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Best doormats: easy-to-clean mats for indoor and outdoor use

Create a warm welcome but leave dirt at the door with our pick of the best doormats to suit all homes and budgets. 

By Poppy O'Neill | Last updated Feb 24, 2022

Best doormats

Unsung hero of the home, the humble doormat works overtime to keep Mumsnetters’ kitchen floors free from paw prints and the remains of the school football field. It’s not a particularly glamorous shopping prospect, but finding a good doormat can improve your life, and will serve you faithfully for many years. 

A great doormat doesn’t come cheap, and spending £50-odd on something that’ll be regularly stepped on understandably requires a bit of extra reassurance. That’s where we come in. We’ve traipsed our muddiest wellies across the Mumsnet forums to find the very best doormats our users are evangelical about. 

Here are the best doormats to buy this year.

1. Best overall doormat: Turtle Mat Orchard Design Doormat

Price: £55 | Buy now from Amazon

"Turtle mats are fantastic, stay on the floor, collect the dirt and can be slung in the washing machine, also not cheap and I think a higher price point than hug rugs, but worth the cost in my view" - tried and tested by Mumsnet user, Bluntness100

"Another vote for Turtle mats - I have two and going strong after a decade or near enough. That's 4 dogs, two walks a day in mud, grass, streams and anything else that is dirty" - recommended by Pacif1cDogwood

Beloved by Mumsnetters, the Turtle Mat is nothing short of miraculous when it comes to collecting dirt, absorbing moisture and staying put. Available in a range of patterns and sizes, we like this tree design from their Dee Hardewick collaboration but there are lots of plain and printed options to choose from. Turtle Mats are machine washable (but leave out the fabric conditioner as it reduces absorbency) and have a non-slip, non-marking MultiGrip backing - plus they last for literal decades. That’s why they’re our pick for the best doormat. 

Key specs

  • Size: 60x85xm
  • Material: Cotton and multi grip
  • Suitable for indoors/outdoors: Indoors

2. Best budget doormat: JML Magic Carpet

JML doormat

Price: £12 | Buy now from JML

"We have a JML Magic Carpet. It's moderately hideous, but does work well, and it's extremely thin. We have low profile doors for wheelchair access and it's the only one I could find (including scouring IKEA) that was both effective as a doormat and thin enough to let the door sweep over" - tried and tested by Mumsnet user, acumenin

Good quality doormats don’t come cheap. That’s why we were so impressed with this Magic Carpet from JML. At around £12, it’s a fraction of the price of other quality doormats, but it punches above its weight in terms of absorbency. Thanks to its super-absorbent fibres, it sucks up moisture and retains dirt like magic. While it’s not going to win any beauty contests, it’s a great option if you’re in need of an ultra-thin or ultra-bargainous doormat. 

Key specs

  • Size: Various
  • Material: not stated
  • Suitable for indoors/outdoors: Both

3. Best outdoor doormat: JVL Coir Doormat

JVL Coir mat

Price: £11 | Buy now from Amazon

"A soft one indoors, and the biggest Coir mat you can find for the outside" - recommended by Mumsnet user, PigletJohn

"I like a traditional Coir bristle mat outside, you can hoover or hose it, and I flop mine over the fence-rail to hose and dry" - more from Mumsnet user, PigletJohn

A classic coir mat can be used indoors or out. Its scratchy surface is excellent for scraping muddy wellies on, and this hard-wearing, latex-backed one from JVL is tough enough to withstand all weathers. As well as being ready for anything, coir mats like this one are the eco-friendly choice too. Made from coconut hair and natural rubber latex, you can actually compost it when you’re finished with it. 

Key specs

  • Size: 40x70cm
  • Material: Coconut hair and latex
  • Suitable for indoors/outdoors: Both

4. Best indoor doormat: Dunelm Marvel Mat

Marvel Mat doormat

Price: £12 | Buy now from Dunelm

"We have a Marvel Mat runner from Dunelm. Gave up on the idea of getting the kids to actually wipe their feet so went for something longer they needed to walk across! Machine washable and so far has come out looking great again and unlike our previous mat actually seems to stay put rather than make its way down the hall" - recommended by Mumsnet user, gigglingHyena

"My Dunelm washable Marvel mat still looks good after 8 years" - tried and tested by Mumsnet user, dotoallasyouwouldbedoneby

With it’s brilliant non-slip backing and soft, carpet-like pile, Dunelm’s Marvel Mat blends right in with your decor. There are lots of patterns available - from modern geometric designs to shaggy block colours, these mats can be placed by doorways, but won’t look out of place elsewhere in the house. They stay put, thanks to their latex backing, and save your floors from anything your pets or family members might traipse in. 

Key specs

  • Size: Various available
  • Material: Cotton, polyester and latex
  • Suitable for indoors/outdoors: Indoors

5. Best colourful Doormat: Anthropologie Rise and Shine Doormat

Anthropologie doormat

Price: £40 | Buy now from Anthropologie

For a sunshiny welcome to your home, this Rise and Shine doormat from Anthropologie will look lovely in a porch or just inside your front door. Made from coconut fibre, it’s just as tough and effective as a coir mat, with added wow factor. When it needs a refresh, wait until it’s dry and simply shake it out. 

Key specs

  • Size: 76x46cm
  • Material: Coconut coir and latex
  • Suitable for indoors/outdoors: Indoors or in an outdoor shelter

6. Best doormat for trapping dirt: Hug Rug Washable Doormat

Hug Rug doormat

Price: £44 | Buy now from Amazon

"We've literally just unpacked our new Hugrug. We now have 3. There's lots of choice, they don't slip around on the floor and they hold mud really well. Mostly it hoovers off when dry, but they also go in the washing machine and come out looking as good as new. The dog likes them too, and now has one for his spot in the kitchen where he watches us cook (and waits for anything we drop ?)" - tried and tested by Mumsnet user, whereiwanttobe

Soft and hard-wearing, Mumsnetters love Hug Rugs for their super absorbent powers. Keeping mud and dirt out of your home, left to dry they can be hoovered clean, and occasionally chucked in the washing machine. We like this cute bee pattern - 10% of its sales go to the Bumblebee Conservation Trust - but darker colours will hide dirt more effectively. 

Key specs

  • Size: 85x65cm
  • Material: Cotton microfibre, recycled tyres
  • Suitable for indoors/outdoors: Indoors

7. Best doormat for pets: Dog Gone Smart Dirty Dog Doormat

Dog Gone doormat

Price: £40 | Buy now from Amazon

"It’s made a big difference keeping my kitchen floor clean" - recommended by Mumsnet user, purpleprincess24

With its long microfibre pile that dogs will love to roll on, this Dirty Dog Doormat from Dog Gone Smart can hold a staggering seven times its weight in moisture. In addition to its usefulness as a doormat, it can be used in the car, to line crates and as a food mat. The smart fabric contains antibacterial properties which work to reduce smells, making this an all-round winner for dog owners. 

Key specs

  • Size: 89x66cm
  • Material: Microfibre
  • Suitable for indoors/outdoors: Indoors

8. Best doormat for wooden floors: Aoonby Non Slip Doormat

Aoonby doormat

Price: £64 | Buy now from Amazon

For a doormat that stays put and won’t mark or scratch your wooden floors, this one by Aoonby is great. Made from dense polypropylene and rubber, it won’t shed and can be swept or hoovered clean. It’s nice and thin, so it won’t get in the way of your doors opening, and it absorbs dirt and moisture well. 

Key specs

  • Size: Various available
  • Material: Polypropylene and rubber
  • Suitable for indoors/outdoors: Indoors

9. Best doormat for cleaning: Lakeland Microfibre Doormat

Lakeland doormat

Price: £20 | Buy now from Lakeland

"Another vote for the Lakeland ones. Go through the washing machine nicely. I have a doormat then a runner! They do trap a lot of dirt" - tried and tested by Mumsnet user, Pashazade

"Lakeland micro fibre runners are good" - recommended by Mumsnet user, pinkprosecco

Looking for a hardworking doormat that can withstand regular machine washing? Look no further than this microfibre number from Lakeland. Able to hold up to 750ml of grimy water, it’ll happily go in the washing machine as often as needed, dries quickly and looks as good as new. It has anti-slip backing so it won’t slide around, and it traps dirt like the best of them. 

Key specs

  • Size: Various available
  • Material: Microfibre
  • Suitable for indoors/outdoors: Indoors

10. Best quirky doormat: Oliver Bonas Ciao Doormat

Oliver Bonas doormat

Price: £20 | Buy now from Oliver Bonas

This doormat makes us wish we were in Tuscany in the summer, limoncello in hand. Unfortunately it’s not a flying carpet, but it is very pretty, and its bright colours will attract a ton of compliments. Made from coconut coir, it does shed a bit at first, but when kept out of too much direct sunlight, its appearance isn’t affected. 

Key specs

  • Size: 43x73cm
  • Material: Coconut coir and PVC
  • Suitable for indoors/outdoors: Indoors or sheltered outdoors

Should doormats be inside or outside?

It depends on the doormat. If you go on regular muddy walks, have dogs or kids, it certainly doesn’t hurt to have one of each. 

What type of doormat is best for outside?

Tough coir mats are best for outside - their thick fibres are perfect for scraping the worst off muddy boots. 

What type of doormat is best for inside?

An absorbent mat with a non-slip back is best for indoor use. Acting as a barrier between your floors and incoming feet (and paws), the soft fibres suck in moisture and trap dirt, protecting your floors and carpets. 

What’s the best way to clean a doormat?

Once dry, most doormats can be hoovered or shaken outside to get rid of excess dirt. Every now and again, absorbent indoor mats can go in the washing machine - but don’t forget to leave out the fabric conditioner as this can damage the fibres, reducing absorbency. 

What’s the best doormat to buy?

Turtle Mats are the best doormats to buy. They suck up water and trap dirt better than any of their competitors, and they last for years and years. 

How we chose our recommendations 

Because we know that there’s nothing like a real recommendation from a real parent, we first headed to the Mumsnet forums to find out which doormats were rated by Mumsnet users. We compiled a list of the best mats based on absorbency, practicality and value for money. 

We then did some research across the wider web, looking at which doormats were recommended by expert review sites - and what customer reviews said about them too. 

Having collated all that information, we picked the best doormats that we thought would make the best buys.

Why you should trust us 

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