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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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3.5 stars
Shades Shutters Blinds

SHADES SHUTTERS BLINDS

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With headquarters in Colorado, Shades Shutters Blinds has sold thousands of blinds since opening their virtual doors in 2001. Their customer service team offers live phone service during regular business hours, so you can easily reach someone who works right in their office - no outsourcing their calls overseas. You can also get help via email (most are answered in less than 30 minutes) or using their live chat in the bottom right corner of the site.

To start shopping for the window treatments you want, you've got two options: choose from the three main types (yes, that would be Shades, Shutters, or Blinds), or scroll down to the bottom to see specific kinds like Vertical Blinds, Arched Window Shades, or Real Wood Shutters.

Once you've selected the product you want, you can easily change the dimensions by selecting them in the dropdown boxes. You can also scroll through a series of images, showing you close-ups as well as full-room photos to see how the window treatments look when installed. For further guidance, keep scrolling until you see the "How to Measure" link - or simply reach out to the Shades Shutters Blinds customer service team to get the help you need.

Be sure to look through the green tabs towards the bottom of the page. There, you'll find all of the installation options that are available, specifications, and helpful how-to-install instructions (including videos).

Shades Shutters Blinds only sells their in-house brand of blinds, so naturally we couldn't find our "apples to oranges" comparison of the Levolor Visions 2" Faux Wood Blind. But, when we looked at their equivalent blinds, the prices were much cheaper than the brand name - and, better yet, more affordable than other sites that sell in-house brands. You can get a free sample pack of their most popular products; just choose the category you want - shades, shutters, or blinds - and you'll get a complimentary delivery to help you make your choice. You'll also find the option to order samples of specific colors and styles in each product listing, towards the bottom of the page. Just look for the blue "Get Sample" button underneath the color options.

Shipping is free on most orders. If you order blinds that are 94" or wider, plantation shutters, or any other oversized product, expect a fee of $75. Otherwise, you'll get free shipping within the lower 48 United States, or $35 for delivery to Hawaii or Alaska.

If you sign up for the Shades Shutters Blinds email newsletter, you may get a discount offer: when we gave them our info, we received a coupon for 35% off. But, there was already a promotion offering a 30% discount sitewide, so you might be able to save money without joining their mailing list.

Overall, this store has a good reputation: an "A" with the Better Business Bureau and many positive customer reviews. We were glad to see several long-term customers who have ordered from Shades Shutters Blinds many times and been highly satisfied. Like most companies who sell Blinds, this retailer has its share of complaints, but the response from their representatives always seems to be friendly, factual, and fair.

What about returns and warranties? Everything that Shades Shutters Blinds sells comes with a limited lifetime warranty. Within the first 90 days, Shades Shutters Blinds will work with their manufacturers to get your blinds fixed and returned at no charge, if the repair is covered by that warranty. With the few complaints we saw, Shades Shutters Blinds representatives were very proactive in trying to help customers get a satisfactory resolution to their problems, even though some of the issues may not have technically fallen under the product warranty.

Shades Shutters Blinds offers quality blinds and other window treatments, along with solid customer service. Although some customers might prefer a store that allows them to choose among trusted brand names for their blinds, those who are looking for lower-priced alternatives should consider Shades Shutters Blinds.

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Star Decorating

STAR DECORATING

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Since 1985, Star Decorating has been a premier mail order company, selling not just blinds and shades but also area rugs and more. Their "A+" rating with the BBB continues to demonstrate that they do a good job of taking care of their customers. And, they offer a decent variety of brands in their inventory: not just the bigger names like Levolor and Bali but also Coolaroo and their own StarBlinds brand.

Star Decorating has made some changes since our last review, the most helpful being the ability to order free samples. You'll find that option with each window treatment you look at; this definitely keeps this retailer competitive, since most of their competitors offer samples too. They also guarantee that they'll beat any price you find at another store; just fill out their contact form and they'll get in touch with you to offer you a better deal.

You may not need to make that request: when we shopped the site most recently, the Levolor blinds we used as a comparison product across retailers was several dollars less than the price at other stores. We needed a coupon code to get that price, but the code was shown right next to the product description. Just be sure to enter your product dimensions: the default on those Levolor window treatments was 8" by 10", not the standard 24" by 36" typically used on other sites.

As with many window blinds stores, Star Decorating offers free shipping within the contiguous United States for all blinds and shades under 94". Expect an oversize charge of $70 if your window treatments are larger than that.

This store only accepts returns due to damage or defect, but you'll have to make that claim within 5 days of delivery. Any product warranties depend on the manufacturer, and you'll be responsible for any shipping costs if you have to return your merchandise for repair.

The only change that Star Decorating hasn't made since our previous review is their website. More now than before, it looks very outdated compared with other retailers of window blinds, and we still found typos in their policies and product descriptions. We also got text-heavy pop-ups during the ordering process; we appreciate the information that they provided, but when their competitors offer images and even videos to illustrate the same details, Star Decorating seems to have fallen behind the times.

But, because of the improvements they've made, Star Decorating earns an extra half-star in our ratings, and we hope to see an improved, more user-friendly site in the near future.

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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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