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Lowe's vs Star Decorating

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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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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 Lowe's 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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