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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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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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Best Window Blinds

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

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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