There are many types of window coverings available to today's home decorator. Wood blinds, plantation shutters, pleated shades, roller shades, faux wood blinds, and roman shades are just a sampling of the products. Then you have a variety of colors and brands to choose from. Finally, you need to decide what stores you'll visit while you hunt for the best price.
Fortunately, you can do all of this from the comfort of your own home. There are many reasons to shop for window blinds online. First, you don't have to fight the crowds and visit different stores to compare brands and pricing; you can visit the virtual stores from your pc. Second, you can save money by not having to pay sales tax. Third, your purchased items are conveniently delivered right to your door; and many times the shipping charges are free.
When looking at window blind stores, there are a number of factors you should consider. Some of these include:
Cost. You want to shop at a site that consistently offers low prices. If you can match that up with a superior level of service, you've got a winner.
Selection. Some companies offer name-brand window blinds, while others offer only in-house products. How important is recognizable brands to you?
Navigation. Some sites offer an enjoyable shopping experience; others are downright frustrating. You don't want to waste your time (and emotions) on an under-performing website.
TopConsumerReviews.com has reviewed and ranked the best window blind stores available today. We hope this information helps you find the best, most affordable window blinds you're looking for!
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Blinds is the premier window blind store on the Internet. They have plenty to offer and they organize it well. From the home page you can browse by type, shop top sellers, and get helpful information such as design advice. You also have access to design ideas, measuring guides and useful information for first time visitors. Sales and rebates are clearly indicated on a rolling billboard and Blinds has a Price Watch section that compares their
prices to the same name-brand blinds priced at Lowe's and Home Depot. This is very helpful to the shopper because chances are, they are either going to purchase blinds online or at a mass retailer. Speaking of price, Blinds had the lowest prices of all the websites we reviewed.
As you shop by category, Blinds has concisely organized all the needed information for you to make a purchase. Each category has a description of the item, special offerings associated with that type of window covering, and sale prices for particular brands within that category. The descriptions actually contain useful information instead of sales jargon. Blinds takes it one step further and provides a feature
chart listing price, insulation ability, room darkening factor, whether it's kid-proof, and whether it's easy to clean. This chart is on every description page so comparison shopping becomes extremely simple. The different brands are mapped out in an easy to read chart that enables you to sort by price, brand, product, type and best sellers. Each category has a gallery to view the product in different settings, which gives you an idea of how the window covering will look in your situation.
The customer service available at Blinds is exceptional. Free samples are available to help you order with confidence. Blinds offers a 100% satisfaction guarantee on all items. Blinds even offers to find a "pre-screened" handy man to install your blinds for you. Customer service is available via Live Help, a toll-free number or email. Blinds also offers FREE shipping on
orders less than 90" wide and delivers via UPS or FedEx.
Blinds earns our highest rating due to their easy-to-use website, unmatched features, and the lowest prices for both in-house and name brand blinds. If you are shopping for window blinds, Blinds is a must-stop shop.
Blinds Galore is one of the best organized and user-friendly websites we reviewed. The homepage is clean and attractive. Current promotions are listed on the homepage and easy to find. Blinds, shades and shutters make up most of the product selection with a few curtains and drapes as well.
The tabs at the top of the homepage make it easy to shop by Style, Brand, Feature and more. They also offer coverings for some of the hard to fit windows like French Doors, Arched Windows, Skylights, Sliding Doors and more. Blinds Galore offers 11 top name brands for window coverings, which is longer than most blinds retailers.
Once you select the type of window covering you are looking for, there are many filter options listed on the next page to quickly find the exact kind you need. We like that the price is listed on this page as some of the other companies reviewed make you take a few more steps before they reveal the price. Prices are very competitive with the other companies reviewed.
There are a few great features at Blinds Galore that assist you in selecting the best window covering for your needs. Whether it be the best style, how to measure your window correctly, or installing the covering yourself, there resources available are simple, easy to follow yet extensive in information. There is even a “Windows Jargon” section that defines terms you might not be familiar with. Shipping is FREE on all
orders less than 100" in width, and you can receive up to 15 samples for Free, with Free shipping on samples as well. Make sure you note that all sales are final and returns are only for warranty repair work. There is no sales tax if you order outside of CA.
Blinds Galore has such an easy-to-use website full of great information. They offer one of the largest selections of brands and have great customer service, making them one of our highest ranked companies reviewed.
The Select Blinds website is divided into an extensive array of categories. The choices include wood, faux wood, honeycomb, mini, vertical, bamboo/woven, roller, sheer shades, roman, or shop by all products. Each category has a description of the product and pricing by brand. From there you are able to choose a specific product, which gives you a detailed description, color choices, features and shipping information.
Select Blinds prices fall in the middle of all the sites we reviewed, which was a little disappointing especially since they only offer their house brand.
The home page displays sale information, a list of top sellers, and celebrity testimonials (Ty Pennington to name one) to encourage the shopper. Free samples are available and recommended to ensure the coloring is correct. Select Blinds will happily overnight the samples to you for $5.00. A few other incentives include free shipping and a "Google checkout". Select Blinds also offers to find a professional
to measure and/or install your blinds for you. If you do decide to install your own, Select Blinds provides installation guides in PDF format to help the do-it-yourself weekend warrior in you. Customer service is available via phone, email or fax.
The only problem we found with this site is that you constantly have to change the measurement of the blinds you are ordering. Every time the page changes, the default measurement resets. However, the best feature of this site is the "all products" option. This is a comparison shoppers dream as all products are displayed, categorized by type with prices listed.
Select Blinds is a dependable company with high-quality products and a very friendly website. If you feel that in-house blinds can be just as good as name-brand blinds, you should check out the selection at Select Blinds.
Your Blinds is a Texas based company that offers over 50 years of combined experience in the window covering industry. It started as a home business and claims now to be one of the largest Internet retailers of custom window coverings today. They only offer window coverings and have a wide range of options available.
Once you make your initial selections from the homepage by style, feature or brand, the search results offer you many different filters to narrow down your search to your specific needs including brand, interest, color and size. The prices (and current promotional sale prices) are listed in the search results unlike some of the companies that do not list the price until many more details have been selected. Prices are
competitive to other companies reviewed.
Your Blinds offers free Shipping for blinds up to 93 7/8 inches and shipping outside of Texas does not incur sales tax. They also provide 10 free samples and each sample afterwards will only cost $1 with Free shipping. Your order is custom made to your specifications; therefore they do not offer returns for refunds or exchanges. All products are returnable for manufacturer's defects and/or warranty repair only. If there
is something wrong with your order, you have 30 days to contact them.
Your Blinds values customer service, offers Free Shipping and Free Samples and has an easy to use website. Unlike some of the other companies, they offer both brand names and in-house brands. They are a great option for your window-covering search.
Most of us are familiar with Lowe's and this mega home improvement store. Many home owners love to shop the clean and brightly lit isles of Lowe's for their next project. Lowe's has also created a customer friendly online shopping option with a huge selection of varying window treatment options. Shoppers will find brands such as Levolor, Allen + Roth, IPG, Project Source, Basic Blindz and more. The prices of Lowe's window
blinds are meant to cater to every sized budget but tend to lean on the more affordable end.
The Lowe's website is friendly and easy to navigate. Shoppers may narrow down their blind search by price, brand, color, and customer ratings. But what was missing was the option to narrow by window size. This meant we had to spend more time searching through the same blind in different sizes to find what we needed. However, we liked choosing our blinds online versus digging through binds to find they only have 2 boxes
left and we needed 4. We also noticed that the description and specifications were very detailed but found no instructions on how to measure for blinds.
Lowe's does offer free shipping on most orders of $49.99 or greater. Returns are also simple in that products may be returned within 90 days with receipt via your local store or returned via the prepaid return shipping label. Any damaged goods must be reported to Lowe's within 3 days of receipt so it's important to inspect your purchase, quickly. The window blinds at Lowe's are priced about average in comparison to other
companies reviewed however they also offer a low price guarantee on identical items minus an additional 10%. Please see the website for specific rules.
Lowe's provides a very standard set of affordable blind options in predetermined sizes. The website does a decent job of narrowing selection but is missing a key component. We liked the free shipping, 90 day return policy and the option to return to a local store.
Just Blinds is a simple site that only sells blinds. The home page couldn't be simpler. 13 different types of blinds are listed down the left side of the homepage. Tabs across the top hold all the must know information such as Products, Measuring, Installation, the History and philosophy of Just Binds, and Help. Special buys, top sellers, and a quick quote calculator occupy the middle of the homepage for easy reference.
The novice shopper can be taken thru a step-by-step process of deciding which blinds would best suit their needs. However, the experienced shopper will be better off using the quick quote feature. Simply enter the dimensions of the window and search by a specific product or see all products with that dimension. The only downside is that Just Blinds does not offer brand name blinds. But they are featured on networks such
as HG-TV, DIY Network and boast of over 200,000 satisfied customers whose testimonials you can scroll through.
Just Blinds prices were some of the lowest we found in our research. Just Blinds offers free shipping and free samples with a maximum of 10 total samples per customer. Just Blinds also offers a 30 day satisfaction guarantee if you are not completely satisfied with your purchase. Customer service is available via phone or email.
Just Blinds is a very good site if you want high quality blinds at a great price without the name brand sticker.
Star Decorating is an online home-furnishing superstore. Their major areas of focus are blinds/shades; area rugs; wallpaper and carpeting. From the left side of the homepage you can shop by manufacturer (such as Hunter Douglas and Levolor); across the top of the homepage you can shop by category (such as blinds, rugs, and wallpaper). The rest of the home page lists sales, benefits of shopping with Star Decorating, and
shopping by types within each category. Star Decorating is so sure of their pricing they challenge you to find a lower price; if you can find a lower price for the same item, Star Decorating will beat it.
As with most sites we reviewed, Star Decorating offers their own brand of blinds plus a plethora of name brand blinds to choose from. The "house brand" prices are very competitive, as are the name-brand prices. You have to go thru a little more work than other sites to get at an actual price, which is a bit labor intensive, but sometimes the price is
The shipping is free, however there is no mention of samples. Free samples are a feature common on many of the sites in our review, so we were surprised that Star Decorating didn't offer this option. Customer service is available 6 days a week via phone or email.
Overall, Star Decorating is a good site with great prices. With a few user friendly website updates, and free samples, this site would certainly move higher in our review.
Blinds Express is the window coverings division of Window Flair Inc, a New York based company that has specialized in retail window coverings, carpet, and flooring for 43 years. The website is a little more cluttered and harder to maneuver than some of the other companies reviewed.
When searching their inventory, you initially get lists of options without pictures, which makes the search process less user-friendly and more cumbersome. Once you click on the specific window covering you want, you must scroll down to the bottom of the page to see a price. The prices are competitive.
Like many of the other companies reviewed Blinds Express gives details instructions on how to measure your windows to select the correct window covering for your needs. They also offer an extensive list of pre-screened professionals to help you find a local installer if you want to hire out the installation. The list in alphabetical order by installer and not by state, though, making it difficult to find one near you.
Shipping is included in the price that is quoted and there is no sales tax as long as you are shipping outside of New York. Some free samples are offered, check the website to find out which brands you can get samples from.
Blinds Express ranked low on our review mostly due to the poorly organized website and difficulty finding information. We would suggest one of the higher ranked companies as a better place to look for your window covering needs.
American Blinds is a one stop decorating site. This site offers Blinds & shutters; Wallpaper & Fabric; Curtains & Draperies, Bedding; Area Rugs; Customer Framed Art and anything else you might need to decorate a room or home.
Focusing on the Blinds & Shutters area of the website; we were a little overwhelmed at first. Clicking on the tab from the home page, the different types of window coverings are displayed down the left side of the screen. What we don't like about this site is that you have to shop by brand; therefore, comparison shopping is hard and tedious. Once you select a brand, lists of all options within that brand line are
given. No pictures, just the name. Select a product and then you have to make a color selection. Finally, after you enter your window measurements, a price is revealed. After all this, you have the price of one blind, which can then be added to a cart or a scrapbook.
As far as pricing, American Blinds was firmly in the middle of the pack.
Moving on to customer service; for $5, American Blinds will provide you with 10 American Brand blind swatches or 10 Bali, Graber or Hunter Douglas blind swatches. American Blinds offers a free catalog for blinds, rugs or wallpaper. They also offer a personal shopper service free of charge. Email them with your ideas and they will have options for you within 24 hours.
American Blinds offers a satisfaction guarantee; if you contact them within 14 days of receipt, your refund will be issued via in store credit or merchandise voucher only.
To ensure your satisfaction, American Blinds provides detailed information on how to correctly measure, install, care and clean your blinds and they offer a 5 year limited warranty. Free shipping is offered on all orders; however, items over 90 inches may incur an additional oversize freight charge. Customer Service is available via phone, email, or instant chat.
The bottom line for American Blinds is that the overall shopping experience is just not enjoyable. They have too much information that is not very well organized. A frustrating shopping experience combined with middling prices conspire to give American Blinds our lowest rating.
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