The Best Blackout Shades for 2021
Blackout shades are popular among light sleepers, and are frequently deployed in nurseries to help wide-awake children nod off at night and during naptime. A bonus is that blackout curtains also act as noise blockers and boost the energy efficiency of the room they're hung in, by keeping it cooler during the summer and warmer during the winter.
What to Consider
That old adage of “measure twice, cut once” is especially important when it comes to purchasing shades. While some shades come in standard sizes, many of our options are customizable for your windows, so you’ll want to carefully measure your windows to get the perfect fit.
You buy blackout shades for a reason, to make your room dark. But some products will not completely black out a room—they will only darken it. So if you like the feeling of retreating into a cave in the middle of the day, make sure the shades you purchase are true blackout shades.
Beyond sizing and the actual function of a blackout shade, there are several styles to consider: roller, Roman, cordless and motorized. Some of our options utilize cords, while others are cordless. This may be a deciding factor if you have children or pets.
How We Selected
We reviewed hundreds of options, and selected the shades that are considered the best by both experts and customers alike. We sought out a wide range of styles and methods of operation, and we included items that will suit every budget. Finally, we only included options that are not only highly rated, but have excellent customer service.
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