L.L.Bean's Waterhog Rug - One Year Later Review

L.L.Bean's Waterhog Rug - One Year Later Review

The holiday season is coming up and that means lots of guests and lots of snowy shoes (and paws!)



If you're anything like me, the fast approaching holiday season makes me look around the house and start my to-do list of styling and improvements. One thing that I had neglected for many years was our entryway. Frankly, it should have been first on the list given that it's the first thing your guests see!

We did a full renovation of our entry and hallway two years ago (see the post) We added trim and lighting, painted and styled, and added the most functional key and coat rack around. The other improvement was upgrading from a cheap utilitarian rug to the L.L.Bean Waterhog Rug size large in Moonlight Blue (not sponsored, I bought this myself) and our whole family has never been happier with a rug!

L.L.Bean's Waterhog Rug - One Year Later Review

Every spring I was buying a new black rug at a cost of $30. You couldn't wash them and even vacuuming didn't see to bring them back to their original state. By the end of the winter the rugs were so salt stained they were crispy. I tried rinsing in the bathtub to break it up but that just made a big mess in my bathroom and did nothing to correct the problem.

My dear friend, the talented interior designer Kendra Bester Design told me that I needed to buy one of the heavyweight Waterhog doormats from L.L.Bean. She uses them in her house, her cottage and buys them for all her clients. I have to admit I was happy paying $30 instead of the $100 for the large Waterhog doormat that I would need. But I trusted my friend and placed an order. I received free shipping and didn't have to pay any duties so I was quite happy about that.

L.L.Bean's Waterhog Rug - One Year Later Review

Of course I loved the look. It's navy and the circle pattern is quite pronounced, giving it an elevated feel from the traditional door mats. It measures 32" x 56" which perfectly fit my front door. It's also made of 94% recycled materials. The 'eat all organic, recycle everything' hippie side of me was quite happy about that.

Now that we have just started our first official snow storm I thought it would be a good time to review the L.L.Bean Waterhog Rug. Technically I've had the doormat for about a year and a half but hey, who's counting.

L.L.Bean's Waterhog Rug - One Year Later Review

So you already know I was very happy with the size, the colour, the look and delivery. Next up was having my family put it to the test. And boy, did we test it! 

L.L.Bean's Waterhog Rug - One Year Later Review


The rug went through two dogs, two teenagers, one husband and me and my many, many shoes. 

Cleaning the L.L.Bean's Waterhog Rug

The above photo is how our rug looked after an entire year of use. There is one con to the rug. It feels like it might have only been a con for our family, but I thought I was share anyway.

Cleaning the L.L.Bean's Waterhog Rug

Just one year ago I had an aging dog and a puppy who both had trouble holding their bladders. The rug did it's job. A little too well! After the first accident I tried to clean with our portable steam cleaner. It didn't work very well because any liquid that ended up on the rug just soaked right in. Normally this is great, wet boots from rain and snow are happily dried when entering. But urine? Less fun. 

Cleaning the L.L.Bean's Waterhog Rug

Because winters are especially hard in Canada, our rug did end up with salt stains to match the doggie urine stains. This was going to be my ultimate test of durability. I wasn't able to wash those $30 rugs as cleaning never worked but at $100 for this L.L.Bean Waterhog Rug, I wanted to get my money's worth. 

So I placed the rug in my driveway and played with AMH's power washer...

L.L.Bean's Waterhog Rug - One Year Later Review

Clean as a whistle! You could see the urine coming out of the rug (#gross) and the salt stains actually disappeared. I left it hanging on our porch and it dried quickly. I could have also cleaned with just our regular hose, soaked it in the bathtub, or even taken it to the DIY car wash station and washed it with our car mats. 

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That cleaning job was about three months ago and it still looks the same as when I first washed it. I vacuum the rug every second day when I vacuum our downstairs (with a Bernese you are always vacuuming) and all grass and dog hairs are lifted easily. I'm so encouraged by how well it washes that I can see us getting a good number of years out of this rug, meaning that in the long run it will work out cheaper than those old black utilitarian ones. And more importantly, it looks so much better in our foyer. 

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Ivy agrees. She's claimed it as her own little spot to rest and wait for her brothers to get home. 

I'm so glad we upgraded to the L.L.Bean Waterhog Rug and little hint, it makes a great holiday or housewarming gift! The rug comes in two sizes, medium and large, and six different colours so you're sure to find one that matches your entry.