .
The mats are fairly thin, but do have lovely soft fluffy tufting that feels warm and cosy on your feet as you step out of a bath. There is a sort of ring of tighter tufting around the mat giving it almost a bordered appearance . They absorb water well, leaving your feet nice and dry so you won't go sliding across the bathroom tiles. They take a while to dry out once they have gotten wet, but once they are dry they generally stay looking nice and fresh, and don't get that horribly fusty damp smell some bath mats get . The crescents in the pedestal mats are well sized both for toilet use and for sinks .
They do need washing every now and again though (the toilet one needing the most washing, naturally), but thankfully this is simply a matter of bunging them into the machine, then hanging them over the edge of the bath to dry - they don't need any ironing, and they remain quite soft after being washed without the need to use fabric conditioner .
Overall, I think these are a good product at a fair price . They are not the most inspiring bath set, and I do plan on upgrading soon to something a little more exciting to look at and a bit more luxurious in thickness, but as a stop-gap or a budget buy they are certainly reasonable . 4 stars .
We bought this bath mat set a couple of months ago now. We paid around £5.75 for it from our local Wilkinsons which was one of the lowest prices around for a set like this.
The set contains a bath mat and a pedestal making it a two piece set. It came in a variety of colours including blue, green, pink, cream and white. We chose the blue one as it went best with our colour scheme.
Well to use them you simply put them down on the bathroom floor and leave them to do their jobs. In the bathroom we have them in there is no bath but there is a shower and the mats soak up the water very well, it means the floor is not slippery and the water is only in the mat. I have noticed that they take absolutely ages to dry out, they can still be wet 12 hours after being used.
The mats seem to attract all the bits and no matter how much I hoover them the dirt seems to stick to them. I did hand wash ours a few weeks back, hoping it would remove some of the bits that the hoover would not, one thing I noticed was how much of the colour came out of the mats despite them only being in the water about 30 seconds which left them significantly duller. It did remove some of the bits that were stuck to the mats but some of it was still there, maybe I will try handwashing them next time.
Our mats are beginning to look quite tired. They are a duller colour due to me needing to wash them and they are always covered in bits which makes it look like I never hoover (I do, honest!) I dont think these mats will last many more months as they will just look too tatty and we will need to replace them. Next time I will be opting for something with a shorter pile so the bits cant stick in it.
These mats are ok for the price but we wont be buying any more as I can only see them lasting a few more months. However, if you need something 'for the time being' these will be fine.