The best bath mats offer a good grip and a cushy spot to dry or get ready for the day. They’re made in varying materials, sizes, and styles to fit in with a variety of bathroom décor. Whether they’re soft and cushy or mold-resistant and machine washable, you’ve got options depending on what you need the bath mat to do for you and your bathroom.
- BEST OVERALL: Gorilla Grip Original Luxury Chenille Bathroom Mat
- RUNNER-UP: Yimobra Original Luxury Chenille Bath Mat
- BEST BANG FOR THE BUCK: Memory Foam Coral Fleece Non Slip Bathroom Mat
- BEST NONSLIP: Epica Anti-Slip Anti-Bacterial Bath Mat
- BEST MEMORY FOAM: Genteele Memory Foam Bath Mat
- BEST ANTIBACTERIAL: GORILLA GRIP Original Bath Shower, Tub Mat
- BEST MICROFIBER: MAYSHINE Bath Mats
- BEST PLUSH: LuxUrux Bathroom Luxury Chenille 2-Piece Bath Mat Set
- BEST REVERSIBLE: TOMORO Non-Slip Reversible Non-Skid Door and Bath Mat
- BEST BAMBOO: Mind Reader BAMAT-BRN Luxury Roll Up Shower Bath Mat
What to Consider When Choosing the Best Bath Mat
When choosing a bath mat, the mat’s size, colors, and materials play a pivotal role in its overall functionality in the bathroom. Materials like memory foam or 100 percent cotton also factor into the decision. The bathroom’s layout and décor also influence which bath mat will work best for you. In general, most people are the happiest with a bath mat that complements their bathroom décor and feels great beneath their feet.
We need to point out a small difference between a bath mat and bath rug because there’s some fluidity in the use of the two terms. Technically, rugs are plusher and larger in size than mats. Rugs are also meant only for use on the bathroom floor, whereas some bath mats can be used in the tub or shower to prevent slips and falls. However, as bathroom sizes have grown in the last couple of decades, so, too, have bath mat sizes, so the distinction between the two terms has become pretty fuzzy.
Bath mats lie in front of the bathtub, shower, toilet, or vanity. Standard sizes range from 17 by 24 inches to 21 by 34 inches. Don’t be surprised to find mats as big as 24 by 70 inches that often create a luxurious, spa-like feel due to their size.
Bath mats are available in a variety of materials, including:
- Microfiber: Microfiber can be made of nylon, polyester, or a combination of both. Its quality varies from manufacturer to manufacturer and even model to model. Low-quality microfiber fades and breaks down relatively quickly, while high-quality microfiber withstands regular heavy use. Higher-quality microfibers typically cost more, so if the bath mat’s price is significantly lower than average, it’s probably not the best quality. You can also determine microfiber’s quality by noting its density. If you can see through the fibers to the mat’s base, it’s low quality. You want a plush, dense microfiber to absorb as much water as possible.
- Bamboo: Bamboo mats have a distinct Zen-like quality about them, and they can make a bathroom feel almost like a spa. Bamboo does well in the bathroom because it doesn’t absorb water, making it less susceptible to mold and mildew. Bamboo doesn’t need to be laundered, and it’s considered a sustainable material. The downside is that it doesn’t feel plush, nor does it cushion the feet.
- Cotton: Cotton bath mats are easy to maintain. You can toss them into the washing machine and dryer, and they’re good to go. However, like microfiber, cotton has varying qualities of the material, some of which hold up to heavy use better than others. The cotton’s staple (fiber) length often indicates the quality of the cotton—the longer the staple length, the higher the quality. For those concerned about harmful chemicals, certified organic cotton bath mats are a good option.
- Plastic and rubber: Bath mats designed for use in the bathtub or shower are often made of PVC, synthetic rubber, or natural rubber. These models are often nonslip, antibacterial, and have suction cups to hold them in place. However, they aren’t absorbent, so don’t be surprised if there’s a puddle in the shower long after you’ve left the bathroom.
- Teak: Teak resists water much like bamboo. It’s more expensive, but it has a darker color and creates a luxurious look.
- Chenille: Chenille actually describes the method of creating the yarn used to make the bath mat. The yarn can be made of cotton or synthetic fibers, affecting the feel and absorbency of the mat. Chenille yarn has a highly absorbent surface area, feels plush, and when done in a thick pile, provides cushioning, too.
- Memory foam: Memory foam naturally cushions and relieves pressure. It’s commonly used for bath mats on which someone will stand for long periods of time, like in front of the vanity. It’s usually covered in a material like chenille or cotton to protect the foam from water and give the mat a softer feel.
There’s a wide variety of bath mat designs available to complement an equally broad number of bathroom décor styles. Geometric shapes, faux pebbles, warm bamboo, and fluffy chenille are only a few of the options. Mats can add opulence or keep the bathroom grounded. Mats also come in a wide range of colors to either blend with the existing color scheme or bring an exciting pop of color to the décor.
Nonslip, antibacterial, and reversible designs are all bath mat options worth considering. Families with children or people who don’t have sure footing may need a nonslip mat, while those who live in moist climates may appreciate an antibacterial model. If you want to cut down on how often you wash your mat, reversible mats are an excellent place to start.
Bath mats need regular cleaning to prevent the growth of mold and bacteria. Machine washable models are the easiest to maintain. Others may need to be hand-washed, and some, like plastic, rubber, and bamboo mats, should be wiped down regularly to remove any developing mold or mildew from standing water. The mat should be completely dry after each cleaning.
Our Top Picks
The bath mats on our list consist of models that stay in place, absorb high amounts of water, and simply feel amazing on the feet. Some provide plush cushioning, while others require only simple wash-and-go maintenance.
This Gorilla Grip mat provides luxury and practicality rolled into one plush product. The cushy chenille shag is thick enough that it almost massages the feet. A thermoplastic (TP) rubber backing holds the mat in place relatively well. It’s soft, durable, and abrasion resistant to take the tension and stress of regular use. However, it’s the washability and durability that make this model a standout. And with eight size options in 36 colors, this bath mat fits well in a variety of bathroom sizes and styles.
Both the chenille and rubber backing are machine washable and dryable, and they hold up to regular washing. However, that durability tends to deteriorate if the mat gets washed on the wrong settings. Too much heat can break down the rubber, so follow the washing instructions carefully.
The Yimobra is made of a dense, extra-long microfiber chenille shag that absorbs water and cushions and supports the feet. It’s machine washable and dryable for quick, easy maintenance, too.
Yimobra offers seven sizes and two shapes, including one that fits around the toilet. The extra size and shape options allow you to get a single mat or set, depending on what the bathroom’s design calls for. Sizing control for this mat can be a bit off, so consider ordering a size larger than you think you need.
This mat’s memory foam cradles the foot and relieves pressure to prevent soreness and achiness. It’s covered in a soft microfiber fleece that absorbs water, putting a stop to pooling and slipping. The combination of cushioning memory foam and comfortable fleece create a mat that feels more luxurious than its price suggests.
PVC backing holds the mat in place reasonably well. However, if the floor underneath the mat gets wet, there could be some slippage. For the price, this mat provides good comfort and durability even with regular washing.
The Epica mat goes inside the bathtub to provide surface grip and keep you upright in the shower. It’s made of natural rubber that has innate grip and water resistance. Suction cups hold the mat in place, while the rubber keeps you in place.
Rubber isn’t usually associated with washing machines, but this particular mat’s design allows regular machine washings to resist mold and mildew. Overall, this mat gives the bathtub some grip, and you an easy way to keep it clean.
A thick memory foam covered in velvety microfiber lets the feet sink into pressure-relieving comfort. The microfiber soaks up water, so it’s not pooling in the bathroom. It also adds the touch of softness that makes you want to wiggle the toes.
Twenty color choices allow you to keep the bathroom color scheme cohesive and attractive. As long as the Genteele is on a dry surface, the textured backing holds it in place. However, if water gets underneath the mat, there could be some slippage.
This Gorilla Grip’s BPA-, phthalate-, latex-free plastic resists bacteria and mildew. This mat features 300 suction cups that both hold it in place and provide cushioning. The suction cups are complemented with an open mat design with holes that allow water to flow through and around the mat so that less water gets caught on it. It’s a good option for humid climates where pooling water is more likely to lead to mold and mildew issues.
The Mayshine’s fibers are locked in a twisted technique that reduces shedding, so the fibers stay put rather than ending up all over the bathroom. It’s used to weave a dense, thick shag that cushions the foot and soaks up water to prevent pooling. The shag is thick enough that it reduces pressure on the foot and joints, so you can comfortably relax while you get ready.
Mayshine offers 16 colors, so there’s usually an option for everyone. However, one of the big bonuses is that the colors stay vibrant even after several washes.
It’s hard to resist a 1-inch shag, and that’s what the LuxUrux set brings to the bathroom. That much plush microfiber cushions the feet and relieves pressure while absorbing water to keep the bathroom safe. The set includes a mat for in front of the tub or vanity and a toilet mat, meaning you get all the cushy comfort in more than one place in the bathroom.
A word of caution—the mat is anti-slip but only if it’s placed on a dry surface. If the floor is already wet, you could end up sliding with the mat.
The TOMORO features 100 percent cotton that’s absorbent and comfortable to stand on. Plus, it gets softer with every wash. The reversible design lets you flip the mat when one side starts to show some wear. It’s machine washable and dryable, and since there’s no rubber backing, the mat can be washed in hot water without issue. It might shrink, but it will still be soft and absorbent.
Bamboo doesn’t absorb water, so it’s an ideal natural material for the bathroom. Bamboo links roll up when the mat isn’t in use. The links also keep it ventilated to discourage the growth of mold and mildew. Skid-resistant pads on the bottom of the links keep it in place. Indoor (and in the shower) or out, the Mind Reader is a versatile option for those who want a more natural look.
On the downside, you can’t machine wash or dry this mat. If it starts to get mildew buildup, it’ll need to be hand-washed.
FAQs About Your New Bath Mat
Every new purchase comes with a few unknowns. The answers to common questions can help you make a better choice about the best bath mat for you.
Q. Are bath mats hygienic?
Bath mats are hygienic as long as they are regularly cleaned and sanitized. Otherwise, they create a breeding ground for bacteria and other unpleasant but common bathroom debris.
Q. Where do you put a bath mat?
Depending on the design, bath mats are placed around the toilet, in front of the bathtub or shower, in front of the vanity, or inside the shower or bathtub.
Q. How do you wash a bath mat?
Washing instructions depend on the bath mat material. Cotton, chenille, and some memory foam mats are machine washable. Some mats are machine washable even if they have a rubber backing. Bamboo, teak, and plastic may be cleaned with soap and water. However, always check the manufacturer’s instructions to make sure it’s washed correctly and frequently enough.