Updated: June 8, 2015

Doormat Reviews:

As summer winds to an end, many homeowners take stock of their houses fall/winter products to make sure they are ready for the season ahead. Doormats often go unlooked but can be just as important as fixing leaky windows or roofs. Doormats, if made properly, are meant to keep dirt, leaves, and water out of your house and carpets. Outdoor doormat at the entry points into your home are pertinent come winter time when rain, snow, and mud are problems. If you have kids, it's critical that they wipe their feet before entering your house or anyones house for that matter. I try to train all my kids that wiping their feet is part of their routine when they return from school or from playing outside. Water is not so bad since it is easily mopped up or drys on its own. The mud and dirt that gets dragged into homes and spread to carpets is the real mess that a good doormat can certainly help contain. Just which doormats are the best on the market? Which size and style are a good fit your home? We did some research online and looked in specialty stores to try and locate the "best doormats".
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Buying Guide - The biggest problem we found was that it's hard to find a good looking doormat that does a good job of cleaning moisture and dirt off of your shoes. You tend to get stylish doormats that look great, but are less effective at cleaning or those that clean well and look a little industrial. Most doormats are made with either a carpet material or from rubber. The texture or shape of the mat can really help get dirt and mud from shoes and boots. Those made with a polypropylene material tend to be best in wet climates since they are fairly absorbent. The size, shape , and pattern of your doormat is really a personal choice. Some homeowners personalize their front entry doormats with family names or use generic expressions like "welcome home". Grooved doormats with a heavy duty plastic or rubber surface are the best for scraping off dirt and other debris from your shoes. I have found that the carpet style doormats do well at getting rid leaves or light debris, but they are not as good with water. We live in Oregon where the weather can get extremely damp in the winter and our mats get waterlogged so easily. I have switched to a ridged rubber doormat at my front door so that the water will drain out easier eventhough it doesn't look as stylish as our old one. Certainly durability is a key attribute that any doormat needs since people will essentially be "stepping" all over it and mashing their shoes into the mat. We read several reviews on some of the rubber mats that come apart within a few months due to heavy wear and tear. Most of the doormats range from $20 to $35 while the coir style doormats run a touch more at closer to $45. We found a good selection online at Matsmatsmats.com and at Frontgate.com as well as at LL Bean. Of course you can buy mats in department stores like Target or at your local home improvement store like Home Depot or Lowes. RECOMMENDED - We suggest that you browse the best selling doormats here.

Best Doormat:

A great all-around doormat for a front entry is the Elite Home Entry Door Mat on the Matsmatsmats.com website which sells for $25 (for a 24" x 36" mat). The mat itself is made with recycled rubber from tire scraps and their durability is first rate. The carpet surface will absorb some water but better yet it does a good job at getting mud and dirt off your shoes before entering your house. Some reviews say the doormat may not be the most stylish, but we feel that an outdoor doormat should be more functional than anything else.

Doormat for Wet Weather:

In wet weather climates like the Pacific Northwest, doormats take a beating with all the rain. We found that the carpeted doormats tend to curl and even harden after being in the wet weather. The WeatherStop Outdoor Mat ($27) from Frontgate.com does an excellent job in the rainy weather of channeling away moisture on your shoes before entering your home. The side paddles help clean the sides of your shoes which can have grass or leaves on them. The construction of this heavy duty rubber mat make it great for mud rooms and garages too. The one knock against the WeatherStop doormat is its looks - more industrial than "homey". The mat measures only 20 x 27 inches so it's not the largest of doormats either.

Personalized Door Mats:

Monogrammed or personalized doormats are very popular everywhere and some websites cater to this crowd. Designerdoormats carries funny doormats and dozens with pictures or expressions that greet visitors to your home. Almost all the mats on their site are less than $20 and definitely worth a look. The actual doormats are made with Olefin indoor-outdoor carpet and can be washed with a hose and brush. Probably not the most durable of mats, but great for adding some personality to your front entry. Personalizeddoormats.com is our favorite site for creating the doormat of your choice. They carry coir (cocounut fiber) doormats, carpeted monogrammed doormats, cast aluminum metal doormats, wooden doormats, rubber mats, and natural stone doormats are soon to be added to their inventory. Prices range from $29 up to $160.