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Who has the best Window Blinds? Whether you're decorating a brand-new home or changing the look of an existing one, window coverings are an easy way to add beauty and flair along with function. From traditional vertical blinds to roller shades and much more, your options are almost limitless, especially when you add in the dimensions of material, color, and brand.

Gone are the days of needing to hike from one store to another with the measurements of your windows, gathering price quotes and hoping to find exactly what you want. Most of today's top brands and retailers sell their window blinds online. These sites typically have helpful tools to ensure the right fit, and to help you choose the right window treatment for the room where you'll install the blinds.

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5 stars
Blinds Galore

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TopConsumerReviews.com Best-In-Class Blue Ribbon Award Blinds Galore is a family-owned business that wants to help you get designer-quality window coverings, but at prices you can afford. Whether you're looking for blinds, shades, draperies, or shutters, you'll probably find it here. Their available brands include Bali, Levolor, Good Housekeeping, and Kellie Clements, along with their in-house brand.

You can easily get free samples, and Blinds Galore is the only store we found that offers two options: either get their Top 10 Favorites (including wood and faux wood, cellular shades, roman shades, and more), or choose up to 15 of the products that interest you. We recommend you choose the Top 10 if you're very new to buying blinds, so that you can see exactly what each kind is like. But, if you already have a good idea of what you want and you're just trying to make those final decisions about color or texture, you'd probably want to select your own samples.

Shopping the site is about as easy as it gets. You can go directly to the types of window treatments you need, the brands you love, or even browse by desired features, target room, or even your purpose (like blocking light or improved temperature control).

Once you've selected a product you want, you'll be taken through a numbered set of choices ranging from size and color to lift options and decorative accents if available. Each choice has a green question mark icon: click on it if you're not sure what you're being asked to choose and want a quick summary or, go to the "Learn more about" link if you need more detailed explanations.

Whether you're an expert or a novice when it comes to window blinds, we recommend that you take a look at the Help Center. You'll find a unique "Window Jargon" link that can help demystify some of the more commonly-used terms in the industry, along with useful tools for measuring and installation.

If you're really not sure you can measure and install on your own, Blinds Galore can recommend an installer that has been pre-screened and is licensed and insured, through Nationwide Blind Installation (NBI). Your measurements and installation are guaranteed by NBI, if you want that extra peace of mind.

Blinds Galore has prices that are very competitive. On our comparison product, the Levolor Visions 2" Faux Wood Blinds, they came in almost $10 less than other stores, and just $2 more than the lowest-priced retailer. If you find that your window blinds are selling for less on another site after you order, you have 15 days to request a refund of the difference.

They also offer the same shipping as most blinds stores: free shipping on all orders up to 94" wide and within the continental United States. Oversized items will incur a charge of $70 for delivery. If you live in Alaska or Hawaii, you'll pay $30 in shipping for a regular order, plus an oversize fee of $75 if it's over 94".

Another feature we loved is Blinds Galore's guarantee: "love it or exchange it for free". This covers almost everything: Did you measure wrong? Get the wrong color? Don't like the way your vertical blinds hang? It's all covered: exchange it for the same product or a new one within 30 days, no questions asked. You do have to pay for the return shipping costs, and they limit this to 4 window coverings per household.

As with most retailers of window treatments, Blinds Galore has some customer complaints. Fortunately, most of the reasons for those complaints are covered by the store guarantee, making it easy to get problems fixed. This retailer had an "A+" with the Better Business Bureau at the time of our review, and an average of 4.7 out of 5 stars across nearly 1,000 customer ratings.

Blinds Galore offers everything you could want in a window blinds retailer: a fantastic selection of brands, affordable pricing, excellent guarantees and a wide range of tools and helps if you need them. They earn our highest recommendation among stores that sell window blinds and other window treatments.

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4 stars
Lowe's

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Lowe's has been a trusted name in the home improvement industry for more than 60 years, with brick-and-mortar locations throughout the US. Buying your window blinds from this retailer gives you the ability to shop online and pick up in-store, or to make your returns locally. And, best of all, you'll get their best possible selection instead of being limited to what's on the shelves near you.

You'll find as many as 10 brands of window blinds carried by Lowe's. These include the standard names like Levolor, along with brands like IPG, allen + roth, Project Source, and MagneBlind. And shopping for your window treatments couldn't be any easier, using the left-hand options to narrow down your choices by Material, Brand, Style, Price, and so on. There were nearly 2,000 window blinds to choose from, so you'll definitely want to use those filters and not just browse at random!

Another plus with shopping at a large volume retailer is the available customer reviews. Most of the blinds have dozens of comments from customers about how the products looked in their homes, how easy or difficult they were to install, and even helpful tips for getting the right measurement. Some of the more popular blinds had 400+ customer reviews.

But, buying your blinds from a store that doesn't specialize in them can have some drawbacks. First, we didn't find as many size options at Lowe's. The dropdown boxes offered a number of sizes, but we weren't usually able to enter the actual measurements. And, speaking of measurements, Lowe's doesn't offer any tips for getting the right ones for your order, only a window treatment worksheet (that we found in the link named Blinds and Shades Buying Guide) and an installation guide PDF.

On the plus side, though, your purchase will probably be covered by Lowe's generous 90-day return policy: if you're not completely satisfied, return your order to any Lowe's store or via mail using their prepaid return label to get a refund or exchange. Their policy exceptions don't say anything about window treatments, so even if you mis-measured your windows, you should be able to return your blinds and get a refund. That's a huge advantage over most online stores that sell window treatments.

Pricing at Lowe's is about average, but with a Price Match Guarantee you can easily get the "Lowe-est" cost if you do your homework with competitor sites. Just get in touch with their customer service department via phone or online chat prior to placing your order. And, since Lowe's offers free standard shipping for most orders of $49+, you'll probably be able to skip the $7.99 delivery fee that's charged on smaller purchases.

Lowe's is a great place to shop for your window blinds. Even though they're a home improvement store that doesn't specialize in window treatments, they offer a number of perks that aren't usually matched by their more blinds-focused competition.

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When you order window blinds online, your order is shipped directly to you, and many stores give you the choice to put them up yourself or to pay for professional installation.

As you decide which window blind store you'll use for your purchase, you should keep in mind these criteria:

  • Selection. Does the retailer carry a wide variety of styles, brands, and options? Will you be limited to their in-house blinds, or can you also choose from established name brands? Can you get a sample of different types of blinds that they offer?
  • Price. What will it cost to get the window blinds you want? Will you spend extra for shipping? Are there any discounts available, to make your purchase more affordable?
  • Policies. If you don't like the window blinds once they're delivered, can you return them? Does the store offer a satisfaction guarantee? What happens if the blinds don't fit when you try to install them?
  • Reputation. Have other customers had a good experience with the store, both with using the site to place an order and once they receive their blinds? Does the retailer have a solid history, especially when it comes to resolving customer concerns?

TopConsumerReviews.com has reviewed and ranked the best Window Blinds stores available today. We hope this information helps you find the window blinds you want right away!

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