Buying an Outside Doormat: What Is The Best Doormat for Outdoors?

Written by: Karen Marsh

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Buying an Outside Doormat: The #1 Mistake People Make and How to Avoid It

How to avoid replacing your outside doormat every season

The #1 reason doormats need to be replaced so often is many are are ill-suited for outdoor weather.


The best outside doormat will always be one that is proven to be water and sun resistant. Anything else will shed, fall apart, and need to be replaced every season.


When looking for the best doormat to place outside with the elements, be sure it is advertised as weatherproof and read the product reviews to confirm it.


The best outside doormat of 2024 is the Lobster Rope Doormat, in our humble opinion, because it lasts for many years - through rain, snow, wind, salt, sand. and mud while still looking great.

Here are the top 5 things to look for when shopping for the best outside doormat:

1. It is important to choose an outdoor rug that dries quickly in order to avoid mildew or mold forming, and prevent odors.

As mentioned, the outside doormat must be crafted of weatherproof material that can get very, very wet. Whether your porch is covered or not, your outdoor doormat will get wet. From damp shoes to rain and snow, moisture is a regular thing. That's why your outdoor doormat material must be fast-drying to avoid growth of mildew and mold - which leads to "stinky doormat syndrome".

2. Your outdoor door mat should last for years. Choose a weatherproof synthetic fiber mat specifically engineered to last in all weather, like Wicked Good Doormats.

There is a reason "being a doormat" means putting up with a lot - your outside doormat has to handle the toughest of jobs without breaking down under full sun.

Our Wicked Good Doormats are made to withstand every season, looking great in the summer, fall, winter, and spring without ever losing their shape or color. 

Unlike coir welcome mats that break down and shed over time or rubber doormats that crack in cold weather, our weatherproof nautical rope doormats last for years, outliving many others. By investing in a durable outdoor mat, you are reducing waste while saving money in the long run.

3. Outside doormats should never trap dirt - they should never get bogged down and look and feel dirty.

Doormats that trap sand and dirt seem great... until you have to clean them by thwacking them over and over against something hard. Wicked Good Lobster Rope Doormats are the best doormat for sand and dirt as these pass right through and never get weighed down by yesterday's debris.

4. Outside doormats need to be able to scrub the mud off of your shoes so a raised ridge weave or bristles are best.

The best doormat for outdoors are made from super sturdy materials that can handle a good scrub. Our Wicked Good Lobster Rope Doormats use durable nautical rope in a raised weave design. This helps scrub the mud and dirt off your boots without ever wearing down your outdoor mat.

5. Being able to hose down your outside doormat right at your door is a major plus, saving you so much time.

With Lobster Rope Doormats, just give them a quick wash with your garden hose right at your doorstep. Because this door mat material holds up to water and dries quickly, you'll never have to worry about its upkeep. Your outside doormat stays fresh and clean - no need for mats that demand constant vacuuming or beating against surfaces for cleaning.

We put a Lobster Rope outside doormat to the test!

Fortunately, buying a weatherproof doormat doesn't mean you have to settle for boring rubber or industrial looking mats.


Lobster Rope Doormats come in a wide variety of colors - from navy blue and teals to browns, tans, and charcoals - so you can find just the right one for your front door. Check out all of our weatherproof Lobster Rope Doormats right here - over 30 colors available.


Bonus: You can read our full guide to Buying the Best Outside Doormat right here.

Buying an Outside Doormat: What Is The Best Doormat for Outdoors?

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