Which are the best underlay manufacturers?
Underlay is big business.
Numerous companies manufacture this essential flooring product across the UK and beyond. And here at Carpet Underlay Shop, we now stock over 20 of the most well-known underlay brands, including Cloud 9, Duralay, Tredaire, Carpenter, Envirolay, Grandismo, Heart n’ Soul and more.
Why? Because we like to give our customers choice.
But when asked the question ‘Which underlay brand is the best for me to buy?’, we very quickly (and easily!) narrow down the options to just two: Wilsons Underlay and RoyaleTM.
Whether it’s for a domestic or commercial project and whatever type of flooring you’re planning to lay, these two leading brands cover all the bases. And for most customers, we typically recommend an underlay from one of their esteemed collections. Here’s why.
Wilsons Underlays is a specialist underlay manufacturer, based in West Yorkshire.
In their aim to make ‘carpets feel better than ever before’, they produce a range of high-quality and innovative underlays – that are backed by research and tested in line with strict standards. And as a result, they’re now one of the most highly-regarded underlay brands in the UK.
Not only do they partner with several huge hotel chains – including Travelodge, Premier Inn and Macdonald Hotels & Resorts – they’re the no.1 choice for home flooring projects. And here at Capet Underlay Shop, we’re proud to stock a selection of their leading products, including:
Plushwalk® is one of the most recent additions to Wilsons’ line-up, but it’s already made its mark on the industry.
Made from ‘bounce back’ memory foam, it’s a luxurious carpet underlay with an in-built damp-proof membrane. And as such, it provides astonishing levels of underfoot softness and comfort, and helps to prevent moisture and dampness.
Various thicknesses are available. But for most projects, we recommend Plushwalk® 12mm Underlay at £6.99 per m2. This has an impressive 3.5 TOG, can reduce noise by 49dB and significantly improves the look and feel of your carpet.
ThermalStream® underlay is a revolutionary product, designed specifically for use with underfloor heating.
Thanks to its unique ‘punched hole’ design and clever tech, it promotes the transfer of heat between the underfloor heating system and the carpet above. What’s more, at 10mm, it’s much thicker than other similar products currently on the market – therefore, improving comfort, without sacrificing heat or reducing the efficiency of the heating system.
Available from just £8.50 per m2, it’s a clear winner for both domestic and commercial underfloor heating projects.
Wilsons also offer a fantastic range of wool carpet underlays.
Richly packed with wool fibres, these provide outstanding levels of heat insulation – making them a great choice if you wish to keep a room warm or want to reduce your energy bills.
Made from 100% recycled materials, they also have impressive eco-credentials. No harmful chemicals are used in the manufacturing process. And once they reach the end of their lifespan, the underlay can simply be recycled again.
Depending on the size chosen, Wilsons MultiRich is priced at £2.53 - £3.67 per m2 and it’s another product that we regularly advocate – particularly for customers who wish to reduce their impact on the planet.
RoyaleTM is another leading underlay brand, renowned for its laminate and wood flooring underlays. They supply their products across the whole of Europe and the UK. And here at Carpet Underlay Shop, we’re proud to stock a selection of their finest, including:
Introduced in 2020, this is one of the most recent underlays to be added to Royale’s collection – yet it’s already regarded as the best.
Made using the brand’s new and innovative manufacturing techniques, Royale 7mm Sonic Gold Underlay has a unique foam structure – known as AeroFoam – and ticks all the right boxes in terms of thickness, insulation, damp resistance etc.
Available for the affordable price of £6.95 per m2, it makes a huge difference to the overall look and feel of new flooring – without breaking the bank in the process – and is our go-to product for most wood and laminate projects.
Created for use with luxury vinyl tiles (LVT), RoyaleTM LVT underlay demonstrates an excellent level of quality and notably improves the final results of the flooring.
Made from toughened foam with a silver-foil backing, it acts as a great shock absorber – helping to extend the lifespan of the LVT. And it boasts a range of useful features, including fantastic noise reduction, improved thermal insulation, and damp resistance.
Priced at £3.60 per m2, we believe it’s the best of its kind and frequently recommend it to our customers.
Want to know more about underlay brands?
Our in-house experts are always on hand and happy to help. So if you have any questions about Wilsons Underlays, RoyaleTM or any of the other underlay brands that we currently stock, please don’t hesitate to get in touch. We can talk you through each one and recommend the best underlay manufacturer – and the ideal product – for your specific project requirements.
- Alex Illidge