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Bath mats transform our bathroom into a feel-good oasis and prevent us from getting cold feet. They are usually placed in front of the shower, bathtub or toilet. Due to the daily use of the bathroom, our bath mats are subject to a lot of wear and tear and have to fulfil various properties, such as being able to absorb water well and also being easy to clean.

The range of bath mats is very large and so this report can provide comprehensive information on the most important aspects such as material, shape, safety and other properties. We have researched intensively and compiled the most important criteria for you.




Summary

  • Safety is an important aspect in the bathroom, as the risk of slipping due to wet feet is high. For this reason, there are non-slip bath mats that ensure warm feet and your safety at the same time.
  • The material of the bath mat plays an important role and varies greatly. You can find bath mats made of cotton, microfibre, bamboo, rubber and wood for your bathroom. Each material has its advantages and disadvantages.
  • Since every bathroom is cut and tiled differently, there are bath mats in various sizes, shapes, patterns and colours to suit every bathroom.

The Best Bath Mat: Our Choices

There is a wide range of bath mats to choose from, but you should take a closer look at some of the features when making your purchase decision and find out which bath mat meets your personal needs. We have selected our favourites for you in the following section.

Buying and evaluation criteria for bath mats

To make the right purchase of a bath mat, you should of course ask yourself questions that are relevant to you both before and after the purchase. Properties and types are important.

You can use these criteria for a better comparison:

We would like to explain these aspects in more detail so that you can get a comprehensive picture of the huge selection.

Safety

Safety is often an important aspect. This means that the bath mat should be slip-resistant, especially on wet surfaces, so that you don't slip away when you get out of the shower.

Most bath mats, for example, have a latex or rubber coating on the back for better adhesion to the tiles. This means you can step out of the shower or bath with wet feet onto your bath mat without risking injury.

Material

Some like it very fluffy, others prefer it plain and smooth. Bath mats are made of many materials such as cotton, microfibre, bamboo and wood.

Each material has different properties. What you like best depends on your definition of well-being.

Pile comes in different lengths and densities, or some mats have a foam layer built in for that fluffy feel.

Cotton, on the other hand, is very easy to clean, microfibre absorbs water well and dries quickly, wood and bamboo are robust and also bring a warm ambience to your bathroom. As you can see, the properties differ from each other.

Shape / Size

Bath mats are often available in sets of two or even three for shower/bath and WC to create a uniform design in the bathroom. It depends on how much space you have in your bathroom.

Depending on the area and cut of your bathroom, you can look for round or standard square bath mats. The rectangular bath mats are often available in various sizes. It all depends on what you have in mind.

Colours / Patterns

You will often find timeless, subtle colours for bath mats to match most bathrooms with white, grey or beige tiles. But for some models, there is a myriad of colours and patterns to choose from.

There are no limits to creativity, as you can also have a photo printed on a bath mat. For decorative purposes, a good selection of colours and patterns is an advantage.

Guide: Frequently Asked Questions about Bath Mats Answered in Detail

To find the right bath mat for you, price, care and use certainly play an important role. In the following, we would like to answer the most important questions.

What is a bath mat suitable for?

Bath mats are mostly used in the bathroom as doormats in front of showers, baths and toilets. They are used to prevent cold feet, to avoid slipping on the tiled floor or to decorate the bathroom.

Since bathrooms are cut and tiled differently, bath mats come in various sizes and colours. As an item used every day, it must be hard-wearing and as easy to clean as possible. Make sure your bath mat is machine-washable.

What types of bath mats are there?

Below is a simple overview of the advantages and disadvantages of the different materials used for bath mats:

type advantage disadvantage
Bath mats made of cotton functional, durable, washable at 60°C, dryer possible, not too high yet cosy usually no anti-slip layer, not quite as fluffy
Bath mats high pile, chenille usually non-slip coating, very soft, machine washable, water-absorbent, quick-drying not dryer suitable, possibly. too high for doors
Wooden bath mats functional, hygienic, easy to clean, mostly with anti-slip backing not soft, not absorbent

The choice depends on your personal requirements.

How much does a bath mat cost?

Depending on your budget, we have listed the price range of the most popular bath mats:

  • Entry-level category (9-14 €): Basic cotton bath mats
  • Higher-priced category (20-60 €): Brand-name items with anti-slip layer such as Kleine Wolke with foam layer, various woods such as bamboo, teak, etc.

How do I care for a bath mat?

Bath mats are subject to a lot of wear and tear because they have to absorb water after every shower or bath. For hygienic reasons and to prevent the formation of mould, bath mats must be washed regularly.

The correct care depends, of course, on the material, the anti-slip coating and the suitability for washing machines and dryers.

  • General: As a rule, all bath mats are easy to clean and can be washed in the washing machine. Please pay attention to the exact care instructions and the manufacturer's symbols, which you will usually find on the label.
  • Synthetics: Bath mats made of synthetics should be washed on the gentle cycle with a mild or colour detergent at the specified temperature.
  • For cotton: Bath mats made of 100% cotton can be washed at 60 degrees. However, caution is advised as it is known that colours fade over time at high washing temperatures. To protect the machine, you should use a cover to protect cotton bath mats. In principle, the bath mat should always be washed separately from other laundry because of the risk of lint and discolouration.
  • Drying: You can only use the tumble dryer if the manufacturer's care instructions state this. Naturally, natural drying by air is more gentle on the floor coating.
    Attention! Do not place bath mats on the heater to dry, as this can damage the back coating. The best way to dry them is to spread them out flat.

For bath mats without an additional coating, washing at high temperatures and using the dryer is harmless, but should still be kept low.

Conclusion

Bath mats are not only functional but also often a decorative accessory. They are available for every taste in various sizes and colours and made of many different materials such as cotton, terry cloth, microfibre, rubber and wood. Each material has its advantages.

Because a bath mat is used every day, you should make sure that it is easy to clean, absorbs water well and dries quickly. When you get out of the shower, you don't want to slip on the tiles with wet feet.

Many bath mats have nubs or a latex coating on the back to prevent slipping and keep you safe. For allergy sufferers, it may also be important that the bath mat has the eco seal for good skin compatibility. Good luck with your purchase.

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