14 things you should always buy at Home Depot - and 14 things to avoid at all costs
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- Home Depot is the largest home-improvement retailer in the United States.
- But that doesn't mean you should shop there for all of your home needs.
- What's worth buying from Home Depot and what should you absolutely skip? We asked experts with firsthand experience to share their picks.
Home Depot is a big-box home supply and goods store and the largest home-improvement retailer in the United States.But that doesn't mean you should hit up the superstore for all of your home needs. While Home Depot stores often offer very competitive prices, it doesn't always, nor do its products always have the best quality or aesthetic appeal.
"If you find an item for less elsewhere, they will not only match the price but will take an extra 10% off," Sara Skirboll, shopping and trends expert at RetailMeNot, told Business Insider. "Just make sure to provide proof of the other retailer's price."Home Depot also offers financing on big-ticket items such as large appliances and power tools.
"These features make it attractive to our design clients in the midst of a renovation and home redesign, where budget is such a big factor," Brian Garcia, co-owner of Hoboken-based design firm D & G Interiors + Design, told Business Insider. "On the other hand, there are some cons like poor customer support; employees often lack the knowledge and training to answer straightforward questions, explain installation, or even make simple suggestions."Garcia also said that unlike most local appliance centers and hardware stores that are usually able to help customers directly, at Home Depot, once you purchase your goods, you're left to deal with the manufacturers and third-party service centers when problems arise in the future.So what's worth buying from Home Depot and what should you absolutely skip? We asked experts with firsthand experience to share their picks:
Buy: Light bulbs
Buy: Lismore Gray Glazed Ceramic Floor and Wall Tile
Skip: KitchenAid Professional MixerAdvertisement
Buy: Hampton Bay LED Square Low Profile Flush Mount Light
Skip: Dyson Ball Animal 2 Upright Vacuum CleanerAdvertisement
Buy: Nest Smart Learning Wifi Programmable Thermostat
Skip: U.S. Traveler Rio 2 Piece Expandable Carry on Luggage SetAdvertisement
Buy: Samsung French Door Refrigerator
Skip: Oriental Furniture Laughing Buddha Decorative StatueAdvertisement
Buy: Hampton Bay Riley 3 Piece Metal Outdoor Sectional Set with Charleston Cushions
Skip: Nearly Natural 65 in UV Resistant Indoor Outdoor Fiddle Leaf TreeAdvertisement
Buy: Christmas tree
Skip: Plumbing fixturesAdvertisement
Buy: Garage systems
Skip: Art workAdvertisement
Skip: All rugsAdvertisement
Buy: Picture hanging supplies
Skip: Bathroom vanityAdvertisement
Buy: Toilet and sinks
Skip: Decorative accessoriesAdvertisement
Skip: Cleaning suppliesAdvertisement
Skip: Everyday itemsAdvertisement
Buy: Behr paint
Skip: Indoor furnitureAdvertisement
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