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10 Best Washable Rugs for Easy Cleaning

Spills and stains are no match for these machine-washable floor coverings.

Best Washable Rugs
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We updated this guide in September 2022 to add more details to our recommendations, as well as more information about how we evaluate washable rugs and what to look for when you shop.


Whether you have kids, pets, messy hobbies or you simply like to entertain, washable rugs make clean-up so much easier — especially in high-traffic areas where spills and stains are unavoidable. Thanks to the fact that you can toss these miracle floor coverings straight into your washing machine, you can say goodbye to the hassle and cost of professional deep cleaning that typically comes with traditional rugs.

To find the best rug options on the market, the fiber scientists in the Good Housekeeping Institute Textiles Lab researched dozens of washable rugs and evaluated them on factors like material, design, cost, size offerings and — most importantly — ease of cleaning. Our picks are all machine-washable and include a variety of materials (including natural and synthetic), price points and bonus features (like skid-resistant backings), so there's something for every room in your home.

Our top picks:

LAB TIP: Keep in mind that even the best washable rugs should be laundered only occasionally. These rugs can be spot-cleaned and vacuumed regularly to help keep up their appearance, so save the machine-washing for major spills or whenever they're due for a deeper clean. This prevents unnecessary wear and tear and will help keep them looking good as new.

You can read more about how we choose washable rugs — plus everything you need to know to shop for a washable rug — at the end of this guide. Looking for more top-tested ways to clean your carpets? Check out our guides to the best vacuums and the best carpet cleaners.

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Best Overall Washable Rug
Ruggable
Kamran Coral Rug
Ruggable
Fiber Content Polyester
Non-slip backing or pad Yes
2
Best Value Washable Rug
Chardin Home
Diamond Area Rug
Amazon
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Fiber Content Cotton
Non-slip backing or pad No
3
Best Washable Rug for Kitchens
ReaLife Rugs
Machine Washable Rug
RealLife
Fiber content Polyester
Non-slip backing or pad Yes
4
Best Washable Rug for Pets
Gorilla Grip
Faux-Chinchilla Rug
Amazon
Fiber content Polyester and foam
Non-slip backing or pad Yes
5
Best Washable Bath Rug
Home Decorators
Cotton Reversible Bath Rug
Fiber content Cotton
Non-slip backing or pad No
6
Best Skid-Resistant Washable Rug
Maples Rugs
Pelham Vintage Area Rugs
Maples Rugs
Fiber content Polyester
Non-slip backing or pad Yes
7
Best Washable Wool Rug
Lorena Canals
Woolable Lakota Day Rug
Fiber content Wool
Non-slip backing or pad No
8
Best Washable Rug for Playrooms
Ruggable
Rocket Ships Space Blue Rug
Ruggable
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Fiber content Polyester
Non-slip backing or pad Yes
9
Best Washable Outdoor Rug
Well Woven
Diamond Lattice Rug
Well Woven
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Fiber content Nylon
Non-slip backing or pad Yes
10
Best Washable Throw Rug
Ikea
Toftlund Rug
Ikea
Fiber content Polyester
Non-slip backing or pad No
How we chose the best washable rugs
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The experts in the Good Housekeeping Institute Textiles Lab relied on their extensive textile knowledge to choose the best washable rugs.

We assessed the fiber content of the dozens of washable rugs we considered, as well as the backing material to ensure the materials are going to be durable enough for their intended use. We also double-checked that the rug is machine-washable at home and does not require hand-washing or professional cleaning. We also looked at the variety of sizes, colors and designs available to ensure there's something everyone will love. In addition to these factors, for any rug picks that we didn't personally test, we made our recommendations based on our knowledge of brands that have tested well in the past as well as vetted shopper reviews.

What to look for when shopping for the best washable rugs
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✔️ Make sure it's actually machine washable. A search for washable rugs may lead you to some that need to be washed by hand or professionally cleaned. Even when we searched for machine-washable rugs, we found many that weren't truly machine washable. Check the details before you buy; if you're unsure, ask the brand directly.

✔️ Check the size. Washable rugs come in all shapes and sizes, so if you're going to buy one that's large, make sure your washing machine is big enough to hold it. Otherwise, you may need to take it to a commercial-size machine to get cleaned.

✔️ Consider the material. Many washable rugs are made with synthetic materials, which makes them more durable against the agitation of washing machines. You can still find washable rugs that are made with natural materials like wool and cotton, but these aren't as widely available and tend to be more expensive.

Why trust Good Housekeeping?
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Lexie Sachs joined Good Housekeeping in 2013 and has since extensively tested a wide range of home textiles, including rugs, towels, bedding, sheets and more. She has a degree in fiber science from Cornell University and more than 15 years experience in the textiles industry, including merchandising and product development for home products.

Jamie Kim most recently updated this story. She is a freelance writer and consumer product expert with almost two decades of experience, including a full-time stint in the GH Institute Textiles Lab. She also has experience in product development and quality assurance in home textile products such as rugs, bath mats, kitchen mats and more fabric-related products.

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