Aqua Rug Reviews: How Well Does it Work?

Aqua Rug Reviews: How Well Does it Work?

Aqua Rug is a shower mat which is advertised as a rug that is designed to go in a shower or tub. Read our Aqua Rug reviews from editors and readers.

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About Aqua Rug

Aqua Rug claims to be the world’s first carpet uniquely made for your shower, tub, or anywhere there’s water, dirt, and mildew. It is designed to lay directly over your shower drain and is said to dry immediately.

The official product website is, which was registered on January 10, 2012 and it is registered to Zoom TV Products, who also markets such products as Hot Booties and the Bright Light Pillow.

How Much Does Aqua Rug Cost?

The Aqua Rug costs $19.99 + $7.99 P&H for a total cost of $27.98. They have a buy one get one free offer, if you want to pay another $7.99, so two will cost you $35.97.

As of 2014, you can find Aqua Rug in stores such as Bed, Bath, and Beyond for about $20.

The aqua rug measures 29.5 inches by 17.25 inches.

Television Commercial

Below is a television commercial for Aqua Rug which ran much of 2013 and into mid-2014. It appears that the television advertising for the product has ceased as of September 2014.

Aqua Rug Review

In our test of the product in mid-2013, we encountered two primary problems: 1. The suction cups did not hold it in place, causing it to slide in the shower, and 2. There was a tendency for the ends to curl up, causing a tripping hazard. Slipping and tripping hazards are the exact opposite of what the product advertises. On the positive side, we found the rug to be comfortable on the feet and we found no stains or mildew. We have had readers report that the rug became dirty after several uses. This could be affected by a variety of factors including the location of the rug and types of products used by the consumer.

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Customers at Bed, Bath, and Beyond rate Aqua Rug at 3 stars, with almost equal 5-star and 1-star reviews.

Aqua Rug Complaints

In addition to trying out the product here, we asked readers for their opinions on the product. Based on their responses, we have compiled a list of complaints from other Aqua Rug Reviews.

  • Customer Service – Although we did not deal with customer service, several people expressed displeasure with the customer service experience.
  • Suction Cups – Many have expressed displeasure with the 4 suction cups designed to hold the Aqua Rug in place. Most people agreed with our sentiment that the rug did not stay in place, especially on textured surfaces.
  • Cleaning – The instructions state that the Aqua Rug needs to be cleaned, but doesn’t state how often or even how to do so.
  • Stains – Some have said that despite claims that it won’t stain, that they have experienced stains after a few months, particularly in the area that covers the drain.
Aqua Rug website

This is the splash screen for in May 2013.

Bottom Line

Aqua Rug is plagued by poor quality suction cups, which can actually cause the types of accidents that it is advertised to prevent. If you want to try the product, we suggest buying it from a local merchant, allowing you to avoid shipping delays and charges.

Your Turn

Have you used the Aqua Rug? Let us know what you think in the comments below.

Originally published May 9, 2013
Updated September 26, 2014.

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  • Concerned

    I would like to no more about the cancer from the aqua rugs for the bath tub

  • Cheryl Rainey

    I bought the AquaRug several months ago. I have mixed feelings about it. The box stated that it wouldn’t stick on a textured tub. I have a textured tub. I have neuropathy in my feet from diabetes. When I “carefully” stepped on the rug, it felt wonderful on my hurting feet. I sit on a shower stool, so that helped the rug from moving around while I sat there scrubbing my feet back and forth on it. I would even turn my feet kind of on the sides, and then on the heels, and scrub the hard, dry skin off. It started looking discolored on the sides. It was slimy underneath, and no matter what I try, I can’t get it clean.

  • jinnell

    I bought it on two separate occasions, thinking that the first was just a manufacturer’s defect but the same happened with the second. Terrible suction cups that didn’t hold and gross discoloration. That would be my last purchase. Extremely disappointed.

  • Chassiddy Brown

    My very active Grandmother (72yo) bought one, and used it for approximately 1.5 weeks. Last Saturday she took a shower, and the suction cups released causing her to fall. She has 3 broken ribs and a collapsed lung. She has now been hospitalized for 6 days. Please do NOT buy this product, as we are now in the process of filing a law suit for false advertisement and product defect.

  • A Williams

    We had our Aqua Rug less than 24 hours and are returning it to Bed Bath & Beyond. While I was showering, I fell due to the suction cups breaking free. I busted up my knee, burst a blood vessel on my wrist and strained both of my shoulders. No more than 15 minutes after I got out of the shower, after my fall, my fiance’ also had the Aqua Rug suction cups break free and started to slip, too. Fortunately, he was a little more prepared due to my incident. He returned the rug back to Bed Bath & Beyond and had a long discussion with the store manager, who indicated that he would further research the safety of this rug, and report his findings to his corporate office.

  • Cath Woodward

    Very disappointed with this product mine is so full of mould after only 3 months worse then rubber mats. Water does not flow through it, and the suction cups do not work. So pissed off with this product. I would like my money returned.

  • Robert Anderson

    My Aqua Rug has turned a pink/brown color and the underside is mouldy. I solved the suction cups slipping by attaching the 2 front ones to the vertical lip at the entrance to my shower. I’m still waiting for their Customer Service to return my call to see how they will resolve the stain/mould problem under their 10 year warranty.

  • Sue

    Very happy with mine. I just ordered another two off ebay. No stains. I wash mine regularly and hang it on the line.

  • Bob MUNT

    This product is pure rubbish. The rug/mat moves around the floor and is definitely dangerous. The product should be complained about to the Office of Fair Trading, which I will be doing. When I complained to the manufacturer they clearly knew what I was talking about because they didn’t even have the common decency to contact me back. This product is a total rip off and a waste of money.

  • Roger

    After reading a lot of negative reviews I decided to add my input on this. My wife and I love this product. The suction cups work well on the rug. We love it so much we are buying some for my parents as gifts.

  • Barbara Smith

    I bought one of the rugs and the suction cups don’t work. The rug slips around on the floor when it’s wet which is extremely dangerous. I have had a hip replacement and the last thing I need is to fall over in the shower and dislocate my hip. I won’t be using it anymore !!

  • Estelle van Sittert

    I bought the Aqua Rug and used it in the bath. I fell in the bath and reinjured my shoulder trying to break my fall. I am writing to ACCC as this is false advertising and it should be removed from the market. It most definitely requires more suction cups that will not move when surface is wet.

    • Water L

      You should alert the FTC. They take scams like this seriously and they could initiate a class-action lawsuit.

  • Chloe

    Very disappointed with this product – suction cups don’ t work, I nearly slipped In the shower a couple of times. After 1 week I started to notice black mildew through the rug, no matter what I did to try to clean it, I could not get rid of it. The rug looks dirty and very unhygienic. I would not recommend this rug to anybody, I certainly wouldn’t let a child sit on it in the bath tub. The only place for this Aqua Rug is in the rubbish bin, because that is all it is rubbish.

  • Trudy Trenowth

    We purchased two purely because in Australia, they say they will not become mouldy and as we have a tropical climate, this is important to us. But within 2 weeks, they were both mouldy. We also found the suction cups did not hold and were very dangerous. In addition, hair got caught up in it with no easy way of removing it. We were told we could return them but it would cost A$35 to do so and would require heavy duty packaging as they are very large and heavy. We paid A$65 all up which bought us two aquarugs. So we decided not to return them, just learn our lesson and never buy from this company again.

  • d kelly

    My mom’s works like a charm, no mildew–but she removes from floor and hangs to dry daily in open air space. Mine mildewed black on both sides within 30 days in my glass door shower. It said “throw it in the washer” so will see if it cleans up or just thuds in the washer. It does trap a lot of hair which is kinda gross to wipe/pull out. I love the scratchy texture on my feet! It holds secure to the floor for both of us and is a nice foot massage/cleaning tool for the soles.

  • Winfred Cooksey

    Looking for msds sheet for this product. With the warning it should be with the box..Please reply with msds. Thank you.

  • Worried for Health

    There is a sticker on the box that says is contains chemicals that cause cancer or birth defects. Why would you make a product that does that?

    • Bobby

      Bingo trying to understand what that Statement means: Contains chemicals that cause cancer known to the State of California. What about the other 49 States????

  • Teena Ryczko

    This rug is such a disappointment. I waited over 3 months to finally receive the rug, and then they sent me a extra set of rugs which I did not order and it was such a hassle dealing with their customer service department. I had to pay for the return postage when it was their error in sending me and extra set. Which means I paid the postage twice for a rug I never wanted. Such a scam
    Then after using it for 2 months there is mold all over the rug and not just where the drain section is. I used bleach to get rid of some of the mold but it never goes away entirely.
    Such a good idea but the product does not live up to its advertising. What a rip off!

    • Dan

      Teena – yes! They sent me four extra rugs at an additional cost of $102! I kept them because it just didn’t seem worth it to return them at my shipping costs. Giving the extra away as Christmas presents.

    • Josie Amendola

      I hear you!! Mine has shown signs of mildew for 2 months!! We bought it at bed, bath and beyond. I have been trying to get a phone number for this product, but have been unsucceful. I want to see if there is anything I can do to get rid of this mold. Otherwise, I like it and feel safe in my shower! I know the suction cups don’t hold down, but I can live with that.
      Josie Amendola

  • Judy Collins

    I am not happy with my aqua rugs! It has a rust stain on it from my tub. The suction cups don’t work and it has mold on the back side of it! It is very uncomfortable to sit on. I would return it but I probably wouldn’t get my money back. I have one that I haven’t even used yet.

  • Antoinette Liantonio

    I was so happy to finally receive this product but after 3 months, I am seeing a dark stain underneath and it looks like mold. I’m really disappointed but I guess I shouldn’t be surprised. This is just another way to take advantage of someone who trusted your integrity…. It was supposed to last for 10 years…I probably won’t….


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