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Overstock vs One Way Furniture

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Get Your Next Barstool At Wayfair Today! Where can you find the best barstools? Whether you're moving into a new-to-you home and need some seating for the bar in your rec room or for your kitchen counters, or you simply want to update the look and decor of your living spaces, there are literally thousands of options available to you.

Have you already spent too much time driving from one furniture store to another, hoping to find the perfect barstool - but failing? You're not alone: many shoppers find themselves frustrated when trying to get the barstools they want, because even the best local retailers carry a limited selection of styles, price ranges, and brands.

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4 stars
Overstock

OVERSTOCK

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Cost:

From $30 to $1,575

Selection:

Over 7,000 barstools

For more than two decades, Overstock has garnered a reputation for being a fun online shopping destination. Every visit is a surprise, with new brands and items from some of the world's most desired manufacturers - and usually at prices that will make you smile.

At first, the layout of the Counter & Bar Stools product page wasn't as helpful as we wanted. It gives the impression that you're going to have to scroll through your options by Set Size, Material, Style, and Color. But, fear not: if you go a little further down the page, you'll see filtering options on the left side that let you narrow down the choices by seat height, color, style, price, finishes, and much more. Since you don't want to have to click through Overstock's inventory of more than 7000 barstools, those filters will be your biggest time-saver.

Another big help is the ability to mark favorites as you browse. Click the little heart in the upper right corner of any product to save it for later. Overstock is one of the few sites we've found that lets you create your own list for products you mark. So, if you're shopping for barstools for your home, Christmas gifts for the family, and luggage for an upcoming trip, you can easily create three separate lists for your favorite finds.

And, because Overstock has so many active customers, you can see how many other people have favorited the items in your product results list! We found some models of counter stools and barstools that had been marked as a favorite by more than 6,000 people, which might help your shopping process too.

Overstock really excels when it comes to giving you abundant details about every single barstool that interests you. We're not sure there are very many retailers that offer a 3D viewer that lets you see your furniture from every possible angle - but this one does. Most barstools also have photos from multiple perspectives, in case you're really interested in how the backs will look when lined up at the counter, or what profile it'll have when viewed from another part of the house. From thousands of customer reviews to Question/Answer sections to give you more perspective on issues that might crop up during assembly, there should be no mystery whatsoever when considering any of the furniture Overstock sells.

When we visited Overstock most recently, there was a promotional sale on certain barstool styles that got us an extra 20% off. Extra savings come when you spot a pop-up spin-the-wheel discount or free shipping offer. And, Overstock tends to have an always-available, one-time discount in place when you sign up for their email newsletter, usually ranging from 10-15%.

You can also take advantage of the Club O Gold membership, if you anticipate shopping with Overstock on more than one occasion. You'll pay an annual fee of $19.95; in exchange, the company gives you free shipping on every order, regardless of size, plus reward points of 5% on each purchase, access to big sales ahead of the general public, and several other perks throughout the year. In appreciation of first responders, active military or veterans, and teachers, Overstock gives this Club O Gold membership at no cost to anyone in those categories.

Should you need to return your barstools, you'll have 30 days from the delivery date to request a full refund. They'll have to be unopened and unused to qualify, however. Overstock isn't very clear on their policy if you've already assembled your furniture and then decide you don't like it; their wording says you "may get a partial refund" on your purchase price.

That less-than-reassuring return policy is the only reason Overstock earned a less-than-perfect rating from us. In most other regards, this store is a great resource for buying your barstools, from ample selection to an informative, helpful website.

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One Way Furniture

ONE WAY FURNITURE

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Cost:

From $42 to $1,050

Selection:

Over 1,000 barstools

One Way Furniture lets you buy directly from the manufacturer, offering savings of up to 70% over traditional retailers' prices. The company has more than 300 warehouses nationwide, enabling them to deliver quickly no matter where you live. And, most of the barstools offered on the site come with free shipping and no sales tax, giving you extra savings. Since our last evaluation of this company, they seem to have eliminated the $8.99 processing fee tacked onto every order, making the free shipping and no sales tax a legitimate perk that is no longer eliminated by having extra charges.

Unfortunately, once you've searched for "Bar Stools", you'll get a lengthy list of matching products - more than 1300 during our most recent visit to the site - and not many useful ways to narrow down your options. You can sort all of them by price, most popular, name and newest products, but there's no way to filter out the ones that clearly don't match what you need (e.g. only backless stools). That means you'll either need to get very specific with your search terms - walnut backless saddle stool, for instance - and hope that you get lucky with the results, or you'll be spending a lot of time scrolling through the options until you (maybe) spot one that's the right height, style, and so forth. That's definitely not as convenient and easy to use as our higher-rated retailers.

This store also doesn't compete when it comes to their return policy. You only have 15 days from delivery to make a return request, and that doesn't apply if you've already assembled your barstools. You'll have to pay for the return shipping costs, and they'll deduct any free shipping from the amount of your return. On top of that, One Way Furniture takes a restocking fee of 15%. If you buy a lower-priced barstool, it's probably cheaper to just keep it than to try and return it!

On a more positive note, One Way Furniture has a solid reputation with the Better Business Bureau, as demonstrated by the BBB's "A+" rating of the company. You can also see a decent amount of information on each barstool you click on, from finish and seat height to a description of the style of the furniture itself. However, as you look at your results, you can't see at a glance what the height of the chair is, leaving you to click on every single piece of furniture you might like, just to determine if it could fit under your counter.

While we appreciate that One Way Furniture has that positive reputation, the frustrating experience of trying to use their online storefront to find the barstools we needed was enough to keep this retailer as one of the lower-ranked companies in our review. You're likely to save time and money by shopping with another store, and you'll probably get a better return policy too.

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Fortunately, there's an easy solution to the problem: buying barstools online. There's no easier way to compare all of the possibilities, leading you to the furniture that's exactly the right color, height and price with just a few clicks. Many of the retailers offering barstools have helpful tools on their site that can guide you through the process of taking measurements to ensure the best fit.

Best of all, these online stores usually offer customer-friendly perks like free delivery, generous return policies, and rewards programs that can save you money over their already-competitive prices. Why spend every weekend hoping to find your barstools locally - and then wondering how you'll fit them in your car for the drive home - when you can get exactly what you want shipped right to your front door?

With so many online stores offering barstools, how can you tell which one should get your business? Not all retailers are created equal, so use these criteria as a starting point for your shopping experience:

  • Selection. How many styles does the store carry? Does the retailer have a wide enough range for you to choose from in the height/material/price point you're considering?
  • Price. How competitive are the prices on barstools? Does the store offer a price match guarantee or any other extra savings?
  • Return Policy. If your barstools arrive and they're not a good fit, either in style or height, can you return them? What requirements do you have to follow to be eligible for a refund?
  • Reputation. What do other shoppers say about their experience with the retailer? Is the company rated by the BBB?

TopConsumerReviews.com has reviewed and ranked the best Barstool stores available today. We hope this information helps you find the right barstool for your home needs!

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