Goodbye, Fabric Mats—The 5 Best Stone Bath Mats Are Antimicrobial and Quick-Drying

Updated: Oct. 26, 2023

These sleek stone bath mats make your bathroom feel like a spa. Trust us, you'll never want to use cloth again.

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Fhm We Tried It 5 Best Stone Bath MatsANTHONY O'REILLY FOR FAMILY HANDYMAN (3)

We know, stone bath mats sound uncomfortable, but they’re one of the best things you could put in your bathroom. These mats are made with diatomaceous earth, which is the ground-up skeletons of sea organisms, such as plankton.

This secret formula for an antimicrobial and quick-drying bath mat causes water to evaporate in less than 20 seconds. In other words, it won’t collect mildew or potentially harmful bacteria like fabric bath mats, and you’ll never have the unpleasant experience of stepping in a puddle after your shower.

Our expert product testers and homeowners have rounded up the best stone bath mats for all types of bathrooms, styles and budgets. We tried each one, using them for more than a week to see how they held up to regular showers, baths and more.

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stone bath mat next to a claw foot tub Bryce Gruber/Family Handyman

Best Overall Stone Bath Mat

Sutera Stone Bath Mat

We put the Sutera stone bath mat to the ultimate test: six consecutive showers, five of which were small children. The stone bath mat passed with flying colors. “One by one, they got out with sopping wet little bodies, and by the time the next kid was ready to hop in, the mat was already dry,” writes our tester in her stone bath mat review.

The Sutera mat comes with an ultra-grip pad and a sanding tool to freshen the mat between showers. You’ll also save money and help out the environment by not using water and detergent to wash your mats. Plus, it makes for a unique gift for new homeowners.

Pros

  • Quick-drying
  • Stylish
  • Provides good grip
  • Ultra-grip pad included

Cons

  • Only available in charcoal gray

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Fhm We Tried It Mondano Diatomaceous Earth Stone Bath Mat Anthony O'Reilly for Family Handyman

Best Budget Stone Bath Mat

Mondano Diatomaceous Earth Stone Bath Mat

At under $50, the Mondano Diatomaceous Earth Stone Bath Mat delivers the same quality as other stone bath mats at around a quarter of the price. You can get it in four colors to match your bathroom’s decor, whereas most stone bath mats are only available in one or two.

I was so impressed with this affordable stone mat’s performance that I kept it for my bathroom and gifted the more expensive ones I tested to my friends. The wave-liked grooves provide a beach-like feel on your feet when you step out of the shower, and water dissipates before your eyes.

Pros

  • A quarter of the cost of most stone bath mats
  • Four color options
  • Ultra-grip pad included
  • Included sanding tool

Cons

  • Some users complain of foul smell (our tester hasn’t noticed this issue)

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Fhm We Tried It Me Mother Earth Stone Bath Mat Anthony O'Reilly for Family Handyman

Best Stone Bath Mat Set

Me Mother Earth Stone Bath Mat

The bathroom isn’t the only place you need to keep dry, so why not go for the Me Mother Earth Stone Bath Mat? It comes with a floor mat and a bonus soap dish that can be used on your bathroom or kitchen sink.

As a 6-foot, 3-inch tall man with broad shoulders, I found the floor mat to be a little too small for me (water got onto the floor), but my 5-foot, 4-inch girlfriend has no such issues when using it. But what I want to talk about is the soap dish mat—I’ve noticed my counters are much cleaner since using it, and I wish the company sold these individually because I’d put them all over my house.

It’s also one of the few companies that has plastic-free shipping, which is a big plus in my book. It doesn’t make sense to ship an environmentally-friendly product in non-eco-friendly plastic, so I was happy to see at least one brand eliminate the waste.

Pros

  • Two mats per order
  • Plastic-free shipping
  • Amazon Prime shipping
  • Included sanding tool

Cons

  • Smaller than other mats

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Fhm We Tried It Cozy Earth Stone Bath Mat Anthony O'Reilly for Family Handyman

Best Quick-Drying Stone Bath Mat

Cozy Earth Stone Bath Mat

The Cozy Earth Stone Bath Mat is the quickest drying stone bath mat out of all the ones we tested. I used a stopwatch and saw that water droplets evaporated close to two seconds quicker than other stone bath mats.

While it’s only available in one color, I still believe this mat’s design would complement any bathroom decor while keeping feet and floors dry. I use it as a dish-drying mat because it’s a little too small for my body. It does a great job protecting my countertops and I never have to worry about throwing it in the washing machine and getting my counters wet.

The mat has an anti-slip bottom, but it doesn’t come with a sanding tool for regular maintenance. It’s a great practical gift that any homeowner would love and use every day.

Pros

  • Dries in seconds
  • Anti-slip bottom
  • Quick-drying
  • 100-day return policy

Cons

  • No sanding tool

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Fhm We Tried It Momo Lifestyle Large Stone Bath Mat Anthony O'Reilly for Family Handyman

Best Large Stone Bath Mat

Momo Lifestyle Large Stone Bath Mat

Momo Lifestyle’s Large Stone Bath Mat lives up to its name with a 32-inch-by-20-inch footprint, much larger than traditional stone mats that usually measure 24 inches by 15 inches. Whether you’re a larger person or you’re just looking to cover a large area, you can trust that every square inch will remain dry.

The Momo mats live up to their “grande” name and keep every inch of my floors dry. I would’ve liked to see some sort of design as you see on other stone bath mats, but it’s still pleasant to step on after a hot (or cold) shower. The water also took a bit longer than other mats to evaporate, but not that much longer.

The Momo Lifestyle stone mat is pricier than other stone mats but we think it’s worth the investment. You can always try it out for 30 days and return it if you don’t like it.

Pros

  • Covers a larger surface area
  • Super-absorbent
  • Sandpaper included
  • 30-day return policy

Cons

  • Expensive


What To Consider When Buying Stone Bath Mats

The first thing to look for when buying stone bath mats is that a mat is made of 100% diatomaceous earth. This is the material that will quickly absorb water and cause it to evaporate and has a texture that can be described as a tile-wood hybrid. It takes some getting used to but it’s not as hard as you might think.

You’ll also want to ensure your stone bath mat comes with some type of anti-slip mat or backing to ensure your mat stays in place when you step on it and a sanding tool. Stone bath mats can be wiped down with a dry mat in between uses but should be sanded down every now and then to maintain appearance. Plus, stone bath mats can’t be placed in direct sunlight or they might warp.

How We Found the Best Stone Bath Mats

We researched more than a dozen options on the market to find those made with 100% diatomaceous earth, the material that causes water to evaporate in seconds. Our group of shopping experts, consisting of parents and longtime homeowners, put our top picks to the test by having people take consecutive showers or baths to analyze the mats’ water-wicking capabilities. The mats that were able to hold large amounts of water and remain dry were included on our list of the top five stone bath mats.

Then came the ultimate test: time. Sure, a stone mat may perform well on its first use but how does it hold up after a week or month? We made sure all our options were as good on day 30 as they were on day 1 before recommending them. We also looked at price, design options and whether each mat had an anti-slip bottom or mat to keep it in place, along with a sanding tool for regular maintenance.

FAQ

How do you clean a stone bath mat?

Stone bath mats can be wiped with a dry mat. It’s a good idea to sand them down with a sanding tool or sandpaper every now and then to remove any spots. You should also keep your stone bath mat away from direct sunlight to avoid warping.

Are stone bath mats worth it?

Absolutely! Stone bath mats don’t require regular washes like fabric mats so you save money on water and detergent, and the mats dry quicker than fabric, too.

How long does a stone bath mat last?

A stone bath mat can last more than a decade if properly maintained between uses. This means wiping it down after a shower with a dry mat and using sandpaper or a sanding tool to remove any spots.