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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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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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1.5 stars
Blinds Chalet

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Blinds Chalet is based in Arizona and is an accredited, "A" rated company with the BBB, serving customers for more than 15 years. They sell a wide variety of window treatments, such as Valances, Shutters, Shades, and Blinds, including options specifically for kids' rooms and products made in the USA.

The shopping experience using the Blinds Chalet website isn't the smoothest we've seen. As we tried to comparison shop for the Levolor Visions Faux Wood style we used across the stores in our review, we were taken to a results list of comparable products. Unfortunately, when we tried to click on those products - either using the Details button or the links to the blinds themselves - we were told that no results were found.

In order to find what we were looking for, we had to start from the beginning: clicking on the Blinds heading at the top of the page, then going to the available inventory specifically for Faux Wood. From there, Blinds Chalet breaks down the options in terms of Good, Better, and Best: the higher the category, the more likely you'll get upgrades like customizable lift and tilt control locations, or stain colors that more closely imitate real wood grain. Blinds Chalet did not carry the Levolor version of blinds that we were looking for, but their comparable selections were priced roughly the same.

Shipping is free on all orders within the lower 48 United States, even on blinds with larger dimensions.

You can get free samples on a wide variety of window treatments, from traditional aluminum or wood blinds to shutters and RV window blinds/shades. If you order samples, you'll also get a promotional coupon that can be used towards your purchase if you decide to buy from Blinds Chalet.

If you're considering Blinds Chalet for your purchase, you'll absolutely want to order those free samples first. Why? Buried in their Policies page under the Return Policy is this piece of information: "We require that free samples must be obtained before ordering to qualify for the Satisfaction Guarantee." In other words, if you get your blinds and think that the quality of the materials is lacking, you won't be able to take advantage of their 30-day return policy unless you got those samples - and even then, chances are good that your request will be turned down, since Blinds Chalet only allows returns for warranty repair.

Given that we found more than a few customers who said that the blinds or shades they received were not made well - flimsy brackets, uneven stitching, and so on - this satisfaction guarantee and return policy aren't much help.

Because of their less-than-impressive website and customer-unfriendly policies, Blinds Chalet ranks the lowest of all the Blinds stores in our review. You'll get better customer service and higher-quality blinds from another retailer.

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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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