Now here is my contender for April's Pointless Gadget Of The Month - I saw one of these a couple of weeks ago in a Dorset Poundshop, and wondered about it's purpose. Now I discover that more august 'home' stores like Dunelm and M&S [and the humbler Wilko] sell them. It is the Memory Foam Bathmat
Don't get me wrong - I love a good bathmat. It is important when I step out of the bath that my feet land on a non slip surface, and I like something both warm and washable.
But what confuses me is why use memory foam??
As I understand it, this excellent product has many uses, because it is warm, and soft, and retains the shape of that which is pressed into it.
I can see why such a thing is useful in these situations...
- pillows, to support your head and neck and aid restful sleep
- mattresses, for helping your spine and limbs to be comfortable
- wheelchair and armchair cushions, for those with restricted mobility, to prevent pressure sores
- insoles for your shoes, to help with pressure points, fallen arches etc
- bra cups, to give comfort and uplift to small or sagging boobs
- earplugs, which will conform well to the ear-hole and fit efficiently.
- I am only standing on the mat briefly to dry myself after the bath, not lying on it all night
- I lift my feet up and down to dry them anyway, and may not replace them in exactly the same position, especially if I turn towards the towel rail, or move to pull out the bath plug
- my feet are size 5, Bob's are size 11 - do I have to step into his footprints? [like Good King Wenceslaus' Page]
- I step into the bath facing inwards - but climb out facing outwards - what's the point of the bathmat remembering my footprint?
M&S currently offer 77 different bathroom mats, in 24 colours - and their MF one [white or grey] is three times the cost of their basic range [7 colours] and has no matching pedestal mat for the basin or loo [if you want such things].
I just do not understand why you would buy one.
Am I missing something really obvious here?
If so, please enlighten me!