My Unbiased, Brutally Honest Review of Ruggable

A brutally honest, unbiased review of Ruggable rugs, its pros/cons to consider, if it’s worth the money, and my top favorite styles.

ruggable rug in an entryway at bottom of stairs

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.

new design reinforced rug pad corner to prevent curling on ruggable rug

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.)

Ruggable rug in dining room with console table and shaded chandelier

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 rug cover on top of rug pad

Ruggable Review: Pros and Cons of Ruggable Washable Rugs

Pros:

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.

Ruggable in the washing machine

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.
Washing a Ruggable rug

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

rug in a foyer on top of hardwood floors

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
  • Barbie
  • Disney
  • Toy Story
  • Star Wars
  • Marvel

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!

Ruggable rug under a dining table

Cons:

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.
Traditional modern breakfast nook dining room

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.
red ruggable rug at the bottom of stairs

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.

ruggable rug in a foyer

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.)

Alternative Washable Rug Brands

You can also find Ruggable alternatives from these other popular washable rug brands.

Frequently Asked Questions

Are Ruggable rugs sold in stores?

You can now buy Ruggable rugs at Home Depot, Lowe’s, Walmart, Target, Bed Bath & Beyond, and Kohl’s.

Are Ruggable rugs good for dogs?

Yes! They are pet-friendly and can be easily washed to remove pet hair, dirt, stains, and odor.

Can you vacuum a Ruggable?

Yes, but it’s best to use the hard floor setting on your vacuum cleaner to prevent the Ruggable cover from separating from the pad.

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89 Comments

  1. I have one, have had it over a year, and LOVE it. Mine is a runner that I got for the area between my kitchen sink and island. To say it gets heavy wear is an understatement. It is long enough to run from my dishwasher to my built in trash drawer. It has had spills, splashed grease, etc. and survived them all. It comes out of the washer looking new every time. I did not know it could go into the dryer! Didn’t know I could wash the pad. Thank you for all that info. I have had the corner issues you mentioned, will look for the corner pockets. I highly recommend Ruggables! Makes me think of the old ad, ‘It takes a licking and keeps on ticking!’

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      NO. NO WAY. Bought a small 2 x 3 rug for kitchen. Slid ALL OVER THE PLACE!!. Return was a nightmare!! DON”T Be mislead. This company DOES NOT CARE about it’s ‘customers”. DO NOT BUY!!

  2. We have oiled wood floors and the pad darken the wood slightly. Probably not enough for most people to notice. I purchased another rug for the fall/winter. Put it down yesterday and it’s a challenge. But it’s worth the challenge because of the wash ability.

    1. Hi. I read today’s email post and found this link. My neighbor has a Ruggable and loves it! I’m now considering one for my family room. I noticed your dining area table and chairs in this Ruggable post. Would you mind sharing the source? It looks like the perfect size and color for our kitchen eating area. Thanks so much!

  3. I ordered two last week – a new runner for the kitchen (our jute rug got oil from peanut butter all over it and there was no way that was coming out) and one for our guest room/office/playroom/gym. I do wish they had a 9×12 which would be my preference for our guest room and even living room. Hoping they look as good in real life as they do in the pictures!

  4. I purchased one of their runners, just before Christmas, last year. It. Is. Incredible!
    It is in my kitchen by the,sink and dishwasher so it has tons of traffic and spills. My granddaughter even spilled maraschino cherry juice on it, and with one wash in the washing machine it was gone!! I too, wish they had more pattern options. Can’t recommend highly enough!!

  5. I love this post and it’s super helpful as I’m shopping for a rug for my dining/kitchen area. Unrelated, but what size is your map print above the black console table? Did you make that one from a shower curtain diy? It looks great!