Here's What We Thought After Testing Ruggable's Washable Rugs IRL

How well do Ruggable washable rugs stand up to stains, dirt and pet accidents? Our editors tell all.

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August 13, 2019

When it comes to big home purchases, rugs are one of the biggest. So, when the editors at HGTV heard about Ruggable's washable rugs, we had to get our hands on some to test them out. Read on to see what we thought after trying out Ruggable in our homes.

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Is It Really Washable?

Yes! And perhaps even more surprising, it does fit in a standard washing machine. I tested two sizes: 5'x7' and 3'x5', and both easily fit (separately) into my top-loading washer. However, it is important to treat stains as soon as they happen, just like any other stainable material. The rugs are washable, yes, but not immune to permanent stain.

"I was hesitant that the 6'x 9' rug would easily fit into my standard washing machine," said assistant editor Laura James, "But it folds up smaller than you'd think."

Machine-Washable Rug Runner

Machine-Washable Rug Runner

Perfect for high-traffic areas like a kitchen, Ruggable's innovative two-part rug system includes a grip pad and rug cover that will stand up to spills because the rug cover is waterproof and machine washable. Both pet- and kid-friendly, even Ruggable's 8x10 size rugs can fit in a standard washing machine.

Photo by: Cassidy Garcia

Cassidy Garcia

Does It Stay Put?

Yep. The velcro-like rug pad has a rubbery underside that keeps the entire thing in place.

Is It Easy to Install?

Relatively. For larger sizes, we recommend enlisting help. Laying out the runner was manageable for one person, though.

Step-by-Step: Setting Up the Rug

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How Does It Hold Up to Pets?

Very well. My dogs needed nail trims something fierce during my testing period and the rug never snagged. One of my dogs even peed on the rug, but after throwing it in the wash immediately, there was no trace. Another editor who has two cats and a dog also successfully removed an unpleasant stain (ahem, vomit). So, yeah, pet owners will be satisfied with a Ruggable rug.

"It’s worth every penny to be able to toss your rug in the washing machine when you need to. Trust me."

Kayla Kitts, Managing Editor

Is It Worth the Price?

Yes and no. As far as rugs go, Ruggable prices are comparable to Target and World Market but promise a washable feature that the other brands don't. For their durability and style, we felt that these rugs were definitely worth the price.

How Does It Feel?

Texture is important in a rug, we know! The rugs are very flat and thin with a soft, chenille feel and are made from polyester. If you're looking for a plush, padded option, these are not for you. If, however, you want a rug that's easy to clean, lightweight and low-profile, Ruggable rugs fit the bill.

Where Does It Work Best?

I, along with three other editors who performed tests, suggest placing these rugs in entryways, hallways and kids' rooms. Don't lay it under heavy furniture that will have to be moved every time the rug needs treatment. Open, high-traffic areas work best.

"I was super hesitant on the durability claims, but they truly do stand up to daily wear and tear," said Kitts. "The rug in my kitchen has already held up to intense foot traffic and a wash after an unexpected mustard accident."

Machine-Washable Striped Area Rug

Machine-Washable Striped Area Rug

If you're in the market for an area rug that's easy to clean, the brand Ruggable makes an innovative two-part rug system that includes a grip pad and a machine-washable rug cover. Both pet- and kid-friendly, even Ruggable's 8x10 size rugs can fit in a standard washing machine, making them ideal for high-traffic areas prone to spills.

Photo by: Cassidy Garcia

Cassidy Garcia

Can It Be Vacuumed?

Yes and no. High-suction vacuums, like my cordless Dyson and Shark hardwood floor attachment, just pulled up the rug off the slip mat and the floor, which created another problem instead of solving one. But in the standard, upright brushroll mode my Shark Rotator vacuum worked just fine on the rug.

The Takeaway

With all the different designs Ruggable has, I love that I’ll be able to keep the rug pads and just buy new rug covers in the same sizes.

Laura James, Assistant Editor

Our editors were really impressed with how easily Ruggable rugs came up and fit into our washing machines. We had no issues getting out stains, and loved how lightweight they were. The rugs feel super-soft underfoot, not too thin. We loved the print options and price points, too.

The rugs we tested endured messes from a baby, pets and one spill-prone boyfriend. But thanks to Ruggable, we aren't afraid of stains anymore.

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