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BLINDS GALORE

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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SELECT BLINDS

Select Blinds was created in 2003 with the purpose of offering custom window shades and blinds at prices that the average consumer could afford. Promoted by big names like HGTV and the Extreme Makeover: Home Edition show, this company is accomplishing what they set out to do: for more than 200,000 customers and counting.

You'll find an extremely easy shopping process on the Select Blinds site. Browse the category images on the main page or use the top navigation to go directly to what you need: Blinds, Shades, Shutters, Motorized options, or shop by room or need (like Best for Kids or Water Resistant).

Then, use the side navigation to refine your options by color, price, production time, options/features, and much more. You'll quickly see which products meet your criteria, and most have thousands of customer reviews to give you an idea of how well they work when they're actually installed.

Each product has a wealth of information, from images and videos to detailed measurement and installation guidance. Select Blinds is one of the only companies to offer extended warranty options, too:

  • 3-Year Limited: included for free, this covers defects, internal mechanisms, and brackets
  • 5-Year Limited: covers the same items as above, but for two extra years. The price depends on the blinds you buy, but on a set of blinds that cost $8.99, the cost was just $0.67 more.
  • 5-year Unlimited: according to their description, this includes accidents, "general mayhem", "overzealous child or hungry pet", and "any damage you can dream up". (We love businesses that have a sense of humor!). We'd pay an extra $2.33 for this additional coverage on blinds that sell for $8.99.

Compared with other stores that sell in-house brands of window blinds, Select Blinds' prices are about average. Shipping is free; we didn't see the usual exclusion for products measuring more than 94", so we reached out to their customer service department via live chat. It took a few minutes, but we eventually got a very helpful person who confirmed that yes, shipping is complimentary on window treatments with large dimensions - no oversize charges. That could save you as much as $80, when looking at what the competition charges.

You can also order free samples of any blinds or other window treatments, especially if you're trying to match a particular color in your home. We found that Select Blinds will honor the price at the time you order your samples, so that you don't feel rushed in placing an order. You might need to contact their customer service department, to get the previous discount applied to your purchase.

What about returns? Select Blinds is equally generous: if they ship you a product that is defective or that doesn't match the measurements you sent in, they'll exchange or repair them for up to 90 days after delivery. If the mistake is on your side, you can either return them to be trimmed to the right size for a fee of $20 per window treatment or place a new order at a discount of 50% off.

You'll definitely want to use their measuring tools page, to ensure that the "oops" isn't on your part, though.

Select Blinds has one of the highest overall customer satisfaction scores we have ever seen. Not only do they have an "A+" with the Better Business Bureau, but they're one of the only businesses we've found that has hundreds of positive reviews there. Even looking at other third-party customer review sites, people have excellent things to say about this company. That doesn't mean that there are no complaints. On the contrary, the most frequent negative comment usually refers to problems with getting the right fit. But, many customers changed their reviews from negative to positive after getting a prompt, helpful, even apologetic response from Select Blinds' representatives, instead of being told "too bad" or refusing to accept responsibility for the problem.

There's only one small drawback to shopping at Select Blinds: you won't find any name brands like Levolor. Then again, when you see that you can get the same quality as a brand-name manufacturer, backed by excellent warranties and shipped for free no matter what the size, you may not mind. Select Blinds is an excellent choice for affordable, high quality window treatments.

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Best Window Blinds

To help you find the Best Window Blinds, TopConsumerReviews.com provides you with an in-depth comparison of Blinds Galore and Select Blinds.

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.

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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