Is Nylon or Polyester a better carpet to buy?

January 18, 2017 7:56 pm

What is the difference between Nylon and Polyester carpet? An age old question for most people when either purchasing or refurbishing their home and why not? What kind of investment/improvement do you want to make for your home? 

The majority of carpet in the United States contains one of these six pillars of fiber; nylon, polypropylene (Olefin), acrylic, polyester, wool, and cotton. However, the four primary types of carpet fibers used today are…

  • nylon
  • polypropylene (Olefin)
  • polyester
  • and wool

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We’ve taken the hassle out of doing a million hours of research and finally answered the questions we’ve all asked when considering which of these two carpet fibers is ‘best’.  

Each fiber has its own strengths and weaknesses that must be recognized and should influence the decision you’re going to make.  I would also keep in mind there is no perfect fiber because it will undoubtedly be used and worn down by high foot traffic, accidental spills and environmental elements and carpet is fabric which requires regular vacuuming.

Carpet with Nylon Fibers

The first fiber we’ll talk about and the most expensive of the two, but also the most resilient making it the most commonly used fiber used in carpet.  Nylon carpet fibers provide flexibility in creating various carpeting styles from the luxurious plush similar to clouds or low-maintenance loop also known as Berber.  

The strengths of Nylon fibers also include:

  • good yarn memory to hold twist,
  • excellent stain resistance of course
  • stain treatment applied
  • hiding ability along with
  • good abrasion resistance.

These reasons make Nylon carpet one of the strongest fibers and the perfect choice for active households, especially with animals or children or commercial facilities.  It is the gold standard for durability.

Each Nylon carpet option is not the same of course, and there are considerable price differences between similar carpet products so stay aware.  

Companies spend more money each year on marketing their products, which make certain brand-names in carpeting more recognizable – these branded companies differ with unbranded which as with any product affects quality, performance, and value.  Remember you cannot judge a carpet by its fiber weight or by appearance alone.  

Carpet with Polyester Fibers

Polyester fiber is produced in some of the most creative designs available to the U.S. The fiber is also extremely fade resistant and gives impeccable resistance to stains. However, similar to olefin, it has poor resilient properties and is easily vulnerable to crushing. When choosing and purchasing Polyester carpet avoid high pile heights stacked on top of each other, which tend to flatten and look ugly once finally laid out.

Real quality for Polyester exists when it’s hard to insert or run your fingers into the pile or fiber and is a true test for all carpet constructions, but it is a necessity for Polyester fibers.

Polyester is not as durable as nylon, but it’s quite durable and resists wear. The fiber is non-allergenic, sheds moisture and resists mildew at a lower cost than Nylon. While it’s vulnerable to Pilling, which is the surface defect of textiles caused by wear, shedding, and oil-based stains, but otherwise it cleans fairly easily and is enhanced by stain treatments.

Some polyester fibers are recycled from plastic soda bottles, and carpet production, as well as disposal, has a significant impact on our landfills.   If environmental worries are a major factor in your choice for carpeting, ask for polyester fibers that have been reclaimed from post-consumer use products.

However, Polyester does call for certain situations, and those rooms should be considered.

  • The guest bedroom of your home
  • another space that isn’t frequently used
  • Remodel kitchen
  • Maybe you like the idea and act of being environmentally conscious.  

These reasons could be the primary factor in passing on Nylon for Polyester.

There are other carpet types you can also consider when making your decision.  If you have your type of carpet already chosen and are ready to make that commitment, you can now start reviewing other features that affect how long carpet lasts, but that’s a different discussion.

To wrap up our discussion, if you don’t plan on replacing your carpet in the next ten years in a room that you use frequently, then the correct choice (in our opinion) would be to go with nylon over polyester. The reasons are above and again we are here to make your decision easier.

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