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Mohawk Authentic Escape Carpet Review

Updated: Oct 10, 2022

Mohawk Authentic Escape Carpet Review

The best feature of Authentic Escape is the SmartStrand Technology (we will discuss what SmartStrand Technology is later in this article). Authentic Escape has 12 colors.

If you have a rental property, or a starter home, or maybe you're looking to re-carpet a basement or some empty bedrooms, this would be a great carpet for you to consider. Authentic Escape is going to last a long time, and it's not going to break the bank account. It is one of the most affordable, durable carpets in the marketplace.

Mohawk Authentic Escape Carpet Review

Mohawk Authentic Escape Product Specifications


Pile Yarn Content:75% TRIEXTA/25% PET

Yarn Twists per Inch:4.25S



Gauge: 5/32

Certified Pile Weight: 25.30 ozs.

Total Weight 56.08 ozs.


Dye Method: FLUIDYE



Pattern Repeat: NONE

Durability Rating:3.50

For all 12 colors Visit: Mohawk Flooring

Product Description

Mohawk Authentic Escape Carpet comes in 12 colors. All 12 shades are based around neutral colors. It is a texture, twisted yarn, featuring the Mohawk SmartStrand Forever Clean Technology. Authentic Escape is a CRI Green Label Plus Product.

Product Warranty

Lifetime General Stain Warranty

  • Lifetime All Pet Household Pet

  • Lifetime Soil

  • 20 Years Abrasive Wear Warranty

  • 20 Years Texture Retention

  • Material, labor, and stairs coverage

  • 20 Years Fade Resistance

  • 20 Years Manufacturing Defects

Our Opinion

This carpet is on the low-end of your possible carpet options. If you're looking for that really thick, plush carpet, or that fancy patterned carpet, this is not the product for you.

Every product has its best areas of use. Authentic Escape is for the budget-minded customer, looking to purchase flooring that will last a long time, and likewise, not destroy their bank account. The best place to install Authentic Escape is in the following type of environments:

  • Starter Homes

  • Basements

  • Spare Bedrooms

  • Rental Homes

  • Apartments

Mohawk came out with their patented SmartStrand Technology many years ago. When it was first introduced, Mohawk produced a fun video to help promote the technology. They placed some SmartStrand Carpet in a zoo, to help show people just how durable the carpet really is:

Since Authentic Escape is only available in 12 colors, it can sometimes be difficult to find in retail stores. Many times, stores will sample this product in what they call "deck boards."

Here is an example of a "deck board" sample:

In most cases, you'll need to ask your salesperson to find a sample board of Authentic Escape. It will not be a carpet most stores will push. We have a great blog article, "How To Buy Flooring For Your Home," that really does a wonderful job in explaining the process you should take when shopping for floor covering. We highly recommend that you take a few minutes to check it out.

So...What Is This SmartStrand Technology That We Keep Talking About?

The first thing you should realize about carpet is: not all carpet comes from the same place. Similar to every other type of product, there are many competing brands. In the world of carpet, you have: Shaw, Mannington, Mohawk, Engineered Floors, Fabrica, and many, many more.

They all compete to sell you their products. Each company does their best to develop products to get that leg up. To get that competitive advantage.

Launched back in 2006, SmartStrand Carpet was introduced as the most stain resistant carpet in the marketplace. SmartStrand is made with DuPont Sorona fiber, a PTT polymer—not to be confused with PET polyester. PTT (polytrimethylene terephthalate) was recognized by the Federal Trade Commission in 2009 as a separate subclass of fiber, known as Triexta. What are the benefits of SmartStrand?

  1. Excellent Stain Resistance

  2. Made in part with annually renewable plant based materials

  3. Dirt Resistant

  4. Odor Resistant

  5. Wear Resistant

  6. Protection from crushing and matting

The SmartStrand Technology is Mohawk Flooring's "leg up." Mohawk puts this technology on many different carpet styles. You can purchase a SmartStrand carpet that is very, very expensive, or you can purchase a SmartStrand Carpet that is very affordable.

This is what makes Authentic Escape a "great buy" for the money. Mohawk put their patented technology on a low-end priced gain a competitive advantage over their competition.

We have another blog article, "SmartStrand Carpet Cleaning Guide," that you don't want to miss. Mohawk has very particular policies when it comes to their product warranty. You will want to make sure you are familiar with these requirements BEFORE you purchase this carpet.

Bonus Tip #1: Mohawk Authentic Escape Carpet & Buying The Right Carpet Pad

If you really want to double down on durability and carpet performance, then you should consider buying the Mohawk SmartCushion padding.

SmartCushion's memory foam construction softens every step you take and improves the life of your carpet. When purchased, SmartCushion adds an additional 20 years to your warranty.

Once again, most stores will not try to push the SmartCushion pad. Stores usually have 2-3 different pads they stock. In most cases, SmartCushion will be a special-order pad that you will have to discuss with your salesperson.

An added feature of SmartCushion is that Mohawk donates a portion of each sale to Susan G Komen for ongoing breast cancer research.

Bonus Tip #2: Mohawk Authentic Escape Carpet - Vacuum

As mentioned earlier in this article, with all SmartStrand carpet, you should pay close attention to the warranty guidelines.

Mohawk Flooring is very particular about the type of vacuum cleaners that you can use on their carpet (with the SmartStrand Technology). In fact, Mohawk actually has a page on their website dedicated to this information.

We have a blog article, "SmartStrand Carpet Cleaning Guide," that really dives into the details of the SmartStrand warranty. In particular: in order to adhere to the carpet warranty, you need to use an approved vacuum cleaner. Obviously, if you don't already own one of these vacuum cleaners, this will be an added expense to your carpet purchase. Here is the list of approved vacuum cleaners:

Soniclean SFC-7000 Soft Carpet Upright Vacuum Buy Now On Amazon

Bissell Big Green Commercial BGU6000 Ultra Soft Carpet Vacuum

Bank Vacuum The Bank Vault with Soft-Clean Power Brush

Bissel Lift-Off Multi Cyclonic Vacuum 89Q9

Bissel PowerGlide 1305

Carpet Pro CPU-2T Buy Now On Amazon

Eureka Airspeed AS2013A, AS2030A, AS1001A

Fuller Brush Heavy Duty Upright FBMM-PW.4

Kirby Sentria

Maytag M500

Maytag M700

Miele S2 Series Compact Canister “Delphi”

Miele S6 Series Deluxe Canister “Topaz”

Miele S7 Series Upright S7210, S7260, S7280, S7580

Miele S8 Series Premium Canister “Kona”, “U