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Whether in front of or behind the front door – doormats not only welcome you, but also ensure a neat entrance area. Whether classic, funny or personalised – there is a doormat for everyone. With our large doormat guide, we want to help you find the right doormat for your home.

We have compared different types of mats and listed their advantages and disadvantages. In addition, we provide you with many useful facts on the topic of doormats. Have fun reading!


  • Doormats are suitable for indoors or outdoors, but care must be taken to choose the right material. Outdoor mats are usually more robust, more resistant and can withstand a downpour.
  • Indoor doormats can be suitable for different rooms. For the hallway, the bathroom or the toilet. There are different types of mats for each area of use.
  • Your car is also well taken care of! Car floor mats help keep your vehicle clean and free of dirt.

The Best Doormat: Our Picks

In the next sections we have listed the most popular doormats for you. From coir and cotton doormats to metal and rubber doormats, you’ll find it all!

Doormat: buying and evaluation criteria

Floor mats come in all shapes, materials and price ranges. To help you find your way through this multitude of products and choose the right model for you, we have listed the most important buying criteria.

Detailed information on each point and what you should pay particular attention to can be found in the following paragraphs.


Depending on whether they are for indoors or outdoors, for vehicles or for the home, floor mats are available in many different materials. Each material comes with its advantages and disadvantages and is more suitable for a particular area.

The most common materials are coir, cotton, polyester, microfibre, metal and rubber. For outdoor use, very sturdy and weather-resistant materials are used, while soft doormats are popular for indoor use.

Size and shape

The size and shape of a doormat can vary depending on the area of use. Doormats for hallways or in front of the front door usually have a size of 40×60 or 50×80 cm. However, there are also much larger models which are often used in public buildings, for example.

As a rule, doormats are available in rectangular format. But especially mats for the toilet or bathroom come in different shapes. For example, they are available as semicircles or specially cut for the WC. Circular doormats are also available on the market.

Doormats for the entrance area are also available in rectangular or semicircular shapes. This means they fit perfectly on the doorstep and make for a stylish entrance area.

Area of application

Doormats are very versatile in their application. They can be used indoors as well as outdoors. Doormats for outdoor use usually have to be somewhat more resistant. They are often made of metal or rubber.

For example, they can be found after a garden gate, in front of the front door or in the garden under the outdoor shower. When camping, doormats are very popular to trap dirt and dust in front of the caravan.

Doormats are also a much-used product indoors.

Right after the front door and in the hallway, doormats help to trap fine street dust. In the bathroom or toilet, on the other hand, they are used as a soft surface to absorb moisture. However, doormats are also used in vehicles.

For the interior of the car, mats made of rubber with a non-slip base are usually used. Here, however, it is particularly important to pay attention to the dimensions so that the doormat really fits your type of vehicle.

Colour and design

As well as size and material, colour and design also vary between the individual doormat models. Floor mats for outdoor use usually come in a rather plain design. Floor mats made of metal or rubber come in shades of black, grey and brown.

Cotton or microfibre doormats for bathrooms or toilets also come in mostly plain, single-colour designs.Doormats made of coconut are usually available in light beige or brown tones, but can be printed with brightly coloured elements and sayings.

When it comes to more personalised doormats, polyester mats are ahead. This material can be printed very well and easily, which is why there are countless design possibilities here in particular. With a slogan, picture or pattern – there are no limits to your creativity!

Slip resistance

Slip resistance is a very important criterion for all doormats. Nobody wants the mat to slip in all directions when wiping their feet! That is why almost all mats have a non-slip rubber base.

Non-slip mats are not only practical, but also offer you the necessary safety!

Either the entire underside is covered with a rubber layer or there are small rubber nubs under the mat. A slippery doormat is not only annoying, but can also be dangerous.

You may trip or fall if the doormat does not stick properly to the floor. Therefore, when buying, make sure that your doormat is non-slip!

Water resistance

Not every doormat can absorb or keep out moisture equally well. While rubber simply repels water, microfibre and cotton mats can absorb moisture very well. That’s why these mats are also popular for places like bathrooms and toilets.

With rubber and metal doormats for outside use, for example, you can make sure that there is a base of earth or gravel underneath.This way, when it rains, the water can simply seep through the mat into the ground.

In front of your front door and indoors, you should use mats made of polyester or cotton. These materials can usually absorb moisture quite well.

Doormat: Frequently asked questions and answers

As you now know, there are many different doormats. They differ in size, material, shape and colour as well as in their area of application. To help you choose the right doormat for you, we have listed all the important questions and answers about doormats in the following paragraphs. We have covered every topic, from purchase to disposal.

What is a doormat?

A doormat is usually a small, rectangular mat that helps keep your home clean. The purpose of a doormat is that you can wipe off coarse as well as fine dirt from your street shoes on it.


Doormats make your entrance area look much more inviting and neat. They help trap coarse as well as fine dirt in front of your home, helping to keep your home cleaner!
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However, doormats also find their use in other areas. For example, mats made of microfibre or cotton are used in the bathroom. There, they not only provide more comfort, but also more safety.

What types of floor mats are there?

Floor mats are used in many different areas. Here is a short list of the most common floor mats, their uses and some advantages and disadvantages.

Type of mat Properties Area of application
Coir doormat Natural fibre, very good for fine dirt, does not provide a breeding ground for bacteria, not suitable for coarse dirt Indoor or covered terraces
Cotton doormat Natural fibre, absorbs moisture well Indoor, conservatory
Polyester doormat Water-repellent, keeps away fine dirt in particular Indoor and outdoor
Microfibre doormat Absorbs liquid very well, very pleasant feeling, not suitable for coarse dirt indoors, bathroom or WC
Rubber doormat Robust, water-repellent, suitable for coarse dirt, the surface can become somewhat slippery when wet outdoors, garden, vehicle interiors
Metal doormat In combination with coarse fibre slats, suitable for very coarse dirt, very robust outdoors, garden

What are doormats used for?

Doormats are primarily used to protect your home from dirt and moisture from outside. They are used to trap both coarse and fine dirt from your street shoes so that you do not carry it into your home.

Softer doormats made of cotton or polyester can also be used in the kitchen or other rooms. They help protect the floor and provide a soft surface for your feet.


Floor mats in the bathroom protect your feet from cold or slippery tiled floors. They prevent water from collecting on the floor after showering or bathing and thus reduce the risk of slipping. They also make every bathroom and toilet much cosier and more inviting.
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Microfibre floor mats are popular in bathrooms and toilets. They protect your feet from the cold tiled floor and help to collect the water after a shower or bath. This not only makes your bathroom more comfortable, but also safer, as the risk of slipping is significantly reduced.

How much does a doormat cost?

The cost of a doormat can vary depending on the size and material. However, most of them are not particularly expensive to buy. This table gives you a small overview of the prices of various doormats on the market.

Type Price
Floor mat made of coconut approx. 12-30 €
Floor mat made of cotton approx. 10-50 €
Floor mat made of polyester approx. 20-60 €
Floor mat made of microfibre approx. 17-35 €
Floor mat made of rubber for cars approx. 25-150 €
Floor mat made of metal approx. 30-50 €

You can buy standard doormats for indoor and outdoor use at very low prices. The higher the quality of the material and the design, the more expensive the mats become. Especially floor mats for your car can be very expensive, especially if they have to match your car type exactly.

What are the alternatives to a conventional floor mat?

An alternative to conventional floor mats are mats that are embedded in the floor. These mats are usually made of rubber, coarse fibres or a combination of metal and brushes. This table gives you an overview of the different types of recessed floor mats and their properties.

Type Location Properties
Doormat made of metal Mat for indoor use Metal-brush combination, absorbs fine dirt and moisture
Rough fibre mat Suitable for indoor use or covered entrances Very good absorption of moisture and any shoe sole dirt
Rubber honeycomb mat Mat for outdoor use Anti-slip, impact-absorbing, ideally suited for heavy snow or moisture

Floor mats embedded in the floor are considerably more expensive to buy, but their life span is also enormously long. These mats convince through quality, functionality and appearance!

Which doormat is suitable for winter?

Snow, ice and slush. Doormats must be able to withstand all these influences in winter. That’s why it’s good to fall back on more robust models. Doormats made of coconut are a pretty good choice.

They can withstand a lot and handle wetness well. If you want to be on the safe side, you should get a model made of metal or aluminium with additional coarse fibre slats. This mat is sure to keep any dirt out of your hallway!

How do I clean floor mats?

Whether it’s dirt, hair or annoying chewing gum – in the next few paragraphs we’ll show you how to get your beloved doormat clean again!

How do I get chewing gum out of a doormat?

Removing chewing gum from doormats is easier than you think! Whether it’s the doormat in your car or in the hallway, the steps are the same. Put your doormat in a plastic bag and then in the freezer.

Leave your doormat there for several hours until the gum is completely frozen. Finally, you can simply knock the gum off with a hammer.


Your dog or cat has spent the night on the doormat? No problem! With a few tricks of the trade, you can get your mat free of pet hair again!
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If you can’t or don’t want to use a freezer, you can simply use an ice spray. Simply spray the spray on the stuck area of the doormat until everything is frozen through. Now the chewing gum can also be knocked off with a hammer.

How do I get cat/dog hair out of the doormat?

Once cats or dogs have spent the night on the doormat, there is a rude awakening the next morning: It’s full of hair! But don’t worry. The best way to remove cat or dog hair from doormats is with a hoover.

For best results, you can use a special hoover against pet hair for carpets and doormats. If the hoover does not work well, you can try to get the hair out of your doormat with a lint roller. You can also put the mat in the washing machine if it is suitable.

How do I care for a doormat properly?

Over time, a doormat can accumulate a lot of dirt and dust. You should clean your doormat regularly so that it looks neat and tidy again. Mats made of plastic, metal or rubber, which are mostly used outdoors, are very easy to clean.

It is often sufficient to vacuum or sweep such mats or to spray them with a water jet or high-pressure cleaner. For very stubborn dirt, the mat can also be scrubbed with water and soap or washing-up liquid. A conventional brush can be used for this purpose.


Cleaning doormats is easier than you think! Often it is enough to sweep or vacuum the doormat to get it back in shape. Some doormats can even be put in the washing machine. Very practical!
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Doormats made of coconut should not be completely soaked. Therefore, they are only vacuumed or brushed off. Mats made of cotton or microfibre are also vacuumed or brushed off and, if possible, washed in the washing machine.

When cleaning, be sure to follow the care instructions for the respective doormat!

For a washing cycle in the machine, the coarse dirt should be removed first. Then the mat can be washed with a gentle detergent at a low temperature. After washing, you can simply leave the mat to air dry. For very stubborn stains, you can also use a special carpet foam and then wash the mat by hand or machine.

Where can I dispose of doormats?

Doormats are usually disposed of in the residual waste. If the doormat is too large and does not fit in the bin, it must be disposed of with bulky waste. However, you can try to cut up the doormat so that it fits into your residual waste bin.


The range of uses for doormats is almost endless. They serve as dust and dirt traps, protect your feet from the cold floor or simply serve as a decorative element in your home or garden. A doormat is also a must for camping holidays and in the car!

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