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Wayfair vs Menard's

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Get Your Flooring at Home Depot Today! Where can you find the best flooring for your home or business? Making the right choice can mean the difference between a space you love and one that irritates you every time you see it. Naturally, the first decision on the list is what kind of flooring best suits the room you're considering and your own tastes.

Possibilities run the gamut: carpet is still a traditional choice for bedrooms and living rooms, imitation and genuine wood has become one of today's most popular flooring options, and tile takes first place in many homes further south. From there, you'll still need to decide on the color, quality and durability, and any finishes you prefer.

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4 stars
Wayfair

WAYFAIR

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30 days, customer pays for return shipping

Need something for your home? If you can't find it at Wayfair, you probably won't find it anywhere else! This retailer lives up to its promise of offering "a zillion things home", with everything from game room equipment to doghouses and more. Although they don't specialize in flooring per se, Wayfair gives you plenty to choose from.

Lots of flooring categories

Getting started with your flooring purchase at Wayfair is a little less intuitive than some of the retailers we evaluated. Their main Flooring page is part of their Home Improvement section, and to see the different products they offer, you'll have to use the arrows to scroll across flooring categories. That said,Wayfair offes a lot of flooring categories to choose from:

  • Floor Tile & Wall Tile
  • Hardwood Flooring
  • Laminate Flooring
  • Vinyl Flooring
  • Carpet Tiles
  • Bamboo Flooring
  • Cork Flooring
  • Flooring Sale
  • Outdoor Deck Tiles & Planks
  • Garage Floors & Mats
  • Flooring Installation
  • Pavers & Cobblestone
  • Kitchen Flooring & Tile

Once you've selected a product category, from there you can either shop all options within that group or choose a subcategory. For example, clicking on Hardwood brings you to a page where you can select among solid, bamboo, engineered, cork, and parquet, as well as flooring trim, vent covers, underlayment, and adhesives.

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Detailed filter options

Once you've narrowed down the type of flooring you want, Wayfair gives you filters to sort your results further. Using bamboo to illustrate, filter options in that category let you specify the construction, brand, plank width, wood color and wood shade. AS you browse your results, you can see key details at a glance, such as pricing and average customer reviews. Click on the heart on the thumbnail image to save specific flooring products as favorites, so that you can go back later and compare the ones you liked. Samples can be ordered for $4.99 for any items you'd like to see in person.

Many flooring styles and designs

Overall, Wayfair's flooring selection is decent. While they may not carry the 1,000+ options per category like some of the bigger retailers do, you'll still find plenty to choose from. For instance, under the Laminate Flooring category there were 300 styles, 60+ for Bamboo, and so on. And yes, we did find more than 6,000 designs in the Floor Tile section, so your options will vary widely depending on which flooring type you're purchasing.

Free shipping

Wayfair offers free shipping on every flooring product we saw, which could offer you significant savings over some of their competitors. Of course, since Wayfair doesn't have brick-and-mortar locations, shipping is your only option for both delivery and returns.

30 day returns

In order to make a return, you'll need to make sure your flooring is in its original condition and packaging. You have 30 days from the delivery date to return your items for a refund or store credit. All return shipping costs will have to be paid by you.

While Wayfair has been edged out by some of their home improvement store competitors, they still provide a great range of flooring products and a return policy that doesn't stick you with a restocking fee. Especially if you're looking for one-stop shopping for all of your home projects and you prefer home delivery over in-store pickup options, Wayfair is still a good choice for flooring and more.

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3 stars
Menards

MENARDS

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Return Policy:

90 days, may be charged a 25% restocking fee

Menards is a family-owned company, headquartered in Eau Claire, Wisconsin and in business for more than 60 years. You'll find an excellent variety of flooring products when you shop at Menards.

Great selection of flooring options

The flooring options at Menards include:

  • Tile & Stone
  • Carpet & Carpet Tiles
  • Laminate
  • Vinyl
  • Hardwood
  • Area Rugs, Mats & Runners
  • Cork
  • Exercise & Gym
  • Garage
  • Fan Shop (e.g. sports-themed flooring options)

Sample swatches

Not sure how your flooring will look in your home or office? Keep an eye out for the "Order Sample Swatches" button below the "Go to Cart" button. You'll have to pay for the sample, but it'll give you the chance to see and feel the flooring in person.

Stores are mainly in the midwest

Menards has a limited presence when it comes to brick-and-mortar locations. If you're fortunate enough to have a store near you, that will make returns easier - but some locations are hundreds of miles away. If you don't live in the Midwest, you probably won't have a Menards within a reasonable driving distance. That could be a problem if the type of flooring you want is one of the many that are listed as "sold in stores" or "ship to store" only. We found that to be the case for many of the options on the site.

Hit or miss helpful information

We also found their online flooring store to be somewhat hit-or-miss. When we first visited the site, we were excited to see a link for a Flooring Calculator - but we got a 404 Not Found error after we clicked on it, and then the link was gone when the page refreshed! On a more positive note, Menards offers buying guides for most of the flooring types they carry, so if you need information about carpet terminology, PEI Ratings for tile, or which wood species is the right fit for your home, you'll get some guidance there.

90 day return policy

How about returns? Generally speaking, Menards allows for returns for up to 90 days after purchase, with a 25% restocking fee on custom orders. They don't specify if flooring is considered a custom purchase, but on items like carpet where you have to enter a cut size/length, we think it's better safe than sorry to expect a restocking charge. Because this store seems to assume that you've got a store nearby, they don't offer many details about returns - especially with online orders. We're not sure what their policy is if you live too far away to bring your flooring order back to a store.

Overall, Menards has an ample selection of flooring across brands and types. If you live near one of the 300+ retail locations scattered across 14 states, it could be a big money-saver to order your flooring online and pick up in-store. However, because there are other online flooring stores that make the buying process easier for people across the US, Menards only earns an average rating.

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While shopping at your local home improvement or flooring specialty store might be your first thought, it may not be your best move. Why? Sometimes calling that toll-free number (you know, the one that everyone seems to have memorized from the TV commercials and radio spots?) leaves you tied to pushy salespeople who don't necessarily have your preferences and budget as their priority.

The route that many savvy shoppers are taking is buying their flooring online. Not only does that free you from the in-home pressure of a sales rep, but it also gives you the world's best inventory with just a few clicks of the mouse. There's no need to schedule an appointment or wait for samples when you can browse all of it 24/7. Plus, the best online flooring retailers give you all the tools you need to get the right measurements the first time, for a perfect DIY installation. And, many of them can also connect you with licensed professionals, if you don't feel like tackling the job yourself.

No two flooring companies are alike. How can you tell which one should earn your business? Here are several criteria to keep in mind:

  • Selection. You're more likely to get flooring that is "just right" if the store offers ample brands, styles, and price points.
  • Tools. How does the online retailer help you with your purchase? Are there measuring tools, guides for which flooring is right for your home, climate and usage?
  • Customer Service. Can you get your questions answered by a real person if something comes up during the ordering process or installation?
  • Pricing. Compared with other online flooring retailers, are their products priced favorably? Are there any money-saving perks in place, like free shipping or promotional discounts?
  • Return Policy. What happens if your flooring arrives and it's not what you expected? Can you return it? If so, how long do you have to make your decision, and will there be any restocking fees deducted from your refund?

TopConsumerReviews.com has reviewed and ranked the best flooring stores available today. We hope this information helps you find the perfect carpet, tile or other flooring for your home or office!

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