Last Updated on November 4, 2020.
We’ve tested numerous aftermarket floor mat options for the Tesla Model 3 so you don’t have to. This guide will focus on all-weather, non-carpet, mats. I’ll tell you right now, there’s no single winner in the floor mat game. A lot of this comes down to personal taste, budget, and usage. For that reason, we’ll highlight the winners for each category.
The floor mats highlighted in this article include:
- Tesla OEM (Factory Look)
- TapTes (Best Budget Purchase)
- 3D MAXpider (Long Standing Record of Quality)
- TuxMat (Best All Around Protection | Most Expensive)
When it comes to adding all-weather floor mats, nothing looks as factory direct as Tesla-branded mats. The Tesla Model 3 All-Weather Floor Liners are made from thermoplastic elastomer material for ultimate protection and spatial coverage. These mats have vertical walls that ensure maximum protection to the foot-well carpet and easy cleanup. For an environmental bonus, they are also 100% recyclable and free of cadmium, lead, latex and PVC.
Currently listed at $195, they are not the most expensive option we’ve looked at, but pretty close.
Not worried about that factory OEM look? Well then you’re bound to save some money. In late 2019, TapTes introduced their Model 3 floor mat option. They are nearly identical to the 3D MAXpider All-Weather mats with a few minor differences. The most notable is the removal of the 3D badge on the two front mats. The other being a slightly softer anti-slip backing on the TapTes mats vs the 3D, though honestly they both work equally great. These mats do not wrap as high up the side walls of the floor as other options, but do have a fair amount of lip to contain any small spills or muddy shoes.
I personally have the 3D MAXpider All-Weather mats, but that’s purely because they were available when I purchased my Model 3 in 2018 and I had experience with the brand since 2015 with my Model S. Had these TapTes mats been available at the time, I would have happily spent half as much money for an essentially identical product.
One of the biggest complaints we’ve heard about ordering from TapTes is the long shipping timeline. Ordering direct from their website generally means waiting for a shipment from China, but they have been taking steps to solve this issue. TapTes now lists some of their products on Amazon with Prime shipping. Prices can fluctuate between their direct storefront and the Amazon store, so be sure to price check.
These mats typically fluctuate in price between $129.99 & $99.99.
3D MAXpider is one of the original quality all-weather aftermarket options for the Model 3. They existed well before the Model 3, with Model S and Model X variants as well as solutions for other vehicle manufactures. MAXpider offers the similar multi-layer approach with waterproof and anti-skid properties. These were surely the inspiration for the TapTes mats – they are nearly identical.
A tried-and-true option, that I can say from personal experience, will endure many years of heavy use with ease. The only real con is that their price still reflects the early days where there weren’t many options out there. To be fair, their price point is right on par with Tesla and less than TuxMat, but you can get their copy-cat product for half the price from TapTes.
As of this writing, the 3D MAXpiders were going for $205 on Amazon.
As with nearly all other aftermarket sets, TuxMat has laser scanned the entire carpet area of the Model 3 to ensure their mats will cover the largest possible carpeted area. You’ll notice they have increased coverage of the foot rest / dead pedal area and the mats go further up all the carpeted side walls. Due to the soft and flexible nature of the mats combined with the high side walls, clips are included to provide added security where applicable.
The material has a three-layer construction. The top layer is waterproof PVC to provide durability and matching texture. The middle layer is waterproof EVA to provide an enduring vertical structure. The bottom layer is anti-skid cloth that protects the carpet of your vehicle. A heavy-duty heel pad is installed on the driver’s mat to prevent excess wear and tear of the top waterproof layers.
These are the most expensive option we’ve tried out and tested and are currently listed at $210 on Amazon. They do provide the best coverage and protection, but they may not fit everyone’s personal style with the padded PVC rib architecture. We personally took a pass on these since we live in a mild climate, but know many others who love them.
Care to see more hands-on review of these mats? You’re in luck. Here are a few of our recent videos on them: