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Lowe's vs. Home Depot Products and Layout
Lowe's vs. Home Depot: Selection
Based solely upon visits to our local Lowe's and Home Depot stores, our initial impression was that Home Depot offers more product variety. In our area, the Lowe's store is much smaller than the Home Depot, leading to the logical conclusion that inventory depends on the size of each store's stock room and display area.
As it turns out, there's little consistency as to which store carries more items in any given category. Lowe's stocks 545 SKUs of glass backsplash tile to Home Depot's 1,291. In the lineup of single-hung windows, Lowe's offers 687 options compared with 120 at Home Depot and carries seven different window brands to Home Depot's five. Home Depot comes out ahead in toilets (2,200 to 1,023 at Lowe's) and ceramic floor and wall tiles (529 offerings to 136 SKUs at Lowe's). Lowe's edges out its competitor with towel bars (1,095 SKUs to Home Depot's 711), post caps for decking (1,441 to Home Depot's 80), tile grout (395 SKUs to 315 at Home Depot), and electric ranges (433 options compared with 140 at Home Depot). Indeed, Lowe's sells far more brands of appliances than does Home Depot. An associate at our local Lowe's store claimed the retailer can special order any appliance except for a few high-end brands (JennAir, Miele, Wolf, and Viking); a Home Depot team member said the chain offers only Maytag, GE, LG, and Adora (Home Depot's exclusive line, manufactured by GE Cafe).
Window treatments at Lowe's.
Lowe's vs. Home Depot: Store Experience and Organization.When it comes to store organization and overall shopping experience, Lowe's outshines Home Depot. Both retailers present a warehouse-like atmosphere, but during our visits to Lowe's and Home Depot, the former seemed more approachable. The aisles at Lowe's are wider and better lit and mostly clear of displays; when present, they didn't require complex maneuvers to get around. Products were accessible, most within easy reach of an average-height person. Home Depot, by contrast, seemed cramped and hard to navigate. Aisle displays were more obtrusive and stacks of random merchandise in many aisles further impeded our progress. Customer-ready products were stocked the equivalent of a shelf higher than at Lowe's, putting many items out of grab-able reach and caused us to wonder whether we truly wanted to consider them in our shopping comparison because it meant finding an associate to get them down.
Lowe's sells more appliance brands.
No doubt, the overall shopping experience varies by person and location. The blogger at Sound Money Matters, herself a homeowner, writes that it was easier to find what she was looking for at Lowe's. A seasoned DIYer posting on Helium, however, finds Home Depot's layout more intuitive. Online commentary suggests that Lowe's appeals more to women while a MarketWatch article dating to 2007 (the most recent statistical information we could find) reported that females preferred Lowe's to Home Depot, 54% to 46%. The same report found Lowe's to be more popular in the south and northeast, and Home Depot to reign supreme in the west and Midwest.
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