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#4805646 - 07/05/18 10:05 AM Lowe's Vs Home Depot
Walmill Offline

Registered: 02/06/18
Posts: 36
Disclaimer: I dont have stock or any other interest in either company.

Irrelevant factors such as location/distance aside, do you guys and gals (and nonbinaries crackmeup) have a preference to which store you use?

For years I had been using Home Depot exclusively, for no real reason. One day, I stepped into Lowe's and discovered that it was just as good and the parking lot was a bit easier to navigate in and out of. They're both within 2 minutes of each other so distance doesn't have anything to do with it.
Since then I've found myself going to Lowe's, mostly. I even ended up getting one of their credit cards. 5% every purchase and additional 5% on certain sales. I've been impressed with Lowe's customer service repeatedly, and I just feel the store has a cleaner atmosphere. I haven't had any bad experiences at the Home Depot but I feel I've had more "good" ones at Lowe's.
Since starting a new job there is a Home Depot on the direct route back home, I plan on going there after work today as a matter of fact (most of my trips are planned around distance/convenience/laziness).
It got me thinking, is there really a difference to either store that anybody has noticed? What's everybody else's preference?
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#4805652 - 07/05/18 10:09 AM Re: Lowe's Vs Home Depot [Re: Walmill]
28oz Offline

Registered: 04/20/17
Posts: 383
Loc: Utah, USA
I usually go to Lowes simply because they are much closer to me. However, I will go to Home Depot on occasion as they will have something that Lowes doesn't stock........and vice versa. I enjoy going to both. Don't really have a preference.
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#4805655 - 07/05/18 10:12 AM Re: Lowe's Vs Home Depot [Re: Walmill]
Trav Offline

Registered: 11/20/06
Posts: 19280
Loc: MA,
I always went to HD but the quality of some of their copper and brass fittings has gone down the toilet in recent years.
Lowes seems to using a higher quality supplier. The HD I go to has a much bigger inventory than Lowes down the street so for most other things I still go there.
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#4805656 - 07/05/18 10:13 AM Re: Lowe's Vs Home Depot [Re: Walmill]
mrsilv04 Offline

Registered: 12/08/06
Posts: 8297
Loc: Illinois
I prefer Menard's, even though it is the farthest away from me. I have a HD and a Lowe's that are closer.
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#4805658 - 07/05/18 10:15 AM Re: Lowe's Vs Home Depot [Re: Trav]
SatinSilver Offline

Registered: 01/24/08
Posts: 10302
Loc: OH
It's funny when I rented a carpet cleaner last December. Went to Lowe's to rent the Bissel Big Green machine. Then went to Home Depot for the Zep Premium Carpet Cleaner. Spread the cheddar around some. Lowes seems much quieter in the store compared to HD. Kind of like a mouse wizzing on cotton.

#4805663 - 07/05/18 10:18 AM Re: Lowe's Vs Home Depot [Re: Walmill]
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Registered: 01/21/17
Posts: 843
Loc: Toronna
Lowes has a much better tool selection. Lowes is clearly a homeowner store where Home Depot seems to cater to tradesmen more. Other than materials and tools, both of them sell big box quality appliances and OPE.
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#4805666 - 07/05/18 10:19 AM Re: Lowe's Vs Home Depot [Re: Walmill]
WyrTwister Offline

Registered: 01/13/13
Posts: 1584
Loc: Texas
I actually prefer Sutherlands , a regional / local store . But they do not stock as much merchandise as HD or Lowes .

There are 2 HD's & 1 Lowes in our burg . One of the HD's is closest to me & that is where I usually go , if I do not go to Sutherlands .

The other HD & the Lowes are further , but not that far from each other . So , if I am in that part of town , it is a toss up .

I usually do online looking / shopping , before I leave the house . Sutherlands does not have as good of a website . But it is the closest , so I can hit there first , after I have already looked the item up on the HD & Lowes websites .
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#4805668 - 07/05/18 10:20 AM Re: Lowe's Vs Home Depot [Re: Walmill]
Wolf359 Online   content

Registered: 04/27/12
Posts: 4871
Loc: MA
I've noticed in general Home Depot is slightly cheaper than Lowes and they carry a few things that Lowes doesn't tend to carry. Lowes is better at appliances though, they have next day delivery. Home Depot is still a mess, sometimes it takes up to 2 weeks to get a delivery. One Home Depot I got to has a great guy at the plumbing department, knows exactly where all the parts are, handy when you're trying to just get in and out quick.

#4805671 - 07/05/18 10:22 AM Re: Lowe's Vs Home Depot [Re: Walmill]
Reddy45 Offline

Registered: 08/15/08
Posts: 3022
Loc: USA
At one point in time (and maybe now), Lowe's targeted its marketing and store layout to women. More focus on decorations, aesthetic improvements, etc.

Home Depot is the opposite.

This has no bearing on my choice, since I go to whichever is closer.

But I do like Kobalt tools over Husky.

#4805672 - 07/05/18 10:22 AM Re: Lowe's Vs Home Depot [Re: Walmill]
Miller88 Offline

Registered: 04/09/08
Posts: 12740
Loc: Onondaga County
I like Lowes selection and prices better but their customer service is awful around here. You can't get anyone to help you, and if you do manage to catch an employee, they pull the ignorance card. I had to make an emergency trip to lowes to get two sheets of plywood right before they were closing. 10 employees standing around, not a one was "qualified" to help me load into the trailer. I ended up breaking my big toe and when I went in to complain they told me I should have asked for assistance.

The exception to the selection: plumbing fittings and fence hardware. I can never find what I need for plumbing at lowes and in order to put up my fence I had to buy a lot of the parts from Home Depot because Lowes simply does not sell everything locally to build a chain link fence.
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#4805681 - 07/05/18 10:26 AM Re: Lowe's Vs Home Depot [Re: Walmill]
jeepman3071 Offline

Registered: 04/15/10
Posts: 4290
Loc: Storrs, Connecticut
It really depends on the area and store management.

We have a Home Depot and Lowes literally across the street from each other a town away from me. The Home Depot wins hands down. Every time I go to Lowe's they don't have what I need, are more expensive, and the staff is useless or never around.

To be fair, the Home Depot two towns away is just like that Lowe's, but they also don't have any next door competition. With any kind of chain store the management usually makes or breaks it. The same applies to auto parts stores and restaurants.
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#4805690 - 07/05/18 10:30 AM Re: Lowe's Vs Home Depot [Re: Walmill]
Al Online   content

Registered: 06/08/02
Posts: 18094
Loc: Elizabethtown, Pa
HD over Lowes

But mostly I use our local hardware store. They handle everything:
I have bought a Speed Queen Washer, Air conditioners, 2 lawnmowers including a riding one. Several hot water heaters, etc from them. Their service is amazing. I gladly pay 10% more to keep them in business.

#4805698 - 07/05/18 10:43 AM Re: Lowe's Vs Home Depot [Re: Walmill]
Timo325 Offline

Registered: 08/31/14
Posts: 343
Loc: AL,NC,TX,Germany,Korea,Italy
Where I live both have about the same prices.

I will say I notice Lowe's appeals to home owners a little more and I like Kobalt tools.

I don't shop at HD anymore because they have begun a political narrative that I don't support.
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#4805705 - 07/05/18 10:49 AM Re: Lowe's Vs Home Depot [Re: Walmill]
doitmyself Offline

Registered: 06/03/02
Posts: 6269
Loc: MI
Since the OP is intrigued about gender identity, Reddy45 is spot on that Lowes targets customers of more feminine characteristics. Does that fit your tendencies, Walmil? crackmeup

"While Lowe’s rival Home Depot uses a masculine colour scheme of orange and brown, Lowe’s brand appeals to a broad do-it-yourself audience—more the home renovator than tradies—and as such presents with “feminine” characteristics. In-store, the Lowe’s look is bright with white walls and floors and plenty of lighting. Online, it’s a similar proposition. This has the function of making the brand less intimidating for novice customers, particularly women." crzy

LOL, real men apparently don't shop at Lowes.

Just stirrin' the pot a bit. No need for anyone to get their knickers in a bunch.

#4805709 - 07/05/18 10:54 AM Re: Lowe's Vs Home Depot [Re: Walmill]
Triple_Se7en Offline

Registered: 12/04/04
Posts: 8913
Loc: 1/2 hr. north of Detroit
ACE and True Value hardwares, whenever possible. So support your local region stores too.

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