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More than just a place for people to wipe their feet, a top-quality doormat is a barrier that helps prevent dirt and moisture from entering your home.
To help you find the best of the best, we placed 14 of the top outdoor doormats in the home of our tester, who evaluated them—in dry and wet weather—on design, quality, durability, effectiveness, and value. Then, we combined our tester's notes with our writers' and editors' own research to bring you this list.
Our best overall pick, the Food52 Coir Rope Knot Doormat, is made of durable coir, and has a very attractive design, a slim profile that fits at most doors, and is reasonably priced.
Backed by our testing, here are the best doormats.
Best Overall: Food52 Coir Rope Knot Doormat
Made of real coir
Unique and attractive design
Traps dirt and debris
Available in two sizes
Weave isn’t as tight as some
Slips around a bit
When it comes to outdoor doormats, coir (pronounced COY-er) is the gold standard, for good reason. Made from coconut husks, it's thick and scratchy, so it's a good material for getting gunk, including snow, off shoes. It also absorbs moisture, so you don't track footprints into the house.
Out of all of the doormats we tested, our top choice is the Food52 Coir Rope Doormat. It lived up to the advantages of a coir doormat. But unlike many standard coir options, this one’s attractive design makes it look more than utilitarian. Our tester's perfect 5 transcended aesthetics—the weave helps trap more dirt than your standard doormat.
Made of natural fiber, this doormat does shed a little bit, as noted by our tester and written on the tag itself. However, we think the durability, style, and overall value of this rug make it worthy of the best overall pick. It also comes in two sizes, which makes it an excellent choice for nearly all-size doors.
Best Budget: Pottery Barn Asha Vertical Striped Jute Doormat
Tight and high-quality weave
Holds up well with use
If you’re on the hunt for something a little bit more wallet-friendly, you can’t go wrong with the Pottery Barn Asha Vertical Striped Doormat. While the price isn’t necessarily rock bottom, this product is more affordable than any other option on this list and is particularly affordable considering Pottery Barn’s standards. And our tester found that the truly cheap options, in the $10 to $20 range, were lacking in nearly all areas, specifically design, durability, and effectiveness—some of the most important qualities.
This mat from Pottery Barn is an attractive option that suits a range of design styles. Plus, its tight weave holds up well to rigorous use, and the mat did not shed during testing. If there’s any downside, it’s that the mat lacks a rubber backing, so it tends to slip around a little bit.
Best Splurge: The Rope Co. Lobster Rope Doormat
Wide range of colors
Mold- and mildew-resistant
Though the Rope Co. Nautical Rope Doormat was one of the most expensive doormats we tested, our tester found that it was worth every penny, earning a perfect 5 in overall value. It doesn’t look too beachy and comes in nearly 30 colorways, so it suits a wide range of home styles.
But even more than its enviable style, this doormat is ultra-durable. The ropes are woven extremely tight, so it isn't susceptible to premature wear, no matter how many people wipe their feet on it each day. Another nice bonus: Because it’s made of nautical rope, the mat doesn't absorb excess water (great for rainy or snowy climates) and is mold- and mildew-resistant.
If there’s any downside, it’s that there’s no rubber on the back. Because of this, the doormat does tend to slide around a bit. Our tester found it was best to put this mat right up against the door, so you can still get the traction you need to wipe your shoes.
Best for Rain: Calloway Mills Gatsby Rubber Door Mat
Stays in place
Doesn’t get water-logged
Mildew- and odor-resistant
Doesn’t absorb water or mud
Heavy to move
Durability is one of the first things our tester noted about this doormat. It earned an easy 5 because the rubber is extremely heavy and well-made. Once you put this mat in place, it’s not going anywhere—you can rub your shoes over and over again, and it doesn't move a single inch. This is a nice design feature for wetter climates, not only because of slippage but also because it doesn’t get water-logged the same way other types of doormats do. It’s also mold-, mildew-, and odor-resistant. The only downside to this material: Because it’s not porous, it doesn't help you dry your shoes—just get excess dirt, salt, and other debris off.
It's very effective for the most part and has a nice design. The elegant fleur-de-lys pattern looks right at home just about anywhere.
Best for Sand: Crate & Barrel Teak Mat
It doesn’t get much prettier than this sustainably forested teak-slatted doormat. In fact, it earned a nearly perfect score in the design category because it not only looks nice, but it’s also expertly crafted and appears much more expensive than it is. If you’re wondering where it lost out, it’s for a minor flaw—because of the slats, the doormat doesn’t dry shoes quite as well as some other options.
Still, in wet weather, the wood dries very quickly. And overall, it's excellent at removing debris from shoes. Though our tester doesn’t live in a sandy area, she noticed this doormat would be perfect for these locations because the dirt and debris fall between the slats rather than become trapped in fibers. To clean the sand (or other dirt and debris) away, you can simply lift up the mat and give the area a quick sweep or vacuum.
Overall, the mat is extremely heavy and durable, so it doesn’t slip and slide as you wipe your feet. Just be careful about where you place this mat—our tester didn’t have any issues with the material staining the floor, but a small number of buyers experienced this.
Best for Pets: Andover Mills Lessard Non-Slip Door Mat
Thin, ultra-durable rubber backing
Doesn't curl under
Multiple shapes, colors, and sizes
Tad thin for very wet, snowy weather
This option, which has a rubber backing, was one of the few thinner-style doormats that didn’t curl under at the edges. It laid flat on the stoop; plus, it didn’t budge, even with vigorous rubbing. All things considered, it’s also relatively attractive, with a botanical pattern that doubles as added texture to help get dirt and debris off shoes.
This doormat is an overall great choice for anyone, but it’s an especially good choice for pet owners. While textured enough to clean shoes, it’s not particularly rough underfoot (a no-no for sensitive paws). Also, it dries quickly, so those muddy paws don’t leave your mat dirty and wet for long periods. What’s more, the doormat is one of the more budget-friendly on the list, so if your pets mangle it a little quicker than you might like, you're not out a lot of dough.
Best for Winter: Calloway Mills Hello Natural/Black Script Door Mat
Sheds a bit
Coir is widely known as one of the best, most durable doormat materials. As a result, it’s what’s largely recommended for cold, wet seasons, like winter. Our tester liked this option, earning that perfect 5 in durability and effectiveness—two things imperative for an all-season option. But it also earned a perfect score in design.
If there’s any downside, it does tend to shed a little bit (but this is pretty standard with coir mats as a whole). If you can get past that, you should appreciate that this doormat isn’t too thick or too thin—it’s just the right size for standard doors. It also has the perfect texture to slough off dirt and debris, plus take any excess wetness or mud off shoes before someone enters your home.
Best Indoor/Outdoor: Trans-Ocean Frontporch Birds Accent Rug
Super strong non-slip backing
Shows dirt and debris
In person, this hand-tufted rug is even prettier than it looks. It’s like a true work of art—one you hate to ruin with dirty shoes! Still, a doormat is a doormat, and this indoor/outdoor option gets the job done. Though gorgeous, it has a nonslip, polyester-latex backing that keeps it securely in place, no matter how much you rub your shoes on it.
The polyester-acrylic-blend doormat is expensive. And though it does clean shoes well, the dirt and debris really show. Because of this combination, it’s probably best suited for a low-traffic area that’s largely covered—like a side porch or inside the back door—as the second place to land (after the more rugged outdoor option).
Best Design: Letterfolk Tile Mat
The Letterfolk Tile Mat is a real standout, not only because of the attractive black-and-white colorway (it comes in more than two dozen other colors, too!) but also because of how customizable it is. The doormat comes with additional “tiles” you can swap in and out to create your personal color pattern or even use to write a word.
This mat lacks a bit in efficacy, though—our tester found that although it removed debris from shoes, the glossy texture made it difficult to adequately dry the mud and wetness. In fact, the mat even became a little bit slippery in wet conditions. That said, it’s super easy to wipe down, so you can dry it in a flash.
If you’re looking for an attractive but highly functional doormat that takes dirt and debris off your shoes and, more importantly, keeps them out of your house, you can’t go wrong with the Food52 Coir Rope Knot Doormat. But if overall value is more important, you may be drawn to the Pottery Barn’s Jute Doormat. Though you save a handful, this doormat doesn’t sacrifice quality or effectiveness.
How We Tested the Doormats
For this article, we placed 14 of the top outdoor doormats on the market in our tester’s home, using them in a real-life setting to see if they lived up to the manufacturers' claims. Our tester rated each outdoor doormat across a number of top categories, including quality, design, effectiveness, durability, and overall value. Our testers tried out each of the doormats in both sunny and wet weather to see just how well they performed under all conditions and took notes on the entire process from start to finish. We then combined their testing results with our writers' and editors' own research to bring you this list.
What to Look for in an Outdoor Doormat
Doormats come in a wide range of sizes, so make sure you choose the right one for your doorway. There’s no hard and fast rule about exactly how big it should be, but it should look balanced at the door. It’s a good idea to measure your doorway and then shave off a few inches. Also, some doormats are much thicker than others, so double-check the height of your door frame before purchasing a mat.
Similarly, doormats come in different shapes. Some are rectangles, and others are half-moon-shaped. The shape you select is largely a matter of personal preference, but keep in mind that rectangular mats typically cover more surface area. Therefore, they are good choices if your doorway is particularly busy.
Typically, outdoor doormats are made of durable materials that can withstand dirt and water and don’t fall apart with heavy wear. Coir and rubber are some of the most popular since they’re exceptionally durable and good for all kinds of weather. Other common materials include jute, faux coir, and synthetic fibers.
How do you clean an outdoor doormat?
An outdoor doormat can harbor everything from allergens to dirt to rotting leaves and even insects, so regular cleaning is a must. While care varies slightly depending on the material, in general, it’s quite easy. Shake out the doormat weekly. Once per month, you need to do a bit of a deeper clean, vacuuming the mat. Seasonally, rinse the mat off with a garden hose, using a tiny bit of mild dish soap for any stubborn spots.
What materials are best for snow/cold locations?
In general, coir and rubber doormats best withstand moisture and cold, snowy conditions. Look for nonslip options—those with a rubberized backing—since those help keep the mat in place, especially in the presence of moisture.
How often do you need to replace an outdoor doormat?
Outdoor doormats don’t last long—anywhere from six months to two years, depending on the foot traffic and the weather conditions. Regular cleaning can help extend the product’s lifespan, but it’s best to toss your mat once it begins to look dirty and worn, despite laundering.
Why Trust The Spruce?
This article was written by Brigitt Earley, a freelance writer who has spent nearly 15 years writing about household products such as outdoor doormats. Brigitt has a big family of six, which means there’s always traffic in and out of her home—and the four kids tend to bring a lot of dirt with them. A quality doormat is a must-have at each entry point to help keep her floors just a little bit cleaner. For this piece, she tested 14 doormats, from a variety of retailers, at high and low price points.