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51 of 54 people found the following review helpful
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We bought nine of these HeatTrak HR20-60 Heated Walkway Mats to make a snow and ice free path between my front porch and our driveway. These mats require the HeatTrak HR-P Residential Snow & Ice Heated Stair Mat Control Unit With 6-Foot Power Cord to work and up to 5 of these mats can be connected to a single unit (so we needed two of these, one for two HeatTrak HR10-30 Residential Snow & Ice Heated Safety Tread, 10-Inch by 30-Inch, 120 Volt coupled with four of these Walkway Mats and one for the remaining 5 Walkway Mats). These work pretty much as expected, with the following observations:

Pros -
+ Easy To Install; mats connect together via waterproof couplers and have grommets in each corner to allow securing to the ground with stakes (we used 6" Timber Tie nails)
+ Heats Up Fast; was over 80 degrees Fahrenheit after fifteen minutes

Cons -
- Curls; if not secured, the ends will curl up (see video)
- Protruding Connectors; the connectors stick up a good bit and are prone to be stepped on

Fortunately we had sleet the day after these came in so we had a chance to try these out and they melted the little bit of ice accumulation very quickly.

UPDATE: 01/27/2011 - We had 6" of snow last night and the mats worked exactly as hoped to melt off the accumulation to provide us a clear path to the driveway (see picture in "Customer Images").

Recommended!

CFH
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
on February 5, 2011
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Purchased this in mid-December 2010. I use it on my front porch as I frequently get water dripping on the porch from snow melting on the roof, then freezing on the porch. This thing works great! It starts heating immediately, but is never "hot" to the touch. It keeps up with falling snow, although the 21" that we got in the Chicago area on Feb 2, 2011 was a bit much for even this to keep up with... not a problem for me. For all other "normal" snowfall it's fine. I very much recommend it!
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
on December 23, 2010
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I purchased this mat, the power control and one stair mat for front stoop of my home. For years I have dealt with ice buildup from a large overhang. This item not only handled a 5" snow with no problem, but has prevented ice from building up from the melting and refreezing roof run off. Water forms and then evaporates even at close to Zero f.

The main improvement I would like concerns edge curl on the stair mat. It is on brick and cannot be secured. This is a minor concern compared to the overall effectiveness of this product. I would reccomend it for the situation I described.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on November 22, 2011
A year ago, I purchase two with the proper extension cord to make each a working unit. I use one on my redwood deck and move it around to melt the ice that gets tromped on. I may kick it to move it every couple of hours. Here in North Idaho in the foothill of a ski resort, it snows a few to several feet a year; and all kinds. These mats keep up.
Also, I put a 25 foot, 12 gauge cord on them, and using two outlet, to de-ice my driveway. It took a couple of days with moving both mats often. They did melt a couple of inches of hard pack snow down to the gravel.
What they don't do. If the ground is frozen, and it is freezing out, it is hard to get rid of the moisture quickly. The ground needs to heat up to adsorb the melted water. On a 12 walkway, it will take a couple of days. (Yea, I need more mats, but this is my mat budget.) Lastly, they do stick up and have an electrical cable draping out there. No one has ever tripped on them because, well, it's winter in North ID, 'look down or you'll be face down', really.
I do not know what the electricity cost to run these guys. I do know they make walking a lot safer for kids and elderly. That, my friends, is priceless.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on January 23, 2011
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We've had 45 inches of snow this winter. The timing of this purchase could not have been better. These mats have kept up very well, saving us a lot of labor. Highly recommended.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on December 2, 2013
You must order a 20" extension cord to go from steps to walkway mat. The 9" riser distance is too great to connect with the cords manufactured on the stair warmer and on the walkway mat.
I was not aware of this when I ordered the stairway mat to connect to my existing step warmers.
I called Heattrak and was told I need an extender. I ordered the shortest connector, which is a 20" connector even though I only needed 9".
Dumb that they don't make a standard riser length. I hope no one trips on the extra length of cord. I will update and let you know.
This is the extender, although I ordered it directly from Heattrak over the phone:
HeatTrak HR EXT20 Watertight Extender 20 Inch

Also I must point out how much thicker and heavier the old stair mats were. They appeared to be rubber. This new very thin mat smells strongly of plastic. Luckily it is outside. The newer plastic stair mats are much thinner and move around easily on the step when not frozen down, as opposed to the old heavy mats which NEVER slid or moved. I hope no one slips on these thinner stair mats.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on February 12, 2014
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We bought 3 of these mats and a short connector in November 2011 and they are still keeping our front walk safe and ice-free. We have had a TERRIBLE winter this year, but my HeatTrak mats have not stopped working. The HeatTrak mats stay warm and dry even at 10 degrees below zero. I did have to brush off the snow when we had 8 inches of snow fall in one day, but that is all I have done. Did I mention that this is the THIRD winter we have used our mats?! They are my all time favorite Amazon purchase.

Please note that the mats will not heat your entire walkway. Only the mats get warm enough to melt the ice. If the outdoor temperature isn't too frigid, a small area around the mats will be dry as well. Please store the mats flat. It can take a while for them to lay flat if they spent 8 months curled up in the garage.

My UPS man loves these mats too!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on January 19, 2011
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The Heattrac system works very nicely. No more icy or snow covered deck to slide on early in the morning
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on December 2, 2011
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I bought two of these for my back deck so I can get to the bird feeder in snowy weather. I am also hoping it means my dog will drag less snow in on his feet. Deck is wide so I will eventually buy a third, just not in Christmas shopping season.

Last year I shoveled a lot but could not keep up with all the storms. This is simple - connect them up and plug in. One small snow since but a nice path stayed clear, with a good size margin around the mats dry too. I also bought a thermostatic outlet plug so these won't run constantly but found my outdoor outlets would not accomodate the width, so must dig out an outdoor extension cord now too. Let it snow!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on November 18, 2011
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We live in northern Michigan where it's common to get snow almost every day in the winter, and winter can last 6 months out of the year. That amounts to a lot of shoveling !! Plus, last winter I slipped on ice and badly fractured my ankle. We installed the Heat Trak Mats last year (2010 winter) after my fall, and they are absolutely wonderful. We have them going between our detached garage and the house, and also to a shed that we need to access. It is such a relief to know that we can get to our cars without having to shovel and/ or de-ice first, and it gives me peace of mind to know that the walk will be clear so I will not fall again.
You do need to spend some time figuring out how you intend to lay them out before you purchase them. The manufacturer's website has a lot of useful information about installation, electicity used, etc. Basically, you can hook 5 mats together on each controller (the part that you plug into the outlet and is sold separately). You can also purchase 20 inch extensions and/ or 25 foot extensions, as needed, to make your configuration work. We have an older house and find it works best, in our situation, to only put one set of 5 mats on a circuit. The mats arrive rolled up and it helps to lay them out where it is warm and let them relax before installing them. Ours are laid out on decking and stay in place without being fastened down. A couple of times last winter an individual mat would stop working, because it came loose where they hook together, but was easily fixed by just pushing the connection in tighter. Although it says you can leave the mats down year round, we took ours up in the summer. We just figure they will last longer that way. We reinstalled them last weekend and had our first snowfall last night. This is one of those products that I wish we had been aware of years ago. They save us SO much time and work !!
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