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Which is the best carpet underlay for 2020?

Which is the best carpet underlay for 2020?

 Take a look online and you’ll find hundreds – if not thousands – of carpet underlay products available for you to buy. Some are cheap, some a little more expensive. All made from different materials and claiming to have the most impressive list of features. The question is: which is the best one?

It’s a difficult question to answer. But, fortunately, we have unbeatable knowledge and experience in this area – and here we offer our recommendations for the best carpet underlay of 2020.

Memory foam is the key to carpet underlay

Did you know, underlay started in the 1950s made from paper? Since then, a number of alternative options have been introduced – including fibre, rubber, and PU foam. These each have their benefits and will successfully enhance the look and feel of your new flooring. However, in our opinion, the best underlay currently on the market is that made from memory foam.

First introduced in 2016, memory foam underlays have taken the industry by storm. Just as the name suggests, they’re made from the same material as memory foam mattresses – and, as such, boast similar characteristics. One of the leading products is the Plushwalk® 12mm and, here at Carpet Underlay Shop, we believe this is the best floor underlayment for 2020.

Why is Plushwalk® the best carpet underlay?

Plushwalk® is a prestigious carpet underlay made from ‘bounce-back’ memory foam. It’s designed to be incredibly soft and comfortable underfoot and has a wide range of benefits. For example, it:

  • is lightweight, yet hard-wearing and durable
  • has a high tog rating (3.5) and offers excellent insulation
  • reduces airborne and impact noises by 49dB
  • features a damp proof membrane and prevents moisture
  • resists indentation marks and impressions made by furniture
  • is quick and easy to install

Further details of its advantages can be found in the blog: 5 reasons to invest in Plushwalk underlay. Available for just £5.99 per m2, Plushwalk® is an affordable yet luxurious choice, suitable for use around the entire home. If you’re looking to lay a new carpet this year and wish to create the best possible results – we guarantee – this the best carpet underlay to add to your basket.


plushwalk best carpet underlay of 2020


Other recommendations for 2020

Plushwalk® may be the best underlay for carpet, but it isn’t suitable for use with other types of flooring – we have different recommendations for these.

Take, for example, laminate or luxury vinyl tiles (LVT). For these, we suggest using an underlay with excellent acoustic properties, such as the Acoustic Vinyl Click LVT Flooring Underlay. Thanks to its cross-cell linked foam construction, it acts as a shock absorber and reduces noise by up to 20%. What’s more, it also improves underfoot comfort and will significantly extend the lifespan of the LVT.

For use with hardwood flooring, we recommend the 7mm fibreboard underlay. This is a fantastic all-round option, which boasts excellent properties and successfully evens the subfloor for installation.

Ready to buy the best underlay for your project?

If you’re ready to take our advice and would like to invest in the best floor underlay on the market, simply add the Plushwalk 12mm Carpet Underlay to your basket and check out. Both half and full rolls are available at a competitive price and can be delivered to your door the very next day.

Here at the Carpet Underlay Shop, we’re always happy to help. If you have any questions about the products for sale or would like further guidance on the best underlay for your project, feel free to get in touch. Either give us a call on 0203 887 0994 to speak to a member of our team or send an email to and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible.


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  • Carl Smith