A brutally honest, unbiased review of Ruggable rugs, its pros/cons to consider, if it’s worth the money, and my top favorite styles.
We’ve put our Ruggable rug 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, toddler accidents, you name it. We got a Ruggable rug 2 months ago and treated it as our own personal crash dummy.
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 THIS RUG!
(UPDATE: See the final verdict 1 year later at the end of this post.)
There are some pros and cons though, so hang tight for a sec.
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, with a water resistant backing that lays on top of a super gripping rubber-like rug pad.
(By the way, if you want to know more about our breakfast nook makeover, you can see it here from last summer.)
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 2 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
- 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.
Many Ruggable Rugs are Very Thin
- It’s very thin. If you’re wanting a plushy, super soft rug, this one’s not for you. 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 does make washable shag rugs that are more plush. AND they have a cushioned rug pad option if you prefer a softer rug.)
- Limited designs. I wish there were more design options, and I think the designs are somewhat limited since they can’t have much of a texture or fringe for the washability factor, but since it’s a fairly new brand, I’m sure more designs will come along over time.
- (UPDATE: They have launched a wide array of kid-focused design collaborations with Disney, Marvel, and Star Wars lately and design collaborations with Jonathan Adler though. And now they have rustic jute styles, animal prints, faux hides, and cute bath mats!)
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!
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. And 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. 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 but carpet tape helps.)
Difficult to Change a Large Rug Cover By Yourself
- It’s difficult to put the rug cover back on the pad by yourself. Maybe that’s just me and I’ll get more experienced putting the cover back on over time, but I found it close to impossible without enlisting the help of Robert 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 have curled a LOT more.
The concept is great, but I do think the company still has some kinks to work out. Overall, I do still like it though. For a quick solution, use this carpet tape to keep Ruggable rugs from curling up.
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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