Last updated: August 7, 2021

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Welcome to our large outdoor carpet test 2021. Here we present all the carpets we have tested for outdoor use. We have compiled detailed background information for you and also added a summary of customer reviews on the web.

We would like to make your purchase decision easier and help you find the best outdoor rug for you.

You will also find answers to frequently asked questions in our guide. If available, we also offer interesting test videos. Furthermore, you will also find some important information on this page that you should definitely pay attention to if you want to buy an outdoor rug.




The most important facts

  • Outdoor carpets are specially designed for outdoor use. Thanks to their special properties, they defy wind and weather and are suitable for almost any surface.
  • With an outdoor rug, you can create a living room outdoors without having to do without a soft, warming surface.
  • Outdoor rugs are available in many different sizes and shapes, in every imaginable colour and pattern. So there is a suitable variant for every space and every taste.

The best outdoor carpet: Our picks

Guide: Questions you should ask yourself before buying an outdoor rug

What characteristics must an outdoor rug have?

Since outdoor carpets, as the name suggests, are intended especially for outdoor or wet areas, they must have some properties that are completely irrelevant for normal carpets.

They should be weatherproof, i.e. able to withstand all weather conditions without suffering damage. UV resistance and light fastness are two of the most important factors, otherwise the carpet may fade or crumble.

In addition, the tolerance of moisture and, if necessary, the drainage of water, so that no waterlogging and thus mould forms on your carpet.

An outdoor carpet should also be resistant, robust and as durable as possible and, like any other carpet, comfortable for the skin and dermatologically well tolerated.

In addition to the term outdoor carpet, you will also find the terms outdoor carpet, patio carpet or carpet for the balcony, carpet for outside as well as the spellings outdoor carpet and outdoor rug.

For which surface is an outdoor carpet suitable?

Basically, you can use an outdoor rug on any surface. However, in some places you should only use it for a short time, in others you can leave it all summer long.

For long-term use, we recommend a clean, dry surface, preferably flat, on which your rug lies well.

These conditions, clean, dry and flat, can be found, for example, on balconies and terraces, regardless of whether they are made of wood, stone, plastic or tiles. The same applies to corresponding areas in your garden.

Outdoor carpets are specially designed for outdoors and can be used on any surface. (Image source: pexels.com / Lisa Fotios)

For short-term use, e.g. camping, garden parties or weddings, you can also use your outdoor rug on grass, sand or gravel without any problems.

What does an outdoor rug cost?

Carpets for outdoor or wet areas, for balconies, terraces and gardens, are available in a wide range of price categories.

Depending on the size, type and look, you can get an outdoor rug for as little as 10 euros, while high-priced versions cost up to over 700 euros.

The price differences are primarily due to the type of production. Inexpensive versions are made by machine, more expensive ones mostly by hand. But of course, factors such as size and the effort required for patterns or production with drainage studs also play a role.

Why are outdoor carpets made of polypropylene and what are the advantages and disadvantages of this material?

Polypropylene is a plastic that combines all the properties that an outdoor rug should have.

Polypropylene is lightfast, weather- and UV-resistant, hardly absorbs moisture and dries quickly.

It is also dirt-repellent, durable, tear-resistant and dimensionally stable. Polypropylene can be easily cleaned and is dermatologically well tolerated.

However, it belongs to the plastic category, which does not have a good environmental balance. Polypropylene is relatively easy to recycle, but only a small part of it is actually recycled.

Polypropylene does not decompose but grinds into microplastics, toxic chlorine gas escapes during incineration and the manufacturing process of polypropylene is very energy-intensive.

Advantages
  • Weatherproof, UV-resistant, non-fading
  • Moisture-repellent, dries quickly
  • Durable, dimensionally stable
  • Dermatologically safe
Disadvantages
  • Breaks down into microplastics
  • Produces chlorine gas
  • Energy-intensive manufacturing process

What alternatives are there to outdoor carpets?

If you don't want to buy an outdoor carpet but are still looking for a floor covering for your balcony, terrace or garden, the following alternatives are available:

  • Artificial grass carpet
  • Carpet made of robust natural fibres

Artificial grass carpet

Artificial grass carpets are similar in texture and appearance to natural grass. They are hard-wearing, durable, resistant and weatherproof.

They are often equipped with a drainage system and studs that prevent waterlogging and thus mould growth. Like natural grass, the synthetic version is pleasant to walk on.

Classically, artificial grass carpets are green, but they are now also available in various other colours.

Carpet made of robust natural fibres

If you want a carpet made of natural fibres, you can choose between different materials. They all have similar properties.

As a rule, they are not equipped with a drainage system and are therefore only suitable for outdoor use to a limited extent. The following materials are suitable for carpets:

  • Sisal
  • Coconut
  • Sea grass
  • Jute

To give you a better overview, we have compiled the alternatives in a table.

Material Properties
Artificial grass Hard-wearing, durable, resistant, weatherproof, usually with drainage system
Sisal Robust, tough and resistant, water-repellent, lightfast, susceptible to stains, easy to clean
Coir Hard-wearing, heat-insulating, antistatic, rather rough surface, easy to clean
Seagrass Tough, even tougher than coir or sisal, resistant to stains and dirt
Jute Tough, tough, water-repellent, lightfast, easy to clean

Buying criteria: You can use these criteria to compare and evaluate outdoor carpets

When it comes to buying criteria, we distinguish between:

  • Material
  • Shape and size
  • Optics
  • Drainage or studs
  • Slip resistance

In the following section we have summarised what is important in the individual criteria.

Material

Carpets suitable for outdoor use are primarily made of 100% polypropylene, rarely as a mixture of polypropylene with other plastics or purely of other plastics.

In order to enjoy your outdoor carpet for a long time, it should always be ensured that it has the properties that are important for outdoor use.

If you want to do something good for the environment, you should choose a carpet made of recycled plastic. Its production is less energy-intensive than the production of new plastic.

If you want to use your outdoor rug in a weather-protected area, you can also use alternative materials, as the rug will only be exposed to the weather to a small extent.

Shape and size

Outdoor rugs come in a variety of shapes and sizes. The shapes range from square to rectangular to round.

The sizes range from small and medium-sized rugs to large ones that can accommodate a seating set for several people. You are sure to find the right carpet for you.

Optics

When it comes to looks, the choice is enormous. You can decide freely according to your taste.

There are patio and outdoor carpets ranging from single-coloured to two- or three-coloured to colourful and flashy, from plain to discreetly patterned to wildly patterned. There are thick and thin, long and short pile carpets and also carpets in braided or sisal look.

Drainage or studs

Drainage is particularly useful for outdoor carpets that are exposed to strong weather conditions.

Drainage ensures that water can drain away, thus preventing waterlogging and mould.

To do this, the carpet must be water-permeable on the one hand and have studs on the underside instead of a closed back on the other. These slightly raise the carpet so that the water can drain away unhindered.

If you choose an outdoor rug without drainage, you must allow it to dry thoroughly after rain, as well as the subfloor.

Slip resistance

To prevent your outdoor rug from slipping, it should lie securely and stably on the ground.

Therefore, please always look at the manufacturer's specifications for information on slip resistance or inform yourself about customer reviews and/or customer questions.

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