Rated 4.5 out of 5Â by 26
Rated 2.0 out of 5.0Â by Chris Disappointed
Bought this brand mainly because of the price, variety of sizes and availability at Home Depot. Was really looking forward to heated floors, but have been very disappointed. It takes several hours to warm floors at the max setting and even then it doesn't get very warm (manufacturer claims 20-45 minutes). We installed it in two different bathrooms and the results were similar in both. Also, we didn't buy the programmable control, so it's useless in the morning unless we leave it on all night. In the end, we spent over $1,000 and got something to show-off to friends, but not much else.
It you're going to get this, I would probably recommend getting the programmable thermostat and buying a bigger size sheet then you actually need.
February 12, 2015
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0Â by Tony Good investment
You must be patient with the installation of this product. And I would suggest not setting the thermostat to full heat, (72 degrees was more then enough in my home),it may create tile cracks. It took a while to convince my wife to the idea because it is a bit pricey, after I installed this in my kitchen she fell in love with it. It's nice during the Chicago winters and not very expensive to use. Initial costs are crazy but well worth it. It also is a good selling feature for house flippers if you plan on a kitchen or bath remodel.
February 26, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0Â by JimAtlanta A Very Good Choice
Have done this system in three separate bathrooms over the past ~8 years; I highly recommend it.
It's not quite so simple as "unroll it and tack it down", but it is very do-able if you take your time and follow the directions.
One tip: do *not* assume that the heat will radiate more than about 1" laterally from the coils. I found this out when I laid the system out in a way that did not heat the footprint of the cabinet/vanity that was going to go on top of the floor. What I didn't account for was the toe kick area at the bottom of the vanity and there was about a 2" wide area where your toes go that wasn't heated!
May 31, 2008
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0Â by M4R14 This is a really neat product. We are "do-it-yourselfers" who, last fall, added a 6' x 11' mudroom in the back of our unheated garage. We bought the Sun Touch mats to heat the floor, hoping that they would also adequately heat the room itself. We installed two mats on an insulated sub floor, built over the cement slab of the garage. Not only does it heat the room very nicely, (in Michigan winters!), it actually throws quite a bit of extra heat into the adjoining family room. The directions were easy to understand and the installation was also easy. The heating wires seem pretty tough, just make sure you don't chop them with the edge of your trowel as you lay the thin-set. Also make sure that as you lay the ceramic tile, you keep checking the ohm resistance of the mats. Once it warms up, the floor gets nice and toasty. It's wonderful to kick off your snowy boots and just stand on it. :-)
May 12, 2006
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0Â by SgtLew Give it Time
This SunTouch floor warming mat is a treat for your toes- but give it time to install correctly and give it time to warm up.
If installing ceramic tile with thinset, extra mortar will be needed to account for the thickness of the mat. Grooves should be cut in the underlayment to lay the sensor wire and power feed so they do not protrude above the mat wires. Regular staples may not work to secure the mat to tile backer, so heavy duty electrical staples or hot glue may be used.
The warming system takes some time to get up to temperature, so a programmable thermostat is best to ensure the floor is warm when needed. If there is a forced-air heating duct in the room, it may be blocked to allow the floor warming system to keep the room warm using less energy.
Overall this is a great product, though overpriced a bit if you consider that this is basically just a heating element woven into a flimsy rubber mat. It certainly adds an element of luxury to any bathroom or kitchen.
November 13, 2009