The 8 Best Extended Mouse Pads of 2020

For gamers, designers, and more

Best Overall: SteelSeries QcK Gaming Surface

SteelSeries makes one of the most beloved extended mouse pads out there, whether you're a gamer, designer, or just someone who likes a clean desk and good mouse control. Its standard XL size measures an ample 35 x 12 inches, big enough for a keyboard, mouse, and more. It features a micro-woven cloth surface for easy gliding and optimal control whether you’re gaming or working on a design project. Reviewers who play games that require low sensitivity, such as first-person shooters, mention that it’s perfect because of its ample size and soft texture that allows for a wide range of mouse motions. The stitched edges also prevent the risk of fraying and allow for extra durability. You’ll be able to use this mat for both optical and laser sensor mice. If it gets dirty, the cloth is durable enough to wash without getting damaged. Like most mouse pads, it comes with a rubber base to prevent slippage during gaming sessions.

Best Budget: PECHAM 3mm Extended Gaming Mouse Pad

Seeing as it costs less than $20, this product has no extra gimmicks, but it is reliable, spacious, and low maintenance. Anyone who wants to try out an extended mouse pad without spending too much should opt for it instead of going straight for a pick from name brands such as Razer. Measuring approximately 31 x 12 inches, it’s big enough for you to place your keyboard, mouse, and small office supplies. Its 3 mm thickness is also useful, as it keeps your desk protected from scratches and provides your wrists with extra cushioning. You won’t need to worry about the mouse pad moving around; it comes with a non-slip rubber bottom. The top surface consists of a lycra material that is smooth as well as water resistant. If you want to clean the mat, all you need to do is drop it in the laundry, as it’s machine washable.

Best RGB: Razer Goliathus Extended Gaming Mouse Pad

More expensive than some solid gaming keyboards and mice, the Razer Goliathus is designed for those who really love Razer and fancy RGB lighting. The 36 x 11-inch pad has an excellent micro-textured cloth surface that will hold your keyboard in place while giving your mouse room to roam both accurately and quickly. If you play games that require fast movements — such as first-person shooters — you’d be surprised at how beneficial a mouse pad like the Goliathus can be when it comes to precise control. 

The star of the show is the Razer Chroma RGB lighting that produces a staggering 16.8 million colors. With Razer Synapse, the lighting effects around the perimeter of the pad can synchronize with your other RGB peripherals and games. The Goliathus has a non-slip rubber base to prevent it from moving, and a cable manager reduces clutter for wired mouse setups. Overall, the Razer Goliathus is the best extended RGB mouse pad money can buy. Yes, the asking price is high, but if you have a Razer keyboard and mouse, the Razer Goliathus will round out your setup in serious style.

Best Design: Corsair MM300 Anti-Fray Mouse Pad

This mouse pad from Corsair features many of the characteristics that make an extended mouse pad reliable. First and foremost, it will give you ample space for your keyboard and mouse, thanks to 37 x 12-inch dimensions. It also has reinforced stitched edges to prevent peeling, an optimized textile woven surface design to help your mouse glide, and a no-slip rubber bottom to keep it in place at all times. Its most helpful feature is its faded gray and black abstract graphic, which, unlike monochromatic mats, will mask any cracks or dust that pick up on the surface over time, giving your desktop a consistently clean look.

Best Thick: Reflex Lab Extended Gaming Mouse Pad

Reflex Lab’s mouse pad measures 5 mm in thickness, which is roughly 40- to 60% thicker than most competitors. The extra material feels squishy when you put your hand down and thus feels more comfortable than most mouse pads. The thickness, combined with the soft, untextured surface makes for optimal mouse control. The pad’s other features include its anti-slip bottom and stitched edges. As for cleaning, the mat is relatively low maintenance. Should you get food or drink on it, all you need to do is toss it in the washing machine. For options in the extended size category, choose between extra large (36 x 12 inches) and extra large tall (36 x 18 inches). You can get the pad in five border colors, including black, blue, green, red, and white.

Best Variety: Glorious PC Gaming Race rge Gaming Mouse Mat/Pad

This pad, from popular brand Glorious, offers a smooth cloth surface for optimal speed and control during gaming sessions, a grippy non-slip rubber base for stability, and stitched borders for anti-fraying purposes. But what’s most impressive about Glorious’ line of mouse pads is its variety. You will find a size that best fits your desk setup. Other than a modest large size (11 x 13 inches), you can select from extended (36 x 11 inches), XL (16 x 18 inches), 2XL (36 x 18 inches), and 3XL (42 x 24 inches). The color range isn’t extensive, but you can choose between classic black and white. Just keep in mind that prices can run steep in this line — the 3XL size costs about $50.

Best Minimalist: SubZERO Gaming TYKA Extended Soft Gaming Mouse Pad

Other than a small, attractive white fox logo in its bottom right corner, SubZERO’s extended mouse pad is monochromatic black. The regular version measures 36 x 12 x 0.12 inches, big enough to fit a keyboard and a mouse. If you want something bigger, select the “Mammoth” edition, which is taller at 18 inches. The borders have stitching that is unobtrusive and serves to resist any fraying. The extended mouse pad features a smooth surface and a non-slip rubber base, ensuring that gaming sessions remain seamless and snag-free. Its price tag is decent, as many products in its range don't look quite as clean.

Best Large: Perixx 1000XXL Gaming Mouse Pad

Perixx, a German computer accessories brand, doesn’t offer as many choices as Glorious, but its biggest option, which is roughly 36 x 17 inches, costs a fraction of the competitor's price. The mouse pad has a non-slip rubber base for grip and a heat-treated silky smooth cloth surface for precise and quick mouse gliding. It will work well with either a laser or optical sensor mouse. To clean it, the manufacturer recommends rubbing the mat gently with a moist cloth and shampoo, a mild cleanser that’s suitable for most fabrics. When considering this line, keep in mind that not all of the products have an adhesive bottom to grip to your desk surface and not all of them are waterproof either. To check specific characteristics, click through the product descriptions to see the individual features for each size.