If you have been looking for a rug that is as tough as your family needs you might have found out about Ruggable Rugs. Founded in 2010, this relative newcomer to the rug world sells washable rugs direct to consumers and has built up a reputation for quality. But are Ruggable rugs any good?
What Is A Ruggable Rug?
A Ruggable is a 2-piece rug that is washable, non-skid, stain-resistant, and wear-resistant. Ruggables are primarily sold though Ruggable.com but you can buy them at a number of other retailers (both online and in person) as well.
Here is a picture of one of my Ruggable rugs with the corner turned up. Here you can clearly see that is meant by the “2-piece system” — there is the top piece which you walk on and can wash, and then the non-skid pad under it. The pad slides into the black tabs at the corner of the top piece so it stays securely under the rug. It’s like a built-in rug mat, but it fit perfectly into the Ruggable and doesn’t need to be cut to size.
The top piece is technically known as the “rug cover” and the bottom is known as the “rug pad.” As long as they are matched sizes, you can swap covers and pads between your Ruggables.
This lower pad doesn’t skid on hardwood, tile, linoleum, or any other surface I’ve tried it on, and nicely anchors the rug to the floor.
The rug itself is made of recycled polyester while the rug pad is made from 100% recycled polyester on the top and thermoplastic rubber on the bottom. Both components are latex-free.
I’ve used a number of Ruggable rugs in my home for over a year now, and have a number of thoughts about these as a product and as an investment of my money. (You can see my rugs in the images of this article.) They were originally purchased for use in the kitchen, on hardwood floor, where wanted rugs to protect the hardwood and add cushion to the working areas areas in front of the sink and oven/range.
I choose Ruggables on the strong recommendation of a family member, but also because these were areas where I expected the rugs to get dirty. Had previously simply used very affordable Ikea rugs in these spots but…
- I got tired of having to wash these slow-drying rugs
- The Ikea rugs picked up many (many!) stains
- No matter what I did the rugs always lifted at the sides, which is a walking hazard
Ruggables seemed like a good solution with 3′ x 5′ rugs starting under $100, I bought my first one, a Cambria Ruby Rug for $109. I’m still using it about 18 months later and have picked up a few more (plus used them at family members’ homes).
You can see from my recent pictures that the rugs have held up quite well, showing we signs of wear since they were purchased. Some color has been lost and they look a bit more worn, but the rugs have held up nicely on the whole.
My one significant complaint with the Ruggables I have is that the ones that have been washed and used the most have started to lift a little bit on the ends, as you can see in the picture at the top. This is enough to cause a stumble now and then and it’s disappointing, but they have lifted less than most of the rugs I’ve owned.
My Ruggable rugs never skid and the rug pads have held up extremely well. The washing is no problem at all, and I’ll dry them outside in the sun, which just takes a few hours to get them nice and dry.
Ruggable Rug Sizes And Cost
The rugs are sold in the following common rug sizes:
- 3′ x 5‘ – About $110
- 5′ x 7′ – About $200
- 6′ x 9′ – About $300
- 8′ x 10′ – About $400
- 9′ x 12′ – About $600
But they are also sold as doormats, runners (long and narrow), and round sizes (for playing under a table.
Prices will generally scale with the size. Ruggable rugs start at about $80 for a 3′ x 5′ and max out around $600 for a 9′ x 12′ rug. Some designs will cost a bit more, like this clever Star Wars rug which goes up to $689, but that’s about as high as things go at Ruggables.
Each rug pad is al little smaller than the cover, but this is to be expected and is by design (so it can fit into the tabs in the cover).
The rug pad is sold in a standard and a cushioned design, depending on the thickness and level of cushioning you prefer. The cushioned rug pad is comfortable, making it more like a standing mat than a normal rug, but it will cost you an extra $50 for most rugs.
Strengths Of Ruggable Rugs
- You can buy multiple rugs and one rug pad if you want to swap rugs each season or while washing
- Hypoallergenic materials
- Returnable up to $30 (but there is a fee) or can be exchanged for free.
Weaknesses of Ruggable Rugs
- Washable but they might be too big or heavy for a standard washing machine!
- Jute rugs are not actually jute. They are made of polyester and polyurethane
- Swatches (samples) are not free
- Returns cost $25 for processing plus shipping charges
- Free shipping is only to the continental US
Styles of Ruggable Rugs
Ruggable are sold in multiple sizes but also many styles. There is, of course, a full range of patterns and colors, but they are organized into ranges which is what we commonly think of as a “style.” Some of these are:
- Branded: Disney and Star Wars
Personally I like their Persian models a lot, but the whole line isn’t bad looking at all. These aren’t generally “statement rugs” but rather nice rugs that really make the room.
How To Wash A Ruggable Rug
Ruggable has extensive instructions on how you should clean their rugs, but it’s a pretty simple process overall to clean a Ruggable in a washing machine.
- Separate the rug and the rug pad. Set aside the pad and put the rug top (the cover) in the washing machine.
- Wash the rug with cold water using a Delicate cycle. You should only use mild, bleach-free detergent.
- Hang and air dry (recommended) or machine dry on low.
Make sure you do not put Plush or Shag rugs in the dryer. If you have a rug with deep grooves on it, like a Re-Jute rug, then make sure you take it outside and shake it out first for the best washing results.
Make sure you don’t put your rug pad (the bottom piece) in the washing machine or dryer! You can simply hand wash them with a rag and some soapy water.
Ruggable Coupons and Discounts
If you are looking for deal on Ruggable rugs, I haven’t been able to find any online coupons when hunting around, but if you refer a friend to the site and they make a purchase you will both get 15% off of a purchase.
In the past Ruggable has offered a 10% discount for first time purchasers but nothing like this is currently running.
All orders get free shipping if you live in the continental US or Canada. Unfortunately Ruggable doesn’t ship to PO Boxes, APO, FPO, or US territories. If you have a shipping situation like these you can buy from a reseller.
Where To Buy Ruggables
- What is Ruggable's return policy for their rugs?
Ruggable rugs purchased directly from the company can be returned up to 30 days after the delivery date. The return will be for a full refund (less shipping fees) but the rug must be in like-new condition without damage, stains, pet dander, and it can't be dirty. You will need to pay a $25 processing fee per item for returns, but exchanges are free.
- Does Ruggable sell outdoor rugs?
Yes, Ruggable sells both outdoor-friendly rugs and doormats. Not all the rugs are fit for outdoor use, so you need to make sure to shop in the Outdoor Rugs section.