The humble doormat is one of those essential items that we don’t really pay much attention to. But it’s a vital addition to our homes, keeping floors clean and helping to leave mud at the door. The best doormats are sturdy and long-lasting, as well as doing the obvious job of keeping our shoes clean.
We’ve tested a variety of doormats to bring you our curated collection, with suggestions that work indoors, outdoors or both. There’s no right or wrong answer when it comes to whether you place your doormat inside or out – many of us do both for added protection from mucky feet (and paws).
Not sure where to start looking or what sort of doormat to buy? Have a read of our buying guide below. Alternatively, you can head straight to our recommendations further down the page for your ideal doormat.
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Best doormats: At a glance
How to choose the best doormat for you
There are so many doormats on the market that it can be hard to know where and what to look for in one. It goes without saying that aesthetics will play a big part in your decision – a doormat is something you’ll be looking at quite regularly. But beyond a doormat’s looks, there are some other factors to consider.
What are doormats made of?
Doormats are made from a variety of materials, chosen for factors such as how soft or how resistant to weather they are. These are the most common types of material.
- Coir – Coir is made from the outer husk of coconuts, making it an excellent eco-friendly choice. It’s extremely efficient at removing dirt and debris, and has been the most commonly used doormat material for a long time. Although cheaper synthetic materials are available, coir remains popular as it’s such a tough and long-lasting material.
- Microfibre – This is the most popular synthetic doormat material as it’s extremely effective at trapping dirt and moisture. The synthetic fibres are very fine but woven to have a large surface area. Movement (such as scrapping your shoes on the mat) creates a static charge amongst these fibres, helping to draw out mud and dirt into the mat.
- Natural rubber – Don’t be tempted to go for synthetic PVC for an outdoor mat, natural rubber is the best choice. Manmade materials can be prone to snapping in cold weather but rubber is strong enough to survive the cold and the damp. Rubber is also a heavier substance, meaning a rubber doormat won’t slide around. Look for one with a textured top surface or one with open holes, as these will make it easier to clean shoes.
- Cotton – Cotton is a natural product that’s extremely absorbent and dries quickly. This lends itself well to lightweight, indoor doormats that can absorb moisture from shoes as people enter a house. Cotton doormats are also usually machine washable, meaning they’re easy to keep clean and fresh.
- Nylon – This resilient, synthetic plastic is durable and flexible, as well as water-resistant. This means water will be pushed to the surface of the mat, where it can easily be wiped down. It’s often used as an alternative to cotton.
What shapes of doormat are there?
In short, you can find a doormat in almost any shape. The most popular are rectangle doormats but semi-circles are also popular and can be useful for awkwardly shaped areas. Full circles and squares are also fairly common but you’ll find doormats in a variety of custom shapes, such as leaves or lightning bolts – to give just two random examples.
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The best doormats you can buy in 2022
1. Super Absorbent Magic Microfibre Doormat: Best for pet owners
Price: £9 | Buy now from Amazon
This highly absorbent cotton fibre doormat is a godsend for pet owners dealing with muddy paws. The fibres absorb fine dirt and moisture as you or your pet step onto it, meaning there’s no need to try and train your four-legged friend to wipe their paws.
A non-slip rubber backing means this doormat will stay firmly in place and it’s also machine washable. We’d recommend washing it frequently to keep it fresh and prevent odour build-up. You can use the mat inside or outside in a sheltered entranceway, but don’t leave it completely exposed to the elements as it can soak up an alarming amount of water.
We tested the mat in its smallest size of 75cm x 45cm but there are four choices of size in total, going up to 140 x 90cm. You can also choose from a black and grey or brown and tan combination. Personally, we think the black and grey colour is a great neutral choice for most homes. While this isn’t perhaps the most exciting doormat looks-wise, it’s certainly extremely effective and does an excellent job of keeping hallways clean.
Key details – Size (cm): 75 x 45, 90 x 60, 200 x 60, 140 x 90; Material: Cotton fibre; Backing: Non-slip rubber; Suitable for: Indoor/sheltered outdoor use
£8.99 Buy now
2. Scroll Half Moon Rubber Doormat: Best for outdoors
Price: £5 | Buy now from Dunelm
If you’re looking for a doormat that will survive the changeable British weather one made of rubber is the obvious choice. Strong enough to survive the cold and damp, natural rubber is long-lasting and hard-wearing.
The traditionally patterned half-moon doormat from Dunelm is also the best choice to have outside your door if you’re out walking in the countryside regularly, as its ridges are ideal for scraping mud off. Rubber is also extremely grippy, meaning this mat won’t slide around, providing a stable entrance to your home.
Dunelm’s doormat is also a steal at only £5. You can’t use this mat indoors though, as the rubber could discolour carpets or floorboards. Keep the doormat clean by wiping down regularly to remove mud and dirt.
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