I need to be open and honest with you all — I cannot stand the doormat industry. As someone who values function drastically above form, I have had so many problems finding a doormat that actually cleans shoes.
Most are cute, decorative, and utterly useless. After I’m done with a hard session of outside work, all I want to do is come inside without causing a gigantic mess.
However, no matter how long I stood outside and wiped (and wiped, and wiped), I still tracked mud in on my boots.
With that problem in mind, I set out on a hero’s journey to find the best outdoor doormats that actually clean shoes.
How much thought does someone actually put into buying a doormat?
As consumers, usually we see one we like at Wal-Mart and pick it up as an after thought before heading to the checkout counter. However, if your boots get as dirty as mine do, you’re going to want to take pause and carefully select one.
The good news is that I did most of the heavy lifting here. I sorted through hundreds of products, researched the best outdoor doormats, and tried out the ones that stood out.
Here are the different characteristics I looked for during my search.
The last thing I wanted was a doormat that would fray, tear, and fall apart during heavy use.
I looked for strong materials that would hold up to the kind of abuse my Red Wings would inflict on it. I found the best outdoor doormat materials to be thick rubber and coir.
What is coir? It’s the natural fiber extracted from the husk of coconuts. It’s used for a great many things, including the construction of doormats.
After wiping my muddy clodhoppers clean on a doormat, it leaves quite a mess.
I wanted to make sure that I could easily hose off the doormat after each use. If cleaning the doormat was going to be time consuming, it wasn’t going to be worth it for me.
If I wanted to take that kind of care to clean my boots, I could simply hose them off before coming inside.
Weight was a minor factor, but one that I took into consideration during my search. I didn’t want the first summer thunderstorm to send my doormat flying down the street into the neighbors yard.
So even if the doormat I chose was durable and washable, I still wanted it to be heavy enough to stand up to strong winds.
My Top-Rated Picks
Without further delay, let’s go ahead and dive into the best outdoor doormats I found (including the product I actually picked!).
I sifted through hundreds of products to narrow your choice down to the few below. Let the accolades flow.
Best Heavy Duty Doormat
Best Dirt Trapping Doormat
Best Extra Large Door Mat
Best Value Doormat
What Size Doormat?
For residential uses, what size doormat you should choose depends on the following factors: whether you have single/double doors, the vertical clearance of your doors, and the size of the area.
Home entrances are easy to determine — typically you simply have a single door and a stoop. However, patios become a bit trickier.
There can sometimes be double doors (but sometimes not). There usually isn’t a stoop. Additionally, the outdoor area varies tremendously from house to house!
However, I’m going to make some assumptions here and choose the average size you’ll need for a given area. Here’s a handy table to compare.
|Type of Space
|Front door with stoop
|Front door without stoop
|Single patio door
|Double patio door
|Workplace double doors
One thing I will say at sizing doormats: the larger you can go, the better. The bigger the doormat, the cleaner the feet.
One emerging trend is to mix and match doormats on top of each other, creating a layering effect.
It started on Pinterest, but many retail stores are now carrying matching sets of doormats. The Captain Patio family hasn’t embraced this trend yet, but some folks are going crazy about for it!
If this is your style, you’ll want to get a larger patterned doormat to go underneath your heavy duty one. As we haven’t yet done this, I don’t have a recommendation.
But I’m sure if you use your imagination, you can find one on Amazon!