You know you’re getting old when you start telling everyone how much you love the doormats at your front and back door. When you hold a spot on Valentine’s Day, a day for declaring love, to wax on about these mats. When you write a “poem” titled: Ode to the Waterhog. There’s no going back from here. Last year I went on a hunt to find an industrial-strength doormat that didn’t also scream industrial. Our wood floors were taking a hit during the wet months of the year, as were our rugs. The floors were always damp, and the rugs were always dirty. Enter the waterhog. Love is in the air and on the floor.
After a solid year of use, after trying out one at the back door before adding one to the front door, I’m ready to permanently declare my love for the Waterhog on the blog. We bought ours from L.L.Bean after reading through hundreds of too-good-to-be-true, 5 star reviews. Like, I’ve had mine for 10 years and it still looks brand new. These clean up so easily. They stay in place and lay flat. They keep my floors completely dry.
The reviews didn’t lie. We’ve loved ours for all the same reasons. They vacuum or shake clean in the winter. And as soon as the temperatures warm up, we spray them down outside for a thorough post-winter clean. They come in a variety of colors and sizes so you can customize them to your space. Best of all, they never seem to age, which is good, because these doormats are a bit of an investment. With that said, I recommend purchasing them during a sale. Here’s that poem I mentioned. Brace yourself.
Everyspace Waterhog Boot Mat Large, in Camel (Mudroom)
Everyspace Waterhog Mat 3’x3’10”, in Camel (Back Door)
Everyspace Waterhog Mat 3’x4’11”, in Camel (Front Door)
A Tip for choosing the best size
As you’re choosing a size (there are tons of options), account for additional space needed when the door is open. For example, you’re walking in the back door with snow on your boots. Do you have a spot to stand while you close the door or do you have to step on the floor to close the door?
Ode to the Waterhog
I’ve never spent so much money,
“Don’t look at the credit card honey!”
On a mat for the front and back doors
To protect our beloved wood floors.
I love it for so many reasons.
One—it thrives throughout the seasons.
And despite all the rain, snow, and ice,
It always looks brand new, how nice.
Two—they come in many colors and sizes
“Is that custom?” everyone surmises.
Because it fits in that spot so snug
Honestly, way better than any old rug.
A waterhog! Doesn’t that name seem fitting?
PS—wait for the 25% off sale before committing.
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I’m a Minnesotan who struggles with keeping my entryways clean and organized and am so glad I read your post featuring these LL Bean door mats! I also wanted something in tan that complemented my wood floors. I purchased and am so happy. Thank you for sharing how you used these in your home.
Hi there! I’m fairly new to your site and I’m sort of obsessed with your style and your minimalism/waste reduction ideas. 🙂
Question re: water hogs… Would you put this over carpet? Our entry from our garage door goes onto wall-to-wall carpet and we need something to protect it. Something like this seems ideal, except if dirt gets trapped underneath it with the rubber backing…? Curious your thoughts as a long time user.
Where is that tote from in the first entryway photo? I LOVE IT.
It’s from Birdling Bags but they don’t have the exact one anymore, which is so sad because it’s amazing!
Oh, I love your song! I also love the waterhog while at it. It’s stylish, yet so functional and the fact that it’s durable and easy to clean only adds to its appeal. Thanks for sharing this! 🙂
We’ve also had ours for many years. In the spring, I take them to the car wash and spray them down with the super sprayer!
Are they easy to vacuum as well? We have something that looks similar, but was fairly inexpensive from Lowes. It always looks dirty, even after I’ve just vacuumed it. Also, it attracts hair like crazy!!!
They are! We vacuum in the winter and shake out and/or spray down in the warmer months.
We bought our waterhog mats early winter after seeing them on your insta. Hands down, THE best doormat – and a must if you live in Minnesota! They’ve saved our wood floors, too! Next up: the dog bone one for our vizsla’s water + food dishes 🙂
Aren’t they so shockingly wonderful? Feels so weird to wax on about a doormat, but here we are, waxing on.
We have had our L.L. Bean waterhog mats for at least ten years and they still look brand new! They truly are floor savers!
10 years! So incredible. I wish companies made everything to last like these.
I would like to co-sign your poem! After seeing a previous post of yours, I bought two waterhogs – a red seasonal one for the front door and a long navy one for my front closet. So happy with my purchase during the wet Michigan winters.
I wish I’d seen this a month or so ago! I had to replace the sisal rug in our entry as our dog had one too many accidents on it. I bought a waterproof mat from Home Goods to replace it but would’ve loved the look of this one more! Saving for later.