The best doormats: top welcome mats for protecting your floors

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Doormats get a bad rap in the common vernacular, but if you really think about it, they offer an invaluable service. They’re often the first introduction someone has to your home; they readily take mud, leaves, debris, and a good deal of scraping without complaint; and they keep your floors sparkling clean. The best door mats and welcome mats will protect your floors and reflect your style. But how do you find the one that’s right for you? It might not seem like something that requires a great deal of thought (or help), but if your front door, back door or porch gets a lot of foot traffic, the choice you make could either leave you footloose and fancy-free or permanently frustrated.

What you’ll need usually depends on whether you want an indoor doormat, or one for outdoors. Hard-wearing, scrubby and absorbent coir, or coconut matting, is an excellent bet for outside as it’s weatherproof and adeptly gets dirt stones out of even trickily-ridged soles. Some coir mats are suitable for indoor and outdoor use, but be warned that it can shed quite a lot of its helpful fibres, so more hoovering may be required if you bring them in.

On the other hand, indoor welcome mats tend to be made of soft-on-bare-feet cotton or chenille, just like a shower mat. They’re not as durable, but kept away from the elements, they don’t have to be, and they’re most often machine washable, making it easy to keep them in good nick. If you’re using yours on a hard floor, such as laminate or tiles, be sure to look for one with a skid-free rubber or PVC backing to keep anyone from going flying. 

Either way, protect your hallway rugs, keep dirt out of the house and prevent muddy footprints with our round-up of the best door mats.

1. JVL Karina Heavy Duty Rubber Coir Door Mat

Classic good looks and a heavy-duty build make for a superb outdoor mat

Best for: Best outdoor doormat | Material: Coir, rubber | Size: H45 x W75 cm | RRP: £9.99

 Excellent cleaning and durability 
 Exceptional value 
 On the smaller side 

With its ridged surface for scraping shoes clean and heavy-duty rubber base for grip, this is by far our best doormat for trapping dirt before it gets past the threshold. Perfect for families who walk often or spend a lot of time outdoors, it’s a great scrubber and moisture-absorber, and its classic design with scrolled edging looks welcoming at any front door or porch. A great-looking, durable mat for long-lasting use. 

2. John Lewis Bettie The Scottie Dog Door Mat

Who’s a good girl? This sweet dirt-trapping doormat will take muddy shoes without complaint.

Best for: Quirky design | Material: Coir, PVC | RRP: £10.00

 Cute design 
 Non-slip coir and PVC 
 Odd-shaped design requires some creative wiping 

If you don’t have your own dog who would benefit from the Soggy Doggy mat (below), but still have a soft spot for pups, this cute Scottie dog doormat is just the thing to share that love with the world while keeping your floors sparkling clean. The quirky design is totally gimmick-free, made from hard-wearing natural coir that’s adept at removing mud, and a PVC backing to stop it slipping.

3. Turtle Mat Scion Mr Fox Doormat

A cunning buy for design-conscious families

Best for: Family homes | Material: 85% cotton, 15% viscose, rubber | Size: H50 x W75 cm | RRP: £29.95

 Unexpectedly colourful design 
 Absorbent machine-washable cotton 
 Very pricey for a mat 

Purveyors of high-quality mats Turtle Mat have teamed up with quirky brand Scion to bring you this sweet, colourful doormat, featuring the now-iconic Mr Fox in a quintessentially British way to welcome people to your home. You might feel bad wiping your feet on him at first, but he takes it in his stride with an absorbent dirt-trapping surface in machine washable cotton.

4. Soggy Doggy Microfiber Chenille Doormat

Our best doormat for dogs is always snuggly, never smelly

Best for: Dog-owners | Material: Chenille microfibre | Size: H26 x W36 cm | RRP: £39.95

 Super absorbent 
 Dogs love its cosy surface 
 Bobbly finish isn’t the prettiest ever 

This pet-friendly doormat, with its chenille “noodles”, absorbs five times more water than a regular cotton doormat, making it perfect for wet paws. It’s not just for inside the back door either: use it in the car boot for after walks, or even as a bed liner (many reviewers have noticed that their pooches love to sleep on this mat!) It’s also machine washable and quick to dry, to keep odour and bacteria at bay.

5. Turtle Mat Multi-Grip Doormat Rug

A multi-talented rug that won’t mess with your indoor aesthetic

Best for: Dirt trapper | Material: Cotton mix | Size: H50 x W75 cm | RRP: £29.95

 Unexpectedly colourful design 
 Absorbent machine-washable cotton 
 Very pricey for a mat 

Purveyors of high-quality mats Turtle Mat have teamed up with quirky brand Scion to bring you this sweet, colourful doormat, featuring the now-iconic Mr Fox in a quintessentially British way to welcome people to your home. You might feel bad wiping your feet on him at first, but he takes it in his stride with an absorbent dirt-trapping surface in machine washable cotton. 

6. Gardman 82671 Stag Mat

Use this mat in or out, and every so often shake it all about

Best for: Indoor/outdoor use | Material: Coir, PVC | Size: H45 x W75 cm | RRP: £9.99

 Hard-wearing for a small price 
 Range of designs to choose from 
 Painted-on design will fade over time 

At just £10, this multi-use door mat is excellent value, with its dirt-catching coir and anti-slip PVC — just bash it clean to keep it like new. Put it anywhere, inside or outside, to stop muddy feet in their tracks, and with a range of cute and classic designs to choose from (this stately stag and the Emma Bridgewater-style dog montage are especially sweet), it’s a quick and inexpensive means of brightening up any entryway. 

7. Star Wars "Welcome to the Darkside" Door Mat

Induct your imperial chums with this quirky welcome mat

Best for: Fun | Material: Coir, PVC, rubber | Size: H40 x W60 cm | RRP: £14.99

 Fun design for Star Wars fans 
 Sturdy bristles for removing dirt 
 Design fades with regular traffic 

This officially licensed indoor-outdoor welcome mat adds the perfect finishing touch to any geek den, kids’ bedroom, or family home. You can use a bit of force (geddit?) when wiping your feet — let the firm and sturdy bristles do their work on the muddiest shoes, while staying put thanks to the heavy-duty non-slip rubber on the back. Makes a great gift for a new home. 

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