When buying a door mat, whether for homes or offices, it’s easy to be swayed by first impressions: the colour, perhaps, or its texture. But many of the cheaper mats you’ll find in your local DIY or homewares store have a thin vinyl backing, which means they will skid and slide around on smooth floors. It’s a surprisingly common cause of accidents, especially in the home.
Instead, it’s worth looking for a door mat that has a rubber backing, as rubber has fantastic non-slip properties that help keep the mat in position. Sometimes a vinyl backing will look like rubber but isn’t, so it’s worth checking. For an entrance mat with real gripping power, we suggest going for a rubber backed door mat every time.
Here’s our run-down of the five best rubber backed door mats for smooth floors:
If you’re looking for an entrance mat that can withstand really heavy foot traffic, the PremDry Heavy-Duty Mat is the one. It has a raised ‘waffle’ pattern that does a great job of trapping dirt and moisture, plus a strong rubber backing and reinforced edging.
This premium entrance mat has a soft luxurious feel, is machine-washable and is super hard-wearing: for us, it ticks all the boxes. And it comes in a range of contemporary colours for a stylish addition to the home, school or office.
The beauty of this rubber-backed entrance mat is that it’s made to order, so you can choose the size and colour you want. It has the same 10mm-thick plush carpet pile as our popular commercial logo mats and comes with a five-year guarantee, so you can be sure of its quality and durability.
Think of it as camouflage for dirt: this machine washable door mat has a mottled colour scheme that helps to hide the worst that even the muddiest footwear can bring in. When it does need a clean, simply pop in the washing machine. And with excellent water-resistant qualities, slip-resistant rubber backing and smart tufted carpet pile, this is a great choice for high traffic spots where looks matter.
We love this mat’s eco credentials: recycled rubber tyres have found new life as the rubber backing, and recycled plastic bottles have been transformed into the mat’s polyester carpet surface. This 100% recycled mat features an attractive raised ‘waffle’ pattern that does an excellent job of capturing soil and dirt on the spot.