About Tokyo Bath Mat
Called an “ancient Japanese secret” by the manufacturer, we’re told that Tokyo Bath Mat contains diatomite, a natural pumice-like material that “instantly” dries the soles of your feet—and itself. This way, when you step out of the bath or shower, its Safe Traction surface will help prevent slippery footprints, unwanted odors, and germs.
The company claims that the super-absorbent Tokyo Mat will also gently massage your feet, while leaving your feet and your floor dryer, cleaner, and safer.
Quick absorbency when exiting the bath certainly carries a lot of potential benefits, but is the Tokyo Mat really anything “revolutionary,” or even “amazing”? We know that’s why you’re here, so let’s start with the basics and work our way up to an answer.
What Is Diatomite? Is It Super-Absorbent?
Diatomite (also commonly known as diatomaceous earth) is a naturally occurring sedimentary rock made up of the fossilized remains of diatoms, which are single-celled algae. Whether powdered or in rock form, diatomite is highly porous and mildly abrasive, with the ability to hold up to 150% of its weight in water.
In fact, diatomaceous earth is so effective at absorbing moisture that it’s commonly used as a natural insecticide, since it cuts through insects’ exoskeletons and dehydrates them from the inside out.
With Tokyo Bath Mat, it appears the manufacturer has created a plank of ‘pressed’ diatomite that can fit in front of your shower. This way, the substance has a chance to soak up water on the bottom of your feet before you go about your routine.
Can the Diatomite in Tokyo Mat Cause Any Side Effects?
Since you won’t be consuming the diatomite contained in Tokyo Bath Mat, it’s unlikely that you’re experience any side effects. If your Mat was to break, however, inhaling the dust can cause temporary respiratory irritation.
There’s no explanation about exactly how Tokyo Mat will “massage” your feet (it doesn’t appear to have a raised surface or nubs of any kind), but since diatomite has abrasive qualities, repeatedly stepping on it might cause mild irritation. On top of this, your feet might become overly dry, so it might be a good idea to moisturize.
Pro tip: Just remember that moisturizing the soles of your feet will make them slippery—half of what you’re trying to prevent with Tokyo Mat in the first place!
If you don’t have especially sensitive skin and are thinking about giving the Tokyo Bath Mat a try, how much will it cost you?
How Much Does Tokyo Bath Mat Cost?
One Tokyo Bath Mat is priced at $19.99, plus $7.99 S&H. You can order additional mats at checkout for an additional $7.99 S&H per mat.
All Tokyo Bath Mats come with a 60-day money back guarantee, less S&H. If you’re dissatisfied, you’ll have to request one by calling Tristar Products customer service at 973-287-5166.
How does this price compare to the competition?
Are There Other Diatomite Bath Mats Like Tokyo’s?
We didn’t want to spoil the surprise in our earlier discussion about diatomaceous earth, but the reality is that there are hundreds of other diatomite bath mats (also known as soil bath mats) on the market. Originally popular in Japan and China, it seems that they’ve become increasingly chic in the West over the last several years.
Pro tip: However, it doesn’t appear that these mats are any kind of ancient secret, as claimed by Tokyo Mat’s manufacturer.
To see for yourself, type either of these terms into any search engine. From a price perspective, you’ll find that these third-party mats can cost anywhere from $30 to $230, with $50 to $60 being a rough average.
Looking at reviews on popular online retail sites, it seems that many of these options come with higher marks from customers, who cite solid absorbency and good looks. On the other hand, many claim that they’re fragile and difficult to clean.
Will Tokyo Bath Mat deliver the same level of quality and receive similar customer feedback? Since it was such a new product at the time of our research, we’ll just have to wait and see.
Let’s quickly continue with this “customer feedback” theme before wrapping up our review.
Who Manufactures Tokyo Bath Mat?
Tristar Products is the second largest ASOTV company in existence, having been in business since 1992. Because they’ve been around so long, Tristar has been responsible for some very popular products over the years, including recent hits like Power Pressure Cooker XL, Perfecter Fusion Styler, and Clear TV.
Like most other ASOTV products (whether from Tristar or another company), many of these come with 2-star average reviews from HighYa readers. What’re they saying? Most seem to reference products that don’t deliver on their promises, don’t last very long, and don’t come with very good customer service.
Is this what you can expect with Tokyo Mat? We’re definitely not saying this is the case; our only goal is to provide you with a complete picture.
What’s the Bottom Line For Tokyo Bath Mat?
Outside of some very minor information, we didn’t come across any websites that detailed the manufacturing process behind diatomite bath mats. As a result, we can’t really speak to how Tokyo Mat stacks up against the competition, from either quality or performance perspectives.
What we can say is that if you feel like giving Tokyo Mat a try, the company provides a 60-day refund policy if you’re dissatisfied. The only downside we can think of is that you’ll be out at least $7.99 S&H (more if your ordered additional mats), plus whatever it’ll cost to ship it back to the manufacturer.
Did Tokyo Bath Mat deliver on its promises? Tell us about the pros and cons in your review below!