The Best Bath Mats for Comfort and Functionality

Keep your space comfy and clean with these top-rated non-slip bath mats.

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February 07, 2022

They might not seem like much at first glance, but bath mats are pretty important. They keep your floors dry and grime-free, reduce your risk of slipping out of the tub and give your feet a warm place to rest on the cold tile. (For me, that last one is absolutely essential.)

So the consensus is clear: You need a bath mat. Now the question is what kind? To help you figure it out, we've rounded up the best bath mats for every budget, style and situation. Scroll on to see those and get our tips for buying one.

What to Consider When Buying a Bath Mat

SIZE: A standard bath mat is 20x30 inches, but that might not actually be the best fit for your space. We suggest deciding where the bath mat will go — in front of your shower, tub, vanity, etc. — and measuring that area. In a smaller bathroom, a standard bath mat will usually nestle right under the shower door. But in a larger ensuite, you'll probably need to size up to a runner to span the entire length of the tub or vanity.

MATERIAL: Bath mats come in a variety of materials, from plush cotton and absorbent microfiber to natural wood. To determine which option is right for you, consider your surface preferences and your typical laundry routine. Cotton bath mats are popular because they're absorbent, have a soft finish and they can be thrown in the washer. But they're also pretty thick, so they can take a while to dry out. Microfiber bath mats can hold even more water than cotton and they dry out faster, which makes them ideal for people (or kids) who leave the floors sopping wet. Chenille is on par with microfiber, but a little plusher. Meanwhile, memory foam and wooden bath mats are great for people who need more foot support.

CARE & MAINTENANCE: Unfortunately, not every bath mat is suitable for the washing machine. Some absorb too much water and take ages to dry, while others shed and deteriorate after one rinse cycle. Our advice? Read the care instructions before committing to one. Consider whether you'd be willing to sit through multiple spin cycles or if you'd be okay with line-drying. If none of the above work, you might be better off with a wooden bath mat. Since they're crafted from a natural material, you can wipe them down and go about your day.

Best Bath Mat Overall

You know it's going to be good when it has "resort" in the title. Get that unbelievably soft, sink-your-feet-in feeling with our top pick, the Resort Skid-Resistant Bath Rug from Frontgate. This accent is made from 100-percent long-staple cotton, so it's super comfy to stand on. Better still? The fabric actually gains a more lush texture with every wash cycle. To cap it all off, the bath mat is available in multiple sizes and colors.

Best Budget Bath Mat

Honestly, we can't believe the Rylan Reversible Bath Rug costs just $25. With its plush, shear-piled cotton fabric and textured ribs, this mat could easily pass for a luxury product. The thick pad keeps your feet off the tile floor and provides ample cushioning. (Not to mention grip.) And if that's not enough? The design is reversible, so you get two looks for the price of one.

Best Cotton Bath Mat

Imagine a cotton bath mat so comfortable, it rivals your towels. Now set your sights on Parachute's Classic Turkish Cotton Bath Mat. This beautiful rug is quite literally made from the same 100-percent, long-staple Turkish cotton as Parachute's towels, so it feels incredibly soft underfoot. (Some reviewers say it's like stepping on a cloud.) What really seals the deal for us, though, is that this bath mat is both washer and dryer-friendly.

Best Microfiber Bath Mat

If you tend to dry off outside the tub, then you need a bath mat that can take on some water. More specifically? You need this Microfiber Bath Mat from Color&Geometry. The fabric is nice and thick to cradle your feet and capture moisture, but not so thick that it will block the bathroom door or shed in the washer. The microfiber bath mat is also equipped with a non-slip TPR (thermoplastic rubber) back, and it's available in several sizes and colors.

Best Chenille Bath Mat

There's no doubt about it: The Gorilla Grip Luxury Bath Mat is the best chenille option on the market. The premium fabric and thick pile combine for a ridiculously soft, shag-like feel and cushion your feet as soon as you step out of the shower. The bath mat also absorbs moisture, dries quickly and holds up well in the washer. And yep! It includes a non-slip back, and it's available in a variety of sizes and colors.

Best Memory Foam Bath Mat

Sometimes, you need a little more support when you step out of the tub — and when that time comes, you need this Morgan Memory Foam Bath Mat from Pottery Barn. The plush, polyester bath mat works wonders on feet by offering instant pressure relief. At the same time, the light border and inconspicuous foam insert give the bath mat a stylish edge that few other memory foam designs have.

Best Wood Bath Mat

What sets Crate & Barrel's Lattice Wooden Bath Mat apart from the rest, you ask? It's stylish, easy to clean and exceedingly comfortable. (In other words, it's the total package.) Unlike most wooden mats which feature wide slats or gaps — the Lattice has a tight weave that actually supports your feet. It's also crafted from recycled wood chips, so it's eco-friendly and dries quickly.

Best Quick-Drying Bath Mat

In a small or shared bathroom, a quick-drying bath mat is essential. So we found the very best: The Waffle Weave Bath Mat from Pottery Barn. With its ultra-absorbent cotton fabric and unique weave, this bath mat catches every drip and dries in minutes. Meanwhile, the low profile and clean edges allow the mat to fit into tight spaces. And on the back? Silicone dots provide grip and prevent slips.

Best Bath Mat for Small Bathrooms

With its clever design and cheeky message, this "Get Naked" Bath Mat is the perfect choice for a small bathroom. The low edges allow you to slip the mat right under your vanity or shower door, while the raised letters offer some softness. And thanks to the bright blue hues and block text, you can make a statement without cramping your bathroom's footprint. The only downside is that you have to spot-clean it.

Best Bath Mat for Large Bathrooms

Only one thing will do for a generous ensuite or spa bathroom: The Faux Hide Bath Mat from Pottery Barn. This stunning accent is made from 100-percent polyester, but uses a thick pile, curving edges and a neutral color to mimic sheepskin. In turn, it's just as durable as a runner but looks and feels far more luxurious. Meanwhile, the anti-slip backing keeps the Faux Hide Bath Mat in place by the tub or between your double sinks.

Best Bath Mat for Kids' Bathrooms

Kids' bathrooms call for something soft, absorbent and basically budge-proof. And this Splish Splash Bath Mat from Pottery Barn Kids definitely checks all of the boxes. The adorable, multicolor bath mat is made from 100-percent cotton with a 684-gram weight, so it's incredibly plush and perfect at catching drops. It's also equipped with a non-slip backing for added safety and is approved for gentle machine washing.

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