These cleverly designed rugs are machine washable so I never have to worry about spills – plus they’re incredibly affordable

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  • Rugs are a great piece of home decor, but they can be difficult to maintain.
  • Ruggable’s polyester chenille rugs ($59.30+) are affordable, attractive, and easy to clean.
  • I used and washed a Ruggable rug in my own apartment, and the process went seamlessly.

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Rugs are an essential part of home decor, providing the foundation upon which your furniture and other decor sit. However, they’re a huge pain to clean: you need to bring them outside and use a host of different tools and cleaners or possibly spend a lot of money letting a professional take care of them. You start to wonder whether their aesthetic appeal is worth the inconvenience of care and maintenance.

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Before you decide to put off cleaning your rug for yet another week, you might want to take a look at rugs Ruggable. It makes two-piece rug and non-slip pad systems that are easy to assemble and maintain, and most importantly, machine-washable. After trying a Ruggable rug in my own apartment, I found that enjoying a stylish rug in my home can actually be simple, not to mention affordable.

Design options

After I measured out the size of rug I wanted, I scrolled through a variety of patterns and colors on Ruggable’s site and decided on one that matched my apartment style. There are intricate designs and geometric prints as well as to modern ones, so finding one that matches your aesthetic shouldn’t be too hard. There’s also a good range of styles: 3’x 5′, 2.5’x 7′, 5’x 7′, and 8’x 10′.

A 5’x 7′ rug set averages $130, which is on par with other affordable rugs you might find on Wayfair, but the clear differences are the unique two-piece system and machine-washable quality.

How Ruggable rugs work

The rug covers are made up of three layers – 100% woven polyester chenille top surface, a 100% polyurethane internal waterproof barrier in the middle, and a 100% polyester knit bottom surface.

The 1/8-inch thick rug cover will come with a rug pad. This nonslip pad is also 1/8-inch thick and features Ruggable‘s patented “Cling Effect Technology,” which is what keeps the rug cover and rug pad stuck together.

Once you unroll the cover and pad, which arrive together in a box, line them up on top of each other and attach the pieces. The rug cover’s underside will stick to the rug pad’s top surface, which has a texture and stickiness similar to Velcro. After the two pieces are attached, they won’t fall apart if you shake it out, and you’ll have to manually pull the layers apart.

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Setup process

Carefully lining up the edges might take a little time the first time you do it, but overall it’s not too tricky. The complete process from taking the rug out of the box to fully assembling it took me all of 10 minutes.

The rugs are not extremely thick but provide enough cushion-y comfort without blocking door openings, and they’re easier to move and transport since you can fold up the rug cover.

Cleaning the rug

The real test came when it was time to wash it after a couple of weeks of regular foot traffic from my roommates and our cat. I removed the cover from the pad and threw the cover in the washing machine on the cold water setting, then dried it in the dryer on low heat (medium also works well, but don’t use high heat).

It was as easy and quick as washing a regular load of laundry, and the cover came out looking as good as new. Then, I just reattached it to the rug pad and the rug was ready to use again.

The rug pad is not machine-washable and should be spot treated. However, since the top of it rarely comes in contact with anything other than the rug cover, any time spent spot treating will likely be minimal.

The bottom line

Ruggable’s rugs are designed for people who lead understandably busy and messy lives. Most of us don’t live in the pristine settings captured by design magazines, but the convenience and style of a Ruggable rug got me one step closer to that dream.

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The best places to buy area rugs in 2021

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  • A good area rug adds personality to your space and keeps your floors protected.
  • Rugs USA is the best place to buy area rugs because of its enormous selection and pricing that will fit any budget.

Whether you have hardwood floors to protect from kids, dogs, or high heels; you have an unsightly scuff or stain you want to hide; or you simply need to add a bit of pizzazz to an otherwise bland space, area rugs serve a ton of purposes.

Because personal taste factors so heavily into the area rug you ultimately pick, we’ve chosen to focus on our favorite area rug retailers rather than individual rugs we like. Members of the Insider Reviews team have experience with every retailer in our guide, so we can attest to the quality of the rugs they supply, the excellence of their customer service, and the intuitive user experiences of their websites.

These are the best places to buy area rugs online

The best place to buy area rugs overall

Rugs USA

Rugs USA offers thousands of rugs in a variety of styles and price points, and they’re made from high-quality materials that hold up very well over time. 

Rugs USA currently has nearly 8,000 area rugs for sale from doormats to whole room area rugs ranging in price from a few dollars to a few thousand. Styles available include Moroccan, contemporary, and shag, and that’s just the beginning. With such a large selection across the spectrum of style and budget, if you can’t find an area rug you love at Rugs USA, you may not be able to find it anywhere.

I currently have two large room-size area rugs from Rugs USA in my apartment. They arrived rolled up in long boxes, secured and protected in plastic wrap. They were a bit unwieldy, but some awkwardness is to be expected when shipping an 8-foot by 10-foot rug. Both rugs arrived in pristine condition — including a white one — so you won’t have to worry about your clean new rugs getting marred in transit. Two years later, they’ve held up to cat scratches, high foot traffic, and several furniture rearrangements.

Insider Reviews senior editor Sally Kaplan also loves Rugs USA for its large selection. But since it has so many rugs on offer, she recommends getting to know the sort feature quite well so you don’t miss that perfect rug hidden deep on page 76.

Read our full review of Rugs USA.

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The best area rugs on a budget

Wayfair Rugs

Wayfair‘s area rugs are budget-friendly, but you won’t have to sacrifice on design or quality — just shop smart, and don’t get too caught up in its massive selection.

If you thought Rugs USA’s selection of nearly 8,000 area rugs was impressive, Wayfair blows that out of the water with nearly 300,000. If you have the patience, you can find great deals on rugs of all styles and sizes. But you will have to commit some time to finding the right rug for your home and sifting through quite a few subpar selections.

It’s important to once again make friends with the sorting tools — we especially like that you can sort by pile height. You may also want to give the user reviews a little more weight than usual. We don’t often recommend this as many user reviews can be fake or manipulated, but with such a vast catalog to sort through, they can be a handy tool to help you narrow down which rugs are high-quality choices and which might wear out quickly.

Many rug styles are available in a range of sizes, so also make sure to double-check the dimensions of what you’re buying. Wayfair has great prices, but don’t be duped into buying a doormat-sized rug when you thought you were getting a room-sized one. Sometimes low prices can be too good to be true.

Worth a look:

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The best modern area rugs

West Elm Rugs

For modern area rugs that provide a subtle backdrop to your decor, West Elm provides a myriad of options at a mid-tier price point.

If you’re looking to splurge a bit more to upgrade your space, we love West Elm’s selection of area rugs. They’re a bit more expensive than some of our other picks, but the unique designs add a distinctly modern and sophisticated look to your space.

You’ll also have peace of mind in your purchase knowing that many of their rugs are fair trade, denoted by a clear symbol near the item as you scroll, so you’ll know at a glance. Another symbol denotes which rugs are handwoven, and you can click to learn more about the weavers. It’s a nice touch that gives you more context about your purchase and the artisans you’re supporting.

Though I don’t own any area rugs from West Elm, I do own several pieces of furniture and decor, and I’ve always been impressed by the design and durability of the items I’ve purchased. In the past, West Elm has caught flack for defective merchandise, but it seems to have remedied the issue in the past couple of years. If you do have an issue with your purchase, West Elm takes returns for 30 days and will provide a full refund as long as the item was not final sale.

Worth a look:

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The best vintage rugs

Revival Rugs

Revival Rugs curates vintage, handwoven rugs from Turkey, Morocco, and India and ships them in compact, easy-to-manage packaging.

Vintage one-of-a-kind rugs are one of the best ways to ensure your space is uniquely yours. Rather than scouring flea markets or thrift stores to find a gem, Revival Rugs has done all of that for you, sourcing vintage handmade area rugs directly from Turkey, Morocco, and India. Of course, you’ll pay for the luxury — this is certainly not the most budget-friendly option on our list.

Insider Reviews senior reporter Connie Chen tested Revival Rugs for a full review. She was particularly impressed with how the rugs were shipped in easy-to-manage boxes rather than long unwieldy tubes.

She writes, “My 69-inch by 125-inch rug ($815) was delivered safely to my door in a cardboard box, which has easy-carry side handles. The rug was folded up inside but didn’t seem to have any noticeable or deep creases once I took it out. Revival says it folds rather than rolls up its rugs to make packaging cheaper and less bulky, allowing the company to offer free shipping on its rugs. Once unfolded, your rug should flatten out naturally within a few days.”

Revival also has its own Revival-Made line of limited edition handwoven rugs. Sure, they won’t be one of a kind, but they are much easier on the wallet than the vintage ones.

Read our full review of Revival Rugs.

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The best washable rugs

Ruggable

If you’re worried about kids, pets, or your clumsy self staining your area rugs, all of Ruggable‘s patented rug covers are machine washable and designed to fit in your home washing machine.

Area rugs can be expensive, so losing one to a spill or stain or wearing one out with lots of foot traffic can be tough on the wallet. Ruggable has come up with a system for reviving your area rugs — they’ve made them machine washable. Each area rug comes in two pieces: a rug pad that goes on your floor and a decorative rug cover that attaches to it with a sort of velcro effect.

When your rug cover gets dirty, just detach it from the rug pad, throw it in the washing machine, and reattach it once it’s dry. If you tire of the design you chose, you can buy a new rug cover and save the cost of having to buy a new pad. Ruggable’s rugs come in a variety of styles and sizes, they’re quite budget-friendly, and they ever have outdoor and high-pile options.

Insider Reviews senior reporter Connie Chen also tested Ruggable. She was impressed by how easy the rug cover was to wash and was pleasantly surprised that everything stayed put. She writes, “The company’s patented ‘Cling Effect Technology’ kept the pieces together at all times, the rug didn’t slide around on my floor, and I didn’t have to follow any fancy, special instructions when machine-washing and drying it. 

Read our full review of Ruggable.

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The best for kids’ rooms

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Crate & Kids‘ area rugs range in style from subtle pastels to bright patterns to whimsical designs, but the designs always stay sophisticated.

Like many children of the 90s, the iconic area rug decorated with the roads and brightly colored shops of a small town was a feature of my bedroom. I have distinct memories of driving a toy car along its winding roads. But admittedly, it wasn’t a sophisticated piece of decor.

If you want to upgrade your child’s bedroom or play space with area rugs that balance kid-friendliness with good design sense, Crate & Kids — a Crate & Barrel outpost — is going to be a great bet. They even have a subtler, more aesthetically driven version of the city rug we all remember.

While kid-friendly decor can often lean towards garish with bright colors and designs, Crate & Kids keeps it muted but still fun with geometric patterns, nature scapes, and animal prints. The major downside here is that they are difficult to clean, requiring spot treatment only. Some even call for professional cleaning. If your kid has tornado-like tendencies, you may want to look towards Ruggable or Wayfair and sort through for kid-friendly options there.

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