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Where can you find the best slipcovers? The answer to that question could depend on what you're hoping to accomplish with your purchase. Are you looking for a quick-and-easy way to protect your favorite couch from Fido's claws and hair?

Or maybe you're dreaming of a top-to-bottom upgrade to your living room decor and want to change the look of your furniture without breaking the bank? Either way, you'll find thousands of slipcover options when you shop online.

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3 stars
Lowe's

LOWE'S

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Cost:

From $37 to $1,824

Free shipping on orders of $45 or more

Returns:

180 days from purchase date if new/unused

Lowe's is one of the most well-known names when it comes to home improvement, so it shouldn't be a surprise that they also carry slipcovers. While you may not see many (if any at all) at your local store, their website has an inventory of just over 100 options to choose from - giving you the convenience of online shopping as well as being able to make in-store returns if needed.

Variety lacking

Compared with other retailers of slipcovers, Lowe's didn't have much to leave us impressed. Their selections seemed to leave you between high-end styles from Sunset Trading, priced from $400 to over $1,000, and low-budget stretchy models and throw-over designs under $100.

Not much customer feedback

You can make your browsing easier by using the left-hand filters to narrow down the results by the type of furniture you're trying to cover, the color or fabric type, price and more. But, it's not like you're going to be overwhelmed with choices when there are so few available. Some of the slipcovers have customer ratings and reviews, but the majority have none - demonstrating that this is not exactly Lowe's biggest-selling product.

Free shipping

If you do spot a slipcover that looks like a good match, you'll get more information once you click the thumbnail image. Many of the products we found were eligible for free shipping (orders of $45+) either for home delivery or to a local store. If you enter your information for your local store at the top of the page, you can also see if any of their slipcovers are available for in-store pickup after you order online; however, in several major metro areas, we didn't find any slipcovers with this option.

Good return policy

Other than the convenience of in-store pick-up options, Lowe's really only has one other thing going for it when considering slipcovers: a 180-day return policy. Granted, your item has to be in new/unused condition, but you'll have a lot longer time to return it in person or via mail if it comes and you don't like it.

Don't get us wrong: generally speaking, we like Lowe's and think they're a great option for many products. However, most shoppers aren't going to find enough options for slipcovers there to make it worth the time to browse the site.

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2 stars
SureFit

SURE FIT

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Cost:

From $10 to $300

Free shipping on $119+

Returns:

30 days, minus shipping costs

10% return processing fee deducted from refund

Must be in resalable condition, with original packaging and paperwork

SureFit got its start more than 100 years ago in Philadelphia, and since that time they've grown to be one of the most widely-distributed slipcover brands in the world. You may have even seen their home decor products at your local department store or other retailers of pillows, drapes, and other items. Fortunately, there's no need to have a brick-and-mortar store nearby: SureFit maintains an online inventory of more than 1,000 products that are available directly to consumers.

Helpful information

We love all of the helpful tools SureFit offers, to help you get the ideal slipcover for your furniture. Be sure to look towards the bottom of the site for their measuring guides, styling tips, and even their "Slipcovers 101" info. You can also contact their customer service team from 9AM - 5PM (EST) on weekdays, either through their toll-free number or live chat.

Wide range of slipcovers

You'll want to start by identifying what kind of cover you need: a pet furniture cover, a furniture cover, or a traditional slipcover. You'll find those categories at the top of the page. Here's what you can cover with a traditional design at SureFit:

  • Sofa
  • Loveseat
  • Chair
  • Wing Chair
  • Recliner
  • Dining Chair
  • Sleeper
  • Ottoman

Because there are so many options, you'll want to use the filters on the left side of the page. For example, in the Sofa Slipcovers category alone there were over 50 choices - so our shopping experience went much more quickly when we filtered by pattern, color, and price range.

Form fit or relaxed fit

Generally speaking, you'll choose between two fits: form and relaxed. SureFit's relaxed slipcovers use woven fabrics, can be adjusted more loosely and are a good choice if you have skirted furniture. On the other hand, form-fitting slipcovers use stretchy fabrics for a closer fit; this style fits your cushions and furniture's contours more tightly and is a good pick if you have T-cushions or box cushions. You'll find fabrics like cotton duck, stretch suede, designer suede, stretch piqué, denim and many more.

Discounts available

Prices at SureFit range from $10 to just under $300 on most slipcovers, with the majority falling right around $150. As we browsed the SureFit site, we got a pop-up offering us a discount of 20% on our first purchase if we became a subscriber to their email list. That discount only applied to first-time customers, and there were other restrictions in place. At the time of our most recent visit, there was also a promotion featured at the top of the site, for a Buy One, Get One 50% off discount when using the provided coupon code.

Disappointing return policy

SureFit isn't as generous with their customer policies as some of their rivals. For example, you'll have to spend at least $119 to get free shipping. Also, if you need to return your slipcover, you'll have 30 days from the date of purchase, not from when you received your purchase - and you should expect a 10% "return processing fee" (in other words, a restocking fee) to be deducted from your refund.

Not the only negative

Unfortunately, that's not the only negative we discovered when evaluating SureFit. When we looked at the company's reputation with the Better Business Bureau, we found that the BBB gave this retailer a disappointing "D-" rating. While 18 complaints over 3 years isn't a huge number, the fact that SureFit left most of them unanswered is unacceptable. We found descriptions of calls to customer service where no one picked up the phone, $30 return fees taken from products that only cost $45, and so on.

At the end of the day, you might get a great-fitting slipcover by shopping at SureFit. However, if anything goes wrong - the color doesn't match, the cover doesn't do a good job of protecting your furniture as promised, and so on - you could be in for a really rough experience when trying to get a satisfactory answer from SureFit's customer service department. Because of this drop in reputation, especially as demonstrated by the "D-" at the BBB, SureFit falls to the bottom of our rankings for buying slipcovers online.

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In the past, slipcovers had a reputation for being less-than-attractive, largely because they fit badly and didn't earn many points for style or sophistication. Today, however, there are trendy and affordable slipcovers that fit so perfectly, your guests won't even be able to tell that they're not original to your sofa or recliner. You can even get custom-cut slipcovers in the fabric, style, and size you need for any piece of furniture.

You may have already discovered that your local brick-and-mortar stores carry few if any slipcover options. Most of what you'll find is limited to styles that really only amount to a washable pad that you throw over the top of your chair or couch, hoping that it will cover high-use areas like the seat and back. While that's a convenient option, especially if your main priority is protecting surfaces from pet claws and hair, or spills and other accidents, it definitely won't give you a classy upgrade to your home decor. Fortunately, options abound online, putting every imaginable fabric, pattern, and style within reach.

As you decide what kind of slipcover you need and which online retailer should earn your business, how can you tell which stores are the best? Here are several criteria to guide your shopping:

  • Selection. Does the retailer give you lots of options? Are their slipcovers all in-stock? You should be able to select from a wide variety of sizes, colors, and fabrics, in order to get the right slipcover for your furniture.
  • Pricing. How competitive are the prices that the store offers? Are there any money-saving perks like free shipping or discounts?
  • Return Policy. If your slipcover doesn't quite fit, or doesn't look like you pictured it, can you return it for a refund? If so, how much time do you have to make your decision? Will you be charged any restocking fees or return shipping costs?

TopConsumerReviews.com has reviewed and ranked the best slipcover stores for practically every sofa, chair, or other piece of furniture. We hope this information helps you change your decor and protect your furniture with the perfect slipcover!

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