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Top 5 Pros and Cons of Berber Carpet

We don't like "Berber carpet advantages" and "Berber carpet disadvantages" lists. It's not that we don't like lists. In fact, we think they're a great way of getting information across: all the facts without the fluff. Unfortunately, the fluff is sometimes necessary. This is the case with Berber carpet. If you have some background knowledge on Berber carpet, you understand why. It's like asking the top 10 advantages of eating meat. Fish, beef, and chicken are all meats, but each has it's own advantage and disadvantage. It's too big of a category to give such general opinions. Berber carpet is the same way. Nevertheless, we did give in--to a degree. We searched the internet for other "Berber carpet (dis)advantages" lists. Then, we compiled what these lists had in common, and we analyzed them. Now, you can know what's right, what's wrong, and what needs more explanation.

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Top 5 Advantages

 

  1. Durability: Durability has nearly become synonymous with Berber carpet. The durability of different fibers varies. However, we find that this selling point of Berber carpet is generally pretty accurate.
  2. Stain resistant: We also agree with this advantage, but we think it could use a little modification. "Spill resistant" would be more accurate. All of the varieties of Berber carpet tend not to absorb spills, allowing you to blot them up. Stain resistant is not as accurate because some types of Berber carpet are prone to oil stains.
  3. Aesthetically appealing/versatile: Berber carpets allow for unique designs and color schemes. Berber carpet often has a flecked color scheme giving it a great ability to adapt to multiple interior design schemes. This one remains true for all Berber carpet.
  4. Comfort: Berber carpet's looped design provides a cushiony feel under your feet. This is especially true with wool and nylon varieties. Olefin and polyester also share this feel to some degree. However, some people find olefin and polyester to have a rough feel on bare feet.
  5. Economical: Berber carpets are known to be a great value. This is typically true. With this said, the price range still varies greatly. Wool Berber carpets are not cheap. They may be worth the money, but if you have a tight budget, olefin and polyester will be better decisions.

 

Top 5 Disadvantages

 

  1. Snags: It is possible to snag a loop of Berber carpet. If left untreated, the snag can unravel and cause a much worse problem. Check out our Berber carpet repair guide to prevent this from happening. While snags are possible, the majority of people with Berber carpet don't have a problem with snagging.
  2. Stains: It was a little funny reading the advantages and disadvantages lists. We found many of them to be contradictory, while still making sense to some degree. Berber carpet is stain resistant, but when a stain does occur, it can be more difficult to clean than other carpets.
  3. Rough: Another seemingly contradictory statement (to the comfort advantage). Some people do think the cheaper Berber carpets have a rough feel. With this in mind, many families have cheaper olefin Berber carpets and find them very comfortable.
  4. Cats: Some people have found that their cats like to use Berber carpet as a scratching post. Usually this is not the case, but if it is, it will wear greatly on the carpet. Buying the cat an alternative scratching pad may be necessary.
  5. We like to keep things optimistic, so we're leaving it at one less disadvantage.