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The best washable rugs for upgrading your home in 2023

Based on experts’ advice, we rounded up the best washable rugs to help you cut down on cleaning time.
Two images of a Ruggable rug
Washable rugs can be cleaned at home using your washing machine, making them a convenient and budget-friendly alternative to traditional rugs.Select

Though rugs can help tie a room together, they can be extremely time-consuming to clean — and in high-traffic areas, it can be hard to avoid frequent stains, spills and messes. Washable rugs can help you avoid the stress and cost of cleaning a traditional carpet: Most are machine-washable by definition, which means you won’t have to spend hundreds on a professional cleaner or work to deep clean the rug yourself using a carpet cleaner. Some washable rug manufacturers even have stain-resistant technology and fabrics that can repel liquids for those common spills, according to Zeynep Mehmetoglu, director of marketing and brand management at Maid Bright.

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A washable rug may be a worthwhile investment, whether you’re prone to spills or hope to cut down on cleaning time and effort. We spoke to experts about the benefits of washable rugs and what to consider when shopping for one. We also compiled some top-rated options based on their guidance and recommendations.

The best washable rugs to shop

Below, we compiled highly rated washable rugs across various price points and use cases based on our experts’ guidance and recommendations. Each of the following rugs are machine-washable and made from water-resistant synthetic fibers like polyester and nylon.

Best washable rug overall: Ruggable

Ruggable Moroccan Diamond Plush Rug

The experts we spoke to said they’re fans of Ruggable’s washable rugs. Mehmetoglu told us that she uses Ruggable rugs in high-traffic areas around her home to make cleaning messes easier, especially those caused by her children. “They have many different sizing and design options [and] the instructions are very clear on how to properly care and maintain your rug,” she said.

All of Ruggable’s rugs come with two pieces: a lightweight rug cover and a non-slip rug pad, which can vary in thickness. The rug cover goes over the pad and “clings” to it to keep it in place. Users can vacuum or brush their rug, as well as wash it with mild detergent and dry it on low heat, the brand says.

The brand’s Moroccan Diamond Plush Rug comes in four standard area rug sizes and is water-resistant and stain-resistant, according to the brand. Select editor Morgan Greenwald has had her plush rug for over a year and said it feels just as soft as when it first arrived, even after putting it through several wash cycles.

Best affordable washable rug: Gorilla Grip

Gorilla Grip Faux-Fur Washable Rug

The terms “fur” and “machine-washable” typically don’t go hand in hand, but this faux fur rug makes it possible — and it’s the most affordable option on this list, to boot. It’s topped with a layer of soft, warm shag that measures 2 inches high, according to the brand. The rug is offered in 20 solid colors and seven sizes, with the largest option measuring 6 feet by 9 feet.

Best washable shag rug: Room Essentials

Room Essentials Plush Shag Rug

Kathy Turley, director of marketing at Home Clean Heroes, told us Target offers several high-quality throw rugs on the smaller side “ideal for the bathroom or kitchen.” If you’re looking to add some texture to your floors, this shag rug option — which is exclusive to the retailer — comes in three sizes, ranging from 2.5 feet by 3.8 feet to 7 feet by 10 feet. The brand says the rug is made with skid-resistant materials to prevent it from slipping around on hard floors and it’s available in three colors: Cream, Gray and Pink.

Best patterned washable rug: Ruggable

Soraya Trellis Sage Rug

Susan Peters, owner and interior designer for 9108 Designs, said she purchased the Soraya Trellis Sage Rug from Ruggable for one of her clients because its design and colors are both “stylish and functional.” Like other Ruggable pieces, the brand says this rug is machine-washable and stain-resistant, and it comes with a rug cover and non-slip rug pad. This rug can be customized to fit almost any space, according to Ruggable — it’s offered as an area rug, runner or circle rug in a variety of sizes.

Best reversible washable rug: DII

DII Contemporary Reversible Indoor Area Rag Rug

Our experts told us washable rugs should be washed no more than once a month to ensure longevity. So, if you’re getting a rug for a highly trafficked area, a reversible rug may be a worthwhile option to cover up any minor spills or messes. The DII Reversible Rug is offered in 22 different colors and patterns and in multiple sizes ranging from 2 feet by 3 feet to 4 feet by 6 feet. The rug has grips to keep it in place, but the brand says a rug liner between flooring is recommended to prevent the transfer of colors.

Best multicolor washable rug: Ruggable

Ruggable Lunara Geo Polychrome Rug

If you’re looking to add a little bit of color in your living spaces, the Lunara Geo Polychrome Rug from Ruggable sports a combination of copper, deep teal blue, dark turquoise and silver haze. Pamela O’Brien, principal interior designer at Pamela Hope Designs, said she bought this rug for a client’s ranch due to its ability to “blend well with the woven rugs in the other areas of the home.” O’Brien noted that she was able to create an “attractive and functional collection of rugs that added color, texture and style to the ranch” as a result. This option comes in a variety of sizes, up to 9 feet by 12 feet.

What are the benefits of a washable rug?

Washable rugs can be just as visually appealing as traditional rugs, but they provide some additional peace of mind if you’re decorating a busy area of your home or if you have kids and pets. “While having Persian, silk or brand name carpets is appealing, they are not always easy to take care of in high-traffic areas in your home, especially with pets or children,” Mehmetoglu said.

All rugs are inherently washable — however, rugs that brand themselves as “washable” can typically be machine-washed, which can save you both time and money. Traditional rugs often need to be sent out to a professional for washing, and that process is ultimately “much more expensive than just using your own washer,” Mehmetoglu said.

Washing your rugs regularly can also reduce dust and allergens and control asthma and allergy symptoms, according to Melanie Carver, chief mission officer of the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America. “The carpet fibers and the pad under the carpet can trap and hold particles like dust as well as allergens like dust mites, pet dander, pest debris, and mold spores — when you vacuum or otherwise ‘disturb the carpet,’ it can cause these irritants and allergens to become airborne as well,” Carver said. She added that regularly washing area rugs in water that is 130 degrees Fahrenheit or hotter can help mitigate these allergens and dust particles.

However, there are some drawbacks: Washable rugs are often thinner, which may make them less durable and cause their corners to curl up over time (a common tripping hazard).

What to consider when buying a washable rug

Before you shop for any rug, you’ll need to make sure it fits in your space, both physically and visually: You’ll want a piece that seamlessly blends with your existing furniture and decor. Our experts highlighted other features to keep in mind while considering washable rug options, including any required maintenance, as well as the material the rug is made of.

Material

Most washable rugs are made with synthetic materials like polyester and nylon, which can more easily stand up to the abrasiveness of washing machines. There are some washable rugs made from natural materials like cotton and wool, but they tend to be more expensive and may not last as long since those materials can’t stand up to multiple washes, according to our experts.

“You’ll want to steer clear of washing any rugs with a jute backing because it tends to absorb water,” said Turley. “Just follow the same guidelines as you would for your clothing — you wouldn't put a wool sweater in the washing machine, so a wool rug shouldn't go in, either.”

Size

Not only does your washable rug have to fit in your room, but it also has to also fit in your washing machine. “I would suggest being careful of the size that you choose — you will want it to be able to fit in your washer rather than having to send it out to be cleaned or having to go to the laundromat to wash the rug,” Peters said. If you have a small washing machine, you might want to consider two smaller rugs that can be washed independently instead of a single larger rug so as to not overstuff your machine, Turley noted.

Maintenance

While washable rugs are meant to be washed, you shouldn’t wash them every day (or even every week) — Turley said washing your rug once a month should suffice. In order to make them last as long as possible and avoid wear and tear, you should consider only washing your rugs when they’re actually dirty or stained — like any other rug, washable rugs can be vacuumed or spot cleaned.

Machine-washable rugs can typically be put in the dryer depending on the brand and material, but that may result in damage to the rug fibers as well as shrinkage, according to our experts. Although it may take a long time for your rug to air dry (especially if it’s on the larger side), “it’s best to air dry machine-washable rugs if you want to preserve their quality,” Mehmetoglu said.

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