Between the fur that gathers in the corners of our rooms and the puddles around water bowls, our dogs have a tendency to make a bit of a mess. Dog doormats work to prevent this mess before it starts and can also promote good hygiene for your dog and your home.
Dog Gone Smart Large Dirty Dog Doormat
GrassWorx Clean Machine High Traffic Doormat
These mats are also designed so you can toss them in the wash on a day when it rained and your dog is more mud than canine. They also usually have what is called a longer “pile” which means dog doormats can help get between your dog’s pads to get more mud and dirt off their paws.
9 Best Doggy Doormats: A Closer Look
1. Dog Gone Smart Large Dirty Dog Doormat
Pros: Super absorbent, beautiful designs
Cons: Not machine washable, difficult to vacuum
This mat truly is Dog Gone Smart! The soft microfiber makes it versatile enough to be placed almost anywhere you might want it: in the car, the doorway, under the food bowl, even in your dog’s crate. This mat also has the highest weave which is great for getting between your dog’s pads.
This mat comes in three different sizes, including a runner size and five design options. And of course, it has a rubber underside so it doesn’t slip when your dog runs full speed into the house.
2. GrassWorx Clean Machine High Traffic Doormat
Pros: Great for sand, durable
Cons: The texture may be too rough for dogs with sensitive paws
This mat made the list for being highly effective when it comes to sand. Whether you live by the beach or in the desert, this mat will trap sand before it makes its way into your home. Grassworx makes a highly durable, mold-resistant mat that is a great option for beach pups.
It also does an excellent job on snow, mud, and dirt. If you need to clean it, you can always hose it off.
3. Soggy Doggy Doormat
Pros: Machine washable, durable, super absorbent, 8 color options and 3 size options
Cons: Not chew resistant
The Soggy Doggy Doormat is a dog lover’s dream. It only comes in one size, but it’s big! This mat measures 26 by 36 inches. And the chenille microfiber and unique “noodle” design makes this one extremely effective at absorbing dirt and water.
This mat is also soft enough to give you the versatility of putting one in your car, your dog’s crate, or even next to your desk if you work from home. Users also report this one as durable.
4. My Doggy Place Ultra Absorbent Microfiber Dog Door Mat
Pros: Machine washable, super absorbent, 8 color options and 3 size options
Cons: Fibers may come off in the wash
The My Doggy Place doormat is a top choice because, not only does it do a great job of pulling mud and dirt off your dog’s paws, it also comes in beautiful designs. With eight (8) color options, you’re sure to find one that matches your décor. The non-slip backing also keeps the mat in place when you or your dog walks across it.
I love that they make a runner, because the more surface your pup can walk across, the more dirt it can pull off. And of course this mat is super absorbent.
5. iPrimio Dog Extra Thick Micro Fiber Door Mat
Pros: Machine washable, super absorbent
Cons: Comes in only 2 designs
The iPrimio dog mat is super thick! This is great for dogs that tend to track in pollen or get extra wet or muddy. The waterproof liner will keep any excess moisture from damaging your floor.
And if the mat gets extra muddy or wet, it’s machine washable!
6. DII Indoor/Outdoor Natural Coir Easy Clean Rubber Doormat
Pros: Fun, cute, cool designs, durable
Cons: The fiber can get loose and come off
This mat is one of my favorites because of its durability and designs. It would be higher on the list if it were more absorbent, but it does an excellent job with sand, dirt, and snow.
This mat also works great outdoors, but exposure to the elements may reduce its lifespan. It’s tough while being attractive which can be hard to find.
7. Enthusiast Gear Puppy Paws Plush Mat
Pros: Machine washable, super absorbent
Cons: Can catch on low-clearance doors
This fast-drying, anti-bacteria and odor-free mat is a great option for extra wet dogs. This one is great for mud or snow. The non-slip backing keeps the dog mat in place when your pup’s in a rush to get in.
It also comes in 2 sizes and 5 solid colors which is great if you don’t want a mat that’s too busy.
8. Beau Jardin Super Absorbent Indoor Doormat
Pros: Low profile so it won’t jam your door, machine washable, non-slip
Cons: Sheds fibers on first wash, smaller size
This mat isn’t designed specifically for dogs, but it might as well have been with its non-slip mud tackling design. This is a great option if you have low-door clearance with its low profile. It comes in two neutral designs that will fit into with any home décor. And I like that it’s made from environmentally friendly materials like cotton. And it’s machine washable!
9. Soggy Doggy Slopmat
Pros: Machine washable, durable, super absorbent, 4 color options
Cons: Not chew resistant
With all the perks of the Soggy Doggy Doormat, the Slopmat is a great option for smaller spaces or smaller dogs. This mat is slightly smaller than its doormat counterpart, but is just as tough and effective. It is super absorbent and comes in 4 designs.
It can also be used as a food mat to hold the crumbs, drool, or puddles or for a little extra padding in your dog’s crate.
What to Consider when Shopping for a Dog Doormat
Most dog-specific doormats are made from microfiber material, which is great for dirt, mud, or snow. These doormats are often machine washable which definitely necessary for most active dogs. Microfiber is also soft on your dog’s paws.
There are two drawbacks for this material, though. The first is that the weave may be too high for your door’s clearance. And the other is that the microfiber materials aren’t quite as durable over long periods of time. They also don’t handle sand as well as other materials.
But if your dog plays in mud or snow, these are the most absorbent material on the market. It will definitely take care of puddles. You can even get one for under your dog’s water bowl or car.
Other materials are less common for dog doormats, but can serve different purposes. Cotton mats are easy to clean and are often machine washable. There are also fibers like coconut and jute—these can be great for tough dirt or sand.
Make sure you measure the area where you plan to place your mat to make sure it fits. Also, you will probably want to measure your door’s clearance to make sure that mat you choose isn’t too thick. You don’t want it to catch when you open the door (there’s nothing more annoying than holding your excited dog’s leash while the mat holds the door closed). My door has almost no clearance, so I keep an outdoor mat and a mat just beyond my door’s path.
You’ll want a mat wide enough to cover about 80% of the door’s width to make sure your pup’s paws land on it and not the surrounding area. I also suggest you lay your dog mat long-ways to get extra steps and extra mud off your pup’s paws.
If you have a multi-dog home, I recommend getting a runner for your entryway to make sure all the dogs get plenty of surface area when they come in.
I’m always looking for ways to have high-quality, effective dog products in my home that still make my home look beautiful. Luckily, there are plenty of options on the market that are attractive and will fit your style, so you don’t have to compromise. There are also attractive designs made specifically for dog lovers.