The Best Editor-Tested Bath Mats That Won’t Get Gross and Grimy

updated Dec 8, 2023
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Have you taken a look at your bath mat lately? Chances are it’s time for a much-needed upgrade in both the style and functionality department. Just like your other linens and accessories in the house, bath mats need to be switched out every once in a while. When it comes to household essentials that have the potential to be both decor and improve the experience of being in a space, the bath mat is right up there with rugs, comforters, and lighting. It should be as functional as it is show-stopping, so don’t be afraid to judge one by its cover — you’ll be able to tell fairly quickly whether or not it’s anything you’ll want to step on (or even see) fresh out of the shower. While a bath mat is primarily meant to prevent you from slipping or drenching the bathroom, you also have to touch and look at it. So, we went on the hunt for the best-looking, most comfortable-feeling, and highest-performing bath mats on the market.

If shopping for a bath mat hasn’t been as easy as simply adding one that matches your bath towels to your cart — or if doing so has left you wanting more in the way of flair, plushness, absorption, non-slip features, color, etc. — you’re in the right place. We put bath mats from a range of brands, prices, and purposes to the test. Keep scrolling to find out the ones that impressed us the most.


The Best Bath Mats

What to Consider When Buying a Bath Mat

Bath mats are a combination of aesthetics and functionality. Both are important, but think about which one concerns you and your household the most: whether it suits your decor, feels amazing, or takes all the anti-slip precautions. Do you have kids or elderly household family members? How many people need to use the bath mat? How often are you able to wash it? Determining your priorities first can dramatically narrow your scope in terms of shopping for the right bath mat.

As for aesthetics, if you’re into bright colors or bold designs, woven mats tend to offer more possibilities. If you prefer natural materials, a minimalist look, or Scandinavian- or Japanese-inspired decor, wood mats are a solid option. Are you open to prints and designs or would you prefer a more classic look? Does it need to match your bath towels? Do you just care about it staying put, being absorbent, and drying quickly? Perhaps investing in a low-profile stone bath mat (that’ll last years) is best for you.

Once you know the look(s) you’re open to, think about sizing. Will you need something small, large, or could you go for multiple mats? Lastly, how do you want it to feel? Thick, soft, and fluffy? Solid, fast-drying, and sturdy? Somewhere in-between?

Take a look below at the different materials most commonly used for bath mats to find which one could offer you the most in terms of your preferred look, sizing, and feel.

Materials

Cotton: Moisture-wicking and hypoallergenic, this natural material is the most common among traditional bath mats. These have the potential to match your bath towels or be totally unique stand-alone pieces.

Chenille: Blended from cotton, silk, wool, or other natural or synthetic fibers, chenille bath mats leverage the properties of each material in order to absorb water quickly, be washer- and dryer-friendly (check care instructions first!), and stay colorfast with a bit of sheen. They’re often soft, even fluffy, with a highly textured appearance.

Stone: Commonly made from diatomaceous earth, or the naturally occurring mineral found in the sea made from fossilized organisms, stone bath mats air-dry extremely quickly, are resistant to bacteria and mold, need only occasional rinses, and absorb around 150 percent of their weight in water in an instant.

Wood: Typically crafted from bamboo, teak, or beech wood, these bath mats are corrosion-resistant and mildew-proof. What they lack in fluffiness, they make up for by not requiring a trip to the washing machine or nearly as many washes overall. Depending on what the wood is coated with, if at all, these bath mats are either water resistant or highly absorbent.

Nylon: One of the most low-maintenance synthetic materials when it comes to bath mats, nylon can be machine-washed and dried with little fuss. While not usually as soft as cotton, chenille, or some other synthetic fibers, it’s highly durable and great for households with kids or multiple people.

Polyester: Both water- and stain-resistant, polyester makes a better material for bath mats than it does bath towels or linens that have more sustained contact with our skin. These mats are easy to wash regularly, stay colorfast, and yield designs with cleaner, more perfected lines.

Memory Foam: Able to quickly contour to the shape of your foot, memory foam bath mats are like absorbent pillows for your bathroom floor. They’re almost always paired with non-slip traction underneath for the best of both worlds: softness and support.

What We Look For in a Bath Mat

We put a number of bath mats across a range of styles and materials to the test, judging them by the following criteria:

  • Functionality: How absorbent is it? Does it capture water quickly? How long can it go between washes? Is it non-slip?
  • Look: What style does it best suit? Is the design bold? Does it fade after washing?
  • Feel: Is it comfortable to step on? Is it soft or hard? Fluffy or smooth? Does it feel secure to the ground?

The Best Bath Mats

Thick and soft are two qualities we try to find in all of our bed and bath linens, and Brooklinen’s Checkered Bath Mat checks off both. Designed with 100% Turkish cotton, the mat will keep your feet warm and dry the minute they leave the tub or shower, because the material strives to retain heat. This is an especially great perk during the cold winter months. The mat is made to absorb water quickly too, so you won’t have to worry about it becoming sopping wet or taking forever to dry between uses. The subtle textured checker print adds dimension to the room. Its checkered texture also adds traction, so it’s both practical and stylish. Best of all, the overall look is simple and clean, making it a versatile option for different style preferences. If space allows, the matching runner is also available for purchase.  

“Brooklinen chose a great way to incorporate a checkered pattern into this bath mat. It’s done with alternating pile levels of the fabric, giving it a unique feel and satisfying weight. The bath mat is absorbent, stylish, and durable,” says Best List editor Britt. “It also dries quickly so I’m not stuck with a ‘wet rag’ smell in the bathroom. Though I have a handful of bath mats, this is the one I reach for time and time again.”

Specifications: 

  • 100% cotton
  • 20 inches x 34 inches
  • Available in 2 sizes
  • Machine wash cold; tumble dry low 

Who It’s Best For: Those who want a quick-drying option; those who want to feel warm stepping out of the shower; those who want a minimalistic style.  

Good to Know: Despite the white hue, reviewers say the mat still appears clean after several uses. It’s also occasionally available in limited edition colors.

The Company Store’s Company Cotton Turkish Cotton Bath Mat is proof that luxurious bath linens can actually be wallet-friendly, too. Soft and plush, the mat is also surprisingly durable for its price and won’t fall apart after only a few months of use. Simply designed with a Dobby stripe for a texturized accent, it’s easily matched to other bath linens and bathroom aesthetics, especially because it comes in 19 different colors. Because the bath mat isn’t non-slip, it’s best to hang it between uses over the bathtub or on a towel rack so it can dry. Purchasing a rug pad is also recommended to keep the mat from moving out of place.

When Britt tested the bath mat for herself, she actually found it to be majorly absorbent. “After showering and leaving for work one morning, I returned home to find that the shower head had been dripping the entire day. When I walked back into the bathroom many hours later, the Turkish cotton bath mat was soaked… but my floor was dry,” says Britt. “If that bath mat hadn’t been there, I would have ended up pulling all of my towels out of the closet to sop up the mess. That was the ‘aha!’ moment that makes me stand by this bath mat to this day.”

Read our full review of the Company Cotton Turkish Cotton Bath Mat.

Specifications:

  • 100% combed Turkish cotton
  • 20 inches x 36 inches
  • 800 GSM
  • Available in 19 colors  
  • OEKO-TEX Standard 100-certified 
  • Machine wash cold; tumble dry low

Who It’s Best For: Those who want high-quality cotton at a fraction of the price; those who like the classic bath mat style; those who want their bath mat to match their towels.

Good to Know: You can add personalization for an additional $12.

If you want a statement-making bath mat that will garner compliments from guests, then this one is perfect for you. Cold Picnic’s bath mats all have a non-slip underside, plush feel, and the quality weight of an item truly built to last. Best of all, it doesn’t skimp on creative style. Each mat is modernly designed with bold shapes in complementary colors. Designers Phoebe Sung and Peter Buer are based in New York and have backgrounds in fine arts and corporate fashion design. They now craft playful textiles, rugs, and even wallpaper that guarantee any space, energy and life. When it comes to high-quality, modern, and trendy bathroom decor, just a single (soft, absorbent, and striking!) bath mat from Cold Picnic can take it to the next level.

“When I unpackaged this rug I was immediately taken by its weight and how intricate the stitching on the non-slip backing was — I could tell this thing was quality,” says Sarah, AT’s commerce SEO editor. “When I gave it a step test, I instantly loved that 1.) It stayed put and 2.) It felt luxuriously soft under my feet without enveloping them in the fabric.”

Read our full review of the Cold Picnic Bath Mat.

Specifications:

  • 100% organic cotton
  • 28 inches x 28 inches
  • Features anti-slip backing
  • GOTS-certified
  • Machine wash cold; tumble dry low 

Who It’s Best For: Those who prefer bold designs and bright colors; those who want something unique; those who want to shop small businesses.

Good to Know: The yarn for Cold Picnic’s bath mats are hand dyed, which creates slight variations between production runs.

If space allows, why not opt for a bath mat in a larger size? Weezie’s hypoallergenic Signature Bath Mat can easily be placed along the length of your tub, so you don’t have to worry about where to step after you’ve finished up in the shower. Soft and quick-drying, it gets the job done each and every time. Designed in bright white and accented in a colored piping of your choice, it pairs well with most towels and linens, making it a great gifting item for a housewarming. An aesthetically pleasing mix of classic cotton and unique style, the Signature Bath Mat earns five stars for functionality, longevity, and design. Plus, it has a built-in hook to hang up after use. On laundry day, easily toss it in the wash with the other towels. 

“This is definitely one of my favorite bath mats!” Britt says, “It’s well-made and has an anti-slip bottom that hasn’t deteriorated even after multiple washes. Now that I’ve been using the bath mat for over a year, there’s some evident wear, but the mat still looks really nice and is still very absorbent. The loop for hanging is also a huge plus since it makes it super easy to store it off of the floor.”

Read our full review of the Weezie Signature Bath Mat.

Specifications:

  • 100% long-staple cotton
  • 21” x 34”
  • Available in 2 sizes and 11 colors
  • Features anti-slip bottom
  • OEKO-TEX certified
  • Machine wash cold; tumble dry low

Who It’s Best For: Those who want something easily washable; those who want something soft and plush; those who like the classic white look (but want a little something extra).

Good to Know: You can personalize your Weezie bath mat with a custom monogram for an additional $15.

Sink your toes into one of the most plush and textured mats we’ve tested. Made with high piles of chenille and a layer of sponge, the SONORO KATE Bathroom Rug‘s major absorbance will keep your feet warm and dry. “To put this mat to the ultimate test, sometimes I squeeze out my wet hair over it after I step out of the shower — because I have thick, porous hair, so it’s hard to get the water out,” says AT senior commerce editor Alicia. “Even after drenching my rug with a substantial amount of water, I still can’t tell it’s wet. It’s the superhero of my bathroom.” If you have roommates all using the same bathroom, this mat could be just what everyone needs. Not to mention the non-slip backing continuously locks the mat in the right place.

Priced at just under $12, you can stock up on a few for around the house. It would also work well in the entryway during a rainy day to soak up the wetness of your umbrella and shoes. “I never thought I’d fall in love with a bath mat, but after nearly 1.5 years of use, this rug is still as good as the day that I bought it,” says Alicia. “Even if I shower right after my boyfriend, the bath mat feels dry, which feels like a miracle.”

Read our full review of the SONORO KATE Bathroom Rug.

Specifications:

  • Chenille and PVC
  • 32 inches x 20 inches
  • Available in 10 sizes and 13 colors
  • Features anti-slip bottom
  • Machine wash cold; tumble dry low

Who It’s Best For: Those who want a soft and plush option; those looking for something affordable; those who want something textured.

Good to Know: Some reviewers have had trouble when putting their mat in the dryer, so it might be best to let it air dry after washing.

Add a little flare to your bathroom by choosing this fun White Fringed Textured Bath Mat from Crane & Canopy. It will instantly elevate the look of a room with its chic style and will open up the space with its bright hue. If white isn’t your color preference, it’s also available in blue and grey. What’s even better is that this mat can serve multiple purposes in your home. For instance, this versatile piece would look great on the side of a bed, pair nicely in front of the kitchen sink, or pull the entryway together.

While the mat may appear more lightweight compared to other options on the list, its cotton material and design feel sturdy and comfortable during use. “This chic fringe bath mat added instant elegance to my small bathroom and the quality is top-notch,” says AT executive lifestyle director Charli. “It’s soft, yet sturdy, and always a treat post-shower. I didn’t think a white bath mat could be for me, but it comes out of the wash like new every time and holds up well!” Just be sure to hang it over the tub to let it dry.

Specifications:

  • 100% cotton 
  • 21 inches x 34 inches
  • Available in 3 colors
  • Features a chic knotted fringe 
  • Machine wash warm on gentle cycle; tumble dry low

Who It’s Best For: Those looking for a stylish option; those who want a quality cotton option; those who like a classic white hue.

Good to Know: Despite the fringed edges, there is little to no shedding.

At first glance, you might do a double take at the sight of a stone mat sitting outside of a shower. Dorai’s Zen Bath Stone isn’t your typical bath mat, but it instantly creates a luxe look and feel to a bathroom while producing maximum results. Made from the brand’s patented material, Diomat — diatomaceous earth and recycled paper — it’s created to feel like natural stone. Despite the hard material, the bottom has a rubberized bottom pad that prevents the mat from slipping or scratching floors. It works to remove water altogether without generating mold and mildew by absorbing 150% of its weight in moisture, which evaporates in seconds.

Additionally, while you might think that a stone mat will feel cold to the touch, that’s actually not the case here. “Upon stepping out, I noticed the stone quickly raised its own temperature to meet mine. All the water I purposefully dragged out onto the mat with me dissolved into the stone within 30 seconds,” says AT contributor Kendall.

Specifications:

  • Diomat (diatomaceous earth and recycled paper)
  • 23.6 inches x 15.4 inches
  • Available in 2 colors 
  • Features anti-slip bottom pad
  • Rinse to clean; use included sander to buff away stains and scuffs

Who It’s Best For: Those who want something seriously long-lasting; those who want the quickest-drying mat option; those who don’t necessarily need a plush bath mat.

Good to Know: Dorai also makes dish-drying mats and other kitchen, bathroom, and even pet essentials made to withstand years of water wear — and look good doing it.

Wood might not be the first material that comes to mind when thinking of a quality bath mat. These days, wood furniture and other products are mass-made with cheap particle boards, synthetic laminates, or veneers. However, when the Wooden Bath Mat from editor-favorite brand Avocado was put to the test, it passed with flying colors. It’s hand-crafted specifically with American beech wood that was chosen because it can withstand moisture and humidity and rarely needs a deep clean.

“Perhaps it’s because the wooden slots are close together, the edges and surface are sanded and softened (including the corners!), and it actually feels great to step on straight out of the shower,” says Kendall. Each element of this bath mat’s design is made with durability in mind. The overall style instantly elevates a room by bringing in warm tones to create an inviting space. It feels like you’re walking into your favorite spa from the comfort of your own home. 

Read our full review of the Avocado Wooden Bath Mat.

Specifications:

  • 100% American beech wood 
  • 24 inches x 18 inches
  • Available in 2 sizes 
  • Member of the Sustainable Furnishings Council 
  • Greenguard gold certified, formaldehyde free certified, and climate neutral certified  
  • Rinse clean; buff light stains with fine-grit sandpaper

Who It’s Best For: Those who want a bath mat they don’t have to machine wash; those who want to avoid stepping on damp fabric post-shower; those who are new to wood bath mats or weary of sharp edges.

Good to Know: The Wooden Bath Mat is also available as a runner that’s especially luxe if you’ve got space to spare.

Designed to be durable yet soft, the Garland Rugs’ Sheridan Plush Washable Nylon Bath Rug makes a warm addition to your bathroom. The subtle stripe design helps to break up the bath mat’s solid color and easily pairs well with existing towel linens. Non-slip backing (the best feature!) is one of the most durable parts of the mat and is especially appreciated if you’re helping your kids in and out of the bathtub. Plus, its nylon material is absorbent, so you won’t have to worry about the mat getting soaked after every use.

“This is definitely one of my favorite bath mats!” says AT ad operations coordinator Nicole. “It’s well-made and has an anti-slip bottom that hasn’t deteriorated even after multiple washes.” Since the mat grips well to the floor, it can easily be vacuumed without moving. And weighing in at three pounds, the mat feels solid and doesn’t shed.

  • 100% nylon
  • 22” x 60”
  • Available in 3 sizes and 8 colors 
  • Features non-slip latex backing
  • Machine wash cold on gentle cycle; air dry

Who It’s Best For: Those looking for a minimalistic design; those looking for plush comfort; those looking for anti-slip materials. 

Good to Know: Some reviewers find that the corners of the mat can curl from the stitching.