Updated September 23, 2020 by Allean Phelps

The 10 Best Machine Washable Area Rugs

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This wiki has been updated 9 times since it was first published in September of 2020. Area rugs can enhance nearly any space in the home, but they can also be a hassle to clean, especially if placed in high-traffic areas, like hallways and entryways. As the name implies, however, these choices offer the convenience of machine washing. Most are easy on the wallet, and we have made sure to include a wide variety of colors, shapes and designs to suit all tastes. When users buy our independently chosen editorial selections, we may earn commissions to help fund the Wiki. Skip to the best machine washable area rug on Amazon.

10. Leevan Carpet

9. Hebe Reversible

8. Kimode Bohemian

7. Pauwer Morrocan

6. Cosy Homeer

5. Ophanie Fluffy Shag

4. Amida Abstract

3. Dexi Wave

2. Well Woven Mareva

1. Ruggable Watercolor Abstract

Special Honors

Urban Outfitters Washable Berber Rug by Lorena Canals Urban Outfitters Washable Berber Rug by Lorena Canals is handmade from pure cotton by artisans in India. It features a diamond motif with a braided fringe on the edges. urbanoutfitters.com

Editor's Notes

September 17, 2020:

Washable area rugs are available in a variety of sizes, colors, and textures. Depending on the size of your washer and top-load or front-load capabilities, you must consider the material, pile height, and undersurface. Nevertheless, follow the manufacturer's care instructions to ensure longevity.

The pile height will determine how the carpet feels underfoot and how easy or difficult it is to clean. Generally, the lower the pile (less than 1/4-inches), the easier it is to clean, and the more suitable it is for high-traffic areas. A short pile, like the Amida Abstract, not only hides dirt, but you can vacuum it between washings. Medium pile rugs stand about 1/2-inch high. They feel soft and are suitable for placement anywhere in the home.

Long piles (over 1/2-inch) tend to offer more comfort. In fact, options like the Ophanie Fluffy Shag are soft enough to lie on. But when it comes to placing furniture on them, they are not the best choice. The legs may leave indentations, or the fibers may wrap around the legs. Either way, the rug will wear quickly.

Also, check to see what type of backing is on the rug, Not all brands have a non-skid bottom to prevent sliding. The HEBE Reversible, for example, requires a pad for safe use. The Ruggable Watercolor Abstract two-piece design makes it the most durable and cost-efficient option on this list. Since you only throw the top part in the washer, the bottom portion maintains its structure for continued use.

Area rugs differ in so many ways, each with advantages and downfalls. Still, they help bring style and comfort to your home.


Allean Phelps
Last updated on September 23, 2020 by Allean Phelps

Allean Phelps is a B2B and B2C copywriter with a bachelor’s degree in media communications. Her career has included stints as a journalist, PR guru, marketing specialist, and ghostwriter. When she’s not writing copy, you’ll find her working on DIY projects or looking for images in the clouds with her grandson.


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