Pros and Cons of Machine Washable Ruggable Rugs

When my sister visited a few weeks ago with her dog Jovie in tow, I was excited to see them. That is until … Jovie decided to leave a steaming brown gift on my new rug! The silver lining of this story is that she chose my new Ruggable machine washable rug to go on! With all the buzz about Ruggable rugs, I of course had to find out if they live up to the hype and I’m sharing all the Ruggable rugs pros and cons, my favorite rug designs (at the end of this post), plus a look into my updated sunroom. If you have pets, kids, allergies, are spill prone, or just want a rug that you can toss into the washing machine, these rugs might be for you.

Ruggable Rugs Pros and Cons - get all the pros and cons of owning this machine washable rug

I’ve been eyeing these rugs for awhile so when Ruggable reached out to see if I wanted to collaborate, of course I said yes. I’m providing my honest opinion so you can make an educated decision for yourself. This post also contains affiliate links which means if you make a purchase, I may earn a small commission at no extra cost to you.

Let’s get down to the nitty gritty of the pros and cons of owning a Ruggable rug and what you need to know before you buy one for yourself …


  • MACHINE WASHABLE! After my sisters dog pooped on my rug, into the wash it went (delicate, cold cycle) and dryer (on low).
  • Two Piece Non-Slip System – the rug cover (the pretty part) is water and stain resistant and removes from the velcro-like rug pad when you’re ready to wash it.
  • Change the Look – Just purchase a new rug cover (no need to buy another rug pad) and you can change out the look of your rug in an instant.
  • Free Exchanges – If you decide you don’t love the look of the rug, you can exchange it for free.
  • Lots of Designs – There seems to be something for everyone from traditional to modern and they recently introduced these plush rugs that I would love to try! I chose the Ayana Leopard Rug 
  • Many Sizes – from runners all the way up to 9′ x 12′.
  • Pet Approved – My dog loves playing on the rug (my old rug has the snags to prove it) but this rug is tightly bound so there have been no shedding or snags.


  • Returns – Returns cost $25 (but exchanges are free) so make sure the rug is in perfect condition with no pet hair, dander, etc.
  • Thickness – it’s not thick and plush (doesn’t bother me but thought it worth mentioning) but it is comfortable underfoot and soft enough to lay on.
  • Washing Machine Capacity – you need a minimum 2.2 cubic feet capacity for rugs up to the 6′ round, 3.8 cubic feet for 8′ x 10″, and 4.2 cubic feet for 9′ x 12′ rugs.
  • Hard Floors Only – recommended for use on hard flooring only (not on top of carpet).
  • Edges Lifting – I have not had this problem with my rug after only one wash but I have read other reviews that report edges and corners curling up after washing.

Ruggable Rug Honest Review - love this leopard pattern rug

Follow the Instructions!

You’ll be frustrated if you try doing it your way (believe me)! Follow the directions that come with your rug and it will be so much easier (although I still have a couple of “bubbles” where I couldn’t get the rug to lay flat). You could probably lay down a smaller rug by yourself but I was happy to have my husband help me put down our large 8′ x 10′ rug (I don’t think I could have done it alone but it was much easier the second time).

I chose the Ayana Leopard Rug (8′ x 10′) and love the oversized, almost abstract print! If you look closely at the photo below (under the blue cabinet), you can see where I had a little bit of difficulty getting the lumps out of the rug.

Tip: go with the largest rug that you can to make your space look bigger (I had a smaller 6′ x 9′ rug here previously and when my sister visited she exclaimed how much larger the room looks with the bigger rug)!

Love this leopard Ruggable rug in this plant filled sunroom

It’s Sushi approved!

This adorable Boston Terrier shows off the two piece Ruggable rug pad and cover

You can see the black pad below that has a velcro like texture to keep the rug in place. Just peel the rug cover from the pad when you want to wash it.

Love this large scale print leopard rug

Sushi is thrilled in the knowledge that she can roll around on the rug to her hearts content.

Love this neutral room with gray sofa and leopard rug and the pop of colorful art

I’m thrilled with the look of the rug and love the pattern!

I think these rugs would be great in kitchens, dining rooms, kids rooms and mudrooms. They are not thick and plush (although they just introduced this new line of plush rugs) so if that’s the look you’re going for, keep that in mind. I’m happy that I don’t have to worry about this rug and if a spill or a stain does happen again, I can just throw it right back into my washing machine!

Bottom line – if you have high traffic areas, a rowdy family who is spill prone, messy animals (or ones that visit!), then Ruggable will be a lifesaver!

Here are some more of my favorite Ruggable rugs …

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  1. I am very intrigued by Ruggable rugs. Being able to machine wash the rug is a huge plus, especially if you live with pets. The design that you chose is so pretty and it looks great in your space.

  2. Thanks Kelly I have wondered and thought they would be nice to have for certain areas, like kitchen and hallway. Sushi really likes it and that’s what matters,lol!!

  3. I just ordered a small one for my kitchen! Interested to see how it holds up and washes! I had heard that about the curling as well, so I hope it won’t be an issue.

  4. I love this rug in your sunroom. I love the pattern you picked. Thank you for all this info! Sushi is adorable as always!

  5. I have 3 of these rugs, one 8 X 10, and two runners 2.5′ X 7′. I love the runners in my kitchen and my closet (where for some reason if my dog decides to be bad is where she goes!!). I agree with everything you said about them. The one in the kitchen is great and easy to wash and I don’t mind at all that it’s very “flat”. I have not tried to wash the big one and I’m afraid I’ll have to go to the laundromat for that one, but having the option is good. They can be challenging to get to lay flat and on the runner if you don’t have it lined up perfectly you’re “re-rolling” for sure. THe other thing I notice is I have to use “low” settings on my Dyson, it wants to pull up the rug otherwise. I really like being able to wash my rug with my dog and messy husband!

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