The Best Kitchen Rugs for Style and Function

Get the best of both worlds with our favorite kitchen rugs that are comfortable, practical and good-looking.

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February 15, 2022

Our Top Kitchen Rug Picks

We've fallen hard for the homey look of rugs in the kitchen. A perfectly worn-in Persian runner adds warmth, character and charm to the hardest working room in the house. But, practically speaking, placing a very special vintage rug in front of the stove or sink is a recipe for disaster. If you want to cozy up your heavily trafficked kitchen and offer respite for tired feet, going with something a bit more durable and less precious (but still stylish!) is the smartest choice.

Keeping in mind price, reviews, aesthetics and practical features, we found some of the best kitchen rugs for a variety of styles, budgets and spaces. Plus, we're sharing tips to keep in mind when shopping for a kitchen rug.

How to Choose a Kitchen Rug

SIZE: Kitchen rugs and mats come in lots of sizes to accommodate a variety of preferences and room layouts. You may only have the space or need for a small mat in front of the sink, or, if you have a large open space in the middle of your kitchen, an area rug might be a better fit.

STYLE: Second to functionality, aesthetics should also be top-of-mind when shopping for a kitchen rug. After all, the kitchen is a room just like any other and deserves the same level of attention to design as a bedroom or living space. Consider your home's overall look, but especially think about the colors and design scheme of your kitchen. Also, take into account whether you want a flat, unobtrusive rug or one with cushioning for fatigue relief.

MATERIAL: In addition to prints, patterns and colors, also take into account what the rug is made of. For the kitchen, you'll want to stick with easy-to-clean materials like polypropylene, PVC or vinyl and rugs or mats with very low-pile. Avoid wool or cotton rugs that will easily absorb stains and tend to have a taller profile. Foam mats will offer the most support and comfort and are easily wipeable, but can't be vacuumed and don't stand up well to pets. Flat, low-pile styles in a durable material won't offer as much padding but may offer a more stylish look and hold-up better in the long run.

Best Overall Kitchen Rug

This solid, budget-friendly Amazon find ticks all the boxes: it has a classic, neutral look that works in all kitchens; it's low profile with just enough padding for support; it doesn't slide around thanks to a non-slip rubber backing; and the polypropylene material makes it very durable, machine washable and vacuum cleaner-friendly.

Best Budget Kitchen Rug

We're in love with the mint green stamp pattern on this PVC foam-cushioned mat. The slim profile lends itself perfectly to placement under counters and the beveled edges prevent tripping. For just $20, we were impressed with the quality, design and durability of this very cute mat.

Best Kitchen Runner Rug

Available in four gorgeous gorgeous colors, House of Noa's washable, non-toxic, non-slip, stain-resistant Luv Rug is stylish, durable and super kid- and pet-friendly – important features we look for in a good kitchen rug. Corner grippers and a PVC dotted underside keep it firmly in place. We also recommend the Nama Standing Mat if you're looking for something with a bit more padding, but, be aware, pet hair does not easily come off as this mat style is not vacuumable.

Best Washable Kitchen Rug

In a room where splatters and spills happen almost daily, you may want to opt for a washable rug. We've been using Ruggable's washable rugs for years and can attest to their durability. The size and color offerings are unmatched, plus you can choose from a slim velcro pad or a cushioned one for extra comfort. And while the price is higher than our other picks on this list, we think the peace of mind that comes with owning one of these stain-resistant rugs is worth it.

Best Cushioned Kitchen Mat

For serious pressure relief and ergonomic support, GelPro is top of the line. Made in the U.S.A., this line of anti-fatigue mats works in a variety of spaces (under your desk, in the laundry room, for a craft room), and offers supreme support to relieve pressure and tension from standing. Stain-resistant polyurethane can be easily spot cleaned and isn't too precious for a high-traffic area like the kitchen.

Best Vinyl Kitchen Mat

Bring some retro style to your kitchen with this adorable penny tile vinyl mat. The super-slim profile lays flat next to appliances or doorways and extremely durable vinyl construction holds up to all kinds of messes.

Best Rug for Small Kitchens

We couldn't resist the cheery, modern mat with thick cushioning. At just 1.75"x2.83", it's the perfect size for a petite cooking area. The woven design brings a warm, homey feel to cold tile or wood floors, while the polyester material and PVC backing are water-resistant and sturdy – very practical for spill-prone areas of the kitchen.

Best L-Shaped Kitchen Rug

Cover two areas at once with this set of neutral, easy-to-clean mats. This is a great option if you want a coordinated look in two different kitchen prep areas. The subtle basketweave design lends texture and interest, while the thick foam base is easy on feet and backs. While the surface is easily wipeable, reviewers noted that the foam base doesn't hold up well to pet claws.

Best Vintage-Style Kitchen Rug

We couldn't believe the realistic distressing on this printed indoor/outdoor rug. If you want that lived-in, vintage rug look without blowing your budget or worrying about stains, a weather-resistant rug like this is your best choice. Soft polyester yarn gives it the feel of a "real" rug while also being extremely durable. (It can be vacuumed!) To avoid sliding and add more cushion, we recommend laying down a rug pad.

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