There are two felt rug pads being offered online, Superior by Rug Pad Corner and All Felt by American Rug Pad. We were curious as to the differences and similarities between these felt rug pads, so we decided to give them a try. On its web site as of March 5, 2013, American Rug Pad states that both of the felt rug pads are the same except for the name, yet we discovered a different truth.
Superior is made in the USA of 100% recycled felt and when we saw it, we immediately knew this was not a typical felt rug pad. All Felt rug pad is also made in the USA, yet when compared in density to Superior, the difference is substantial. Superior is an extremely dense and solid 40 ounce felt rug pad, which translates to one of the most dense in the industry. While the All Felt rug pad feels good, it also shows signs of shedding and has a much lighter hand to it than Superior. We attributed this to the fact that there is not nearly as much felt per square yard in this rug pad as compared to Superior. It seems American Rug Pad partakes in a very common practice today of blowing air into its felt rug pad. The air replaces what could be felt and makes the rug pad feel thicker at first, yet lighter because it is air. Superior is far too compact and dense to contain any air and this is what we like in a felt rug pad.
We placed each felt rug pad under an area rug and walked over both of them. Both showed comfort and it was interesting to notice the result of the more dense rug pad. Superior did not allow our feet to feel the floor underneath the rug, where All Felt did. This is another result of a less dense rug pad when it does not resist pressure and weight as well, making it easier for the foot to sink and penetrate through the rug to the floor. Unfortunately, the fact that All Felt allows this means that the rug and floor are not protected as well as they could be. Superior did resist any amount of weight we introduced to it, showing us that it protects area rugs and floors much better than All Felt.
The differences in quality and performance seem to be dictated by the price of each felt rug pad. Superior is priced a little more than All Felt, yet for the amount of extra protection it seems to offer rugs and floors, this small difference in price seems to be a mute issue with us. The more dense rug pad not only protects better, it also maintains its thickness for much longer, resulting in a felt rug pad that will withstand the amount of use it gets for several years. While All felt is by far a better rug pad than those mesh looking ones found in big box stores, when compared to Superior felt rug pad, it truly does not measure up.
These felt rug pads are offered in several sizes to fit many area rugs. It seems that Superior is also offered with a custom cut option, so you can state your actual rug size and Rug Pad Corner will custom cut at no extra charge. This is a great service to avoid having to cut this dense rug pad in your home on your floors. Both stores also offer free shipping on felt rug pad orders. Our final comment is that if you can see spending the small extra on Superior, the value received is much more than the difference in price and this could prove to add even more value to your floors and rugs.