Overall I'd say that these shades are a good value and well made. We wanted both the blackout and insulating properties of a cell shade and the cordless feature, as we used them in our 2 year old's room. They seem very sturdy and were a breeze to install. I had to build some custom blocks to use them on an inside mount, but that's due to our unusual window molding.
We got the up/down feature as well... which is were I found the only real weakness in this product. The up/down functionality is a great feature and allows maximum flexibility in window coverage. However, the mechanism on these shades leaves a lot to be desired.
Once the shades have been down for a few hours, it is virtually impossible to push them back up without a complex, two-handed process. You either have to bring the top rail down to meet the bottom rail and then slide both to the top. Or painfully, slowly raise the bottom rail, while holding the shade above it from buckling out. I hope that over time, the cells "relax" enough that this won't be and issue, but after one month, it's not gotten any easier.
I'd have a hard time recommending these shades in this exact configuration. I just think they are too heavy to work well w/ the up/down feature... at least where opening them is concerned. The shades themselves are built very well and I have a feeling that they might work fine with a corded raising mechanism.
I found the order process to be easy. The color samples came quickly. When the product arrived I was pleased with the quality. Installation was a breeze. Overall I am quite satisified with the blinds.
I purchased these shades for some windows that face a school. The school has parking lot lights that are lit throughout the night. It makes it very hard to sleep when your bedroom is as light as day! These shades really do block out all the light! The only exception is the space between the blinds and window edge, but it is pretty minimal. I also liked the number of colors that these blinds come in. My local hardware stores only carry black, brown, and white. I did request samples to make sure I got a good match. The samples are a great idea - please request these if you have any question about the colors.
We have owned several houses in the last few years as our family has grown and in each of them, we have installed these blinds. They are great!!
These blinds are everything we wanted. We can now totally adjust the light entering the room. With the top-down feature, lack of privacy is no longer an issue. These blinds are: Affordable, Functional, Well Made, Easy to Install and LOOK GREAT!
The Premier Double Cell Blackout Shade is popular for its ability to block out harsh sunlight during the day, and bright street- or floodlights at night. The fabric looks great in all size windows and the double cell construction ensures you’re getting superior performance when it comes to energy efficiency. The color palette consists of rich colors and neutral tones to coordinate or contrast with your décor. The top down bottom up option allows flexible light and privacy control while the cordless option provides cord-free aesthetics, easy operation and added safety in homes with children and pets. The continuous cord loop option is ideal for raising extra-large or hard-to-reach shades and comes with an attached cord cleat for child safety. These options offer extra-wide widths to accommodate more window sizes. All Premier shades are custom built and inspected for quality assurance. As with all of our products, free shipping and a limited lifetime warranty is included.