10 best doormats
Keep the hallway free from mud and dirt using a hard-wearing indoor or outdoor mat
A doormat offers a great chance to add some personality to your house from the outset.
It also, of course, prevents clumps of mud and leaf litter coming into your home.
While some express style or humour; others offer a feeling of comfort.
A good doormat protects floors and carpets, traps mud and dirt, but also dust too – with more of us becoming sensitive to allergens in the home.
The really useful ones are machine-washable, or at least easy to vacuum, and robust enough to withstand heavy foot traffic. Most are made with coir (the fibres of a coconut husk), but rubber and jute can be effective too.
Doormat: £12, hemashop.com
The Dutch store Hema has recently landed on UK shores, and is a bit of a one-stop shop for all things handy and practical.
It has a few fun homewares too, like this polka-dot coir doormat.
As with other budget mats, the decoration is minimal and much of the coir has been left natural. It has a rubber backing to keep it in its place.
Sapphire Eco Braid Rug: £39, braided-rug.co.uk
This rug is made of recycled plastic (yet feels soft and fabric-like), is machine-washable, and can be used both indoors and out.
There’s a variety of sizes and shapes. The smallest is still large and could function as a rug or along double doors.
Based in Wales, The Braided Rug Company started making rugs for the UK market in 2010, after noticing their popularity in America.
Slim Welcome Doormat: £19.95, dwell.co.uk
Slim dimensions and stylish gold lettering,set this mat apart from the rest. It’s a contemporary spin on the traditional welcome mat.
It’s not hugely practical for heavy traffic, big boots and shoes, but would suit a small porch well.
It’s also made of 100 per cent natural coir with a non-slip PVC backing. It can’t be washed, but a regular shake or vacuum clean will keep it looking its best.
Philip Pheasant Doormat: £39, cotswoldco.com
This traditional mat is made of a recycled cotton, plastic and rubber mix, which makes it feel soft while staying durable.
Cotswold & Co says it traps 95 per cent of mud, dust and dirt, and that it’s coloured with vegetable-based dyes that are less prone to fading. It’s machine-washable and has an anti-slip backing, doing a grand job of welcoming visitors to your home.
Maroq Rubber Doormat: £30, coxandcox.co.uk
Cox and Cox’s Maroq mat looks elegant and has cut-outs inspired by latticework.
It’s made of rubber, so can be used indoors and out. Rubber also has the natural properties of being non-slip, waterproof and hard-wearing.
It draws more interest than a standard coir mat, but with a depth of more than 1cm, could be useful in helping scrape dirt from shoes.
Braided oval doormat: £30, thewhitecompany.com
For a choice that won’t date too quickly, you can’t go wrong with a traditional braided mat.
This one is made from thick plaits of pure Indian jute. It has lovely natural characteristics and texture, and is robust enough to deal with the whole family’s comings and goings.
It doesn’t have an anti-slip backing, so a patch of underlay could help keep it in place.
Tiger Doormat: £18, oliverbonas.com
This fun and fashionable doormat features strings of pompoms and two tigers at play on a background of red stripes.
If not for your own place, it would make a great housewarming or wedding gift.
It’s made of tough coir, so it’s up to being trodden on. Be aware that the bright colours and pattern could dull over repeated use.
Argos Home Coir Geo Doormat: £6, argos.co.uk
There are many geometric-style doormats out there, but none quite as bargainous as this one from Argos. It’s practical, with a PVC backing and thick coir upper.
The natural rusty colour of the coir is matched with grey and black to make up an overall triangular pattern. Quality-wise, it holds up to many others that are more expensive.
Woven Jute Doormat: £28, gardentrading.co.uk
Mats for indoors can be made from softer materials. They don’t need to deal with very muddy shoes and boots, but can still prove effective at trapping dirt near doorways and entrances.
This understated jute mat from Garden Trading has a thick woven texture and rough edges.
It’s ideal for bringing a soft and stylish touch to wooden or tiled floors
Wild Meadow Floral Doormat: £25, lauraashley.com
The delicate and bright floral design on this traditional-style makes a good contrast with the rough natural fibres
It’s thicker than most, and more effective if you are regularly shaking off muddy wellies and boots.
A backing would have helped it be a touch more practical, but generally it is heavy enough to stay put.
Verdict: Best Doormats
With a standard-sized coir mat, you’ll often find that the price comes down to the design rather than the product itself.
Hema’s doormat has a simple design that is jolly but won’t date too quickly. It has an anti-slip back, which some pricier mats don’t include.
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