The 9 Best Area Rugs to Buy in 2018

The Right Rug Can Really Elevate Your Living Space.

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  • 01 of 09

    Best For Pets: Avonmore Jadiete 10 ft. x 13 ft. Area Rug

    Avonmore Jadiete 10 ft. x 13 ft. Area Rug

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    When you have a pet—especially a cat or a dog—choosing the right rug is crucial to preserve the lifespan of your purchase. Of course, in the event of accidents or muddy paws, you’ll want something relatively stain-resistant and easy to clean. Avoid jute or sisal, since they tend to absorb stains and odors. You’ll also want to think about the rug’s construction. Avoid rugs with continuous loops, since claws can easily snag the fibers and cause fraying or piling.

    This rug is made of synthetic material that doesn’t absorb stains and odors. It’s also stain-resistant, making it a great choice for areas with high foot traffic. The rug’s low profile makes it easy to vacuum and spot clean, too. Though it’s pricier than many of the other options on this list, it’s well worth the investment if you own pets.

  • 02 of 09

    Best Stain Resistant: Hand-Woven Black Indoor/Outdoor Area Rug

    Hand-Woven Black Indoor/Outdoor Area Rug

    Courtesy of Wayfair

    It’s particularly important to choose a stain-resistant rug in dining areas and highly-trafficked rooms. A synthetic indoor/outdoor rug like this one is a great choice for these spots, since they are very durable and easy to care for.

    This geometric black and white handwoven rug is fade-, stain-, weather-, and mildew-resistant. Plus, the pattern helps mask any stubborn spots that linger, despite your best efforts.

    Use it on a patio, a covered porch, a three-season room, or even in your kitchen or dining room.

  • 03 of 09

    Best for High Traffic Areas: Wilkins Hand-Tufted Gray/Blue Area Rug

    Wilkins Hand-Tufted Gray/Blue Area Rug

    Courtesy of Wayfair

    There are two golden rules when it comes to selecting a rug for a highly-trafficked area of your home: Look for a durable material like wool and choose a darker color that has some pattern to it.

    Wool rugs look high-end, but are long lasting—especially if you use a rug pad underneath to help absorb some of the shock that comes along with constant foot traffic. They’re also easy to clean.

    And although you might think a black rug would most easily mask any dirt or stains, rugs that are too dark have a tendency to show crumbs and other small particles. Plus, dark materials tend to fade faster. Of course, white or cream is not a good choice either. Opt for something in the middle—like this dark blue option—that has speckles or a pattern to help conceal minor debris.

  • 04 of 09

    Best Neutral: Safavieh Handwoven Natural Fiber Natural Accents Chunky Thick Jute Rug

    Jute rugs are popular, because they’re sustainable and made from natural materials. They’re also fairly low-maintenance. They mask dirt, dust, and even sand between cleanings, but are easy to vacuum or beat clean.

    If you have pets or kids who tend to spill, jute may not be the best choice. The natural material is very absorbent, making it prone to staining and odors. And since it can’t be steam-cleaned, there’s not much you can do to fix these problems.

    That said, jute is a relatively affordable option that looks great in a wide range of spaces, thanks to its neutral color.

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  • 05 of 09

    Best for Halls: Aldergrove Handwoven Beige Area Rug

    Aldergrove Handwoven Beige Area Rug

    Courtesy of Wayfair

    Thanks to its low pile height, this flat woven rug is durable and long lasting, which makes it a great choice for a highly trafficked area like the hallway. The thin pile height also makes it easy to clean—all it needs is a regular vacuuming to remove minor debris and dirt.

    If there’s a downside to this rug, it’s that the low pile height is thin and doesn’t provide much cushion. A plush rug pad can help absorb impact and muffle any noise that may travel between floors. Plus, the good news is that coziness isn’t as important in the hallway as it is in another area, like a bedroom or a play space.

  • 06 of 09

    Best Nursery: Tuscan Dotted Diamond Trellis Nursery

    Tuscan Dotted Diamond Trellis Nursery

    Courtesy of Rugs USA

    In a nursery, you want an area rug that’s comfortable enough for baby to lounge on. But perhaps just as importantly, you also want a rug that’s easy to clean. Let’s face it: Babies are messy! This rug delivers in both areas. Wool is soft and comfortable, but it’s also a natural material that’s hypoallergenic—perfect for baby’s sensitive skin. Wool is also very durable and easy to clean, thanks to its low profile. For stubborn spills and stains, it can spot-treated or steam-cleaned, too.

    This particular rug is a great choice, because it comes in five soft colors, ranging from pale pink and blue to cream.

  • 07 of 09

    Best Bedroom: Unique Loom Solo Solid Shag Collection Modern Plush Cloud Gray Area Rug

    When it comes to the bedroom, comfort is key. You want the space you sleep in to be inviting. And when you wake up in the morning, you want your first step to be on a supremely plush carpet, not a cold, hard floor.

    This shag rug delivers on those promises, plus comes in 23 different colors to suit any decor style and a wide range of sizes to fit any space. It’s also easy to clean, stain-resistant, and won’t shed.

  • 08 of 09

    Best Overall: Herringbone Handwoven Indigo Area Rug

    Herringbone Handwoven Indigo Area Rug

    Courtesy of Wayfair

    If you need an area rug, you can’t go wrong with this beautiful handwoven indigo option. It’s made of soft cotton, making it sustainable and eco-friendly, as well as affordable.

    The small chevron pattern adds just enough interest, without detracting from the rest of your decor. The pattern also helps mask small debris and minor stains between cleanings.

    Though this area rug is only meant for indoor use, it’ll look great in nearly any room, from a home office to a bedroom or even a kitchen.

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  • 09 of 09

    Best Budget: nuLOOM Moroccan Blythe Area Rug

    A tight budget does equal a cheap rug that smells like chemicals, sheds regularly, and unravels after a few months of foot traffic. These days, you can get perfectly adequate—and frankly, very attractive—rugs at very low prices.

    Take this synthetic option, for example. It features a modern Moroccan trellis design that’s available in six colors, from a muted gray that’s appropriate for a living room to a multicolored option that’s fun for a playroom. Although most color options skew on the light side, a low pile height makes the rug easy to clean. In fact, more than 400 reviewers give this rug five stars, with one reviewer saying it just doesn’t seem to stain—ever. He says his rug has managed to stand up against dog messes, mud, dry dirt, and even spilled drinks.

Our Process

Our writers spent 3 hours researching the most popular area rugs on the market. Before making their final recommendations, they considered 25 different rugs overall, screened options from 6 different brands and manufacturers, read over 50 user reviews (both positive and negative), and tested 1 of the rugs themselves. All of this research adds up to recommendations you can trust.