Finding the Best Heated Mats to Melt Snow: Our Advice & Tips
As a native born Coloradan, I know snow and ice—and trust me, nothing is more frustrating than trying to keep stairs or walkways free of ice when they sit in shaded areas in winter.
The challenge, of course, is that unless you are religious about shoveling/salting, ice and snow build-up can become hazardous in a hurry.
Heated outdoor mats are one alternative solution to keeping your walkway or stairs ice-free. After spending seven hours researching this topic (including trying out mats and asking our parent readers for their real-life experiences), we’ve come up with a few tips when it comes to purchasing these mats:
• Consider the total costs. Some mats are sold without power-supplies—yes, that is an extra expense. Also consider buying an Wi-Fi-enabled outdoor plug (like this one by Wyze) so you can turn on/off the mat without going outside.
• Some mats allow you to daisy chain them together for longer coverage. But the connectors to do this again may be an extra expense.
• Be careful about placing these mats on wood or plastic decks. We’ve heard stories from our readers about how these mats damaged (scorched) wood decks, so be careful to make sure the mat you are purchasing is compatible with the surface you are putting it on!
• Mats only can do so much snow melting. Most mats are designed to raise the ambient temperature about 40 degrees or so. That means they may work well unless the temperatures drop below zero—in the case, you may be out of luck! These mats’ top melt rate of 2″ an hour may also not keep up when blizzard conditions exit.
Here are the best heated mats to melt snow: