A bath mat may be a small element of your bathroom’s decor, but a brightly patterned or uniquely textured style can pack an impactful punch. Just like towels, it’s a low-cost and quick way to refresh the look of your room, whether you’re switching the design vibe (got your eye on mid-century modern?) or hoping to inject bold color without the commitment of paint.  

Regardless of your design or color preferences, the best bath mats will all have a few features in common: They are durable, long-lasting, and, of course, absorbent. Read on to discover 10 of our favorites, from abstract patterns to quality basics.

Our Favorites

Best Patterns: Quiet Town Bath Rug

Dimensions: 31-by-24 inches  | Shape: Rectangle | Type of material: Cotton | Color: Multi 

The Best Bath Mats Option: Quiet Town Bath Rugs
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Why we chose it: Colorful designs in a quick-drying material.

If you’re looking for a bath mat chic enough to double as a wall hanging, Quiet Town’s kilim bath rugs are perfect. Handmade in India using traditional flat-weave construction, these rugs come in a variety of patterns (from tribal to geometric) and wide range of colors, ensuring you can find a pattern that matches nearly any style of bathroom. And not only do they feel great on bare feet, but they also dry quicker than a thicker-piled version.

What we like:

Worth noting:

  • Recommended to hand-wash

Best Abstract: Cold Picnic Bath Mat

Dimensions: 20-by-30 inches | Shape: Rectangle | Type of material: Cotton | Color: Multi 

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Why we chose it: Cheeky designs and a super-plush construction.

Think of these as abstract art for your feet. Cold Picnic’s bath mats come in a range of bright, colorful, buzzy designs, ranging from cream with lime green accents to stylized images of boobs and tushies. The Indian-made rugs are also more textured than your average mat. Many feature a loop-pile base with a cut-pile design on top (which feels amazing on your toes). Regardless of which one you pick, they’re an assured conversation starter.

What we like:

  • Unique, colorful designs
  • Thick pile
  • Affordable way to own a piece of a buzzy brand

Worth noting:

  • Sells out quickly

Best Value: Room Essentials Every Day Chenille Bath Rug

Dimensions: 20-by-32 inches | Shape: Rectangle | Type of material: Cotton | Color: Multi 

The Best Bath Mats Option: Room Essentials Every Day Chenille Bath Rug
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Why we chose it: Quality construction at an affordable price.

Whether you’re looking to outfit a dorm bathroom or just refresh your own without a steep price tag, this rug from Target can add a pop of color for under $10. It comes in a range of trending colors, which means you can find one to match your style (and at that price, you could even swap them out seasonally). We love that this mat is also available in a longer runner style, perfect next to a bathtub. 

What we like:

  • Machine washable
  • Very affordable
  • Range of colors

Worth noting:

  • No rubber bottom

Best Basic: Amazon Basics Banded Bath Rug

Dimensions: 20-by-31 inches | Shape: Rectangle | Type of material: Cotton | Color: Cream 

The Best Bath Mats Option: Amazon Basics Banded Bath Rug
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Why we chose it: Sophisticated design with an affordable price.

Know what all elegant hotel bathrooms have in common? Classic banded bath mats. And luckily this version from Amazon won’t set you back like staying at a five-star hotel might. We love this rug for its simple, sophisticated design and that it’s made out of absorbent, quick-drying terrycloth. While it doesn’t come in many colors, the basics—white and shades of gray—are covered.

What we like:

  • Elegant design
  • Machine washable

Worth noting:

  • Limited range of colors

Best Textured: Coyuchi Organic Bath Rug

Dimensions: 24-by-36 inches | Shape: Rectangle | Type of material: Cotton | Color: Multi 

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Why we chose it: Tone-on-tone elegance that’s also absorbent.

It’s not just colors or a printed design that can make for a style-forward bath mat: A textured weave can also achieve the same goal. Coyuchi’s come in a range of muted tones, like a soft red called Adobe and a gray-blue dubbed Ocean, all of which feature a geometric pattern woven into the organic cotton rug. This style is also slightly bigger than an average-size mat, which makes it ideal for extra-wide showers or in front of a tub.

What we like:

  • Extra-large size
  • Textured design
  • Thick, absorbent pile

Worth noting:

  • No bright colors

Best Colors: Hawkins New York Plush Terry Bath Mat

Dimensions: 20-by-32 inches | Shape: Rectangle | Type of material: Cotton | Color: Multi 

The Best Bath Mats Option: Hawkins New York Plush Terry Bath Mat
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Why we chose it: Saturated colors in a plush mat.

Whether you’re channeling a mid-century modern vibe with mustard yellow or simply want to swap out your standard white bath mat, Hawkins New York has a pretty shade for nearly every style of bathroom. Moreover, these Portuguese-made babies are superplush, absorbent, and feel delightful underfoot—we won’t blame you if they tempt you into two showers a day.

What we like:

  • A range of bright colors
  • Thick pile
  • Absorbent terry

Worth noting:

  • No rubber bottom

Best Teak: Utoplike Teak Wood Bath Mat

Dimensions: 18-by-24 inches | Shape: Rectangle | Type of material: Teak | Color: Wood 

The Best Bath Mats Option: Utoplike Teak Wood Bath Mat
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Why we chose it: A minimalist, elegant choice for those who don’t like cotton mats.

Whether you have a sauna or are just dreaming of one, a teak wood bath mat can make you feel like you’ve landed in Finland. We love Utoplike’s for its rich, red hue, scratch-resistant surface, and the fact that it will never get that “old towel” smell (you know the one). It also features a raised surface to allow water to drain down between the slats and grippers on the bottom of the four corners to keep it from slipping.

What we like:

  • Sturdier than bamboo
  • Grippers on the bottom
  • Scratch-resistant

Worth noting:

  • Less absorbent than cotton
  • Smaller than most mats

Best Knit: Serena & Lily Healdsburg Bath Rug

Dimensions: 21-by-34 inches | Shape: Rectangle | Type of material: Cotton | Color: Multi 

The Best Bath Mats Option: Serena And Lily Healdsburg Bath Rug
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Why we chose it: Classic knit style with adorable tassels.

Serena & Lily is known for pieces that ooze bougie beach-house vibes, and this bath rug is no exception. First off, it’s high quality: 100 percent handwoven, long-staple Turkish cotton that is both absorbent and very soft underfoot. Second, we love the knit design of alternating stripes and tassels finishing each end; it’s ideal for your place on Cape Cod or anywhere you want to inject a bit of seaside elegance. It also comes in a range of beachy colors, like three shades of blue and a dreamy peach hue called Pink Sand.

What we like:

  • Oeko-Tex certified
  • Two sizes
  • Very soft

Worth noting:

  • No rubber bottom

Best Geometric: West Elm Organic Triangle Sculpted Bath Mat

Dimensions: 20-by-34 inches | Shape: Rectangle | Type of material: Cotton | Color: Multi 

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Why we chose it: Arresting pattern made out of certified organic cotton.

West Elm makes it easy to love mid-century modern. If you’re just dipping your toe into the retro style, you can start with this bath mat, which features a jacquard pattern handwoven in India. The full range of MCM colors is available, including copper and dark olive, as well as many neutral favorites. And the low but soft pile on this rug makes it ideal for under a shower door.

What we like:

  • Wide range of colors
  • Organic cotton

Worth noting:

  • Loose ends may form

Best Boho: Anthropologie Bath Mat

Dimensions: Varied | Shape: Varied | Type of material: Varied | Color: Multi 

The Best Bath Mats Option: Anthropologie Bath Mats
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Why we chose it: A collection of the most unique bath mats we’ve found.

Anthropologie has long been known for its colorful prints and unique pieces, and its home decor section is no different; in fact we couldn’t pick just one standout bath mat. If you’re searching for something one of a kind, whether a white flower-shaped design or a mini version of a kilim rug, its selection, which leans distinctly boho, is worth a look. 

What we like:

  • Unusual shapes
  • Unique prints

Worth noting:

  • Some may develop loose ends

How We Chose These Products

These 10 bath mats were carefully chosen by Domino’s market editor, Cat Dash, who made her selections with an eye toward design, durability, price, absorbency, and the types of material used. The winners not only look fabulous on your bathroom floor but provide years of use. We also reached out to Ali Budd, president and creative director of Ali Budd Interiors, to give an expert’s opinion on style, care, and shopping for the best bath mat for your bathroom.

Our Shopping Checklist

Overall Design

The design of your bath mat should, of course, complement the decor of your bathroom. If you have walls with busy wallpaper, for example, you might want to choose a solid-color mat in a coordinating shade. If the reverse is true—solid-color walls and tiling—then a bold, patterned bath mat is an easy way to inject a bit of fun into the space. And while you can opt for rugs in unique shapes like circles or flowers, a classic rectangular rug will be the easiest to place near a tub or shower.

Size

Most bath mats clock in around 20-by-30 inches, give or take a few inches. This standard size will work well in front of nearly all showers and tubs. But if you have a double vanity or want a rug that stretches the length of your bathtub, consider a longer runner size (mentioned in several picks, above).

Thickness

The depth of the bath-mat pile is mostly a personal preference, but there are other factors to keep in mind. If you have a shower door that nearly skims the floor, you’ll want a low-pile rug that won’t interfere. Thicker-pile mats will feel very luxurious, but they take longer to dry after use.

Nonslip Grip

Grippers on the bottom of the mat are a must for any wood or teak bath mat, as those may get slippery when wet. For fabric rugs, generally the thicker the pile, the more necessary a gripped bottom may be, so consider it a worthy feature to look out for (nothing ruins a relaxing bath like a face-plant as you’re stepping out of the tub!).

Cleaning and Maintenance

If you opt for a unique rug, you do run the risk of having to hand-wash it. But most 100 percent cotton rugs should be fine to clean in the washer and dryer. “We recommend washing your bath mat every one to two weeks,” notes Budd.

Ask Domino 

Q: What is the best material for a bath mat? 

“Cotton,” says Budd. “It is a material that is easy to maintain and clean.”

Q: How often should I replace my bath mat? 

“I recommend replacing your bath mat every one to two years,” says Budd.

Q: Can I wash my bath mat in the washing machine? 

For the most part, yes. Certain handwoven rugs are more delicate and should be hand-washed to better preserve them. Check your rug’s care label for specific instructions. 

Q: Do bamboo bath mats get moldy? 

They can, contrary to popular belief. A teak bath mat is a better option if you’re looking to reduce the chance of mold.

The Last Word

Bath mats are an easy and affordable way to change up your bathroom’s decor. The best ones will be made of cotton—around 20-by-30 inches in size—and whether they’re high- or low-pile, absorb water to keep it from dripping all over your floor. 

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