The Carpet Buying Guide’s advice is to buy the highest quality you can afford. Don’t skimp on quality for high-traffic, heavy-use floors. Stairs, hallways, family rooms and other busy areas call for high performance and the best quality you can afford.
Beware of “bargain” or cheap carpets. So-called bargain carpets are not even worth their cheap price. The most luxurious carpet, in the long run, can also be the most economical choice. A lower cost carpet that must be replaced in just a few years can actually be more expensive on a per-month or per-year basis than one that retains its beauty far longer.