By Kristin Appenbrink
Updated February 12, 2008
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Credit: Chris Bartlett

Winner

Mariner by Grandin Road, $35
Though made of polypropylene, this mat "has a remarkably organic feel―I thought it was natural fiber," declared a tester. And since the mat (shown) is not woven too tightly, "dirt fell between the grooves and stayed hidden until I swept." Size: 30 by 18 inches.

To buy: grandinroad.com.


Runner-Up

Plynyl Shag By Chilewich, $45
The "little nubby loops" of this fast-drying contender trapped dirt well. It's also "thin enough for my door to slide over it," said a staffer. In lime, gun-metal, and black. Size: 28 by 18 inches.

To buy: didriks.com.