The best doormats

Stop the crime before it happens and prevent muddy footprints with any of these lovely doormats

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There’s nothing worse than muddy footprints - human or animal- over nice clean floors. And while there’s nothing we can do about the cat, doormats are a great way to ensure minimal amounts of mud end up beyond the doorway. 

Imagine your tiles covered in bits of mud from the morning walk or cream carpets stained with dirt - most of us would agree that this is the stuff of nightmares. While we aren’t saying these mats are the miracle cure to forgetting to take off shoes at the back door, they will significantly reduce the magnitude of the crime with their abrasive nature. 

Let’s not forget that a doormat serves as more than an accessory to be trodden on. It is also a satisfying way of claiming your new house once and for all. When rooms need decorating, kitchens need revamping and the sofa needs replacing, there’s one solitary item that you know you can spare the cash for, and that’s the doormat. Finally, the house is yours. 

For others, the doormat is a hallway essential, welcoming people into the home while serving as a subtle sign that you should wipe your feet before you proceed. 

So what should you be looking for when purchasing your doormat? Are you thinking of placing it on the step to make sure the dirt doesn’t even enter the house, or are you thinking of placing it the interior side of the front door where it becomes part of your decor? From hard and bristly to soft and spongy, there’s a wonderful array of doormats out there - just make sure you’re investing in one that’s fit for purpose!

1. JVL Heavy Duty Rubber Coir Door Mat

Combine practicality with elegance for your entranceway

Specifications
Best for: Outdoor use
Material: Rubber, Coir
Size: L45cmxW75cm
Reasons to buy
+Bristly for removing dirt+Strong and sturdy
Reasons to avoid
-Brush area a little small 

When it’s got the harsh British weather to contend with, the top door mat on our list needs to be tough. Combining a bristly centre with a rubber exterior, the team behind this mat made sure they thought of everything. The bristles remove the worst from boots that have been on muddy walks, while the rubber keeps it securely stuck to the floor. To give this doormat a little finesse, the exterior design has been given an elegant, almost intricate iron railings appearance, ensuring that your abode looks no less grand for the placing of this everyday staple object.  

2. Turtle Mat Scion Mr Fox Doormat

This quirky design from leading designing brand, Scion, will welcome any guest

Specifications
Best for: Family homes
Material: Cotton, Viscose
Size: L85cmxW60cm
Reasons to buy
+Fun design+Good size
Reasons to avoid
- Light surface will need washing 

What else could be better than being greeted by this little fox at the door; some of us may even find it hard to wipe their feet on him he’s that cute. Great for households with children, Mr Fox can be made into a fun character that keeps an eye on kids wiping their shoes when they come in the door. Mr Fox aside, the dirt-trapping, absorbent surface is primed for ridding reluctant residue from shoes, while the grippy backing makes sure it remains stuck to the floor withstanding even the most rigorous of wiping. With an RRP nearing £50, he’s not the cheapest, but won’t fail to be a great buy. 

3.Soggy Doggy Microfiber Chenille Doormat

Avoid muddy paw prints with this innovative doormat

Specifications
Best for: Muddy paws
Material: Chenille
Size: L66cmxW91cm
Reasons to buy
+Ultra absorbent+Quick drying 
Reasons to avoid
-Not puppy resistant 

With its ultra absorbent and quick drying properties, the qualities of this doormat closely resemble a sponge.  However, with its soft grey appearance and the addition of a cute, centralised bone, this doormat is certainly a stylish alternative.  The designers say that this doormat has the ability of soaking up 5x more water than a regular cotton door mat, which means particularly soggy doggies are taken care of. With their feet sorted, you can concentrate on making sure the trusty dog towel removes all the mud from their coat.  

4.Gardman 82671 Stag Mat

You don’t need a hunting lodge to invest in this multi-use mat

Specifications
Best for: Indoor/outdoor use
Material: Coir, PVC backing
Size: L45cmxW75cm
Reasons to buy
+Simple yet stylish+Great for removing dry mud
Reasons to avoid
-Design wears off after a while 

If you’re looking for a cheap, faithful doormat that does the job, you can’t go wrong with this one from Gardman. Suitable for interior or exterior use, the homely design and tough coir bristles means it looks great while guarding your home from mud. The material is also highly absorbent, catering for wet wellies and walking boots too. Machine washable, the mat will keep providing great protection - we can’t say that the stag with stick around for that long, but for functionality and price you can’t go wrong.  

5.John Lewis Bettie the Scottie Dog Doormat

This mat takes the expression ‘man’s best friend’ to a new level

Specifications
Best for: Novelty
Material: Chenille
Reasons to buy
+Novelty yet functional+Inexpensive
Reasons to avoid
-Not to everyone’s taste 

If you like our Mr Fox feature but don’t fancy the price tag, we have an equally quirky alternative for you. Following the same child friendly approach, allow Bettie the Scottie Dog to guard the door against muddy shows. For indoor use only, the bristly chenille will ensure reluctant mud comes away from the sole of the shoe, while its PVC backing will keep the mat firmly stuck to the floor. While its unique doggy shape goes against the grain of conventional doormats, there’s no doubt that Bettie will provide a friendly welcome to guests and residents alike.