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Blinds Galore vs Star Decorating

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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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STAR DECORATING

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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Best Window Blinds

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

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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