Top 10 | Best Turntable Mats of 2020

Turntable mats can improve the sound quality and appearance of your record player, while also protecting your precious vinyl. But how do you know which is the best turntable mat of 2020? That’s what we’re here to decide.

Preview: Our Choice for the Turntable Mat of 2020

Our Rating: 5/5
5/5

Pro-Ject: Leather It Platter Mat - Black

Preview: Here's All Our Choices for the Best [X] for [Y] in 2020

Some Quick Background

Different Types of Turntable Mats

Why do You Need a Turntable Mat?

Turntable platters tend to be hard surfaces that aren’t very well suited to playing records on their own. A turntable mat helps to reduce static buildup and improve sound quality. They also offer a better surface to keep your vinyl from skipping or scratching during use. 

What You Should be Looking For

When choosing a turntable mat, you should be looking for a mat which will work well with your existing system. You need the right fit and material to optimize your setup. Design and aesthetics are an important factor as well. 

Here Are All the [PRODUCTS] that Made Our List of the Best [X] for [Y] in 2020

Pro-Ject: Leather It Platter Mat - Black

Pro-Ject: Leather It Platter Mat​

4.2/5

Taz Studio: Premium Turntable Slipmat - Specially designed Cork./ psychedelic geometric storm

Taz Studio: Premium Turntable Slipmat

4.8/5

Fluance Turntable Platter Mat (Rubber Black) - Durable Audiophile Grade Silicone Design for Vinyl Record Players (PFHTRP)

Fluance Turntable Platter Mat

4.6/5

Acrylic Turntable Mat | OrangeLit | LP Slipmat

OrangeLit Acrylic Turntable Mat

4.4/5

Rega - Wool Mat - Fits P1, P2, P3, P5 and P7

Rega - Wool Mat

4.4/5

Turntable Lab: Switchmat Reversible Slipmat - Blue / Grey (Pair)

Turntable Lab: Switchmat Reversible Slipmat

4.2/5

Purest Audio PA-602-V2 Glass Crystal Turntable Record Player Platter Mat

Purest Audio PA-602-V2

4.5/5

PRO JECT Cork It Turntable Mat

Pro-Ject Cork It Turntable Mat

4/5

Premium Leather Deer Hide Turntable Mat

Jakes Turntable Mats - Leather Deer Hide Turntable Mat

4/5

Audiophile Black Suede Leather Record Player Turntable Mat

Audiophile Black Suede Turntable Mat

3.8/5

Here's Our Picks for the Top 10 Best Turntable Mats of 2020

Overall Best Turntable Mat for 2020

Our Rating: 5/5
5/5

The Good

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As Louis Sullivan said, form must always follow function. While this mat doesn’t have a snazzy graphic to set it apart from the stock platter, it performs where it counts. This leather mat will reduce static buildup, dampen noise defects, and enhance the sound quality of any record player or turntable. That’s why it’s the best turntable mat of 2020.

Best Cork Turntable Mat of 2020

Our Rating: 4.8/5
4.8/5

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This cork turntable mat from Taz Studio is a fantastic option for most setups. It will improve the sound quality of your setup and there are multiple great designs available.

Best Rubber Turntable Mat of 2020

Our Rating: 4.6/5
4.6/5

The Good

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While rubber turntable mats don’t completly elimate static, they reduce it and are nearly indestructible. This is one of the best turntable mats of 2020, as well as a great spacer for a acrylic or glass turntable mat.

Best Acrylic Turntable Mat of 2020

Our Rating: 4.4/5
4.4/5

The Good

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Acrylic turntable mats offer great static reduction and look fantastic. These turntable mats are available in a variety of neon colors that look great with different lighting. However, due to dust collection and record slipping, they may work best as a spacer for a felt or cork mat.

Best Wool Turntable Mat of 2020

Our Rating: 4.4/5
4.4/5

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Rega is one of the best manufacturers of turntable and accessories, and these wool mats are a fantastic option for these record players. Wool is a great material, and you’ll be very satisfied with the sound improvement these turntable mats offer.

Best Felt Turntable Mat of 2020

Our Rating: 4.2/5
4.2/5

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Turntable Lab is a cool brand that offers record player accessories without the frills. Although these mats are expensive and hard to find, they are excellent felt mats that look great with any vinyl setup.

Best Glass Turntable Mat of 2020

Our Rating: 4.5/5
4.5/5

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Glass turntable mats are expensive, but they are worth the price. They are heavy, and the won’t collect static or slip. These glass platter mats from Purest Audio add an air of sophistiation to any record player.

Other Great Turntable Mats in 2020

Our Rating: 4/5
4/5

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Cork record players are tried and true, and offer some of the best sound quality possible for a home setup. Although cork can chip over time, it is cheap and reliable. This mat doesn’t have a graphic, so feel free to add your own design.

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These turntable mats are interesting and incredible. They are made out of a premium material, from a small company. And they have a cultish following. This mat is a great option for any simple setup.

Our Rating: 3.8/5
3.8/5

The Good

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The Bottom Line

Suede is an unusual option for a turntable mat, but a great one. It offers all the antistatic and non-slip benefits of normal leather, with a gentle surface. This turntable mat will protect your records and your sound quality.

Last Minute Tips

Make Sure the Mat Will Fit Your Table

Not all mats are made to be universal. Some have larger or smaller spindle spacing, and slightly different platter sizes. If you need you can widen a spindle opening with a drill or utility knife. However, you can’t make that opening smaller or make the mat fit a larger platter, so do your homework before buying.

You Can Combine Multiple Mats

Sometimes the best option is an acrylic mat with a felt mat on top. Or a glass mat with a cork spacer. You can combine and rearrange different turntable mats to fit the look and feel you want for your system.

Make Sure the Needle Sits Correctly

When combining mats and spacers, keep the turntable arm in mind. You want to be sure that the arm and needle are sitting correctly so the needle has the correct amount of weight on it. Too little will skip and bounce a lot. Too much weight can gouge your vinyl. Definitly keep that in mind.

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