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As the saying goes, "You never get a second chance to make a first impression." And since your doormat is one of the first things guests see before they enter your home, you might as well choose carefully. You could opt for a welcome mat based on the season: Thick, rubberized styles will help catch salt on snowy days, for example, while a nautical rope design has a summerlike vibe. Make sure to choose a doormat that's large enough to allow guests to get both feet on it, to help catch the maximum amount of dirt, grit, and allergens before stepping inside. And of course, remember to clean it regularly so you don't end up tracking more grime onto your floors—which would defeat the purpose.
Here, the best doormats that will liven up your front porch:
Sold in two sizes (either 30 x 20 inches or 36 x 24 inches), this looped vinyl doormat, designed by Florida-based artist Tara Reed, features elegant line drawings of potted plants. It measures one-quarter-inch thick, has a latex backing to prevent it from sliding around, and is easy to clean with mild soap and water or a vacuum cleaner.
If you're hoping to smile every time you fit your key into the lock, this rainbow-themed doormat, which measures 18 x 30 inches, is the obvious choice. It's made from coir, which is the cellulose fiber found inside a coconut, and it's known for being both sustainable and resistant to the elements. Sweeping or shaking it out are the best ways to clean it, and it measures just over one-half-inch thick.
This rugged rubber doormat, with an elegant fleur-de-lys pattern, proves that it's possible to be both tough and beautiful. And although those curlicues might look fancy, they also serve a purpose: catching dirt, salt, and snow before it gets tracked inside. The mat is sold in two generous sizes, either a larger 30 x 48 inches, or a smaller 24 x 36 inches. (Both options measure just over a half-inch thick.) This doormat resists mildew and odor really well, and when you do need to clean it, you can simply vacuum it thoroughly or mist it with a garden hose.
Looking for a distinctively personal wedding gift? Assuming the partners share a last name and a love of personalization, this custom doormat, which comes in several sizes ranging from 12 x 26 inches all the way up to 36 x 60 inches, would be a fun surprise. The front of the mat is made from coir, and the UV ink is designed to resist fading since it attaches to the individual fibers (no peeling decals here!). The mat can be easily cleaned by vigorously shaking or vacuuming it.
Fun fact about the "Waterhog" doormat: The heavy-duty polyester material, which mixes thick and thin fibers to best remove gunk, can absorb 1.5 gallons of water for each square yard. It has a timeless look—you can't go wrong with a simple "Welcome" message—and comes in six tasteful colors (brown, blue, charcoal, or medium gray, green, and khaki). The smaller size measures 22 x 32 inches, while the larger is 28 x 40 inches; both are just one-quarter inch thick for easy clearance. A non-slip rubber backing will help prevent it from sliding around, and eco-minded shoppers will be happy to know that the fabric is made from 94 percent recycled materials.
Want to give your threshold some farmhouse feels? Whether you live in the city, country, or suburbs, this recycled rubber mat adds a rustic touch by mixing the curves of script and vines with straight lines of a barnwood background. It's weather-resistant and safe to use outside in all seasons and can be easily cleaned by shaking, sweeping, or using the garden hose.
If you just want to be radically honest with your guests about what's happening on the other side of the threshold, choose this tough coir rubber mat, which has bristles to help scrape dirt from shoes. It measures 30 x 16 inches and the neutral tan color does an excellent job disguising dirt stains, too.
Not so much a doormat as a work of art, this hand-tufted rug has polyester-latex backing to help keep it securely in place. The designer, Liora Manné, lives in New York City and got her start designing textiles for the fashion industry. The rug is available in two sizes: Either 24 x 32 inches, or a much larger 42 x 66 inches, which would work well in front of double doors. It's rugged enough to be used outdoors and can be cleaned with water and mild dish soap, although you might find it too beautiful to keep outside during bad weather.
A mat made of nautical rope will bring a beach-house sensibility to the front steps. These mats were originally created by craftsman David Bird, in response to a surplus of rope caused by a mandate that lobster fisherman could no longer use it because of its potential to harm whales. Each one is handmade, measures 24 x 36 inches, and comes in more than 10 different reversible color combinations.
Chilewich mats are made from tufted vinyl, so they have the look and texture of softer yarn, but they can withstand plenty of abuse and be cleaned with a vacuum, mop, or hose. This Bold Stripe Shag Mat has been one of the brand's standbys since 2004 and designed to resist stains, mold, and mildew. Non-slip backing helps keep it in place and there are two sizes: The smaller doormat (29 x 19 inches) and the larger utility mat (36 x 24 inches).
This streamlined wooden mat evokes spas and saunas and is handmade from red cedar by Jeff Sullivan, an artisan based in Weymouth, Massachusetts. It comes in two sizes: Either 30 or 36 inches long, with both sizes being 18 inches wide and 1.5 inches high. (Those with more limited mobility should keep in mind that it's definitely a bit of a step up.) It's crafted to withstand all weather conditions since Sullivan uses wooden dowels—not metal hardware, which is prone to rusting and rotting—to fortify the joints. A clear sealant also helps add extra protection.
Lexi Dwyer has written about patio tables, recycling bins, window boxes, and inflatable hot tubs for The Spruce. Although she loves her basic, bristled coir doormat for keeping New York City grime out of her apartment, writing this piece is making her seriously consider an upgrade.