Rated 4.5 out of 5Â by 29
Rated 5 out of 5Â by SFNF It works and it's easy to install!
I installed this in a small master bath over Hardibacker and followed with self-leveling cement before I tiled. Only needed 5 ft but went with the 6ft and cut the mesh, which was a good move. Install the mat and worry about the power and thermostat later. For the price, it is well worth it even if you mess up. I fished the wiring up the wall because I knew I would need to run power from the outlet receptacle, which works out fine because the mat only pulls 180 watts!. That's nothing even on a 15 amp shared fuse like mine. Remember not to cut the actual blue power cord/heating element. I installed large format tiles on top so I decided to use the self leveling to save me a headache later but you could install directly if you prefer. Sure the floor level comes up but in older homes like mine, there's not much that can be done. Despite the depth of the finished floor (1/4" self leveling underlayment cement, 1/2"thinset, & 3/8" tile), it only took about 15 min before I could feel the heat. At first I thought it didn't work, but it takes a little while to heat so be patient and enjoy the fruits of your efforts. Couple notes: As long as you have a multimeter and test for resistance regularly, you don't need the loud mouth gadget. If you're a pro who will install these often then it might be worth the investment. Also, the thermostat and sensor come separately so don't forget to purchase that and install the sensor before you cover the mat.
June 16, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5Â by SBUtah Perfect for under ceramic tile
The warming mat looked and installed as advertised. It is designed to use minimal electricity. This product was reasonably easy to install under ceramic tile and we added an on/off switch so that the product can be turned off during the summer months. We installed it in the laundry / mud room area in front of the washing machine and dryer. It will warm the floor during laundry days on cold winter nights.
July 9, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5Â by Keefers Great Product
We chose this mat because of the value and the future expansion with the thermostat (remodel of bathroom, future remodel of kitchen). Installed mat above cementboard, but followed directions on CD which directed to use thinset, then place tiles on top in same step. Next time I will use self-leveling mortar to place the mat, then in the second step place the tile. We had problems ensuring the floor was level due to the increased height of the mat. I speak from the DIY'er point of view so it may not make a difference to those experienced in tile work.
Overall pleased with the actual function of the mat, just wish I had followed my gut, rather than the instructions.
March 30, 2007
Rated 5 out of 5Â by HRussell Heated Floor Mat
I wish I knew how easy this product was to install years ago. I will never install bath tiles without one again.
A few tips that might help you to decide to try it yourself.
I used the one step method as described in the supplied CD.
1 Plan on using twice as much thin set as normal as you won't be using a notched trowel to apply the thin set just visulize the same top of mud elevation for tiles above the mat and unheated tile areas. Use a wide flat board and a hammer to gently tap the tiles level after installing about 3 or 4 square feet of tile. Remove any excess thin set between tiles with a flat tip screw driver. Remove a low tile and add more mud under it to insure a level top of tile floor.
2. Size the mat to allow enough extra free form heat wire in front of vanities and other areas that don't conform to the 30 inch mat width.
3. You might need a toilet flange extension to match the new finished floor elevation.
March 26, 2010
Rated 5 out of 5Â by Peter76 Excellent Value for the price (My wife loves it)
It is now my second bathroom that I am doing using electrical radiant heat. This mat is extremely easy to install and allows easy adjustment for "complicated" areas by cutting away the mesh and laying the wire manually.
If you are using the floor heat under tiles, I would definitely recommend thinsetting the mat to the subfloor and then thinsetting a layer of Schluter DITRA (uncoupling membrane) on the mat and then the tiles on top of the DITRA. It is not required, but it will make the tile installation last so much longer and you definitely don't have to worry about cracked tiles.
September 20, 2010