I had used the Silhouette mat until recently. I decided to give the Cricut mat a try. First it work just the same as the Silhouette mat. I had no issues with loading it and found it the same from a functionality stance.
Second, the Cricut has a sturdier backing, which I like.
Finally, my first purchase also cost less! Then I found this deal…and got them down to almost $5 each!