The 10 Best Bath Mats of 2021

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Best Bath Mats

The Spruce / Chloe Jeong

When it comes to bathroom essentials, a bath mat is a top priority. The absorbent surface protects your floors from water damage as you step out of the tub or shower while preventing them from becoming dangerously slippery. After 20 hours of researching 13 different bath mats, interviewing experts, and testing mats at home, we came up with a list of bath mats and rugs that are both functional and beautiful.

In order to determine the best bath mat, we asked our tester to use each bath mat after showers and baths and note its performance as well as review the design, comfort, ease of washing, and overall value of each product. 

From these tests, here are the best bath mats for your home.

Our Top Picks
At nearly two inches thick, this machine washable rug gets softer with each wash, and has a luxurious texture and non-skid backing.
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Available in many colors, this affordable rug has a shag-like weave for a comfortable feel and is highly absorbent.
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The extra-thick, ultra-tight loops make this cotton mat absorbent, durable and soft.
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Handwoven, this mat is made from 100% cotton and offers a unique touch to your bathroom decor.
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This high-pile, ultra-thick microfiber mat is incredibly soft, ultra absorbent, and has a grippy backing.
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Absorbent and fast-drying, this soft chenille mat has a heavy duty rubber backing to prevent slipping and water damage.
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Easy to vacuum, this mat is made with a polyurethane inner foam and soft outer material that is comfortable underfoot.
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This beautiful wooden mat rolls up for easy storage and has tiny rubber grips on the back to prevent slipping.
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This soft, machine-washable runner is handwoven by artisans in Bogotá, has a tassel fringe, and is made from 100% cotton.
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This plush, round rug can add a unique touch to a small bathroom and has a slightly rubbery, anti-slip backing.
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Best Overall: Frontgate Resort Skid-Resistant Bath Rug

Resort Skid-resistant Bath Rug
5

Our Ratings
  • Design
    5/5
  • Comfort
    5/5
  • Easy to Clean
    5/5
  • Value
    5/5

Size: Comes in four sizes | Shape: Rectangle | Material: Cotton | Color: Comes in 23 colors | Return policy: 90 days | Thickness: 1.8 inches

What We Like
  • Long-staple cotton

  • Luxurious texture

  • Non-skid backing

  • Lots of color/size options

What We Don't Like
  • Expensive

We tested all of the mats in this roundup, and Frontgate's Resort Rug was a clear winner. Bath mats are often either aesthetically pleasing but relatively low-quality or basic-looking but actually high-end. This one, however, is the best of both worlds. As Baker notes, cotton is ideal for bath mats, as it's low-maintenance and naturally absorbent, especially with a looped weave like this one has.

Woven from exceedingly strong long-staple cotton yarns, the Resort Bath Rug is a step up from most cotton mats. It's nearly 2 inches thick with a high-pile surface to offset the low loops. The result? An incredibly soft and undeniably luxurious texture that feels amazing between the toes.

We also like that it has a slightly grippy latex-treated backing, providing slip-resistance without compromising the blankety feel. What's more, you can throw it in the washing machine, and the long-staple cotton gets softer with every wash. This bath mat is more expensive than most others in its category, but considering the quality, we wouldn't say it's overpriced.

Expert Buying Tips

 "Cotton and linen fibers make the best bath mats, and weaves that have a loop effect are the most absorbent." —Saana Baker, San Francisco-based textile expert and the creator of The Textile Eye

Best Budget: Yimobra Original Luxury Chenille Bath Mat

Original Luxury Chenille Bath Mat
5

Our Ratings
  • Design
    5/5
  • Comfort
    5/5
  • Easy to Clean
    5/5
  • Value
    5/5

Size: 31.5 x 19.8 Inches | Shape: Rectangular | Material: Chenille | Color: Comes in 21 colors | Return policy: 30 days | Thickness: Not listed

What We Like
  • Budget-friendly

  • Highly absorbent

  • Lots of color/size options

What We Don't Like
  • Doesn't dry quickly

  • Prone to fading

You don't have to shell out a lot of money to protect your floors from moisture damage and spruce up your bathroom decor. The budget-friendly Yimobra Chenille Bath Mat is very plush with an ultra-comfy, shag-like weave that feels good between the toes—and a slightly grippy backing to boot.

This mat is machine washable and even vacuumable on a lower suction mode. We also appreciate that it comes in lots of sizes and colors. One thing to note is that while the microfiber is highly absorbent, it doesn't dry quite as quickly as others in its category. In our tests, this rug took longer to dry after consecutive showers.

Best Looped: L.L.Bean Classic Cotton Bath Mat

Classic Cotton Bath Mat
4.5

Our Ratings
  • Design
    5/5
  • Comfort
    4/5
  • Easy to Clean
    5/5
  • Value
    4/5

Size: 21 x 34 inches or 30 x 50 inches | Shape: Rectangle | Material: Cotton | Color: Comes in seven colors | Return policy: 365 days | Thickness: 1 inch

What We Like
  • Long-wear looped cotton

  • Non-skid backing

  • Machine washable

  • Multiple color/size options

What We Don't Like
  • Relatively pricey

  • Average appearance

We're also big fans of L.L.Bean's Classic Cotton Bath Mat. The brand is a tried-and-true resource for practical home goods, so it's no wonder this rug is a hit. According to Baker, looped cotton is best for durability and absorbency. Woven from long-wear cotton and loomed with extra-thick, ultra-tight loops, you can bet this mat will absorb water while offering luxurious comfort.

Though the shag-like surface feels great underfoot, the Classic Cotton Bath Mat looks like your average bathroom rug. Our tester noted that the appearance was not as high-end as other options on this list. Having said that, it's undoubtedly sturdy but also lightweight and soft with a non-skid backing to help it stay in place on your bathroom floor.

Best Cotton: Privet House Portuguese Cotton Bath Mat

Portuguese Cotton Bath Mat
4.3

Our Ratings
  • Design
    5/5
  • Comfort
    3/5
  • Easy to Clean
    5/5
  • Value
    4/5

Size: 41 x 19 inches | Shape: Rectangle | Material: Cotton | Color: White | Return policy: Not listed | Thickness: Not listed

What We Like
  • Hand-woven

  • Beautiful appearance

  • 100 percent recycled cotton

What We Don't Like
  • No grippy pack

  • Only one color/size

Baker recommends the charming, handwoven Portuguese Cotton Bath Mat from Privet House, and after testing one, we can see the appeal. "While the look is traditional, they have a special 'perfectly imperfect' look because they are made by hand," she tells The Spruce.

All in all, this 100 percent cotton bath mat is a high-quality product with an authentic appeal. But as Tina MartinDelCampo notes, "If you prefer a stylish, more traditional style rug for a bath mat, then make sure you put a rug pad underneath to keep it from slipping." Our tester also noted that the weave makes this product feel more like a mat than a rug.

Expert Buying Tips

"Portugal is deservedly famous for soft bedding and bath products."Saana Baker, San Francisco-based textile expert and the creator of The Textile Eye

Best Microfiber: Lifewit Microfiber Bathroom Rug Bath Mat

Microfiber Bathroom Rug Bath Mat
4.5

Our Ratings
  • Design
    4/5
  • Comfort
    5/5
  • Easy to Clean
    4/5
  • Value
    5/5

Size: 32 x 20 | Shape: Rectangle | Material: Microfiber with TPR backing | Color: Comes in five colors | Return policy: 30 days | Thickness: 1 inch

What We Like
  • Budget-friendly

  • Highly absorbent

  • Incredibly soft

What We Don't Like
  • Sheds a lot

  • Must be air-dried

For those looking for a super-soft bath mat, this is the one to get. The ultra-thick, high-pile Lifewit Bathroom Rug is very reasonably priced, highly absorbent, and feels amazing underfoot—almost like sherpa.

Made of microfiber with a notably grippy and protective TPR (thermoplastic rubber) backing, it's machine washable. However, the manufacturer recommends air-drying it to avoid warping the rubbery back. In our tests, this bath mat also shed considerably, which called for more frequent vacuuming.

Expert Buying Tip

"Think about clearance for shower and bathroom doors—will your door clear a thick mat?"Saana Baker, San Francisco-based textile expert and the creator of The Textile Eye

Best Chenille: Gorilla Grip Original Chenille Bath Mat

Gorilla Grip Luxury Chenille Bathroom Rug Mat
5

Our Ratings
  • Design
    4/5
  • Comfort
    5/5
  • Easy to Clean
    5/5
  • Value
    5/5

Size: Comes in ten sizes | Shape: Rectangle | Material: Chenille | Color: Comes in 45 colors/patterns | Return policy: 30 days | Thickness: 0.01 inches

What We Like
  • Highly absorbent

  • Heavy-duty rubber backing

  • Lots of color/size options

What We Don't Like
  • Bald line down the middle

If you're partial to chenille, your best bet is the Gorilla Grip Bathroom Rug. Made of polyester with a shag-like surface, it soaks up an impressive amount of water, dries remarkably fast, and feels pleasantly cushy underfoot. In terms of the design, our tester noted that there's a seam that runs down the middle of the bath mat, although it's not super noticeable.

This bath mat has a heavy-duty rubber backing, protecting your floors from water damage and preventing you from slipping. We also like that it's machine washable and comes in an array of sizes and colors. The price is about average, though the smaller sizes are budget-friendly.

Expert Buying Tip

"When purchasing a bath mat, it's important to look for one that has some anti-slip or grip bottom so that it doesn't move or cause you to slip."—Tina MartinDelCampo, Decorist designer


Best Memory Foam: Genteele Memory Foam Bath Mat

Genteele Memory Foam Bath Mat
4.5

Our Ratings
  • Design
    4/5
  • Comfort
    5/5
  • Easy to Clean
    4/5
  • Value
    5/5

Size: Comes in eight sizes | Shape: Rectangle | Material: Memory foam with microfiber cover | Color: Comes in 21 colors | Return policy: 30 days | Thickness: 1.69 inches

What We Like
  • Budget-friendly

  • Easy to vacuum

  • Lots of color/size options

What We Don't Like
  • Larger sizes awkward to wash

For maximum plushness, go with the Genteele Memory Foam Bath Mat. When you step out of the shower, your feet will sink into the polyurethane inner foam and be pampered by the velvety soft outer material.

Thanks to an anti-skid backing with grippy rubber dots, this budget-friendly mat stays in place while protecting your floors from moisture damage. It's also machine washable and even vacuumable using low suction. However, in our tests, we found that the larger sizes of this bath mat were a little awkward to wash in a standard washing machine.

Best Wooden: Haven Acacia Wood Tub Mat

Acacia Tub Mat
4.5

Our Ratings
  • Design
    5/5
  • Comfort
    4/5
  • Easy to Clean
    4/5
  • Value
    5/5

Size: 32 x 20 | Shape: Rectangle| Material: Wood | Color: Brown | Return policy: 90 days | Thickness: Not listed

What We Like
  • Natural appeal

  • Rubber grips on back

  • Rolls up

What We Don't Like
  • Only one size option

  • Some water drips through

If you're interested in a wooden option, you should definitely consider the Haven Acacia Tub Mat. As its name suggests, this mat is made of 100 percent Acacia, an inherently beautiful and moisture-resistant tropical hardwood.

The material is naturally absorbent, though you can expect some water to drip through when you step out of the tub or shower. For this reason, it's best if your bathroom flooring is water-resistant (if not waterproof). We also like that it has tiny rubber grips on the back to help it stay in place and that it rolls up for easy transport and storage. Our tester noted that this wood tub mat only comes in one size, though, which may be limiting for some customers.

Best Runner: Azulina Home Super Soft Bath Mat

Azulina Home Bath Mat
4.3

Our Ratings
  • Design
    5/5
  • Comfort
    4/5
  • Easy to Clean
    4/5
  • Value
    4/5

Size: 60 x 20 | Shape: Rectangle | Material: Cotton | Color: Comes in four colors | Return policy: 30 days | Thickness: Not listed

What We Like
  • Handwoven

  • 100 percent cotton

  • Sturdy weave

What We Don't Like
  • Relatively pricey

  • Must be air-dried

Need something a bit longer? Check out the Cali Bath Mat from Azulina Home. Measuring 60 x 20 inches (including the tassel fringe), the runner size is perfect for large bathrooms or walk-in showers.

This 100 percent cotton bath mat was handwoven in Bogotá, and it shows. It has a stunning authentic appeal, and the weave is notably sturdy with a slight stretch. The backing isn't grippy, but you have the option to include an anti-slip mat with your order. While the Cali is priced relatively steep, the quality is unmistakable, and it's definitely a sight for sore eyes. In terms of care and maintenance, our tester liked that this bath mat is machine washable but noted that it must be air-dried.

Expert Buying Tip

"Think about your space and how you'll use it. Would a long runner be nice in the space, or perhaps two smaller mats?"Saana Baker, San Francisco-based textile expert and the creator of The Textile Eye

Best Round: Urban Outfitters Round Crochet Bath Mat

Round Crochet Trim Bath Mat
4.8

Our Ratings
  • Design
    4/5
  • Comfort
    5/5
  • Easy to Clean
    5/5
  • Value
    5/5

Size: 24 inches | Shape: Round | Material: Cotton | Color: Comes in two colors | Return policy: 30 days | Thickness: Not listed

What We Like
  • Very soft and plush

  • 100 percent cotton

  • Anti-slip backing

What We Don't Like
  • Only one size option

  • Not ideal for large bathrooms

Think outside the box with this round bathroom rug from Urban Outfitters. At first glance, it looks slightly worn and almost scruffy, but it's surprisingly soft and way plusher than it appears online.

The Crochet Trim Bath Mat is made of 100 percent cotton with a cut-pile surface and a doily-like trim. It's got a slightly rubbery, anti-slip backing and can be washed in a standard washer. Measuring 24 inches in diameter, it's ideal for accenting a small bathroom, clawfoot tub, compact shower, sink, or vanity. If you have a larger bathroom, though, you may need a more sizable rug. Our tester also noted that the orange color appears slightly lighter in person (it's more of a golden hue).

Final Verdict

Our number one pick is the Frontgate Resort Skid-Resistant Rug (view at Frontgate), a high-quality bath mat that looks as luxurious as it feels. Made of long-staple cotton with both high-pile and looped weaves, it's nearly 2 inches thick and comfy underfoot. If you're looking for something a little more wallet-friendly, go with the Yimobra Original Chenille Bath Mat (view at Amazon), which boasts a super-plush, shag-like weave and a slightly grippy backing.

Gorilla Grip Original Chenille Bath Mat

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What to Look for in a Bath Mat

Size

When shopping for a bath mat, one of the most important things to consider is size. Make sure you get something small enough to fit comfortably in your bathroom but also large enough to be functional and not just decorative. It's a good idea to measure your bathroom, as well as your bathtub and/or shower before ordering a rug. The mat doesn't have to span the entire length of your shower or bath, but it should cover the area where you step out.

Material

Cotton tends to be more absorbent than polyester, but polyester dries super quickly and resists shrinking, plus chenille polyester weaves can be very absorbent. There's also microfiber, which can hold several times its weight in water, and has a more velvety soft feel than cotton. Another option that's growing in popularity is wood, which is generally more expensive but requires no upkeep and gives any bathroom a spa-like feel.

Non-Slip Backing

Another important feature is an anti-skid backing. The grippy backs of bath mats are typically made of rubber, thermoplastic, or latex, all of which offer excellent slip resistance. These materials also help protect your floors from water damage—an important factor to consider if you've been repurposing a towel as a bath mat.

Care Instructions

Most textile bath mats are machine washable, though some have to be hand-washed or spot-cleaned. If you want a low-maintenance rug, make sure to confirm it can be washed and dried—many machine washable rugs can't be put in the dryer since the heat can destroy the non-slip backing.

Machine washable bath mats

The Spruce / Theresa Holland

FAQ
  • How do you wash a bath mat?

    Some bath mats are machine washable but double-check the label beforehand for detailed care instructions. If you're able to wash your mats in the machine, make sure to wash them separately from other items as not to overfill the washing machine. Wash them on cold with mild detergent. Tumble dry them on the lowest heat setting or hang them out to air dry.

  • How often should you wash a bath mat?

    If you have a larger household where your bath mats receive frequent foot traffic, you'll want to wash them weekly. This prevents mold or other bacteria from forming on your mat and keeps away any unwanted odors. If you're the only one using your mat, washing it every two weeks or so should be adequate. To keep your bath mat as fresh as possible, try hanging it off the side of the tub after use so bacteria and moisture don't accumulate on the mat.

  • Are bath mats sanitary?

    As long as you wash your bath mat properly and frequently, it is sanitary. Keeping your bathroom properly ventilated can also help prevent excess moisture and humidity from getting on your bath mat. This ensures it stays fresh and clean for longer periods of time. Alternatively, a wooden bath mat is a great option because it doesn't absorb water and keeps your bathroom more sanitary.

Why Trust The Spruce?

Theresa Holland has been contributing to The Spruce since 2019 and has several years of experience covering interior design and home goods. She's well-versed in the unique qualities of various textiles and can speak confidently on each material's softness, absorbency, sustainability, and maintenance requirements. For this roundup, she consulted with a textile expert and an interior designer for recommendations and insight. She reviewed dozens of options from a variety of brands, personally tested 15 bath mats, and considered the appearance, size, material, non-slip backing (or lack thereof), and care instructions before making her final selections.

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