Rated 4.5 out of 5 by 45
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by kwaussi Warm Toes all Winter!
Great product, works well and I love the warm toes - no regrets there!
I liked that you could cut and re-arrange where the heating sat
Three things to be aware of:
1. You have to be VERY careful not to damage the wires.
2. The wires can make placing the tile uneven so you need to have fairly thick grout and lay the tile without your own weight on it. Obviously if you have a large area to cover, this could be difficult if you're laying from the center of the room and work yourself into a corner.
3. The instructions specifically say that the circuit should be 15 amps where my electrician said it should be 20 amps. You might want to calculate your load and clarify before you install.
March 3, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by SteveVA Somewhat easy to install, keeps tile warm
Installed this during a bathroom remodel. I laid the mat to cover the high-traffic areas and cut one section on the end and flipped it around for coverage in front of the vanity.
The directions are thorough. I used just a multimeter and kept good tabs on the OHMs. To protect the mat from the trowel cutting the wire while laying, I covered the smooth ends of my trowel with duct tape. This seemed to work well. I smoothed a skim coat over the mat then used a 1/4" trowel to lay the base. For areas with no mat under the tile I used a 1/2" trowel. This helped keep the tile level whether over the mat or not.
Difficulties I ran into was the mat coming up with the thinset when I was smoothing the skim coat over. I learned to keep the trowel at an angle and not pull it straight off. The double-sided tap was helpful but thinset is sticky. Also, get the mat as flat as possible so it does not bunch up while you are skimming it with thinset. The last problem I had was my 'key tile' was on the mat which had covered the mark I had on the floor. Keep this in mind and plan that key tile well.
It draws only 1.5 amps but I wired a sole 20 amp circuit for the mat and a GFCI outlet. I did not wire the thermostat for the mat as a load off the GFCI as the thermostat GFCI and outlet GFCI would trip each other.
The mat takes about 10-15 minutes to warm the floor. I have never been on a heated floor and it does not get too hot. It is a little warmer than a wood floor. Nonetheless, it is much better than cold tile. I can certainly feel a major difference when I step on a heated mat area versus a non-heated area.
February 10, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by DC Works great
Kids came home for Christmas and loved the new floor in the guest bathroom. It takes a long time to heat up over the concrete basement subfloor, but it is nice when it's ready. Keep your thinset thick. My tiles aren't perfect along the edge of the mat. You need to build up the area around the mat. Also, I didn't dig deep enough holes in the concrete subfloor. for the thermostat or the connections and they required a lot of building up thinset around them.
January 10, 2016
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by Matt Piece of Garbage
I had the mat professionally installed in a brand new basement bathroom. We set the temperature for 98 degrees for 12 hours and the floor temperature only increased one degree (from 62 to 63). A Sun Touch flooring rep came over to test the system. He concluded that everything operated normally, but said we should only expect a 10-15 degree temperature rise. Using a thermal camera, he showed me that the regular floor temperature was 55 degrees and with the mat on, the temp was 70 degrees. So in the winter when the floor is 45, the floor will be 55-60 degrees. This may be an OK product for an upstairs bathroom with a wood subfloor, but I would definitely not recommend it for a basement bathroom or any concrete sub-floor. Its a total waste of money if the bathroom floor is too cold for bare feet. There are better products out there. Now our options are to rip up the tile floor and either install a thermal barrier underneath the mat or use a better product.
April 29, 2016
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Mark as advertised
Heated Right Up Only Been On For Couple weeks. will see how it does this winter.
May 11, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Jolene most comfortable room in our home!
My husband and I love our radiant floor. I wish we would have installed it throughout the rest of our home. It is so wonderful to put our feet on a warm, cozy floor. Highly recommend. We installed with the digital programmable thermostat.
October 22, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by macchuckle Easy install, seems to make a huge difference
Needed a new approach to heating a bathroom on those cold winter days, and forced hot air heat from above just never made it. This application, and its step by step directions made for a great addition under new ceramic tile, The thermostat was a fine touch, went higher on that and purchased the program one, which sets days of use to simply shower between 6:00 and 8:00 am. Our guest bath. Thinking I need to redo our master bath and get one of these
February 16, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Bodo Bathroom floor
Great product. Easy to instal. Kind of expensive for what you get. Need to buy a lot of extras.
June 23, 2015