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Monkey Mat Review

Monkey Mat
Price:   $20.00 List | $19.99 at Amazon
Pros:  Large size, folds up easily, cleans well, water repellant, soft
Cons:  Weighted corners not very heavy
Bottom line:  Ingeniously designed mat that's big, compact, versatile, cleans easily, and lots of fun
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Manufacturer:   Monkey Mat

Our Analysis and Test Results

Review by:
Juliet Spurrier, MD

Last Updated:
May 23, 2013

The Monkey Mat, a Portable All-Purpose Picnic Travel Play Fitness Mat, is an oversized 5'x5' mat that fits inside a small 6"x6" carrying case, altogether weighing only 10oz. Its water repellant custom-made soft nylon fabric not only shakes water right off, but also crumbs, grass, dirt, and other messes. The ties on the ends allows you to connect several Monkey Mats together, or use as loops to secure on the ground with tent stakes (not included, but we recommend light titanium tent stakes stored away from the kid's stuff, of course!). The buckle strap on the carrying pouch clicks securely to bags, strollers, luggage, bike handles, belt loops, wrists, and other extensions. There is also a center loop where you can attach toys and other fun objects for baby to play with. If you want to iron out the wrinkles, simply toss it into a tumble dry cycle in your drier.

Monkey Mat
Monkey Mat

For packing the mat into the pouch, the manufacturer suggests grabbing the corner opposite to the pouch, then wrapping the mat around your hand many times until it's small enough to stuff into the pouch. You then zip it shut and clip it to your place of preference.


The most commonly cited likes for this product are:
  • Lightweight and soft
  • Big size
  • Water repellant
  • Compact, travels well
  • Allows for toy attachments


User reviews frequently note these disadvantages:
  • Weighted corners semi-functional
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Most recent review: October 19, 2014
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   Oct 19, 2014 - 03:02am
anger · irvine, California
I bought this mat because I needed something for the kids to sit on at the park and beach. This mat's not even close to what they claim to be or how the pictures make it seem. Thw material's sothin, eextremely poor quality. The mat won't lay straight on the surface. It is si thin that when baby moves it becones a giant ball. It is not water resistant.
Those 5 srar reviews are not real.
Don't waste yoir money on this product!

Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this product to a friend.
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