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BLINDS

Houston-based Blinds offers a great selection of window treatments, including blinds (shocker!), shades, draperies, and shutters. In operation for more than 20 years, this retailer enjoys accreditation and an "A+" rating with the Better Business Bureau.

You'll have a hard time finding a site that's easier to use or more helpful. Blinds has more than 300 videos to help you get the right window treatments for your home or office, including instructions for taking accurate measurements and installing them properly. You'll find those at the top of the page, along with a fantastic Get Help section if you have other questions or want to read/print out instructions and suggestions.

Whether you know exactly what you want or need some guidance, you'll get there quickly using that same navigation area. You can go directly to the type of window treatment you want, or you can shop by brand, feature, purpose, or room. After you've narrowed down your options to a specific category, use the filters to further sort them by brand or options. Don't forget to enter your desired dimensions too; we love that we can specify even down to the 1/8" for the perfect fit.

Once you've chosen the window treatment you want, you can see much more detailed information, including product samples for the color, stain, or material you think would look best in your home or work environment. You can get those samples at no cost. When you select the Customize & Buy button, you'll be able to specify exactly what you want:

  • Inside vs. Outside Mount
  • Color
  • Lift (cord or cordless)
  • Tilt (cord or wand)
  • Block Light / Add Privacy
  • Headrail Style
  • Controls (left vs. right)
  • Valance
  • Extras (Hold Down Bracket, Spacer Blocks, etc.)

Blinds frequently has promotions that can save you money. For instance, on the day we shopped there, we got a pop-up offering us a 15% discount for signing up for their email list, and there was a storewide discount of 35% on selected Levolor products. You may need those discounts, because Blinds is one of the higher-priced retailers we reviewed. For example, on the Levolor Visions 2" Faux Wood Blind we used as a comparison product across multiple retailers, Blinds' price was $10-$15 higher than other sites.

However, if you've already placed your order and find that a competitor is selling the same product at a lower price, you can contact Blinds within 14 days and request that they refund the price difference. We'd love to see them offer this prior to ordering, especially since their prices are often higher than other sites.

Shipping is free on most orders within the lower 48 United States. Shutters cannot be delivered to Alaska or Hawaii, and you should plan on a $30 fee if your order is 96" or greater.

One of the reasons customers choose Blinds is their SureFit Guarantee. If you make a mistake with your measurements, you can return your blinds to be remade within 30 days of delivery. You can only get one remake per item, and a total of 4 item remakes per household per lifetime, excluding mistakes made by the company.

Blinds' 100% Satisfaction Guarantee covers any other issues like style, color, or quality. This is a fantastic upgrade compared with most of the other blinds retailers we surveyed. Like the SureFit policy, you'll need to make any requests within 30 days.

Overall, customers are happy with their experience when buying window treatments from Blinds. We found some complaints about poor quality products or difficulties in getting their customer representatives to honor their SureFit and Satisfaction Guarantees, but we also found compliments describing how easy it was to get those promises fulfilled when problems came up.

Blinds continues to be a worthwhile retailer to consider when purchasing shades, blinds, or other window treatments, especially because of their guarantees.

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3 DAY BLINDS

If you're like many people, the thought of having to measure your windows exactly right, select the perfect window treatments, and then install them isn't a pleasant idea. That's where 3 Day Blinds comes in. All you have to do is enter your information, and a consultant will be scheduled to come to your home. This design professional will bring samples of both trendy and traditional options, take measurements, and place your order. And, when your blinds or shades are ready, you'll get professional installation - included with your purchase price.

You'll only find three brands at 3 Day Blinds: Norman, Somfy, and their in-house brand. They don't publish their pricing, so you won't know what it'll cost until you have your in-home design consultation. But, expect it to be spendy - much more so than the other stores we reviewed. But, you'll also get a solid warranty: installation is covered for a year, while fabrics/motors/remote controls are covered for 5 years and cords/ladders for 7 years.

Given that 3 Day Blinds is so well-known, how do they stack up against the competition when it comes to their reputation? On the one hand, this retailer enjoys an excellent track record with the BBB as an accredited, "A+" rated business. There are also lots of positive reviews featured prominently on the 3 Day Blinds site. But, when we sorted those reviews by one-star ratings, we found more than 75 of them - even though the site said that they had a total of 74 reviews, 95% of which were 4- or 5-star ratings. Those numbers don't add up.

Looking through those 1-star reviews and at similarly negative remarks left on other sites, we saw some common themes: poor measurements and installation, low-quality materials, deliveries that take months instead of days, and huge challenges getting a response from 3 Day Blinds customer service department when these problems arise. Since most of their customers are coming to them hoping to avoid those exact hassles, especially with measurements and installation, they should be doing a much better job.

If you're dead set on having someone else take your window measurements and install your blinds, you may still want to keep 3 Day Blinds on your radar. But, given how many customers have had problems with exactly that, it might not save you time, hassle, or money in the long run.

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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 and 3 Day 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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