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Blue Ateco Silicone Fondant Mat versus Sweetwise The Mat

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Going to get one of these, but was just curious how people felt about them, and if anyone had both and thought one was better than the other.  Can't wait because I think it will be make covering the cake with fondant a million times easier.

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I have both, and without a doubt prefer the blue mat.  I have the original SweetWise Mat and it is just taking up space in my closet.  I liked it at first, but after a few uses, it got warped and wrinkled (even though I stored it in the tube), I even tried ironing it, which works, but really not worth the effort when the blue mat works wonderfully.  I really wanted to love The Mat...

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I have a big silicone mat from Geraldine's Creative Cutters and the original Mat from Sweetwise. Unlike fullhouse, I much prefer The Mat. The silicone one, when weighted down with fondant, is difficult for me to maneuver. Plus, I like the two sheets of the Mat to keep dust, etc. off the fondant if I can't immediately apply it to the cake. I've had no difficulty with wrinkling. I do keep them rolled up in separate tubes, however. I suspect you'll get replies on both sides of the fence. This is just my personal opinion.

 

Jan

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I had the original 'Mat' and didn't like it because it was too big and bulky for me.  I just bought the home size and think I'm going to really like it.  It is smaller (22" x 22"), has a measuring grid so you know how big your fondant is and it has charts for how much fondant you need.  The plastic is not as slippery.  I have only used it once.  I had no trouble with FondX fondant but I had a total mess with Duff's fondant.  They have a new larger size too. 

post #5 of 7

I have both.  I, too, prefer The Mat--BUT, I don't use it as a 2 piece system.  I roll on a single piece with a smear of crisco.  I pick up my fondant on my rolling pin and always put the rolled-on-side up.

 

I found the blue silicone mat hard to get clean.  I roll on crisco, only, never PS or CS, and the blue mat acted like a giant dust magnet.

 

I also like that The Mat is cheaper, so if I accidentally cut it, I'm not out much.

 

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post #6 of 7

I just got the latest 30" Sweetwise Pro Mat. Unfortunately I missed that instruction to rub shortening on it so it was a big disaster with fondant sticking to the mat. The ateco mat I have is a white one. I don't even know where it is. Never worked for me. It was sliding all over the countertop unlike the Sweetwise Pro mat which stays in place.

post #7 of 7

Hi, I have the Mat and the only problem is that it stick to the table and it makes air bubbles under it which you can see them on my fondant :-(. Anybody had this problem?

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