Amazon Kitchen Rugs

Amazon Kitchen Rugs

Why it’s great: Rag rugs rank among the best choices for a kitchen, because they’re machine washable and they look okay with a bit of wear and tear. We like Safavieh’s handwoven rag rugs, which cost less than most other rag rugs we’ve seen, feel comfortable to walk on, and come in a wide range of colors and sizes. The design, consisting of variegated yarns (or rags), means that most small stains will simply blend in. This rug is easy to flip over or toss in the wash—and if you really ruin it, it’s inexpensive to replace (it’s the least expensive of the kitchen options we looked at). Editor Christine Cyr Clisset has had the multicolor version of this rug for a year, and it’s holding up well—just a few of the yarns have pulled out slightly. And the white one has held up well in a kitchen through four months of testing; I toss it in the wash every couple of weeks to keep the color nice. You can sometimes find Safavieh’s area rugs for better prices on Amazon, though the selection is a bit scattershot.
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Amazon Kitchen Rugs

Rooster Kitchen Rugs Add a touch of European elegance to the entryway or kitchen with rooster kitchen rugs. Choose rectangular accent rugs, comfortable three-piece rug sets, and larger accent rugs to boost the style and provide warmth underfoot.
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Amazon Kitchen Rugs

The Hook & Loom cotton rugs all feel slightly bumpy—but still cushy if you use a thick rug pad underneath—and there is some variation of feel within the line. Savannah and Wild Diamonds feel the smoothest underfoot and would be the best choice for a comfy rug for a bedroom. Solids and stripes have a little more texture. The Ashley, Deerfield, and Shelbourne rugs feel the bumpiest underfoot, and would work best in a dining room, kitchen, or living room. The braided rugs may look a little too country for some, but we think they’d look quirky and homey in some modern spaces. Out of all the rugs we tested for the kitchen, the Chester Eco Cotton Rug in denim/white was a standout: “It’s at the same time casual and chic,” one tester said.
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Amazon Kitchen Rugs

Living room: A rug in your living room can help define a space to hang out in. Living room rugs can be a little rougher than rugs for the bedroom, as you’re not likely to spend as much time here with bare feet. (Though if you have a no-shoes policy at your house, you can get away with spending more money on something soft, as it will be subjected to less dirt and therefore last longer.) Flatweaves, low-pile, and higher-pile rugs can work in living rooms. If you can’t afford to cover the space between all of your furniture, consider multiple rugs arranged to unite specific areas where conversation happens.
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Amazon Kitchen Rugs

We spent more than 40 hours researching hundreds of budget area rugs, interviewing experts, and testing rugs with panelists, then put our feet on our favorites at home (and let a cat do his best to destroy them) for many more hours. Of the 28 rugs we tested, we highly recommend 15 that come in multiple sizes, colors, and patterns. We have picks for flat-woven, low-pile, and high-pile rugs that will suit a range of functional purposes and decorating styles.
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Amazon Kitchen Rugs

Low-pile rugs have yarns that extend up to a fourth of an inch from the rug’s backing. The surface is flat and supportive, while also providing more cushioning than a flatweave rug. They’re great for dining rooms since you can scoot chairs around on them, but bare feet will also have a nice surface to rest on. Low-pile rugs work well in kid’s rooms, since they’re soft enough for kids to roll around on and are generally easier to clean than a higher-pile rug. (Low-pile rugs are commonly found in schools.) These rugs will also benefit from a thick rug pad.
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Amazon Kitchen Rugs

Add a touch of European elegance to the entryway or kitchen with rooster kitchen rugs. Choose rectangular accent rugs, comfortable three-piece rug sets, and larger accent rugs to boost the style and provide warmth underfoot.
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Amazon Kitchen Rugs

We think these flatweaves will resist signs of wear and tear. After four months of testing, they’ve held up well in a kitchen and a bedroom, and they show dirt less than the polyester competition (as Wagner writes on Rug Chick, polyester rugs love grabbing grime and pet hair). The small geometric patterns found in these rugs do a good job of masking marks and stains, as Jessica Probus, author of Home Decor Cheat Sheets: Need-to-Know Stuff for Stylish Living, told us. You can machine-wash them, so they’re great for a place (think kitchen or dining room) where they are likely to get spilled on, though you’ll need to take larger sizes to a laundromat. They’ll also work as hallway or bathroom rugs. With a thick rug pad, they can even be a good option for your bedroom.
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If you want your rugs to function well and look great for as long as possible, make sure that you’re getting the right type of rug for each space. You’ll need sturdier rugs for a high-traffic entryway or kitchen, while you may want something plusher for a bedroom. Here’s a breakdown of the best types of rugs for each room.
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Kitchen: Having a rug to stand on while you chop veggies or wash dishes can be more pleasant for your feet than cold tile. Plus, it can add unexpected color and texture to the floor. A kitchen rug should be easy to clean (or so cheap that you can toss it after a nasty spill) and nice to stand on for long periods of time. That means flatweave or low-pile, and made out of materials that you can wipe down (nylon or polypropylene) or even throw in the wash (cotton). Indoor/outdoor rugs are generally a good choice, since they can take some abuse. Small rugs or runners work well in this room—place a runner along the floor next to a counter. If you do a lot of standing in your kitchen and don’t care so much about having a brightly colored rug, you can also buy a standing mat. We use this one in our Sweethome test kitchen, and we recommend it in our guide to standing desk mats.
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We sifted through hundreds of rugs on discount home decorating sites like Wayfair and Overstock, and on Amazon. We checked out the offerings from retailers like West Elm, Crate and Barrel, and Pier 1, too. Yet per the advice of Lisa Wagner, a second-generation rug cleaner, we were skeptical of the price of rugs from big-box stores, because they are often made of the same materials as much cheaper counterparts on discount sites.
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We also stained swatches of several rugs with wine and chocolate ice cream to see how easy they were to clean off. Finally, we let a cat roll around on several samples of rugs. Egged on by catnip and treats, he pawed at the rugs; we observed which held up to his claws.
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Flatweave rugs have no “pile”—that is, no fibers that stick up. They’re a good option if you’re looking for a budget rug to cover a large space or for a high-traffic area. Generally, a decent flatweave won’t cost as much as a quality rug with pile, and will be easier to keep looking nice year in and year out. Flatweaves won’t trap as much dirt as rugs with pile, and they’re easy to vacuum or wipe down with a damp cloth. You can even machine wash some of them, such as cotton rag rugs. When they do get stained, most are reversible.
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We also like Land of Nod’s polyester Indoor + Outdoor Rug. It’s one of the only predominantly dark rugs we tried that wouldn’t overwhelm a space in a large size, thanks to the white plus signs that break up the color. We did find that this rug attracted more pet hair and dirt, and required more frequent vacuuming to look good. It handled cat barf better than the Hook & Loom rugs we tried, although we prefer the feel of those rugs more.
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Why it’s great: Many kitchen rugs were either made of cotton—and therefore stain-prone—or felt rough underfoot, but not the Koen Grid Indoor-Outdoor Rug. The polypropylene weave feels sturdy and is stain-resistant, and though this wasn’t the softest indoor-outdoor rug we tried, it was pleasant against bare feet. Some of the kitchen rugs we tested that are made of rougher natural fibers, like jute and sisal, were just too scratchy for most of our testers. The Koen Grid rug is easy to wipe down with a wet cloth, and we found that even a red wine stain addressed immediately came out with minimal discoloration. We like this rug’s simple textured beige with stripes, which is more interesting than a solid neutral and will distract from small stains, too. If you’re not sold, buy a rug swatch for $15 to see the design in person first.