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Investing in new flooring can be an expensive endeavor, but it is possible to do while remaining within your budget. There is a long list of options to choose from and knowing where to start can be a daunting task. If you’ve already decided to upgrade your flooring with new carpet, you are on the right track. On average, carpeting costs much less than other types of flooring. We have streamlined the list of carpeting choices and narrowed it down to the 10 cheapest carpets on the market. Keep reading to learn more.

PRODUCT FAQ

1. WHAT IS CARPETING?

2. WHAT DOES CARPETING DO?

3. WHAT COSTS SHOULD BE CONSIDERED BEFORE PURCHASING NEW CARPET?

4. WHERE CAN YOU BUY CHEAP CARPET?

HOW WE REVIEWED

Upon researching many carpet retailers, we selected the top 10 cheap carpet options for this article. The following carpets were chosen based on product specs, pros and cons, where to buy, warranty, and price.

OVERALL PRICE RANGE OF CARPETS REVIEWED

In this review, the carpeting prices range between $0.69-$1.89/sq. ft. Carpet prices go up based on the fibers used in the construction and the weight of the carpet. Cheap carpet is usually constructed from polypropylene fibers.

Prices go up with the use of polyester and nylon; wool carpets are the most expensive. Expensive carpet is not always better than cheap carpet. Sometimes carpets cost more because more fibers were used in the construction.

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WHAT WE REVIEWED

  • Mohawk Home & Office 12-ft. Berber/Loop Interior Carpet
  • Home & Office Papago 12-ft. Needlebond Interior/Exterior Carpet
  • Home & Office Grassland 12-ft. Needlebond Interior/Exterior Carpet
  • Marquis Industries Thunder Bay Frieze Carpet 12 ft. Wide
  • Shaw Laguna Hills Frieze Carpet 12 ft. Wide
  • Mohawk Perfect Style Frieze Carpet 12 ft. Wide
  • Dignified – Color Palisades Texture 12 ft. Carpet
  • Gallant – Color Castle Twist 12 ft. Carpet
  • Sutton – Color Estrie Loop 12 ft. Carpet
  • TrafficMASTER Serenity – Pattern Indoor/Outdoor 12 ft. Carpet

Mohawk Home & Office 12-ft. Berber/Loop Interior Carpet

MOHAWK HOME & OFFICE 12-FT. BERBER/LOOP INTERIOR CARPET

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FEATURES

Berber carpet is distinguished by a having a loop pile construction. It’s a great choice for areas with heavy traffic as it is stain-resistant. Berber carpet is a trackless carpet with fibers cut to different heights so that it does not show footprints. Berber carpet is constructed from polypropylene fibers, which makes it a cheap carpet option. The Mohawk Berber Interior Carpet is budget friendly and comes in ten color options.

While berber carpet is affordable and great for high-traffic areas, it also has a few drawbacks to consider. If you are planning to do the installation yourself, you may find it difficult because of the weave pattern. Also, because berber carpet is constructed using a continuous loop method, loose strands can run across large areas of the carpet, which can be costly or impossible to repair. Finally, Berber carpet is not plush and may not provide the softness you desire.

Pros

  • Stain-resistant
  • Durable
  • Trackless design
  • Very affordable
  • 10-year limited warranty
  • Offers 10 color options

Cons

  • Can be difficult to install
  • Runs can occur and be costly to repair
  • Not plush

WARRANTY

The Mohawk Home & Office 12-Ft Berber/Loop Interior Carpet has a 10-year limited warranty, in addition to a 10-year limited stain-resistance warranty.


HOME & OFFICE PAPAGO 12-FT. NEEDLEBOND INTERIOR/EXTERIOR CARPET

 HOME & OFFICE PAPAGO 12-FT. NEEDLEBOND INTERIOR/EXTERIOR CARPET

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FEATURES

Needlebond carpeting offers a specially designed backing, which is installed using a glue-down method only. This means glue will need to be used in the installation. This, however, will add stability to the carpet.

Made from polyester fibers, needlebond carpets resist mildew, are non-allergenic and stain-resistant. With polyester being derived from recycled plastic, this carpet is in-line with green standards. The Home & Office Papago 12-ft. Interior/Exterior Carpet is available in nine different colors.

Pros

  • Stabilized by a glue-down installation
  • Good for interior/exterior
  • Stain-resistant
  • Durable
  • Trackless design
  • Very affordable
  • Non-allergenic
  • Nine color options

Cons

  • Installation requires glue
  • Not plush

WARRANTY

The Home & Office Papago 12-Ft Needlebond Interior/Exterior Carpet has a three-year wear and fade warranty, in addition to a two-year soil and stain warranty.

HOME & OFFICE GRASSLAND 12-FT. NEEDLEBOND INTERIOR/EXTERIOR CARPET

HOME & OFFICE GRASSLAND 12-FT. NEEDLEBOND INTERIOR/EXTERIOR CARPET

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FEATURES

This is another needlebond carpet that requires glue for the installation. It offers the same specifications as the Papago carpet listed above, However, the Grassland carpet comes in eight color options.

Pros

  • Stabilized by a glue-down installation
  • Good for interior/exterior
  • Stain-resistant
  • Durable
  • Trackless design
  • Very affordable
  • Non-allergenic
  • Eight color options

Cons

  • Installation requires glue
  • Not plush

WARRANTY

The Home & Office Grassland 12-Ft Needlebond Interior/Exterior Carpet has a three-year wear and fade warranty, in addition to a two-year soil and stain warranty.

MARQUIS INDUSTRIES THUNDER BAY FRIEZE CARPET 12 FT. WIDE

MARQUIS INDUSTRIES THUNDER BAY FRIEZE CARPET 12 FT. WIDE

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FEATURES

Frieze-style carpet is constructed with loose twists-containing roughly seven to nine twists per inch. The long polyester fibers of frieze-style carpets conceal dirt efficiently and offer a plush surface. Frieze carpets are easier to install due to the length of the fibers, which make concealing the seams easier. One drawback of frieze carpets is that it can be more difficult to remove stains. Luckily, this carpet comes with a lifetime stain-resistance warranty. The Marquis Industries Thunder Bay Frieze Carpet comes in three different color options.

Pros

  • Conceals dirt efficiently
  • Offers a plush surface
  • Easy to install
  • Includes 10-year warranty
  • Lifetime stain-resistance warranty

Cons

  • Only available in three colors

WARRANTY

The Marquis Industries Thunder Bay Frieze Carpet has a 10-year quality-assurance warranty, in addition to a lifetime stain-resistance warranty.

SHAW LAGUNA HILLS FRIEZE CARPET 12-FT. WIDE

SHAW LAGUNA HILLS FRIEZE CARPET 12-FT. WIDE

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FEATURES

The Shaw Laguna Hills Frieze carpet is among our favorite for its fun, multi-tonal color accents. It offers all the product specs as the Thunder Bay Frieze mentioned above, but this carpet is less expensive and offers a 15-year warranty. At $1.29 per sq. ft., it is a fantastic cheap carpet option. It does, however, only come in two different colors.

Pros

  • Conceals dirt efficiently
  • Offers a plush surface
  • Easy to install
  • Includes 10-year warranty
  • Lifetime stain-resistance warranty

Cons

  • Only available in two colors

WARRANTY

The Shaw Laguna Hills Frieze Carpet has a 15-year quality-assurance warranty, in addition to a lifetime stain-resistance warranty.

MOHAWK PERFECT STYLE FRIEZE CARPET 12-FT. WIDE

MOHAWK PERFECT STYLE FRIEZE CARPET 12-FT. WIDE

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FEATURES

The Mohawk Perfect Style Frieze Carpet is made with SmartStrand-Triexta fiber. Triexta fiber is derived from corn, giving this carpet environment-friendly attributes. SmartStrand stain-resistant technology is built into the fiber, which means it will not wear off. It offers durability while also being soft to the touch.

This is a cheap carpet that would be perfect in a home with children and pets. You cannot go wrong with this carpet, especially since it comes with a 20-year wear warranty and a lifetime stain, soil, pet urine, and anti-static warranty.

Pros

  • SmartStrand Technology
  • Durable
  • Soft and plush
  • Includes 20-year warranty
  • Lifetime stain, soil, pet urine, and anti-static warranty

Cons

  • Only available in three colors

WARRANTY

The Mohawk Perfect Style Frieze Carpet has a 20-year wear warranty and a lifetime stain, soil, pet urine, and anti-static warranty.

DIGNIFIED—PALISADES 12-FT. CARPET

DIGNIFIED—PALISADES 12-FT. CARPET

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FEATURES

This carpet is available at The Home Depot, with free installation for purchases of $699 or more. Dignified uses PureColor innovation, which provides a vibrant color that stays clean longer. This, in combination with their soil-resistant SoilShield technology ensures both performance and value. The Dignified Palisades is among our favorite cheap carpet options.

While it does come with a lifetime (limited) stain-resistance warranty, it only comes with a five-year soil-resistance and five-year wear warranty. This carpet is also only available in one color option as well.

Pros

  • Free installation for purchases of $699 or more
  • Durable material
  • Plush feel
  • PureColor innovation
  • SoilShield technology
  • CRI Green Label Plus certification

Cons

  • Only available in one color
  • Soil-resistance and wear warranty not as good compared to other’s on the list

WARRANTY

The Dignified-Palisades 12-ft. Carpet has a lifetime (limited) stain-resistance warranty and a five-year soil-resistance/five-year wear warranty. (Only owner-occupied residences.)

GALLANT—TWIST 12-FT. CARPET

GALLANT—TWIST 12-FT. CARPET

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FEATURES

The Gallant is another 100% polyester carpet that offers the same PureColor innovation and SoilShield technology as the Dignified carpet listed above. Like the Dignified, it is also plush and soft to the touch with the same CRI Green Label Plus certification for interior air quality. While it does offer a better warranty than the Dignified carpet, it is a bit more expensive. This carpet is available in only two color options.

Pros

  • Free installation for purchases of $699 or more
  • Durable material
  • Plush
  • PureColor innovation
  • SoilShield technology
  • CRI Green Label Plus certification
  • Better warranty compared to the Dignified Carpet (listed above)

Cons

  • Only available in two colors

WARRANTY

The Gallant-Twist has a lifetime (limited) stain-resistance warranty and a 15-year soil-resistance/10-year wear warranty. (Only owner-occupied residences.)

GALLANT—TWIST 12-FT. CARPET

SUTTON—BERBER LOOP 12 FT. CARPET

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FEATURES

The Sutton Berber Loop Carpet offers a combination of berber durability and PureColor/SoilShield technology. It’s part of The Home Decorators Collection, which boasts high-quality and tasteful items. The Sutton Berber Loop Carpet is another good cheap carpet option. This carpet is also CRI Green Label Plus certified for interior air quality but does not have as good of a good warranty compared to some of the other carpets on this list.

However, it does come in nine attractive, neutral colors that would suit most decor.

Pros

  • Free installation for purchases of $699 or more
  • Berber Durability
  • PureColor innovation
  • SoilShield technology
  • CRI Green Label Plus certification
  • Available in nine attractive colors

Cons

  • Only a five-year (limited) wear warranty
  • No stain-resistance warranty included

WARRANTY

The Sutton-Berber Loop Carpet has a five-year (limited) wear warranty and does not include a stain-resistance warranty.

TRAFFICMASTER SERENITY—PATTERN INDOOR/OUTDOOR 12 FT. CARPET

TRAFFICMASTER SERENITY—PATTERN INDOOR/OUTDOOR 12 FT. CARPET

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FEATURES

As the name suggests, the TrafficMaster is constructed from dense polyester and is suitable for both indoor and outdoor use. Made from Eco-fi BFC fibers, it offers both wear-resistance and softness at the same time. The colors are dyed throughout each fiber, making it extremely fade-resistant and really great for outdoor use. The soft, yet durable texture also make it a good choice for indoor use too.

The DuraLock technology prevents the carpet from fraying and also hides cuts and seams, making it easy to install. It does require a glue-down installation due to its unitary backing. This carpet boasts effortless cleaning-simply vacuum, sweep or even hose off if placed outdoors.

Pros

  • Free installation for purchases of $699 or more
  • Stabilized by a glue-down installation
  • Good for interior/exterior 
  • Fade resistant
  • DuraLock Technology
  • Effortless cleaning
  • Lifetime stain and fade warranty
  • Available in nine colors

Cons

  • Installation requires glue
  • Not plush
  • Only a five-year (limited) wear warranty

WARRANTY

The TrafficMaster Serenity-Pattern Indoor / Outdoor 12 ft. carpet has a 5-year (limited) wear warranty, in addition to a lifetime fade and stain warranty.

THE VERDICT

Even though we’ve narrowed the options down to a list of 10 cheap carpets, the decision of which one is the best was still difficult to make. However, with all the pros and cons taken into consideration, we recommend the Shaw Laguna Hills Frieze Carpet above the rest.

This carpet is particularly easy to install and offers a soft, plush surface that conceals dirt efficiently. It has a 15-year wear warranty and a lifetime stain-resistance warranty, which is one of the better warranties on this list. Even though it is only offered in two different colors, we like both of the multi-colored tonal blends, as they are fun and tasteful at the same time.

Overall, investing in carpeting is a good decision. Carpeting offers comfort, insulation, and noise absorption, while adding a touch of style. Keep in mind that carpets require care, as with any other part of the house. The simple act of vacuuming can add years to the life of your new carpet.

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