shiny artificial grass

is all artificial grass shiny?

N.B. This article was originally written in 2015.  Product recommendations may have change but the essence of the article remains the same.

This isn’t as straight forward as yes or no.  In reality all artificial grass has at least an element of shine in at least one direction – but the degree of shine can vary dramatically and will often decrease with time and use.

Shiny artificial grass has been a problem manufacturers have being trying to combat since artificial grass was invented.  In the worst cases grass will shine from every angle.  In most cases these days there is only a issue as you look down the back of the pile.

There are a number of factors that play a part in how shiny a product is.  These include:

  • blade profile – a wide flat blade of artificial grass will reflect more light than a thinner, shaped profile
  • low density products with uniform direction – low density products tend to be much flatter and more uniform in the direction they lie.  This creates a much more uniform surface which will reflect and shine better
  • low quality plastic – think of the cheap plastic toys that come in Christmas crackers and you will be reminded of very shiny injection-moulded spinning tops and leaping frogs. Cheaper plastic is cheap because it is processed more and is less pure.  It costs more to use purer materials with very specific qualities and properties capable of being suitable for artificial turf
  • Ultra-violet protection coatings – these protective coatings are a big contributor to shine.

So we wanted to do a test.  We got some samples from a leading international manufacturer who have a patented shine-reduction technology and we compared it side by side with our own home:urf™ and pure:urf™ products (2015 product range) . Here are the results:

In the top photo we are looking into the pile of the grass and all of the products look great.

In the bottom photo the products have been spun around 180° and it clearly shows the competitor product is very shiny down the back of the product.  This may not seem a huge problem on a small sample but over a 30m² lawn the effect is multiplied.


When you are considering buying artificial grass, get as many samples as possible to compare side by side.  Even if you don’t know anything about artificial grass seeing the products and feeling them are the best ways to make your choice.  A good product will be slightly stiffer, more dense and less reflective than a bad product.  If the blades feel soft and like they have been make out of plastic bag material then avoid the product – it is either a low density product with less plastic in each blade of grass so it has been extruded thinner, or it is a very low quality plastic that is not fit for purpose.

Top Turfing Tip

Always always ALWAYS compare any artificial grass samples outside in direct sunlight before deciding upon a product.  It’s incredible how different a product can look under artificial light.

About Turf King

Turf King is a small but elite group of the country’s finest Turf Ticklers tasked with the supply, installation and maintenance of artificial grass across the sports, education and domestic markets.  We don’t take ourselves too seriously but one thing we won’t compromise on is the quality of the products and services we offer.  We don’t do budget and we don’t do cheap, we just do awesome!  Our regular customers would recommend us for our old fashioned business values: we do what we say we are going to do; we don’t cut corners; we do it once and do it right! 

Whether you’re looking for a small piece of grass for a DIY project or a couple of thousand m² supplied and installed on a city centre rooftop we’ve got your back.  No matter how ‘out-there’ your idea is we’ve got an awesome team who most likely will have done something similar before and we’d love to help – nothing is impossible! 

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