A brutally honest, unbiased review of Ruggable rugs, its pros/cons to consider, if it’s worth the money, and my top favorite styles.
Our Unbiased Ruggable Rug Review
We’ve put our Ruggable rugs through the ringer, y’all! I took one for the team and put it through the real life test.
Crushed up Goldfish, milk spills, doggie hair, muddy footprints, toddler accidents, you name it. We got a Ruggable rug over 2 years ago and treated it as our own personal crash dummy.
Now that the Ruggable designs have changed recently, I got a new premium Ruggable rug with a cushioned pad for our foyer 2 months ago to see how it would compare to the classic.
This Ruggable review post is totally not sponsored, totally not biased, and totally not sugar-coated (not that I do that anyway for the sponsored posts I do write).
I didn’t mention when I got this rug because I really wanted to be fully confident in it before I shouted how much I loved it from the rooftops.
(Related: Need help finding the perfect rug for your space? See the Ultimate Guide for Choosing the Perfect Rug here.)
Consider me Julie Andrews singing from the mountaintop now because I LOVE THESE RUGS!
There are some pros and cons though, so hang tight for a sec.
(UPDATE: See the final verdict 2 years later at the end of this post.)
What are Ruggable Rugs?
If you haven’t heard of Ruggable rugs, they are machine washable rugs. (And all the moms everywhere said “Hallelujah!”)
- They are thin and made of polyester
- Thin enough to fit into a washing machine
- Comes with a water resistant backing
- Lays on top of a super gripping rubber-like rug pad
(By the way, if you want to know more about our old breakfast nook makeover where we originally used our first Ruggable rug 2 years ago, you can see it here.)
Here we go…
Ruggable Review: Pros and Cons of Ruggable Washable Rugs
Removable Washable Cover
- They have a water resistant, removable cover and stay in place on the floor on a grippy, velcro-like rug pad that you can detach when ready to wash. It’s perfect under a dining room table where food is often spilled.
I was able to easily fit it into my machine to wash (on cold) and dry (on low) my rug cover completely in less than 3 hours.
Interchangeable Covers to Switch Up the Look
- The covers are interchangeable, so if you ever want to change the look and get a new cover, you can still use the existing pad.
Super Grip Non-Slip Pad
- The pad doesn’t budge on my tile floors. All of my previous rugs slipped everywhere on tile and even with a regular area rug pad underneath, but the Ruggable pad is very grippy. I’ve even tested it by kicking it and trying to get it to move. So it’s perfect for high traffic areas.
Easy to Vacuum
- Knowing how to clean a Ruggable rug is very simple since they resist stains and require little maintenance so you CAN wash them, but you don’t have to wash them often. They’re super easy to vacuum with a regular vac or robot vacuum and/or spot clean, if you don’t feel like tossing the whole thing in the wash.
Ease of Use Outdoors
- Ruggable now has door mats and outdoor rug options too so you can easily use them on porches.
Wide Variety of Designs
They launch rug design collaborations with lots of well-known interior designers and brands listed below, and they continue to churn out new designs regularly.
- Morris & Co
- Gray Malin
- Iris Apfel
- Jean-Michel Basquiat
- The National Gallery
- Anna Sui
- Jonathan Adler
- Monica Ahanonu
- Nina Takesh
- Keith Haring
- Cynthia Rowley
- Toy Story
- Star Wars
If you have an open floor plan, they have helpful rug bundles already paired for you to eliminate the guesswork so that you can mix and match them in your home to coordinate with each other!
Many Ruggable Rugs are Very Thin
- The classic rug is very thin at only 2 millimeters thick.
- If you’re wanting a plushy, super soft rug, this one’s not for you, since it has to fit into a washing machine. I think it’s absolutely perfect for under a dining table though since that’s definitely not where you want a plush rug when chairs need to scoot over it.
- (UPDATE: Ruggable listened to customers over time and now also makes washable shag rugs that are more plush. If you want it slightly more plush, you have to pay extra for the premium rug that is 7 millimeters thick. You can also pay extra by purchasing a cushioned rug pad. The premium still isn’t as plush as a wool rug because it has to fit into a washing machine.)
Pricier Than a Normal Rug / Cheaper for Longevity
- It’s kind of pricey, pricier than I typically spend on a rug. But it’s cheaper if you already own a pad.
- You can sometimes find discounts.
- For its potential added longevity, I do think it’s worth it, if you have a messy/rowdy household.
Complicated Return Policy
- Be mindful of the return policy. Rugs can be returned for a full refund, but the processing fees will not be refunded with it. And rugs can’t have any dirt, fur, pet dander, or signs of wear on them if returned (although, as a buyer, I’m thankful for that rule).
Edge and Corner Curling
- Corners have a tendency to curl at first, but they settle over time, and you can use a little carpet tape under each corner of the rug cover to fix that issue, if needed. I have noticed the edge banding is raised a little bit, and I’ve heard of others having problems with that curling a little over time too. I’ll report back on that, but so far, so good.
- (Update: Curling did become an issue a few months later on our classic 2mm thick Ruggable rug but carpet tape helps. The premium 7mm thick rug hasn’t had curling issues yet.)
- For a quick solution, use this carpet tape to keep Ruggable rugs from curling up.
Difficult to Change a Large Rug Cover By Yourself
- It’s difficult to put the rug cover back on the pad by yourself if you’re working with a large sized rug. Maybe that’s just me, but I find it close to impossible to attach a rug cover to a rug pad without enlisting the help of my husband to double team that job with me. Not a deal breaker; just something to note.
Final Ruggable Review Verdict
All things considered, we do love it! And if you live in a house with messy kiddos and/or shedding, accident-prone pets, I highly recommend the Ruggable route.
Our Ruggable Rug’s Long Term Durability
UPDATE: It’s been 2 years since we purchased our Ruggable rug, and while keeping it clean is really easy, the edges curled a LOT more over time. The new design with extra velcro at the corners and the thicker, premium rug cover does seem to help though.
The concept is great, but I do think the company still has some kinks to work out. I still prefer a thick wool rug with a variety of design options over anything else, but those rugs can be very expensive.
Ruggable is a great live-able alternative. Overall, I do still like it.
Favorite Ruggable Rug Designs
I rounded up a few of my favorite designs of theirs that I love, if you think it might be a good option for you.
(Total disclosure, I do get affiliate commission from these links below. But my cons definitely still stand. It’s not a 100% perfect rug, but it comes pretty darn close.)
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