Nylon and polyester are the two most common fibers used for synthetic carpets. Between the two, there are plenty of key ways we can compare their “pros” and “cons.”

Today, I want to talk to you about carpet durability. The important thing is that you take this information and apply it to your own needs and budget to decide which synthetic carpet material would really be best for you.

Comparing the durability of nylon vs. polyester carpets


The durability or “life” of any purchase for your home will be one of your biggest concerns. This is natural—and honestly, it should be that way. You want a carpet that will stand up to wear and tear and look beautiful and feel great for your family for years to come.

  • Nylon carpet fiber is usually referred to as the more durable option. It’s been considered the most durable of synthetic carpet fibers for a while, although there have been new materials coming into the market that can contend. (Something called PTT triexta is one example.)

    The feature that gives nylon this reputation of being “more durable” is its ability to “bounce back” after being compressed. Sounds good, right?

  • Polyester is also considered durable, though it’s often compared to nylon as the “less durable” option. In any areas of the home with high traffic (where carpets are continually compressed under feet or furniture), many homeowners choose not to use polyester.

That said, taking the quality of any carpet into account has a MUCH bigger impact than the material. Both nylon and polyester carpets can be found in a wide range of qualities, and a consultation with your Belleville carpet installation company (specifically, us) will give you the insights you need to make an informed decision.

Other things like cost, eco-durability and look are factors you’ll have on your mind when considering a new carpet, too. And right off the bat, I’ll tell you that polyester often wins in cost. So, where’s the balance? Call me today for a personal consultation, or keep your eyes on the blog — we’ll publish another article comparing nylon and polyester in terms of cost and look soon.