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Dezignable vs Alphamarts

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Buy Your Outdoor Furniture With DFO Home! There's nothing quite like sitting out on your patio in the evening, enjoying a cool breeze and a beautiful sunset while relaxing on comfortable, stylish furniture. Whether your style tends towards the super-casual, like hammocks and Adirondack chairs, or you prefer a sleek, modern look, having the right outdoor furniture can make all the difference between an unused patio or backyard and your own personal relaxation-and-entertainment zone.

What should you buy for your outdoor furniture? Naturally, the answer depends on what you have in mind. Are you looking for chaise lounges to put next to your pool, or a patio set for serving cocktails and appetizers? Outdoor furniture isn't limited just to seating: most retailers also carry chimineas and fire pit tables both for ambience and heating purposes, shades and curtains for privacy and protection from the sun, even swings just for the fun of it.

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3.5 stars
Dezignable

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The Dezignable brand focuses on being a "personal stylist for your home", offering design services combined with a unique selection of home decor products. Take one look at their Outdoor Furniture selection and you'll see that they offer chairs, dining sets, rugs and many other items that are much more on-trend than what you'll find at your typical big-box retailer. Of course, that kind of style comes with a price tag; expect to spend quite a bit more when shopping at Dezignable.

Already have an idea of what you're looking for? Use the photos or the left-hand navigation to narrow down your options in the following categories:

  • Outdoor Dining: Tables, Chairs, Sets, Bar + Counter Stools, and Bar Tables
  • Outdoor Lounge Furniture: Outdoor Chairs, Rocking Chairs, Outdoor Sofas, Outdoor Chaise Lounges, and Lounge Sets
  • Outdoor Accent Furniture: Coffee + Side + Console Tables, Ottomans + Poufs, Garden Stools, Benches, and Fire Pit Tables + Accessories
  • Outdoor Accessories: Pillows, Planters + Plant Stands, Gardening Accessories, Outdoor Lighting, and Patio Furniture Covers + Storage
  • Outdoor Rugs
  • Outdoor Game Tables

Once you've narrowed down the options by category, scroll down a little further on the results page: you'll find further sorting choices such as Color, Shape, and Brand. You'll need to hover over the image of any product that interests you to see its name and price, or click on it to get more detailed information.

Not sure what you want, or looking for design help? You may want to consider joining Dezignable's Swank program. The membership fee is $99 per year, and perks include free shipping and 15% discount on all products, along with the assistance of a personal "Swank Stylist". There wasn't much information about the Swank program other than those few details; we would have liked to see more about the process of working with the design specialist.

Be aware that, as a smaller, boutique-style company, Dezignable has a number of products that are custom-made, which adds to your expected shipping time. Although there's no posted shipping rate, we were able to determine that the average shipping charge is 10% of the order total. That's pretty steep, compared to most of the other outdoor furniture retailers we reviewed who offer free shipping on all or most orders.

Dezignable does have a decent return policy on all products that are not made-to-order: 30 days after delivery, with no restocking fees. Customers are responsible for any return shipping costs, and the outdoor furniture must be returned in original condition in order to receive a refund.

There's also not a lot of buzz about Dezignable's products, positive or negative. Dezignable did not have a listing with the Better Business Bureau at the time of our review, and most of the customer comments we found were with respect to their design services and not their product quality. Because of the higher price tag and high shipping costs, we wonder if the average customer will feel confident enough to shop with Dezignable. In the future, we'd love to see more customer reviews and testimonials on the products available on the site, to see if they're worth the higher cost.

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2.5 stars
Alphamarts

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Alphamarts is an online-only retailer of home goods, limited to just six brands: Alpha Camp, Alpha Home, Phi Villa, Sophia & William, Kitchen Academy and Republic. If you’re shopping specifically for Outdoor Furniture, you’ll find it under the Patio Furniture heading.

Some of their options include:

  • Patio Sofa/Sectional
  • Patio Bar Stools
  • Zero Gravity Chair
  • Patio Conversation Sets
  • Patio Rocking Chairs
  • Patio Bistro Sets
  • Outdoor Dining Set (spelled “Dinning”, FYI)
  • Outdoor Lounge Chairs
  • Patio Tables
  • Porch Swings

Inventory at this outdoor furniture store is hit-or-miss. When we looked at their Patio Conversation Sets, for example, there were only nine options and four of them were sold out. Other categories didn’t fare much better: 5 total rocking chairs with 1 out of stock, etc. But, when the item you want is in stock, pricing is competitive with similar styles of outdoor furniture sold by other retailers.

At the top of every page on the Alphamarts online store, it says you can expect free shipping on your order. But, there was nothing on their Shipping page that said if that applied universally to every purchase, regardless of size or destination.

Alphamarts is definitely a toss-up when it comes to the kind of customer service and product quality you’ll receive. Reading customer comments, you’ll find words like “excellent” and “incompetent” in equal amounts. It seems like when this outdoor furniture store does well, it does really well — but when they fall flat, it’s to the extreme. While the positive remarks are what you’d expect (delivered on time, furniture looks and works as promised, etc.), the negative comments range from orders accepted for items that were actually out of stock (and with no anticipated timeframe for delivery), orders cancelled without informing the customer, furniture that falls apart or that came with indecipherable instructions, and so on.

With all of these comments, we would have loved to see a listing with the Better Business Bureau that could either confirm or refute this seemingly negative track record, but we couldn’t find Alphamarts in the BBB database.

There’s just an overall sense of low quality when shopping this online furniture store. Even the company name is written in several different ways (AlphaMart’s, Alpha Mart, and Alphamarts) throughout the site, along with numerous grammatical mistakes that made us think this site isn’t being run by anyone in the US.

Maybe you’ll find what you’re looking for at a great price with this retailer, but there’s no guarantee that you’ll be happy with the outdoor furniture you receive. For all of these reasons, Alphamarts is at the bottom of our rankings, and we recommend you consider a higher-ranked outdoor furniture store from our review.

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As you think about what you need to make your ideal outdoor space, you'll want to give some consideration to what materials are used. By design, most outdoor furniture is designed to be weather-resistant, but some materials can withstand heat, cold, rain and snow easily, while others will need to be moved indoors during times of more extreme temperatures.

You may be surprised to know that buying patio furniture and other outdoor items is often easier and more affordable when you shop online. Even on large, bulky things like lounge chairs and tables, many retailers offer free shipping, saving you the hassle of having to drive around town to find what you need - and then hoping that it will fit in your car for the ride home! What should you look for when choosing an online store for your outdoor furniture? Keep these criteria in mind:

  • Selection. Does the store have a wide variety of products to choose from? Can you get items in a number of colors, materials, and styles? How many brands does the retailer carry in stock?
  • Price. Are the prices competitive with other stores? Are there any discounts or other money-saving perks like free shipping? Will the store match the price if you find your furniture somewhere else for less?
  • Return Policy. If you need to return your purchase, will the store allow it? And, if so, will you be charged a restocking fee?
  • Customer Satisfaction. How does the store measure up when it comes to keeping their shoppers happy? Is the customer service department responsive and helpful when issues arise with products or delivery?

TopConsumerReviews.com has reviewed and ranked the best Outdoor Furniture retailers available today. We hope these reviews help you find the right outdoor furnishings to make your space perfect!

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