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The first time I bought a Ruggable rug we were still living in Seattle.
I was watching the Today show and they did a segment on these washable rugs that you could throw in the washing machine.
What? I was intrigued. Because they looked like really nice rugs.
Since then, I have purchased four more Ruggable Rugs. Suffice it to say, I DO like these Rugs.
I thought it would be helpful to put together a Ruggable review — the pros, the cons, what I wish was different, etc.
I’ve owned these rugs for over a year now. I’m sharing all my opinions today; Are they really that easy to clean? How are they holding up?
I hope this helps if you are deciding whether or not to purchase a Ruggable Rug.
So let’s dive right in!
Do Ruggable Rugs really work?
Yes, they do.
You really can pick them up and throw them in the wash.
And they come out looking brand new.
With two young kids and a dog in the house, I’ve had my fair share of messy stains. Mud, Grass, Barf, Jelly Goo, Milk, Juice, Red wine (that one is from the adults.)
All of it came out in the wash with just detergent. I’ve actually never used a stain remover on these rugs.
How it works is that Ruggable Rugs have a top layer and a bottom layer.
The top layer is the actual rug with the design on it. The bottom layer is a fuzzy, velcro rug pad on which the top layer clings to.
When you want to wash them, you separate the top layer from the bottom layer and throw the top part in the washing machine. I wash mine on a cold cycle with regular detergent and then dry it.
The layer that goes underneath can be vacuumed but is NOT machine washable.
These rugs are a bit stain-resistant, to begin with. Or “spill-proof” as they state on their website.
If you catch the stain early, you can just get away with a quick spot cleaning and be good to go.
Otherwise, a quick cycle in the washing machine should do the trick.
All in all, these rugs are really washable and easy to clean.
Can You Vacuum Ruggable Rugs?
Yep. You betcha.
I am a vacuum freak and would never put anything in my house that I couldn’t use my vacuum on.
Rugs, I mean. (I realize now how strange that statement sounds. LOL.)
I’ve used both my Shark Lift-Away AND my Dyson Cordless vacuum on these rugs without issue.
One Exception: You can’t use the Max Suction of the Dyson Cordless on these rugs. It will jam up and basically not move unless you are The Hulk and can push through the ginormous amount of suction it creates. It just doesn’t work.
However, on the regular setting, it’s just fine. It might turn the brush off occasionally but you can just turn it off and then on again and the brush will start up again.
I think it’s because these rugs are low pile and the higher suction is just too much for these rugs.
Here’s another thought.
I find that a lot of dirt and grass gets stuck on the bottom of these rugs,( the rug pad part).
If I’m doing a heavy-duty cleaning, I make it a point to vacuum the tops AND bottoms of the rug pad part.
Little tiny blades of grass seem to get stuck on the edges of the rug too, which can be annoying. It can take a few passes with the Dyson to really get these areas cleaned up.
Are Ruggable Rugs Comfortable?
Are they soft? Yes.
Is it a cozy rug that my feet sink into? No.
Both layers of this rug are thin and low pile. According to Ruggable, the non slip rug pad is 1/8 inch thick. Tiny.
I have mine on hardwood floors and they provide softness but not really comfort. In my opinion.
If I was going to put one of these in my living room or playroom, I would consider their new cushioned rug pad. The price is considerably more, just keep that in mind. But it’s good for kitchens and areas where you want a bit more comfort under your feet.
They also came out with a heavier, plush rug (almost like a Shag rug). This would be a cute option for a nursery or an office.
I haven’t tried either of these options yet. I’m tempted though!
The nice things about the lower pile rugs are that they fit under doors and they are cheaper.
Because the price was one of the things that got me with these rugs.
Overall, Ruggable Rugs are beautiful and not that expensive!!
Ruggable Shipping & Return Policy
This one is really a bummer.
In today’s world of fast shipping and free returns, you think Ruggable would get on this.
They don’t offer free returns. And Shipping is sloooow, in my opinion.
Their return policy states that you have to pay a $25 processing fee to have an item returned. You can exchange an item for free but only ONCE.
I have not had to return any rugs, but I did exchange a rug. The process was fairly seamless.
Shipping seems to take forever. (Amazon has ruined all of us.)
Speaking of which, you can now buy these rugs on Amazon. So perhaps that will help with the return/shipping issues.
Some of my Ruggable rugs arrived quicker than others.
I ordered one over the summer (granted this was during quarantine times when everything was shut down), and the rug took almost two and half weeks to get to me. And then I had to exchange it for a different size – so it felt like months before I had my rug.
This is not a quick ship. It’s at least 1 week or more. Ruggable also only ships to the US (including Hawaii and Alaska), Canada, and the UK for now.
Ruggable Size and Pattern Options
Aside from the amazing washable abilities of Ruggable rugs, the size and pattern options are where they really shine.
When I purchased my first rug, the largest size they offered was an 8×10. This was fine for me at the time, but I did make a mental note that this wasn’t going to work for areas where I needed a bigger rug.
Well, I’m happy to report that they now have a larger size!! A lot of their rugs are offered in 9×12 which is amazing. And yes – the larger sizes are still machine washable.
I also like the runner sizes. I do wish they offered a slightly longer size, the longest is 10 feet. Would be nice to see a 12-foot option for really long hallways.
However – they have the majority of sizes you would ever need; including 2×3, 3×5, 5×7, 6×9, 8×10, 9×12, Round rugs as well as Runners.
They also have a new doormat option. I’m not sure how I feel about it. The price is high for a doormat (I’m used to spending less than $50), and I don’t see myself washing my doormat. But never say never.
I want to try their outdoor rugs. We have a screened-in porch and this is an awesome idea to have a machine washable rug. Ours gets pretty muddy during the winter months.
Ability to Change Rug Designs
A lot of people are not aware of this, but you can switch up your Ruggable Rug designs fairly easy.
Once you own a Ruggable Rug, you can just buy a new rug cover and continue using the same pad.
So if you get tired of your rug or want a new look, just get a rug cover and skip the pad. It’s a great way to save money on redecorating.
Maybe you want to go from Traditional to Modern – you can do it with Ruggable Rugs!
Overall Pros of Ruggable Rugs
This Ruggable review would not be complete without a pros and cons list. So I’m breaking this down for ya in easy to read bullet points.
Pros of Ruggable Rugs:
- Easy to Clean, Machine Washable, Stain Resistant
- Water-resistant – great for bathrooms!
- Non Slip (mostly)
- Non Toxic Design (Pad is latex-free, recycled polyester)
- Available in a Variety of Sizes
- Available in a Variety of Patterns and Designs
- Great for Pet Owners
- Great for Families
- Low Pile Rugs fit under doorways
- Affordable Prices
- Offer cushioned rug pads/plush rugs for more comfort under foot
- Easy to change looks with an interchangeable rug cover
- One year limited warranty
Overall Cons of Ruggable Rugs
Cons of Ruggable Rugs:
- Return Policy
- Slow Shipping (Amazon may help with this).
- Thin Rugs are not super comfortable (cushioned rug pad may help but is considerably more money).
- Grass and debris can “cling” to edges of rugs and rug pad.
- If you get loose dirt or grass underneath the pad, they can get a little slippy.
- Longer runner sizes (12 feet+) not available.
- No rugs larger than 9×12.
- Can be a little cumbersome to line up the pad and cover.
Would I Purchase Another Ruggable?
Ultimately, yes I would purchase another Ruggable rug.
Especially with their new offerings; the more plush rugs and cushioned rug pads.
I think the concept is great – a beautiful washable rug.
Who doesn’t love that?
I love their rugs, so I’m willing to overlook the shipping/return policy. I’m hopeful they will figure out a way to improve that in the future.
that about wraps up this Ruggable review!
If you have any questions or comments, feel free to leave a comment here or contact me.
I hope this helps you with your decision-making!