I’m part of several Facebook groups dedicated to sharing decorating ideas, and just about every other day there’s a post from someone asking for a Ruggable rugs review.
Are they worth the money? Are they soft? Are they actually washable?
These are just a few of the questions I see people asking regularly, so I’m going to share my honest opinions of Ruggable rugs. (Psst: This post contains affiliate links, which means I’ll make a small commission if you click on one of my links below and make a purchase. Thanks for supporting my small business.)
I’ve owned a Ruggable rug for a few years now; here is the style that we own. I have two kids — currently ages 10 and 6 — as well as a one-year old labradoodle, so as you can imagine, everything in our home, including area rugs, gets used hard.
Up until very recently, our 8×10 Ruggable rug was in the den on our main level. (I’ll tell you what we replaced it with later in this post, and why we made the decision to do so.)
You can see a bit of our Ruggable rug here next to our built-ins:
And you can also see it here.
I really do love the black and white buffalo check pattern we chose!
This is a view of the opposite side of this same room:
And here’s a closer look at the rug texture (oh, and a close up of our storage coffee table that houses my son’s LEGO collection):
So let’s dive in and address all the commonly asked questions about Ruggable rugs.
Are Ruggable rugs durable?
As a mom of two young children and a rambunctious labradoodle pup, Ruggable rugs are quite durable. Our 8×10 Ruggable rug has survived multiple dog accidents, muddy shoe prints, juice and coffee spills, and so much more. I’ve spot cleaned this rug multiple times and shoved it in our washer on a handful of occasions, and I think it still looks like new.
How thin are Ruggable rugs?
Ruggable rugs are thin. The Ruggable rug we own is about 1/8″ thick. That’s a pretty thin rug. If you’re looking for something plush that’s cozy underfoot … this is not it. However, we used our Ruggable rug in our den and we don’t sit on the floor in there, so the thickness of the rug (or lack thereof) didn’t bother us. The answer to the question, “Are these rugs too thin?” really comes down to personal preference.
Do Ruggable rugs shed?
Nope! We’ve owned an 8×10 Ruggable rug for several years now and we’ve never had an issue with it shedding.
Do Ruggable corners curl?
This seems to be a hotly debated topic among Ruggable rug owners, but in my experience the corners of our Ruggable rug did curl but only after I washed it. Was it a deal breaker for me? No. But after the first wash we did see the corners curl ever so slightly. It was annoying, yes, but didn’t bother me enough to look for an alternative rug.
Will an 8×10 Ruggable fit in a washing machine?
Sort of. This is yet another debatable topic, so I’m going to share my personal experience when it comes to attempting to wash an 8×10 Ruggable rug. The website says that this size rug will fit in a standard-size washer … and technically it does. However — and here’s my big caveat — when I tried to wash my 8×10 rug in my LG front load washer, there wasn’t enough room for the rug to move around to get completely clean.
Think about a time you overstuffed your washer and then discovered that the clothes in there didn’t really get clean once the cycle had finished. That’s how I felt about washing this large rug in my washer. I suspect that if you have a smaller Ruggable rug then you wouldn’t have an issue, but I can’t speak from experience there because we’ve only owned the 8×10 size. All that said, I only washed our 8×10 rug twice because I found that cleaning method to be less effective (and more of a nuisance) than spot cleaning.
Is Ruggable worth the money?
I don’t think there is a one-size-fits-all answer to this question. If you have young children and/or pets and you don’t mind a thinner area rug, then a Ruggable rug is probably worth the investment. However, if you don’t have what I like to call a high-traffic household or you’re looking for a more plush, luxurious-feeling rug, then I’d skip the Ruggable rug.
Ruggable rugs: The good
If you’re looking for a quick list of pros and cons about Ruggable rugs, here you go!
Here are the things I like about Ruggable rugs:
- Ruggable rugs are durable and great for busy, high-traffic households (AKA kids and pets)
- Ruggable rugs come in a variety of colors and patterns, and you can even swap out the top layer of the rug if desired since Ruggable rugs are a two-part system
- Ruggable rugs are washable, and most sizes fit easily into a standard-size washer
Ruggable rugs: The not so good
And now for the things I don’t love about Ruggable rugs:
- Ruggable rugs are thin. If you like plush rugs, then a Ruggable rug isn’t a good choice for you.
- Ruggable rug corners sometimes do curl. Again, this seems to be an ongoing debate among Ruggable rug owners — some people haver zero issues with curling, while others (including me!) say that the corners of their rugs curl after washing.
- Larger Ruggable rugs are tough to squeeze into a standard-size washing machine. We own an 8×10 and I never felt like it truly got cleaned when I washed it, because there was zero extra space in the washer once the rug was in there (meaning there wasn’t enough room for the detergent to get into all the crevices of the rug).
Why we (eventually) replaced our Ruggable rug
If you’re considering purchasing a Ruggable rug, I hope this post was helpful!
Again, this is just one person’s experience with a single Ruggable rug, but if I can help someone else make a more informed decision before investing in an area rug, then that makes me happy.
We loved ours for years, curled corners and all. Again, the corners didn’t really bother me because the pros of the rug — like its durability — outweighed the cons in my mind. Our Ruggable rug was an awesome rug for the den when it was the kids’ primary play area. And it was especially wonderful when the kids were a couple years younger (hello, spills) and our puppy wasn’t yet potty trained (ugh).
However, we recently turned our den into our main TV-watching room, and I decided I wanted something more plush in that space. I wound up buying this rug to replace our Ruggable rug.
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Monday 21st of February 2022
Thanks for your experience. I'm here because I've been unable to review my two Ruggable rugs now for months and got NO satisfaction from their customer service. I keep saying to myself, "Let it go." But then I think, "No, my rugs were sort of expensive to have only been satisfactory for one year."
I bought two, large Ruggables after a kitchen reno last January, 2021. The one for the dining room barely gets any traffic and has never been washed. We rarely go in there. The kitchen Ruggable gets HIGH traffic. Yet BOTH are curling up and not just at the corners but all along the long edges!
I've washed the kitchen rug twice and you're right, the 8 x 10 does not fit in my huge washing machine. In fact, I think this rug was actually used before I got it (I initially thought it was the weave of the rug that made it look blotchy, but now I think someone tried to wash it and that's how it came out.
In any case, I'm completely dis-satisfied and their customer service people replied to my inquiry about rolling up with a simpering email telling me to "just get down there and roll it back over with your hands." No, that doesn't work at all. So I'm here, venting. If you think you want a ruggable, I'd say it's maybe fine for a smaller than 8 x 10 (for washing machine fit) but you can't count on it NOT ROLLING UP. I'm here a year later, looking for new rugs for my spaces. Super disappointing.
Wednesday 20th of April 2022
I'm so sorry to hear about your experience, Laura! I hope you can get a more substantive response from the Ruggable team soon.