Three Styles to Consider Before Buying a Bath Mat

Stand tall after a shower or bath, and look good doing it, with the right bath mat.

Oh, the myriad burdens of the bath mat:

• It must soak up the water dripping off of you after a shower or bath.

• It must not slip when you’re standing on it.

• It must be plush enough so that it won’t transmit the coldness of a tile floor to your bare feet.

• It should be pleasing to the eye.

Above all, it should be something that you don’t have to think much about, but if one fails to do its job, leading to anything from discomfort to a damaged floor to even an injury, you’ll be thinking about your bath mat a lot.

To help you avoid any of the above, the following is a guide to the bath mats that are available today, and the advantages of each. This will help you choose the best mat for your needs, so you can get one and then go on not thinking too much about it.

Ultra-Plush

You can get this one in 30 different styles and eight different sizes. Gorilla Grip

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These bath mats look very much like bathroom rugs, except they have a sturdy backing and an absorbent pile. They come in various colors and sizes, which allows you to choose one that matches your bathroom design. Often you can choose additional color-matching rugs for the vanity and toilet. Be sure to choose a rug that is designed to absorb water without letting it through to the floor, and can be washed without falling apart—which often happens with cheaply made rugs.

Super-Absorbent

The color won’t fade, even after multiple cleanings. Yimobra

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Some bath mats are made of memory foam, which is very absorbent and comfortable. These don’t have individual strands in the pile, as do rugs, but instead have a fiber layer covering the foam. The water passes through the layer to the foam. These are ideal for people stepping out of a bathtub (as compared to a shower stall) because they cover a wide area and will absorb errant splashes and drips. They’re also extremely comfortable and warm, making them a good choice for very cold bathrooms. Again, be sure the one you get is machine washable and has a non-slip backing.

Resort Quality

These will easily fold on a rack to dry when not in use. White Classic

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If you’ve ever stayed at a hotel, you’ve seen these thick cotton towel-like mats folded and draped over the side of the tub. You put it on the floor outside the shower or tub before you go in, and you can fold it up and put it back when you’re finished. These are ideal for people who don’t want to keep a rug-style mat in the bathroom, because they can be put away when not in use. They also can be bought as part of a towel set. Another big advantage: Some of these can be washed in bleach, for the ultimate in sanitary cleaning.