Ruggable Review: 7 Reasons To Buy One and 1 Reason You Shouldn’t

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After seeing ad after ad in my Facebook feed for Ruggable machine-washable rugs (and you can put them in the dryer), I finally bought a Ruggable from Amazon.

It arrived this weekend and if you are a TL;DR kind of person, my two-word Ruggable review is:

I’m thrilled.

I was a little worried about buying new rugs online because I couldn’t be sure that the colors I saw on my screen would translate to what I would see when it finally arrived.

Spoiler Alert:

I had nothing to worry about.

dog sniffing ruggable rug

As soon as I got the box open, I knew I’d made the right choice. The colors were just what I was hoping they would be and very true to what I had seen on the screen when I chose the rug.

The rug I chose, Watercolor Paintwork Multicolor Rug is a beautiful contemporary mash up of lots of beautiful colors. Perfect for our living room.

close up of gorgeous colors in a multi-color ruggable rug

But Ruggable covers come in every style and color palette. You should not have any trouble finding something to match your unique style.

I went with Ruggable’s washable rugs because at the time I had a cat (and said cat doesn’t seem to like rugs very much). So I NEVER had a rug in my house. Ever.

AND we have a dog and kids and well, we’re messy, so, the idea of being able to chuck the WHOLE 6×9 rug into the washer was quite appealing. I need something durable.

ruggable rug top layer curling up, real ruggable review picture

That’s the rug cover as soon as we unrolled out. It’s a little unruly when it’s not on the pad mat that it comes with. As you can see it’s curling.

The first thing you do after unrolling the pretty cover though is roll it back up, pretty side in and fold it in half.

Then you unroll the rug pad and then finally unroll the top layer over the rug pad.

I’m not going to lie. This part wasn’t super fun. You need to roll the cover evenly or else it will not unroll again evenly. There’s no velcro like you would have to use with any old polyester rug.

ruggable rug next to grey couch

If you mess up you can just try again, or, lucky for me the one corner that was a teeny tiny bit off was going under the couch anyway, so no one will ever be the wiser.

When I do wash it for the first time, I’ll pay more careful attention to how I roll it up and if you don’t have the luxury of being able to hide a slightly off corner under a sofa (or if you chose a pattern that needs to be lined up perfectly), then you might even want to ask for help from someone in your home who has patience and is a perfectionist.

I don’t have any of those people in my house, so I was left to my own impatient/non-perfectionist devices.

All in all it took me maybe 15 minutes to get the whole thing out of the box and in place on the floor.

dog looking at person and a person looking at the ground at a ruggable rug

This room that it’s in, the family room, was sorely in need of something to pull the place together. It’s where we spend a lot of time together watching movies and playing trivia and taking naps and sometimes even eating dinner.

And, you can see those floors. They aren’t that pretty. Sure they are hard wood. But they are basically orange. No one wants that. So the fact that this rug not only nearly completely covers them, but also kind of complements them is a big plus.

But what the rug really does is make this space feel a little more inviting and comfortable and cozy. And right now, in the middle of a turned upside down world, that is really important to me.

It’s always important to me, but even more so right now.

So, I bought the Ruggable. I’m thrilled that I did and I promised you 7 reasons you should buy one, too. (And the one reason you should NOT buy one).

My Honest Ruggable Rug Review: 7 Reasons To Get a Ruggable

#1 You like the idea of being able to wash a giant area rug.

giant area rug in living room

If you’re a clean freak you might not have any rugs. Because here are some disgusting facts about other rugs:

Rugs can hold up to 4 times their weight in dirt and dust.

The average amount of bacteria per square inch of your rug: 200k

With all the germs in your rug, it’s 4,000 times dirtier than your toilet.

Now do you really want a regular old rug in your house?? Or do you want a beautiful rug you can throw in the washing machine every now and then so that it’s actually clean?

Even in between washes, the Ruggable rug is such a low pile, that it holds less gunk than your average plush rug anyway.

#2 You want to choose from a selection, but not a MASSIVE selection.

If you’ve ever shopped online for an area rug before, then you know that there are almost as many rug options as there are bacteria per square foot of your old rug. 😐

It can be completely overwhelming and it might make you not able to make a decision.

Just stuck. Frozen. And rug-less.

One of the things I loved about shopping at Ruggable is that first of all, this is a highly curated group of designs. There are a lot of different styles and collaborations with different artists, designers (hello Jonathan Adler), and brands. You can’t pick an ugly rug because they are all beautiful.

You can start your search by rug size, color or style. Style is broken down by Moroccan, Modern Tribal, Traditional, Geometric, Floral, Bohemian, Contemporary, Persian, Solid & Ombre and Transitional.

If those styles don’t mean a whole to you, just start by searching for colors you think you want.

#3 You want beautiful, vibrant, bold colors.

ruggable rug that has bold colored art on it, a keith haring design of human figures an dog figures, ruggable review

You can see the beautiful colors in the rug I got. I love big bold colors.

If you want color but something more traditional, you can have that too. I love the look of Persian rugs. It’s sophisticated.

ruggable persian rug

#4 You have pets.

The Ruggable was created out of the frustration of having to throw away a rug because a pet had ruined it.

Literally. That’s how the company started.

Dogs are not a great mix with carpet, but cats are the worst. There is nothing like the smell of cat pee and if your cat pees on a normal carpet you have two choices.

  1. Throw the rug away.
  2. Resign yourself to being the cat lady with the smelly house.

There is no in-between. Unless!

Unless you have a Ruggable. Because you can wash that cat pee right out. And because the cover is waterproof, the pee doesn’t sink into the rug pad so you don’t have to worry about that either.

#5 You have kids.

star wars x ruggable rug collaboration, navy blue and cream colors

Kids are less disgusting than pets but they are no less messy. Mine are older and they are still messy.

But little kids spill and they wipe their hands on whatever is available to them and they have no regard for a beautiful home.

The real win though is the Star Wars collab and Disney collab for kids’ rooms!

When you start to realize that you can be an amazing mother who doesn’t yell when pizza gets dropped sauce side down AND you can have a beautiful home, you’re going to feel like you won the lottery.

Bonus: the rugs use a non-slip material similar to a yoga mat. I know your kids are running in the house like mine. Sigh.

#6 You don’t want to spend thousands on a pretty rug.

ruggable rug

When I first started looking at Ruggables, I found myself looking for the “catch”.

How could this 6×9 rug that I wanted be $299? And it’s machine washable? And beautiful?

I kept putting a rug in my cart and looking for something that was going to tell me that the rug pad was extra.

It’s not.

The whole system, the rug, and the rug pad are one price. The largest size is the most expensive, an 8×10 is $399. And that’s for any of the rugs. Except the two shag rugs which have their own special pricing.

6×9 was exactly the right size for my room and $299 is not expensive for any rug. You can find less expensive, but I haven’t found a less expensive rug that goes in the washing machine.

#7 You want a white rug but your mother says you’re crazy.

white ruggable rug that is washable

I have a white duvet cover. My mother says I’m crazy. There will be too many stains.

I put light, sort of sand-colored tile in my kitchen and my mother said I was crazy. They will show all the dirt.

White and light colored furniture and carpet is a vibe, and yes you can have it too. With a white rug from Ruggable, of course. Their rugs are stain-resistant and water-resistant.

Can I Vacuum a Ruggable?

Of course you can! I pretty much vacuum Ruggable rug daily because we’re messy. And a robot vacuum will go over it as well. Check out this video where Marybeth shows us how it’s done.

The One Reason to NOT Get a Ruggable

This is a real Ruggable review, so nothing is getting sugar coated. There is one thing that the Ruggable is not.

It is not a dig your toes in kind of rug. It is very thin. If my math is right (it’s probably not) it’s like a 1/4 of an inch thick and there is no real “pile” like you get with a traditional rug.

However, they do have the shag texture options, which could solve this problem. They are still washable, but the biggest size is 5×7.

If you are dreaming of like, lying on the rug and feeling like you are on a cloud of soft carpet, you aren’t going to get that with Ruggable. But…it will be clean!

Although, if you just need a runner for the hallway or rug under the dining room table, this is a non-issue!

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