How To Choose A Tub & Shower Mat


A notable bathtub and shower mat can brighten up the entire bathroom while keeping your feet cozy and toasty! But most importantly, they protect you from slipping on the wet floors.

If you're shopping for new tub and shower mats for your powder room, you may be feeling overwhelmed with the plethora of choices. But don't worry, we have done all the work for you: in this guide, you'll find exact how to choose the best mats that are comfortable, stylish, and highly functional.

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How to Pick the Best Tub and Shower Mat for Your Bathroom?

Whether you're buying a mat for your shower or tub, it can be easy to shop on looks alone, but it's critical to consider material, safety, suction, and more. Read on to learn more about these factors:

Shape and Size

If you're buying a mat for your bathtub, you need something that will fit the shape of your tub. Tub mats come in many different shapes, like oval, rectangular, and square.

Measure your tub and then pick a mat that will easily fit your tub floor and cover it fully.

Antibacterial Rectangular Shape Bathtub Mat
Short Rectangular Shape Bathtub Mat
Short Oval Shape Bathtub Mat
Small Flower Shape Bathtub Mats
Long Clear Oval Shape Bathtub Mat
Clear Bubble Rectangular Bathtub Mat

Foot Traction

If your main goal for buying a bath mat is to prevent slips, consider PVC or rubber mats. These have lightly textured surfaces that help feet get a solid grip and avoid fall accidents.

In fact, when a PVC or rubber mat gets wet, it become even better at gripping the feet. If you have small children or elderly family members who will be using this bathroom, these traction mats can be invaluable.

Suction Cups

Every quality bath mat has suction cups that keep it firmly in place to further protect against sliding and slipping. If you have elderly members in the house, choose a bath mat with suction cups to ensure they won't lose their balance in the bathroom.

If the bottom of your tub is lined with tile or has a textured form, non-slip shower strips will be a better option for you than a bath mat.

Black Vinyl Rubber Shower Mat
Colorful Simple Rubber Shower Mats
Grey Rectangular Non slip Bathtub Mat
Colorful Oval Rectangular Rubber Shower Mats
Clear Square Rubber Shower Mat
Bubble Rubber Bathtub Mat


If comfort is as critical to you as safety, then choose a cushioned mat that offers added comfort with every step you take. Rubber bath mats are known to be most cushioned but you can choose a PVC mat with soft bubbles on its surface for extra padding.

Drain Holes

Whatever shower or tub mat you choose, make sure it has drainage holes to prevent pooling and allow smooth water flow.

Another function of drain holes is that they prevent the buildup of mildew and mold, letting the bath mat dry completely without any effort. You can either choose a mat with several small holes over the entire surface, or you can choose one with a single large hole that's designed to be positioned right over a drain.

Blue Bubble Bathtub Mat
Short Clear Bubble Bathtub Mat
Blue Round Bubble Shower Mat
Rectangular with Clear Bubble Bathtub Mat
Oval Bubble Bathtub Mat
Simple Rectangular Bubble Shower Mat

What Are the Best Tub & Shower Mat Materials?

If you want a mat to use inside your shower and/or tub, then a PVC or rubber mat is the way to go. But if you're looking for bath mats outside your shower or tub, there are several options:

Blue Memory Foam Bath Mat
Brown Bamboo Bath Mat
Dark Brown Bamboo Shower Mat
Soft Cotton Blend Bath Rug
Natural Cotton Bath Rug Set
Blue Soft Cotton Bath Rug

What is the Best Way to Maintain Shower Mats?

How you maintain your tub or shower mat will determine its overall lifespan. With a few simple tips shared below, you can extend the life of your mats significantly:

Which is Better: Rubber vs. Non-Slip Bath Mats?

Safety is key when it comes to choosing the best bath mats for your bathroom. Both rubber and non-slip bath mats can help prevent slips and falls, but there are some inherent differences in how they work:

The best non-slip bath mats are the ones that have a really thick piece of rubber fixed to the back as they will be less likely to skid.

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