From durable plastic to elegant linen designs, the best placemats for your home will depend on how often you'll be using them and how much protection your table needs from spills and hot dishes. While there are many materials to choose from, each of them have their pros and cons. Some of the most popular materials can be broken down into three main categories:
- Fabrics: Because of their soft texture and easy maintenance, fabric materials like cotton or linen are a great option, and many fabric placemats can even be thrown in the washing machine. They're also great at resisting heat. However, they are prone to stains over time, so for some people, they may be best saved for special occasions.
- Plastics: Placemats made of vinyl and other types of plastic can offer a lot of protection from accidental spills since they're easy to wipe off and often stain-resistant. They also tend to be crumb-resistant and durable, too. This option is especially helpful for homes that have children or for carefree everyday use. However, some plastic placemats can only resist heat up to 150 degrees Fahrenheit, meaning they aren't ideal for piping hot dishes. (For reference, most hot foods are served at 140 to 165 degrees Fahrenheit).
- Cork board: This type of material is super sturdy and also spill-proof. When combined with a protective finish, like one of my picks below, it can also offer superb heat-resistance. This option is great for those who want something durable and elegant.
After scouring through reviews and researching products, I’ve narrowed down a list of the best options to help you make your dining experience a great one.