If you have played Dance Dance Revolution in your home using the standard foam pads, then you know how frustrating it can be trying to get them to operate normally. There are many reasons the DDR metal pads are far superior to the foam pads that come standard in some game packages.
- Functionality – The metal DDR dance mats are much more reliable than the foam mats. The metal mats provide a sturdy surface (often 10 mm thick) and button sensors so you don’t lose points for the step not registering. This problem is very common with the foam mats.
- Durability – Without question, the DDR foam dance mats will wear out much quicker than the metal mats. The foam pads have a history of warping and bending on the corners, making game play difficult. While the metal pads are more expensive, you will spend more in the long run on foam pads by replacing them every few months.
- Safety – Using a DDR metal dance mat is also much safer than the foam mats. The foam tends to slip and slide across hardwood floors, and also tends to deteriorate in structural stability very quickly. Most metal mats, on the other hand, are much stronger, with reinforced metal bases that are much more difficult to slide across hardwood floors.
Of course, you can still use the foam pads on carpet areas without much problem, and if you do not play the game very often, that might be the most cost efficient route to take. Either way, playing DDR using the mats at home is a wonderful way to spend some time with family and friends, and sharpen up on some dancing skills very quickly.