Lowe's vs Blinds Express for April 2019

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Lowe's vs Blinds Express

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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.

LOWE'S

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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BLINDS EXPRESS

Blinds Express has made quite a few changes to their online store over the last few years, bringing you a much more user-friendly shopping experience.

If you know what you're looking for, type it into the search bar at the top. Or, maybe you know you want Bali, Levolor, or Norman Blinds: you'll find that in the Brand dropdown box, or under the specific category of window treatments as well. Alternately, it's just as easy to choose which type of blinds you need and go from there, ranging from traditional Vertical and Wood Blinds to Skylight Blinds and more. If you're in a hurry, be sure to look at the Quick Ship options that are delivered with 5-day shipping.

Once you've narrowed down the available window treatments by category, it's easy to filter the results by type, brand, material, opacity, production time, and popular features. This is a huge improvement to earlier versions of the Blinds Express online store.

Each product offers detailed information about how to measure and install your blinds or shades, specifications, and color options. You can order free samples, if you'd like to see how a particular color or material looks with your current decor.

When it comes to pricing, this store has some of the best rates in the industry. Looking at the Levolor Visions Faux Wood Blinds we chose as our comparison product across retailers, Blinds Express had the lowest price - no discount code or special promotion required. They also offer a Best Price Promise: if you find your blinds at a better price somewhere else, fill out the contact form on the Blinds Express website or call their toll-free number, and they will either match or beat the competitor's price.

And, if you have a great experience and submit a testimonial to their site, Blinds Express will give you a 2% discount on your next order. Of course, that means that all of the reviews on their site are positive - but we were pleased to see that reviews on independent sites also said that the shopping experience with this retailer is a good one. As a sister brand to Window Flair, this company has been in business for nearly 50 years and has an "A+" rating with the BBB.

Shipping is free on most orders under 94" in length. If your window blinds are longer than that, expect a freight fee of $75 to $80. You may also find that orders of particular brands (e.g. Norman) will incur a shipping fee; those are controlled by the manufacturer, not by Blinds Express. To avoid those delivery costs, you can always consider buying their in-house brand - which will probably save you money over name brands as well.

Blinds Express only allows returns in the case of warranty repairs. For this reason, they strongly recommend that you order free swatches, use their online measuring tools, and/or contact their customer service to get assistance over the phone prior to placing your order. Warranties are issued by the manufacturers of the blinds or window treatments you order, so terms may vary. But, if you receive defective or damaged products, Blinds Express will replace them and arrange for the return of the damaged goods at no cost to you; be sure to notify them within 30 days of delivery if this is the case.

We're pleased to see so many helpful changes to the Blinds Express site, earning this retailer a higher ranking among companies that sell Window Blinds. Because of their strong reputation and long history within the industry, Blinds Express is worth considering if you're buying shades, shutters, or blinds for your windows.

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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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