Back in the day laptops were still a relative novelty and computer rooms were a thing. If you didn’t have a mouse pad were you really working? All jokes aside, while mouse pads and desktops are still around, the desk pad is an even better option nowadays. Desk pads also double as mouse pads, are longer than mouse pads, and protect your laptops/computers from scratches and wear and tear. We’ve compiled a list of the seven best desk pads of 2021 that’ll amplify your work from home office to the next level.
If you’re in a hurry, here are our top 3 quick picks for the Best Desk Pads of 2021
Criteria for Choosing the Desk Pads
How long is the desk pad? Does it actually fit your desk or is it too long/short? Is it a double-sided desk pad? Can you put your laptop and other items on the desk pad?
What is the desk pad made from? Is it easy to clean if any spills occur with your work side coffee? Does the desk pad stay stable as you work/surf the net? Is it waterproof? Is it non-slip?
Is the desk pad decently priced? Is it well-reviewed? (Typically a good benchmark is to compare the ratio of good reviews to bad.)
The 7 of Best Desk Pads of 2021
The Eminta Dual Sided Desk Pad
This beauty is one of those items that make you do a double take and ask, “Why haven’t I bought this before?” Note that the Eminta desk pad is double sided, and it’s also water resistant, heat resistant, and easy to clean. This desk pad comes in a variety of colors, from a standard black, to green/blue, purple/pink and more. This desk pad also comes in two lengths: 23.6 inches by 13.8 inches and 31.5 inches by 15.7 inches.
- Very reasonably priced, and won’t break the bank. Both desk pad sizes are under fifteen dollars.
- The front side is litchi grain and the back side is a lamb skin texture.
- Made with a sewing reinforcement for enhanced durability
- Made of high quality and easy to clean PU leather.
- Review wise, this desk pad has a 4.8 star rating based on 16,122 global ratings total. 14,056 of those ratings are five star reviews.
- A lot of reviewers said it worked really well for their desk space, and they liked how they could put their laptops and drinks on the desk pad
- One reviewer said that their package arrived with rat droppings
- Several reviewers said that this desk pad had a strong chemical like odor
Aothia Leather Desk Pad
The Aothia desk pad comes in three different sizes (23.6 by 13.7 inches, 31.5 by 15.7 inches, and 36 by 17 inches.) This is a climate pledge friendly product that comes in a variety of colors, as shown in the above photo, is waterproof and made with that same high quality PU leather and a non-slip design. The Aothia leather desk pad comes with a one year warranty. The ratings on this desk pad are astronomical, with a 4.7 star rating based on 27,976 global reviews. Out of those ratings, 23,357 reviews are five stars.
- Several reviewers said that this desk pad did a great job of protecting their work space.
- Another reviewer said that this was an excellent product for the price
- Still won’t break the bank: this desk pad is priced under fifteen dollars.
- Another reviewer said that this desk pad was indeed non-slip and told people to buy it because they wouldn’t regret it
- Another reviewer said that this is one of the best investments they made for their home office
- Several reviewers said that this desk pad had a noticeable chemical smell
- Several reviewers said that the desk pad was very flimsy, with one noting it curled up quickly
The Ysagi Multifunctional Office Desk Pad
This desk pad is waterproof, oil-proof, and is also dual-sided. You can get the Ysagi desk pad in a variety of colors, from grey to pink and even pistachio. The Ysagi desk pad also comes in three different sizes, with all three sizes priced reasonably under fifteen dollars. This is another desk pad that is made with high quality PU leather. The Ysagi desk pad has a 4.7 star rating based on an average of a whopping 25,599 global ratings.
- Reasonably priced and comes in a lot of colors
- One reviewer said that this desk pad was just what you would want
- Several reviewers said that this was a great quality mat, and they liked the colors
- 21,012 of the ratings for this mat are five star reviews
- One reviewer said that they ordered three of these desk pads and that they were worth the money
- One reviewer said that this desk pad never laid flat consistently and that it was challenging to clean it
- Several reviewers said that this mat wasn’t non-slip
The Gallaway Leather Desk Pad
Now, wouldn’t this make for a great Father’s Day present? The sleek leather look is perfect for the hardworking dad or anyone in your life that wants to enhance the look of their workspace office. The Gallaway leather desk pad is also made with that top quality PU leather, and comes in one size: 36 by 17 inches. Another neat aspect of this desk pad is that it comes with a lifetime replacement warranty for piece of mind after you make your purchase.
- The sleek leather look would make any office look a bit more professional
- Currently has a 4.8 star rating based on an average of 4,781 global reviews
- Comes in brown or black, and is priced under twenty five dollars
- One reviewer praised this desk pad for its elegant and classy look
- Another reviewer said that this desk pad was definitely worth the price
- Another reviewer left a five star rating, saying that this desk pad actually helped save their desktop
- One reviewer said that their desk pad arrived moldy
- Another reviewer said that this desk pad wasn’t non-slip
The Towwi PU Leather Desk Pad
Over ten colors, high quality PU leather (sensing a pattern in desk pad materials here?) and three different size choices, from the smaller 24 by 14 inches to the large 36 by 17 inches. The Towwi PU leather desk pad is waterproof, is packaged in an environmental protection packaging box, and is dual sided. This desk pad comes with a strap that matches the same color of the desk pad to make travel with the desk pad a breeze. The Towwi PU leather desk pad has a 4.7 star rating based on 8,746 global reviews.
- One reviewer really liked the subtle tones of this desk pad, and said that it flattened out quickly after a few minutes after unrolling the desk pad.
- Another reviewer gave an update on their initial five star review a year later and still had high praise for the desk pad, saying it was durable, and highly recommended it for the desk pad’s overall quality.
- Another reviewer said that they did spill tea on their desk pad but it was easy to clean
- All three desk pad sizes are reasonably priced, and under twenty dollars
- Several reviewers noted that the edges of this desk pad curled up and wouldn’t lay flat consistently
- Another reviewer said that their desk pad arrived with the edges already peeling
The Afritee Desk Pad Protector Mat
The Afritee desk pad comes in an assortment of pretty and soft shades, like the rose pink/silver combo, or the light green/greenish blue combo. Yes, this desk pad is also made from PU leather (note: PU leather is NOT real leather) and as a result, this desk pad is also waterproof, durable and helps protect your desk from spills and scratches. The Afritee desk pad comes with a one year warranty, so you can purchase this product with some peace of mind.
- All three desk pad sizes the Afritee comes in are reasonably priced under twenty dollars.
- The Afritee desk pad has a 4.8 star rating based on 3,650 global reviews.
- 3,184 of those global ratings are five star reviews
- One reviewer said that they loved this desk pad so much that they bought another one
- One reviewer said that they had ordered desk pads from several different companies but that the Afritee was by far the best
- Another reviewer praised this desk for being durable and looking nice
- One reviewer said that the layers of the desk pad fell apart too easily
- Another reviewer said that this desk pad was too flimsy, and another said that their desk pad wouldn’t lay flat.
The Knodel Desk Mat/Office Desk Pad
Rounding out our top seven list is the Knodel office desk pad. This desk pad is one hundred percent waterproof and oil proof, and comes in three different sizes (23.6 by 13.8 inches, 31.5 by 15.7 inches, and 35.4 by 17 inches.) The Knodel desk pad is also dual sided, and comes in eight different colors, from a standard black to pink to purple to brown, light green and more. Another nice bonus for the Knodel desk pad is that it comes with a one year warranty as well. This is another desk pad that won’t make your wallet cry for mercy: all three sizes are still priced under twenty dollars.
- The Knodel desk pad has a 4.8 star rating based on 20,465 global reviews
- 16,857 of those ratings are five star reviews
- One reviewer said that this desk pad was perfect for their needs and another said that this desk pad was a great quality and price
- Another reviewer that also left a five star review said that their mouse slid way better on this desk pad than their previous mouse pad. They also loved the colors of this desk pad.
- Another reviewer was surprised by the quality of this desk pad and recommended it especially for use on glass tables to protect the glass from being scratched
- Another reviewer said that this desk pad was a life saver
- One reviewer said that their desk pad would catch dust and crumbs too easily and did not recommend eating over it
- Another reviewer said that the first desk pad they ordered from this company was great but the second desk pad was thin and not padded.
So a lot of these desk pads had a lot in common. PU leather (again, remember that PU leather is NOT real leather), dual sides, multiple colors, and decent pricing among other factors. The reviews are really a great way to determine which desk pad to purchase among this list. While all seven options are great choices, looking at the reviews will make it easier for you to determine which desk pad best suits your needs.
And remember to pick the right size! The desk pad in all actuality is like the mouse pad’s older sibling, bigger, able to accommodate more items, and generally a great addition to an office space. These items are all supposed to be about making life a bit easier, and hopefully one of these desk pads will help in enhancing a workspace area.
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